Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pregnancy and Heart Burn!

3rd Trimester-Heart burn!

I have to say, I have been most fortunate throughout my pregnancy and have felt great! However, I am experiencing Heart burn, that is attributed to my growing uterus. There is a lot of stress on my stomach and intestines that causes acids to reflux into the food pipe, giving me the burning sensation in the throat.

However, some natural ways to remedy heart burn are below:

Papaya enzyme is effective in relieving heartburn.  Papaya contains digestive enzymes and can be taken in a variety of ways – fresh, dried, canned, juiced, or even in tablet form.  Eat a small amount after meals to aid digestion and discourage heartburn. 

Drinking anise or fennel seed tea after meals will also aid digestion.
Other things you can do to help prevent heartburn include eating small meals frequently 

Don’t drink while eating (though it is important to then drink plenty between meals). 
Avoid Greasy and/or Spicy foods

Try not to eat a meal right before bed. 

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Try making a tea with Slippery Elm Powder and Honey.The slippery elm  soothes the stomach, neutralizes stomach acids and helps absorb intestinal gas.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pamela's Products- Simple Bites

 The wonderful people at Pamela's products sent me some samples to review...and this was an easy winner in our house!!
 Extreme Chocolate Cookies that are wheat-free, gluten free and dairy free

These little cookies are full tasting in chocolate and satisfy that craving just right!! 

What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley (and some oats), it acts as a binding agent making breads/baked goods light and fluffy.

Why choose gluten free? 

Well, for many people not just Celiac Disease sufferers it is much easier to digest food when gluten is removed. I think of gluten as the "glue'" that holds it all together. When digested..that glue is difficult to break down!
It can also help with managing Autism and other developmental disorders. I personally find that a gluten free diet allow me to feel lighter, not weighed down and with so many amazing products on the market, I find it so easy to choose gluten free!!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011


You are what you eat....therefore why not choose to eat the best foods available to you! Sure you may spend more now, but would you rather pay later with your health? Enjoy now, live the best life you can and find a way to budget the best foods for your body to function the best!
The below website has a free downloadable shopping guide that you can use to help you out!

Tip #1: Buy Organic
Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. Read more about organic standards...

Tip #2: 
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Look for Non-GMO Project Seals
Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices. Look for dairy products labeled "No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Sara Lee, and More Processed Food Products may contain GMOs

Tip #3:  Avoid at-risk ingredients
If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO: Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs (see list). The eight GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash.

Sugar If a non-organic product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.

Dairy Products may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for labels stating No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones.

Tip #4: Download our Shopping Guides
Use either IRT’s new Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure or redesigned Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify and avoid GM foods. We devote an entire page in each guide to help you uncover hidden GM ingredients on food labels that often read more like a chemical periodic table. If you have an iPhone, download our ShopNoGMO guide for free from the iTunes store.
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

30 Weeks Pregnant!

 Mothers Day- 30 Week Pregnant!
 Our Baby Girl Harley will soon have a sister!! :)

Well, only 10 weeks to go and we are getting very excited and anxious for our little Chloe to enter the world.  At this stage of pregnancy I am shocked at how much energy I still have and that I havent felt any of the backaches that I read about. I am doing my very best to ensure that I eat well and hit the gym at least 5 times a week. Practicing Yoga has been great too, as I am in a prenatal class that allows me to slow down and be with myself and Chloe. Its such a special time. 


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Quinoa Burger

 The directions to make this Amaranth Quinoa Burger are very easy!! I made mine into mini burgers, put on a lightly sprayed heated pan and cooked for aprox. 10 minutes.

Once they were browned on both sides, I served them with tzatziki to give them a bit more moisture. They were tasty and I didnt bother with any type of bun...not necessary as the burger on it own is full of great grains.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

5 Minute + 5 Ingredient No Bake Almond Butter Chews!

Thanks to one of my favorite blogs, I found a fabulous recipe that I just had to share! Thanks Angela!!!

5 Minute + 5 Ingredient No Bake Almond Butter Chews

Last week, I finally replenished my Almond Butter stash after being without it for a few months. I really don’t know how I survived that long! I actually need to start making my own again too.
But the good news is, Almond Butter (crunchy, all-natural) is now back in my life and I can return to a normal human being.
Well, I guess that’s relative.
Anyways, I am willing to turn a new leaf in 2011 where I shall not be without my dear Almond Butter for this long.
This is a promise to myself.
For this recipe idea I challenged myself with several requirements:
  • Portable
  • Less than 5 minutes to prepare
  • 5 Ingredients or less
  • Around 100 calories
  • No-Bake
  • Vegan
  • 1 Bowl
  • Easily adapted to wheat/gluten-free

It was a tall order, but I was willing to take the challenge!
Amazingly, I was satisfied with the first trial. That rarely happens! It must be the magic of the Almond Butter.
I’m telling you, 2011 is going to be a lucky year…
I have been using this Nature’s Path Rice Crisp for a few years now and it never lets me down!
It also happens to be Gluten-Free to boot.
Gather up the 5 ingredients…
Mix the wet ingredients together (Almond butter, vanilla, and brown rice syrup)
I’m always asked where to find Brown Rice Syrup. You can find it at Whole Foods and at Loblaws/Superstore in the natural food aisle near the honey. I use Lundberg’s organic Brown Rice Syrup.
Brown Rice Syrup is made from brown rice and is thus a great alternative to refined sugar because it has a lower glycemic index and it also does not produce spikes in blood sugar like simple sugar. As a result, brown rice syrup delivers a steady and consistent energy supply. I fueled a half marathon using brown rice syrup once!
Stir well.
Heat in microwave on high for 35-45 seconds. Stir.
Now mix in the dry ingredients (rice crisp and cacao nibs or chocolate)
Make sure to stir very well so that you coat all of the rice crispies!
Now wet your hands very well and form into balls. You will have to keep wetting your hands after you make each ball so the mixture won’t stick.
I made 7 large chews.
Freeze for 5-10 minutes.
and enjoy!
Eric and I absolutely went wild over these Almond Butter Chews. I love them straight from the freezer. They are chewy, sweet (but not too sweet!), crunchy, and they pack a wonderful Almond Butter Flavour.
It is a great pre-workout snack when you just need something small and you don’t need a large snack or meal. I popped one in my bag and enjoyed it before a Body Pump class and it was just enough fuel to carry me through until I had a post-workout snack.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Quinoa Bean Medley

 I choose to use Organic Quinoa which still requires a rinse due to the bitter exterior shell.Quinoa is superior to other grains because it is a complete protein, containing 8 essential amino acids. It is actually a seed, not a grain, and is gluten free. When cooked, the grain itself is soft and delicate, but the germ is crunchy, creating a delicious combination of flavour and texture. It is an excellent meat substitute in vegetarian dishes. It can be used in stir-fries, soups, stews, salads and many more of your favourite recipes. Quinoa is ready to eat with minimal cooking.
My Quinoa Bean Medley concoction!

  • 1 Cup of cooked Quinoa (cooled)
  • 10 pieces of sun dried tomatoes, diced and drained
  • 1 can of bean medley (rinsed)
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1/3 cup of Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 freshly chopped dill
  • 1/4 freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp of cracked black pepper
Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and serve!!!  This dish stays well in the fridge, so feel free to make a big batch and use a side dish all week!!!



Monday, May 2, 2011

N'Oatmeal Raisin Cookies- Marys Gone Crackers

The wonderful people at Marys Gone Crackers had sent me a package of some items to try. I was incredibly excited to try these cookies and let me tell you, I was impressed!!! I love cookies, and these just satisfied my sweet tooth to perfection. 

I love that they contain chia seeds, are gluten free, support the healthy lifestyle that I strive to lead. 


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