7:55 | February 15, 2015

SKINNY SQUASH SOUP

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Hi everyone! How was your Valentines weekend? I spent my Valentines Day with my family this year – such a fun night, with wayyy too much food as usual! Haha 😛 I also went skiing today, and have some fun pics to share with you later this week!

Today’s recipe is perfect if you are doing some last minute meal-prep for the upcoming week. There are literally only 3 ingredients, which obviously means it is the best kind of recipe. Clean, simple, and delicious.

This soup makes you way more full than it looks like it would. It is actually really weird haha. I usually make this if I want a cozy meal that will keep me warm on these oh-so-wonderful (not) winter days. And like I said, it makes you freakishly full. I don’t question it, because it is awesome.

What’s in it:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • ½ large purple onion
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Okay here we go team! You ready?

Start by prepping your ingredients. Cut the squash in half, remove the innards (aka the seeds and weird stringy stuff in the very middle) and cut it up into about 1” cubes. Next, dice your onion. 

Heat up a large pot on the stove to medium heat. Put a nice big “glug” of olive oil in the pot (don’t be shy, it wont hurt you 😉 ) Once the pot is on medium heat, add in your purple onion. Make sure that you are carefully watching it because you really don’t want the onion to burn. Just make it nice and soft.

Once the onion is soft and losing its colour a bit, throw all your squash on top. Right away fill the pot with enough water so that it is just above the squash. Stir everything together and cover to let it cook for about 20 – 25 minutes. The cooking time really changes depending on how large/small your squash chunks are cut, so just feel them with a fork every once and a while to see when they are soft.

When the squash is all soft and delicious, set it aside and let it cool until it is room temp. Then, get out your blender and in small portions blend the soup until it is nice and smooth. And… That’s it! I always season my soup with herbs/salt/pepper after I am done cooking it, so that whoever is eating it can make it as salty or peppery as they like. So make sure you add some salt and pepper before you chow down. 🙂

If you want to check out another squash recipe of mine (and learn more about the benefits of eating squash), try this Skinny Butternut Squash Bowl.

This should keep in the fridge for up to a week! Hope you guys enjoy this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think.

Let’s get ready to have a great week! Love you guys <3

 

x,

 

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12:10 | February 12, 2015

VALENTINES DAY

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Valentines Day!!! One of my favourite holidays. 🙂 I can literally hear you rolling your eyes as I am typing this. (Literally.) Let me finish, would you! Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on Valentines Day, and why I love it. Lots of people find this holiday stressful, sad, or depressing. My perspective? It is a day where you can do something out of the ordinary, something special, to show how much you care. Now this doesn’t even necessarily have to be for a significant other! It can be for yourself, your bestie, your mom, your dad, your dog, your family, or the Pope. Well, probably not the Pope but you get what I am trying to say.

Valentines Day is such a perfect opportunity to appreciate all the amazing people we have in our lives, by doing something special for one another. For example, two of my friends have this ADORABLE tradition, where every Valentines Day they go together and buy discount chocolate together. Then they eat their treats together, and just hang out. This seems so silly, but I seriously think its the cutest thing ever. They take the time out of a day (when they otherwise wouldn’t have,) to spend time together and do something silly and special.

For me, I just want to make that special person feel extra loved on Valentines Day and show them how much I appreciate them. So whether you are spending Valentines Day with your family, friends, girlfriends, dog, significant other, or the Pope, make sure you do something special for them. After all, it will make them feel great, and you will feel even better. 🙂

 

x,

 

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1:00 | February 11, 2015

WATERFALL ADVENTURE

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How cool is this?! If you follow me on Instagram (@robynkimb), you know that Pat and I went on a bit of an adventure the other day. We found such a beautiful spot! This gorgeous waterfall is called Alexandra Falls and is located in Whistler, Canada.

As you can see winter is still pretty much in full force here in Canada… so there wasn’t much choice as to what to wear. Jeans, a comfy sweater, and a relaxed tee for me! And obvi a pair of leather boots so your feet don’t fall off from frostbite. (I wish that was a joke.)

I totally want to come back here in the summer! Would be such a nice and romantical (Yes, that is a word. Let me have it 😛 ) picnic spot! There were all these little picnic tables scattered all around, so into it. 

Off to go do a bit of a workout! Talk soon <3

 

x,

 

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3:43 | February 9, 2015

MY COLD CURE

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Sick days the worst days. Seriously. I hate being sick! Why is it a thing that has to happen? It could just not happen and everyone would be happier. But alas, here we are. You woke up. You feel gross. You are sick. 🙁

Getting a cold happens to the best of us, but there are ways that you can decrease the duration of your sickness and nurse yourself back to health quickly. What is my favourite trick? A special hot tea made of lemon, ginger, and manuka honey. I love this magic little drink, but the majority of people who I have made this for have hated it. (All weirdos, clearly.) Sometimes you need to do things you don’t necessarily loveeee, in order to get the result that you want! My special tea –> quicker cold recovery time. Science.

Here’s the skinny on how to make my sick day tea:

  • Hot water
  • About 2” chunk of ginger (the more the better)
  • 1/2 a lemon squeezed into water
  • 1 tsp manuka/regular honey (this is optional, but good to add if you really aren’t feeling well)

Okay so why should you drink this magical drink?

1) Hydration! Lemon and water provide your body with the electrolytes needed to hydrate your body. (Winning.)

2) Cleansing! Water, lemon, and ginger will stimulate your liver to release it’s toxins.

3) Fight that sickness! Water, lemons, and ginger help fight infections. Lemon has tons of anti-inflammatory properties and helps cure sore throats and other cold/flu symptoms.

4) Water and lemon help aid weight loss! People who have more alkaline diets, have shown to lose weight faster. (This is a bit of a side note, but a happy benefit! Haha)

5) Ginger helps with all sorts of stomach problems. If you have any stomachaches or pains… reach for ginger it is amazing.

6) Honey has natural antibacterial properties. Honey stimulates the production of cells that can repair damage from infection. Hydrogen peroxide is a component of honey, and that is what gives it its antibiotic quality!

So if you are feeling under the weather today (like me) give this tea a try. It is such a comfort to me on days that I’m sick, and it feels good to know I am actively doing something to improve my health even though I am just laying in bed. I always feel better when I am working towards something instead of passively waiting for it to happen haha… Hence I will be downing this tea allll day long.

Hope you guys like this health-boosting trick! Lots of love <3

 

x

 

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1:30 | February 5, 2015

LUSH FACE MASK

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Today I wanted to share my favourite Lush face mask. This mask is seriously the best! I have been using it for years now, and love how it makes my skin look and feel. The mask itself is meant to reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines. Hence I use it about twice a week, almost every week! And it is au-natural. So so into it.

This face mask is called Ayesha, and it costs about $7. It always is nice to treat yourself to a little at-home spa experience. I find I rarely make enough time for myself, and having this as part of my beauty routine forces me to take 15 minutes and just enjoy the relaxing face mask. 🙂

What do you guys do for your at-home spa treatment?

 

x,

 

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