Sometimes, even if it’s 65+ degrees outside in February/the beginning of March (ok wtf DC, for real), all you want is a warm, steaming bowl of super comforting soup.
Especially after the kind of day I had yesterday. If you follow me on instagram / my instastories @realfoodwithdana, which um HELLO you should be, you heard me talk about this already. BUT. This ish is about to get reaaaal juicy. Delicate ears beware, this is about to be Real Food with Dana, uncensored.
So yesterday. Went to the gym to work out, wore a t-shirt and some compression shorts. You know, the nike ones. Normal. Most of the time I just wear these around the house, to the gym, and back home. But that day, I needed to stop by Whole Foods (shocker, I know) to get some ingredients for a recipe shoot I was doing. So I’m walking around the store, minding my own business and picking out my goodies, when this older religious woman walks up to me and says “INDECENT! You should be ashamed of yourself. All we’re asking for is for women to decently cover themselves around here!”
To say I was shocked would be a severe understatement. What was more amazing to me, other than the fact that this woman actually had the balls to scream this in my face (and no, I’m not exaggerating here, I’m pretty sure half the store turned around and stared), was that I actually managed to keep it together and say “Excuse me, ma’am, but I have the right to wear whatever I want.” And then just walk away. Because I’m just so goddamn polite.
What I really wanted to say was…Excuse me, but are you F*CKING kidding me lady? No one is telling you how to dress, what to wear or not wear, or commenting on your outfit. Mind your own f*cking business, and do NOT tell me how to live my life. You have the right to dress however the heck you want, and so do I. SO BACK THE F. OFF. Also these shorts are awesome kthanksBYE. Also I’m pretty sure she would’ve said this no matter what kind of shorts I was wearing. Or showing my knees. The horror.
Uuuuuuuuuugh you guys. just UGH.
Here’s my thing. No matter what your beliefs are, about anything, YOU DO YOU. You can believe whatever you want, THINK whatever you want about someone else (I mean, they’re your thoughts), DO whatever the heck you want (I mean, as long as it’s not against the law) but the second you start imposing your beliefs on others and telling them how to act, that’s when sh*t hits the fan. In short: DON’T BE A D*CK. It’s really not that hard. It’s like when people leave negative comments on social media. Really? Why do you need to put that negative energy out into the world? You do realize, you’re just making yourself more upset by doing that AND upsetting the person who’s stuff you’re commenting on too, right?
The world already has enough sh*t going on in it without you bringing your wrecking ball of an attitude and trying to tell other people what to do. SO BACK THE HECK UP LADY. And bishh don’t kill my vibe.
GOOD VIBES ONLY.
So just remember, in the words of Kevin G. from Mean Girls: “Don’t let the haters stop you from doing your THANG.” You do you, kick some a** doing it, and if you don’t have haters, you’re probably not doing it right.
And then dive headfirst into this delicious, filling bowl of Cumin-Cinnamon Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup. With some extra Vital Proteins collagen in there, because you care about your gut, skin, bones, joints, and alll that good stuff. Check out more about collagen below the recipe!
- 2 sweet potatoes
- ½ lbs carrots
- 1 large parsnip
- ½ large yellow onion
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 4 cups bone broth (chicken or beef are best here!)
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced/grated (or 2 tsp minced)
- 2 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ + ½ tsp sea salt
- For garnish: red pepper flakes and chopped chives
- Peel and chop the onion, sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips into about 1-inch pieces.
- Heat 1 Tbsp coconut oil in a large soup pot. Once hot, add the chopped onion and ¼ tsp sea salt. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion begins to brown.
- Add the chopped carrots, sweet potatoes, and parsnips to the pot. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the vegetables begin to soften.
- Stir in the garlic, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon. Cook for about 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant.
- Pour in the 4 cups broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Cover the pot, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 30-45 minutes, until the vegetables are fork-tender. Remove from the heat, and add the coconut milk and collagen.
- Use an immersion blender to purée the soup (put a dish towel over the top so it doesn’t splash everywhere!) Add ½ tsp sea salt and blend again. Season to taste with salt and a little paprika, if you like!
- Garnish with red pepper flakes and chopped chives.
This recipe is sponsored by my friends at Vital Proteins! All thoughts and opinions are my own, if you couldn’t tell. Ha!
Wondering more about Collagen and Gelatin? Check out these posts and recipes for more creative ways to get some in your life!
So what’s the deal with this super cool new superfood called collagen (and gelatin!) that is blooowing up the real food sphere these days, you ask? Both Collagen and Gelatin contain amino acids (aka the building blocks of proteins) that are identical to those found in our hair, skin, nails, bones, joints, and cartilage. SO. When we eat gelatin and collagen from quality sources that are pasture-raised, grass-fed, and not full of chemicals, we are supporting the integrity of all those cells in our bodies! Meaning: more supple skin, stronger nails, shinier hair, plus stronger bones and cartilage. Did I mention they’re also super healing for gut and immune health?? YES.