I love soup and always have. It is one of my favorite foods. I love all kinds of soups from broth based, creamy bisque, and most recently “stoups” (not quite a soup and not quite a stew…I think Rachael Ray uses this term!). I do not discriminate when it comes to soup, I love em’ all! 🙂
Last Christmas I got a crock pot from my parents. I absolutely love this thing! I especially love making soups and stews. I love just throwing things into the pot, setting to low, and coming home to a wonderful healthy and hot meal. Can’t beat it!
Sunday night I made the Vegetable Cheese Tortellini Soup, which turned out great. Wednesday I threw some more ingredients that I wanted to use up into the pot to make what I like to call Vegetable Lentil Stoup. I only had two cans of chicken broth left (three would have made it more of a soup), so my soup quickly turned into it’s thicker relative…the stoup.
In the pot went…
- 2 cans of chicken broth
- 3/4 can of corn (the other 1/4 was used for “Taco Tuesday”)
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup (roughly measured) of chopped frozen green peppers
- 1 cup (roughly measured..again) of chopped frozen green beans
- 1 cup dry lentils
- 3 tbsp dry brown rice
- minced garlic to taste
- salt and pepper
I set my crock pot to low and cooked for about 7 hours. When I came home I had a wonderful stoup waiting for me. It was thick, hearty and delicious. It’s been great to have for leftovers to bring to work too!
For someone who claims to be a health and fitness blogger, I have been majorly slacking in my workout discussions! Although I do track my workouts here, I’ll provide you with a little more detail on what a week of workouts for me looks like.
For the past couple of months since starting my recent job as a Fitness Specialist, most of my workouts are on the clock as I teach 7 classes per week. Most of the classes I actually do the workout as they have choreography.
When I am not teaching I try to get a couple of short runs in to keep up my endurance in case I want to run any local races (like that Turkey Trot I just ran) as well as use the new elliptical at my house.
My schedule has been looking something like this:
Mondays: I teach two cardio classes. The first is called “Step, Jump and Pump”. I teach this class at noon and it’s 45-minutes long. I do a combination of step aerobic routines and weight training. I sometimes teach the class “circuit style” and switch from a cardio exercise to a weight exercise every couple of minutes.
The second class I teach is called “Cardio Pilates”. I teach this class at 4pm. I do 30 minutes of cardio (step, kickboxing, or floor aerobics) and 25 minutes of Pilates exercises. On Mondays I don’t do much more on my own, just take the dogs for a walk.
Tuesdays: I’ve been either running or using the elliptical for about 30 minutes. I teach a 45-minute Mat Pilates class at noon on this day, but it’s more of me walking around and explaining versus actually doing the exercises.
Wednesdays: Same as Mondays
Thursdays: Same as Tuesdays except I teach a Total Body Weights class at 11am instead of Pilates. I do a combination of doing the actual exercises with the participants plus walking around and explaining form.
Fridays: I either run or walk the dogs in the morning plus teach one class at noon, “Cardio and Sculpt”, where I do a combination of cardio (step, kickboxing, etc) and weight training. The class is 45-minutes long.
Saturdays and Sundays are my days off or I’ll take one of those days to run or use my elliptical. I almost always take one day off of intense exercise.
I’ve been feeling great with my workout set up. I get enough rest on weekends and make sure to get plenty of sleep and eat quality foods to keep me energized.
What is your favorite kind of soup? I think my all time favorite is the classic tomato soup with grilled cheese to dip into it…yum!
What is your current workout schedule?