Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bounce Balls


Have you had a bounce ball before? Well let me tell you, you are missing out if you haven't! 
These protein filled balls are just awesome! First of all they are made with premium quality ingredients you can read and understand, and they are absolutely delicious!!! 

They have no preservatives, gluten free, made with all natural ingredients, gluten free, high protein, and GMO free.

They are a perfect pre or post workout snack too!
After sampling the Almond Protein Hit and Peanut Protein Blast I love them both! The chewy mix of nuts and smooth nutty fudge like centre was just awesome!



Vegan Apple Oatmeal Muffins

I love baking, more than cooking actually! Its my sweet tooth and my carb love! I am super excited about these lovely little vegan muffins! So moist and perfect consistency!







INGREDIENTS



  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup organic palm sugar (you can also use brown sugar)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or you can use canola oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 apples, peeled and diced into small pieces



DIRECTIONS



Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tin(s) and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. Add the oil, almond milk and applesauce, mix well. Stir in the diced apples.
Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let the muffins cool for a few minutes before removing from the tin. Allow to cool completely on wire racks.
Makes 14-16 muffins.


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

100 calorie muffins (Vita Tops and Vita Muffin)

Well, its going to be a good morning! I woke up to check the mail, and I received an awesome package from Vitalicious! The smile on my face was priceless! I immediately opened it up and started with the "License to Eat Chocolate" Muffins...mmmm
Super Moist, and after enjoying this, I figured it was best to sample another chocolate one! Hehehe


I tried the VitaTops in Deep Chocolate! I decided to put this one in the toaster and to my extreme satisfaction, that is the way to eat these! WOW! SOOO good! Ronnie came home from the gym and dove right in! No guilt with only 100 calories and it is high in fiber to keep us feeling full! 



Maximim Nutrition and Pleasure for Minimum Calories!



These muffins are:




Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wholesome Meals for Babies (Earths Best)

New Wholesome Meals for Babies:

New Earths Best Organic Fruit and Grain Purees hit shelves last month!

The finer in whole grains helps baby stay satisfied longer after meals and snacks and each variety contains 45% of the daily value of Vitamin C. Whole grains contain all three layers of the grain, making this new product naturally richer in vitamins and minerals as compared to baby foods manufactured with refined grains, where vitamins and minerals may be stripped away due to processing.


 Here you can see my little Chloe deciding upon which awesome lunch she should taste! Earths Best Apple Plum and Kamut wins! Usually I squeeze the puree out onto a spoon, but before I could get the spoon Chloe got ahold of the pouch and figured out how to get it herself! (Little Miss Independent!) 


She really seemed to like this! I admit that feeding Chloe lunch is usually a challenge, but this was a very easy alternative! I am happy to say she finished it off and I felt good that she loaded up with hearty whole grains and organic fruit! 


The new Organic Fruit and Grain Purees will available in Apple Peach Oatmeal, Apple Plum Kamut, Banana Raspberry Brown Rice and Pear Apricot Barley.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Vega Energizing Smoothie `

Vega has some fantastic energizing smoothie flavours that I have had the pleasure of sampling! My favourite was the Vanilla Almondilla! MMMmmmmm



Energizing Smoothie - Vanilla Almondilla Ingredients
Complete Protein Blend (Pea protein, flax seed protein, SaviSeed™ (sacha inchi) protein, sprouted whole grain brown rice protein, hemp seed protein), Flax seed, Inulin, Green Blend (Alfalfa grass, spinach leaf, broccoli floret, kale leaf), Digestive Enzyme Blend (Pepzyme AG, HemiSEB (amylase, pectinase, phytase, hemicellulase), natural flavour, xanthan gum, stevia leaf extract, natural almond and French vanilla flavours, xanthan gum, stevia leaf extract.

Here is how I whipped this up for my perfect start to a Monday Morning! (I certainly need the energy from a busy weekend that passed!) This was so refreshing and a wonderful fruity and creamy shake! 



  • 1/4 Fresh Sliced Mango
  • 6 local fresh strawberries
  • 8 oz of purified water
  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 serving of Vega Energizing Smoothie (Vanilla Almondilla)


Blend and enjoy!

In four mouth-watering flavors: mixed tropical fruits, chocolate, vanilla almond and berries and plain/natural 

Here are some great reasons to enjoy these smoothies as part of your daily routine!
  • 2 servings of veggies
  • 10g of complete plant based protein
  • 5g of fiber
  • 1g of omega-3

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Peloponnese Review and Giveaway




I was so excited to open up the box of Peloponnese Greek foods! I was having a get together with some friends, and was happy to serve up some natural products that are incredibly party friendly! 



I paired up each of these with some all natural sea salt tortilla chips and away we sampled!


The favourite was the hummus! It had a bit of a tangy taste to it, but it was smooth and enjoyable. You also can't beat that it is a healthy alternative to most dips! This one is high fiber and made with healthy olive oil.


The other favourite was the roasted red peppers! Super versatile too! I put them on toast with goat cheese and grilled zucchini! Yum! I would also imagine that this would be awesome on a pizza too! 


For more information on these great products click here


I was happy to sample these products and I am also happy to share the love with you! Peloponnese is offering the same items for you to win! Enter the contest below! Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Almond Milk->Something to make you smile!!!


This video cracked me up! I love my almond milk for many reasons!!


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Monday, June 11, 2012

4 Natural Liver Cleansing Foods





The liver is an incredible organ that is virtually maintenance free, until there is a problem! The liver is responsible for filtering all substances consumed or absorbed by the bodyand is susceptible to be under attack by viruses, disease and toxins. The average North American diet consumes additives, modified ingredients, fillers, and chemicals which is why it is important to be aware of how to cleanse naturally. A healthy diet is imperative, but it is also important to understand the benefits of these 4 foods that we can incorporate very easily.

  1. AVOCADOS
  2. GARLIC
  3. TURMERIC
  4. LEMON AND LIME
Click here to read the full article on the details of why these foods are great at cleansing the liver! 


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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Egg Whites vs. Whole Eggs

Eggs are an easy and convenient meal any time of the day! I usually find that I make an egg omelette loaded with veggies for lunch. This article from fit sugar explains that mixing a whole egg with egg whites gets you your best nutritional punch! I make my omelette with 1 whole egg, and 4 egg whites. Its perfect!!! :)



Egg Whites vs. Whole Eggs

ARE YOU AN EGGHEAD? EGG WHITES VS. WHOLE EGGS


Updated 03/10/12 6:01 PM · Posted  by FitSugar · 26 Comments
If you're looking to cut calories, fat, and cholesterol from your diet, you may choose an omelet made of egg whites instead of whole eggs for breakfast. But is choosing egg whites over whole eggs really the best choice nutritionally?
The only way to find out is to do a little comparing, so continue reading to check out my chart comparing eggs to egg whites.
Two large eggsThree egg whitesOne large egg plus two egg whites
Calories14251105
Fat10 g.2 g5.1 g
Sat. Fat4 g0 g2 g
Cholesterol422 mg0 mg211 mg
Sodium140 mg164 mg180 mg
Protein12 g10.8 g13.2 g
Riboflavin (B2).4 mg.3 mg.4 mcg
Vitamin B121.2 mcg0 mcg.6 mcg
Vitamin D35 IU0 IU17.5 IU
Iron1.8 mg0 mg.9 mg
As you can see from the chart, choosing straight up egg whites does lower the omelet's calories, fat, and cholesterol content, but it also makes the meal void of vitamins B2, B12, D, and iron. If you're concerned about getting enough of those nutrients, a good option would be to eat an omelet made of one whole egg and two egg whites. It's still low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, but you'll get some vitamins from the egg yolk.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Top 10 GMO food to avoid eating


  1. TOMATOES: the #1 gmo food out there!!
  2. COTTON: it  is considered a food because its oil is consumed
  3. CANOLA: on of the most chemically altered foods
  4. ASPARTAME: a horrible artificial sweetener
  5. DAIRY: 1 out of every 5 dairy cows are given growth hormones to increase milk production! 
  6. CORN: what can I say, its a filler for most foods and it is what they use to get animals fat! Corn has now been modified to create its own insecticide!
  7. PAPAYA: GMO papaya has been grown in Hawaii for the last 13 years and approved for consumption to the US and Canada!
  8. POTATOES: a favorite starch that has been modified with with toxic substances
  9. SOY: modified to resist herbicides, and the impact affects fertility
  10. RICE: Modified to increase its vitamin A content however there is concern with the boosting rice production and its safety
For more information and the full article click here

Remember Knowledge is power, and you can control what you put in  you body! It may cost a little more to buy ORGANIC but pay now or pay later! That has always been my motto! 


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1/2 Marathon Goal completed!!!!

The level of excitement was just so awesome! I was entering the race on such minimal sleep, as Chloe has been sick all week, and the night before was no exception. She was up every hour, and really struggling with her cold. I was also coming off a head cold! So lack of sleep and sickness were not in my favour for race day, however that didn't stop me! I showed up to meet some of my running friends and as soon as I seen them, I forgot all about my difficult night. I was now focused and excited!!!


What a rush! The entire race was perfect for me! I felt strong, confident and proud to be running alongside so many amazing women!


I followed behind the 2 hour pace bunny the majority of the race and that at the very end I gave it my all and sprinted to the finish line! I finished at 1:57! I am super happy about that time! 


I have found a new love and appreciation for running!





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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Health Nut Butters

 What a perfect name for a perfect product! I love nut butters and discovered this awesome Canadian Company, Health Nut Butters!
I have had the pleasure of tasting the Notella and Macaroon Butter. These both would pair up nicely with fruit, but to be honest, they went by the spoonful in my house! 
The Notella was my favourite of the 2 (surprise, surprise!) as I love chocolate and nuts! It really does just go together. 

Health Nut Product Highlights:
    • Raw, Vegan, Organic, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Low Glycemic (Diabetic friendly)
    • Excellent sources of protein, rich in vitamins, essential (omega) fatty acids.
    • Provides trace elements that are essential for a vegan or vegetarian diet.
    • Makes a very nutritious breakfast.
  • Excellent for portable lunches, snacks & picnics.
  • Perfect for a pre- or post- workout snack.
  • Energy boosting food for fuel; will help keep you satisfied longer.
  • Great on toast or crackers or in sandwiches.
  • Our nut butters are delicious with apple or banana slices, or by the spoonful! For something different, try it in oatmeal or with grilled sweet potato. Deliciously creamy and addictive!
  • Our nut cheese is a truly gourmet artisanal cheese that can be savoured on its own, or shredded to include in your favourite recipes.
  • YUMMY! You’ll have to try it to believe it!
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Delightful Strawberry, Spinach and Broccoli Salad with Macadamia Nuts


Simple Salads are the way to go! Keeping on hand a variety of healthy toppers are a necessity to add more nutritional punch to your greens. I love this salad from my Vegetarian Eat Clean Cook Book!



The above picture (right) is all the ingredients needed to make this asian inspired dressing! Trust me its worth it! I loved the sesame scent and flavour! Mmmmm


I just love it when my salad is so pretty!!! I enjoy it just that much more!!!

Ok, so here is how to make this pretty salad!

DRESSING:
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
SALAD
  • 4 cups of baby spinach ( I added some baby kale too!)
  • 2 cups of strawberries, sliced or chopped
  • 2 cups of raw broccoli florets (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1/2 avoado (diced)
  • 1/4 up unsalted macadamia nuts (coarsely chopped)
Toss dressing with salad and enjoy!!! 



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