Liv’s favorite soup

Blogging from bed- still feeling a little under the weather, but still fighting it with everything I’ve got.


(gotta love the baby bangs- after my post-baby hair loss, it’s on it’s way back)

The only thing that really sounds good:

Soup 5

Soup… and coffee. Oh, and chocolate.

I have no idea why I don’t make soup more often (besides when it’s not 104* like it was today)- it really is an easy meal, one pot, and you can get in a ton of veggies and protein.

Soup 6

Don’t you just want to dive in?!

All I did was sauté an chopped onion, 2 ribs of chopped celery, 2 chopped zucchini and some garlic in a little olive oil:

Soup 8

Seasoned it with pepper, oregano, garlic powder and added a container of low-sodium chicken broth, a shredded rotisserie chicken, a few sprigs of rosemary

Soup 7

Let it simmer for an hour or so before adding a drained giant can of garbzano beans, scooped some out for Liv, and then added sundried tomatoes, handfuls of spinach and lots of salt.

I held my bowl in front of my face to let the steam hit- giving myself an Italian facial as Kyle calls it, and then devoured.

As much as I loved the soup, the person that went even crazier for it was Oliv. I pureed some of the unsalted soup for her (garbazno beans, chicken, broth, veggies) and she loved it. I couldn’t feed her fast enough! Looks like we have a little foodie on our hands.

Hope you’re having a great night and I’ll see ya on Tabata Thursday.



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  1. Leslie W on August 2, 2012 at 12:04 am

    WOW! I got a new set of bangs with both babies! Never met anyone else who did. Amazing!

    Soup looks YUMMY! Feel better, chica!

    • Fitnessista on August 2, 2012 at 12:04 am

      haha i’m not the only one! wahoo!

    • Shannon on August 2, 2012 at 5:47 am

      My ENTIRE hairline (including the underside of my hair) looks like your little section of baby bangs! I lost EVERYTHING! It’s been a pure nightmare but as we approach my son’s first birthday in a week (omg) it’s alllmost all back.

      • on August 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        The same thing happened to me. My daughter is now 19 months old and the re-growth is just at the top of my ears. It’s like growing an entire head of new hair. I’m interested to see what happens when baby #2 arrives in just 2 months. I guess it will all fall out and I’ll get to do this all over again. No one told me about the hair loss and re-growth. 🙂

  2. Sana on August 2, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Feel better!

  3. Divya @ Eat.Teach.Blog. on August 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Yum, I should seriously start making my own soups. So much healthier and so much less sodium

    • Fitnessista on August 2, 2012 at 12:16 am

      i’ve always been intimidated for some reason- it’s super easy and will be a great lunch tomorrow

    • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because on August 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

      You’re totally right. Most premade soups are PACKED with sodium and making your own is a great way to control that.

  4. @pluvk on August 2, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Oh, my baby bangs drive me crazy! They’re always in my face. 🙂

    This soup looks so good! I’m a soup lover, too, but it’s been so hot! I’m definitely going to save this soup for when the temp drops. Hope you’re feeling better!

  5. j3nn on August 2, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I made soup today too. And I also wonder why I don’t make it more often; so easy to just throw everything in the crock and let it do it’s thang. 🙂

  6. Sarabell on August 2, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I’m such a huge soup person, this just made its way onto my list. =]

  7. Miranda @ Biting Life on August 2, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Yum! That soup looks delicious 🙂 It’s so cute that your daughter eats it too. Can’t wait to see what she starts loving as she gets older.

  8. Lisa on August 2, 2012 at 12:50 am

    That sounds delish! Hope your feeling better.

  9. Amanda on August 2, 2012 at 12:51 am

    LooKs yummy! I love soup. I always have some made ahead and stored in the freezer.

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks on August 2, 2012 at 12:52 am

    sundried tomatoes, spinach, the whole recipe – mmm, looks delish and clearly Livi has good taste in her soups, too 🙂

  11. Sarah on August 2, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Feel better, beautiful friend! I’m loving summer, but ready for fall soups. I applaud you for flashing the baby bangs.

  12. Sara on August 2, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Soup = ideal freezer food. Make sure to stash some away. Always there, just ready to be unfrozen when you are having one of ‘those’ days.

    • Sara on August 2, 2012 at 1:54 am

      Oh and hope you feel better. We are having a flu epidemic here, it’s at the same level as the Swine Flu in 2009. I think I had my dose two weeks ago (it lasted two weeks – such a productive start to the uni semester). Now my neighbours on both sides have it (oops….).

  13. Jodie on August 2, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for the recipe

  14. on August 2, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I love soup too, but just haven’t been feeling it with this Texas heat. Hope you feel better today!

  15. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on August 2, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Feel better Gina!!!! That soup looks delicious!

  16. Eucalya on August 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Hope you’re feeling better! I just came back from holidays in Nice (France) and again, no internet connection so i’m going to read all the posts i missed now 😀 i love soup too and i think it’s perfect for all time (i caught a cold last week so i think i’m gonna cook a lot of soups these days)

  17. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 2, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Homemade soups are the best – I love how they almost always taste good no matter what you put in, and they make enough to last for a week!

    Hope you feel better soon. 🙂

  18. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on August 2, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Feel better soon <3

  19. Jackie on August 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I loooooove soup. I do have a little trouble eating it during the summer because of the temperature outside, but during the fall/winter, it is my absolute FAVE.

  20. Anne on August 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Wow! I’m not a big soup person but that looks amazing! I’m sorry you dont feel well, hope you feel better asap!

  21. Stephanie on August 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Isn’t it the worst to be sick with a little one? I’m at home full-time right now with her and unless my mother is free to help out or my husband could stay home from work I’m in trouble since it takes so much energy to care for her. Hope you feel better soon!

  22. liz on August 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

    This may not work for Olivia, but, pouring in a tablespoon or two of white wine while the veggies are sizzling and then finishing off the soup with a squeeze from half a lemon really ups the depth of flavor for chicken soup. It’s my family’s “secret” recipe. haha.

  23. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on August 2, 2012 at 8:51 am

    That soup looks so savory! I hope you feel better soon! Whenever I’m under the weather I take Oregano Oil from the health store and I swear by it’s healing powers.

  24. Leslie W on August 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Hey, Gina. I saw this summer drink with coconut water as an ingredient and thought of you. Sounds pretty yummy and light.

  25. Angela on August 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Hope you feel better soon Gina!
    I made soup last night too…no idea why, but it was a nice change from all the summer fare.

  26. liz on August 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Love the monthly calendar workout plans!! Keep em coming!! Love!

  27. Catalina @ Cake with Love on August 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    The soup looks delicious with all that beautiful rosemary, hope you feel better soon!

  28. Rachel on August 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Feel Better! I love soup, don’t know why I don’t make it more often

  29. Julie on August 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Speaking of soups, if you’re looking for a cold busting soup – check out Jenna from Eat Live Run’s Asian Chicken Noodle soup. Oh. My. Goodness. Delicious, plus the spice and the ginger totally knocked out a cold I was coping with last fall.

  30. mary @ what's cookin with mary on August 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

    On soup in the summer: The husband and I spent a couple days last week with friends up in the mountains and one of their kiddos got us both sick. I was totally making home made stock/ soup with the AC blasting. lol

    Reading that also… I had to put it down yesterday because I kind of get a little sad when my book is over. Such a fast read! My Mom is adopted, so it strikes a special cord with me. Unfortunately, by the time my Mom found her Mom (she had been searching most of her life), she had passed. Such a great story. I can’t wait to see how it finishes. ;0)

  31. Sarah on August 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Everything with jalapenos makes me think…GINA….hahah

    • Fitnessista on August 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm


  32. Hellonheelshon on August 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Hope you feel better soon! That soup looks tasty. I might have to make it soon! 🙂

  33. Melissa on August 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

    I love some good spicy chicken tortilla soup when I am sick!

  34. little windmill yoga on August 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This post made me hungry!!

  35. debbieb on August 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I made this today and it was amayyyzing!!!!!!:)

    • Fitnessista on August 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      yay i’m glad you liked it! it’s probably one of my new faves!

  36. Amy on August 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Get well hugs for Gina 🙂

  37. Angela on January 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Hey! I really like your recipes but could you possibly include a printable format also?

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2013 at 12:15 am

      do you know of any good plugins for wordpress? i used to have the print option, but need to find a nice, clean plugin option

  38. Sharon T on September 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    This is amazing! More recipes like this for fall would be wondermous!

    • Fitnessista on September 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      ahhh i need to make some!

  39. Kathy on October 13, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Made this soup and my whole family (teen and toddler included) loves it! Its warm, flavorful, and filling! A must try. Fast and easy to put together. Thank you for posting this and looking forward to more.

  40. Samme on January 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Just made this soup and it was soooo good!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      yay- glad you liked it!

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