1 small sweet onion finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
1 – 32 oz. box organic vegetable stock
1 – 14.5oz can of Italian style stewed tomatoes (Costco has these at a good price)
1 t. dried oregano or 1 Tablespoon fresh
8 oz. pkg of Barilla Three Cheese Tortellini
2 handfuls of fresh spinach, washed and stemmed
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
water if needed
Saute’ garlic and onion in EVO in your soup pot until onion is tender. Then, add box of chicken stock, can of tomatoes and oregano to the pot. Stir, cover and heat to a simmer. Add tortellini to simmering pot, cover and cook about 10 mins or until Tortellini is tender. At this time you may want to add a cup or so of water, if the Tortellini absorbed too much of the liquid. Add spinach and Parmesan cheese, gently stir. Let simmer about 2 minutes more, until spinach is wilted, (don’t over cook the spinach). Serve in a pretty bowl with cracked pepper and a little more Parm on top if you’d like! Great with a side salad and warm crusty bread!
(Other items I’ve added to the soup before are: 1 chopped yellow zucchini, chopped jalapeño peppers sautéed in with the garlic and onion. Chopped fresh tomatoes and basil from my garden.)
I’m on a kick again with my favorite fast food! And what might that be, you ask? A delicious green smoothie, of course! Take the YOGA BIRD GREEN SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE by replacing your breakfast or lunch with a green smoothie for 10 days. Once you have all your favorite fruits and greens in your fridge, smoothies are quick, healthy and EASY to make! Yoga Bird’s green smoothie chart is here to help you mix and match your favorite ingredients. The 2/3 to 1/3 is the general ratio that I use! So, if I use 2 cups of fruit then I would use 1 cup of greens. Drinking one green smoothie a day, will make you happy from the inside out!
After the 10 days are over, hopefully you’ll have started a new habit of considering a green smoothie instead of your regular breakfast or lunch. Each smoothie packs quite a punch of vitamins and minerals. And you can add other boosters too, like protein power, chia seeds or even rolled oats (they really fill you up!).
One of my simple favorites is strawberries, blueberries, frozen peaches and kale (stems removed)! I add a little coconut milk if it’s too thick and a tablespoon of honey depending on how sweet my fruit was. Then, just blend away!
If you come up with a favorite combination, please share it with us in the comments below. 🙂
Happy Spring Yoga Birds! Just dropping-in to tell you a quick story and to cheer, “GoYou!” I began teaching exercise classes when I was 23 but only started to practice yoga, when I was 45 years young! I was coaching high school track and field at the time and I knew it would be good preventive medicine for my athletes. I loved it and haven’t looked back. Now . . . I practice yoga basically because I love life and my family so much. I want to be able to move and do things with them for as long as I can. It’s as lovely and as simple as that. Yoga helps keep you feeling younger. Yoga Bird is designed for women ages 40 and up, who are “average birds” like you and me. Yoga Bird classes give us a good range of motion, so we can do important things like plant flowers in our gardens and dance at our friend’s wedding. YB classes build strength in our muscles and bones, so we can carry two children (or grandchildren) at the same time and go hiking in the AZ mountains! YB meditations keep us present and centered in our spirits, in our bodies and in our moments. YB is for overall health, enhancing our relationships and for all the “simple things” that we love to do. So . . . take this as an encouragement for you to keep your two or three times a week practice, going! Yes! That is enough for you to have benefits. Throw in a nice walk (with your cute dog) once or twice a week and you’ve got a cross-training program that works! It’s totally doable!
I do something like this:
Sunday – long walk or bike ride with my hubby @steventhepirate
Tuesday – (I teach a LIVE one hour class.) You could do the 40 min. “Happiness Boost” class.
Thursday – Do the “Align My Spine” practice or if you’re having an intense week, try the “Restorative Yoga” with Sami Lynn. ( I teach LIVE and practice there.)
Friday or Sat. Take another walk or do the 40 min. “Yoga Flow”
*I also like to treat myself to at least one night of the “Bedtime Yoga Sequence.” #Beyourownbird and do what works for you!
Drop a note to the Yoga Bird community on Facebook or Instagram @yogabirdco and tell us the simple things, in your life, that you love!