"Wow, this is tasty" were the first words out of my mouth after trying this recipe. I was skeptical at first, because it looks too healthy to be any good, but I walked away from the stove feeling like I had just won an episode of "Chopped".
This recipe was inspired by the flavors of fall, and for a warm hearty meal as temperatures are starting to drop. It's easy to shop for, I've broken your shopping list into two lists below to help you as you peruse the store. *Note: lentils are in the dry goods section!
Dietitian Tip of the Day: The meaning of mindful eating
A dietitian would give this soup an A+! You can probably guess why – this is what you call quality eating. No need to count calories; you can’t go wrong with the abundance of color, fiber, vitamins, and minerals (yes, you will find Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium in that parsley!), all while including every food group.
Finally, your butternut squash (and lentils) give you a mindful portion of carbohydrates. I need more fingers to count the number of vegetables that have been chopped up in the pictures above – way.. to.. go.
Finally, the sprinkle of goat cheese not only makes my mouth water, but will help optimize your bone and teeth health coming from the dairy department.
Disclaimer about Calorie Tracking
Calorie tracking is not for everyone, and if you find it to be too obsessive for your tastes don't worry about it, your focus is better served on mindful eating.
Part of mindful eating is being in tune with what your little stomach desires. Eat this soup (or any other meal) until you are satisfied instead of Thanksgiving full.
The story of our lives will forever be that we need to cultivate a healthy relationship with food as much as we need quality, healthy foods. Why not start today?