Beach Body Meals: Paleo Portuguese Kale Soup

July 3, 2012

One true fact about me, I’m slightly ADD with workouts. I’ll find one (or a few) I L O V E, do them obsessively, then kick them to the curb to start my new workout binge. Never boring, body’s always guessing.

Over the weekend I decided to start the Insanity program- 60 days of pure, intense, insane workouts, brought to you buy the team at Beach Body. You know Beach Body… P90X, Brazil Butt Lift, ChaLEAN Extreme, Les Mills Pump, TurboFire, and about a zillion more home workout videos.

A few years ago I went through about 6 months + of P90X, with all the weighted moves, body weight push ups and pull ups, plyometrics, kicking and punches, and  my not-so-favorite yoga DVD, all with ripped-as-Hell Tony Horton. Each DVD is a different workout, and each workout was pretty good. Since P90X I’ve done SO many different exercise programs/workouts. Back to yoga and kickboxing, running and CrossFit. Then I stopped. Dropped my gym membership. Stopped killing my body with long workouts, heavy, heavy weights, and not enough recovery.

I started doing workouts at home with minimal weights and short time spans. I got on BodyRock.tv and did the 12 minute, high-powered interval moves for a while. And now, it’s time to move on to something new and exciting.

Now it’s Insanity. These workouts run for 60 days, plotted out each day with 10 rotating DVDs, and all body weight. Easy, right?

Not so much…

There’s a reason the workout is called Insanity.

With each DVD ranging from 30 to 75 minutes, the intensity from day one is… Insane.

Seriously.

I’m in pretty good shape, I have great cardio capacity, and definitely can hold my own with stamina. And then I met the Insanity WARM-UPS! Seriously, I’ve never done a “Warm-up” like the Insanity ones.

But the workout isn’t what I’m focusing on today- it’s the food!

With the 60 days of workouts, I decided to start the “diet” portion of the program, too. Why not, right? I’ve never really done a portioned out eating program and thought, “why not see what results I can get?”

Alrighty, the “diet” program it is!

So, without boring you to death, last night I made a rocking’ low fat, low carb, high flavor, healthful meal, loaded with fiber, fun, and zesty fat-burning… soup (Couldn’t think of any other adjective to use…). This is a truly great meal to make in a pinch or if you’re wanting one meal to last a while. With plenty of hearty leftovers, you’ll find this meal too easy NOT to make often!

Vibrant and warming, spiced yet subtle, delicious in every way…

Did I mention it’s fully Paleo…?

 


Wait! I did mention this was a pretty rocking’ healthy dish, right? Check out the nutritional stats here!

Now go forth and share this recipe with your friends… and on Pinterest!

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Lynn Kline October 29, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Made this tonight with some mild Italian sausage (for the sausage) and everything else was by the book. It was AMAZING! Thanks for the great recipe!

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Lori October 30, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Hi Lynn! So glad you enjoyed this recipe! It’s warm and delicious so I’m happy you enjoyed it, too!

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Mary C January 14, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Hi Lori, I make a very similar version of this. I too got the recipe from BeachBody (and I too have completed Insanity and now onto Les Mills Pump). I use turkey sausage instead of turkey but now that I’m on an even more strict path with my nutrition, I think I’ll turn to ground turkey instead. I also add kidney beans. And the leeks are fabulous! The soup is amazing. In fact, I’m eating it right now!

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Audrey Miller July 8, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Hi Lori,

All the best with the insanity workouts. I also need to do something like that. It has been quite a while since I went to the gym. I’ve just been doing simple workouts indoors to make the body feel like I am still engaging it to exercise. Also thanks for the diet tips.

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Mary@FitandFed July 5, 2012 at 10:01 PM

My family did P90X together a few years ago, it was fun to do it together. But I agree you have to keep mixing it up and doing different stuff– I’m glad you are doing something that you like for now. Soup is always so filling and satisfying when you are trying to lose weight– good luck with your new program!

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Paleo Suz July 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Oooh that looks lovely! Unfortunately I always find it really hard to find Kale here in Australia, so might have to substitiute with cabbage…

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Lori July 8, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Cabbage would totally work! Any green would work.. as long as it is a veggie, it’s acceptable for this soup. 😉

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Alisa July 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

That soup looks amazing! How are you liking Insanity? I couldn’t stand it and quit after the first month. I found the drilling cardio to be too boring and too intense to maintain (even the people in the video aren’t doing high intensity by part way through – some are barely at a jog!). That said, I think for cardio junkies it is probably awesome. I’m just not one of those 🙂

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Anne@MyZenPulse July 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Yo…this looks SO GOOD right now! In fact – I’m tempted to run to Trader Joes and get kale so I can make some for lunch! Miss your bloggies and glad you’re back!

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