photo cred 123rf.com You know my ongoing obsession with soup these days... So here's a family classic that I'm going to make today. It's nice and easy and warms your innards (though with the current temperature, you won't really need much warming up, but what the H - E - double hockey sticks). Red Lentil Soup 2 tsp coconut oil 1 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1/4 tsp cayenne 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 sm org. red pepper chopped 2 med org. carrots 900 ml org. chicken stock or org. veg stock 8oz red lentils washed & dry 1/8 tsp himalayan salt In a medium pot heat oil, add: cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cayenne - Stir for 50 seconds. Then add: red pepper, carrots - cook for 5 minutes. Then add: stock, lentils, salt, bring to boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Transfer to blender and puree. Yummy-yum-yum.

It's winter. With the season comes a shift in our eating habits. When it's hot and humid lighter, cooling foods are satisfying. Examples of cooling foods are cucumber, watermelon, mint, artichoke, lettuce. As winter rolls in a light summer salad leaves you feeling cold and hungry. That's where warming or grounding foods come into play, foods like nuts, grains and legumes make you feel content and warm. Spices are also handy, ginger, cayenne and turmeric are very healthful and balancing warm foods. Here's the recipe for my current smoothie obsession, it's a bit.... eclectic, so be warned. Warm Up  1 cup wild blueberries 1 handful spinach 1/4+ tsp turmeric powder 1/8" ginger OR 1 tsp grated 1/2 cup nut milk 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp coconut oil 3 tbsp lemon juice dash of mineral salt  Blend well and check your teeth before leaving the house.