Soup season

January is meant to be the time of reform and it feels like the whole nation goes on a super strict diet to shed the Christmas weight. This may work for some, however I don’t feel like January is the best time for me to get back into health and wellbeing – being broke from Christmas, revising for January exams and being away from home again are all factors which result in my need for regular biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars, balanced out with 3 healthy meals a day.

Luckily my uni took part in a scheme called Jantastic where you could use the gym facilities for free throughout January if you logged all your workouts on their website. I made full use of this and decided to do one high intensity class like ‘legs bums and tums’ and one yoga class a week, I found that regular exercise helped beat the January blues and meant I felt less guilty when I ate a large deep pan vegan pizza the day before a hand in.

It’s hard to find a suitable lunch for cold days but I find the cheapest, healthiest and most filling lunch to have at a time like January is soup. Warm, delicious and incredibly versatile, my housemates and I have had lots of fun experimenting with different vegetables and seasonings but our favourite part about soup is that it works out at about 25p a portion! You’ll need a hand blender which you can pick up for as little as £17.99, definitely worth the money because you can make sauces, smoothies and milkshakes with it too.

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To make:

  • You’ll need some veggies, I usually buy a seasonal stew pack from Lidl for £1 and add any other bits of veg I have lying around such as broccoli, cabbage, sweet potato and courgette.
  • Peel and chop everything up, it doesn’t have to be neat as you’ll be blending it at the end.
  • Melt a tablespoon of vegan margarine in a large saucepan and fry a chopped onion until soft.
  • Boil the kettle and add all your vegetables to the pan, along with a stock cube or some Bouillon and cover the veg with hot water.
  • Simmer for about half an hour, or until the vegetables are soft.
  • Use your hand blender (or a normal blender if you don’t have one) to blend it into its soupy glory and enjoy.
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