Motivation Monday: Getting Enough Sleep + Easy Asian Dumpling Soup Recipe

It’s the first Monday of March, and that means it’s time for another edition of my monthly series, Motivation Monday. For me, healthy living is all about motivation. It’s about finding the motivation to cook instead of order takeout, go for a walk, or skip a second helping. Each Motivation Monday features easy tips and a healthy recipe.

Last month, my focus was on developing a consistent exercise routine, and my goal was to exercise 4 days a week. I’m happy to report that, save a missed workout or two, I did really well. I did lots of barre and pilates type workouts, and I’m looking forward to keeping it up in March and beyond (hopefully, spring weather will show up soon so I can get outside!).

For March, my focus is going to be on getting enough sleep (see my tips below). Plus, I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious and easy Asian Dumpling Soup.

Motivation Monday: Getting Enough Sleep + Easy Asian Dumpling Soup | Hello Little Home #soup #resolutionsI’m not entirely sure why, but since moving to New York, my sleeping habits have been absolutely terrible. Not only have I been staying up too late, but when I do finally get to bed, I haven’t been able to fall asleep. There’s lots of reasons why – stress, staying up too late, a bad shoulder, etc. – but whatever the reason, I need to make a healthy change.

There are a few things that have helped me sleep better in the past, that I’ll be working into my routine:

  • Go to bed at the same time every night. My goal is to have the lights out by midnight on most nights.
  • Turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime. I’ve fallen into the habit of watching TV and/or working on the computer, phone, or iPad right up until bedtime and that needs to stop.
  • Get anxiety and stress in check. There is nothing worse than laying down to sleep and having your mind kick in to overdrive. Making a to do list for the next day, writing down the days worries (and then letting them go) , and doing a little stretching before bed all help.
  • Wind down before bed with an easy routine. I’m usually really tired before bed, but after washing my face and taking out my contacts, I’m wide awake by the time my head hits the pillow. I’m going to start getting ready for bed a little earlier and then doing a little reading, so I can go directly to bed when I’m tired.

"Sleep is the best meditation." Dalai Lama | Hello Little Home #MotivationMondayOne thing that stresses me out during the week is getting a healthy dinner on the table. I have a bad habit of waiting until the last minute and then resorting to takeout. Eating a fatty takeout meal right late at night is not a great way to prepare for bed!

My Easy Asian Dumpling Soup is the perfect weeknight meal. This recipe is so simple that you can have it on the table in 15 minutes. Plus, it’s super light and healthy.

Easy Asian Dumpling Soup | Hello Little Home #MotivationMonday #recipe #healthyEasy Asian Dumpling Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 head of cabbage
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 16-oz. package dumplings (I used Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Gyoza)
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • sriracha, to taste

Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.

While broth is heating, prepare vegetables. Peel and thinly slice carrot. Chop cabbage. Thinly slice green onions (green part only; reserve white part for another use).

Easy-Asian Dumpling Soup Ingredients | Hello Little Home #MotivationMonday #recipe #healthyWhen broth reaches a boil, add carrots and cabbage. Return to boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 – 10 minutes. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, and sriracha. Stir well. Season with additional soy sauce, if necessary.

Easy Asian Dumpling Soup | Hello Little Home #MotivationMonday #recipe #healthyWhile vegetables are cooking, prepare dumplings according to package directions. I microwaved mine, and it took about 5 minutes.

To serve, place dumplings in a large soup bowl. Ladle soup over top and sprinkle with green onions. Enjoy!

Easy Asian Dumpling Soup | Hello Little Home #MotivationMonday #recipe #healthyWhat is your best tip for getting a good night’s sleep? Do you have a favorite meal that takes minutes to prepare?

P.S. Read my other Motivation Monday posts.

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25 thoughts on “Motivation Monday: Getting Enough Sleep + Easy Asian Dumpling Soup Recipe

  1. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees}

    Oh my goodness that soup looks awesome!! I want to try it this weekend! I am going to put dumplings on our grocery list! I soo need these sleep tips, I have the worst time getting to sleep sometimes. Lately I have been so exhausted I fall asleep working on the computer and wake up on the couch, I’d love to make it to the bed at 4 nights a week! Hehe. Awesome job, it’s tough keeping up with a workout routine but you’ve got it!

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  2. Alison Agnew (@Nancherrrow)

    Delicious and healthy-the soup looks fabulous! I need to get back to better sleep and exercise habits as well. Can’t wait to be able to go walking and jogging outside again. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison

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  3. Shannon

    That soup looks delicious! I’m going to have to give it a try. :) Good luck on improving your sleep. I have a hard time going to bed when I should, too, and really need to work on that. As far as falling asleep, your ideas sound great. If you need a little more help, I’ve always found melatonin and valerian root supplements before bed helped with even my worst insomnia (which was always caused by too much stress.)

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  5. Jenny Layton

    Love this! Sleep is so often overlooked, but it was one of the easiest and most important steps to better health. Thanks! And thanks for linking up on the Be YOU Tiful Link party!

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  6. Marti

    This looks delicious. For sleep sometimes I buy teas, they have one called sleepytime that helps relax me. Thanks so much for sharing this at Sewlicious Home Decor. Pinned to the party board. :)

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  8. Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy

    Ginnie – these are some awesome tips for getting enough sleep. I definitely need to do the “turn off electronics an hour before bedtime” one. ;) That Asian Dumpling Soup looks so healthy and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing on Saturday Night Fever – PINNED!!

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