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Gaz-WOW-cho (Chilled Spanish Veggie Soup)

Gaz-WOW-cho, Spanish chilled veggie soup

Wellness is a natural state of equilibrium or being in balance.  St.Luke said “heal thyself”  When your body and mind are in balance your body will heal itself. Unfortunatel, America has become lazy.  We have let others take charge of our health. Just take a pill.  Just look around and you you’ll see this doesn’t work.

We all need to become more self reliant and serious about a healthy lifestyle.

Today, over 33% of Americans are obese.

We could eliminate obesity by following some simple guidelines and improve our chance of living a longer and healthier life 

Try this and feel better:

* Calculate your body mass index at

* Consume fresh organic foods close to their source

* Avoid hydrogenated foods

* Learn to read and head food labels

* Drink lots of filtered ionized water

* Eliminate high fructose corn sugar

* Eliminate high glycemic foods

* Avoid white flour and white sugar

* Be active, “when you rest you rust.”

* Add fiber to your diet

* Reduce total calories

* Replace processed foods with fresh veggies, fruits, nuts and whole grains

* Use only olive, coconut or grape seed oils.

Wellness cooking is preparing nutritious meals that are delicious and yet nutritious.

If this sounds impossible, try this simple unique summer gazpacho (Spanish chilled soup) It’s a combination of  pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, tomato, lime/lemon juice, and cilantro with a little kick of jalapeno pepper….it is very refreshing, you’ll be the hit of the party.

Pineapple/watermelon Gazpacho (Gaz-WOW-cho)

Chilled Spanish fresh vegetable soup

Fat free, calorie free, gluten free!

2 cups pineapple

½ cup red pepper

3 stalks celery 

1 -2 cucumbers (seeded)

2  cups watermelon

½ cup red onion

½  small mild jalapeno pepper (de-seeded)

1 toe chopped garlic

1 cup  cilantro

2 TBS lemon juice

4 TBS lime juice

3 TBS raspberry vinegar

1 20 oz can crushed tomatoes (Dei Fratelli brand is great)

 chives for garnish


Place first 12 ingredients in food processor

PULSE  until chunky, add tomatoes, pulse.

 Chill at least two hours before serving


ABOUT THE AUTHOR,  Wellness Chef Doug Cordier, is a food writer, TV cook, and Certified Nutrition Wellness Consultant.  Owner of Cascom Group Travel, Doug has been teaching corporate and Italian cooking classes plus leading culinary tours to their villa in Tuscany. For more foodie thoughts and recipes, try or call 313-881-6699