Creamy Orange Chia Pudding (vegan & gluten free)

Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Creamy Orange Chia Pudding with a zest of orange made with Florida Orange Juice in minutes!

I never really understood how mornings could be so hectic for people with kids before I had them myself. I mean, how busy could it get? The answer, as I discovered, is REALLY busy. Pure crazy some mornings to be honest! I can read the looks on moms’ faces as I drop Charlie off to school. It’s that ‘our-morning-was-crazy-too’ look. If you have kids you know what I mean. As it turns out we are all in this together!  Enter easy, healthy and made-in-advance breakfasts to save the day like this yummy Creamy Orange Chia Pudding that is also gluten free and vegan.

Of course, as a Registered Dietitian and mom it’s really important for me to get something healthy in all of our bellies before we leave the house to conquer the day regardless of how rushed we are. And the one thing that I have learned is that you simply need to plan ahead.  As far as breakfast is concerned there are a few ideas that I really love including:View The Post

Strawberry Lemon Sweetheart Crêpes & a Vitamix Giveaway!

Breakfast, Desserts & Baking, Holiday Dishes

Strawberry Sweetheart Crepes with cute heart-shaped strawberries and dairy free along with a Vitamix Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY TIME!  I am THRILLED to announce a year-long partnership with one of my favourite brands… VITAMIX!!  And what a better way to kick it off than with a VITAMIX GIVEAWAY and a delicious recipe for my Strawberry Lemon Sweetheart Crêpes (dairy-free option), just in time to impress the pants of of your sweetie for Valentine’s Day!

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Pantry Designs That Make My Heart Go Pitter Patter

Home

walk in pantry with open shelving, ladder and beautiful baskets

Hands down, my favourite spot in our house that we are nearly done building (yay!) is our pantry.  Charles and I spent hours upon hours perfecting the design and layout of our kitchen and pantry to maximize the space and cram as much functionality in as we could while maintaining a classy, uncluttered design.  There was zero lack of inspiration on Pinterest…here are the ones I was seriously crushing on including some of the elements that I think are key in designing a functioning pantry (some I used, some I couldn’t)!  I can’t wait to show you our pantry very soon!

 

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6 Simple Steps to Meal Prep Like a Pro (in just 1 hour per week!)

Nutrition

A bunch of fresh asparagus

If only there were more hours in the day. How many times have you wished (maybe even begged) for that?!  We all know what a world of difference good food can do for us and want to fuel our families and ourselves well…but how’s a girl to find the time to do it all!? The ‘not-so-secret’ secret to better meal planning and time management? Meal Prep.

I’m SO excited to have my dietitian colleague Lindsay Pleskot here again to give us her expert tips on meal planning like a pro!  Lindsay is the mastermind behind The 3-2-1 Method for meal planning which she will explain later in the post.  Lindsay is FULL of wisdom when it comes to meal prep and planning and I’m thrilled that she is joining us to share her secrets for success!  I’ll let Lindsay take it from here!

 

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Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup

Lunch, Soups

Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup with a vintage spoon and white linen napkin on fraichenutrition.com

I was bragging to Jillian the other day as she was nursing her cold that I hadn’t gotten sick yet this season (a mini miracle with two kids) as I smugly stirred one of the dishes for our Christmas dinner.  And then BAM, just like a big slap of karma upside the head, I got sick.  Granted it was probably from drinking out of her wine glass over the holidays (I can never keep ours straight), but that’s the last time I say something ridiculous like that.  I had it coming.

So here I am, sniffling away looking like Rudolph wrapped up in 5 blankets, and the only thing I want is chicken noodle soup.  But I don’t want something out of a can.  But I also don’t want to slave over a stove as I would normally do to make homemade soup.  May I present my compromise, which may have been the best chicken noodle soup I’ve made?  At least that’s what Charles told me, but he’s also feeling sorry for me so it’s hard to trust him right now;)View The Post

Re-thinking Your New Years Resolution for your Healthiest Year EVER!

Living

Getting ready to set doable 2018 New Years Resolutions with a planner, agenda, my Nike running shoes and of course a healthy breakfast!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  I am SO excited for 2018, are you all with me? We will be in our house in a few short weeks and I couldn’t be any more pumped (I’m sure my parents have me trumped, we’ve been living with them while we renovate lol). Speaking of a new year, have you made any New Years Resolutions yet? Any chance they are the same as last year?  If so you’re not alone!  I think we’ve all been there.

I invited my dietitian colleague Lindsay Pleskot to write a guest blog to kick off the New Year with some tips for getting your year off to a healthy and DOABLE start.  Because let’s face it, anybody can set a lofty goal, but there’s a science to setting attainable goals that have sticking power. Did you know that approximately 80% of New Years Resolutions fail by February?  OUCH!  If you want to shake things up this year keep reading…

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The ‘Calm’ Before the Renovation

Home

The calm before the storm of the Wesszer house renovation

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you will know that we are smack dab in the middle of a major home renovation! I’ve been asked a million questions about the project so am thrilled to be writing a series on our home renovation to share our story and process!

Allow me to rewind a bit. I remember the day I drove up to Charles’ house for the first time like it was yesterday.  It was the spring of 2008.  I had just met the man of my dreams and we had an INSTANT connection; it was such an incredible time of our lives.  After the first date he asked if he could come over and make my parents dinner at their house.  I quietly picked my jaw up off of the floor and nodded my head.  Like, since when does a guy ask to do that??  What planet was he from?

Needless to say he awed my parents with his charisma and cooking skills, made instant BFF status with my dad (I think the scotch and killer chicken parmesan helped) and the rest is history.  But back to his house. On our next date he asked to make me dinner at HIS house, and since the first was such a success I thought, HECK YES!  I had butterflies in my stomach driving up wondering what his house looked like and of course trying to picture what our lives would look like once we moved in together (enter the eye rolls, it was only the third date after all talk about putting the cart before the horse!).  View The Post

One-Step Vegan Eggnog

Drinks, Holiday Dishes, Vegan

One-step vegan eggnog

There are few things more Christmasy (not a real word, I know) than a glass of eggnog. I created this vegan eggnog recipe for my cousin Jillian last year and it was a huge HIT, our crew preferred it over the traditional stuff (it’s also on Jilly’s site here… she has SO many great holiday ideas if you haven’t already checked them out)!  Lighter on the calories with the same amazing nostalgic flavours of the real deal, I have no idea why we only make it once a year!

This recipe simply couldn’t get any easier: just throw it all in a blender and serve!  Which leaves you more time for wrapping … which I should probably start at some point!

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The Winners of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Are…

Living

Black and White Buffalo Plaid wrapping paper with gold scissors and pink satin ribbon

A GIANT thank you to every one who participated in the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways this year, including everyone who entered AND of course the amazing companies who donated the prizes so generously!  I had so much fun watching the entries and comments come in!  As promised, the winners were randomly drawn…

I’ll avoid prolonging the suspense, here are the winners, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 

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How to Create a Healthier, Family-Friendly Charcuterie Board

Appies & Snacks, Holiday Dishes, Snacks

How to make a family friendly charcuterie board that even the kids will love!

The holidays are here, and with it comes a whole lot of BUSY!  Did you know that the average person spends a whopping TWO WEEKS worth of time getting ready for the holidays???  With gifts to buy, dinners to prep and parties to attend, let’s face it, time is of the essence (isn’t it always when you have kids?).  It’s the time of  year when people let nutrition slip bit by bit (or shall I say bite by bite?).

While some holiday indulgences are to be expected, it’s good to have some tricks up your sleeve that help you incorporate healthy options for your family in a pinch.  And why not start with that holiday party?

Charcuterie boards have been a holiday staple at EVERY party that I can remember.  But they are always filled with foods that aren’t exactly kid friendly.  What a miss!  Kids love snacking, so why not build a healthier charcuterie board that even the kids can enjoy!?  People often make separate dishes for the kids, but I’m a big fan of dishes that the whole family can dig into (translation: less work).View The Post

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