Even HAWAII had snow! And you know who the lonely state was??? Oh, yes, good ol’ Florida. 🙂 We didn’t get snow, but it sure was COLD here today. As soon as I woke up I immediately bundled up- I had LAYERS on just to go to the gym. Hey, it might look silly, but at least I was warm!! I had a really good workout yesterday- I’ll post it below.
Whenever it’s cold outside, I typically only want ONE thing to eat- SOUP! What makes me craze soup even more, is having a cold. This stupid cold that I have is STILL lingering with me. It’s not quite as bad…I just sound bad, know what I mean? I went to the doctor to day to make sure it wasn’t something more serious than I suspected. It’s just a viral infection (how lovely does that sound?!), and she gave some meds. Including this savior–>
A Z pack & some nausea medication.
I’m hoping to be feeling 100% by this weekend. Please send some healthy vibes to me..please 😀
When I was thinking of what kind of soup I wanted for dinner- I only thought of one kind. Minestrone! It’s my favorite soup- definitely think I get that from my Dad. I remember when I was little he would give me minestrone soup instead of chicken noodle..and NEVER Campbell’s, ONLY Progresso.
That’s all he would keep in the house…and I believe that is where my love for minestrone soup began.
My favorite Minestrone soup is Olive Garden’s….with their breadsticks, of course 😉 I was considering swinging by Olive Garden after my doctor’s appointment to get the soup, but then I figured I would just make the soup myself! So, here’s my creation of Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup:
Olive Garden Minestrone Soupbased on this recipe
- Pam cooking spray
- 1 cup minced white onion (about 1 small onion)
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced
- 1 can (14 oz) Italian green beans
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
- 2 (15 ounce) cans small white beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans, drained
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatos (I used one with roasted garlic & onion in the tomatos)
- 1 carrot, sliced
- 2 tablespoons minced parsley
- 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
- 3 cups hot water
- 4 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
- 1/2 cup small shell pasta (or something similar)
And if you really want to feel fancy…you fancy huh?!
You can top off your soup with a sprinkling of fresh Parmesan cheese.
This stuff is awesome. And, I have to admit…it DOES in fact taste like Olive Garden’s soup!!
I know what I’ll be having for lunch for the next few days 🙂
Now for my workout yesterday morning…if you are interested 🙂 I started feeling the DOMS last night!
*Warm up– 5 minutes- cardio of choice (I did incline walking- 3.5 speed, 15% incline)
-Overhead barbell press – 3 sets of 10 reps- 20 lb. barbell
-Lateral Raises- 3 sets of 12 reps (each side)- 5lb. DB each hand
-Upright row with EZ bar- 3 sets of 12- 20lb.
-Pec Dec- 3 sets of 12- 30lb.
*Chest/ Back Set
-Bench press – 3 sets of 12 reps- 55lb. weight
-Cable crossovers- 3 sets of 12 reps- 25lb. each side
-Lat Pulldown- 3 sets of 12 reps- 50lb.
-Assisted Pull- ups- 3 sets of 12 reps (OUCH!)
-25 stability ball crunches- 3 sets
-15 stability ball pikes- 3 sets
-12 (each side)Oblique side crunches on stability ball- 3 sets
-12 ball roll outs on stability ball- 3 sets
*Cool Down– incline walking- 4.0 speed, 7.5% incline
If you try it, let me know 🙂 I bet ya your upper body will be feeling it- but it a good way of course!
Hope you have a great day today! Stay WARM!! 😀