Some people are meat lovers, others fish or fowl… but I love the power of vegetables!
With all this cold weather moving in I figured this would be the perfect time to cook up a nice pot of hot, delicious vegetable soup. This program lends itself to this chore easily!
My DH loves coming home on snowy days when the house is blanketed under white fluff, opening the door and be wrapped in the alluring fragrance of this soup we are sharing with you today.
The Fairy Tale Diet only uses certain veggies, but they can be mixed dozens of ways, although we are using them in this soup, you could even toss in beans, salmon, tuna, chicken or turkey, or all at the same time… just not today!
Let me tell you why we chose the veggies we did:
Broccoli, Zucchini, Green Beans and Celery are America’s favorite vegetables because they tastes good and are available all year-long in one form or another. They are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and bone-building vitamin K, and have plenty of fiber to fill you up and help control your weight. Many people know that beta-carotene (vitamin A) is not just found in orange and yellow vegetables, but that broccoli is an excellent source. You can eat all four of these vegetables raw, lightly steamed, stir-fried, roasted, boiled or grilled. Eat them as a side dish, or tossed into noodles, egg dishes, soups, and salads, a minimum of 2 servings every day.
Sweet potatoes or Yams are yummy members of the dark orange vegetable family, and they lead the pack in vitamin A content. Substitute a baked sweet potato, which is also loaded with vitamin C, calcium, and potassium for a baked white potato. Instead of adding butter or sugar, try Walden Farms Maple Syrup or their Marshmallow Dip, or taste the sweetness that develops when a sweet potato is cooked — and think of all the calories you can save by not loading it with all that fatting butter and sour cream. Also avoid the salt! If you eat more foods like sweet potatoes that are rich sources of potassium, and fewer high-sodium foods, we can stop or radically slow down the effect of sodium on blood pressure and reduce bone loss. The other dark orange vegetables you can substitute into this diet at least twice a week include pumpkin, carrots, butternut squash, and orange bell peppers.
By eating our ‘manna’ vegetables and fruit you will be getting essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant-nutrients) that your body needs to promote good health. Toss some in a blender and make them into juice. If you want to punch the flavor try adding any of Walden Farms dressing. That makes it so easy to get these key vitamins and nutrients in one delicious drink. Every 8 ounce glass of vegetable juice equals one serving in the Fairy Tale Diet.
As you grew up you may have been told to eat your greens, but what about your oranges?
The more different vegetables you eat, the more health-promoting properties you are getting. They help curb your appetite too.
Vegetable juice should be a part of your weight maintenance or weight loss program. Check out the FREE RECIPE at the end of this blog… sure it’s for soup but every soup is just chunky juice, which can be very delicious and easy to make by tossing in a blender. Start your day with vegetable Juice and you are on your way. The Fairy Tale Diet is designed for on-the-go or at-home eating and offers lots of no calorie, no carb, no fat, delicious gourmet choices.
- Are you aware that vitamins A and C are necessary for healthy skin? When you eat your vegetables that are rich in antioxidant vitamins A and C you will be supporting collagen production and skin renewal.
- To maintain healthy skin cells throughout the body you must have vitamin A.
- Collagen helps provide structure to our bodies, and connects soft tissue to our bones. Vitamin C is needed to make collagen in the body.
As one that suffers from Fibromyalgia, I believe everyone else with it should absolutely be getting at least the minimum required amounts of vegetables, in my humble opinion of course.
As for those of us with heart problems…
- Low sodium dishes is heart-healthy, we try NOT to use any added salt!
- Vegetables are an excellent source of potassium
- Naturally fat and cholesterol free, vegetables are the way to go!
We made sure that the Fairy Tale Diet has foods that are a good source of potassium and low in sodium to cut the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. I am a walking example of the benefits these veggies give after having had first hand experience with those deadly culprits.
Dr. Ben Kim, of Juice Advisor, is regularly about the fastest and easiest way to get healthier. Without hesitation he says vegetable juice. Dr. Kim studied at the University of Toronto then went on to earn his doctor of chiropractic degree at National University of Sciences in 1997. He proudly graduated summa cum laude, and joined multi-disciplinary clinics in Alaska, California, and Ontario. Today, he lives and works in Ontario, Canada with his family. He also is devoted to spreading the secrets that the diet industry does not want you to know.
The late Jack LaLanne was among the first to dispute the propaganda of the diet industry and tried to convince the public for decades that healthy eating was the way to a long life, not packaged or chemically treated foods. He advertised his ‘Vegi-matic’ for juicing before it was ever popular to juice! He was an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert, celebrity, lecturer, and motivational speaker who was widely referred to as “The Godfather of Fitness”. He was quoted with the following statements:
- Your waistline is your lifeline.
- Don’t exceed the feed limit.
- The food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow.
- Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.
- Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out.
- It’s not what you do some of the time that counts, it’s what you do all the time that counts.
- Eat right and you can’t go wrong.
We all know someone who is sold out on eating healthy… and we turn a deaf ear to them, as if they were preaching the word of G*d. It is too true! These two great believers are/were right!
I do not even deserve to walk in their shadows but I believe just as strongly as they. Conviction is what motivates anyone to success!
Look at it this way: If you are overweight, you did it to yourself. No one held you down day after day and shoved poisonous amounts and types of food down your throat!
If anyone had even attempted such a thing you would have been kicking and screaming!
Start mentally kicking and screaming at yourself. Stop what you are doing… walk away without a backward glance… say goodbye forever to that person, that lifestyle and break clean, once and for all!!!!
Are you convicted yet to walk away from habits that are killing you in order to live a life of health and delight in a new body?
Follow me… life can be a dream come true with the Fairy Tale Diet!
Start right this second, commit to it!
Go in the kitchen, your desk drawers, your purse and coat pockets, and everywhere else you have stuffed any kind of food that is not on the Fairy Tale Diet and toss them into a box… and either toss them in the garbage or give them away!
Then, if you are not too upset with my up front, in your face, attitude, (and I do not apologize, ‘cause it’s for your own good) make yourself a cup of tea, broth, soup, anything liquid, warm and good for you, slowly sip it and join me as we make positive healthy changes… together!
Today the weather is yucky. When the rain or snow is falling outside I just love to curl up on the couch, with a good book, or a classic ‘tear jerker’ move (Jane Austin books and films are my favorite) while sipping on a hot, delicious cup of tea or soup. The versatility of soup is wonderful. The FREE RECIPE for today can be tweaked with the noodles, beans, fish or fowl. You can add more or less of each veggie to soup your taste. At Walden Farms you can try every different dip, salad dressing, pasta sauce, barbecue sauce or anything there that calls to you! Some times it is nice to just have a plain and simple, yet delicious cup of soup. That is what we are making today. I just love it!
- 1 cup of orange bell peppers, diced
- 1 cup of broccoli, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 zucchini, diced
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can green beans
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- ground black pepper to taste
- In a large stew pot, over medium heat, toss in all the vegetables, with their water and an extra 4 cups of water. Season with ginger and pepper. Reduce heat to low and let simmer 1 hour or stir until the carrots are tender.
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