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Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Try this easy and delicious Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe for a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.com

This post in sponsored by Frontier Co-op in partnership with Mambo Sprouts. All opinions are my own.

At the beginning of the year, I made a pledge to go through old blog posts to clean things up and take better pictures of recipes. I cringe at some of my early pictures. While I’m still no stellar photographer of food, my skills are a tad bit better.

It’s now November and I’ve been slacking on updating.

Until today!

I first posted this Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe three years ago. Every fall, I make oodles of it. It’s so easy and so delicious.

There’s just something about this time of year that makes my brain turn to soup.

I don’t mean I can’t think straight or my brain is mushy. I’m talking about a belly warming bowl of hot soup.

Every week since September, we’ve been having at least one or more meals that revolves around soup. Nothing warms your belly and makes you feel all nice and toasty compared to soup. Pair it with crusty bread or a sandwich and it’s nothing but pure comfort food.

Try this easy and delicious Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe for a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.com

Years ago, when I first started making this recipe, I had a craving for Butternut Squash Soup. I love butternut squash but Ron isn’t the biggest fan. He likes other varieties of squash just not butternut. I played around with ingredients and thought that maybe adding one of Ron’s favorite fruits, Granny Smith apples, I’d convert him. Or at least get him to like the soup so we can eat it during the cold months.

The result? Ron LOVED it! It looks like baby food but tastes like applesauce from the tart Granny Smith. Plus, I love how simple it is. I’ve thrown this together on a busy weeknight and had dinner ready in now time. It’s good as is or for added protein, I’ve thrown in black beans or quinoa. They make a great addition!

This has become a staple in our house. I’m thrilled Ron is on the butternut squash bandwagon. I knew he was a convert when he made this soup all on his own to bring into work for a potluck function.

Score one for the butternut squash team.

Try this easy and delicious Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe for a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.com

5.0 from 2 reviews
Butternut Squash Apple Soup
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, chopped.
  • 1 - 2 Granny Smith apples (depending how sweet you like it), cored, chopped
  • 4 Cups low-sodium Organic Vegetable Broth
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pepitas for topping (optional)
  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add onion and carrots. Cook 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add butternut squash and apple.
  3. Stir in broth and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes until squash is tender.
  5. Let soup cool slightly and puree in small batches in food processor, blender or with immersion blender.
  6. Stir in cinnamon and pepitas (is using) just before serving.

One of my favorite spices to add warmth to recipes is cinnamon. Usually I use just the average store brand ground cinnamon. I won’t anymore after trying Frontier Co-op’s Vietnamese Cinnamon! There is so much more flavor. Frontier Co-op has a 5% more oil content than the average cinnamon which results in an aroma and flavorful kick. Frontier Co-op sources their cinnamon from a specific region and believes in giving back to the area. They supply books, desks, and room and board so the children in these remote farming communities can attend a distant regional school.

Try this easy and delicious Butternut Squash Apple Soup recipe for a healthy dinner for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.com

Frontier Co-op has a line of spices, herbs and extracts for all your cooking and baking needs. Every pinch you use, nourishes people and planet. They pride themselves on not using GMOs, ETO or irradiation, so you can feel confident that you are getting nothing but wholesome and delicious.

For more Meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Confessions of a Mother Runner and Running on Happy/The Fit Foodie Mama link up.

What’s your favorite kind of soup?







High Five Friday

High Five Friday with good reads from the week of November 11 2016. | happyfitmama.com


I’m going to try very, very hard not to get political here. I’ll try my best not to but I feel that I can’t just pretend Tuesday didn’t happen. It seems to be politics is in your face everywhere right now. Emotions on either side are running high. Myself included. I tried to stay away from social media but I kept getting lured in wanting to read more. And maybe also to find some reasoning. It’s funny (sad?) how I could find reassurance in one article and a feeling of doom/dread in another. I do know one thing – I plan to do more. More volunteering, donating to charities, random acts of kindness. I urge you to do the same!

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram. Are you following me? Please do!

1 ) Tunnel vision

2 ) Reflections from a run

3 ) Seize the day before the day even begins.

4 ) The face of when you get smacked in the face with leaves. #priceless

5 ) When in doubt, run it out.

5 Things

Life Lessons Learned on the Run – Further proof that running is way more than running. Important lessons but especially at times like this.

How to Spread Kindness in Your Running – I absolutely love Laura’s points. I think runner’s are generally friendly people anyway. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everybody ran? We’d be a big sweaty lovefest!

Trusting the Process – Christine’s post on the emotional roller coaster of training for a goal race is dead on. I have had numerous workouts that question my mental toughness. My resilience to power through tough things. I may be my biggest critic but I’m also my biggest cheerleader. I can do hard things.

In Real Life – Reading this post from Allie makes me wish I was back in Vermont, hanging with friends at Rise.Run.Retreat. This is so true -> “It was the blog world that brought us together, but sharing our running worlds, emotions, goals and lives made us friends both on and offline”. And while you are on the KUHL website, check out my review of the Lea Dress. I’m wearing it in the pic above where I get a face full of leaves. It’s the best comfy, casual dress ever!

Running While Female – This podcast from Runner’s World is a must listen for both females and males. The statistics are staggering. The more we raise our voices about the subject, the better. It’s not OK. It’s not alright.

Be sure to thank a Veteran for their service today!

What would you like to High 5 today?



4 Running Workouts to Increase Speed

Pick up the pace with these 4 running workouts to increase speed. | happyfitmama.com

You want to be a faster runner.

You’ve increased your time running. You’ve increased the distance you are running.

That’s one of the easiest ways to get faster as you build strength and endurance.

But running the same speed for every single run is not doing anything in getting your fix for the need for speed.

If you want to run faster, you’ve got to run faster.

We all can agree on that, right?

Jazz up your runs with adding in 1-2 speed workouts per week. Speed work taxes your body A LOT.  Your body needs time to properly recover from hard workouts. Growth occurs during rest and even easy runs in between hard sessions. Remember those days are vital for improvement.

Here are 4 different running workouts to increase your speed.


Besides being a really funny Swedish word that makes every giggle, Fartleks are incredibly effective in building speed. And they are one of my favorite workouts. Just ask my coaching client, Dawn, who scored a major PR (and BQ) at Chicago – I gave her oodles of Fartleks in her marathon training plan. Why do I love them? They are easy to do anywhere. They aren’t as intimidating as run x:xx pace for xx amount of time.

Pick up the pace with this simple Fartlek Workout to increase your running speed. happyfitmama.com


While training for Mount Washington last spring, I grew to love hills. Ok, not LOVE them. But I grew to appreciate that they do in fact make you a stronger, faster runner in the long run. The old saying, hills are speed work in disguise, is absolutely true.

Build strength, stamina and speed with this dynamic Hill Pyramid Workout for Runners. happyfitmama.com


Doing short, intense bursts of speed builds up your stamina and endurance. To reduce the chance of injury, if you are a new runner or new to speed training, start with hills and Fartlek training before trying interval work.

Try this interval workout on the track treadmill or road to increase your running speed. | happyfitmama-comTempo

Tempo runs scare the running tights off me more than any other workout. You want me to run that fast for that long?!?! With other speed intervals, it’s always a shorter period of running at a faster speed. But with tempos, it’s faster that easy pace, but not so fast that you are out of breath. More of like a comfortably hard pace. If you can talk easily, it’s too slow. If you can’t talk at all, it’s way too fast. It’s meant to help you run faster and harder for longer periods of time by increasing your anaerobic threshold. Consistently doing Tempo runs usually give me the biggest reward in gaining speed.

Try this simple tempo workout to increase your running speed. | happyfitmama.com

Even if you aren’t training for a specific race or goal time, adding any of these speed workouts to your weekly rotation can help you become a more efficient and stronger runner. Plus, it just makes it fun!

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Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

What’s your favorite speed workout?

Which one scares the running tights off you?