My 4th Blog Anniversary + Giveaway

Today is the 4th blog anniversary for Nutrizonia!

Blog Anniversary!

 

I can’t thank you enough my readers for support! YOU what keeps Nutrizonia going and growing!

At the blog anniversary approaches, I look back to see what I have done, and achieved. What I did last year was shifting blogging from a hobby to business. While I can hardly call it a business, but this means how I looked at it, and how I professionally want to serve YOU my readers. 

It’s not about what I want to say only, but what YOU want to read, hear, and drool over! This put extra pressure on me, to put things into their right directions, writing for my right audience, promoting my content, working on my photography skills, developing new ideas, and coming up with original killer content, all of this are easier said than done!

But I’ve couldn’t done it without YOU my friends! I want to thank you all for your support, reading, commenting, sharing, and every action you do that makes Nutrizonia growing!

So a thank you not only by words, but in an another way:

A 25$ Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! 

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Don’t we all love small unexpected gifts? 25$ is not enough to say thank you, but it’s a small token for you my loyal readers!

Entering this giveaway is easy, click subscribe to the blog in the box below, Then click on the link beneath it to unlock the optional entries! You can return everyday to increase your chance of winning.

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Every year, I think I’ve learned a lot, and implemented new tools to help the blog grow, but I’m all wrong! It was all like a drop on the ocean! Blogging is journey, not a destination and that’s why I love it! Learning every day, developing new recipes, networking with other bloggers, are so rewarding! New photography skills and techniques, and much more are on my list to do! I feel blessed to have YOU my readers as you are my first motive!

Now, other than a chance to win a 25$ gift card, when you subscribe you will have access to an exclusively Q & A about your nutrition concerns. I’ll tell you about it in the next newsletter! Stay tuned! 

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  • This giveaway is international for anyone who is 18+

What will you do with a 25$ gift card my friend? Please share in comment section below! 

Arugula Yogurt Soup with Mint Pesto

A fulfilling healthy low carb delicious soup with strong flavors of arugula, topped with mint pesto and Parmesan cheese! This soup is powered with probiotics, vitamins, antioxidants, and protein! 

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Well this is an easy to put together soup, you don’t even have to peel cumber, white zucchini or chop arugula. These veggies well be blended beautifully by any basic blender. With strong aged Parmesan cheese and mint pesto, this soup is a big winner, it’s the ultimate healthy comfort soup!

I made an arugula salad, and that was my first attempt with it. I liked it, but I found it so sharp for my taste. Therefore, I thought making it a soup with a medley of vegetables, will make it less sharper, and it did. This soup has a sharp kick form the arugula, toned with the subtle flavors of cucumber, and white zucchinis.

Arugula Yogurt Soup with Mint Pesto

 

Most of my soups had onion, garlic, ginger sauteed in oil or butter (rare occasions) as a base. This gives a quite pleasant taste for any soup. With added a small potato, for an acceptable amount of carb and for natural thickness. Much better than using flour in my humble opinion. I find that flour gives a bland taste.  

Arugula is most likely a modern fancy american name. It’s rocket in British English and other countries. It doesn’t really make a difference, what we call it, it’s a healthy green leafy vegetable after all. And while the american arugula was bright in color and so fresh, it was quit expensive, and not an affordable choice for a family. A big box costs around 6$ is hardly enough for one big salad for a family of 4, which is the average american family. And you still didn’t add a thing to this salad! So while rocket here doesn’t look sexy enough, it’s fresh and affordable. Actually it’s quite cheap and more available. 

Health benefits of Arugula: 

There are so many of them, so just to mention a few:

  • It’s rich in folate, and vitamin A that is critical for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Also, it has huge amount of vitamin K that is important for normal blood clotting and for bone health. It’s low in calories, with good amounts of potassium, magnesium, manganese, and calcium. 
  • It’s is a member of cruciferous vegetables group that have glucosinolates (sulfur containing compounds) which are broken down during digestion to other bio compounds that inhibit cancer cells growth.
  • It’s a nitrate rich vegetable and can increase plasma nitrate concentration in the blood and lower blood pressure

Yogurt

If you are new to Nutrizonia, you need to know that I use yogurt a lot, as a base for stews, soups and smoothies. So I hope you are a fan of yogurt, so you can can hang in here, enjoying these recipes. And for YOU my regular readers, we can’t get enough of yogurt, can we?

It’s very healthy, affordable, source of protein, and essential amino acids. It suits savory dishes and sweet ones as well. It’s full of probiotics, has good amounts of minerals, and a good low carb option too. Here you can find all recipes that has yogurt, with more detailed information about it’s health benefits.  

The photo colors 


Arugula Yogurt Soup with Mint Pesto

Sadly, here in Jordan arugula (or rocket) does not have the fancy green color like the one I used to buy in the U.S!  Well maybe they are not the same species, because it looked a little different, with darker shade of green. But that doesn’t mean a less great taste! But I wish that I used it in the photos, and have another shade of green, beside mint, and the soup itself. I’m obsessed now with using green shades in photography.

There is something special about the color green, it represents harmony and peace. It means also regenerating like in spring green colors. It was my favorite color! Well it’s still a favorite, but competing with blue now. What is your favorite color? 

Now enjoy this soup! 

 
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Arugula Yogurt Soup with Mint Pesto
Arugula Yogurt Soup with Mint Pesto
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of Arugula leaves (wshed and drained well)
  • 1 cup cucumber chopped
  • 2 cups white zucchini chopped
  • 1 small potato chopped
  • 100g thick yogurt
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger chopped
  • 2 cups of water
  • Salt and black pepper up to taste
  • 1 ts curry powder (Optional)
  • Mint pesto:
  • ½ cup of chopped mint
  • 1 Tb Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1 Tb pine nuts
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Optional:
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
  • Fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or manually, chop onion, garlic, and ginger.
  2. In a medium put on a medium heat , add 1 Tb of olive oil, and saute onion, garlic, and ginger until translucent for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add chopped cucumber, white zucchini, potato, arugula and saute for another 5 minutes.
  4. Season with salt, black pepper, and curry powder, add water, and cover the pot with a tight lid for about 20 minutes or until the potato is soft.
  5. Remove from the stove, and blend the soup in pulses (caution: the content will be very hot)
  6. Return the soup to the stove, add yogurt, stir, and season again if desired.
  7. Let it on the stove on a medium heat until it boils (about 10 minutes), then remove.
  8. Let it stands for 5 minutes, then serve hot.
  9. Add mint pesto, sprinkle cheese and enjoy
  10. Refrigerate any leftovers up to 4 days!
Notes
You can use regular zucchini instead of white ones.

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Soft Pistachio Cookies {Oil Free, Gluten Free}

Soft pistachio healthy cookies that are crispy form the outside, and gooey from the inside! They are vegan friendly, gluten free, and oil free! Full of fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats! 

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In Arabic language, pistachio called “fosto’ halabi” which literally means peanut from Halab (A famous Syrian city).  Pistachio is very old nut, and you can eat it raw not only dried, which tastes totally different. Until this day, pistachio is an expensive nut, and not very affordable. let’s talk about the ingredients: (more…)

Quick Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Bowl

Quick and easy to make strawberry smoothie bowl! Packed with protein, probiotics, healthy fats, and antioxidants! It can’t get any healthier than that! Plus it’s gluten free!

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Eating healthy can be a real troublesome! While the healthy fresh produce, seeds, and grains are more available and affordable, but organizing the pantry and the fridge can be a real challenge! Do you have problem with having too many produce that may go bad? Or nothing at at sometimes? I bet many of you do!  (more…)

Whole Wheat Brie Chicken Pizza with Dried Apricots

A healthy gourmet brie pizza with dried apricots and chicken. It’s on the sweet side, but it’s healthy and good for you! You may keep it vegetarian too!

Brie pizza with dried arptiocts and balsamic glaze

Well, it has been a long time since I posted a recipe or another post. While posting regularly is a priority for me, and to deliver tasty healthy recipes for YOU my reader, but I was insanely busy the last month! Family members were visiting, parenting my child alone while my husband was away, put me on an emotional roller coaster! Now husband is back, and means the camera too

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Lavender White Hot Chocolate

This is a luscious creamy white hot chocolate with strong flavor of lavender and a slight coconut flavor. This white festive hot chocolate is perfect for Easter morning or evening! (Vegan & Gluten free friendly)

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A year ago maybe, I was obsessed by the beautiful beauty and lifestyle Swedish, and European blogs. Many of them follow minimal style, but some post gorgeous cakes, puddings, and desserts using tea, lovely flower, and lavender! I had no idea that lavender is edible! We have local lavender, and I remember that my elder sister was obsessed with it, she was keeping it between clothes and other stuff she likes to keep them naturally scented. I wasn’t into these things! But now I thought I should give it a try in a culinary world!  (more…)

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