Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Popcorn “Croutons”

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"When I was out in Colorado a couple months ago, a restaurant we ate at had soup on the menu that was served with popcorn instead of croutons or crackers. Maybe this is a common thing and I’m just behind the times, but it was a total why didn’t I think of that?? moment.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

Popcorn (real popcorn—not movie popcorn slathered in butter or caramel chocolate popcorn or cheese-covered popcorn) is a low-calorie snack option, and its texture makes it pretty flippin’ perfect as a healthy soup topping (especially if you’re gluten-free!). In a recent post, I mentioned that Clean, Lean & Sexy had sent me some of their healthy snacks to try out, and I couldn’t wait to put their popcorn to use.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

I got annihilated by allergies this past week (I’ve never had them this bad before—it was awful!), and my cold-like symptoms were craving some good ol’ tomato soup. This one is ridiculously easy to make (gotta love crock pots!) and vegan.

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Popcorn “Croutons”

Yield: 11-12 cups

Crock Pot Tomato Soup with Popcorn “Croutons”

A vegan tomato soup made in the crock pot and topped with popcorn.

Ingredients

  • 2lbs fresh Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (= about 6-7 large ones)
  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Popcorn (or topping of choice)

Instructions

  1. Over medium heat, sauté onions, celery and carrots in a little extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper until onions are translucent (6-7 minutes).
  2. Dump everything except the almond milk and popcorn into a crock pot, give it a couple stirs, and cook on low for 5 hours.
  3. Put it in a blender for a couple minutes until smooth (do this in batches).
  4. Stir in the almond milk.
  5. Top with popcorn and enjoy!

Notes

This is a thin(ner) soup. If you prefer your soup thick, leave out 1 cup veggie broth and 1 cup almond milk.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/04/17/crock-pot-tomato-soup-with-popcorn-croutons/

Crock Pot Tomato Soup (Vegan) with Popcorn "Croutons"

Have you ever used popcorn as a soup topping?

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P.S. Sorry for the lack of blog posts this week! Life keeps getting in the way, and I figure it’s better to just prepare awesome blog posts for next week rather than throw up a bunch of quickie junk posts this week.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato “Dessert” Juice

Cinnamon Sweet Potato "Dessert" JuiceI normally drink juice first thing in the morning to start my day off with a big boost of nutrients. For that reason, on a typical day, I’ll make some sort of green juice. But the more indulgent juices—sweet potato juice, cashew juice, all-fruit juice, etc.—are great to have on hand if you’re doing any sort of cleanse and want to feel really satisfied. Typically these are the last juice you have during the day so that you go to bed feeling full and happy.

This juice is a total treat. The sweet potato gives it a thicker, creamier texture, and the cinnamon makes you feel like you’re drinking some sort of seasonal fall dessert.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato "Dessert" Juice

Cinnamon Sweet Potato “Dessert” Juice

Yield: 12oz

Cinnamon Sweet Potato “Dessert” Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 pear
  • 4 carrots
  • Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Scrub the potato and chop into big chunks. Scrub the carrots.
  2. Push sweet potato, pear and carrots through juicer.
  3. Stir in cinnamon to taste (I used three big dashes).
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/04/13/cinnamon-sweet-potato-dessert-juice/

What’s your favorite “dessert” juice?

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My Fitness Style Picks: Without Walls

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Last time I did one of these posts with Juicy Couture Sport, most of you were like Um relax, JWoww. It was an understandable reaction haha. This time around, I picked some of my favorites from Without Walls, and can’t wait to hear what you guys think (even if you question my sanity again). It’s always fun exploring new activewear lines!

I was excited when I heard that Urban Outfitters was going to venture into the world of activewear, and when my friend passed along a link to the new line, Without Walls, I was immediately impressed. Fun patterns, bright colors, cool crops and cutouts—it has a surfer-bro-meets-hipster vibe that I’m loving! You’ve probably noticed by now that I’m a big fan of outrageous workout leggings and drapey tanks with low-cut sleeve holes, so Without Walls pretty much has my name written all over it.

Now is a professional athlete going to wear this line during training? No, probably not. I’d say it’s for more casual activities and low-impact workouts. I also found a bunch of stuff that I thought would be perfect for wearing while instructing on the megaformers.

In addition to the Without Walls collection (again, probably not the type of performance fitness gear you’d wear running a marathon or at the CrossFit games), they also carry other notable brands like Columbia and Patagonia. And while these other brands might be a little pricier, the Without Walls line is super affordable—always a bonus!

What do you guys think of the new line?

Also—I have no idea where I’d actually wear that ridiculous poncho, but how amazing is it??

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