Sniffles that only corn chowder can cure.
I woke up this morning feeling a little off. My head felt heavy, my nose was both stuffed and running, and my throat felt a tad raw. Fantastic. Spring break starts tomorrow. During last year’s spring break D and I planned a trip to Disney World. I also happened to have the worst flu ever for the first time in years and I cried the whole plane ride over and spent the first day at the Magic Kingdom with a fever. I’m crossing my fingers that this spring break curse hasn’t returned!
So upon noticing said symptoms, I decided to switch up my morning green smoothie for a juicy smoothie – it was just what I was craving. I combined 4oz orange juice, 5 strawberries, half a banana, and half a scoop of vanilla soy protein powder. This was so beyond delicious and tropical, I felt like I was doing something very very bad. I also took vitamin-C and echinacea supplements, and hydrated with nonstop water all day – and consequently peed more than a pregnant woman.
I then enjoyed some of this baby I cooked up Tuesday night. I have been craving a corn chowder and it is hard enough to find a vegetarian one around here, let alone vegan. I had potatoes and frozen corn on hand and so I started browsing recipes online for ideas. I found one at VeggieMealMaker.com and tweaked it a tad before coming up with this:
This corn chowder really hit the spot. It’s missing something that I can’t put my finger on (in the spice department), but really was delicious as it is and I’ve been enjoying it for lunch for the past two days. I’m sharing the recipe below with the tweaks I added and with the caloric break down (because hey, you gotta know). If you’re looking for one last transition soup of the season, give this a try. And let me know if you can find whatever spice it’s missing so I can write that down!
Potato-Corn Chowder (makes 6 1-1/2 cup servings).
- 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 cups corn, frozen, canned or fresh
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 6 4 cups water
- 2 cups soy milk
- 1 cup cashews
- 1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1⁄2 tsp. basil
- 1⁄2 tsp. parsley
- 2 tsp. salt
Nutritional Information (for one 1.5cup serving): 305 calories, 11.5 g fat, 43g carbs, 7.5g dietary fiber, 12.5g protein.
After lunch (we got out early for spring break), I headed over to the nearest large Whole Foods to see if Daiya was in. Of course I am searching around like a crazy woman, and finally ask for help to find that they haven’t received their stock yet. Boo! How disappointing! According to Daiya they shipped out their first shipments on Friday so we should be keeping our eyes peeled all this week! Anyhow, can’t walk into Whole Foods without leaving with a few goods. I stocked up on two bags of Gardein seven-grain tenders, bulk quinoa and cashews, and vegan mozzarella. I also had to stop at the hot food bar and took home 3 vegan chinese dumplings, 2 sesame tofu steaks, and a small portion of vegan pad thai. I couldn’t help but steal a few bites and all were so delish.
I also grabbed some Zico coconut water to try out after my yoga classes. Our yoga studio owners sent out an e-mail today encouraging us to hydrate and replenish our bodies during the challenge. They mentioned using a vitamin-c supplement and coconut water. So, I took the hint and grabbed a few Zico to try this week and see how I like it. I’m usually just a SmartWater addict and I know that’s a bad habit I need to break. Below you will find my yoga-hydration kit.
Yoga. I guess that leads me to where I am now. I hit up yoga this afternoon for my first 20-in-30 class. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to give it my 100% (every time I bent over all the fluids in my head went rushing down and I felt slightly unbalanced), but I wanted to start the challenge out strong and sweat out some of my yucky toxins. Of course today is the first day in months that I don’t bring my yogitoes towel (grips to the mat and stays in place) and I ended up drenching my mat to the point that I was slipping in downward dog. That got me to thinking that one yogitoe towel will not possibly be sufficient this month, and I considered buying another. I mentioned it to my friend after class and she said she happened to have one in her trunk that she will give me because she absolutely hates it. Score!! This made my day and saved me $55 dollars! Only sad part is that now I have two yogitoe towels in colors I don’t even slightly enjoy (orange and yellow, buh!). I guess my pretty towel time is yet to come.
Sorry for the tangent. All in all, today’s class was just a big sweat out. My head was heavy and my arms were weak, and I just flowed the best I could. I left drench and uplifted to a sunny 70-degree day. How did I celebrate? My friend and I went across the street to the Mexican restaurant and hit up happy hour. I know, who does that? It may not have been the best decision, but I don’t regret it and enjoyed every sip of my margarita (for $3!). Now it’s starting to feel like spring.
Sunny days just bring my mood so high. I hope that if I hydrate enough and pump enough vitamin-c in my body, I’ll wake up tomorrow feeling refreshed and renewed. I hope everyone’s end of the week is going well and that the sun is peeking out from behind that big old cloud.