Fit Mom Workout: Upper Body Bootcamp!

Fitness, Living, Recipes

I’m so excited to have my pal Rachel from Daily Routine Fitness here again for the second fitness post of the three-part series, and one of my FAVOURITES: upper body!  Let’s face it, us moms get a killer workout naturally from carrying around our babes (hi biceps!), but speaking from personal experience, it also ruins my posture and leaves a lot of muscles neglected!  I’ll let the pro take it from here!

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The Great Granola Showdown

Breakfast, Kids, Living, Recipes

Once upon a time you would visit a grocery store shelf in search of granola and have 2-3 products to pick from.  Fast forward to today and that aisle is PACKED with options…which is wonderful and overwhelming at the same time!  Granola, a simple cereal usually made from oats, nuts, fruit, some source of fat and something to sweeten it, can come in all shapes and sizes. From big crunchy clusters to soft and chewy crumbly granola, I’m in love with it all!  Of course, some granolas are better than others, so I raided the shelves at Nature’s Fare Markets to taste test some of the top granolas on the market to save you from the pain of buying a gazillion bags of it to figure it out on your own!

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake (Dairy Free)

Breakfast, Recipes

I worked evenings during my university days waitressing at this fabulous little place called the Tomato Cafe in Vancouver. It was a fluke that I ended up getting a job there, our dear family friend from Münich that we met one year camping made the connection.  I mean, I had no business waitressing in the first place to be honest, I’m not exactly coordinated and had my fair share of spills (sorry to any of you who may have been my customers and were on the receiving end of my clumsiness!).  But it was such a fun place to work and completely fuelled my passion for healthy wholesome food done right.

One of my favourite dishes that they served was an apple bread pudding with a whiskey sauce. It was rich, dense, dotted with chunks of tart apple and drenched in the most decadent brown sugar whiskey sauce. Really, it was a slice of heaven.  I always thought that if I could find a way to justify having it for breakfast my life would be complete.

I had the opportunity to partner with Almond Breeze on a series of posts, and figured that now was the time to try to make a healthier version of this bread pudding (perhaps sans the whiskey sauce) to make my breakfast dreams come true.  It turns out that it wasn’t that difficult after all, and this French toast bake made me wonder how on earth I waited this many years to have my cake (ok not really a cake but..) and eat it too!View The Post

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Lemon Garlic Sautéed Asparagus

Recipes, Sides

This is one of the easiest and quickest veggie side dishes in town, and takes a mere few minutes to prepare. My kinda veggie dish!

Asparagus is rich in Vitamin A (for immune function and vision) and Vitamin C (antioxidant), Vitamin K (helps blood clot), fibre (need I explain what that helps) and is packed with folate, otherwise known as B9. Folate helps protect against neural tube defects in pregnant women and is also essential for keeping your heart healthy among other things.View The Post

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Spring Vegan Salads

Recipes, Salads, Vegan

I don’t usually post two days in a row, but I’ve had a busy week already in the kitchen and couldn’t wait to share these recipes: I LOVE a good salad! (Charlie even listed it as my favourite food on my Mother’s Day card, he knows me well).

I remember the first time that I went to France and ordered a salad.  My mind was blown.  The dressing was creamy but simple and absolutely perfect.  Of course, I’m embarrassed to admit that was probably the first homemade salad dressing I had ever eaten (I grew up in the 80’s, need I say more).  I’ve since realized how absolutely easy it is to make your own salad dressing, and haven’t gone back.

Now that spring is officially here I’m back on the salad train, and am completely inspired by the fresh ingredients in the stores and markets!  Spring foods are so pretty and fresh, perfect for a salad!  I’m not vegan, but many of my friends are, and new vegan versions of my favourite ingredients are making it so much easier for me to whip up dishes that we can all enjoy.View The Post

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Tropical Green Chia Pudding with Coconut Crunch (gluten-free, vegan)

Appies & Snacks, Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect the whole chia pudding trend to last as long as it has.  However, I think I cast that judgement before I actually TRIED chia pudding!  Super healthy, yummy, easy to make and incredibly versatile, it’s no wonder that it’s had such staying power.  I love green smoothies (another trend that I hope never goes away) and still have a ‘thing’ for chia pudding, so I figured, why not mix the two?  And while I’m at it, why not top it all off with a ridiculously delicious coconut crunch… because life is simply too short to eat healthy food that doesn’t actually taste good!

Now I know that there’s a small percent of the population that doesn’t like coconut.  If you fall into this category (I will never understand how someone can’t like coconut for the record), stop reading now. Seriously, this one is jammed with coconut everything!  View The Post

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Staub Cocotte Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Living, Recipes

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 & Baking, Living, Recipes

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 The Post

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