Monday, January 25, 2010

Fit Club Workout!

Most Mondays, I offer a free fit club workout in my home. I highlight one of the great Beachbody workouts and we sample Shakeology or the P90X Recovery drink and talk a little about fitness and being healthy! We have so much fun and I enjoy getting to spread the Health! I send out an email each week that highlights the workout we will be doing and I also include a healthy recipe. Most of the time, my recipes are vegan, but I have been known to throw in a meat-eater recipe. :) If you would like to be added to the email list, please let me know. It's okay if you don't live in my town, you can still find out about the workouts and get the great recipes. Email me at to be added to the email list.

Today's recipe is Potato Leek Soup. It's been unusally warm here, but we are going to get cold weather this week again with the possibility of snow or freezing rain. Nothing warms me up better than a great bowl of soup!

Leeks give lots of iron-rich mineral nourishment while the garlic and onions add immune-boosting heart healthy benefits. This recipe is from The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick Goudreau. It is one of my favorite cookbooks. I have so many cookbooks, it's crazy, but I use them all the time. I really enjoy cooking! It's a little crowded and messy, but that's kinda how I roll!

Here's this week's Fit Club Featured Recipe:

Potato Leek Soup - The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick Goudreau

1 Tbsp nondairy, nonhydrogenated butter (Earth Balance) olive oil or water for sauteing.

4 leeks, white and light green parts, washed and sliced into 1/4 inch slices

4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

5 large-size yellow potatoes (such as Yukon Gold), pleeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

7 cups vegetable stock (store bought or homemade)

2 tbsp minced fresh tarragon,plus extra for garnish (optional)

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Heat nondairy butter ina large-size soup pot over med heat. Add leeks and onion, and saute for 5-7 mins, stirring often, until onion begins to turn translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 min longer.

Add potatoes, vegetable stock (or water with bouillion cubes) and tarragon. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 mins or until potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork

Remove soup from heat and use an immersion blender to blend the soup in the pot or ladle soup into a blender or food processor, adding one cup at a time. Pour soup into a large bowl or ceramic soup container and continue until you have blended all of the soup.

Transfer blended soup back to original pot and warm over low heat until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, with fresh tarragon sprinkeled on top if desired.

To leave the soup chunky, only puree half. For an easier time, roast onions and leeks before adding them to the soup.

Serves 8: Per serving: 250 calories, 5 g fat, 8 g protein, 45 g carbohydrate, 5g dietary fiber, 2 mg cholesterol, 1437 mg sodium

Paired with a side salad and a nice crusty bread, this is a perfect meal! Hope you enjoy it!

This week's workout is Chalean Extreme! I love this one. It is perfect for gaining muscle! Muscle burns fat!!!


  1. Rather interesting site you've got here. Thanx for it. I like such topics and anything connected to this matter. BTW, why don't you change design :).

  2. Oh I'm so going to have to remember to schedule Monday reading time at your blog after this baby comes. I really don't want to spend then next 5 years loosing baby fat ugg.
    Thanks for being so inspirational. I'm always so skeptical about video game workouts?
    This year for Christmas we got the Wii. Wii, will have to see if it works or not after this baby's born.

  3. I love potato leek soup! I usually add a bit of sour cream to mine :) I can't decide if I should feel guilty for that or not...

  4. What a great idea! Pairing working out with a good healthy recipe! Bravo:-)

  5. Hi Dana! Just popping by to see what you have been up to!

    Love the idea of the recipe and workout on Mondays.

    @Rebecca, good luck with the baby! Congrats!

  6. Hello, so glad you visited me!
    A pleasure to meet you :)
    Oh, I must say, I do hope you are feeling better (from the note you left on my blog).

    And bravo for helping us live better and eat better!!

  7. I was given a recipe for a roasted turkey made with leeks. yum yum!

  8. wow! Do I wish I lived close to you and could try your class! Sounds great!

    The recipe also sounds really good. I've never had leeks and want to try them Unfortunately, I don't have an immersion blender or any blender right now, actually. My husband broke it making a smoothie!! how does that happen? He's talented.

    Stopping by from SITS! Have a great day!

  9. I have not heard of this workout before it looks great though she looks super tough i bet you burn good the next day lol. I love to get workouts from excersie

  10. Catching up on my SITS for the week. Thanks for sharing the recipe and always reminding me to be fit!


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