Did anyone take advantage of the BURN open house last weekend? I managed to get a spot in the Build and Burn session with Beth B., which was awesome. I really liked the strength training mixed in with speed and resistance intervals on the treadmill. As aforementioned, I rarely mix up my workouts, and often rely on some standard settings on the treadmill. I felt really challenged in the BURN workout, and motivated to try and replicate some of the intervals when I’m working out on my own. I highly recommend BURN to anyone who is trying to shake up their usual routine and get quicker results in a short amount of time.

I also squeezed in some cooking this past weekend, and made a great spicy soup recipe that I want to pass on. The following recipe for Jamaican Sweet Potato Kale soup came from my friend Steph, who I take yoga classes with frequently. She is a self-proclaimed soup-nut, and has tons of cheap and easy soup recipes to recommend, so there will be more to come.

This particular recipe is great because of the few ingredients, very little prep time, and super healthy super-food inclusions of kale and sweet potatoes. As I mentioned in my Kale-chips recipe, kale is rich with vitamins, anti-oxidants, and fiber. Sweet potatoes offer carotenoids in their bright orange color, and are a good source of vitamin C and potassium. And coconut milk contains anti-bacterial properties. This recipe is a little fiery, so adjust the habaneros according to your preference.

Jamaican Sweet Potato Kale soup

  • 1 sweet potato, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • About half a bunch of kale, de-stemmed and torn into bite size pieces
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 can lite coconut milk
  • 1-3 habanero peppers, skins pricked

Bring broth to a boil in a large pot, and reduce to three cups. Add potatoes, kale, coconut milk, and peppers, and simmer for one hour, covered.


Do you talk about recipes with friends? I probably border on obsessive on this subject, but I find it really helpful for trying new dishes. And like any referral, it’s an extra safe bet that you’ll end up making something spectacular.