Thursday, April 26, 2012

I love LUNA bars!!!



Luna Bars are a fabulous snack on the run! They are nutritious and delicious!!


They have the tastiest bars ever! When you are craving a little something in the mid day to pair up with a nice hot tea or coffee, this is a bar that I would definitely "GO TO". They make them with all natural ingredients that are 70% organic. 


I have tried out a bunch of flavours now and can say that my absolute favourite is...


However, the Lemon Zest...is also awesome! I am not much for lemon, but really this is such a refreshing tasty little bar! Mmmmmmm


These bars are: 




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    Friday, April 20, 2012

    Perfect snacks!! (Taste of Nature)

    Perfect food snacks wrapped up for easy on the go convenience! I just love these Taste of Nature bars!








    They are certified organic, gluten free, non-gmo, kosher, low glycemic index, and made with only quality ingredients!


    The best part of these bars, is that what you see is what you get! You can see all the nuts and seeds and wholesome ingredients. The packaging is transparent to appetite you!


    These bars are .....








    To tell you my favourite bar..it is difficult, so my top 3 bars are:






    To find locations of where to buy these fantastic bars...click here


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    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Cheap meat vs Local and Organic

    When I eat meat, I want to eat the best quality that I can buy. There are so many reasons to spend more money and shop in your local butcher and buying ethically raised meats.
    Not only do you support your body with less toxins and more nutrients, but you also don't give into our societies way of living large!

    This article explains it best! Thanks to cs-catering company for doing this fantastic guest post!!

    If you live in the Niagara Region than you may already be familiar with the two shops that offer fabulous drug free meats! 


    If there are others, please message me, I would love to know and support them!!

    Cheap Meat versus Local and Organic

    Despite the various benefits of following a vegetarian diet, humankind has been eating meat for a really, really long time. Long before people settled down in agrarian societies, nomadic humans survived primarily on the females` gathering skills supplemented by the males` hunting abilities. Luckily for us today, we need to hunt no further than the grocery store or local butcher shop to find meat.

    Once you arrive at the meat counter, however, you`re going to have to make some choices. Since the time of the Mad Cow scare in Britain, an increasing number of shoppers have started purchasing organic meats.

    Although organic meat can cost twice as much as the standard, cheaper meats, there are so many benefits for going the organic route. Here are just a few reasons why you should purchase meat from farmers and ranchers that strictly follow organic practices.

    Animal Welfare

    Factory farms and ranches treat their animals horrifically, stuffing the poor animals in cramped cages and force-feeding them genetically modified grains and artificial hormones to make them grow unnaturally fast.

    Ranchers and farmers who employ organic methods place more emphasis on animal welfare. Certified organic meats typically come from animals raised with a "free-range" lifestyle. They are allowed to graze outside in the fresh air and have unrestricted access to fresh water.

    Fewer Toxins

    Organic ranches and farms prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and artificial chemicals in grazing pastures. The animals raised for meat are not allowed to receive any doses of antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones, or any other types of drugs.

    This means that by eating organic meat, you reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Purchasing organic meat also significantly reduces the risk that you will be exposed to toxins, including the microorganisms believed to cause Mad Cow disease.

    Cheap meat is quite likely to contain at least trace amounts of hormones, antibiotics and other toxins. The meat from conventionally raised animals is also far more likely to contain pesticides than the meat from companies who use organic methods.

    More Nutrients

    Organic meat that comes from pasture-raised chickens, cows and pigs contain much more omega-3 fatty acids than do conventionally raised animals. This is due to the fact that animals that are pasture-fed consume omega-3 in grass. Organic meat also contains about five times more of the fatty acid CLA, short for conjugated linoleic acid. Consuming higher levels of CLA might help to reduce your risk of contracting certain types of cancer.

    Better for the Environment

    Organic farms and ranches aim to reduce dependence on nonrenewable resources. These companies use about 70% less energy than those that use conventional ranching methods. Organic companies also use biological controls to solve pest problems, which means that no pesticide chemicals will contaminate the groundwater and topsoil.

    All in all, it certainly appears to be a wise choice to purchase from butchers and grocery stores who get their meats from organic farms and ranchers. The health benefits alone should more than make up for any extra expense, even for large events such as weddings or reunions. Just inform your <a href="http://www.cs-catering-equipment.co.uk/">catering equipment supplier</a> that you want to serve organic meats.

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    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    On the Go Snacks for our little ones! (Earths Best)




    Spring is here! The weather is getting so nice and its time to get out and enjoy it! Packing a little cooler or picnic of products is made much easier thanks to Earths Best! They offer a great variety of on the go snacks! Its important that our little ones get what they need in a healthy way. 


    We tried out this Earth's Best Apple Sauce (I say we...because I ate it too!!)


    I mixed some of the applesauce with her morning oatmeal! She loved it!!! 


    It is made of 100% organic apples to keep little bodies and minds growing strong. This naturally sweet snack offers delicious taste and superior nutrition without artificial colours or perservatives. This snack is also an excellent source of vitamin C. 






    Another great snack that I blogged about before, are the Earths Best Organic Pop Snax.


    Everyone reaches for snacks during playdates. Keep this on hand in your diaper bag! They are healthy air popped rice and potato snacks that are fortified specially for toddlers with iron zinc and six B vitamins the Sweet Potato Cinnamon and Vegetable varieties will please everyone....including me! I also enjoyed these too! 


    Earths Best On the go snacks are:


    COMMENT on this blog post for your chance to win Earths Best Organic Pop Snax and Apple Sauce Sampler!!


    Contest ends: Friday April 20th at 5pm
    Contest is open to Canadian an USA residents only






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    Monday, April 16, 2012

    Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

    Alexia makes some awesome all natural sides, and one that I am happy to blog about are these spicy sweet potato fries!


    The popularity of sweet potato fries seems to be popping up everywhere from pubs to restaurants! 


    These are nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I thought I might have overcooked them as they appeared to be a bit burnt, but actually they were perfect!




    Serving Size: 3 oz (84g/about 30 pieces)
    Servings per container: 7.0
    Calories [per serving]: 130
    Calories from fat: 35
    DAILY %
    Total Fat4.0g6%
    Saturated Fat0.0g0%
    Trans Fat0.0g
    Poly-
    unsaturated
    Fat
    1.0g
    Mono-
    unsaturated
    Fat
    3.0g
    Cholesterol0.0mg0%
    Sodium250mg10%
    Potassium210mg6%
    DAILY %
    Total Carbohydrate23g8%
    Dietary Fiber3g12%
    Sugars7g
    Protein1g
    Vitamin A100%
    Vitamin C10%
    Calcium2%
    Iron2%





    These Spicy Sweet Potato Fries are:




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    Sunday, April 15, 2012

    Raw Snacks (Two Moms in The Raw)



    Well its Sunday, which is my LONG RUN day for training and todays run stats are below!

    DISTANCE: 17:48 kilometers
    TIME: 1:42
    PACE: 5:53 per km
    CALORIES: 1209

    Wow, talk about my longest run ever!! So excited to have completed this and feel pretty confident that I can now do only a few more km's to complete the 1/2 Marathon! Crazy!! But definitely do-able. 

    So after my LONG hot shower, I was super excited to sample these tasty raw snacks!

    The Almond Butter Cacao Truffle: Simply perfect! This little truffle was the best! 

    100% organic ingredients: Almonds, Coconut, Agave, Cacao and Salt! 
    Easy ingredients that are totally eat clean, and gluten free!



    The GojiBerry Granola was next to sample up! This was a great taste, and crunch! I found it a bit sticky, but that didn't stop me from eating them! They are a nice blend of sweetness and chewy crunch!



    I have to say, after a long run, these were very satisfying snacks that refuelled me without any guilt! I also would enjoy these pre-run!

    These snacks are truly:





    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Teff Wraps Gluten Free (LaTortilla Factory)

    http://www.latortillafactory.com/
    I love breakfast wraps, and in an effort to try to be gluten free with the majority of my diet, these fit in nicely!! They are wholesome and made with Whole Grain Teff flour. 

    What is TEFF?
    Teff is a tiny grain loaded with nutrition! It is believed to have originated in Ethiopia. This grain is high in protein, fibre and has an excellent amino acid composition.  It has a nutty chestnut flavour, and this wrap is best eaten grilled on a pan, as it would be a bit tough to eat 'fresh'.

    One wrap is 180 calories, 3 grams of fibre and 2 grams protein

    Breakfast Wrap (Egg white scramble with Teff)

    • 4 egg whites
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 chopped green peppers
    • feta cheese
    I grill up the above on a pan, and scramble. Then set aside.

    Put the Teff wrap on the pan, flip when bubbly and add in your scramble mixture! Easy!!





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    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    What is really in a Cadbury Creme Egg??!!




    ANATOMY OF A CADBURY CRÈME EGG


    Updated 04/05/12 3:05 PM · Posted  by Shape · 3 Comments
    We are pumped to share one of our fave stories from Shape here on FitSugar. This week Shapeturns to nutritional consultant Mike Roussell, PhD, for some help!
    We're all familiar with the things that signal spring’s arrival: extra hours of daylight, budding flowers, and Cadbury Crème Eggs on display at every supermarket and drugstore in America. It’s easy to justify grabbing one (or two) of the seasonal treats on your way to the checkout (They’re only available for a few weeks out of the year). But have you ever wondered what’s inside the chocolate shell? You'll be happy to learn that there is actual egg in Cadbury Crème Eggs, but the rest might (or might not) surprise you.
    Keep reading to learn what is in a Cadbury Crème Egg!


    Here's the ingredient list (which isn’t available on Hershey's website):
    • Milk chocolate (sugar; milk; chocolate; cocoa butter; milk fat; nonfat milk; soy lecithin; natural and artificial flavors)
    • Sugar
    • Corn syrup
    • High fructose corn syrup
    • 2% or less of: artificial color (yellow 6); artificial flavor; calcium chloride; egg whites

    Three of the four main ingredients are sugar by various names (sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup). And since the first ingredient (the shell) is primarily sugar as well, this isn’t the best Easter treat for diabetics or the one-third of Americans with insulin resistance.
    Consider this: One Cadbury Crème Egg has the same amount of sugar as two ¾-cup servings of Count Chocula cereal. It’s also equivalent to what the American Heart Association considers an entire day’s worth of sugar (20g or 5 teaspoons of sugar).
    Indulge in three Cadbury Crème Eggs throughout Easter Sunday (which isn’t unheard of), and you’ll take in the dosage of sugar that a physician would use during an oral glucose tolerance test to determine if you have diabetes (60g). That’s a powerful punch of sweetness!
    For a festive treat that fares a little better on the health front (as dark chocolate does contain powerful antioxidants), try Green & Black's Organic Dark Eggs. They’re organic, made with 70 percent cacao, and still come in the festive Easter egg shapes — no creme filling included.
    We all have our favorite guilty pleasures, so if you don’t mind using up 150 of the calories you burned during the Easter Sunday Bunny Hop 5K, go ahead and indulge. One sugar bomb every so often isn’t going to make you fat or give you diabetes. If you want to minimize the damage, enjoy your Cadbury Crème Egg after exercise, when your body is most equipped to handle the sugar.

    Happy Easter!

    Nutrition info (1 egg): 150 calories, 6g fat, 4g saturated fat, 20g sugars, 2g protein
    Dr. Mike Roussell, PhD, is a nutritional consultant known for his ability to transform complex nutritional concepts into practical habits and strategies for his clientele, which include professional athletes, executives, food companies, and top fitness facilities. Dr. Mike is the author of Dr. Mike's 7 Step Weight Loss Plan and the Six Pillars of Nutrition.


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    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Homemade Kimchi





    Living in Korea a few years ago, taught me the many benefits of eating Kimchi. I have always wanted to try and make this at home and came across this awesome recipe for Homemade Kimchi and was not as intimidated to give it a try!




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    • YIELD: 4 quarts (64 Servings)
    • PREP: 30 mins
    A simple, authentic kimchi recipe, that doesn't involve burying a crock in your back yard. The flavor is bright, hot and pleasantly sour.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1/4 lb ginger (peeled and cut into chunks)
    • 1/4 lb fresh chili peppers (trimmed of stems, seeded if desired)
    • 2 tbsps whole, unrefined cane sugar
    • 2 tbsps fish sauce
    • 1/4 cup unrefined sea salt (divided)
    • 2 large heads Napa cabbage (chopped into large chunks about 2 inches by 2 inches)
    • 1 1/2 lbs carrots (scraped and cut into finger-length sticks 1/4-inch thick)
    • 1 1/2 lbs daikon radish (scraped and cut into finger-length strips 1/4-inch thick)
    • 8 heads garlic (peeled and chopped)

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Place ginger, chili peppers, sugar, fish sauce and 1 tbsp sea salt into a food processor. Process until you form a smooth paste.
    2. Place chopped cabbage into a large mixing bowl, sprinkle with remaining sea salt and cover with warm (not hot) water. Stir until sea salt dissolves and allow the cabbage to sit for twenty to thirty minutes. Drain the cabbage and pat it dry.
    3. Place the cabbage, carrots, radish and garlic in a large mixing bowl. Spoon in the chili and ginger paste you prepared in step #1 and toss to coat.
    4. Transfer the mixture, cup by cup, into a gallon-sized vegetable fermenter or fermentation crock and pound down with a wooden spoon until the vegetables release their juice. Continue layering and pounding until all the vegetables have been transferred to the crock. Pound again until the vegetables have released all their juice and the level of brine fully covers the vegetables and that the vegetables rest within one inch of the crock's lip.
    5. Weight the vegetables down with your crock's weight or a small sterilized stone, cover and ferment at room temperature for at least one week before trying the kimchi. If you prefer a sourer flavor, ferment longer. Transfer to the refrigerator when the kimchi has reached the desired level of sourness where it will keep for at least six months.






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    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Earths best Sleepytime Lotion

    Bath time is such a special bonding time! It's important to get into a bedtime routine for both yourself and baby!  We just love the Earth's Best Baby Care products. They are all natural and gentle on their precious skin. No harsh chemicals or heavy fragrances that will dry them out. Their products are made with natural botanicals, roots, herbs, proteins, vitamins and minerals, all from the earth.


    Here is Chloe and Ronnie after a a bath, and we are getting ready to massage her with Sleepytime Lotion!

    We are all looking for ways to soother our little babies before bedtime, we love this product! Its made with calming botanicals like Chamomile. Chamomile is known for its muscle relaxing attributes and helps to hydrate the skin. It contains no artificial colors, fragrances or harsh preservatives.


    Do you want to try Earths Best Sleepytime Lotion in Chamomile?  Comment here on this blog post to enter to WIN!!

    CONTEST: Ends April 3rd, 2012 at 5pm
    1 Winner will be drawn, and posted on April 3rd. 

    To enter: COMMENT (thats it!!!)


    Note: This contest is only open to Canadian and USA residents.