Picky Eaters

Sorry I have been missing in action for a little while. I have been busy working for an amazing company BareNaked Nutrition created by Shannon Kadlovski. I have been partaking in some amazing opportunities and learning a tonne of information. I have recently written a guest post for Shannon’s blog on picky eaters. I provided tips and tricks to encourage your kids to eat the food you make and ways to increase the nutritional value. I hope you check out the blog post at http://shannonkadlovski.com/blog/. Also browse through the other website links. There are amazing services and products for you to learn about and enjoy.

Hope you enjoy my guest blog and BareNaked Nutrition!

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How to keep a resolution

Did you make a new year’s resolution? Have you kept it until now?

A lot of people make new year’s resolutions just to break them a few weeks into January. We decide what our resolution is going to be and then a week or so later we forget all about it. Unless you constantly remind yourself of your resolution, chances are you will forget like the majority of the population.

If you want to still be on track with your resolution come June try these amazing tips.

  • Write your resolution down (studies show that people who write their resolutions down have a higher success rate in achieving them)
  • Display your resolution where it can be seen (if you post your resolution in a place you look everyday it will remind you of your goal and help you achieve it. Try putting a sticky note on the bathroom mirror or the fridge door)
  • Take some time everyday to read your resolution
  • Think about and right down how you can achieve your resolution (it is easier to achieve something when you have a plan in place)

Implement these simple suggestions to help your new year’s resolutions (or goals/dreams) come true!

Warm Potato and Avocado Salad

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Who says potato salad is only for summer backyard BBQ’s?

This warm potato salad recipe is great any time of the year. The potatoes satisfy everyone’s starch craving, while the avocados provide a healthy fat. The fat in the avocados also help slow down the break down of the potato carbohydrates, preventing a spike in insulin and helping you to feel full longer. The onion adds a nice bite and of course an added amount of antioxidants – preventing those free radicals from causing damage!

Ingredients

about 6 medium-sized potatoes (cut into bit size chunks)

1/4 cup olive oil

about a 1/4 cup finely diced red onion

1 tsp dried thyme

juice of half a lemon

1 tsp Dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

1 small avocado, diced

Directions

  1. Steam the potatoes until they are fork tender
  2. Combine onions, thyme, lemon juice, Dijon and salt & pepper in a bowl.
  3. Slowly drizzle olive oil into the bowl while whisking to make the dressing
  4. Add the potatoes and avocado and toss gently (you don’t want to mash the avocado)

Salad can be served while the potatoes are still warm or after they have been cooled.

Enjoy!

Immune Boosters

Cold and flu season is upon us. Over the past few weeks I have heard a number of people complain about being sick.

We are all so busy over the holiday season, that when we finally get a minute to catch our breath we generally get sick. This is because we have overloaded our immune system with all the holiday excitement and indulgence. No immune love = feeling sick!

Not to worry. Mother nature has provided us with immune boosting foods that will help you kick the flu a** without the flu shot!

Add these immune strengthening foods to your diet today

  1. Garlic – It is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. It’s active ingredient, allicin, helps fight infection and kill bacteria. Garlic is also great for unplugging those sinuses. Try to have garlic in its raw state for the best benefits.
  2. Citrus – Fruits like lemons, oranges and grapefruit contain loads of vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant helps to reduce cold symptoms and make you feel human again. However, I do not recommend getting your vitamin C from the processed orange juice found in the grocery store. Put your thumbs to work and peal a real orange. The white rind will add additional antioxidant benefits.
  3. Zinc – essential for normal immune function, it is necessary for the prevention of colds and flu. Try adding pumpkin seeds to salads or having a trail mix. Also try adding oysters, dark chocolate, and lamb to your diet.
  4. Ginger – this incredible root is perfect for healing a scratchy throat and suppressing that nasty cough. It contains sesquiterpenes, a chemical which targets the common cold virus. Add some ginger to boiling water and lemon slices for a delicious immune supporting tea.
  5. Honey – anti-microbial and contains antioxidants which help fight infection and strengthen the immune system. Take a tsp for a natural solution to a sore throat, the honey will provide a coating that will sooth the pain in no time. * don’t give honey to children under the age of one, their immune systems are not quit mature enough to defend botulism.

Eat up and feel better!

Chocolate Cupcakes

Attention all cupcake lovers, Friendly Treats Baking has a new and improved, fluffy chocolate cupcake.

This amazing cupcake is gluten-free, vegan and free of refined sugars … Friendly Treats Baking wouldn’t have it any other way!

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They are so good, I got my hands on a dozen last night and they are almost gone (they are that good)!

They taste as good, if not better, than everyone’s guilty pleasure (the boxed Betty Crocker cake mix). Don’t pretend you don’t enjoy them every once and a while 😉

Check out www.friendlytreatsbaking.ca today to get your hands on some, and if you order in the next two weeks they are offering FREE shipping. Amazing!