Tropical Chia Pudding

Breakfast, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Snacks

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I doubt that I need to explain how awesome chia seeds are for your health, but since it’s Nutrition Month, I want to put in a good word for them.  Not that they need my help, they’ve kind of been the golden child of the superfood movement!

Chia seeds may not look like much, but they pack a big nutrition punch.  Just one ounce has 11 grams of fibre, and nearly 5 grams each of protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.  They are also a good source of calcium, phosphorus and manganese used for maintaining healthy bones and teeth.  Quite the tall order for a little seed.View The Post

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Super Charged Hot Cereals

Breakfast, Recipes

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When I mention ‘hot cereal’ to you, what comes to mind?  Likely a bowl full of stiff oatmeal or possibly lumpy Cream of Wheat (if you grew up in the same era as I did…mine was always lumpy for some reason).  Breakfast give us SUCH a great opportunity to eat more whole grains (packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals such as magnesium).  Sadly, many people have moved away from including whole grains in their diets as ‘carbs’ have been dragged through the mud thanks to a number of fad diets. I decided that I needed to expand my repertoire of grains, which was easy for me to do when I took a tour down the cereal aisle at Nature’s Fare Markets.  They have every grain known to mankind, I swear!  A total dietitian’s dream.View The Post

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Peanut Butter Cookies (vegan & gluten-free)

Baking, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Vegan

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The cookie gods were good to me on the day that I made these beauties. Recipe testing is rarely a straight forward process (understatement of the year), and usually requires multiple failures, with or without tears of frustration, before nailing it.  These cookies were an exception.  A gal needs a break every once in a while, I’ll take it!View The Post

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Giveaway!!! 2 Night Stay & Dinner at the ‘Nest’ at Quails’ Gate Winery!

Lifestyle

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For those of you who have followed me for a while, you know that I’m head over heels in love with Quails’ Gate Winery.  Growing up across the street from the winery and seeing the incredible transformation of this family-owned estate over the years has been amazing to witness.  The Okanagan Valley is over-flowing with wineries, but Quails’ Gate holds a very special place in my heart.  The Stewart family has done such a fabulous job of keeping it classy, cozy and intimate, creating the ‘Audrey Hepburn’ of wineries.  I feel ridiculously fortunate that we just bought a house down the street from them, it’s my adult dream come true!  I’m therefore THRILLED to be giving away a two-night stay for up to four guests at the adorable “Nest” beach front cottage ($1300 value). View The Post

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Better-Than-Takeout 10 Minute Healthy Grocery Store Dinners

Lifestyle, Main Dishes

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I’m a planner.  But even the most organized people have days when dinner sneaks up and a big fat NOTHING  is on the menu!  Ugh, the panic!

Instead of reaching for the takeout menu, why not hit the grocery store for some quick ingredients that you can throw together faster than the delivery guy can get to your door?  I’ve rounded up ten of my favourite go-to quick meal fixes that I found at Nature’s Fare Markets.  View The Post

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Quick & Easy Plant-Based Lunch Ideas

Main Dishes

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As a busy mom trying to juggle so many different priorities, it’s never been more important to keep myself healthy… and never so difficult!  For some reason lunches are the most challenging for me, the days seem to just disappear before I know it.  I’m sure I’m not the only one!  Which is why my cousin and fellow new mama Jillian and I were so excited to do this post to help give you (and US!) a couple of new healthy, quick and delicious plant-based lunch ideas.View The Post

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My Top 5 New Year’s Nutrition Resolutions

Lifestyle

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Happy New Year!  I hope you’re all rested and ready for a fresh start to 2017! I had an amazing holiday filled with good food, nice wine and the most incredible time with my family.

I’ll admit, I used to snub New Years Resolutions.  But for some reason I’ve had a change of heart and now can’t wait to clink my glass at midnight and setting a new intention for a new year.  And I’m not the only one: approximately 80% of us make resolutions in the New Year, BUT apparently a mere 8% of us actually KEEP them!  Ouch.View The Post

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