Bulletproof Coffee - does it really work? How would it affect my mind and body?

There’s no question that I love my coffee! I’m meticulous about the coffee brewing process and the type of beans I use. I’ve special ordered a limited edition coffee bean from a craft coffee house in Portland. I watch coffee review videos on youtube. I think I’m on my way to becoming a coffee snob…

I was very excited to be test driving Bulletproof Coffee for a week, which is a cup of freshly brewed Upgraded Coffee blended with a grass-fed butter and Brain Octane oil. Adding healthy fats to your morning coffee is supposed to make you feel satiated until lunch, and help with focus, performance, and energy!

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Shrimp & Sausage Paella Recip

I have no time to cook.

This is not an excuse or an understatement.

During the week we survive on take-out, eating out, or frozen meals, but on the weekends I force myself to cook. In all honesty, I LOVE to cook, and creating a meal for the family that every last one of them can eat with no complaints, well that’s like the gold medal of Olympic family dinners.

But weekends get busy with errands, house repairs, squeezed in work, and impromptu trips to the beach that make everyone hungry for dinner RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. View Post

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Irish-Coffee

I have always loved a cup of Irish Coffee after a delicious and indulgent dinner at a nice restaurant. An Irish Coffee is the perfect little pick me up after a big meal, but it’s also sweet and is a dessert unto itself.

With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I wanted to share with you my favourite and authentic Irish Coffee recipe, as I have got from the Irish mom of one of my closest friends! I’ve also joined up with a Giveaway Blog Hop so you can enter to win a $40 Starbucks card – perfect for buying some rich coffee with and making your own Irish Coffee at home! View Post

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Paleo Friendly Meyer Lemon Pudding Dessert

As one of our New Year’s resolutions, our household has been focused on healthy living since the beginning of the year (read more about our health journey here). I’ve lost quite a bit of weight on the HCG diet, my husband has lost weight along with me, and we’ve started changing our kids’ diets to be more focused on whole foods, getting rid of all the processed junk.

I’m very excited to share this recipe with you today – I discovered it through a friend on Facebook (isn’t that how we find anything nowadays?), and relished in the fact that it was Paleo-friendly, egg-free, dairy-free, and made of delicious Meyer lemons.

I’ve adapted the recipe from Healing Family Eats (which is a very lovely blog featuring autoimmune Paleo recipes), and I added Almond Breeze in the recipe. My daughter is allergic to the cow milk protein, and the rest of our family have slight lactose intolerances, that make eating heavy sauces and desserts no fun! (Think cheesecakes and alfredo sauces – those are a huge no go in our house!) View Post

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cooler-with-almond-breeze

I’ve been on a massive lifestyle change this year and so far the results have been incredible! I’m happier than I have been in a very long time, I’m healthier and losing weight (thanks to the amazing diet I’m on!), and I’m starting to add my kids to this health kick.

My kids are resistant to change. And to vegetables. I have a toddler with bizarre eating habits, and a tween who is reverting to boring, processed foods on a regular basis. The one meal they can both agree on is pasta, which I make with homemade sauces and pack full of veggies, and I am starting to use zucchini noodles to mix it up – but come on! How much pasta can two kids eat? (Answer: A LOT.)

So each day I’ve been trying to add something new and healthy into their daily eating habits, and I’m using Almond Breeze almond milk to help reach our health goals! Almond Breeze is a great substitute for milk, especially as my daughter has an allergy to cow’s milk. It has no saturated fats, no cholesterol, no gluten or lactose, and it’s a great source of calcium. View Post

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chocolate-mint-smoothie

Chocolate and mint.

One of my most favourite combinations – especially around Christmas time! I still remember sneaking away with a box of After Eight chocolates when I was little! I adore thin mints, chocolate mint Girl Guide cookies, peppermint patties, and now they even make chocolate mint Oreo’s! And please don’t get me started on Peppermint Mochas or Candy Cane Hot Chocolates. YUM!

It’s a lot of indulgence, and I have to remind myself to keep my diet balanced this time of year. Chocolates are great, but seventeen too many and I’ll need to go up a pant size! So what better way to experience the delicious flavours of chocolate and mint than in a nutritious smoothie? View Post

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Fondue at the Fairmont in Whistler

The Cornucopia Food & Wine Festival came and went in a flurry of wine glasses, artisan cheeses, tapas-style plates, and indulgent desserts. Throughout the eleven delicious festivals days, the new workshop series at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler was the most buzz-worthy event, by far. I was lucky enough to get a coveted spot at The Art of Festival Fondues, one of my favourite and indulgent holiday feasts.

The ‘Lunch & Learn’ featured Chef de Cuisine, Kreg Graham, cooking up a wine-paired, three course menu. It was held at the luxuriously warm Grill Room at The Faimont Chateau Whistler. View Post

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