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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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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.

Sweet Cinnamon Almond Smoothie | healthishappiness.com

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
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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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Vegan Mushroom Risotto

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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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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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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?

Well if you answered yes to any of these questions, listen up! Continue reading

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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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