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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Iranian Legume Soup from Ottolenghi’s Plenty More

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First of all, Happy Holidays! It has been quite some time since I have posted anything here on Health is Happiness. It is something I think about every day and get asked about almost every day. I put blog work on hold for a little while to focus on some other things, as I mentioned earlier this year.

I am excited to get back into creating, and sharing delicious healthy recipes with everybody. Just because I haven’t been photographing my food doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating deliciousness in the kitchen.

The seasons have changed twice as my last post was in late spring. The beautiful summer weather is now a distant memory. Fall has come and gone and we are well into winter. Although, besides one massive snowstorm here in Montreal, we haven’t had too much to complain about weather wise. What I do love about colder weather is the food it makes you want to eat. Hearty and warming foods that fill your belly! These are some of the dishes that I love to create and cook. Dishes like this Iranian Legume Soup from Ottolenghi’s new book Plenty More that came out in October. One of the many new cookbooks I have added to my collection since my last post. Continue reading

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The Benefits of Aqua Aerobics Routine (Guest Post)

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When I decided to add some cross training to my exercise routine, one of the guys in my running group suggested I try aqua aerobics. I was surprised, because this guy is super serious about his running. I decided to look into it, and I began to see how beneficial aqua aerobics can be.

So what is aqua aerobics? My first research was just to find out what exactly my buddy was talking about. Aqua aerobics is basically using the pool for other things besides swimming. I went and checked out a couple of classes at my gym, and I was surprised to see that they provided a well rounded exercise routine. The instructor had the class do some cardio moves like jumping jacks in the water, some ab work using a thing called a foam noodle, and even a couple of strength moves. I was pretty impressed. Here are a couple of sites I looked at to see what else might be available: Continue reading

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Spicy Baked Plantain Chips

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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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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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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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Vegan Mushroom Risotto

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vegan mushroom risotto

Vegan Risotto? I know a lot of you may be skeptical, but give it a chance. On top of the lack of cheese and butter that traditional risotto is made with this one is made with short grain brown rice! Vegan mushroom risotto with brown rice. “Can’t be good” you are probably thinking to yourself, especially if you don’t like mushrooms.

Well it is! Take it from someone who would not even eat mushrooms as a child. It’s a delicious dish made with healthy short grain brown rice, meaning you can feel good about eating it! Serve it with some steamed kale on the side and you really have a healthy and first rate meal.

Making risotto is not difficult, although it does take a little bit of time. I personally find the process quite relaxing. The more love you put into your risotto, the yummier it will be. Continue reading

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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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Helping Students Succeed With Nutrition (Ottawa U)

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For most students what and when to eat is not always a top priority. While other things may seem much more pressing than proper nutrition, eating well can often make all the difference.

As the health trend continues to grow, more universities and students are taking a stronger interest in proper nutrition.

Eating well can help boost productivity, mental capacity, motivation, and overall success. While eating well is just one piece of the puzzle, it is often a missing one.

Developing healthy eating habits as a student means developing healthy habits for adulthood. I am so happy to see that Universities are stepping up with helping students develop some of these healthy habits. This can have such a huge impact on the rest of their lives. Continue reading

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