Flu Season + Giveaway Winner!!

Happy Flu Season, friends. If you’re following the news here in the U.S., then you know that this is being called one of the worst flu seasons in quite some time.

The foods you eat can have a substantial impact on your health, and there are many amazing and natural foods you can eat to boost your immune system and outsmart this flu virus this year.

Unfortunately, Tony and I weren’t able to avoid the flu, but from what I understand, it could have been a million times worse for us. Most of the time I was able to keep my energy up, and last Thursday I worked from home. I don’t want to be that person in the office who gets everyone else sick.

For dinner on Sunday I made a soup from the new cookbook (and giveaway prize). I made the creamy chestnut soup. Amazing!

The soup included 1 cup of fresh shiitake mushrooms. Shiitakes are known for their excellent immune boosting properties and can help us get back into fighting shape!

A bonus: our shiitakes were SUPER fresh and organic because they were grown by Tony!!!

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(Vita)Mix it Up!

Over the weekend, I played nurse for my husband who had his wisdom teeth extracted on Friday morning. For this, I stocked up on mushy food for him. I got LOTS of cans of Amy’s soups, and potatoes to make mashed potatoes.

The best supply to have, though, was the Vitamix.

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I used that vitamix more times this weekend than I expected to!

For the mashed potatoes, I threw in the boiled potatoes, earth balance, veggie broth, and for some added protein, raw cashews. The result was a little more “instant mashed potato” than I was going for, but Tony liked it. They were tasty but gooey.

I also blended up some minestrone soup to be less “chunky” so there was nothing to chew. Tony had some leftover soup from dinner Thursday night that also ended up in the Vitamix at one point. Continue reading