Eating vegetables should be an important part of every person’s day. Veggies include nutrients, fiber and are naturally low in fat and calories. Most people don’t eat nearly enough…
Canada’s food guide suggests that veggies should take up half your plate with whole grains taking up one quarter and meat/meat alternatives completing the picture. Eating more vegetables can help protect you from some diseases and maintain a healthy body weight.
Knowing how important it is to eat veggies, how do we add more vegetables to our plates?
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I’m always on the lookout for healthy and easy side dishes. This recipe for roasted root vegetables is definitely one of my “go to” recipes that I make all the time. It’s perfect year round since root veggies are almost always available. Plus, it’s very versatile because you can just use whatever you can find at the grocery store or farmer’s market.
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When I’m on the low iodine diet one of my biggest struggles is what to eat for dinner during the week. I need recipes that fit into the dietary requirements, are fast and that my husband will eat as well.
I hope these easy low iodine diet dinner ideas give you some inspiration as you embark on your LID adventure.
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Finding healthy and delicious deserts while on a very restrictive diet is often difficult. Whether I’m required for health reasons to be gluten, dairy and egg free or on the low iodine diet to prep for radioactive iodine treatment, it’s tough to find a dish that can satisfy my sweet tooth.
That’s where this healthy and easy vegan gluten free peach crumble works really well. The ingredients are simple. The main ingredients – peaches, oats and nuts are whole foods and are perfect for both a vegan, gluten free regimen and on the low iodine diet.
The vegan gluten free peach crumble recipe is based on Oh She Glows’ Mother Nature’s Apple Crumble recipe found in Angela Liddon’s cookbook. I love the recipes in this book! Everything turns out well and is easy to modify. I’ve already shared vegan and gluten free chia chocolate chip muffins and low iodine diet friendly avocado pasta that are based on Angela’s amazing collection.
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If you’re like me and trying to take better care of yourself and eat healthier, then you know how expensive it can be. Superfoods are not only super healthy but super costly too.
I already spend a lot of money on groceries every week due to rising prices and living in a big city. In an effort to still eat well and try to save money, we take the long trip to Costco every now and then to stock up on the healthy buys that we love.
Honestly, I don’t like Costco. The parking lot is always a disaster and it’s so huge and busy almost all the time. I also don’t understand why some people seem to eat every meal of the day at the sample bars across the store. It’s as though these shoppers have never seen food before!
Despite my dislike for the big box behemoth, they do have great deals on healthy foods.
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It’s almost that time of year again. The end of summer always comes too quickly… Fall can come as quite a surprise when your children are getting ready to make the transition to Kindergarten and full time school for the first time.
The summer before we sent R to Kindergarten I was nervous. I was anxious about him starting school, making new friends and getting into a routine. I remember googling all kinds of questions about how to make the transition to kindergarten easier on both him and us.
Going to a new school is difficult for everyone especially if you’re a child that likes routine and is happy in your current school.
There are a few things we did to help him with the transition to Kindergarten and I hope these suggestions can help your children as well.
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Finding yummy, healthy and easy to make dinners now that I’m on a gluten free, dairy free and egg free diet has been difficult. After telling a friend about my challenges finding an easy and yummy weeknight meal to make, she told me about Fit Foodie Finds‘ Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake.
We tried the dish using Lee’s original recipe and it was great. Personally, I like tweaking recipes around a bit and changing up the sauce, adding different (and additional veggies) etc. That’s what we did with this dish and it is delish!
While it takes some time to bake in the oven and the casserole dish gets very sticky, clean up is otherwise quick and easy. Also, since your protein, veggies and carbs are in the casserole dish it’s a one dish meal – perfect for nights when you’re tired and don’t feel like cooking (which is me many nights ;))
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E and I recently took R to Disneyland. We had a great time and having been there and done that, here are our top tips for families considering the trip:
Where to stay
We looked into staying on the Disneyland property but found that it was very expensive. I don’t think it’s necessary to spend the extra money since Anaheim has a number of more reasonably priced options that are close to the theme park and just as lovely.
We stayed at the Anaheim Marriott. Our first room wasn’t great but the second room they gave us was fine for three days. It was a bit on the small side (especially when you add in a third bed), but we didn’t spend much time there so it was ok.
The facilities at the hotel are great. There is an extensive gym (because who doesn’t want to spend half an hour on the elliptical machine after spending the day running around Disneyland?) and a busy pool in the hotel courtyard.
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When I was a little girl I enjoyed spending summer afternoons gardening with my dad. We would plant flowers in the front and back yards and create container gardens to brighten up the front porch and back deck.
Shortly after E and I purchased our house, I started gardening. I find that flowers brighten our home and enhance the curb appeal. Seeing the beautiful blooms when I walk up to the house instantly brings a smile to my face.
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Before I was put on my rather limiting gluten, dairy and egg free diet we used to make this super easy and yummy sweet and sour tofu dish often.
We like to serve the tofu with roasted veggies – we’ve tried broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms and Japanese eggplant. You can eat the sweet and sour tofu with the carb of your choice – quinoa, rice, stir fry noodles – they all work really well.
If you don’t like tofu you can use cubed chicken as well. I’d just cook the chicken for a bit longer and make sure that it’s properly cooked through.
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