Curried Carrot Soup Recipe with Pops of Flavor

curried carrot soup recipe

Coconut milk and curry bring a tasty twist to regular carrot soup in this recipe. This incredibly healthy, creamy soup can be enjoyed during any season–and perfect for a crisp fall day or evening.

You have the option of serving the soup either hot or cold. If it is served cold, add a little water in order to thin it out to your desired consistency. Garnish with cilantro to serve.


Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: Paleo, Primal
Servings: 4


  • 2 lbs Carrots (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 White onion (large , roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp Curry powder
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 5 cups Vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup Coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, curry powder, and a pinch of salt.
  • Sauté for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for one minute more.
  • Add the carrots and stock into the pot.
  • Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to simmer.
  • Simmer, covered, for 18-20 minutes until the carrots are tender.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Use an immersion blender to purée the ingredients in the pot until smooth.
  • Alternatively, transfer to a blender in batches to purée.
  • Return the puréed soup to the stove over medium heat and stir in the coconut milk, cooking for 3-4 minutes more.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Original recipes at Ultimatepaleoguide.com.

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

5 Tips for Buying Safe Cookware

Safe Cookware
Making wise food choices and preparing most of your meals at home is essential to creating sustainable wellness. The DIY approach keeps you in control of the quality, the ingredients, and how your meals are prepared, the goal being to feed your body well so it can thrive. But cook up all those high-quality ingredients in low-quality pots or banged up, old non-stick pans and you’ll likely undermine your efforts with extra exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals which, over time, can set the stage for a number of health-busters like cancer, heart disease and cognitive damage.

In other words, what you cook with matters, so choosing cookware consciously is an easy way to add one more healthy behavior to your repertoire. Which options make the most sense for health-conscious chefs? While there’s no perfect answer, I always default to the classics, as in safe cookware that’s made without a lot of extra chemical interference or coatings – and I encourage you to do the same to help reduce your toxic load. Here are a few thoughts on how to do it:

Ditch the Non-stick Pans

No matter how attached you are to your Teflon omelet pan and your non-stick skillet, here’s my simple recommendation: throw them out! Convenient as they are, non-stick (aka Teflon) coated pots and pans come at a cost, releasing toxic fumes when the heat gets too high, letting chemical particles fly through your kitchen and into anyone in the immediate vicinity. In humans, those fumes can trigger flu-like symptoms and can even be lethal to pet birds.

If that weren’t enough, the chemicals used to create those convenient non-stick-coatings have also been linked to cholesterol, fertility and thyroid problems – so err on the side of caution and kick them out of your kitchen.

Purge the Plastic

Cooking in plastic? In word: don’t. Yes, I know everyone loves the convenience of plastic food containers but seriously, stop. Stop using them for storage, and never use them when heating up food in the microwave. Plastic food containers are loaded with hormone-disrupting chemicals that leach into food, particularly when the plastic is heated in the microwave, in effect ‘seasoning’ your food with a host of unwanted toxins.

Plastic is also terrible for the earth, the ocean, sea creatures and our bodies, so the less we all use of it, the better. (more…)

Posted by on Nov 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

Prebiotics for a Healthy Gut


By Be Well Health Coach Jackie Damboragian

Probiotics have been all the rage for a while now, but what about the lesser known yet equally health promoting prebiotics? Prebiotics are a variety of fibers that stimulate and encourage the growth of healthy and beneficial bacteria (aka gut flora) to grow. Prebiotics are essentially food for your gut flora, and they allow your healthy gut flora to thrive. The addition of prebiotics can help to keep your microbiome in good shape.

Prebiotics occur naturally in a number of common foods with high fiber content. Let’s take a look at where you can get some into your diet!

Here Are Four High Prebiotic Foods:

Raw Dandelion Greens: Great addition to smoothies and salads.

Raw Jicama: Easy way to eat jicama raw is to peel and chop it into sticks for snacking. You can add a little sprinkle of cinnamon or enjoy with squeeze of lemon or lime and sea salt.

Raw asparagus: Chopped up and dipped into hummus or guacamole or just with a little sea salt as a snack on their own.

Leeks, Onions & Garlic: Delicious way to add flavor and nutrition to your meal. When leeks and garlic are consumed raw their prebiotic load will be greater. Onions maintain a strong prebiotic load when cooked.

So, in addition to your daily probiotic, be sure to get your dose of prebiotics too!

Posted by on Nov 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Global Concerns Mount Around Monsanto’s Glyphosate


The world’s most widely-used herbicide, glyphosate, has been in the headlines a lot lately.

California’s EPA recently announced that it plans to label the ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup as “carcinogenic” which isn’t good news for its manufacturer, Monsanto, which has been trying to ink a deal with Syngenta.

Syngenta didn’t want anything to do with a merger and repeatedly rebuffed the offers.  It’s looking like an increasingly smart move.

A few weeks ago, a French court found Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning by way of another one of their products, “Lasso”, no longer available in the United States. It comes on the heels of other countries calling for the suspension and banning of other Monsanto products.  

So what are these products and why is everyone running away from them as quickly as they can?  And why is Roundup having such a hard time rounding up suitors?

Glyphosate is used in Roundup, a weed killer used to treat Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand the synthetic chemical. The chemical company is now facing headwinds, as countries issue bans on the product, restrict its use after the World Health Organization declared it a “probable carcinogen” and halt aerial spraying.

Monsanto continues to face headwinds, not only in the field but in financing: the company was recently downgraded amid earnings disappointments and concerns around its capital structure after a series of debt financings were used for share buybacks.

A quick wrap up of the headlines around this controversial product shows that it may be on the verge of changing from an icon into a relic.

According to National Geographic, “introduced commercially by Monsanto in 1974, glyphosate kills weeds by blocking proteins essential to plant growth…more than 1.4 billion pounds (are) applied per year. 
Its use skyrocketed after seeds were genetically engineered to tolerate the chemical…. Between 1987 and 2012, annual U.S. farm use grew from less than 11 million pounds to nearly 300 million pounds.

Farmers detest when consumers use the term “soaked” “drenched” or any other word that connotes saturation when it comes to the application of this product, but farmers will also be the first to tell you that the advised application amounts no longer work – more applications are needed, larger amounts.   (more…)

Posted by on Nov 05, 2015 | 0 Comments

Why Your Green Juice Might Not Be As Healthy As You Think

Green Juice
By Be Well Health Coach Katrine van Wyk

Green juice is a convenient and quick way to get an energizing hit of phytonutrients – all those good-for-you vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and antioxidants. A well-made green juice is full of detox-boosting properties and is a convenient way to increase your consumption of greens. A juice is made by extracting the fiber (or pulp) from fruits and vegetables in a juicer so that we’re only left with a completely liquid drink.

Juicing is becoming a big trend and therefore a big business. Juices of all kinds are now readily available on supermarket shelves, at coffee shops, and on restaurant menus – in addition to all the juice bars around town! While green juices might all look the same on the outside, (bright green and in a friendly, pristinely designed bottle) the ingredient list can vary dramatically. I will teach you exactly what you need to know to determine whether or not your green juice is in fact as healthy as you think!

If you, like me, enjoy drinking green juice (trust me, I wrote a whole book about it!), make sure to follow these pointers to ensure you’re getting the best juice possible.  

Read the Label

This goes for any food or drink that you buy. Make sure to always read both the ingredient list and the nutrition label! It’s the only way you’ll know exactly what’s in your juice. Ingredients are listed in descending order, which means that the ingredients of the highest content are listed first. The first rule of a green juice is that the first and main ingredient must be indeed be green! So, if you see pineapple listed first you know you have a pretty sweet juice on your hands. Instead of tropical fruits, look for labels with ingredients like cucumber, spinach, romaine, celery and lemon. If there is some green apple in your juice, make sure it’s listed towards the end of the ingredient list. Also, on the nutrition label you’ll see the exact amount of sugars in the juice, per serving. I recently looked at the nutrition label of a popular green juice available at most stores around the country and it contains 21g of sugar per serving – and the bottle is two servings. That means if you drink the whole bottle in one sitting, you’ll drink 43g of sugar. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are 37g for a man and 25g for a woman. You could off course argue that a green juice isn’t necessarily part of the ‘added sugar’ in your diet – but because of the lack of fiber in the drink it may indeed be the case for you.   (more…)

Posted by on Nov 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

3 Fast-Acting, Stress-Reducing Breathing Techniques

Breathing Techniques

Breathing is, fortunately, second nature. We draw breath hundreds of times a day and around the clock without a second thought. However, when we get flustered, breath becomes short and shallow – and stress has nowhere to go but up! In that flustered state, it’s easy to forget to be in the moment and, as they say, “just breathe.”

On the other hand, if you pause for a moment and shift focus to your breath – aka breathing mindfully – almost immediately, wonderful mind/body effects start to happen: the body’s relaxation response kicks in, heart rate slows, escalating emotions can level off and things like blood pressure and heart rate start to ease back down into a healthier range. Breathing mindfully is like an instant chill pill, minus the pill!

For many people though, it’s not about when to breathe mindfully – most of us can feel stress rise – but how to be able to do it on-demand that’s the challenge.  Here are a few breathing techniques to help train yourself to breathe mindfully wherever and whenever you need to. It’s one of the best and fastest ways to combat the stresses of too-busy days, so here’s where to start:

Tune Into Your Breathing Frequency

Mindful breathing helps relieve tension, restore energy and reduce stress. It reminds us to get out of our heads and tune in to our bodies as we breathe slowly and consciously to calm and soothe. If you’re new to the idea of mindful breathing, start by becoming aware of your breathing rhythms at different points throughout the day. You’ll start to notice the breath’s varying pace depending on what’s happening at a particular moment. For example, if you’re upset, anxious, or you’re exercising, you’ll notice more rapid breathing. When you’re relaxed or falling off to sleep, you’ll notice breathing slows.   (more…)

Posted by on Nov 02, 2015 | 0 Comments

Healthy Life Lessons from A Kid

Healthy Life Lessons
By Be Well Health Coach Katrine van Wyk

There are so many clichés about how becoming a parent changes you – all the things we can learn from our children and how wonderful it is to see the world through fresh eyes. And yet as cheesy as it may sound, most of them hold pretty true. Of course it comes in good company with sleep deprivation, exhaustion, lack of any ‘me’ time and whole new world of worries – but yes, it is indeed all worth it. As my son’s about to turn two, it seems only appropriate to reflect on some of the things I’ve observed and learned from him already. These healthy life lessons are gentle reminders for us grown-ups and something we can all try to incorporate a bit more of in our daily lives. I can only imagine what’s in store for us in the years ahead.


You can’t talk about kids without talking about play! Kids learn and develop through play. They develop motor skills and get to exercise their creativity. Play is done with such pure joy, such new and fresh excitement, a slight obsession that is so fun to watch. And sure – it’s very contagious. How can you help but not to laugh along, play along and roll around on the floor alongside your ticklish toddler?

Best of all – most play also includes lots of physical activity; climbing, sprinting, squatting, hanging, rolling and pushing. No need for a gym when you’re fitting all these moves into your daily life, right?

As adults our inhibitions and fear of embarrassment can hold us back from just playing freely. Start by adding more structured organized play – like a game of your favorite sport with some friends and take it from there. Better yet, create your own adult playground.


A kid sure shows you how to spend a lot more time outside. Whether it’s in the park or at the playground, or simply out in the woods or at the beach – their curiosity and sense of wonder can keep them busy for hours. Throwing rocks into puddles or the sea, gathering sticks, searching for bugs or chasing a pigeon are all exciting adventures. Next time you’re outside, try putting away your phone—look up and around—and admire the beauty you see. The fresh air and energy of being in nature is naturally calming and de-stressing.


Kids are tremendously curious about everything! They want to know and understand how something works and keep on going until they’re satisfied. As a parent, it is challenging not to intervene and ‘help’ them but letting them spend the time to figure something out is without a doubt the most helpful approach. In our adult life, it’s also healthy to have a more open, curious approach that allows for failure. Trying and giving in to that itch to explore – whether that means going down a different street on your way to work, traveling the world or trying a new food.

In the Moment

Hanging out with a young child teaches you to just be present in the moment. Often simply because you have to watch them, but also because they are so present in the moment They are so there, doing the one thing that they’re doing at that moment, without being distracted by worrying about what email they need to write or what’s for dinner. Being more present in the moment can really help us decrease the amount of stress we’re feeling and increase our joy for life!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Healthy Baby Formula Update

Baby Formula

(First, read this disclosure.)

In 2013, I wrote a guest post for Dr. Lipman’s website that provided guidance on choosing the healthiest infant formula for your baby. We all know that breastmilk is better, but the fact remains that many conscientious mothers are looking for safe, natural, organic formula for their infants. With an ever-growing number of organic formula options, my private clients were increasingly confused about which was best choice, and I wanted to supply them with some clear guidelines for choosing the best formula possible.

The advice I have in that post could be summarized as follows:

  1. Buy organic formula.
  2. Avoid soy-based formula unless your baby cannot tolerate dairy.
  3. Don’t choose a formula with added DHA or ARA unless the company specifies that they weren’t extracted with hexane.
  4. Avoid formula that contains palm oil (may cause decreased bone density) or carrageenan (possible carcinogen).
  5. Choose formulas with minimal synthetic nutrients (such as lutein and lycopene).
  6. Avoid formulas with too much or the wrong kinds of sugar (lactose is the best; corn syrup is the worst).
  7. Whichever formula you choose, filter the water you use to make it.

So Which Organic Formulas Are Healthiest?

As I mentioned in the 2013 post, no formula on the market will meet all the criteria above, so the best you can do is to select a formula that has less of the bad stuff and more of the good. In 2013, I could only recommend one brand of formula, which is Baby’s Only (made by Nature’s One). I still think this is a good option for many parents.

Since writing that post, however, a few new formulas have come onto the market, and I have also learned of some European brands that are somewhat difficult and expensive to obtain, but still worth looking into. Here are the new formulas I’ve discovered, and what I think of them:

  • Baby’s Only (by Nature’s One) has a new whey formula on the market that is better than their original, mostly because it does not contain brown rice syrup.A little background: Baby’s Only original formula is sweetened with both lactose and brown rice syrup, the latter of which has been found to contain unsafe levels of arsenic. Nature’s One created a filter to remove inorganic arsenic from their brown rice syrup, reducing it to undetectable levels. Still, I think sweetening formula with just lactose (which more closely mimics breast milk) is a better bet, which is why I am a fan of Baby’s Only with whey.

    Another thing I like about Nature’s One: they use a non-hexane method of extracting their DHA and ARA. On the negative side, Baby’s Only formula does contain some synthetic ingredients, such as nucleotides and taurine, as well as some soy.

    All Baby’s Only formulas are called a “toddler formula,” but Nature’s One claims this is because they believe babies should be breastfed for at least the first year of life. You’ll want to run it by your pediatrician if your baby is under a year old.


Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 | 2 Comments

Spooky and Healthy Halloween Treat

Healthy Halloween Treat
By Be Well Health Coach Courtney Blatt

Now that my children are both of school age, it’s become more difficult to avoid some of the less desirable foods—like all that candy post trick-or-treating. Instead of telling them what they can’t have, I try and get creative with foods they actually ask to eat. My kids are in love with apples and this time of year, they’re absolutely delicious. Here’s our go-to healthy Halloween treat to embrace the holiday.

These monster mouths are one of my favorite spooky treats:


  • 6 to 8 apples
  • organic almond butter (can substitute any nut or seed butter)
  • 1 cup of slivered Almonds
  • 1 cup of pine nuts
  • 10 strawberries (optional)


  • Take a 4-5 inch slice of apple with the middle carved out
  • Fill it up with a nut or seed butter of your choice
  • Use pine nuts and slivered almonds for teeth
  • Add a slice of strawberry for a tongue

For more ideas on making Halloween healthy, here are my top tips and tricks.

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 | 1 Comments

Time to Rethink Our Children’s Health


You may have noticed something different about children today: The vast majority seem to have some kind of diagnosed chronic illness such as ADHD, allergies, asthma, or autism. No matter how you look at it, our children are in trouble. Something is causing these varied symptoms in their bodies. If you look closely at these children’s symptoms (inattentive or hyperactive behaviors, skin rashes, gastrointestinal symptoms, sensory symptoms, breathing problems, learning disabilities, etc.) you will find that they all have common inflammatory roots. In other words, what we are witnessing is actually an unprecedented epidemic of chronic inflammatory conditions in our children. The job of the immune system is to protect our bodies from dangerous exposures in our environment.  Inflammation is our bodies’ way of dealing with those exposures—it’s the body’s way of telling us that something in our environment is toxic to our wellbeing. Why are our children so inflamed and what can we do about it?

Common, Not Normal

While rapidly expanding special education programs, ubiquitous epi-pens and the dolling out of pharmaceuticals like candy to elementary school students may seem normal, it is not. Just because these experiences are common, does not mean they are normal. These are hallmarks of a sick and dysfunctional population of children.

Lambert-1Many parents are so overwhelmed dealing with their own children’s health, learning or developmental issues that often they don’t see the bigger picture.  They don’t yet recognize that everyone else’s children are sick or struggling too. Children are supposed to be healthy, vibrant and full of life. Yet today, 54% of American children have a diagnosed chronic health condition. Consider this: if (at least) 54% of American children today have a diagnosed chronic illness (autism, ADD/ADHD, asthma, gastrointestinal disease, autoimmune conditions, life-threatening allergies), what is our future going to look like?[i]

I am not the only one asking this question.

A Health Epidemic or a National Security Crisis?

In 2010, retired U.S. military leaders got together and published a report entitled “Too Fat to Fight” (I’m not kidding, that is really the title), and this is what they had to say in that report:

Lambert2“As retired Generals, Admirals, and other senior leaders of the United States Armed Forces, we know firsthand that national security must be America’s top priority. Our organization recently released a report citing Department of Defense data indicating that an alarming 75 percent of all young Americans 17 to 24 years of age are unable to join the military because they failed to graduate from high school, have criminal records, or are physically unfit.  If we don’t take steps now to build a strong, healthy foundation for our young people, then it won’t just be our military that pays the price – our nation as a whole will suffer also.”


Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 | 1 Comments