Tomato Soup with Hemp

Tomato Soup with Hemp

For an easy-to-prepare meal, try this hearty tomato soup with hemp!

Why is this hearty tomato soup good for you?

Tomato soup contains lots of vitamins and can control bad cholesterol. It also has a benefit for people watching their weight: it’s low calorie and can burn fat.

It contains hemp – did you know hemp contains 10 amino acids, is rich in good fats and omega acids, and is easy to digest? Since it’s a plant based product, it is suitable in vegetarian diets.

What great benefits! To reap them, try this recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oiltomato soup with hemp
  • 4 ribs celery, trimmed, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large sweet cooking onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 28-oz can plum tomatoes
  • 1.5 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 organic vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds per serving (add once portioned into a bowl)

Procedure:

1. In heavy stockpot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high. Add all chopped vegetables and sauté until soft and onion is translucent.

2. Reduce heat to medium and add tomatoes, stock or water, basil, oregano, sea salt, black pepper, curry powder, and bouillon cubes. Bring to boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Using a hand-held blender, puree soup to desired consistency and serve.

4. Add 3 tbsp Hemp seeds (for protein) to each serving right before eating.

Serves 8-10

Losing Weight this Winter: Your Exercise Guide

We all know how comforting it is to stay warm, under blankets during the winter months – wishing our cold Canadian winter weather would just go away. We become like our other mammal friends and start to hibernate, putting on warm clothes and settling into bed early. As comforting as this sounds, this is what we want to avoid this winter.

Exercising should be part of our regular routine, regardless of what season it is. Exercise helps us keep on track of our weight goals, keeps our heart healthy, elevates our mood and helps increase our metabolism.exercise-520x390

Here are some tips to help you get moving:

1. Choose to engage in an activity that you enjoy.  If you have a gym membership, check the group classes that are offered.

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2.  If you choose to exercise outdoors, warm up indoors first. You may not feel the cold as much once you get outside.

3. Exercise at home – do some cardio, floor exercises, run the stairs, use weights, jump ropes, resistance bands, exercise balls etc. Home exercise videos (P90X, Insanity and Jillian Michaels) and dance videos (Wii Fit, Zumba!) are a fun ways to get you moving. You can also look up some web workouts to give yourself some variety.

Here are some samples of quick Tambata programs:

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Online Yoga:

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4. Schedule exercise into your day – be realistic about how often you can fit it into your schedule and stick to it. Preplanning exercises helps. Commit to it at least 3 times/week.

 5. Exercise with a friend – a friend can get you motivated when you may not be in the mood.

Set yourself a goal for this winter and reward yourself with a weekend getaway or a day at the spa. Exercise will help you look and feel great!