Fit Mom Post-Baby Workout: Rebuilding Those Abs!

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I’m so thrilled to bring this ‘fit mom’ work out series to you with my dear friend and personal trainer Rachel Doell from Daily Routine Fitness.  I’ve known Rachel for a few years now, and clearly remember the first day we met (she did a personal training session for Jillian and I).  Her beautiful positive energy is so contagious, and this girl knows how to whip a gal into shape! This ab post is particularly special to me given that I had abdominal separation post-baby (aka diastasis recti – how appropriate), so strengthening my core was a big priority to me.  I’ll let Rachel take it from here and stay tuned for the next two posts!

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Chocolate Tahini Energy Bars (Gluten Free)

Gluten-Free, Snacks

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First things first: I had no idea it was so easy to make homemade energy bars! That being said, I have to confess that this recipe took AGES to perfect, a rather humbling experience.  I mean, creating an energy bar should be so simple, right?  After five (yes, FIVE) failed attempts, these one-step beauties were created and were a crowd favourite by a landslide.  Let’s just say that I was a frequent flyer at Nature’s Fare Markets, they have the best selection of healthy ingredients for making energy bars (over and over again).  And hey, the ‘fails’ made for an awesome cereal!

Since having our little guy Max, I’ve started to hit the gym again and am paying more attention to what I eat surrounding my workouts.  Staying properly fueled before and after workouts helps us get the most out of our time exercising and speeds up recovery.  These bars are perfect if you want to snack on one 45-60 minutes before a workout or immediately after to refuel.  They’re also awesome if you just want a snack. Do you really need an excuse?

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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie Bowl

Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Nutrition Posts, Smoothies, Snacks

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Spring has sprung (or at least it’s trying to, you can do it Mother Nature!), and I can think of no better way to kick it off than with a new smoothie bowl recipe.  I was so excited to partner with Florida Orange Juice this month to create a fresh healthy recipe featuring orange juice!

Since having my second child Max I’ve been working hard to get back into shape and love creating new quick and EASY healthy recipes to help me (and you!) on my way; I thought I was busy with one child, ha! As a healthcare professional, I often get asked which is more important, nutrition or exercise, when it comes to getting fit. View The Post

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Crustless Asparagus Quiche (gluten-free)

Breakfast, Gluten-Free

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Quiche is one of those things that I make for special occasions, and my Quiche Lorraine recipe is always a hit.  I wanted to make a more ‘springy’ version without the crust to lighten it up a bit more (I use lighter cream and far less bacon than a traditional version does as well).  Of course make sure that your ingredients are labelled gluten-free if you need to completely avoid gluten!

I had this gorgeous asparagus sitting in my fridge calling my name, so whipped up this easy crustless quiche for brunch today and LOVED it!  Even without the crust it’s a bit sinful, but I’m totally ok with that once in awhile.View The Post

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (gluten-free, vegan)

Gluten-Free, Main Dishes, Vegan

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Now that we’re edging into some warmer weather, thoughts of cable knit sweaters, warm cups of tea and cozy dishes like Shepherd’s Pie are soon to become a distant memory.  But before you pack up your fluffy slippers for the year (I can’t be the only one who owns a pair of these amazingly comfy and oh-so-unattractive footwear), pull out your best baking dish and your vegetable peeler for what may be your last casserole dish of the season.View The Post

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Gut Health: Why it Matters and How to Eat Your Way to a Healthier Gut!

Lifestyle, Nutrition Posts, Smoothies

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Bugs.  You’re filled with them. Yep, that’s right, you have more bacterial cells in and on your body than human cells… ten times more in fact!  (bacterial cells are simple and much smaller than complex human cells, just in case your brain hurt when you read that).  Though this may all gross you out, the reality is that we NEED these bugs.  Bacteria have gotten a bad rap over the years, which has led to a fearful over-sanitized bunch of humans and a whole host of health consequences.

A healthy microbiome (the name for the microorganisms in a given environment, i.e.: the human body) is critical in supporting a strong immune system and digestive tract and may even help achieve weight loss and protect against developing allergies. In fact, the gut is frequently referred to as our ‘second brain’ due to the fact that it has as many neurons connected to it as the spinal cord!

This post will help answer some key questions related to gut health including:

  1. What is the best way to feed your gut?
  2. What is the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic?
  3. What should I look for in a probiotic?
  4. What foods should I eat to feed the healthy bacteria in my gut?
  5. What else can I do to improve my gut health?

 

What is the best way to feed your gut?

There are two main ways of promoting a healthier gut when it comes to our ‘intake’: ingesting prebiotics (the food for the good bacteria) and/or probiotics (the good bacteria themselves).  Let’s start with prebiotics.

Because our microbiota can alter quickly in response to a change in our diet or environment, it’s important that we treat this as a life-long way of living and eating versus a fad (temporary) diet.   In order for us to benefit from the improved gut health that comes with eating better foods for our microbiome, we need to make better choices consistently (i.e.: every day).

Our gut bacteria need to be fed, and their favourite food is carbohydrates (yes, the ‘evil’ carb, but read on!).  What happens if they don’t get these carbs?  Either they die OR they turn to your gut lining (responsible for protecting your gut) to get the food.  Crazy but true!

Now, before you go reaching for a cinnamon bun, we need to talk about what types of carbohydrates these bugs really need.  View The Post

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My Orchard Experience: The Top 3 Things I Learned About Almonds in Sacramento!

Lifestyle, Nutrition Posts

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I’m a lucky gal.  For so many reasons, not the least being that I live in Kelowna British Columbia, a city that is nestled in the beautiful Okanagan Valley and was put on the map for the epic orchards and vineyards.  We grow the world’s best peaches, apples, cherries, grapes and even walnuts, but there are some things that simply won’t grow here.  Almonds fall into that category. Which is why I absolutely jumped at the chance to hop on a plane to Sacramento to check out the almond orchards with the fabulous Almond Breeze team!View The Post

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Baby Food 101

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As a dietitian and hard-core lover of food, I was so excited when the time came to introduce solid food to our little guy Max!  It’s such a huge milestone in a baby’s development, which can be really fun but also a bit nerve racking.  I can see how parents can get overwhelmed, there are SO many different thoughts on what, when and how to feed a baby, it’s enough to make any sleep-deprived mom’s (or dad’s) head spin!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram stories you will have seen that I’ve been experimenting with different combinations of foods for Max and Leo (my cousin Jillian’s sweet little boy), most with success… minus the beets, those were a disaster (I finally figured them out and shared the recipe with you further down)! This post was forever in the making (and is a LONG one!).   I wanted to share my experience with you, give you some tips on setting you up for success and take the time to answer some of the top infant feeding questions that you’ve been asking to help any of you who are just beginning this journey.View The Post

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Potato, Cheddar & Chive Waffles (vegan option)

Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

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Waffles are a ‘thing’ at our house. Now, I’ve had the same old waffle iron since my university days (translation: a long time ago), so was rather thrilled to get a new top-of-the-line Breville Smart Waffle Maker from Best Buy Canada!  They have so many to choose from, but this one caught my eye.  Kind of like the Cadillac of waffle irons, consider me sold.View The Post

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