25 Gifts For The Foodie In Your Life

With the holiday season fast approaching its time to start looking for the perfect gift for each person on your list. If you're anything like me you absolutely detest going to the mega malls and wading through the seemingly endless swarms of lines and people… Just thinking about it makes me cringe, and that's why I absolutely swear by online shopping!

I mean come on, you can't tell me that sitting at home in your pjs with some Netflix and a cup of tea, while looking at exactly what that specific friend/family member would want isn't WAY less stressful than the traditional alternative!

In my house we all love food based anything, and by that I mean cans or jars of food, bottles of booze, sweets like candies and chocolates, cookbooks and best of all the ultra cool kitchen tools! Since there are so many possible gifts to give I've created a list of my top 25 gift suggestions for the foodie in your life. Let me know your opinion and I hope it makes your holiday gift giving a little quicker and easier! ❤️

25 Soups To Enjoy Through Fall And Winter

It’s no secret I have a sort of love affair with soups, and all things soup related, and after a positive response to my summer soups post I’m back with more, but this time its all about fall <3

 “And all at once the summer collapsed into fall - Oscar Wilde” 

Fall really is a wonderful time of year, besides the obvious; comfy clothes, fuzzy boots, scarfs and tea. Fall brings with it a plethora of seasonal veggies and the cool weather helps to inspire the cooking vibes - and after avoiding the stove all summer, its about time! 

When it comes to cooking soup anytime of year, but especially leading into the fall and winter months ALWAYS DO A DOUBLE BATCH, seriously though I can’t stress enough the benefits of making extra soup and then freezing it is small and large portions for later. Lets be real for a moment, even though winter (for most of us) means spending more time indoors, it doesn’t mean we are any less busy! Having individual and family sized portions of soup on hand is such a great time saver for lunch and dinner and it’s easy enough that the family can heat it up themselves (wooot, one less thing mom has to do!).

 

break down the perfection

FRESH TAKES ON THE CLASSICS!

Who doesn't love the classic soups like chicken noodle, turkey, tomato and those awesome fall root veggies * swoons*  These 7 recipes are all fresh and delicious twists on some of the favourite soups that come along with this beautiful fall season

  1. creamy roasted tomato and basil soup
  2. slow cooker butternut squash soup
  3. rosemary chicken noodle soup
  4. Turkey dumpling soup
  5. Ham and veggie soup
  6. Roasted caulighflower soup
  7. caprese spinach and tomato soup

 

basics for the classics

 

PUMPKIN, PUMPKIN AND MORE PUMPKIN!

It wouldn’t be fall without some pumpkin, ok or a lot of pumpkin. Thats why I’ve got these 4 super savoury soups that feature the #1 fall staple… none other than (you guessed it) Pumpkin! 

  1. pumpkin acorn squash soup
  2. thai ginger and pumpkin soup with cocoanut cream
  3. pumpkin Tumeric and ginger soup
  4. quinoa black bean and pumpkin soup

 

all of the pumpkins

HEARTY, SAVORY AND OH SO GLORIOUS!

Sometimes (especially on those colder days) we all need something with a little extra oomph to help warm us up, provide some much needed energy and of course to leave us feeling satisfied and happy overall! These 6 recipes are just the solution to that feeling, they are chunky, rich, hearty and so so soooooo delicious. You’ll want to grab a spoon and dive on in!! 

  1. creamy broccoli chicken and cheddar soup
  2. white bean soup with bacon and spiced brown butter
  3. Zuppa toscana soup
  4. cabbage roll soup
  5. tomato creamy tortalini soup
  6. Hamburger soup

 

rooting for the root veggies

 

IT DOESN’T GET ANY MORE FALL THAN THIS!

These last 8 recipes - while not all pumpkin, these recipes are still the epitome of the fall season and all the beautiful and diverse flavours it has to offer! 

Essentially it is the love of fall wrapped up in a warm and inviting bowl of soup… does it get any better than that? I don't think so!

  1. cream of sweet potato and apple soup
  2. mushroom barley soup
  3. autumn lentil soup
  4. carrot and ginger soup
  5. cheesy Italian sausage and potato chowder
  6. asiago bisque
  7. cinnamon spiced sweet potato soup with maple croutons
  8. bre and cheddar apple beer soup 

 

fall magic
 "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall - F. Scott Fitzgerald”

Hope you enjoyed this weeks post and that you enjoyed making and eating some of these soups as much as I know I did!

Think I missed a recipe that absolutely screams fall, tell me about it!!

Until next week, 
-A

Death To Fad Diets!

First off, this is a NO SHAME ZONE. I’m about to get real when it comes to dieting, specifically fad diets, and it’s ok, we’ve all fallen victim to these “health super trends”, at least I know I have 🙋🏻

Now that we’ve settled that let’s get down to business. For anyone who has been living under a rock for the past 60+ years a fad diet is defined as a reducing diet that enjoys temporary popularity. In this case the definition really says it all, fad diets are horribly restrictive (meaning you see results ultra fast if you follow the regimen exactly, and even the the results aren’t lasting! So it comes as no surprise that these diets are only popular until they are realized to be unrealistic, and by then it’s onto the next new thing. This pattern of dieting is absolutely brutal and takes a significant toll on every single aspect of a person’s life! (Don’t believe me, leave a comment with your opinion and we’ll talk.)

Why Fad Diets Are The Worst For You And Your Family

Besides the whole completely unrealistic thing, fad diets leave you feeling defeated, unmotivated, frustrated, and often confused. They contribute to feelings of social inadequacy, low self esteem and self worth, depression, anxiety, self harm and they cause us to lose touch with our own bodies needs and wants.

While working in franchised weight loss I had the opportunity to meet and support a large number of people from all different walks of life and facing all kinds of different circumstances, old, young, male, female, parents, children, everyone… And without a doubt 95% of those people had tried at least one fad diet prior to sitting in my office, and all of them felt defeated, frustrated and discouraged by their past experiences. Even the 3-5 year old children whose parent(s) came in were starting to show similar negative habits, thoughts and tendencies to those of their parents. This was something that shattered my heart into a trillion pieces every time I saw it. 

Plain and simple kids learn from us, they learn the things we do, say and in a way even how we think, no parent wants to teach their child a negative view of food (obviously). That is why we need to all band together and make a stand to break the trend of fad diets and work together to teach future generations how to love, utilize and maintain their empowerment over food.  

What We Should Be Doing

This is something I talk about time and time again (believe me, it’s not without good reason) and it’s using mindfulness, balance and moderation while approaching food. 

We are a species of omnivores that require essential nutrients found in our various foods to survive, like could nature have made it any more obvious that we are made to eat everything that doesn't try to eat us? Just sayin’ it’s about time we all started acting like it! Because of globalization (that fancy term we all learned way back in high school social studies) we have access to spices and ingredients from all over the world allowing for endless culinary potential! - I don't know about you but that sounds pretty damn good to me! 

So enjoy the gift that is variety and start eating everything again, just remember the key; it’s all about how much, how often!

How To Make The Change

A lot of the changes required to let go of the fad dieting train is mindset and habit change, choosing to focus on positive lifestyle measures rather than just what the scale or measuring tape says, here are 10 things you can do today to help make the change

  1. Wake up every morning, look in the mirror and tell yourself how incredibly beautiful, positive, strong and loved you are.
  2. Resist the urge to buy that raunchy gossip magazine at the checkout, its only full of lies and garbage.
  3. Go for a quiet (electronic free) walk in nature, and take a minute to listen to your body
  4. Drink way more water and give up the nasty diet pops - all those chemicals are just as bad if not worse than the sugar!
  5. Unsubscribe from those who constantly push the newest, hottest diet - you don’t need that shit in your life.
  6. Eat from all of the food groups and unless there is an allergy, try not to cut anything out.
  7. Pay attention to which foods make you feel happy, energized and awesome overall, then incorporate those foods regularly. 
  8. Keep a journal(with your meal plan) to document your progress, thoughts/feelings, challenges and motivation.
  9. Talk to friends and family about your choice for change and ask for their support. 
  10. Spend 1-2 hours weekly to meal plan as a family, in 7 days there are 21 meals that get to be enjoyed, set 10 of those 21 meals as current family favourites and use the other 11 to get creative and try new things! 

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