Flu-Fightin’ Vegetable Soup

A few days ago I was hit smack in the face with the flu. Yes, that can’t sleep, don’t want to eat, reach for the Kleenex box kind of flu. Before you knew it, I was down and out aka in the fetal position thinking life was over. Once I moved past that stage {thankfully, eh!}, I was keen to kill this flu and move forward with my life.

After debating what I wanted to eat for an eternity, I decided on a quick and easy soup.  I cleared out the contents of my fridge and the next thing you know this delicious soup was born.

‘Don’t Come Near Me or I’ll Sneeze on You’ Soup

20140705-175551-64551240.jpgHere’s what you need:

  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • 2 small white potatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 green onion
  • lemon
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • thyme

The how to:

  1. Dice vegetables.
  2. Saute red onion and garlic over low heat in olive oil. Add potatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add softer veggies (zucchini, broccoli, green onion), lemon, ginger and thyme.
  4. Simmer for 15-30 mins or until all vegetables are soft.
  5. Season with salt & pepper and serve!

Easy as 1-2-sneeze! ;)

If for some reason you end up with a monster flu or cold, remember to drink plenty of water {hot water, lemon & ginger is the best!}, get some rest {yes, this is your opportunity to do nothing!} and nourish your body with goodness too {like with this flu fighter garlic soup or these immune boosting smoothies!}.

Yes this is advice for me, as well as, advice for you. ;) It’s super easy to ‘fight’ the flu and try to keep up with your day-to-day life. Here’s the thing… sometimes you just gotta let the body do it’s thing. What you need right now is your monster flu to pass as quickly as possible and the only way that’s going to happen is if you take care of YOU.

 

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Badass Beats, a Sweet Flow & Sunshine

20140704-113610-41770844.jpgYou know what’s awesome about summer? You can be outside ALL THE TIME. Well I guess you can be outside all the time during every season, but you know what I mean… THE SUN IS SHINING and it’s different! ;)

Another awesome thing about summer is Outdoor Yoga. Yes, you heard correctly. Outdoor. Yoga. The type of yoga where you get sand in your feet and fall over in an arm balance because there was a rock under your mat. Pretty much the best.

Last night Marina and I headed over to North Vancouver to check out lululemon Park Royal‘s Pier Yoga. The plan? A 60 minute flow with the amazing Alex Mazerolle {founder of Girlvana Yoga, leading lady behind the Distrikt and all around amazing human being}.

With Alex on the mic, the sun beating down on our downward dogs and a sensational yoga groove {thank you DJ Rob!}, it was pretty much a perfect class.

Pier Yoga is taking place at Lonsdale Quay every Thursday at 6:30pm until August 28th. Event details and the teachers schedule can be found here – and lastly, the class is complimentary!

Other weekly outdoor yoga classes taking place this summer:

And one off classes and events:20140704-113610-41770963.jpg

I also just heard that Eoin Finn & the Blissology team is bringing back outdoor yoga at the Kits Showboat this summer. Keep your eye on their blog for deets!

All you really need for a bendy class in the sun is your mat and a water bottle. I’m a big fan of sunglasses too.

See you on the mat! xo

 

 

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To UBC and Back

Since buying my first bike, I’ve gone on a few rides. The first being the ride from the bike store back to my place. Yes, like 3k! Then I went on an adventure around Stanley Park — 23k and the climb up to Prospect Point was the worst. Then I met E at Kits Beach one night and he took me over the Burrard Bridge for the first time!

On Thursday though, I woke up and thought I should bike to UBC. Why? I have no idea. Other than I’m still totally scared of riding on the road and I need to get over that. Sidenote: When running, I’ve never gone past Jericho Beach, primarily because I don’t usually train at more than 15-18k distance, but also because that’s the place I fell on my faceSo the 4th ride of my adult life would be to UBC and back — unknown territory and a weekday cloudy afternoon adventure.

I started off on Main Street, with a plan to get to 1st Avenue. I don’t really like cycling in traffic and Main Street had plenty of it. I was pretty happy to find out that 1st Avenue turned into this lovely bike-friendly road and the next thing you know I was in Kitsilano. The minutes just fly by when you’re so concentrated on learning something new. I paid a lot of attention to bike lanes, cars and pedestrians, but not a whole lot of attention to my surroundings. ;) The next thing you know I was at Spanish Banks.

Let me tell you… Spanish Banks is BEAUTIFUL. It’s a good thing I didn’t have a book and a bikini, otherwise I would have stayed all day. :) I continued past the beach and up the hill to UBC. It might have been good to know that UBC is on a hill, I didn’t know that. Regardless, I climbed up at pretty much 0 km/hour as hardcores passed me.

At the end of NW Marine Drive, I took a quick look at my GPS to see where I was and I decided that I would loop back to downtown at 16th Avenue. I didn’t realize that 16th Avenue was a hill! I saw a beach cruiser headed up the hill and that was the perfect opportunity to show my amateur cycling domination. And I did.

I cut back on Westbrook Mall, thinking it would take me to NW Marine Drive. Amateur mistake. When it didn’t reach NW Marine Drive, I was pretty confused and maybe a bit lost, so I just decided to head in the right direction towards home. I learned a lot about myself on that ride down Chancellor Avenue and 4th Avenue. The first being that I’m capable of riding on the road and the second being that riding on the road in between buses and traffic still scares the shit out of me.

I took ‘scaring the shit out of me’ as motivation to keep at it, so at Burrard Bridge, I cut back to the busy streets and took West 6th home. At one point a cop was on my tail and I kept on telling myself he was going to pull me over for not knowing bike bylaws. Well, he didn’t. I was prepared to tell him that I was on my 4th bike ride and hoped he would give me a high five.

Just shy of 2 hours later, I made it home. Longest ride to date: 34.4km. Yeehaw.

And you know what? It’s kinda fun exploring your city through a different lens. As much as I’m a planner, it’s lovely to just get on your bike and go with the flow.

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