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Everyone I talk to asks me “How is your smoothie challenge going?” – and I always answer “GREAT!”, although there were days that I wasn’t quite looking forward to washing my blender again. I’ve definitely been feeling a lot better, I think I’ve lost a couple of pounds, and my skin is doing that annoying ‘detox’ thing where every bad thing I’ve eaten in the past 6 months decides to become a pimple. Right on my forehead.

Skin problems aside, I’ve started becoming more adventurous with my smoothies! I discovered a new book, Green Smoothies: The Weight Loss & Detox Secret, which has helped me find new recipes. I’ve been adding in different varieties of fruits and vegetables, adding sweeteners like honey or maple syrup, and I tried out a new Vega One Nutrition Shake – Vanilla Chai! It was absolutely delicious and added some well-needed spice to my smoothie! View Post

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Have you ever taken a real hard look at your eating habits?

My son recently started daycare a couple of times a week, and with my daughter back in school, I suddenly have time to myself – alone! – to work from home. This also means I get to make my own meals, just for myself. This is something that hasn’t happened in years.

But suddenly I’m stunned by my choices. Hot dogs, popcorn, caesar salads –  all convenience and processed foods. I need to kickstart myself back into healthy eating mode, to feel better and to lose a few pounds.  View Post

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The first day of September screams fall to me, even though summer isn’t technically over yet! Walking into Starbucks this time of year means being bombarded with delicious scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin – and while I usually enjoy my Americano with a bit of cream, I can’t resist the temptation of the Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Have you read this recent post from Food Babe about the ingredients in a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? It gave me some added incentive to create my own recipe to make at home! View Post

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I feel a bit guilty to admitting this, but I often use food to make my family feel better. I believe that when someone has a cold, a good cup of tea will make them feel better. If you’re having a bad day, a slice of coffee cake or a home-baked cookie and a coffee or a hot chocolate will make you smile. Emotional eating at its’ finest!

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So when my daughter came down with an ear infection this week, I immediately thought to make her a bowl of chicken soup – her favourite! But she had different ideas – she wanted chicken wings!

Dieting and chicken wings don’t usually go together, and my usual chicken wing recipe involves battered chicken wings being drowned in a deep fryer and coated with buffalo sauce or homemade honey garlic sauce. They are what delicious pub dreams are made of.

So instead, I tried to make a healthier version – baking, instead of deep-frying. And using spices and olive oil for flavour instead of battering them and dousing them in sauces. I still wanted to have a crispy chicken wing, and this recipe delivers just that.  View Post

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I’ve taken a big interest in the foods we eat as a family lately, and I’ve started incorporating whole wheat breads, lot of vegetables, foods rich in nutrients and fibers, and eating less meat.

If you’re curious how you can change your family’s eating habits, the first tip I can give you is to plan your meals and snacks, and make a shopping list based off of your plan. This limits the amount of snack foods and times where you have no idea what to make – if you at least have a plan and healthy ingredients to back those plans up, you can easily make snacks and food when you and your family is hungry.

I use Pinterest when I’m planning my meals, it’s easy for me to pin a recipe and then access it on my iPad or phone while I’m cooking or shopping for ingredients. I have a Pinterest board called Healthy Meal Planning where I post recipes that I am looking forward to making.  View Post

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Summertime is perfect for playing outside, lounging in the sun, and grilling on the barbecue. There’s nothing I love better than the scent of grilling meats and veggies on a warm evening. Barbecues seem to bring our family together – it’s not just mom (ie. me!) cooking in the kitchen and calling everyone to the dinner table. When I’m grilling, suddenly my husband gets involved, the kids are watching and hanging out, and it feels like a family activity.

As a Blue Dragon Ambassador, I’m discovering how to add some Asian flair to everyday meals, and I’ve found that it’s so easy to add a bit of spice and Asian-influence to any dish! Here I share with you three different ways to make an Asian-style barbecue.

Blue Dragon is also hosting an amazing giveaway right now, enter to win one of five Easy Made Easy prize packs loaded with delicious Blue Dragon products!

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When we first moved into the new house, I’ll admit we ate more fast food and take-out pizzas than we should have. It was bad for our bodies and our bank account! I’ve started planning out our meals again, which helps me purchase the right things at the grocery store, and gives me time to experiment with new foods that are just as easy to make.

Spring Rolls are always one of our favourite items to eat at restaurants, so I decided to make a baked version instead of deep frying. The trickiest part of this recipe is handling the spring roll wrappers, but after making a couple of rolls you’ll get the hang of it!  View Post

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