11.27.2014

Sweet Ginger Sunshine Juice #recipe #juice

November blahs?  Dreary dark days getting you down.  How about a nice cup of Sunshine to perk you up?!

Sweet Ginger Sunshine Juice


Ingredients:

2 large carrots
3 medium golden beets
4 clementines
1 apple
1 inch of ginger
1/2 pear - optional (I added this as the toddler didn't want to finish her snack)

Instructions:

Wash, peel and chop all your produce and get juicing! Start with the clementines, pear and apple and alternate with chunks of beet and carrot.  The harder veggies will help ensure all your soft juice fruits get through the juicer.

Pour into a jar, shake and enjoy! This recipe makes close to a litre of juice - enough for the whole family.  It's sweet and velvety with just a bit of ginger kick.

Now this golden goodness may look like Tang, but I can assure you it's infinitely better!  It's packed full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene and lots of other fabulous nutrients.  And the colour....oh you can't help but smile when you see that jar of sunshine in your fridge.  Sweet Ginger Sunshine is the perfect morning pick-me-up and it's also a great winter immune booster!

11.24.2014

Getting Your Family Into the Giving Spirit

With a just a month left until that big jolly guy comes down the chimney it's easy to get wrapped up in all the shopping, wish lists and spending money.  Don't get me wrong, I like Christmas just as much as the next person, but what I don't like is seeing how easily things switch from being all about giving to ALL about getting.


So here's a few easy ways to keep your family in the Giving Spirit:
  1. Clean Out the Closets:  now is the time to sort through last year's Winter gear and pull out what no longer fits.  If you have kids, then that's likely just about everything.  And if not, sort out those items you no longer wear.  Hats, mitts, coats, boots....everyone needs these things.  And most towns have various winter clothing drives or drop off places for new or gently used items.  Getting the kids involved in sorting and donating will definitely help foster that generous nature.
  2. Volunteer as a Family: what better way to show your kids the gift of giving than to volunteer together.  Animal shelter, food bank or a local church; the possibilities are endless.  And most organizations have options for volunteering as a family and you'll be setting that wonderful example for your children.
  3. Shopping Spree:  yes, go shopping! But not for yourself!  How about setting up a budget for a family shop that's all for charity.  Whether it is food or clothes or even pet supplies, let your kids pick the items and take them to your favourite group.  Many of us like spending over the holidays, so why not spend it on someone who really needs it.
  4. Spread Some Cheer - sometimes it's all about a small gesture.  Why not drop off a casserole to a neighbour in need? Or some baked goods to the Women's shelter? Or some handmade ornaments to the Seniors home?  Everyone loves getting something heartfelt over the holidays, so show your family that anyone can be Santa with a small token!
Do you and your family to any volunteering or special giving over the holidays?  How do you spread the giving spirit?

11.20.2014

Vegan Apple Pie Lactation Muffins #glutenfree

It's a cold and blustery day here on the homestead and after my daughter requested muffins for an after school snack, I thought what better way to warm up than to whip up a batch of yummy muffins.

Now being home with a toddler means I don't have a ton of time to cook a complicated recipe.  So I came up with this super quick & easy gluten-free, vegan muffin recipe that the whole family will enjoy.  And with the added oatmeal and flax it's perfect for nursing moms and just sweet enough for a guilt-free indulgence!


Vegan Apple Pie Lactation Muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Gluten-free All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Oats
1/4 cup Ground Flax
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Coconut Oil (melted)
1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup
1 1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Grease your muffin tin or use liners.  In a medium bowl combine all your dry ingredients and raisins.  In a separate bowl mix all your wet ingredients until combined.  Then add your wet ingredients to your dry and mix just until incorporated.  Then bake for 15 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.



These Apple Pie Muffins are a cinch to make and in less than half an hour you can be enjoying these moist and satisfying muffins.  They taste just like Apple Pie or Apple Crumble and no one would ever guess they're gluten-free, refined sugar-free & vegan!


11.10.2014

2 Minute Guacamole #Glutenfree #Vegan

I love Avocados.  But I always have problems achieving that perfect ripeness.  I either buy them too ripe and they go bad before I get to use them or I buy them so unripe that I totally forget I have them by the time they are good to eat.

And today was no different in my avocado timing.  I really wanted to eat those lovely green goodies, but when I cut into them they were too ripe...again. But luckily they only had a couple bad spots that I could cut off.  So when life gives you lemons....or overripe Avocados...make GUAC!  So here it is, possibly the easiest & quickest Guacamole recipe and the perfect way to use up a nearly spoiled Avocado or two.
2 Minute Guacamole

Ingredients:

1 (or 2) uber ripe Avocados ( by the time I cut off the bad spots I had about 1.5 Avocados)
Couple Sprigs of Fresh Cilantro
1 thin slice of Onion (or more if desired)
1-2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:

Peel your Avocado and place in a bowl.  Add your cilantro and chopped onion, lemon juice and salt and pepper.  Grab your immersion blender (or throw all ingredients into a blender) and pulse a few times until smooth.  And that's it! Fresh delicious Guacamole.  You can add some chili flakes for a little kick or some diced tomato.  But even on it's own it's super yummy!

 Skip the pricey grocery store Guac and whip some up in just minutes.  It's perfect with crackers or tortillas, a dip for veggies, on a wrap or salad or on your baked potato!  It's just that simple.

11.03.2014

That Time I Didn't Listen to my Body

You how you have that little voice in your head...that voice that keeps you out of trouble and on the right track? Well, last week I ignored her and now I'm paying for it.

Last Monday I was done work early and had a couple of hours before having to pick up the kids and it was a gorgeous day so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to sneak in a nice run.  I'm not a huge fan of running in the dark so daytime running always gets me excited.

I decided to do a bit more than I normally would during a weekday.  Now, I will mention that for the week leading up to it I had a nagging groin pain every time I ran.  It wasn't crippling, just annoying and when I wasn't running it wasn't there.  So about halfway into my run that nagging groin pain shows up.  No surprise there.  But I keep on trucking.  Less than a kilometre later the pain is significantly worse.  And then it gets to the point where I have to walk about every 3/4 km for a couple minutes.  I even stopped at one point trying to stretch out the area.  I must have looked pretty weird squatting at the side of a highway for a couple minutes.  Now, I would have cut my run short, but I was 4 km away from my house and I still had to pick up the kids.  I didn't have time to walk all the way home.  So off I ran...or rather, hobbled.

Finally, I made it home and picked up the kids.  I ended up running about 8.3 km and half of it was in pretty good pain.  It wasn't till I sat down later that night that I realized something wasn't right. When I stood up, I could barely walk.  I couldn't do the stairs and getting from one room to the next was agony.  I spent most of the night on the couch with an ice pack trying to get some relief.  The following day was marginally better, but I had to work and spent the day limping around the office.  When I could barely take off my shoes I realized something wasn't right.  So I booked myself in at the Sports injury clinic to see if I had done something a little more serious than I thought.

After a thorough exam they figured I had injured my Adductor tendon.  And I would need to rest and to get some physio.  I was not impressed to say the least.  So the next day I visited my Chiropractor and told him what had happened.  He immediately thought that it was a hamstring injury at the insertion point instead of an Adductor issue.  After a great adjustment and some ART therapy on my injured leg I went home to ice it some more.

As of today, I'm a week post stupid injury.  Still can't run, but at least I can walk without limping.  I am still kicking myself for that last run.  Why did I go out farther when it was hurting? Why did I ignore the pain the week before? Maybe I shouldn't have 'powered through' it.  I should have listened to my body.

If nothing else, I have learned that it's OK to listen to your body.  What's the point of getting in your miles or working on a personal best if you hurt yourself.  I'm hoping my injury isn't too serious and that I can actually run my 10k race coming up in less than 2 weeks.

Just remember, that little voice in your head isn't there to slow you down or hold you back...it may just be that voice that saves you.

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