Simply Healthy Family: Take a Hike!

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Take a Hike!

Yesterday we went on a nice hike in the White Tank Mts. in the far west valley.  I love Arizona, especially in the winter months when the weather is just perfect. Some times I wish for snow and boots and pretty fur coats but then I remember how lucky we are to be able to go on a beautiful hike and have a picnic in January!

These are some pics I snapped on the short "Water Fall Trail"
Not much of a waterfall, more like a trickle, but we Zonies will gather round and stare at a trickle of water in the dry desert when we get the chance. ;)

This is the desert through my 'eyes'.



Did you know that the Sonoran Desert is the only place Saguaros grow naturally?




Cholla cacti also are native to the Arizona desert and a small part of California. There are over 20 species and are sometimes called ' Jumping Cactus' since the needles will jump off the plant if you get to close!




Crazy Zonies standing around staring at the "Water Fall"  Don't strain your eyes, it's only a trickle.


No, it's not really snowing... Photoshop. It was very cold out, much colder than usual and there is snow on the mountains in the background, can you see it?









Aren't those snow capped mountains a beautiful site in the desert? I Love it!






We needed a nice hot bowl of flavourful soup to warm us up!
This soup is part of the detox diet from Whole Living.
Not sauteing the veggies and using lots of in season, lightly cooked veggies make this soup
healthy and hearty.
Free Range Chicken adds healthy protein and flavor, feel free to skip it if you'd like, the almond
butter is a good source of protein.
Almond butter makes this soup so very decadent and is an excellent source of
 healthy monounsaturated fat, essential for heart health and controlling blood sugar.
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Photo and recipe from Whole Living

Please excuse me, I try to always do my own pics but time and light quality were against me in a
big way last night! The recipe calls for collards of which I used along with Bok Choy I need to use up.



I'm sending this over to Fresh Friday's at La Bella Vita for her wonderful healthy life style blog hop.


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8 comments:

  1. Arizona looks so lovely and I envy your picnicing in January for sure as we are bracing for MORE snow in New Jersey. I am going to try your soup too. Looks so appetizing in your pictures.

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  2. Your hike sounds and looks seriously awesome! My roommate from college was from Phoenix and one spring break, we went down there and did some hiking/camping. It was so wonderfully picturesque.

    This soup sounds delicious! Perfect after a day of getting out in the wilderness!

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  3. A lovely hike in a breathtaking landscape...and then a nutritious bowl of soup to finish the day...this sounds just wonderful, my friend! I loved seeing all the different vegetation. Isn't it amazing how diverse our world is? Thank you for sharing this with me. I hope your weekend bursts forth in hope and joy!

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  4. I'm envious that you get the best of both worlds! See the snow but hike in winter without the extra layers. That soup sounds very interesting as I have not heard about using almond butter in any type of veggie soup. I think that if I just ground some up in the blender it should work alright? The flavor shouldn't be too far off...right?

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  5. @ Rowena, I'm sure processing some almonds would work beautifully. You could get the texture you'd like! I've processed my own almonds for pasta sauces and it was delish!

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  6. I need to go hiking more. There's something about nature that is refreshing.

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  7. I used to live in Phoenix and took many, many hikes. This was back in the day of being in kick-butt shape, that I dream of returning to. Thanks for sharing on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday. Stay healthy!

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  8. I used to live in Phoenix and took many, many hikes. This was back in the day of being in kick-butt shape, that I dream of returning to. Thanks for sharing on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday. Stay healthy!

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