7 Facts & Tomato Soup

24 Jan

Thank you again to Meghan at After the Ivy League for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! It is an honor! For this award, I am suppose to share seven facts about myself. Here we go! 🙂
Versatile Blogger Award

Seven Facts about me:

1. Tea is my comfort. When I don’t have tea with a meal, I feel as though a food group is missing. Lately, I’ve been enjoying: Decaffeinated green tea, Black Tea, Chamomile tea, and Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane. My pantry is still stocked with Candy Cane Lane since it is only offered for such a short time during the year.


Right now, I’m enjoying a cup of Tazo’s Calm Chamomile. 🙂

2. The summer before my senior year of High School, I knocked learning how to surf off of my bucket list. Hang 10 baby.


3. Unbeknownst to my college friends and co-workers, I was involved in theater during high school. I started singing lessons in the 8th grade, because I wanted to be the next American Idol.

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That’s me in the blue shawl wrapped around my head as a pauper in Les Mis my sophomore year of high school.

4. When I was 16, my hormones got the best of me, and I suffered from severe acne until mid-way through my freshman year of college. I tried everything from non comedogenic products, over the counter medications, meditation, and eating a healthier diet free from grease and junk. Although my insides were thanking me for being less stressed and eating more nutritious, my skin remained problematic. I wanted to hide under a rock. I always felt like people were looking at my face and I would actually avoid going out. After a lot of thought, my dermatologist prescribed me Accutane. It was a long process, but my face healed. Today, I only have minor scarring.

Lesson learned from this journey: Your friends and family will love you no matter what. Today I would tell my teen self to stand up tall and not hold back, because you’re beautiful whether you know it or not! People who make fun of someone for the way that they look need to take a step back. They’re not worth the time. It’s all about karma. From this journey, I learned a ton about health, one of the reasons I changed my major to Exercise Science and Health Promotion.

5. Throughout the day, I eat yogurt in some shape or form for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in snacks. When on vacation in August, there was no Greek yogurt in site. I could feel the sadness of the Greek gods. One day, while walking down a street of stores, I stumbled upon a little market. I kept telling myself not to get my hopes up as excitement built inside of me. Venturing to the refrigerator section, there was a Peach Chobani waiting for me in its glory. It was the best Greek yogurt I ever had.



6. On Monday, I begin a new chapter of my life. At 4:30pm, I’ll be sitting in my first Graduate school class, working towards a Master of Public Health. When I think about it, I feel excited, anxious, and a little nervous. Physically and mentally, I feel ready to take on the challenge!

7. In college, I passed a Whole Foods to and from school. Frequently, I found myself turning into their parking lot, parking my car, and walking through their doors. There is something about the Whole Foods experience that is calming, making you want to go back for more.



My nominations:

Alex at The Run Within

Emily at The Good Era

Cindy at Clean and Green Nutrition

Grace at Practicing Grace

Nikki at Scientifically Nutritious

Nicole at Health Advocation

Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve really enjoyed talking healthy with Alex, Emily, Cindy, Grace, Nikki, and Nicole! They are walking examples of wellness and share great healthy recipes and or exercise tips! Be sure to check out their pages and hard work!

Big congratulations to the blogs I follow below for being nominated on Meghan’s page:

Kate at Quarter Century Southern Living
Alex at Cookie Dough Katzen
Carrie at Fitness and Frozen Grapes

Well deserved! 🙂

Unfortunately, the Healthy Food Party I was going to this weekend was postponed. 😦 But I still did a little healthy cooking in the kitchen today!

After much research on blogs, Pinterest, and other websites, I found an easy recipe for a Winter Tomato Soup on Women’s Health.

I made the Winter Tomato soup this afternoon and it was super easy to make just as Women’s Health said. It would be great with a grilled cheese sandwich too. I already know what’s on the menu for my lunch tomorrow. 😉

Winter Tomato Soup

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes

1 tsp olive oil

1 small onion,

diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped (or 1 tsp jarred chopped garlic)

2 Tbsp no-salt-added tomato paste

1 tsp sugar- I used Sucanat

1 tsp thyme

1 bay leaf

2 cans (14.5 oz each) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, including juice

1/4 c fat-free milk- I used 1%

2 Tbsp plain nonfat  Greek-style yogurt
1. Heat olive oil in medium saucepan. Cook onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, sugar, thyme, bay leaf, tomatoes, and 2 cups water. Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes.


2. Remove bay leaf. Use a handheld blender to puree the soup in the saucepan, or transfer soup to a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. (If you’re using a standard blender, allow the mixture to cool first; hot liquid may cause the blender to squirt out contents. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in batches.)

* Rather than pureeing in a blender, I mixed the contents with a whisk.


This left the soup with a nice consistency. I would call it a chunky tomato soup. I enjoy my soup either way, and tonight, I was in the mood for chunky tomato soup. My family gave the recipe two thumbs up too!
3. Heat milk in microwave for 30 seconds to warm, and then stir it into the pureed soup along with yogurt. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 76 cal, 1.5 g fat (0.2 g sat), 14 g carbs, 43 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein

Do you have a favorite winter soup?

23 Responses to “7 Facts & Tomato Soup”

  1. Alex @ therunwithin January 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    oh man you are so sweet! I get the same feeling when I walk into any grocery store, I don’t know they are strangely calming. I find the off beat type health stores more calming than whole foods, whole foods tends to be crazy near me. maybe it is just this location.

  2. pickyrunner January 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Where are you getting your masters in PH? I’m considering doing the same thing when I graduate!!

  3. practicinggrace January 25, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Wow I’d love to hear about your Masters experience! I’ve been toying with the idea of Pub Health. Do you know what you want to do with it?

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt January 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      In my posts to come, I will definitely share my experiences. If you ever have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer!

      During undergraduate, I was a Health and Wellness Peer Educator and an intern at my local health department. These experiences inspired me to go into the Community Health concentration direction of Public Health. I would really love to work with any student population as a Health Educator.

      The University I am going to offers concentrations in nutrition, environmental, integrative, and health care management. I’m looking forward to being exposed to all aspects of Public Health.

      What area are you interested in studying?

  4. aftertheivyleague January 25, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Thanks for doing the award!! Good luck with your first day of classes, such an exciting time for you I’m sure 🙂 Love your seven facts, I also am wild about Greek yogurt and I think my mom has the same teacup as you! Crazy coincidence!

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt January 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

      You’re welcome! It was fun thinking of seven facts to share with the world!

      Thank you for your well wishes! I’ll need them that first day!

      I use these teacups all of the time, because my grandfather made his coffee in them. It always brings a smile to my face when I use them to make tea.

      Hope you’re having a great day! 🙂

  5. quartercenturysouthernliving January 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I love Chobani and Whole Foods! Whole Foods is like Target to me in that I can honestly just walk around and look at everything in the store and be so content. And it always smells so good when you first walk in! Side note, awesome that you know how to surf!

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt January 25, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

      I don’t know what I would do if Chobani and Whole Foods did not exist! I hope they’re around forever!

      What’s weird is though, the Whole Foods near me doesn’t sell Chobani!

      Thank you! I would love to try surfing again!

  6. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen January 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Yogurt is so healthy! I wish I liked it more because it makes such a good snack. The other day I tried coconut milk yogurt- ever tried it? It was good but the consistency was a little strange!

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt January 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      Yogurt is so healthy! Hey, maybe you could try it mixed in a muffin recipe or with oatmeal?

      Here is a link to Chobani’s recipe section of their website: http://chobani.com/kitchen/recipes/

      I have never tried coconut milk yogurt. I have seen the kind by SO Delicious but have never picked it up. What was the consistency like?

      Coconut is becoming all the craze!

      • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen January 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

        I love coconut! I actually added coconut extract into my oats this morning. It was tasty! And the consistency of coconut yogurt is kind of hard to explain- it’s thinner then Greek yogurt and almost a little more watery. You’ll have to try it out because despite the change, I liked it! And dipping my yogurt is my favorite way to have it 🙂

      • bananasforyogaandyogurt January 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

        Yum! Oats are so much fun to dress up!

        I’m all for trying new things! After your comment, I did a little research on coconut, because I really wasn’t sure what its health benefits are on the body.

        I found that it is an immune system booster and may promote heart health.

      • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen January 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

        That’s awesome. I totally agree- I’ve been eating oatmeal just about every morning on week days and I love how many ways I can flavor them. This morning I used butter extract. (I’m usually not very crafty with flavorings but I went grocery shopping with my Mom over the holidays and got to load up on cool stuff :))

      • bananasforyogaandyogurt January 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

        Shopping with Mom is always the best!

  7. Cindy January 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Awesome, thanks for the nomination Lindsay 😀 I too am a huge yogurt fan. Great source of probiotics.

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt January 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      You’re welcome, Cindy! 🙂

      Any food that is healthy and tastes good is always a winner in my book!

  8. Karey at Nutty About Health January 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Great post & I got to learn a bit about you! That’s awesome that you’re going to get your master’s in Public Health! Peach Chobani is also one of my fave’s, yum!! I also love Whole Foods, but sadly, the closest to me is about an hour & a half away! 😦

    • bananasforyogaandyogurt January 26, 2013 at 5:42 am #

      Thanks Karey! Very cool you’re earning your degree in dietetics! What a great field to go into especially in this day and age! I have a great interest in nutrition and look forward to reading your posts!

      Whole Foods should get on the order online bandwagon asap!

      • Karey at Nutty About Health January 26, 2013 at 11:07 am #

        Haha, I agree! Whole Foods needs to get on that! 😉

  9. moderngirlnutrition January 26, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Haha I love when you said, “I could feel the sadness of the Greek gods”! I’m addicted to yogurt as well:) And Whole Foods is hard to beat. Love your blog!

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