The Best Healthy Hamburger Soup with Vegetables

The Best Healthy Hamburger Soup, With Vegetables

There’s nothing quite like a piping hot bowl of soup as the antidote for a cold day. While chicken noodle, split pea, and minestrone soups are definite crowd pleasers, sometimes it’s good to throw a bowl of the unexpected – like a healthy hamburger soup – on the dinner table!

Healthy Hamburger Soup IngredientsHealthy Hamburger Soup

Makes 8–10 servings

Make room on your regular meal rotation, because this is a soup you’ll be craving often. Chock full of vegetables, this healthy hamburger soup is guaranteed to hit the spot after a full day on the slopes, or as a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or any ground meet of your choice)
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 large leek, sliced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 6 cups low sodium beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven on medium-high. Add beef, onions, leek, celery, and green pepper. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook until beef is done through.
  2. Once beef and veggies are cooked, add the broth, corn, diced tomatoes, and green beans to the pot.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the green beans are tender-crisp.

 

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Snap Pea Shrimp Pasta

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Weeknights can be busy, and getting a healthy dinner on the table can sometimes feel like an impossible task. That’s where pasta comes in. It’s quick, easy, and can be prepared in countless ways.  Best of all, there’s a type of pasta out there to suit just about everyone’s dietary needs and preferences!

This super easy and highly delicious Snap Pea Shrimp Pasta can be on the table in less than 20 minutes, and pairs perfectly with any pasta; rice, gluten-free, whole wheat, kamut, spelt, whatever you have on hand will work!

Snap Pea Shrimp Pasta

Snap Pea Shrimp Pasta

Ingredients

  • 12 oz cups pasta
  • 1/2 cup uncooked baby shrimp
  • 1 cup fresh snap peas
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 large soft-boiled egg
  • 1 1/2 oz of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pot, boil pasta as per package directions.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, shrimp, tomatoes, and lime juice. Set aside.
  3. In a pan, lightly fry snap peas in olive oil.
  4. Combine all ingredients, sprinkle with fresh basil and salt and pepper.
  5. Add soft-boiled egg on top, and enjoy!
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Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Spinach

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Spinach

Spaghetti squash is a tasty, gluten-free alternative to traditional pasta dishes. Quick and simple to make, it is highly versatile, and can be styled savoury or sweet – there are no rules when it comes to this fall favourite!

Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Spinach

This recipe combines the nutty flavour of spaghetti squash, with the smoky and slightly salty taste of bacon. It’s extremely easy to make, and can be on the table in less than 40 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach
  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 1/4 cup of goat cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 °F.
  2. Cover a baking sheet in tinfoil.
  3. Slice the squash in half. Using your hands, slather both sides, front and back, in olive oil. Sprinkle the flesh with salt and pepper, and lay face down on the baking sheet.
  4. Lay a wire cooling rack on top of a baking sheet covered in tinfoil.
  5. Spread out bacon strips on the cooling rack.
  6. Place squash and bacon in the oven.
  7. The bacon should take 20 minutes to cook, the squash 20–25.
  8. Allow squash to cool for 5–10 minutes.
  9. Using a fork, scrape the stringy flesh out of the squash, and place in a dish.
  10. Add sliced bacon, fresh spinach, and goat cheese to the squash, and toss.
  11. Enjoy!
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Turkey Pear Breakfast Patties

Turkey pear breakfast patties

Looking to add a fresh and easy spin to your breakfast? These turkey pear breakfast patties are just the thing! Light, full of flavour, and ready in 10 minutes, these patties are the perfect way to add a little something special to your morning meal.

Turkey Pear Breakfast Patties

These patties go well with a fresh fruit bowl, or as an accompaniment to your favourite egg dish.

Turkey Pear Breakfast Patties

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup diced pear, peeled
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 hot pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine turkey, pear, green onion, pepper, cilantro, and a dash of olive oil. Mix well
  2. Shape mixture into small patties (should make 6 small patties)
  3. Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add patties and cook for 4 minutes per side
  4. Remove patties from heat when they are golden brown and slightly crispy, and no longer pink in the middle
  5. Enjoy!

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A Canada Day Recipe: Southwest Steak Salad

Southwest Salad Recipe Canada

Happy Canada Day!

Kick up your Canada Day festivities a notch with this crowd-pleasing, healthy take on a Southwest steak salad! It’s gluten-free, chock full of colour, flavour, and crunch, and has just a little bit of a kick. It’s basically the perfect salad for a party.

Southwest Summer Steak Salad

Southwest Steak Salad

Ingredients
• 1 lb. ribeye steak
• salt & pepper to season
• 1 head of green leaf lettuce, thinly sliced
• 1 piquillo pepper, julienned
• ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
• ½ cup unsalted sweet corn
• ½ cup low sodium black beans
• ½ cup orange bell pepper, diced
• ½ avocado, sliced
• cilantro for garnish
Cilantro Avocado Dressing:
• 1 cup fresh cilantro
• 1 avocado
• ¼ cup fresh lime juice
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
• ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
• salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Grill the rib eye steak to your liking and let rest
  2. Combine all ingredients for salad dressing in a food processor or blender and combine.
  3. Assemble all ingredients for salad, add dressing and mix well.
  4. Add steak slices on top and enjoy!

 

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Guilt-free dessert: Chocolate Chia Avocado Pudding

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A rich, chocolate pudding full of nutritional goodness!

Avocado’s are an excellent source of healthy fats and a variety of additional nutrients and vitamins including potassium, fiber, and vitamins C, K, and B6.

And don’t underestimate the tiny chia seed! These seeds are packed with omega-3, calcium, magnesium, complete protein and fiber, just to name a few.

Prep time: 10-15 min
Serves: 2

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  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or stevia to taste

Directions

  1. Place the chia seeds and almond milk (or milk alternative) in a small dish. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes until the seeds form a gel consistency.
  2. Add the thickened chia seed milk mixture and the remaining ingredients into a small food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for later.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

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How to Make Smoothie Freezer Packs

DIY: Smoothie Freezer Packs for Busy Back-to-School Schedules

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Green Smoothies are a great way to get in a nutritious meal or snack. However, many of us may be short on time to gather and prepare the variety of fruits and vegetables that go into a green smoothie.

Preparing smoothie packs ahead of time that are easy and fast to blend up will help save time in the mornings or provide a quick healthy snack during the day. Kids can also help make their own custom smoothies for the week!

4 Simple Steps to Making Freezer Packs:

  1. Choose your fruit: Berries, peaches, mango, banana, etc. (fresh or frozen)
  2. Choose your greens: Spinach, kale, collards, etc.
  3. Bag it up! Place approximately equal amounts of fruit and greens into a medium size Ziploc freezer bag in any flavor combination of your choice.
  4. Store in the freezer

When ready to use, place 2-3 cups of liquid, freezer pack contents, plus optional ingredients into a blender.

(Depending on the type of blender you use, you may have to add the frozen ingredients in small portions at a time)

Choose your liquid base:

  • Dairy free milk (almond, soy, etc.)
  • Coconut water
  • Milk/yogurt
  • Chilled fruit tea or green tea
  • Juice
  • Water

Add optional ingredients:

  • Protein powder
  • Fiber supplement
  • PGX granules
  • Chia seeds
  • Sweetener: Stevia, honey, agave, etc.

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Have a favourite smoothie recipe? Share it in the comments.

Lauren Taylor

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The Stress and Diet Connection

Is stress sabotaging your healthy diet and lifestyle goals? If so, you’re not alone. Occasional stress can temporarily elevate certain hormones in the body, particularly cortisol, which is known to increase appetite. Unfortunately, that increased appetite doesn’t settle for fruits and veggies. Instead, and all to often, stress causes us to reach for foods that “comfort” us. However, those foods tend to be ones that are highly processed, loaded with sugar, high in fat and set back our goals.

Adopting healthy habits to reduce and counteract stress can go a long way in keeping us on track with our plans for a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Try some of these tips to better manage stress eating:

  1. Exercise.  The next time you find yourself mindlessly reaching into the pantry or fridge in search of an extra snack, catch yourself and try to make a habit of doing a quick 5 minute exercise or stretch instead. Squats? Pushups? Lunges? Crunches? Yoga? Get creative and give your body something it actually needs!
  2. Hydrate.  Keeping well hydrated, by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, has countless health benefits and can also help us to avoid excess snacking. Often we may mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you find yourself craving something sweet, try drinking a glass of water first to see if the craving subsides.
  3. Meditate.  Sitting quietly to clear our mind, even for a few minutes, can reduce stress and help us become more mindful of how we’re feeling. We can also learn to pay more attention to how we respond to stress and avoid emotional eating.

Share your tips to avoid stress eating!

Lauren Taylor

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The PGX Program: Explore Diet

Get started on The PGX Program and discover if the Explore Diet is for you.

Explore Diet Plan

The Explore Diet is a flexible and customizable diet plan that lets you decide which foods and delicious dishes you want to prepare for your meals and snacks. When you sign up for this diet plan, you will be provided with healthy meal and snack checklists and guidelines to help you along the way.

The Explore Diet is similar to the Roadmap Diet in that both are portion controlled meal plans, however, the PGX Explore Diet has been designed for more culinary flexibility. Learn more about the program and discover if it’s right for you below.

The PGX Explore Diet Plan is Perfect For:

  • People who like to have more flexibility with their meal plans.
  • People who like to cook.
  • People who prefer more diverse and a wider variety of foods.
  • People who like ethnic foods.
  • People who have food restrictions, food allergies or food intolerances.
  • Anyone who would like to take PGX in addition to another meal plan, weight management program or other sensible diet.

If you feel like you may need more structure or guidance in your weight loss venture, check out the Roadmap Diet instead.

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