Throw Away that Scale!

Don’t define yourself by the numbers on your scale! Focus on your Health and Wellness and toss those negative thoughts that creep up throughout your Wellness journey!

I really hate scales because people obsess about getting to that “perfect” weight. Throw away the scale and focus on setting daily goals to bring you to where you want to be. Try letting your clothes and how your feeling in them guide you along the way. Let your energy and mood be an indication of how well your doing!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!!!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Enjoy your time with your loved ones and take a moment to reflect upon all your thankful for. I have loads to be thankful this year.

My amazing family who is always a constant support to me. My kids have been phenomenal for me as I heal after my surgery. They have helped with the baby and given me a hand for weeks. I’m a very lucky mommy.

I’m lucky to have a wonderful hubby who has basically been super daddy day and night tending to the little one. Life is starting to get back to normal now that I’m on the mend. This was just a reminder of what I already knew. My family rocks!

My friends are the kind that pretty much have become true family. Long term friendships are rare to have. I’m lucky enough to say they’ve known my friends since childhood and they still put up with me. 😉 When life gets tough and you start to loose yourself, friends like these lift you up and support each other.

What are you thankful for this year? Even if it’s not your Thanksgiving today, drop a comment below anyway. After all everyday is a chance to be thankful for something.

Now it’s time for me to go stuff myself silly with the family. Healthy choices of course for me. Well that is until the dessert comes out! LOL Today I will indulge in those goodies and not feel guilty about it. Tomorrow will be a new day where my nutrition will be on point and all will be well.

Life is about creating balance so you can truly enjoy it to its fullest!

Pretty Beetiful Juice!

I starting juicing last year and I can honestly say I can’t live without it now. I feel better overall by incorporating it into my diet. I have more energy, clear mind and my skin even looks healthier! I feel good about knowing I’m protecting my body from disease and that I’m supporting my body by providing instant nutritional content.

I tend to use beets in a lot of my juice because it’s very cleansing for the liver.I juice larger quantities because I make enough for my hubby and I to enjoy. You could reduce the quantities if your only making juice for yourself or take the extra on the go with you to enjoy. My 16 month old is also now drinking some as well which makes me thrilled. The only juice he drinks is the freshly juiced veggies that I make.

A lot of people have asked me if I could post my juicing recipes so I’ll be doing that from now on if people find it helpful. I also have a juicing group on FB that I post in and anyone who is interested is welcome to join in! Look up VeganMommyDee’s Juicing Crew.

Here’s my recipe for my latest juice that I posted today.

Pretty Beetiful Juice:

  • 2 Large Beets
  • 1 Large lemon
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 4 Large carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 small apples

Chop up your veggies and fruit. Add the veggies in any order you like, pour your juice into a pitcher and give it mix. I tend to save some carrots for the end because it pushes any extra juice completely out of my machine. You can use any of your favourite apples in any of my recipes. I tend to use Granny Smith apples the most because they work so well with every veggie juice I’ve made.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Stay healthy!

Stay On The Healthy & Fit Train all Summer! 

The Summer can be a very busy time for most people. If your a parent then the kids are off school and your usually in a rush while entertaining them on the go. It can also get busy because of all the family & friend get togethers that usually happen quite often during the summer. All the temptation of goodies with either overwhelm you or you will arm your self with other options. Hopefully you can motivate yourself to not take too many steps backwards & stay on the HEALTHY and FIT TRAIN despite all that’s going on around you! 
Its so important to start your day off on a good note. That means providing your body with the nutrients it needs! Eat a healthy breakfast or drink a nutritious shake. This will set the tone for your day. Start your day off drinking lots of water as well. Starting your day off on a positive note will encourage you to make healthy choices later on during the day! 
Prepare your workout for the day according to what your plans are. Use an app to keep it organized, your notes or even an old school book like me to jot down new workouts or exercises you wanna try. If it’s an outdoor play day with the kids then plan an outdoor workout that you can accomplish. Walking is also great when you simply can’t fit in anything as well. This is why having the Beachbody In Demand is wonderful because you can use it right on your phone, tablet or computer anywhere you are! 
Plan your snacks and food as much as possible! If that’s not possible know where you will be and find out healthier options available for you. 
Here’s the wonderful thing about summer … you will get opportunities to stay active that only this season will provide. How about playing on the beach and running around with your kids in the sand. That’s a great workout! Plan fun games with your kids or nieces and nephews which will keep you active outdoors! Take a long hike with a friend and enjoy nature! The list is endless, so just enjoy it. You may not get your typical workout in because your on the go but you will get a chance to step out of the box and find new fitness options which are equally great! 

Happy Mother’s Day!

I just wanted to wish all you special mom’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!!! 

As mother’s we forget to take care of ourselves and live our lives for our children. Today is your special day to relax, go grab a coffee, sleep in or do whatever makes you happy! For me that would be sleep & coffee! Give me those two things and I’ll be the happiest mother on earth. Yep it doesn’t take much to make me happy. My kids also brought home the most wonderful crafts from school which I will cherish as always! 

Enjoy your day!!!

Saint Patrick’s Day Protein Balls!

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!

 

Hi everyone, hope your having a great day! Things have been busy here in my neck of the woods, as life with five kids is always busy. Between swim class, girl guides, appointments, my kids social lives and everything else it gets quite busy. Not to mention doing all that with a 9 month old so everything takes a little longer to accomplish lol. I try posting on IG most often out of all my social media but I don’t to post on here as much as I would like unfortunately.

A lot of people have asked me for my protein ball recipe so I thought I should post it for everyone to enjoy. I decided to post my recipe for these super healthy and protein packed St. Patty’s Day protein balls since it’s coming up this Friday! We’re  actually having a St Patty’s Day party at our house this year since I’m home and not working this year (I’m on Maternity Leave). I just added more Spirulina to my protein ball mixture to achieve this wonderful green colour so they look a little more festive. No added unhealthy dyes in these babies! By doing this I also made them a power house of nutrition. I have to say I just love how easy they are to whip up and the ingredients used are all staple ingredients in my home. These protein balls are protein packed with hemp hearts, vegan protein powder, and spirulina! Healthy fats are thrown in there too with yummy unsweetened creamy peanut butter! You can use whatever nut butter you have at home or prefer and they will still turn out amazing.

These protein balls are perfect for taking with you on the run for healthy snacking while doing errands. They will stop you from stopping for unhealthy fast food because they are quite filling and will hold you over until your next balanced meal.  I love the fact that they’re also a great  snack to take with you to the gym for a post workout snack. I store mine in the fridge in an air tight container for over a week but usually they don’t even last that long!

Here’s the super easy recipe for these tasty and healthy protein ball snacks.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Protein Balls

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. Spirulina
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • 2 scoops of vegan protein powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp. of hemp hearts
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 2 – 3 tbsp. of pure maple syrup

 

Tools:

  • A medium sized glass or ceramic bowl
  • Fork
  • Storing container with an air tight lid

Method:

  1. Combine the oat flour with the vegan protein powder in your bowl
  2. Add the peanut butter and maple syrup
  3. using your fork combine ingredients and get the peanut butter well mixed in. The mixture with look quite crumbly.
  4. Next add the almond or coconut milk and continue to mix all the ingredients well.
  5. Form balls with the mixture and place inside an air tight container.

 

 

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Note:

* The protein balls pictured above have less spirulina. I prefer to add a whole tbsp. but depending on who I’m serving them to I may add less. These have 1 tsp. in the mixture.

*You can add optional vegan chocolate chips or shredded coconut to your mixture too if desired as well.

 

Enjoy!

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Crispy Chickpeas!

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Here is a super easy snack recipe that you can make anytime. It’s a protein rich snack which will also keep you full and satisfied. I currently have a chickpea obsession and have been adding them to so many dishes. I love them in my green salads as well as my pasta salads.

If you want a yummy snack on the go then these crispy chickpeas are awesome. You can add whever seasonings you like best and play around with the flavours you enjoy best. They can be stored in mason jars which is great for healthy snacking on the go! I even bring these to my childrens swim class. The kids enjoy them which makes me super happy. Let me know what seasoning combinations worked well for you in the comments below. Happy Healthy Snacking!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 3-4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp.Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black  pepper

 

Things you will need:

  • 2 cookie trays
  • Parchment paper
  • Paper towel or a dry dish cloth
  • 2 medium sized bowls

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Line your cookie trays with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Open your cans of chickpeas, drain and rinse them
  4. Pat dry the chickpeas well
  5. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl
  6. Add 3-4 tbsp. of olive oil and salt to the chickpeas and toss well
  7. Divide the chickpeas and add them to the cookie trays
  8. Bake for 35 minutes, making sure to give them a mix a few times during the baking process
  9. After removing them from the oven place them into a bowl with all your seasonings and toss well
  10. Transfer to mason jars or containers

 

Note:

  • Baking time may vary so keep an eye on them in the last 10 minutes.
  • As far as seasonings go you can add whatever you prefer or have on hand.
  • You can use less olive oil if you prefer but your chickpeas may not be as crunchy
  • These can store well for a week in your mason jars

Other Seasoning Suggestions:

  • Lemon Pepper seasoning & Himalayan salt
  • Habanero pepper salt & chili powder
  • Cinnamon, cane sugar or coconut sugar and using coconut oil instead of the olive oil

 

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Happy Munching! Enjoy! 🙂