This delicious Thai peanut noodle bowl not only tastes amazing, but it’s healthy and WW (Weight Watchers re-imagined) friendly! It includes a handmade peanut sauce that can be made in bulk and used throughout the week for quick & scrumptious lunches.Continue reading
These flavourful, no-bake energy balls are easy to make and provide lots of healthy fats and protein. This mix of peanut butter, oats, coconut and chocolate is a satisfying and delicious snack on the go!Continue reading
I know I’m about four years behind on this food trend, but have you ever tried making overnight oats? It’s so easy, and the resulting breakfast is nutritious, tasty, quick and oh-so-customizable! Let me show you how to make overnight oats using my favourite recipe and a couple of variations.Continue reading
Have you ever tried those “Aussie Bites” from Costco? SO addicting. They’re like little mini cakelets (that’s a word in my books) filled with all sorts of flavourful ingredients like oats, coconut and dried fruit. I consider them to be mostly healthy, and they are such a filling snack. I thought they’d be fun to try to recreate, but in a cookie format. I modified a Aussie Bites knockoff recipe, added some cookie-ish ingredients to it and the result was YUM.Continue reading
This might seem like a ridiculously easy recipe and concept, but this method has been life changing for me! If I bulk cook some chicken breast at the beginning of the week, I have it ready to go for any hot or cold meals I make for the rest of the week. It’s such a great way to save time & make healthy meals in a jiffy!Continue reading
Summertime is officially here, and I can just bet that my girls will be asking for snacks constantly throughout the day. As easy as it is to grab a pre-packaged food or something sugary and void of nutrients, I really want to try to feed my kids nutritious snacks this summer. These frozen banana pops are a really fun treat to have as a snack on a hot day, and they’re really easy to make. They’re really quite tasty, and they’re full of nutrients too.Continue reading
Pancakes are one of our favourite things to make on the weekend for breakfast – they’re so filling and tasty, and they’re especially yummy topped with seasonal fruit. For our Tip Tuesday video today, I’m sharing with you an absolutely delicious recipe for whole wheat pancakes topped with homemade strawberry sauce. Not only is this a tasty breakfast, but the whole wheat flour and fruit makes is really nutritious too! Continue reading
Some nights (OK, 90% of the nights), I want to make a really easy dinner for my family that doesn’t involve copious amounts of chopping, five million pots and pans, and at least that many dirty dishes to wash afterwards. I do resort to frozen pizza or fish & chips sometimes, but here’s an easy supper that I’ve been loving lately. It’s SO quick to prepare, and it’s a lot healthier than lots of other fast suppers. This One Dish Chicken Dinner was a hit in our house, so I want to share it with you too.Continue reading
On the first week of January this year, I started a “Healthy Mommy Challenge” striving to increase the amount of physical activity I get in a week. I also wanted to lower my intake of processed sugars and flour and eat more raw veggies and fruits.
You know what? I’m doing better than I was in 2012. I’m not doing as well as I would like to do, but I try to go to bed each night with the thought that tomorrow is a new day and a new chance to start fresh again.
I have definitely upped the amount of cardio activity I get in a day with my girls (hooray for slightly warmer winter days the past couple of weeks!), but I’ve only managed one (maybe two) days of strength training. I am going to work on that.
Do you want to know what has really helped me lately on my Healthy Mommy Challenge? It’s a handful of applications I have on my smart phone (it’s an HTC Android). As a busy mama, I rely on this thing for everything and it’s easy to check in with when I’m juggling the kids.
Let me share with you my 9 most favourite essential smart phone apps that I use almost every day to help keep my body, mind and spirit getting on the path to healthy:
Lose it! by FitNow Inc. This is a handy app if you’re wanting to easily keep track of calorie count and exercise. You can access it online or via this great phone app. It has a huge food database, and you can post to social media if you want the accountability of friends to help you stay on track with your diet and exercise goals.
ToDo Today for TeuxDeux. I am an agressive list-maker. If something doesn’t make it to my list, I’ll forget it. This is a very simple app that helps me keep a running list of all of my “to-do’s”. You can even set the items on certain days. When something’s done, you mark it as complete and it’s deleted. Easy!
Daily Cardio Workout FREE. I love this line of apps. This one is a 5-10 minute cardio routine that’s simple and easy to follow. It’s actual videos of real people doing the exercises, and the short routine makes it feasible to do when the kids are up and at ’em.
Pinterest. I can’t get enough of browsing Pinterest on my phone. I thought I could get away with listing this one as a “healthy mind” app because it is chock full of inspiring images and ideas that keep my creative juices flowing! I browse pictures of home decor, DIY, family food recipes, and I also pin a lot of my own tutorials and posts – it’s a blast.
Workout Trainer by Skimble Inc. This app is great because it can setup a nice little workout plan for you over the course of a few weeks (or more). I’ve only used the free routines so far, but for a little bit of cash it looks like there’s some more advanced plans to try too. It can send you reminders on your phone when you’re due for a workout!
Dictionary.com. OK, don’t laugh. I’m a word-a-holic and I like to work on my “brain health” by reading the dictionary from time to time. Sometimes I think I’ve written or said a word completely out of context, and having this app on my phone is a quick way for me to double check if I’m sounding smart or insane.
Daily Ab Workout FREE. This is another app that’s a 5-10 minute workout, but it’s all abdominal exercises. It’s fantastic because it’s also short but sweet, and the videos are easy to follow. It’s another one that’s do-able when the kids are awake and pulling at your shirt sleeves.
YouVersion Bible App. For spiritual health, I’m making a goal of reading my Bible more often. This app is so amazing because not only can you browse your Bible quickly and easily, but it comes with some great devotionals you can do each day.
Weight Watchers Canada Mobile. Weight Watchers seems to work well for me as an eating plan (I think the points system keeps it simple, which I like). This is a nice app that helps me log things on the go if I’m following the WW plan.
What are your favourite apps that help you create or maintain a healthy lifestyle?
It’s the end of Strawberry season, and strawberries are in abundance at a great price right now! I love fruit so much and so does my family – it’s fun to experiment with new ways to eat it. I totally admit that I’ve purchased the sugary, sticky packaged fruit “roll-up” candy, but here’s a better and healthier alternative that you (and your kiddos) will love! This homemade fruit leather is simple to make and requires no fancy kitchen appliance!
Homemade Fruit Leather
2 cups fruit (I used strawberries)
1 Tbsp honey (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
Blend the fruit, honey and cinnamon in a blender until completely smooth. I liked the addition of honey with strawberries – you could add a little more than a tablespoon for extra sweetness! Cinnamon is nice with strawberries, but have fun playing with different spice and fruit combinations.
Line a cookie sheet with the parchment paper. Pour the blended fruit onto the paper, spreading it out evenly with a spatula. The fruit should be about 1/4″ thick. It does thin a lot as it dries, so don’t pour too little into the pan. Set your oven at the lowest temperature (mine was 150 degrees F) and let the fruit sit in the oven until it is dry and leathery-feeling. My fruit leather took approximately 3 hours, and this time will vary from oven-to-oven. Let the fruit leather cool, peel off the paper, and cut it into strips. You can roll the strips up if you want – my daughter though the little rolls were fun to eat!
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