Snow day! Fitness, food and fiber at home!

This morning we woke up to a winter wonderland. The first day of snow this winter!

After a quick breakfast, the children bundled themselves up in last year’s snow gear (snow pants were a little short all round!) and headed outside for some fort building.

Given my unease at driving in the snow, my planned day of Hatha yoga, some deep discount shopping (60% off all fall styles!) at Vive and a mid-morning coffee stop at my favourite local caffeine joint got nixed for a yoga DVD,

some home-made black bean soup (see recipe below),

and getting re-acquainted with my knitting,

(pattern is Irish Coffee, yarn is Madelintosh Vintage in Briar; so lovely!).

Of course, there will be burpees later. I have to catch up on the ones I missed yesterday; given the snowfall warning, I decided to get downtown yesterday, rather than today. Had to exchange a pair of boots that I ordered online. Ended up coming home with these babies,

What are your favourite things to do on a ‘snow day’?

Do you exercise at home when you can’t get to the gym?

Veggie and Shrimp Black Bean Soup

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 2 peppers (I used one red, one yellow)
  • 1 large, yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes (add more if you like things hot!)
  • 2 cups no-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced, no-sodium tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (12 ounces) corn kernels
  • 30-40 cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp (you could sub cooked turkey or chicken here or leave the protein out entirely)
  1. Warm 1 Tbsp EVOO in large stock pot.
  2. Add veggies and saute until soft.
  3. Stir in spices and cook 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add vegetable stock, tomatoes and black beans. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 min.
  5. Puree mixture (as smooth or as chunky as you like). Add corn kernels and protein. Heat for 5-10 minutes and serve!
  6. Makes 6-8 servings, depending on how big a bowl you eat!

Great way to warm up after playing in the snow with your kids!