Healthy eating means different things to different people. For me, healthy eating means focusing on nutritional value and nourishing my body. I’m training to run my first half marathon, so I eat to perform. The difference between a nourished body on a run and a nutrient-deficient body on a run has made it pretty easy to say no to cheeseburgers and yes to whole grains, vegetables, and lean protein.
But I also love food. Like…loooooooove food. My social media feeds are overflowing with beautiful food photos, providing me with both ample temptation and plenty of opportunities to try new recipes. My quest is to find the perfect combination of nourishing and honest-to-goodness deliciousness. Since I’m already doing the recipe testing dirty work (it’s a rough life), it’s only fair that I share the biggest successes here with you.
This week’s nutritional win: (No Cream of) Broccoli Soup , ripped from the pages of O Magazine. <-- Click for the full recipe.
This (no cream of) broccoli soup is wildly easy to make, as long as you have a blender or food processor, and is composed of 100% clean ingredients. Just celery, onions, broccoli, parsley, 1 medium potato, chicken broth (though I’m sure veggie broth will also work if you want the full veg experience) and a little bit of feta. This soup is flavorful, filling, low calorie, low fat, and gluten-free. It can be modified to be vegetarian as well.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, which means it packs a lot of nutritional bang for a very small calorie buck. The list of nutritional benefits of consuming broccoli is lengthy and powerful: it can reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer, improve bone health, improve digestion and natural detoxification (it’s anti-inflammatory), and can even boost collagen production, making your skin look healthier.
Do your body a favor and resist the urge to revert back to your broccoli-hating, kicking and screaming, 5-year-old self and give it a try. I hope you and your body love it!