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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Soup Sunday- Healthy Clam Chowder

"To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup."- Laurie Colwin

Today's soup comes from the Runner's World new cookbook. I got the Kindle version which is nice since I can take with me to the grocery store when I shop for ingredients.

This is a healthier version of this soup and to be honest it is not as good as the full fat version. But the trade off is that it is allot healthier. I paired this soup with crackers and a very nice spinach salad with oranges and pomegranates.

This soup is made in the crock pot, so it cooked while I worked on promoting my book on-line and doing household chores.

Slow-Cooked Clam Chowder

1  tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion sliced and diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cams ( 8 ounces) clams
1 bottle clam juice
3 potatoes any kind cut into bite size pieces
1 can (12 ounces) fat free evaporated milk

Heat the oil in a skilled over medium heat, add the onions and celery and cook until they begin to soften.  Add the garlic and put into a slow cooker.  Add all other ingredients except the milk.. Cover with lid and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or on low for 4 to 5 hours.  Add the milk in the last hour of cooking.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Makes 4 servings

Chris Wodke at 2012 National Duathlon Championship Arizona

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a two time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team. She will compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.
Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 142 members in 28 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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