Friday is here and I’m so glad for the weekend. It’s been a very busy week and next week is even busier which really led me down a path of simple foods and simple flavors. This past week, I was out running errands and it took many hours longer than expected which I hadn’t planned for. Because I’ve had bariatric surgery, my stomach only holds small quantities of food so I have to eat something every two to three hours. Whenever I go out I always have a contingency plan … bag of nuts or some type of snack in my purse, backup snack in the car, plenty of fluids, etc. On this day, my backup plan only had one snack which didn’t last long. I got really involved in my tasks and just forgot to eat or drink for several hours. Trust me, this almost never happens. I’ve just had so many things going on lately that my mind was just preoccupied. All of the sudden, my energy and stamina just went out the window and I was exhausted. I knew I had to head home. Stopped at a local coffee shop and got a iced latte with 2% milk so I could start sipping some protein on my way.
By the time I got home, I felt like I was just going to pass out. Physiologically, I knew I had just had about 10-15 grams of protein but I just needed to give my body time to catch up and know there was nutrition there. Dear hubby knew when I walked through the door how bad I felt. He instructed me to sit down while he unloaded the car for me. I sat in my recliner and just rested while I thought about my day and how I got so out of whack, nutritionally. The longer I sat there, the worse I felt … emotionally, at least. My mind started wondering to all the positives in my life and I immediately thought of my mother-in-law. When I had my surgery, she flew out to be with us. She checks on us all the time and loves us unconditionally. If we ever need anything, she’s there. She’s our rock and we love her dearly.
About a year ago, I had a family emergency and had to fly home to take care of some things. I flew into her hometown and rented a car to take to my hometown a few hours away so I could stop back by her house for a visit before I flew back out to California. After bariatric surgery, at least for the first year, my diet was very restricted and challenging. Now, I can pretty much eat anything I want but at the time there was lots of planning and lots of rules. Because of my family emergency, I really wasn’t thinking of what to eat … I just had to get there.
After handling the issues, I drove back to her home to spend the night before I caught my flight back home. She had so many things that I could eat and it was evident that she had put a lot of effort into preparing for my 24 hour visit. Trust me, if you’re not into cooking, food, recipes, nutrition and special diets … this is a lot of work. One of the first things she offered me was creamy avocado soup that was so refreshing and light. I remember that day so vividly because it was a bowl of love, through and through. Later when I got home, the hubs told me that she had worked with him to find out what I could eat and what I couldn’t.
Now and forever, avocado soup is equated with love, care and consideration so I knew this was what I wanted to have today on my crazy day that went awry. I had never made this before so I reached for the handy, dandy iPad and did a quick Google search for avocado soup. The recipe that I made was the first recipe that I found at Whole Living.
This soup was amazing. Not only did it provide zip, tang and creaminess, but also refreshment, nutrition and love. Exactly, what I needed on my tough day.
Dear hubby loved the soup, too, but the first thing he said was, “This would be great on my salad!”. The hubs is very regimented in his eating now, just like me. He has a big salad every day as his first dinner course. At this time, it was probably only 2:00pm so he was already thinking ahead. He did enjoy some creamy, love soup with me but saved more for later.
The hubs used this on his salad later and proclaimed it “amazing!”. So, whether you’re looking for salad dressing, soup, or just emotional well being … This is the dish for you!
I raise my lovely, creamy bowl to you, B … We love you :-)