The holidays are finally behind us and as fun as they were I am itching to get back on track with my running and my eating. For the past month I have eaten more than my share of cookies and candy and while I loved every minute of it, I’m starting to feel like my stomach is lopping over my pants and that is something I am not comfortable with. In order to help me rid my body of all the butter and sugar I’ve been pouring into my body, I’m planning to share lots of healthy recipes over the next month starting with this Vegetable Minestrone Soup.
It’s been pretty darn cold here in Colorado since Christmas. We ended Christmas day with a big snow which was absolutely beautiful and perfectly timed. However, it hasn’t warmed up much since then, I think we topped out at 34 one day. We’ve had a few more snows since then and a couple of bitter cold days. Since it’s been so cold the snow hasn’t really had much of a chance to melt so we have about 7 inches accumulated in our backyard.
With all of the snow and ice outside I’ve been staying in and running on my treadmill. I’m so grateful I have it, but the lack of outdoor visual stimulation is really starting to get me down. The other reason I’ve been stuck inside on the treadmill is that I’ve been dealing with a hip flexor issue all through the month of December. I’m not going to lie it’s been painful and mentally and emotionally challenging for me. I’m not running anywhere near the pace I was this summer and running up and down hills (there are tons of them here in Highlands Ranch) irritates the heck out of my hip. Thankfully I’ve found that running on a flat surface (my treadmill) doesn’t irritate it nearly as much.
So, between all the desserts, cutting back on running, and overall being bummed out about my leg, it’s put me in a bit of a funk about myself lately. Over the past couple days I’ve been getting myself organized and coming up with a plan to get myself healthy and motivated again. This Vegetable Minestrone Soup was just the beginning and it was a delicious beginning. If I had my way I’d eat soup for dinner all the time, the husband though doesn’t believe soup on it’s own is a meal. However, we compromise and when I do make it I cook some chicken or make him a sandwich to go with his. The Vegetable Minestrone soup is packed with vegetables just as the name implies. It has carrots, celery, onions, green beans, spinach, zucchini, and tomatoes in it. For some protein it also has a can of delicious and creamy cannellini beans. To keep the carbs lower and make it gluten free I didn’t add pasta to this soup, but if the pasta is important to you feel free to add some. This soup is warm, filling, and has so much flavor. It was everything I was hoping for and more. It makes quite a bit so you will have plenty of leftovers for lunch or dinner the next night. Whether you need to get back on track with healthy eating or are just looking for a darn good soup to have on a cold day, this Vegetable Minestrone Soup is sure to fit the bill!
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