Updates — WINTER

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Why we love winter… 0

Well it’s here. Let’s just admit it now - Winter is upon us!

We have now said hello to the crunchy leaves, the cold crisp mornings, the big winter coats and big warm socks. We know it has been here for a while (we are based in Yorkshire after all) but now we are ready to accept it and fully embrace what comes with it.

Christmas is on the horizon (don’t worry, we know it’s too early to be talking about that…just) and there are lots to be happy about.

So, what do we love about Winter? Let us tell you…

Crisp mornings – there is nothing better than grabbing a coffee or herbal tea in a mug to go and making our way out in the crisp mornings. We know it comes with its fair share of rainy miserable ones but those odd mornings where it just feels fresh – starts our day off right!

Feeling “the benefit” – Did anyone else’s mum tell them not to wear their coat indoors as they won’t “feel the benefit” when they go outside? Well we fully know how that feels now. We secretly love the stack of clothes that you sometimes need to put on just to go outside – gloves, hat, scarf, big coat and sometimes boots. Bliss.

Winter Warmer Comfort Food – nothing screams winter at us more than warming comfort food. Our favourite has to be a hot soup with warm bread to mop up the bowl…yum!

Hot bath – ok, we really don’t like those days when it’s freezing, raining (possibly even snowing) and you can feel that winter cold coming on. What makes it all go away is a nice hot bath at the end of the day filled with lots of bubbles.

Lazy Sundays – You almost feel guilty in Summer staying in and having a lazy day but in winter, it just feels right. This is when we indulge in some baking – we learn a new recipe, make a (hopefully) tasty treat as well as allowing the sweet scents fill the house! Win/win if you ask us….

 

What do you love about winter? Let us know in the comments!

Top 5 Superfood Soups 0

If you are looking for some health inspiration for your lunch today, look no further than our top 5 list of Superfood Soups to fill you up and feed your body with the nutrients it needs!

 

Ginger Butternut Carrot Soup

The perfect winter soup for a quick and easy fix of essential nutrients that your body may be missing. Any tummy issues? – the ginger is a natural ingredient that helps settle stomach issues that may be caused by the lingering winter viruses!

Shopping List (Serves 2):

  • ½ Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded and chopped into 1-2 inch chunks)
  • 1 Cup Baby Carrots
  • 2 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ tsp Dried Tarragon
  • ½ tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper

View Full Recipe Here

Red Lentil Soup

Having dinner in a hurry doesn’t mean you should compromise on health. This quick soup is full of proteins (thanks to the lentils) but feels hearty - warming you all the way through!

Shopping List (Serves 4):

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Small White Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes (Diced)
  • 1 tsp Cajun Spice Blend
  • ½ tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Knob of Ginger (Minced)
  • Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • Lemon Juice for Serving

 View Full Recipe Here

Carrot Peanut Soup

Eating this flavourful Asian inspired soup will get you your healthy dose of fats from coconuts and peanuts whilst boosting your immunity with the presence of ginger.

Shopping List (Serves 2)

  • 2 Medium Carrots (Peeled and Chopped)
  • ¼ Cup Peanuts
  • 1 Medium Onion Chopped
  • 1 Tomato
  • 5 Garlic Chopped
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • ¼ tsp Pepper Powder
  • 2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to Taste

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Vegetable Superfoods Soup

Completely Vegan Friendly and Gluten Free, its light in calories and packed full of nutritious goodness.

Shopping List (Serves 2)

  • 4-5 Cups of Water
  • 3 Baby Bok Choy
  • 3 Ounces Mushrooms (Sliced)
  • 3-6 Ounces organic Silken Tofu (Cubed)
  • 1 Small Onion (Halved and Sliced)
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 tsp Korean Powdered Pepper (or Red Pepper Flakes)
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Mellow White Miso

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Split Pea Soup

Perfect for a simple yet tasty soup to keep you warm as the nights and days get colder. Peas have a high level of protein in them as well as being a great source of Fibre, Vitamin A, Iron, Folate, Thiamine, Vitamin C and Manganese.

Shopping List (Serves 6)

  • 6 Cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Cups of Dried Green Split Peas
  • 1 Medium Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Carrots (Chopped)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Marjoram
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • ¼ Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  • 5 Tablespoons Shredded Carrots
  • 2 Green Onions

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