Winter Squash Soup.MoreThanFood

New Year’s Resolutions + Winter Squash Soup

With the start of this 2017 year, I have been reflecting on this ever-popular idea of New Year’s Resolutions. We tend to speed so fast at the year’s starting line on January 1st toward better health, financial stability, or renewed relationships (all of which are incredible things). Our momentum is 100%-all-in to create change. We can for sure do this. Then, a couple of months into the race, we often times lose a bit of speed, and some of us even stop racing. We let go of the resolution— the commitment to ourselves— to do something differently.

What makes us lose steam? Often, it is one or both of two things: challenge and value (or lack thereof). Change is hard— I get it. We are creatures of habit, as the adage goes. Here’s the thing, though. If something is not working well, not lifting us up or helping lift up others, change is necessary. Are you living a daily lifestyle that creates the best version of you? If yes, keep going, friend! If not, it is time to start reflecting on where change will be a positive thing in your life.

“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” 

Value is required to make our priorities. We focus our attention, money, and time on the individuals and things that ultimately bring value to our lives. I classify people, obligations, material things, etc. by their levels of AV (a.k.a Added Value). Is this relationship an AV one, or does it cause more pain? Does this activity I have been doing for the past year have AV, or do I feel uneasy about going each week? AV is a method of deciphering priorities. This idea of AV is not just for you and I personally, but we can use it to measure how much value we add to the world.

So when it comes to resolutions, think about the AV things you want in your life. Write them down, and next to them, scribble down the steps it will take to get there. One foot in front of the other, my friends. And eventually this effort will lead to habit, which morphs into lifestyle. You are changing your life one decision at a time.

To help you on your journey, fill your soul (and tummy!) with comfort and warmth. This Squash Soup is just the ticket to a successful goal-setting evening!

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Winter Squash Soup
Crockpot recipe are the best! All you do is aadd everything to a pot, go about your day, and when you come back, you will have a full meal for days!
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 4-8 Hours, depending on crockpot time
Servings
Big Crockpot Full!
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 4-8 Hours, depending on crockpot time
Servings
Big Crockpot Full!
Instructions
  1. Peel the skin off the butternut and acorn squashes.
  2. Chop the carrots, sweet potato, and onion.
  3. Toss all ingredients together (except pumpkin seeds) in a crockpot. Simmer on high for 4-5 hours or low 6-8 hours.
  4. When you are ready to enjoy, put as much soup as you want to eat in a blender, and puree. Top with pumpkin seeds, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

*If you want a thicker, chunkier chili, use 1 cup of broth. With a thinner soup, use 2 cups of broth.

Carrot and Date Bites More Than Food

Carrot & Date Bites

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Carrot & Date Bites
Prep Time 12 Minutes
Servings
Bites
Ingredients
Prep Time 12 Minutes
Servings
Bites
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Shred the carrots (I use a food processor with a shredding blade).
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor, and blend them together.
  3. Roll mixture into balls, and place on a cookie sheet + parchment paper.
  4. Place in fridge for a bit of time (20-60 min), or until firmer.
  5. Enjoy these healthy bite-sized treats!
Sweet Potatoes More Than Food

Savory Sweet Potatoes

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Savory Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are easy to make and incredibly delicious to consume! Toss them with dense spices of cinnamon and chili powder for a soulful and savory bite.
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 35 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 35 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cube sweet potatoes. Toss in melted coconut oil.
  3. Place on a pan + parchment paper or in a glass container. Bake for 35 minutes or until soft.
  4. Enjoy warm or let cool, and enjoy on a salad!
Breakfast made easy!

Homemade Yogurt Bowl

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Homemade Yogurt Bowl
Start off your morning well with some good, healthy fat topped with a tinge of sweetness. This yogurt bowl is packed with nutrients and textures. It is almost like having dessert for breakfast!
Course Morning Fuel
Prep Time 6 Minutes
Servings
Bowl
Ingredients
Course Morning Fuel
Prep Time 6 Minutes
Servings
Bowl
Ingredients
Recipe Notes

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