Magic Soup

The first thing you should know about me:

1. I do not like soup

I just never have! And you’re probably thinking….

“But the title of this post is ‘magic soup’? I don’t get it?”

So yes, I really don’t like soup, but when I’m not feeling great and can’t breathe, I turn to the power and magic of Pho.

My particular favorite is chicken pho {aka pho ga}. If you’re not familiar with this soup, it’s essentially like a spicy asian version of chicken noodle soup. I tend to go to a little hole in the wall restaurant, get the soup to-go, and layer the provided ingredients together at home.

I honestly think that is part of the draw of this soup! #someassemblyrequired

Here’s how I put my soup together:

First, I get the cutest soup bowl I could find…

Pho 1 …and add the sliced chicken sprinkled with herbs and thin onions

Pho 2 put a big pile of rice noodles on top

Pho 3 add some basil, jalapeños, and bean sprouts

Pho 4 a splash of lime

Pho 5 and a dash of the spicy paste.

That spice really opens up your sinuses. {when you are sick, that is GREATLY appreciated}

Pho 6 Then finally add the “magic” broth

It’s definitely the broth the holds the magic of the soup. It is a beef broth infused with fresh herbs and simmered for HOURS. This soup always makes me feel better.

Today, I got my soup from a local Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Nam. It’s a little family run business in Cornelius, NC that has been going strong for 8 years. I LOVE supporting local restaurants, especially ones who consistently deliver delicious, made-from-scratch meals.

And YES! All of those soup additions come standard = layers of flavor! I just mix everything together and eat!

Pho 7

Question of the Day:

What is your go-to meal when you are sick?

“Get Well” Smoothie

I’ve been feeling not so great the past two days. Summer colds = NOT FUN.

Stuffy Nose

Sore Throats

Humid Days

Those three things combined means that I have been craving something cold and creamy.

Peach Mango Smoothie 1

Let’s be real…. eating healthy is the LAST thing you want to think about when you’re feeling under the weather.


I know my body is needing some nutrients to help heal and repair. So I turned to my trusty Vitamix to whip up a creamy and delicious smoothie PACKED with greens. My greens of choice?


Spinach is my favorite way to add hidden nutrients and iron without altering the flavor integrity of the fruit. And the added mangos really make you feel like you are sitting on a tropical beach, when you might just be curled up under blankets on the couch.

Peach-Mango Smoothie 2

Peach-Mango Green Smoothie

Print this recipe!


  • 1 cup flax milk
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder
    • I used Nature’s Way Vanilla = 120 calories + 15 g protein per serving
  • 3 large handfuls fresh spinach (56 g)
  • 2/3 cup frozen mango (100 g)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches (77g)


Layer ingredients in order listed in a high power blender. Blend until smoothie.

Enjoy with a straw in your favorite glass!

Nutrition: 286 calories – 44 g carbs – 4 g fat – 25 g protein