Race Recap: MEC Burlington Race

Today I am linking up with Fitness Cheerleader and Run Mommy Run to get myself motivated and excited about the beginning of summer! This race recap is LONG overdue.. I ran the final MEC Burlington race of 2015 in late October.  My cousin and I signed up to do the half marathon, but with getting back into school and … Continue reading Race Recap: MEC Burlington Race

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Fresh Summer Recipe Series: White Bean Fries

This awesome recipe comes from the Eat Clean blog.  This is a healthy substitute for potato or fried side dishes!  Try these along your favourite summertime burger, instead of fries! Ingredients: 1 c pine nuts 2 tsp coconut oil, divided 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced ½ lb white or green string beans ½ c fresh … Continue reading Fresh Summer Recipe Series: White Bean Fries

Fresh Summer Recipe Series: Homemade Veggie Dip!

This awesome recipe is sure to a be a summer time hit!  This healthy spin on a classic party dish will help you stay on track throughout the summer! Ingredients: 2 cups plain Greek yogurt 1 tbsp dried dill 1/2 tsp lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp onion powder pinch of salt Directions: … Continue reading Fresh Summer Recipe Series: Homemade Veggie Dip!

Fresh Summer Avocado & Potato Salad!

This recipe just screams summer!  It is an easy way to lighten and change a classic summer salad recipe!  I picked this recipe up from A Studio while attending a class and can't wait to share it at a summer BBQ! Ingredients: 1 1/2 to 2 pounds yellow potatoes, chopped into small cubes 3 teaspoons olive … Continue reading Fresh Summer Avocado & Potato Salad!

New Recipe: One pan Mexican Quinoa!

This awesome recipe is so simple and quick!  It takes 20 minutes and uses only one pan!  All you need are a few simple ingredients! Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno pepper minced 1 cup quionoa 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can diced tomatoes (28 … Continue reading New Recipe: One pan Mexican Quinoa!

Oatmeal Cookies

These treats are easy and delicious!  Make them for yourself or share with the people you love 🙂

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After a stressful week, it’s finally Easter weekend! Here are some oatmeal cookies to wind down with.

Ingredients: IMG_1428

– 2 large eggs

– 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar

– 1/4 cup almond butter

– 3/4 cup coconut oil

– 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

– 1 teaspoon Truvia (or stevia, white sugar)

– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

– 2 cups quick oats

– 1 1/2 cup oat flour (or whole wheat)

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

– Melt coconut oil and almond butter into liquid and let them cool while you gather all other ingredients.

– In a large bowl, whisk eggs for a good 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and Truvia then whisk again.

– Add in coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla, and baking soda and stir vigorously with a spoon.

– Stir in…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Smoothie!

So I'm kind of obsessed with smoothies!  I was surfing the internet looking for a new recipe and found this awesome one on Edible Perspective!  The original recipe can be found here.  It tastes just like a chocolate chip cookie and is really filling to keep you satisfied until lunch!  You can drink it all … Continue reading Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Smoothie!

Cinnamon Granola

This awesome recipe was on my friend Megan’s blog!  I posted it here again to share!

Note: The more wet ingredients you use (esp. maple syrup and honey), the more clusters you will have in your granola. Add in more of either once you mix the original ingredients together.

– 6 pitted Medjool dates plus 1/4 cup of warm water

– 3 cups oats (I used quick oats that I had at home, but rolled oats may be better for you if you like bigger flakes)

– 1/2 cup raw almonds (or any nut/seed combo)

– 1 teaspoon whole flaxseed

– 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

– 1 teaspoon cinnamon

– 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

– 1 – 2 tablespoons maple syrup

– 1 – 2 tablespoons honey, plus more to drizzle

Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla, dried fruit, unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:photo 1

– Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

– Cut up your pitted dates and put them in a small bowl. Either add 1/4 cup of hot water from your tap or boil your kettle and then let it cool a bit before you measure out 1/4 cup and add it to the dates. Let this sit for 3-5 minutes. *NOTE: Dates are naturally sweet, so this is a substitute for any added sugar. If you don’t want to use dates, you can try using 1/4 cup warm honey – you will probably get lots of clusters.

–  In a large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients (oats, flaxseeds, almonds). *Note: I didn’t have any slivered/chopped almonds so I just put some through my magic bullet to grind them down from their full size.

– Stir the dates in the water and add in the coconut oil (which will probably melt in this mixture because it is already warm), maple syrup, and optional vanilla.

– Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir well. You should have a slightly damp mixture with some clumps (dates).

– Lay this mixture out on your lined baking sheet and spread it around evenly with a spoon. At this time, you can drizzle more honey (or maple syrup) over your mixture if you wish.

– Bake for 15 minutes then mix the granola around on photothe baking sheet. The parts on the edges will cook faster, move these towards the middle. Bake for 10 more minutes and then stir again, moving the edges inward. You can also add more honey drizzle or cinnamon over the granola at these intervals.

– Return to oven for remaining 10 minutes and then let cool before your transfer this to a jar or tupperware container. *Note: Your kitchen will probably smell like a cinnamon-and-maple cloud of happiness.

breakfast with megan

I’m really into granola and granola-like cereals but they’re usually full of sugar so I decided to try to make my own. No sugar added, less fat than the store-bought kind, and still yummy! Give all the granola to meeeeee. Baking is also a de-stressor for me so I made this when I finished my essay yesterday. 4 more to go …

Note: The more wet ingredients you use (esp. maple syrup and honey), the more clusters you will have in your granola. Add in more of either once you mix the original ingredients together.

Ingredients:photo 4.PNG

– 6 pitted Medjool dates plus 1/4 cup of warm water

– 3 cups oats (I used quick oats that I had at home, but rolled oats may be better for you if you like bigger flakes)

– 1/2 cup raw almonds (or any nut/seed combo)

– 1 teaspoon whole flaxseed

– 1 teaspoon ground…

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Strawberry Nice-Cream

breakfast with megan

BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS ICE CREAM…

(more specifically, I needed a midnight snack)ncecrm2

Ingredients:

– 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

– 1/2 cup frozen mangoes/pineapple/peaches/etc.

– 1 full banana, cut into chunks and frozen

– 1/2 – 3/4 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen

– 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more if needed while blending)

– 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

– If you don’t have any frozen bananas, just cut one up into tiny chunks and put it in a Magic Bullet cup in the freezer for a few hours.

– After that/if you have frozen bananas handy, add all ingredients into a Magic Bullet cup and blend well.

– *Note: Magic Bullets can be kind of weak, ncecrm4so I let my frozen fruit sit (in the cup) on the counter for an hour before blending, then added the protein powder, lemon juice, and milk when I was ready to make it.

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Jumping on the “Lunch Bowl” Band wagon!

I had to jump on the band-wagon and make my own "bowl" for lunch.  This was a great way to use up leftovers and create a dish filled with whatever flavours I felt like for lunch.  In my bowl I included: Cottage cheese Dried cranberries Royal gala apples Kale Feta cheese Red onion Quinoa Cucumber … Continue reading Jumping on the “Lunch Bowl” Band wagon!

Delicious Dinner: Stuffed Zucchini Boats

This recipe is fantastic because it can be varied so much.  I stuffed the zucchini with ground turkey, quinoa, bulgar and tomatoes.  Here's the way I made this tasty dish! The original recipe I based this off of can be found here.  Here's what you need: One box PC Blue Menu Bulgar and Quinoa blend … Continue reading Delicious Dinner: Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Detox or cleanse? You may want to try ‘clean eating’ instead

This article shares great insights into the fads of cleansing and detoxing and why they may not be your best choices!

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: Global News’ Shelley Steeves reports on how to tell a legitimate weight loss plans from diets that don’t work in the long term.

TORONTO – Fed up with yourself after all the high-calorie and alcoholic indulgences over the holidays? While the thought of starting a detox or cleanse could be appealing, it might not have the desired effect.

In fact, the idea that you can flush impurities out of your system by cleansing it with juices, tablets or tinctures is eschewed by registered dietitian Zannat Reza.

Many detoxes people sign up for are simply low-calorie potions or juice cleanses.

“Like, what are you getting there? Not much of anything,” she says. “Definitely not calories, not enough nutrients, no probiotics.”

In fact, the result can be dehydration, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and lack of energy. Harmful effects include low blood sugar, low or high blood pressure, detrimental interaction with medications, and…

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How to make a healthier chilli!

If you are in the mood for something warm and cozy, but don't want the heavy calories from a regular chilli, these few tips will help you cut back! Substitute ground beef for ground turkey or ground chicken to decrease fat Use "no salt added" beans and other canned vegetables to decrease sodium Add as … Continue reading How to make a healthier chilli!

Breakfast Berry Bowl!

So this recipe is similar to one I already posted from Megan but I made an awesome variation that was too yummy to not share! This is such an easy breakfast that adds a serving of fruit into your diet!  Just follow the steps below to this delicious oatmeal and yogurt breakfast! - cook oats (one-minute … Continue reading Breakfast Berry Bowl!

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe!

I have made this Banana Bread a few times now and it is so yummy!  This banana bread can be eaten as a snack or an easy breakfast. The original recipe can be found here! on Ambitious Kitchen.  Or follow the instructions listed below. INGREDIENTS Cooking spray 1 heaping cup mashed banana 1/3 cup honey 1/3 … Continue reading Healthy Banana Bread Recipe!