Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

I’ve written so many lentil soup recipes for this site (and for my books), that I remember telling myself to take a break for a while. So, although I haven’t published one in a while, I rarely go more than a week without making some sort of lentil soup goodness. Trying other lentil soups I come across is also a great way to expand my line-up, and brothy, creamy, chunky, pureed, spiced, and straight versions are all are fair game as far as I’m concerned. Here’s a list of some tried-and-true favorites, and some great takes I’ve come across from out and about.

1. Coconut Yellow Split Pea Soup(QUITOKEETO)
Not technically lentil soup, but close enough. A ginger and curry-spiked yellow split pea stunner. Leftovers freeze well, and this makes an A+ lunch. Get the recipe here

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

2. Coconut Red Lentil Soup(101 Cookbooks)
One of the top ten best soups of my life. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

3. Crockpot Detox Lentil Soup(Pinch of Yum)
For the crockpot enthusiasts out there. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

4. Persian New Year Noodle Soup(101 Cookbooks)

This is my favorite soup (yes, ever) and it has lentils in it, so I’m including it here. At its core we’re talking about a bean and noodle soup featuring thin egg noodles swimming in a fragrant broth spiced with turmeric, cumin, chiles, and black pepper. You use a medley of lentils, chickpeas, and borlotti beans, making the soup hearty and filling without being heavy. You add spinach, dill, and cilantro. You add lime juice for a bit of sour at the end. And then you’ve got a number of toppings to add when you serve the soup – chopped walnuts, caramelized onions, and sour cream. From deep in the 101 archives. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

5. Smoky Sweet Potato Lentil Tortilla Soup(The Bojon Gourmet)
Lentil soup meets tortilla soup in brothy sweet potato-studded bowls of chipotle warmed goodness. More details here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

6. Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter(101 Cookbooks)
Green lentils (or split peas), topped with a curried brown butter drizzle, and pan-fried paneer cubes. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

7. Indian Lentil Soup / Dal Shorva(The Woks of Life)
When you’re ready to really raid your spice cupboard, this is the recipe. This is a recipe to turn to if you find yourself coming down with a cold anytime soon. Get the full recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

8. Lively Up Yourself Lentil Soup(101 Cookbooks)
This is what I make when I need a bit of a reset. Make a big pot, and then eat throughout the week. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

9. Yellow Coconut Curry Red Lentil Soup(Will Frolic for Food)
This Chitra Agrawal recipe caught my attention because it cleverly incorporates coconut, but not coconut milk. So, the broth stays hearty but not creamy – hits the spot when you want something filling but not overly decadent. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

Bonus! Slow Cooker Winter Vegetable with Split Red Lentils(A Beautiful Plate)
Adding this at the last minute. Another slow cooker option. This one with a minestrone angle.
Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

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Leaving it all behind and stepping in front of the camera

Leaving It All Behind For More with Allison Maslan

Allison Maslan was a young mom, she was at the height of a self made advertising career. Making lots of money and living large she was fully living “the dream”. Working with huge brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Merrill Lynch, and more.

Although she appeared uber successful and was admired for thriving at such a young age, she was continually stressed, working around the clock and  not living in her purpose and was anything BUT happy.

That stress and that hustle brought on a terrible freak car accident while she was in route to pick up her daughter from daycare.

Taking a forced time to recover, heal and think, she decided to walk away from that which no longer served her.

Allison walked away from a successful business, a marriage and all funds and into a new identity: As a broke, single mom. All Allison left with was a desire for more.

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 In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why money does not equal happiness
  • How to manifest who you truly are
  • Why you should say ‘yes’ and figure out the rest later
  • And Allison’s secret to success that everyone can do

Stepping In Front of the Camera with Tiffany Lee Bymaster

Tiffany Lee Bymaster Originated as a camera shy makeup artists  BEHIND the camera, Tiffany Lee aka Coach Glitter was great at her job but wanted more. On set for countless hours, she would listen and keenly observe all of the information she was learning from her powerful clients.

As she watched and learned she started to ask herself one simple question that changed the course of her life…

“Why not me?”

That question and hunger for more sparked a fire inside that lead her to a mega successful brand where the once camera shy coach is now a leading Camera Confidence Coaching program.

On this episode, you will learn:

  • How to overcome anxiety by “going for things anyway”
  • Why you should always add more value than is asked of you
  • Why you should choose to lead with service and worry about the financials later
  • How to utilize mentors, coaches, and masterminds to build your dream



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Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

Whether you’re baking potatoes or sweet potatoes, having a technique that results in a crisp, seasoned skin, and fluffy, light flesh is where you want to be. I thought I’d highlight the sea-salt roasted baked potato technique I’ve been using exclusively for years. It’s so simple, works every time – you’ll know how to bake potatoes like a pro in no time. The general guide-lines? Place potatoes straight on the rack, no foil, and don’t under-bake – you can see read below for the details. Building on that foundation, I’ll share some topping ideas I’m excited about. As far as the ideas go, I’m going to focus on veg-friendly, healthful, and a bit unexpected. Enjoy! -h

1. Sea-Salt Baked Potatoes(101 Cookbooks)
I posted this recipe nearly seven years ago, and have used this technique to bake potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes. I’m not a fan of the foil method (unless camping?), and this works brilliantly. Get the recipe here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

2. Baked Sweet Potato with Hummus & Kale(Donna Hay)
Donna Hay’s signature brilliance in one concise, achievable weeknight recipe. Get the recipe here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

3. Breakfast Baked Sweet Potato with Hibiscus Tea Yogurt and Turmeric Granola(Vegetarian Heartland)
Breakfast aspirations right here. And, even if you skip the potato….turmeric granola! 😉 Get the recipe here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

4. Loaded Garlic Kale Baked Potatoes(The Full Helping)
Love this vegan garlic and kale combination. You can also make a version of this recipe trading out the kale for broccoli (quick blanch it first & dry well). Get the recipe here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

5. Stuffed & Sauced Baked Sweet Potatoes(The First Mess / Minimalist Baker)
A beautiful Dana Shultz recipe captured by Laura Wright on The First Mess. Each sweet potato is topped with ginger-coriander chickpeas, a ginger-tahini sauce, and plenty of green onions and cilantro greening things out. Yes, please. Get the recipe here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

6. Dal Stuffed Sweet Potato(Green Kitchen Stories)
I love this recipe – tons of spices, lentils, crunch from some pumpkin seeds, and a jolt of green spinach. Perfect all-in-one meal. More details here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

7. Thai Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Red Curry Peanut Sauce(80Twenty)
Baked purple sweet potatoes with a super simple peanut sauce, scallions, peanuts, and cilantro. Love this idea. Get the recipe here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

8. Chili Baked Potato(Naturally Ella)
A brilliant take on chili slathered baked potatoes. She uses this bulgur chili to top the potatoes. Get the full recipe here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

9. Baked Sweet Potato with Chickpeas and Broccoli Pesto(Jar of Lemons)
Another smart chickpea and sweet potato combination, this time with a quick broccoli pesto. Get the recipe here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

10. Stuffed Sweet Potato with Spinach and Feta(Purple Avocado)
Short ingredient list, big impact. Get the recipe here.

Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings
Bake Potatoes Like a Pro plus Ten Surprising Toppings

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Leveling Up – Creating EVERYTHING from Nothing Podcast!

I am SO incredibly excited for today! Today is the official release of my podcast Leveling Up – Creating EVERYTHING from Nothing! I’ve spent the past couple months interviewing some incredible individuals who really opened up and broke down how they were able to create the life of their dreams, even when life seemed hopeless.

Today, I wanted to give you four incredible episodes because I loved them so much I couldn’t wait any longer! I would love it if you could go over and subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes because I don’t want you to miss any of the new episodes as they come out!

Now let me introduce you to my first four friends!

Rewriting Your Story with Natalia Kern

Natalie Kern was born and grew up in Ukraine during post soviet collapse, civil war and other political and economical tragedies, Natalia Kern grew up in a small town with without even running water. Natalia had all odds stacked against her for success.

Despite this, she had a mom that told her she could accomplish anything she wanted and she thankfully believed her.

Natalia taught herself 5 languages, immigrated to the US, and transformed herself into a professional model then an internationally published writer and now today, she is a much sought after successful women who teaches other how to have it ALL.

She rewrote her past story and now helps others re-write their story.

Today, meet Natalia on a more personal level while she shares with us exactly how you TOO can accomplish ANYTHING that you set your mind to and LEVEL UP creating everything from Nothing.

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In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to rewrite your own story
  • The best way to not allow your past to dictate your future
  • The art of creating the life you truly desire

Cultivating Your Why Before Anything Else with Mike Dillard

Mike Dillard created 10 million dollars in revenue on a start up business in its first year. 18 months in when he thought he was on track to bring his business to 100 million, his world came crashing down.

Overnight his sales were gone, his business tanked , and he most valuable trait that he had,  (his reputation) was taken away and used against him.

He lost EVERYTHING. His wife, his partner, his possessions, and his voice.

Mike is a true example of someone who has repeatedly LEVELED UP and created EVERYTHING from nothing

In this episode, you will learn:

  • When everything is taken from you, how do you shift and create more.
  • How to find self-awareness before you do anything.
  • Why you should live your life for you and nobody else.
  • How are you able to create the next multi-million dollar idea.

Being Unapologetically Successful with Chris Harder

Chris Harder didn’t just drop out of college, he was KICKED OUT.He was smart though –  and hungry – and he learned about sales and leadership early on.

In a fast paced career in his early 20’s, Chris quickly found him and his wife in a cycle of “keeping up with the Joneses”

When the recession hit, he failed hard and he was stripped of his “fake” identity as he calls it. He sold his possessions, downsized , ate his way to a 30 lb weight gain and tumbled into a sad few years of asking himself “what is my value?” He is now GRATEFUL for what those hard times taught him.

Years later, a number of seven figure successful businesses, Chris shares his journey of leveling up with us today.

Welcome Chris to Leveling up… creating EVERYTHING from NOTHING.

On this episode, you will learn:

  • How shifting your mindset will create success.
  • How to use gratitude to manifest your best life.
  • Why money is important but not everything.
  • How you can turn your life around even from your rock bottom.

The One Love Movement with Kim Bauman

Kim Bauman is now the Founder of One Love Movement, a yoga teacher, and the creator and facilitator of One Love Heroes talk show and podcast. One Love Movement is a nonprofit that brings people together to take action and build support for projects advancing social justice, particularly to under-represented kids.

But it wasn’t always like that. Abandoned as a baby in Seoul Korea, with all odds NOT in her favor,  Kim Baumans life could have gone in a VERY different direction.

You see, nobody gets to choose what or WHERE they are born into,  but they DO get to choose what they decide to believe and create in their lives.

Kim believes it is her  duty, and her purpose, to touch as many people possible and make a difference in the dignity and humanity of their own life.

To learn more, please go to:

On this episode, you will learn:

  • The art of practicing gratitude, compassion, and service.
  • How you can use your message to level up the world.
  • How shifting your perspective can allow for massive growth.



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Coconut Red Lentil Soup

Let’s talk through the story of my favorite lentil soup. Years ago, two of my neighbors hosted a soup party. It was an inspiring affair – big pots of simmering soups and stews, house full of chatty, friendly people. Part of what I liked was the simple premise. The hosts (David & Holly) made a number of soups, guests were asked to arrive with their drink of choice and one thing to share – salad, appetizer, or something sweet.
Coconut Red Lentil Soup

The Best Soup:

One of the vegetarian soups was a beautiful shade of yellow-orange. It was a light-bodied, curry-spiced coconut broth thickened with cooked red lentils and structured with yellow split peas. It appeared to be a beautiful take on lentil soup. When I asked Holly to tell me about it, she mentioned it was based on an Ayurvedic dal recipe in the Esalen Cookbook, a favorite of hers.

She happened to have an extra copy of the Esalen book, and sent me home with my belly full, a new cookbook tucked under my arm, and a few suggestions related to the soup. I still make this soup regularly, love it (so much!), and thought it might be fun to revisit it today in video form – enjoy! I’ve also included some notes related to adapting this soup to the Instant Pot.


Coconut Red Lentil Soup

Other things worth noting related to this soup – the slivered green onions sauteed in butter or coconut oil. The golden raisins that plump up with curry broth. Back notes of ginger. Depth from a good dollop of tomato paste. It all comes together in one amazing bowl of restorative, lentil soup goodness.

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Simple Weeknight Cauliflower

Wayne and I share in the prep work for dinner most nights. Two or three times a week this involves chopping cauliflower into “tiny trees”. Wayne knows the drill, and does a good job cutting the florets into pieces not much larger than a table grape. We then turn the cauliflower into a hot skillet with a bit of salt, olive oil, and whatever spices and seasoning strike our fancy that night.
Simple Cauliflower RecipeCauliflower is endlessly adaptable, and cooking it this way is quick and delicious. After just a few minutes in the pan the cauliflower starts to brown, and then takes on a deep, nutty flavor. I’ll share the version we made the other night – pan-fried cauliflower with garlic, chives, lemon, Parmesan, and flaky sea salt. This handful of ingredients is what hit the pan this time around, but I’ll also list off a few other variations that make frequent appearances in case chives and lemon aren’t your thing.

Simple Cauliflower Variations

Spicy: This is the easiest – olive oil, a bit of Piment d’Esplette, garlic, and lemon zest at the end. Use your favorite red pepper flakes.

Curry: I sometimes use coconut oil here in place of olive oil. Then I add a favorite Indian curry powder, and go from there. Or I’ll take it in an entirely different direction and add a teaspoon (or so) of Thai red curry paste to the coconut oil.

Nutmeg: I use 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 butter, then the cauliflower, and some freshly grated nutmeg toward the end.

Serving Ideas

A couple serving ideas: It might sound a bit weird, but I like to eat this style of cauliflower over an open-faced egg salad sandwich for lunch. Or, I might build a meal off the cauliflower by throwing a bit of tofu or seitan in the pan. It’s also great on top of a curry bowl, or bowl of chili.

Anyhow, people who don’t typically like cauliflower seem to like it cooked this way. But be sure to seek out good, fresh cauliflower with tight florets, no discoloration. If there are leaves they should be bright and intact, not withered and funky.

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Quick Lime and Mushroom Salad

I’m hoping a good number of you will give this mushroom salad a go. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it! This is a solid example of my favorite kind of recipe – quick, flavor forward, and endlessly adaptable. Are you a fan of mushrooms? Then this recipe is especially for you. Here’s how it goes. You sauté thinly sliced mushrooms in a splash of olive oil and cook them until they’re super golden and beautiful. Then you toss them in a bowl with fresh herbs, peanuts, freshly chopped herbs, serrano chile, a good amount of lime juice, and soy sauce. Done.
 Quick Lime and Mushroom Salad

What kind of mushrooms?

This is a mixed mushroom salad (as pictured). I used cremini, king trumpet, and enoki mushrooms. That said, you can certainly make it with a single type of thinly sliced mushrooms. When you are preparing them just be sure to slice them consistent thickness – roughly 1/4-inch. These is a shot of the mushrooms pre-cooking (below). Followed by a photo of the color I like them to have when done cooking.

Quick Lime and Mushroom Salad

Quick Lime and Mushroom Salad

Variations on this Mushroom Salad

  • Mushroom Salad with Tofu (as pictured): For more of a one-dish meal, I like to add a bit of crumbled tofu, or steamed tempeh.
  • Mushroom Salad over Rice: This is delicious over just about any type of rice you like. A simple bowl of brown jasmine, mixed rice & grains, or even congee!
  • Mushroom Salad over Noodles: Lots of things are great with noodles, and this is no exception! You can toss it rice or soba noodles along with the rest of the ingredients. Just bump up the amount of lime juice and soy sauce, so you have enough dressing. 

    Quick Lime and Mushroom Salad

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016: Brittany Mullins from Eating Bird Food

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having an amazing week so far. Thank you SO much for all of your incredible enthusiasm with the Fit Guides. Don’t forget to sign up before the price jumps on Friday! We’re starting the plans next Monday. <3

I didn’t get the chance to get a post ready for yesterday since Fit Guide stuff was so exciting/busy/crazy in the best way, but I’m back with a brand-new podcast episode for you! I’m so thankful for the incredible blessings this little blog has brought me, and my #1 favorite thing is the ability to connect with women all over the world + the lifelong friends this little blog has brought me. Brittany and I started blogging around the same time and she’s become a real-life friend after the blog world introduced us to each other.

I feel like Brittany is such a perfect example of Healthy In Real Life. You can tell she takes great care of herself – her hair and skin are always glowing – and she lives a balanced, sustainable lifestyle. She enjoys her life with desserts and the fun stuff, but also makes the most gorgeous salads you’ll ever see. She works out but also stresses the importance of rest and self care. She inspires and motivates her audience to love their bodies, which gets cheers from me all the livelong day. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with Brittany a handful of times and she’s just as fun and genuine as you’d expect from reading her blog.

In this episode, we’re chatting about all the good stuff:

– How Eating Bird Food got started and when she felt like she could quit her 9-5 to pursue the blog full-time

– The biggest changes she’s seen since the OG blogging days


– Tips for Instagram, especially increasing followers and engagament

– Favorite blogging tools and tips

– The health struggles she’s experienced and what seemed to help the most

– Staple breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes

and her tips for being Healthy In Real Life

Brittany eating bird food

Here’s some background info on Brittany:

Brittany is a health coach, certified personal trainer and the woman behind Eating Bird Food, a wellness platform where sheshares recipes, workouts, wellness articles, travel adventures and more. Brittany focuses on living a balanced life throughhealthy habits over dieting. Rather than promoting a specific diet, she strives to show a balanced approach to health with real-food, plant-focused meals that are not only nutritious, but also delicious and satisfying.

Resources from this episode:

Maple Balsamic Tempeh Bowls

Asian chopped salad


Peanut Butter Banana Chia Oatmeal

Get her ebook, Fit With Five here!

Find Brittany at her blog, on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube!

Thank you so much for listening and for all of your support with the podcast! Please leave a rating or review if you enjoyed this episode. If you leave a rating, head to this page and you’ll get a little “thank you” gift from me to you. 

You can listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play.

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New Fit Guides are HERE! (customized workout plans based on your goals)

Hi friends! I’ve been waiting for this day for the past few months! They’re finally here:

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New Fit Guides are available (choose from 6!) and they’re better than ever.

When I first released the Fit Guides, it was on a subscription basis. The feedback was incredible and everyone seemed to love the plans. The Facebook group was bumping with testimonials from women who felt stronger, more empowered on their fitness journey, and were crushing their personal goals. 

When I saw a subscription cancelation notice, I’d usually send a quick email to see if there was any feedback they could share so I could make the plans better.

The major reason:

It was a subscription. 

I totally get it. I’m particular about subscriptions, too, and so often, I’d rather pay once and enjoy than have to continue to pay monthly.


So that was a huge change that I made. You pay once, and you get everything:

12 weeks of customized workouts to suit your goals and preferences

4 weeks of meal plans and grocery lists from a Registered Dietitian (Kim! She is SO amazing at fueling athletes and providing healthy, sustainable meal plans as you work towards your goals)

2 bonus follow-along workout videos: HIIT + Strength and Pure HIIT 

Fit Guide Bonus Covers

– Cardio guidelines with extra cardio workouts to do at home or the gym

When you purchase a Fit Guide, you have 5 options to choose from: Benchmark Babe, Cardio Queen, Lean Machine, Fitness Freak, and Home Workout Warrior. (Early postpartum mamas will be referred to my post baby bod plan, which is a safe, effective way to get back in the fitness game after giving birth. Post baby bod advanced is for those who want to take it to the next level.)

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How do you choose which plan is for you?

You can take this free and fun quiz to see what I’d suggest! You aren’t obligated to purchase your quiz result and can choose from any Fit Guide you’d like. If you’re torn between plans, please leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll help you decide.

Why did I create these plans?

There are a ton of fitness plans in the internet sea, but they’re designed for one person. One type of exerciser, one type of goal, one type of training style. They don’t take into account personal goals and preferences, but instead loop everything into a general plan or category. Of course, sharing fitness is a GREAT thing, but I thought that there has to be a better way to customize workout plans.

I really wanted to create something different, and something that would cater to the various goals and likes/dislikes that are out there. 

For SO long, I received requests to do online personal training. It’s something I’d love to do, but I’d much rather be able to help a lot of people instead of like 5 a month. It’s something I’ve been trying to figure out since I started the blog, so in order to help as many people as possible, I categorized the 6 most common types of clients I train:

The Benchmark Babe (working to get started or back in the fitness game. They’re setting their benchmark for success!)

Cardio Queen (the cardio junkie who loves the sweat and endorphins of cardio but may be lacking the fitness front)

The Lean Machine (the strength training maven who likes to follow a structured muscle split and has goals to increase lean muscle)

The Fitness Freak (those who love all the classes and all of the fitness equipment! The more variety, the better)

The Home Workout Warrior (the ones who get in their fitness hustle at home. They’re dedicated to their goals, but may need some more structure or variety)

The early postpartum mama, who wants to get back her fitness levels without compromising the healing process post-birth

These are also the types of clients I LOVE TO TRAIN. I truly enjoy creating fitness plans and have been doing it for a long time. There’s a lot of art and science that went into the design and structure of each plan. They’re not something I just threw together; each one was created with purpose (and so much love!). They’re like my lil fitness plan babies. 

Here’s what our first round of Fit Guide ladies had to say:

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Fit guide feedback

Some of the amazing results:

Laura progress shots

Fit guide progress

And as a Fit Guide tester myself – I do Lean Machine or Fitness Freak workouts almost every time I strength train – along with more focused nutrition, they’ve changed my body. I feel stronger, leaner, and these solid workouts (in addition to eating more carbs and protein) have me feeling so much more energized. 

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Who these plans are for:

– Those who are looking for structure and guidance, especially as we head into the busy holiday season. It’s so much easier to stay committed and motivated when you have a plan in place (and someone cheering you on!)

– Those who are comfortable strength training and can execute movements on their own with proper form. We have a comprehensive exercise gallery here and I’m always adding new workout moves! As always, please check with a doctor before making any fitness changes.

– Those who want a personal trainer without the extra time requirement and expense. For the cost of less than 2 personal training sessions, you get 12 weeks worth of workouts, tools, and motivation

– Those who have hit a plateau and are looking to shake things up, take fitness to the next level and accomplish new goals

Who these plans are NOT for:

– Those who don’t like to strength train on their own or purely take fitness classes

– Those who are happy doing their own thing

Take your free fitness quiz here and check out the plans here! The price will jump this weekend to $97, so now’s the time to get dibs on your spot.

We’ll be starting the workouts on Monday of next week so I hope you’ll join in the fun. 



Congrats to the winner of the Fit Guides sneaky giveaway: Hillary! (Check your email for your access code today)

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Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

Blender soups are great because, often, you need just a few ingredients. Start with one all-star, seasonal ingredient like winter squash, broccoli, tomato, or asparagus. Beyond that, perhaps an onion, some broth or water, some herbs or spices, boom – you’ve got what you need to make a beautiful, silky blended soup.

A soup like this can come together in under fifteen minutes – you cook the aromatics, add the main vegetable with some broth or favored liquid, and let simmer until the vegetable(s) are cooked through. Then you go to town with more spices and toppings. I throw the term blender around loosely here. If you don’t have a traditional blender, a hand blender is fine. They work great, particularly if you’re one of those people who avoids dealing with a blender because of the clean-up. 😉 A high-speed blender can give an extra smooth, beautiful texture, but I used an immersion hand blender for years, making soups like these, before taking the high-speed plunge. Still delicious.

1. A Simple Carrot Soup(101 Cookbooks)
This simplest carrot soup! Carrots and onion form the base, it’s spiked with dollop of red curry paste, and then pureed into silky oblivion. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

2. Turmeric Carrot Ginger Soup with Coconut Almond Streusel(Cheeky Kitchen)
If you’re up for a more complex carrot soup, here’s where it’s at. Lemongrass, coconut, ginger, garlic, and tahini come together in this beauty. it’s a blended carrot soup with a coco-almond streusel topping. Right? Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

3. Alkalizing Green Soup(101 Cookbooks)
Ten ingredients in a blender, this soup is a potent jolt of alkalizing vegetables and herbs, made with a protein-rich split green pea base. This is great when you need an anti-dote to and overly indulgent week. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

4. Stinging Nettle and Spring Garlic Soup(Hungry Ghost)
With their abundant vitamins and minerals, I’m always looking for ways to work more nettles into my diet. Andrea always inspires, and this is the perfect soup for springtime or if you come across nettles at the market (or out on a hike!). Use a veg broth if you’d like to keep it vegetarian / vegan. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

5. Roasted Tomato Soup(Sprouted Kitchen)
When you’ve had your fill of the seasons best fresh tomatoes, and when you’re ready to transition into fall, this is the soup to make. You still want to use great tomatoes, and you can easily make this vegan by using coconut milk or a thick nut milk in place of the heavy cream called for. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

6. Julie Morris’s Cumin Beet Soup(Julie Morris / Jenni Kayne)
From Julie’s Superfood Soups book, this vibrant blended stunner includes power ingredients like cumin, turmeric, and maca. It has a coconut milk base, nut milks will work as well. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

7. Cauliflower Soup with Lemon Zest(The Thinking CAP)
Sometimes simple is best, and that what you see here. A recipe by nutritionist Dana James strong on the cauliflower front, with a hint of lemon. Five ingredients (aside from water, salt). Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

8. Warm Almond, Garlic, and Parsnip Soup(Green Kitchen Stories)
A (remote) riff on Spanish gazpacho. I love the use of underutilized parsnips here, and the red grape and thyme finish. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

9. Broccoli Cheddar Soup(101 Cookbooks)
I love the combination of broccoli, mustard, and Cheddar here. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

10. Pumpkin and Rice Soups(Local Milk)
Brilliant use of smoked salt here adding depth to a winter squash and apple blended soup base. Also, an herby kiss of fresh time counters the natural sweetness here. To make this vegan, swap in your favorite non-dairy milk for the cream – a thick homemade cashew nut milk works great – (1 cup soaked nuts blended w/ two nuts, strained). Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

11. Coconut Broccoli Soup(101 Cookbooks)
A simple broccoli and spinach affair, made with coconut milk broth, double greens (broccoli & spinach), and topped with good stuff like pan-fried tofu cubes, lots of toasted almonds, and shredded scallions. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

12. A Simple Asparagus Soup(101 Cookbooks)
Spiked with a dollop of green curry paste, this is a springtime favorite. Just a handful of ingredients, and you can use cashew nut or almond milk in place of the coconut milk if you like. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

13. Pumpkin and Rice Soups(101 Cookbooks)
Ginger-spiked pumpkin (or winter squash) soup. It calls for fresh ginger juice, pressed from grated ginger, and a kiss of serrano chile. Just a short list of ingredients come together beautifully here. Get the recipe here.

Thirteen Great Blender Soups you can Make Tonight

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