Did you ever just CRAVE a bowl of soup?
I'm not talking the high sodium, artificial filled, off the shelf canned soup, but the homemade, taste buds singing, it's-so- good-you-could have-a-second-bowl, kind of soup?
I had this experience the other day when my husband surprised me with a little bowl of heaven from a local joint called The Burnt Tongue.
Between our businesses, my RN work, teaching my fitness classes, running my online health groups, and taking care of our almost year-and-a half old son, the time for my husband and I to connect had been slim to almost non-existent.
I decided if I wanted our marriage to survive and if I wanted to stop making WW3 out of me always taking out the recycling and picking up his shoes around the house, we needed an intervention.
Lunch Dates were it!
Call me crazy, but I literally started scheduling these dates in my planner.
Little did I know, that over a warm cup of homemade soup, I could feel so much love in my heart and my mouth!
My love brought me home the Senegalese Peanut and Yam with Cilantro, and WOW- did all of those flavors BURST in my mouth.
Not only was it delicious, I knew I was getting my daily dose of fresh protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables in one.
Peanuts are an amazing source of healthy fats and are good for your heart.
Yams are an awesome complex carbohydrate that stabilizes your blood sugar as well as a source of fiber that keeps you fuller longer. They are also a great source Vitamin C and they boots your immune system. Cause' ain't nobody got time to be sick!
Lastly cilantro is a powerful antioxidant and is even known to lower anxiety and stress.
This amazing little spot posts their menu daily on their social media and seriously I could EAT IT ALL UP.
I love supporting other local small but mighty businesses, but did you know slurping some soup had some serious health benefits?
1. It keeps you fuller longer. Soups are a great way to hide vegetables for the kids and vegetables are loaded in fiber. Not only is it delicious, but it also prevents you from diving head first into the brownies or making a late night stop at the local drive through.
2. It's a great source of hydration. Often times we think water, coconut water, sports drinks, or teas are the way to go, but the little bit of salt in homemade soups helps us retain water and reduce the risk of dehydration. There has even been some research to state it's an excellent pre-workout choice to boost hydration and performance.
3. It's a time saver. We are so strapped for time in our house it's ridiculous. Making a big batch of soup on Sunday afternoon and freezing it for later has literally been a life saver after a long day and the dreaded "What's for dinner?" question pops up.
To recap- Soup is awesome. The Burnt Tongue is Awesome. You're awesome. Slurp on my friends, slurp on!