Monthly Archives: October 2014

Pumpkin coconut lentil soup!

pumpkin coco lentil soup

Pumpkin coconut lentil soup!                   (serves 4)

-3 cups water

-1/2 brown onion (chopped fine)

-3/4 cup of lentils (mixed) *soaked in cool water for at least 4 hours

-1 can lite coconut milk

-1 small can of coconut cream

-1/2 Japanese pumpkin or butternut squash (chopped chunky)

-1/2 small sweet potato (chopped chunky)

*Spice mix: 1 tbsp of tumeric and smoked paprika, 1/2 tbsp of cumin and coriander powder

-salt to taste

In a large pot, with a lid, saute the onion on medium-high heat for about 3 minutes.  Add the spice mix and saute for another 1 minute.  Then, add the soaked lentils (water drained) and stir to combine ingredients.  Add all the other ingredients., stir, and bring to a simmer with pot lid on.  Simmer for 10 minutes, or until pumpkin/sweet potato breaks apart with a fork.  With a hand blender or blender of any kind, blend the ingredients until slightly thick.  Serve with freshly chopped coriander, mint or basil leaves!  Your done!  Super simple, super quick.  Hope you enjoy this. Thanks, be aware and eat with care 🙂

Student blog S2 Wk13: Motivation?….. lacking…

So its the end of week 13, 1 more week until classes are done, quizzes ahead……motivation?…..lacking.  I have the final chapter summaries to do for my foundations on nutrition course, and then tomorrow is go time….hopefully.  Its been so beautiful outside with the start of summer that I can’t just sit inside and stare into the computer screen, it literally kills my soul to do that.  I spent the day volunteering, then I walked home from the city, then swam in the sun, then lounged on my outdoor couch on the patio…. its a hard life ;).  With all that beautiful me time in the suns rays how could I study!??  Anyways, I have finally sat down and gotten to business.  I finished my HB2 quiz (human bio), which was actually extremely hard, so not the best start.  I have to do 4 chapter summaries and my studying material is ready…. I’m just so dam sleepy from my day in the sun, haha.  O well, I’ll try to get motivated over a tasty dinner.   I’m thankful though that l I’m not stressing like most others probably are.  Finish your final assignments early and you can be care-free like me :).  Thanks for reading and wish me luck!  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Let’s learn how to properly read FOOD LABELS!

Quick Food Label Guide

Click on the underlined link above to a super simple and quick reference when reading food labels.  It’s from Queensland Australia, but that doesn’t mean it won’t apply to labels from other parts of the world, they are usually all the same lay out.

http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm274593.htm#nutrients

If you want a more detailed look at reading food labels this government website is a good one.

Being able to read and understand food labels helps you to become a healthier consumer because you won’t be duped into buying highly processed food stuffs.  You can print out the quick reference guide and keep it with you when you shop.  Eventually one day you will remember the important percentages and your grocer baskets will be full of great healthy items!  Practice makes perfect.  Hope this helps!  Thanks and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref: This is a consensus document from Queensland Dietitian/ Nutritionists Developed: August 2009 Disclaimer: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/masters/copyright.asp Review Date: August 2014