Smile… Beet Ginger and Coconut Soup

What makes you smile?

I want to share an experience I had recently as the effects are still blissfully lingering.

Reflective and open space is of high value personally, especially with my busy lifestyle.  Rarely, do I get a full day to ‘just be’ and enjoy the little things in life at a more relaxed pace.

So, my friend and I both enjoy riding bikes, and had a great idea to take the day to fully experience an adventurous bike ride. Early morning we set an open agenda to park in Chestnut Hill and see where that takes us.  No plans, no expectations, basket with a few organic energy bars, one organic chocolate bar, and two curious playful people.  (Opps… we forgot water somehow) We started on the trails at Valley Green Park which is absolutely beautiful. Mother nature is quite the cure for me, which instantly transforms my state into deeply connected and receptive. I remember stopping a few times, glancing up and appreciating the simple pleasure of vision, that somehow is often taken for granted.  Although I love New York City and visit often, Philadelphia is humorously foreign to me.  We followed the path that lead to Kelly Drive and shortly realized our lost appreciation for clean air. Arrived at the Art Museum with high energy spontaneously dancing with ‘Zumba on the Steps’,  and feeling expansive in all of possibilities the city had to offer. On a side note, I childishly imagined a summer-like day, proudly wore shorts, and the only extra clothing I brought was a tank top. ( Yikes, at 9 am early May riding a bike in shorts-goosebumps!)  Stopped at American Apparel and bought a pair of leopard print leggings. YES! : ) We rode around on many streets that were foreign, besides Samson where I got a parking ticket a few months back. Had great adventures in China town while looking for Shiatsu supplies. Bought favorites at Whole Foods for a lovely picnic, and then questioned my strength and ability to make it back after relaxing on the ground. Well, I did make it and with a high sense of accomplishment. You see, I tried to explain minute details but I purposely left out the finale. Most importantly, I had a contagious smile the whole entire day. A genuine smile with direct eye contact to all whom crossed paths. The power of connection though a smile is incredibly powerfully.  After days of reflection on this experience, I realized the power of connection is the effects I am still reminiscing. Connection to every person I came in contact with, mother nature, and the essence of Philadelphia. This day is stored in great memory with a broad sense of liberation.   A physical memory I have of this is not only my new leopard print leggings but also my sore face from a frozen smile.  Life is good! Enjoy the small pleasures and leave open space for new adventures.


“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”- Joseph Addison

Beet Ginger and Coconut Soup

1-3 T of coconut oil

3 large red beets, scrubbed clean and cut into 1/4 inch pieces (fyi, I don’t peel my beets. especially if they are organic)

1-3 T fresh minced ginger

1 large yellow onion, diced

3 large cloves of garlic, minced

dash of cayenne pepper

dash of red pepper flakes

1 can of full fat coconut milk

4-5 cups of veggie stock or clean water with miso and curry

sea salt and pepper to taste

In a large soup pan heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beets, garlic and ginger. Cook for about 3-5 more minutes stirring often. Add 4 cups of veggie stock or water with miso/curry,  and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer for about 25 minutes.  Add cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Make sure beets are fork tender and then carefully with a blender or immersion blender puree the soup. (Add more water if it is too thick.) Add coconut milk. Stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve warm and enjoy!


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