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Feel Gratitude Sweet Potato Soup

 

 

Today’s Feel Gratitude Sweet Potato Soup is packed with so much goodness that you are going to want to make it all fall and winter long. It’s loaded with my seasonal favorites: sweet potatoes, carrots, and celery!

Turn this soup into a gratitude practice by focusing on preparing the meal with your full heart and attention. And then eat it slowly and savor every bite. Give yourself time to actually feel the amazing intelligence of the plant foods (a form of plant medicine, really!) nourishing your body. Allow yourself to appreciate this sweet and salty flavorful soup, full of beautifying nutrients. And don’t worry if you go back for seconds! I certainly do :)  

Why Fill Up on Sweet Potatoes?

Don’t you just love sitting down with a hearty bowl of satisfying soup?! I do! Especially my Feel Gratitude Sweet Potato Soup, that is full of the balancing flavors of salty and sweet plant-based goodness.

Filling up a large portion size of my Sweet Potato Soup is like serving yourself up a super dense bowl of easily digestible superfoods! It makes you feel satisfied, grounded, beautiful, radiant and powerful.  

And even better,  you can feel grateful for eating this soup because you don’t have to work hard to digest it. By slowly cooking the sweet potatoes, carrots, and celery in this soup, you’ll be helping your body easily break down their fiber and quickly absorb all their goodness. I believe eating both raw and cooked veggies are a beneficial part of a beautiful diet.

All of the veggies you’ll find in my Sweet Potato soup are a good source of dietary fiber, making this soup wonderfully filling. Fiber also helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels so you won’t notice an energy spike or crash.

BONUS: sweet potatoes and carrots are grounding “earth” foods, grown in the earth itself. These are important foods to incorporate in fall, the season of what is called vata in Ayurveda, when the wind energy gets kicked into high gear. This is one of the most important times of the year to bring in these earthy veggies to help keep us balanced with the elements of nature!

Beauty Perks

During this time of year, I just love to cook with sweet potatoes. One of my favorite reasons for using sweet potatoes is that they have so many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B6, C and A. Just one medium sweet potato scores about 438% of your daily vitamin A requirement. Vitamin A is wonderful for beautiful skin. It helps promote healthy cell turnover and communication. So get you so more sweet potato, please!

Sweet potatoes are high in antioxidants and low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol. They are also a good source of potassium and manganese, minerals that are powerful for boosting brain health. Don’t we all need a little brain boost? My brain feels more intact again since Bubs is over 2 now, but for a while I felt a long-term, sleep deprived Mama brain fog :).

Another veggie I gravitate towards during the fall season is carrots. Carrots are grown from the earth, and have a grounding, stabilizing energy. The more I go on in my wellness journey, the more in awe of the intelligence of plant foods I am, which cannot be quantified just into calories and other numbers. I recently planted a whole tray of Purple Cosmic Carrots in my garden- that was the name of the variety of carrots! No joke!

Carrots also possess strong cleansing properties that are super effective at cleansing our livers. And if you haven’t heard me share this enough, let me explain why a clean liver = a beautiful body. When our livers are functioning well, toxins can actually be removed from the blood.  And when toxins are removed, our blood can more easily transport nutrients to our whole body. This includes healthy nutrients to our skin, hair, and nails.

Carrots also contain calcium, potassium, iron, fiber, vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, K, and biotin—amazing skin refresher and beautifying properties. Say hello to dewy vibrant skin after a bowl of this soup.

 

Beauty Clue!  Do you know that sweet potatoes and carrots that have a deep orange color are likely to boost your skin with a radiance boost? That is because their color indicates carotene content and carotene helps to magically brighten your skin. We are attracted to beautiful colors, which also clue us into their powers.

I just absolutely love making this satisfying and beautifying Sweet Potato Soup. It’s sweet and salty flavor makes all the yummy nutrients truly explode in your mouth. Giving you all the more reason to feel grateful when you serve it up. I really think you’re going to love this Sweet Potato Soup recipe! So let’s get making it!

Be sure to tag me on Instagram in all your recipe creations! And if you are on Pinterest, pin it and share it with your friends!

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Feel Free: Beauty Burrito

Feel Free Burrito.HeroWell this is an interesting burrito, you might think, upon looking at our happy photo here, what with the cabbage and all :). And yes, it is quite interesting!

It’s a delicious burrito version that ‘aint going to weigh you down or make you feel super full and bloated. Ugh! No thanks. Burritos are such a delicious way to wrap up your favorite ingredients all together. Yet, the way that we wrap it up is super important.  Enter my new recipe, the Feel Free Beauty Burrito! It’s quite a spin from the traditional burrito since it’s loaded with digestive enhancing and beauty-boosting veggies. as well as my NEW SPECIAL Beauty Sauce! 

Digestive Enhancing and Beauty Boosting Burrito

Veggies

Soothing Beauty Food: Jicama

Jicama is a beautifying root vegetable, that is lightly sweet, watery, and low in calories (which we don’t obsess over, but I mention here to give you the idea that it is a super light food). Don’t get confused though, low in calories doesn’t mean low in goodness! Jicama is loaded with a special type of fiber called inulin.  And inulin helps to regulate blood sugar levels, helping our bodies to run steady and smooth all day long. 

Have you ever heard of the term “pre-biotic”? It may sound similar to something you know that I can’t live without… yes that’s right – probiotics. (For more information on probiotics check out my blog post.) Prebiotics are food for the friendly bacteria living in our gut. And it just so happens to be that jicama is considered a prebiotic. Meaning it’s a healthy sugar that feeds friendly flora and helps balance your body’s probiotic levels. In turn, this helps keep your digestive system running smooth and your beauty running radiantly!  

Let’s not forget, jicama is also packed with beauty vitamins and some minerals, including an awesome amount of vitamin C. Because of its high vitamin C content, jicama is a great support to glowing skin as well as boosting immunity. 

Go with the Flow Beauty Food: Broccoli

Broccoli nourishes the skin as well as the joints and connective tissues around the body. And when your connective tissues are nourished, you can move more fluidly and gracefully. Not only that, but broccoli also helps build bone strength, thanks to its abundance of calcium, magnesium, and zinc. 

Something definitely worth noting, broccoli has the unique ability to help the body get in more of an alkaline state. When your body is more alkaline, you retain calcium more efficiently in your bones. Yes, that right! Your bones actually lose calcium when you consume acidic products (think dairy, soda and excessive meat)! Luckily for us women, broccoli’s high concentration of folate and iron helps keep our blood health and circulation flowing through our bodies. In turn, this helps prevent movement issues like osteoporosis and arthritis, assisting us to keep flowing fluidly and gracefully in our lives.

Broccoli is known as the premier example of a vegetable providing all three types of antioxidants—vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients—all contributing to antioxidant benefits. In fact, broccoli represents the 3rd best source of vitamin C,10th best source of vitamin E, and 16th best source of vitamin A. If this were the veggie Olympics, then broccoli would be an all star!! :) :)

My NEW Special Beauty Sauce

To me, a burrito feels complete when I can load it up with a special tasty salsa or sauce. And since my Feel Free Burrito really doesn’t consist of your typical burrito ingredients, I just had to pair it with a not so typical, but super special sauce. My NEW Beauty Sauce is one for the books. It’s super easy to make and tastes good on almost everything!

With a combination of nutty, cheesy and spicy flavors, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dipping into it time and time again. That’s why you see that the recipe I’m providing for you below Beauty makes a little bit extra :) You’re welcome!

And when your best friend comes over and she devours your last few bites, don’t forget to give all the scoop on why we call it “Beauty Sauce”.

To make it easy for you, I am giving you 3 simple tips you can remember, that make my Beauty Sauce so beautifying and balanced!

  • Almonds are an extremely rich source of vitamin E, the skin-beautifying antioxidant that helps to create suppleness.
  • Nutritional yeast contains the perfect combination of powerful fuels for healthy hair: amino acids and B vitamins.
  • Tamari is a fermented soybean product, that tastes similar to soy sauce but has less sodium, more protein and it also gluten-free to boot

 

Feel Free Burrito(1)

Prepare all your beauty burrito ingredients.

Feel Free Burrito(2)

Place all your Beauty Sauce ingredients into a blender.

Feel Free Burrito(3)

Next, blend until your Beauty Sauce is nice and creamy.

Feel Free Burrito(4)

And lastly, spread your Beauty Sauce evenly into your cabbage bowl. Fill with all your favorite burrito ingredients and enjoy!

 

Feel Free: Beauty Burrito
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Beautify Sauce
  • ¾ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp. tamari
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. coriander
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • Burrito Blend
  • ½ avocado, cubed
  • 1 red leaf cabbage
  • ¼ cup jicama, thinly sliced
  • ¼ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ⅛ of lime, a small wedge
Instructions
  1. Prepare your Beautify Sauce by blending almonds, water, tamari, apple cider vinegar in your Vitamix on low. Once blending begins, turn up the volume and add in seasonings. Blend until creamy adding more water to thin out consistency if desired.
  2. Create your burrito by first spreading the Beautify Sauce over the cabbage leaf.
  3. Next, arrange jicama, bell pepper, cucumber neatly on the sauce.
  4. Finish assembling your burrito by adding avocado and cilantro.
  5. Squeeze lime over your assembled burrito and wrap it up. Don’t worry if yours doesn't stay together perfectly. It will stay taste delicious!
 

I hope you love your burrito Beauties! Be sure to tag me on Instagram in all your recipe creations @_KimberlySnyder.

Lots of love to you,

Kimberly

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Feel Free: Beauty Burrito

Feel Free Burrito.HeroWell this is an interesting burrito, you might think, upon looking at our happy photo here, what with the cabbage and all :). And yes, it is quite interesting!

It’s a delicious burrito version that ‘aint going to weigh you down or make you feel super full and bloated. Ugh! No thanks. Burritos are such a delicious way to wrap up your favorite ingredients all together. Yet, the way that we wrap it up is super important.  Enter my new recipe, the Feel Free Beauty Burrito! It’s quite a spin from the traditional burrito since it’s loaded with digestive enhancing and beauty-boosting veggies. as well as my NEW SPECIAL Beauty Sauce! 

Digestive Enhancing and Beauty Boosting Burrito

Veggies

Soothing Beauty Food: Jicama

Jicama is a beautifying root vegetable, that is lightly sweet, watery, and low in calories (which we don’t obsess over, but I mention here to give you the idea that it is a super light food). Don’t get confused though, low in calories doesn’t mean low in goodness! Jicama is loaded with a special type of fiber called inulin.  And inulin helps to regulate blood sugar levels, helping our bodies to run steady and smooth all day long. 

Have you ever heard of the term “pre-biotic”? It may sound similar to something you know that I can’t live without… yes that’s right – probiotics. (For more information on probiotics check out my blog post.) Prebiotics are food for the friendly bacteria living in our gut. And it just so happens to be that jicama is considered a prebiotic. Meaning it’s a healthy sugar that feeds friendly flora and helps balance your body’s probiotic levels. In turn, this helps keep your digestive system running smooth and your beauty running radiantly!  

Let’s not forget, jicama is also packed with beauty vitamins and some minerals, including an awesome amount of vitamin C. Because of its high vitamin C content, jicama is a great support to glowing skin as well as boosting immunity. 

Go with the Flow Beauty Food: Broccoli

Broccoli nourishes the skin as well as the joints and connective tissues around the body. And when your connective tissues are nourished, you can move more fluidly and gracefully. Not only that, but broccoli also helps build bone strength, thanks to its abundance of calcium, magnesium, and zinc. 

Something definitely worth noting, broccoli has the unique ability to help the body get in more of an alkaline state. When your body is more alkaline, you retain calcium more efficiently in your bones. Yes, that right! Your bones actually lose calcium when you consume acidic products (think dairy, soda and excessive meat)! Luckily for us women, broccoli’s high concentration of folate and iron helps keep our blood health and circulation flowing through our bodies. In turn, this helps prevent movement issues like osteoporosis and arthritis, assisting us to keep flowing fluidly and gracefully in our lives.

Broccoli is known as the premier example of a vegetable providing all three types of antioxidants—vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients—all contributing to antioxidant benefits. In fact, broccoli represents the 3rd best source of vitamin C,10th best source of vitamin E, and 16th best source of vitamin A. If this were the veggie Olympics, then broccoli would be an all star!! :) :)

My NEW Special Beauty Sauce

To me, a burrito feels complete when I can load it up with a special tasty salsa or sauce. And since my Feel Free Burrito really doesn’t consist of your typical burrito ingredients, I just had to pair it with a not so typical, but super special sauce. My NEW Beauty Sauce is one for the books. It’s super easy to make and tastes good on almost everything!

With a combination of nutty, cheesy and spicy flavors, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dipping into it time and time again. That’s why you see that the recipe I’m providing for you below Beauty makes a little bit extra :) You’re welcome!

And when your best friend comes over and she devours your last few bites, don’t forget to give all the scoop on why we call it “Beauty Sauce”.

To make it easy for you, I am giving you 3 simple tips you can remember, that make my Beauty Sauce so beautifying and balanced!

  • Almonds are an extremely rich source of vitamin E, the skin-beautifying antioxidant that helps to create suppleness.
  • Nutritional yeast contains the perfect combination of powerful fuels for healthy hair: amino acids and B vitamins.
  • Tamari is a fermented soybean product, that tastes similar to soy sauce but has less sodium, more protein and it also gluten-free to boot

 

Feel Free Burrito(1)

Prepare all your beauty burrito ingredients.

Feel Free Burrito(2)

Place all your Beauty Sauce ingredients into a blender.

Feel Free Burrito(3)

Next, blend until your Beauty Sauce is nice and creamy.

Feel Free Burrito(4)

And lastly, spread your Beauty Sauce evenly into your cabbage bowl. Fill with all your favorite burrito ingredients and enjoy!

 

Feel Free: Beauty Burrito
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Beautify Sauce
  • ¾ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp. tamari
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. coriander
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • Burrito Blend
  • ½ avocado, cubed
  • 1 red leaf cabbage
  • ¼ cup jicama, thinly sliced
  • ¼ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ⅛ of lime, a small wedge
Instructions
  1. Prepare your Beautify Sauce by blending almonds, water, tamari, apple cider vinegar in your Vitamix on low. Once blending begins, turn up the volume and add in seasonings. Blend until creamy adding more water to thin out consistency if desired.
  2. Create your burrito by first spreading the Beautify Sauce over the cabbage leaf.
  3. Next, arrange jicama, bell pepper, cucumber neatly on the sauce.
  4. Finish assembling your burrito by adding avocado and cilantro.
  5. Squeeze lime over your assembled burrito and wrap it up. Don’t worry if yours doesn't stay together perfectly. It will stay taste delicious!
 

I hope you love your burrito Beauties! Be sure to tag me on Instagram in all your recipe creations @_KimberlySnyder.

Lots of love to you,

Kimberly

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