Tips to live life healthier: Advice from an expert


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – When it comes to food, this is a really indulgent time of year. It’s important to think about keeping the healthy stuff, like veggies, in our diet. EightWest turned to WOTV 4 Women’s Wellness Expert, Michele Fife, for a fabulous recipe. Warm, flavorful, and chock-full of veggies, Green Soup is a great way to add a boost of vitamins to your diet. In the video above, Michele explains the benefits of adding this tasty soup to your diet.Green Soup Recipe – Courtesy of Michele Fife

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • sea salt
  • 1/4 cup arborio rice, sushi rice or 1 white potato.
  • 1 bunch greens (about 1 pound chard, kale, spinach, etc) remove any tough stems
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, store-bought or homemade
  • Big pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste

-Add your olive oil to a heated stock pot. Then add your onion, garlic, potato if using (if using rice add later). Sprinkle with sea salt and cover to cook 5- 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

-Next you can add the veggie broth and this is where I might add my rinsed rice if not using the potato for creaminess. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes.

-Now add your rinsed greens and cook 7-10 minutes longer until greens are a bright green color- looking yummy.

-Let this cool a bit and then you can either use an immersion blender or conventional blender to puree this down. If it seems to thick you can add more broth or water, add salt and pepper to taste along with a generous pinch of cayenne pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

This is a very basic recipe. You can use almost any greens you desire, spinach, chard, parsley, kale. I have often made this and used a blend of any 3. Experiment with the onion, garlic and pepper quantities, sometimes I add back in some cooked rice after blending or small diced zucchini or other veggies for texture or interest. Go wild with this green soup recipe.

With Christmas and so many holiday celebrations happening right now, many of us are trying to figure out how we can de-stress and add a little calm to our lives! Michele Fife and Gretchen Brockman joined eightWest in studio to talk about their new business in Rockford, OMG! Yoga. Check out the video above to hear more about this exciting new studio and how you can add a little more ‘calm’ to your day to day. Classes are starting January 2nd, for updates check out OMG! Yoga’s Facebook page.

Looking to take a trip focused on relaxation and yoga? Take a trip to India or the Galapagos Islands with Michele Fife!Find out more about the trip to India, March 8-18 here.Interested in going to the Galapagos Islands in 2018? Check out more here.

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