March 10th, 2014
Well folks, I’m celebrating throughout March with the nutrition month theme Simply Cook and Enjoy! Do you want some inspiration to cook, download Dietitian of Canada’ popular free i-Phone or i-Pad app Cookspiration. Within less than two weeks of its launch Apple calls it one of their “Best New Apps” with over 35,000 downloads. It’ll be available for all platforms by mid-March and in French by April, 2014 with more recipes. Cookspiration is loaded with a wide array (over 180) of recipes with the Nutrient Info of each.
Get stocked! Keep your kitchen ready for action any night of the week with basic food staples.
It’s easier to cook when you have basic ingredients in your kitchen. Keep staple foods on hand, such as:
- Fresh and frozen vegetables and fruit
- Whole grains, such as quinoa, oats, brown rice and barley
- Milk, cheese and yogurt
- Canned salmon and chunk light tuna
- Canned or dried legumes, such as chickpeas, black beans and lentils
- Spices, garlic, vinegars and oils
With a well-stocked pantry, fridge and freezer, you’ll be ready to cook quick meals.
For more on stocking a healthy kitchen.
It’s easier to choose what to cook when you’ve stocked up with an array of ingredients! Simply cook and enjoy!
March 7th, 2014
As you know we kicked off March, this Nutrition Month featuring ways to get us into the kitchen and cook! The new popular i-Phone or i-Pad app Cookspiration was just promoted on the Apple App site for it’s popularity with over 28,000 downloads. It’ll be available for all platforms by mid-March and in French by April, 2014. Version 2 is already in the works!
Make a no-fuss meal with just six simple ingredients!
You don’t need a long list of ingredients to make a healthy, delicious meal. Get inspired with these ideas, which use just six main ingredients:
• Cheesy Frittata – eggs, spinach, diced potato, red onion, milk and old cheddar cheese baked together into a fabulous frittata
• Lemony Pasta – whole grain pasta tossed with grilled zucchini, cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic, chickpeas and freshly squeezed lemon juice
• Loaded Sweet Potato – baked sweet potato topped with black beans, green onion, tomato, cilantro and a spoonful of plain yogurt
For a quick broccoli soup made with just a handful of ingredients.
Keep it simple in the kitchen sweetie and the whole family can Simply Cook and Enjoy!
March 5th, 2014
Yes folks, March is Nutrition Month celebrating Simply Cook and Enjoy! A perfect way to start is by downloading Dietitian of Canada’ popular free new i-Phone or i-Pad app Cookspiration. Within a week of it’s launch has been touted by Apple as a “Best New App” now with over 23,000 downloads. Check it out, won’t you?
Cook once. Eat twice. Make weeknight cooking a breeze with planned extras.
Are you tired of reheating leftovers? Planned extras make an entirely new meal! Just make a little more food than you need for one meal and reinvent it for another. Try these easy options:
• Grilling chicken or fish? Grill a couple of extra pieces for sandwiches.
• Roasting veggies? Roast extras to toss with pasta or barley or to top a pizza.
• Serving chili? Cook a bigger pot and then make enchiladas.
• Having salad with supper? Make extra and put it in the fridge, without dressing, for tomorrow’s lunch.
For creative ways to cook with leftovers.
How easy is that to cook once and eat twice? Very! Simply Cook and Enjoy!
March 3rd, 2014
Well folks, March is Nutrition Month! Throughout March I’ll feature the theme to encourage you to Simply Cook and Enjoy! A perfect way to start is by downloading Dietitian of Canada’s popular free new i-Phone or i-Pad app Cookspiration. Within a week of it’s launch it has been touted by Apple as one of their “Best New Apps” with over 7,000 downloads. It’ll be available for all platforms by mid-March and in French by April, 2014. Cookspiration is loaded with a wide array (over 180) of recipes with the Nutrient Info of each.
Time-crunched? Good-for-you meals can take less time than take-out!
Take-out meals might seem like a simple solution, but they can be more expensive and less healthy than homemade meals. Try these tasty meal ideas, ready in 20 minutes or less:
• Quesadillas filled with black beans, diced sweet pepper, salsa and Monterey Jack cheese
• Shrimp or tofu sautéed with broccoli, garlic, ginger and a pinch of hot pepper flakes, served over whole wheat couscous
• Whole grain pita pizzas topped with mushrooms, spinach, leftover grilled chicken and mozzarella
Here’s a fantastic fish recipe that’s ready in just 15 minutes. Can cooking be any simpler? Enjoy!
February 28th, 2014
How interesting it is to be celebrating my 800th blog post as the Winter Olympics just came to a close, hmmmmm? I suppose my prose writing is my own personal olympic sport of sorts since starting this Through Thick and Thin Blog in 2010. I ruminated over that notion for months feeling a passion to write well up inside of me like a bread dough rising! I worried about running out of topics to write about, what people would think, if I could keep it up and more. Sometimes second guessing yourself is an olympic sport in itself, isn’t it? Finally I got out of my own way and just started, clickity clickity click on my keyboard almost four years later.
I describe myself as more of a tortoise than a hare, “slow and steady wins the race”, my own race. Idea by idea, post by post and now I have an ebook Skinny On Slim The Little Black Dress of Diet Books that was just featured in the Canadian Health and Lifestyle Magazine that originated from an array of posts.
What’s your passion? Do you like to write and keep putting off getting started? Strike a prose! There’s a lot to write about: Take a walk! Bend and stretch! Jog a mile! Cook up a storm! Eat together! Be healthier! Overcome fear! Whatever it is, take the first step. Like anything in life you need to break it down in to manageable steps and work it out. Just jump in and START. Your life with be richer and your self esteem will surely soar when you do.
If there’s something you’d like me to write about, drop me a line!
February 26th, 2014
I recently read that orange is the new black, hmmmmm. Funny when I was at the grocery store the other day I had a hankering for citrus – oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits. My food processor called out to me to try yet another smoothie recipe so I obliged and am glad I did!
1 peeled, cut up orange
1 lemon, quartered
1 cup plain Greek style yoghurt
Add peeled orange pieces to your food processor or blender. Toss in small pieces of the orange and lemon rind to punch up the taste. Squeeze the lemon quarters into the food processor after the seeds have been removed. Spoon in the yoghurt put the lid on tight and blend thoroughly until smooth. Add juice to adjust the thickness to your liking and a dash of sweetener if it’s too tart for your tastebuds.
I will certainly try this again with other citrus fruits to see which combination is most satisfying. I’ll add some springs of mint leaves too. My favourite flavour of yoghurt is Oikos key-lime and I will definitely give that a try as my yoghurt base.
This combination was a refreshing and tasty treat on this fine weekend sweetened by mother nature herself. I put the rest of the mixture in individual containers to enjoy during the week as work piles up as a perfect grab and go snack. It’ll be a perfect pick-me-up when I need it, without an additional jolt of caffeine.
February 24th, 2014
Well it’s life back to normal
The Games are a wrap
After that men’s hockey game
I had me a nap
Got to thinking about what
This all means in my life
Triple flips and double sow cows
Being active doesn’t need to create strife
The lycra and spandex
Never looked this darn good! (mainly on Olympians!)
Treating body as temple
Is something we should
For we mere earth mortals
Making a goal is a start
To move our bodies, as it was meant
I so very smart
Start a “movement movement”
Rise up off the couch
Oh ye young and old
Finding 30-60 minutes, isn’t that much
You’ll feel better and toned
Energetic and shvelt
Your hourglass figure
Might warrant a belt!
Keep that flame alive everyday
Whether it’s gleaming or dim
And do yourself a favour
Read Skinny on Slim!
February 21st, 2014
I love that song “Silver and Gold” although out of season, these are currently in season in a different way with the Olympics in full gear – silver, gold and bronze. Striving to win requires a winning attitude with no holds barred. Each day you train is one less day your competitor can surpass you…maybe. It was stellar to witness a few golden moments recently in bob sled, curling and hockey!
Olympians go for gusto. They are certainly not fair-weather participants. They push through barriers we mere mortals can barely fathom to improve their time, pass their competitor or land that jump without wavering.
Winter is a perfect time of year to take it up a notch to rethink your goals to get in shape for when spring will is sprung! If your get up and go got up and went, time to find it and get in gear, don’t you think? Why just watch sports when you can add some new moves to your repertoire and get active!
Consider jumpstarting your heart if you’ve been in a slump lately. Plan on extending your efforts to all of the seasons of the year, taking each day as it comes. As long as I’m able to move one foot in front of the other, I am committed to continue my movement movement. How about you?
February 19th, 2014
I’ve been doing more pondering about the various aspects of the Olympics and how they bring meaning to our lives. Take the flame for instance. It’s a perfect symbol of motivation as it travels over hills and dales, oceans and seas, towering snowcapped mountains and cavernous valleys four years to the host city. Each day that flame is lit represents that internal glow in our own lives to be better, go further, get stronger.
I chuckled when I did my mat routine recently with weights and flexibility exercises contrast to those buff speed skaters in mind. I bent and stretched to just touch my toes and lifted those 10 pound weights tightening my core, cause I too can do just a little bit better.
I won’t be joining an iron man or olympic team any time soon because tortoises don’t qualify. I will however be more mindful of how I can do my body right one baby step at a time. Maybe I’ll take a stroll at lunch on a workday; perhaps I’ll forgo food offerings that aim to sweeten my work setting; how about getting down on my mat an extra day or two in the week to tighten my core or make my lunch with the seasonal fare adorning my fridge.
More olympic food for thought as I strive to be a little healthier today than yesterday.
February 17th, 2014
There’s nothing I don’t love about the olympics. Even though I am a self proclaimed tortoise I get pumped watching real athletes perform their craft. Further, faster, stronger, better are all goals we can all relate to and strive for in our own lives.
I can’t stand being sunk in couch potato-dom with a bad attitude. No matter your walk of life we can all do just a little bit better, especially where our eating and activity are concerned.
Truth be told I took a tumble in my driveway on the ice last week. After seeing a number of skiers plummet jaw first into the snow I bravely got up and brushed myself off, trying to ignore the thumping pain of my elbow and hip. A little ouchie, in comparison yet working on adopting the Olympic spirit.
So watch these sports mavens perform in all of their splendour. Bring on the gold, silver and bronze for all to see. Those who place last are still winners in my books! Let them inspire you to light the fire within to improve…. just for today.