Monday, May 31, 2010

Healthy Pets!

Pets for the Environment

I always talk about health for humans...but what about our fuzzy friends?? This site is a great resource for both pets and people!!

I am happy to share it with you!
http://www.ewg.org/PetsfortheEnvironment

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Change...

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Life is full of opportunities and the more I opened myself up to them, the more confused I was getting!
I know it may seem strange, but I LOVE CHANGE. I enjoy to keep things interesting!

Ronnie and I just sold our house, and felt a freedom of after the deal went through. It really tempted us to live our life back in Vancouver, but then as we are planning to go...opportunities here in Niagara had opened up. I wanted to ensure that our hesitation to leave Ontario wasn't out of fear.
We found our dream home(change!!), I have a couple of career options (change!!), Ronnie loves his career, our families are here....these all seemed too positive to leave at this time. The direction kept leading us back here for now. Its not to say that down the road we might not move to Vancouver, its just right now, we are happy here too. The change we needed is the change I got. :)

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Great Water Debate

The Great Water Debate

It doesn’t seem too long ago that people carried clear plastic water bottles with them everywhere they went. We didn’t know at the time that plastic water bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to a number of health concerns. The plastic bottle went the way of the plastic grocery bag – out the window and banned from many North American households.

Experts recommend that we switch to aluminum or stainless steel water bottles, and if you haven’t yet made the switch, here’s why you should:

The Great Water DebatePoisonous Plastic

BPA is found in items such as plastic water bottles, plastic baby bottles, and in the plastic lining in metal food containers and carbonless copy paper. At this point, research has shown that exposure to BPA can disrupt endocrine function, throwing off the body’s tightly regulated system of hormones. Numerous studies have linked BPA exposure to a variety of cancers, reproductive issues, heart and lung disorders, neurological malfunction and obesity.

Metal to the Rescue

Now that there is greater awareness of BPA, I see people lugging their screw-top bottles everywhere they go. Stainless steel is a great option and can be purchased from companies such as Kleen Kanteen. Aluminum bottles, from companies such as Sigg and Laken, are also good choices when they are made with BPA-free lining.

Consumer groups recommend that people wishing to lower their exposure to BPA avoid canned foods and polycarbonate plastic containers unless the packaging indicates the plastic is BPA-free. The National Toxicology Panel recommends that you avoid microwaving food in plastic containers, putting plastics in the dishwasher and using harsh detergents, to avoid leaching.

Tosca’s Tip

Keep your stainless steel or aluminum water bottle clean! Wash it daily by filling the bottle with warm soapy water. Swish it around a few times and then rinse the bottle out. To dry, sit the bottle upside down in your dish rack and let the water drain out. You can also rinse the bottle with a solution of one part vinegar to one part water.

Learn more about BPA and the importance of water to your Eat-Clean Diet® lifestyle in The Eat-Clean Diet® Recharged!

Have a great week!

Tosca Reno  

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Monday, May 10, 2010

The Girls!


This was a great day that we shared at the Spa!

Thats my Mama, My sister and moi!

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HAZELNUT ESPRESSO COOKIES - The Eat-Clean Diet

HAZELNUT ESPRESSO COOKIES - The Eat-Clean Diet



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These look awesome!! Just going to have to limit myself to only one.....


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Perfect for after dinner or with a relaxing cup of afternoon coffee! These sweetly fragrant baked delights from Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Cookbook will be a favorite with java addicts and cookie monsters alike.
Ingredients
• ¾ cup / 180 ml Sucanat or rapadura sugar
• ½ tsp / 2.5 ml sea salt
• 1 Tbsp / 15 ml espresso powder (or granules)
• 2 cups / 480 ml hazelnuts, toasted and skins removed
• 4 large egg whites
• 1 tsp / 5 ml best-quality vanilla extract
• 1 Tbsp / 15 ml orange zest (use organic, well-scrubbed oranges)
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF / 165ºC. Place racks in center of oven.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Place sugar, sea salt, espresso powder and nuts in food processor and process until fine. Transfer mixture to mixing bowl.
  4. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
  5. Fold nut mixture gently into egg whites. Add vanilla and orange zest and mix until blended.
  6. Spoon batter onto cookie sheets but don’t crowd.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden on top.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies!


Ok, get yourself to a Bulk Barn and pick up some of the batter mix for Gluten Free Brownies, follow the instructions on the label and you seriously cant go wrong. These brownies are to die for!!! The only substitution I made was that I reduced the amount of butter, and used my favorite Earth Balance Vegan Margarine. It was awesome!!! 




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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kefir Smoothie


Spring is here, and in order to fight off bacteria, you should add the good bacteria into your diet.

I love this shake!

1 Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 scoop of vanilla gourmet whey
1/2 cup of Kefir (Strawberry flavored....mmmm)
1 cup of Spinach
1 Tablespoon of Sprouted Flax Seeds

Blend and Enjoy!!


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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Love bug!




Just wanted to share a moment Harley and I had in the park!! Just love her!!!


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