Treats and Sweets for Kids (Guest Post)

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Sweets and Treats

If you’re a health-conscious parent, you know it’s not easy to keep junk food and sugary snacks from your kids. Sometimes it feels like they are attacking from every angle! From sales girls to grannies, from birthdays to daycare, it seems like everyone is trying to feed my kids sweets.

This summer my mum invited her friend Rosanna to stop by to meet the grandkids, my sons Dominic (age three) and Oliver (age one). Rosanna burst through the door and immediately thrust a package into my toddler’s hands. “It’s a treat for you! There’s a present inside!”.

I grabbed the box of Disney-character shaped chocolate popsicles and diverted Dominic’s attention to the transferable tattoo stickers inside. “Look, Honey. Rosanna got you tattoos!”.

A quick peek at the ingredients as I shoved them to the back of the freezer confirmed what I already knew: junk food is made from junk. Sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, palm oil, tricalcium phosphate, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, salt, polysorbate 80, polysorbate 65, carrageenan… Continue reading

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Spicy Baked Plantain Chips

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Spicy Baked Plantain Chips | healthishappiness.com

Plantains, oh how I love you so! Especially when crispy and delicious! If you aren’t too familiar with plantains, these spicy baked plantain chips are a good place to start.

This was my first time making plantain chips at home. No, not because I don’t eat plantains often. On the contrary, my gf and I are quite addicted to making tostones which are another delicious snack made with green plantains.

Green plantains! That’s right. Make sure you buy the green ones if you want your chips to be crispy and delicious. The ripened yellow ones will not work for making chips or tostones.

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Have You Tried Cinnamon Toast In A Glass?

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Cinnamon Toast Smoothie | healthishappiness.com

Are you in the mood for a treat? Something sweet and delicious? How about this Cinnamon Toast Smoothie!? You heard me, cinnamon toast in a glass.

No there isn’t any bread in the recipe silly, nor is there any cinnamon toast crunch cereal. Thank god. Just wholesome healthy ingredients that come together for one awesome smoothie!

This spectacular smoothie is another one of the recipes you can find in Leanne Vogel’s Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook.  Last week I shared the C-Punch Smoothie recipe  from the same book (in case you missed it).

I had to share this cinnamon toast one because it actually blew my tastes buds away! It was so good!

It’s a great smoothie to drink after a workout to hold you over until your next nutritious meal! It’s important to replenish your energy quickly after an intense workout.

Cinnamon Toast Smoothie Recipe | healthishappiness.com

If you didn’t check out Leanne’s book, I definitely recommend it. It is loaded with amazing content! The picture’s are awesome, the recipes are yummy, and it has tons of useful info.

On top of having over 55 Juice & Smoothie recipes it has

  • 7-9-11 day cleanse programs
  • 3 day pre-cleanse meal plan
  • 3 day post-cleanse meal plan
  • Several different style cleanses with shopping lists for each
  • How to deal with cravings
  • Help with choosing the right juicer for you
  • Best way to store you juices & smoothies
  • And more!

Check out the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook for yourself! I promise you will not regret it. Whether you have never made a smoothie or juice before, or are an experienced cleanser, you will love this book.

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Give this Cinnamon Toast Smoothie a try and let me know what you think! Hopefully you like it as much as I did.

Cinnamon Toast Smoothie
Author: 
Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Cinnamon Toast Smoothie Recipe from Leanne Vogel's Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup nut milk
  • 10 raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth(ie).

 

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Healthy Moroccan Style Quinoa Salad

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This Moroccan style quinoa salad is a perfect example of how healthy food can be full of taste and flavour, as well as incredibly simple to make.

Quinoa is combined with apricots, almonds, and raisins to make a very tasty salad. The addition of flax oil provides a healthy balance of Omega 3s. Lemon juice and mint round out the yumminess of this salad.

The recipe is inspired by a couscous recipe from a Williams-Sonoma cookbook titled Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking. The book is loaded with delicious recipes from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, The Middle East and North Africa. Such a nice variety. I don’t think the book is available new anymore, but you may be able to find a used copy on amazon or somewhere else. Continue reading

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Getting Back Into Smoothies – Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook

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c-punch smoothie recipe | healthishappiness.com

Last year around this time many of us were gearing up for the 30 Day Smoothie Challenge. Spring is a great time to start incorporating smoothies into your diet, and the best time to do a cleanse.  Whether you never have been a smoothie drinker, or you have just fallen off the bandwagon, what are you waiting for!?

Getting your blender out may be just what you need to help do a little internal spring cleaning. It’s time to get outside and get active again. I am very excited that spring is finally here in Montreal, as I am sure others living here and there are too. This has been a particularly long winter.

My friend Leanne Vogel, who you may remember from her 5 Gluten-Free and Vegan Smoothies guest post during the 30 day smoothie challenge last year. She has just released her new Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook. This may be just what you need to get on track. Leanne can seriously help you improve your health.

The Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook has over 55 dairy-free, vegan & gluten-free juice & smoothie recipes, 7-, 9- and 11- day cleanse programs plus all the tools you need to cleanse with success.

Tell me that doesn’t sound awesome? For those of you who are familiar with Leanne’s blog, Healthful Pursuit, you know that everything she does is awesome. Her recipes are mouth watering and her pictures always stunning!

Some of you may know her because of all the incredible dessert recipes she comes up with. I have tried a few (made by Leanne), and let me tell you, they are to die for. Her Dessert Freedom Cookbook is a must for anyone who loves dessert. She makes healthy desserts without sacrificing any of the delicious tastes we love, and sometimes crave!

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The Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook is for people that are ready to stop letting cravings rule their lives. On the surface, it’s about juices, smoothies and cleansing. But really, it’s about activating your most radiant self.

This book will show you how to:

  • Effortlessly use juices & smoothies to boost your health
  • Listen to your body and know when you’re legitimately satisfied
  • Move into, through, and out of a cleanse safely, and with shining results

The recipe below is one of the delicious green smoothie recipes from the book. I have tried a few recipes already, and they are awesome!

By purchasing the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook you are helping support all the free content that is found on Healthful Pursuit and Health is Happiness. So thank you for your support, it is much appreciated!

C-Punch Smoothie Recipe from Vibrant Life Cleanse Cookbook
Author: 
Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1-2
 
A simple and delicious green smoothie recipe from Leanne Vogel's Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 orange
  • ½ fresh mango
  • 1 cup packed spinach
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.

 

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Spicy Sesame and Ginger Bok Choy with Bean Sprouts

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sautéed bok choy & bean sprouts

This simple recipe of bok choy and bean sprouts is a great healthy side dish. It packs lots of flavour thanks to the chilies, ginger, garlic, and of course sesame oil. How yummy is sesame oil?

I had some bok choy and bean sprouts in the fridge. Some of the ingredients I had a few nights earlier for a stir fry.  I wanted to create a recipe to share on the blo,g but didn’t have much to work with.

I love putting myself in the kitchen, and getting creative with what I have. Even if it is quite limited. Some of my favourite recipes were born by just surrounding myself with ingredients ,and creating on the fly, experimenting. This is something that many people aren’t very comfortable with, that is creating vs following a recipe. It is a great way to improve your cooking skills. Get creative.

I love looking at cookbooks and other blogs for inspiration as well, but often the best inspiration for deliciousness are the ingredients themselves.

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What Do You Want & How Do You Get It…

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Today’s post is brought to you by my friend Mel who you may remember from her Revitalize Cleanse in November. Mel is about to launch a new workshop series called Come Alive. I wanted to help her out by letting her share a little bit about what it’s all about with you guys. Hopefully what she has to offer speaks to at least one person reading this and can help you in this journey of life.

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Hey there Health Happy people!

Melissa here! I hope that you are having an amazing day and that this post is just going to be like the icing on the cake!

Now before we get to the icing, I want to ask you a few questions;

1)  Have you ever had an idea but then fear creeped in and stopped you from doing it?

2)  Have you ever caught yourself saying “I need to figure out my life!”?

3)  Do you admire people who are living a life filled with love, fun, and abundance?

4)  Do you have this feeling that there must be something more?

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Black Bean, Yucca and Plantain Stew

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Black Bean, Yucca, Plantain Stew

Winter is still here, no one can deny that. Some people I know struggle with winter, while others I know love it. I am somewhere in between. There are days that I curse winter, and others where I am amazed by its beauty. Although I can’t deny the allure of warm weather all year round, there is much to be appreciated about winter.   One of them is making and eating heart warming stews like this black bean, yucca and plantain stew.

This particular stew creation came about because my girlfriend and I were obsessed with making a particular recipe over and over again, because it was so delicious, pretty easy to make, and always provided us with plenty of leftovers for lunch.

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Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

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Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese, a not so healthy North American classic. A dish that brings up childhood memories for many of us. I wasn’t really a Kraft Dinner kid like so many from my generation. I probably ate it at friends’ houses more than at home. I do have memories of visiting my grandmother in England, and enjoying her homemade macaroni and cheese. Delicious! This vegan macaroni and cheese recipe is from a book called Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

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Baked Stuffed Squash

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baked stuffed squash

The truth is I am way behind on posting this recipe for baked stuffed squash. I first created the recipe around thanksgiving time while experimenting with festive holiday meals. If I recall this is what we ate at Thanksgiving. We loved it!

I wasn’t able to take pictures when I made it the first time, but made it again before Christmas and am now getting around to sharing it with you. A little late for the holidays, but I promise it will be just as delicious.

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