10.01.2014

New Month, New Goals



Hello October!

Pumpkins, falling leaves, Thanksgiving and more... October always tends to be a nice change for me; transitioning into those wonderful Autumn clothes and comforting meals and working on new mountains to climb.

So this month I'm setting some new goals to keep me on track and focused. It seems that the last week of September has left me unfocused, drained and full of procrastination.  But starting today...that all changes!

What's on my list this month?


Number 1: my first 10km race is THIS WEEKEND! Ahh! Time to get a couple more small runs in before the big day on Sunday.  There's no way I'm letting all my hard work from the past 2 months slip away before my big race.

Next on the list is writing my first exam for the Registered Holistic Nutritionist program.  I've only got a couple giant chapters to finish before this exam and I need to focus and toss my fears aside and dig in.  I don't know why I've been hesitant on finishing the last couple chapters on Vitamins and Minerals...maybe it's their size or the shear magnitude of the information but I have been avoiding these final pages.  But no more! Time to bust out the highlighter and notebooks and get 'r done!

And finally, today will mark the start of Sober October. Yup, you heard right...I'm not going to drink any alcohol this month.  I'm choosing to do this for a couple of reasons. First off, my husband has vowed not to drink all month in an effort to drop a few pounds off the beer belly for an upcoming wedding we're attending and I thought I would be nice and support his efforts.  I'm also doing it as an exercise in self control and discipline.  The warm summer nights were perfect for a beer or glass of wine and we definitely carried that habit too far. Not to mention the amount of money you can spend just by having a drink or two each week.  And I wouldn't mind cutting out some unnecessary liquid calories too!

So there you have it.  Now that I've written it, it's official...right? How about you? What are you planning to tackle this month? What are your biggest hurdles to meeting those goals?


9.29.2014

4 Pimped Out Pumpkin Recipes #Glutenfree #Vegan



The leaves are turning and there's the intoxicating smell of Autumn in the air.  Corn stalks, hay bales and pumpkins are bountiful and October is just around the corner.  And what could possibly be better than the sights & scents of Fall?  How about some freaking fabulous pumpkin recipes that will blow your mind & not to mention, they're gluten free & vegan?  Heck yeah!  These scrumptious recipe's will rock your world and maybe your Thanksgiving table!

Pimped Out Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter Fudge

pumpkin fudge
I have a feeling that you could eat an entire batch of this Pumpkin fudge from Free People in just one sitting!


Gluten-free Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

gluten free pumpkin molasses cookies
A couple of these chewy lovelies with a mug of hot apple cider sounds absolutely perfect don't you think?
 Thanks to The Pretty Bee for sharing this awesome Autumn recipe!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

Chocolate? Pumpkin? Bars? YES! These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars  from 
Ambitious Kitchen are the perfect delectable treat.  
And don't worry, we won't tell anyone they're good for you too!


Pumpkin Pie Cream Squares

 Just look at them?! Do I need to say anything more? 
These Vegan Pumpkin Pie Cream Squares from Sweetly Raw are irresistible
and would be a fabulous addition to any Thanksgiving Feast!


What's your favourite Pumpkin dessert? I definitely have a soft spot for some really wicked pie, but after finding these recipes I think there will be a whole lot more pumpkin experimenting going on!

And if you're looking for more yummy recipes - don't forget to check out my boards on Pinterest.



9.25.2014

5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Greens

I have to say that I'm pretty lucky with my girls and for the most part they will eat just about anything.  But there is the odd time where they turn their nose up at something because it doesn't look how they want it to.  Yes, I've told some little white lies...tofu is chicken and cabbage leaves are flat noodles, and that's totally worked.  But I have also resorted to hiding some greenery in their favourite foods!

Here's a few ways I like to add a little extra green & nutrients to some of our favourite dishes:

5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat More Greens

  1. Sauces - spaghetti sauce, stir fry, casserole - it doesn't matter.  I will always throw in a bunch of spinach or kale to boost up my sauces.  I can usually getaway with chopping my greens and tossing them in, but if you've got picky eaters, you can always blend it first.  Once it's all cooked down, you can't even notice it.
  2. Pizza - oh yeah, I love adding kale or spinach as a pizza topping.  Just chop it up along with some fresh herbs and they'll never know the difference.
  3. Muffins & Breads - banana bread, blueberry muffins - take your pick of your family's favourite baked goods and kick them up a notch by tossing in some blended greens.  The fruit and spices in your recipe will make the greens undetectable!
  4. Apple Sauce - oh yeah...blow your kids away with some Popeye inspired apple sauce.  Add fresh spinach and blend it with your applesauce and it'll turn bright green! So fun for the kiddos...and me.
  5. Desserts - not that we have a lot of desserts around here, but when we do I always try to boost them with some sneaky ingredients.  Greens in brownies....oh yeah! And I even threw in spinach in the fruit roll ups and no one even noticed!
Even if you family isn't keen on a big bowl of steamed veggies you can pretty well puree anything and hide it in your favourite dishes.  I always make sure to have veggies as a side dish at meals so the kids can learn and appreciate balanced meals, but I do also sneak in some extra that they don't know about just to make sure they're getting lots of greens!

Do your kids eat their vegetables or are you a veggie ninja...secretly stashing them in their food?

9.22.2014

Raw Zesty Cheese Kale Chips #Vegan #Nutfree

Looking to satisfy that snack craving? Skip the bag of chips and reach for a handful of Zesty Cheese Kale Chips instead.  Not only are they packed full of nutrients, they're also gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and delish!


Raw Zesty Cheese Kale Chips

Ingredients:

1 bunch of Kale
1 Red Bell Pepper
3-4 tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Sunflower Seed Butter (or you can use Tahini as well)
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4-1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 tablespoon Sriracha Sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
2 heaping tablespoons Nutritional Yeast

Instructions:

Wash and dry your kale.  Remove the thick ribs and tear into chip sized pieces. Wash, seed & chop your pepper. In a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix), blend all your  ingredients (except Kale) until smooth and creamy.  Place your Kale in a large bowl & cover in your Zesty Cheese sauce.  And now it's time to get dirty! With clean hands, massage your kale & sauce ensuring each soon-to-be chip is coated.

Next, place your kale onto your dehydrator trays.  Fill the trays without overlapping the the kale.  I used all 4 trays in my Nesco dehydrator for this recipe.


Now time to dry out those lovely leaves! Set your dehydrator to 115 degrees and walk away.  They will take anywhere from 6-8 hours depending on how wet your kale is and your type of dehydrator.  If you're impatient you can always turn up your dehydrator a bit and enjoy them sooner, but they'll lose the raw-ness factor.

These kale chips totally exceeded my expectations! They are totally cheesy and crunchy with the perfect bit of heat.  My husband declared that they are better than Doritos!

So give them a go...and I dare you to just eat one!

9.19.2014

Race Day Prep

Call me motivated or crazy or whatever, but this weekend I've decided to run TWO 5 km races!  I haven't run a race in over 3 years and just started back running less than 2 months ago.  So maybe just a touch crazy, but I'm so excited!

Today is going to be race weekend prep day! How do you prepare for your big day? Here's a few things I'll be doing to ensure I'm ready to go at the starting line:

How to Prepare for a Race
  • Playlist - this is super important! I will be ensuring my little IPod Shuffle is fully charged and fully loaded with my favourite jams. There's nothing worse than heading out of the starting gate with your battery dead or trying to shuffle to your favourite song. Here's a couple new tunes I will be adding to the line up:

Taylor Swift - Shake it Off

Meghan Trainor - All About That Base



  • Outfit - this afternoon I will be planning out my running outfit.  And yes, it is something you should give some thought.  I will make sure my favourite shorts, socks & even undies are washed and ready to rock.  There's nothing worse than feeling rushed in the morning searching for your gear or using a pair of inferior socks for your big race!

    • Rest - absolutely! No running for me today.  I may do a little yoga or go for a walk, but I'm confident my training has prepared me for tomorrow. The last thing I want to do is overdo it or injure myself the night before the race!
    • Relax - I think this an definite must do.  Whether is curling up with a book, meditating or taking a nap, giving yourself a mental & physical break will definitely help you tackle that starting line. Me? I'm taking a bubble bath tonight to enjoy a little R & R.
    • Recharge - the last thing I will be focusing on today is recharging my body.  There will be lots of hydrating and nutrient loading.  That way I will be recharged and ready to go in the early morning without having to eat or drink copious amounts before heading the the race.

    How do you prepare for game day? Whether it's a run, game or a big meeting...what are your go to preparations to keep you focused, positive and ready to rock?


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