I can't believe it is already Friday and the weekend is here. Yah. I am looking forward to catching up on my rest and doing some more exploring of Portland. But first I have to tell you about a fantastic new product that was sent to me from Star Anise Foods called Happy Pho. Well, this made my son Emmet very happy when he came home from school because he is the resident Pho expert. He absolutely loves Pho and was super excited to try this make- at- home Pho as an afternoon snack.
What is Pho?
Pho noodles soup (pronounced 'fuh'), a delicious Vietnamese soup packed with spices, fresh herbs and rice noodles. Sounds simple, yet the taste is anything but.
Complex flavors. Healthy ingredients. Some believe the Pho noodles soup originated in the 1920s in Vietnam as a marriage of French-style cooking and local Vietnamese ingredients. Traditionally, the broth takes 4 to 7 hours to prepare, meaning no two Pho noodles soup are alike. Not surprisingly, it's often said that great Pho noodles are considered 'soul food'.
If you venture the local food stalls in Vietnam in the early mornings, you're guaranteed to smell the distinct flavors of the Pho noodles broth and see people hunched over their big bowls of Pho soup. But Pho noodles are not just for breakfast anymore. Today, there isn't a set time for Pho soup. One bowl of Pho could be a full meal or a convenient snack. After tasting our Happy Pho, don't be surprised if a craving sneaks up on you mid-day or in the middle of the night.
I love the idea of Pho as being "soul food" because it is such a satisfying meal and is true comfort health food. Emmet got me on to Pho and I love to order Pho Ga which is basically Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup. Mmm. So good.
Happy Pho is a quick and easy Vietnamese Brown Rice Noodle Soup that is Gluten Free.
Unlike most other Pho noodles products out there, Happy Pho noodles are made from brown rice (wholegrain rice) that is high in fiber and nutrients, contain no MSG and is low in sodium. We've also added organic green tea from ancient tea trees in the mountains of North Vietnam. Happy Pho is as good for you as it tastes. It is a nourishing, soulful, safe food if you are gluten-intolerant, sensitive to MSG, want a healthy tasty quick meal, or love Pho noodles and want to make it at home so you can be sure of what goes in your food.
With Happy Pho, simply add the brown rice noodles with organic green tea, the savory spice packet and fresh organic ingredients. You'll create a healthy, easy Vietnamese Pho noodles meal in your own kitchen in just a fraction of the time it once took.
Happy Pho is AWESOME! It is super easy to make. All you have to do is add water or broth, fresh meat of your choice or tofu, fresh veggies with the noodles and spice packet and you have got a super healthy meal in mere minutes.
All we did is add vegetable broth, tofu, green onions and garnished with fresh cilantro and basil.
As you can tell, Emmet is quite happy!
Emmet's Thoughts on Happy Pho
"I think it tastes very authentic"
"I love that it is quick to make and that I can have Pho whenever I want it."
"Could we make it for breakfast?
I am going to be ordering a case of this stuff because I would much rather see my son eat Happy Pho for breakfast than some of the other sugary laden options.
You really do have to try Happy Pho and I am excited to share a great promotion with all of you great readers.
The offer is a $2.00 Coupon as well as Free Shipping. All you have to do is go to and search for Happy Pho pick out which products you want to try. Happy Pho comes in Garlic Goodness, Zesty Ginger, Shiitake Mushroom and Just Noodles. To redeem the offer, simply enter this code at checkout ESEFJ7WN.
The offer is only good until October 5th so hurry and use this offer before it expires.
I also had a happy day today and have to share with you my new running workout. I call it the Mount Tabor Run because I run to the steps of Mount Tabor and then haul my cookies up a gazillion steps until I am to the top of Mount Tabor and then run a couple circles around the top and take in all the beauty. I love the greenery here and have to admit that I love the misty overcast days. Keep this in mind when I am complaining about the rain 6 months from now. But for now I am enjoying it and I loved this workout. It was challenging, inspiring and fun!
The top of Mount Tabor
My running partner "Gumbo"
I have lots more to report but will save it for another post. Let's just say, I started training my first Portland client at 5:30am and she is "awesome" and I had my first class towards becoming a Health & Wellness Coach this week as well. I also received my Colonix Detox Kit yesterday and am ready to start and share my experience with you for better or worse! I will catch up with you tomorrow.