Staub Cocotte Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Lifestyle

It’s no secret that I LOVE the Staub products, and their cocottes are the definition of class when it comes to kitchen cookware. I wanted a cocotte for years and I must say, now that I have one, it’s one of the kitchen items that get the most mileage in our house.  The cocottes are a work of art AND are a dream to cook with!  Made in France, they’re perfect for slow cooking meals such as stews, roasts, soups, casseroles and other one-pot classic dishes and you can even bake bread in them.  Is there anything they can’t do?

I couldn’t be happier to partner with Zwilling to give away this amazing classic Staub 7 qt. Cocotte in grey to a well-deserved mom for the LAST giveaway for our Mother’s Day Giveaway series!
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Vitamix Mother’s Day Giveaway & Easy Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Desserts, Lifestyle

I’m SO thrilled to partner with Vitamix to give away a fabulous blender in my favourite ‘colour’ (white of course) to a lucky mom!  The Vitamix is a complete game changer in the kitchen, making this the PERFECT gift for the foodie or health nut…or anyone really!   I’ve had a chance to test drive a number of the Vitamix blenders, and this one is a winner!  I mean, they’re all completely dreamy, but I love the simplicity of the Vitamix A2500.  It has three program settings (for smoothies, hot soup, and frozen desserts) and a digital timer that makes following (and creating!) recipes a breeze.  Scroll to the bottom of the post to enter to win it!  Vitamix is ALSO having a Mother’s Day deal for up to $70 off all new machines through 5/14. You can see more details here https://www.vitamix.ca/shop/ascent-series?cid-17-BLOG-MDView The Post

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Healthy Snacks for On the Go!

Snacks

I remember feeling busy before I had kids, and granted, I was.  Now, I’m sure that I was warned about how busy life with kids really is.  But of course, like anything, parenthood is something that you need to experience to fully appreciate.  And do I ever appreciate it now!

I wouldn’t change anything for the world, but it all just takes a bit more planning these days.  Take healthy eating for instance.  A lot of people turn to less healthy options out of convenience when they’re in a rush. The good news is that eating well doesn’t need to take a lot of time, money or energy, and a having a few trusted go-to options can help keep your family on the healthy eating track without sacrificing convenience!

I wanted to share a list of my favourite portable on-the-go snacks to help make it easier for you and your family to stay properly fueled throughout the day, no matter where you are!View The Post

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Fit Mom Post-Baby Workout: Rebuilding Those Abs!

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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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