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Lucky Soup from Guest Blogger Lisa Consiglio Ryan

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Lucky LaurelWe're kicking off the year with a recipe from one of our Athlete Food followers and Certified Nutrition Coach Lisa Consiglio Ryan. Lisa, also a Detox expert and fellow triathlete, shared this power-packed Lucky Soup with us and we thought we'd pass it along to you.

With the temperature dropping well below freezing here in New York, we've been downing hot soups and beverages daily. Laurel and I made Lisa's soup before the holidays and froze it. I can't tell you how lucky I feel be able to pull it out of the freezer this afternoon.

Continue reading below the photo for the recipe and to find out what Lisa has to say about it. 

Enjoy and thank you Lisa!

--Bec

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Want some good luck for the New Year?  

I do! I do!

I made Lucky Soup on New Year’s Day, and I’ve been eating it non-stop. I’m going for all the luck I can get!   Plus Lucky Soup is light, healthy and extremely delicious.

Do you know that in the South, it’s believed that eating black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day ensures good luck for the year ahead?  This soup can be eaten all winter long due to its simple and soothing qualities packed with nutrients. 

The black-eyed peas in the soup are loaded with fiber and vitamins and minerals.  Black-eyed peas are especially rich in potassium which aids the proper function of cells, tissues and organs in the body. Zinc is also another mineral found in the peas for recovery and rebuilding muscles after a long workout.

And let’s not forget those dark leafy greens…the collards are amazing sources of vitamin C to keep you immune system healthy especially during flu season.

--Lisa

Lucky Soup

Serves 2-4 

By Lisa Consiglio Ryan,  Whole Health Designs, LLC

Ingredients: 

½ medium yellow onion, chopped (1/4 cup)  

1 garlic clove, minced 

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 

2 carrots, chopped (1 cup) 

1 bunch of collard greens, stems removed and chopped into bite-size pieces (1 cup) 

2 cups cooked black-eyed peas (1 16 oz. can), drained and rinsed

½  Tbsp. dried oregano (or use dried) 

3 cups of vegetable broth 

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 

Directions: 

In a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in oil for 3 minutes.  

Add carrots and sauté for 2 minutes. 

Add chopped collard greens into pot along with black-eyed peas and oregano. 

Add vegetable broth, bring to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.  Season 

to taste with salt and pepper. 

Remove from heat and serve. 

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Lisa Consiglio Ryan is the founder of Whole Health Designs, juicy clean living advocate, and mama of two. She loves her Bikram yoga practice, running, and is on a mission to spread the word, "Food is love." She provides detox programsand private coachingfor women who desire to embrace clean living. As a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach, Lisa has worked with over 1,000 people in her Renewal 10 Day Detoxprograms. Her work has been featured in Fitness Magazine, TinyBuddha, Kris Carr's  Crazy Sexy Life , and Mind Body Green. You can also check out Lisa's Kickin’ It Cleangluten-freemeal plans for plant lovers and new Juice ShopWinter Renewal 10 Day Detox starts January 28th. Join hundreds of gorgeous souls setting healthy, long lasting intentions for the New Year.

Connect with Lisa on Facebookand Twitter. Visit her at www.wholehealthdesigns.com .

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