Trying to cut back a little bit? This Healthy Spinach Artichoke Soup is the perfect solution!
So Laura and I have been really careful about what we eat lately. In fact, we’ve been on a “diet” of sorts for a couple of months now. (Yes, we were on a diet over the holidays…the worst time of the year to be careful about what you’re eating!) I say “diet” because we still allow ourselves tasty food. We’re just watching the portion sizes. We still ate birthday cake for Robbie’s birthday. We still ate Gingerbread Cake over Christmas. And we still ate Buffalo Chicken Nachos while watching the Super Bowl. We’re just careful how much we eat.
Once Robbie arrived, we realized that our old gym schedule just wasn’t feasible anymore. We used to get up at 5:15am every morning and drive down to Laura’s work. They have a gym on site, and we’d work out 3 days a week. But we quickly realized that we couldn’t keep doing the gym routine as someone had to watch Robbie. So we kinda just stopped going altogether. I continued to get a bit of a workout in from curling, but that stops in late March. So needless to say, the scale was not our friend last year. I know this isn’t a problem that’s unique to us either!
By late summer, we were ready to do something. We just didn’t know what. I called some of the local gyms to inquire about childcare, and they had options. But the problem was the options were in the middle of the day. Since we both work, that wasn’t really feasible. (What? You don’t offer childcare starting at 5:30am? Crazy!) So we ended up purchasing 2 exercise bikes, and we transformed part of the storage room in our basement into a home gym. And you know what? It’s been working! Sure, we can’t mix up the workout routine as much as we could at the gym, but we still get up and workout for about an hour 3 times a week. (Although now we wake up at 4:45am so we can shower and then get Robbie off to daycare by 7:00am. That’s right. We get up at 4:45am. Not ideal…but what can you do?)
Laura also found a free app (LoseIt) that lets us track calories. It requires you to be honest and put in everything you eat…but it’s been helping a lot. Using a calorie counter app also made me realize how many calories are in beer…oops. We still let ourselves have a beer or two on the weekends. We’re just careful about other things we eat that day. It’s all about balance!
So that long-winded story about exercise and weight loss brings me to this Healthy Spinach Artichoke Soup. As I mentioned, we’ve mainly been watching portion sizes. But every so often, I just want a big dinner. (Funny story: We recently made a batch of Buffalo Chicken Nachos to eat with our friends, and we had some leftovers. We decided to eat the leftovers for dinner. I was surprised when I realized we could eat nachos on our “diet.” Laura laughed and said, “Yeah, well wait til you see how many nachos are on your plate.”)
This Healthy Spinach Artichoke Soup is totally fair game! In keeping true to our calorie app, I estimated the total number of calories in this soup…and it clocked in around 1,100. That’s total. Like for the entire pot. And it makes a big pot! So, yeah, you can go crazy with this Healthy Spinach Artichoke Soup.
This soup is actually one of our favorite winter “detox meals.” Laura came up with the recipe years ago when we were living in Atlanta, and we’ve been making it every year since then. In fact, we often make this one 2-3 times per winter. It might be a rather unfortunate shade of green, but this Healthy Spinach Artichoke Soup is loaded with all sorts of good stuff. Heck, there’s 2 pounds of spinach in there! That’s enough to make even Popeye happy…and he’s strong!
What are your favorite detox foods?
Have you ever used a calorie counter app?