Snowshoeing Funday

Are you looking for ways to enjoy this winter season? Well, then I highly recommend that you bundle up in some warm gear and try snowshoeing.

20140119-230701.jpgToday my loved one and I ventured out to the Scenic Caves at Blue Mountain to try snowshoeing for the first time – now I understand why so many people enjoy it. Snowshoeing is super easy, fun and most importantly a great cardio workout. Not going to lie I felt the burn at times.

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There are a few trails to try out from easy to “ironman” difficulty. We did the majority of the
trails which were all easy to accomplish. There is even a trail that goes over the Suspension Bridge!

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I will go back again soon, and perhaps try out the cross-country skiing next time around. Might as well try to make the most of this winter season.

Curry Cabbage + Chickpea Soup

If you been following my blog, you have realized I love me some soup -so filling and comforting. Plus, always super easy to make.
One of my detox meals include this Curry, Cabbage and Chickpea Soup.

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This soup is super nutritional. Check out the full recipe here

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This soup contains cabbage, chickpeas, sweet potato, curry, cilantro and I added coconut milk and chili flakes on top!!
Super flavorful!

Joyous 10 Day Detox

The holidays are over and I needed a way to kickstart 2014 feeling refreshed and energized. Plus, I think I gained an easy 10 pounds over Christmas – way too much food and wine!
So I decided to start a detox. You may be thinking that a detox is not for you, but trust me when I say this detox is good for everyone. There is still a lot of food you can eat, just be sure to avoid all the “bad” stuff: alcohol, coffee, refined sugar, red meat, wheat. (I use the term “bad” loosely because all of the above-noted taste super good but in reality they are not good to eat as they cause inflammation to our bodies, which then lead to many health concerns. These items also make us feel tired and lethargic.

I am currently on a Joyous 10 Day Detox. I ordered the detox plan online. (I encourage you all to participate in the detox). The materials emailed include a shopping list, recipes, lists of foods to avoid, tips etc.
Joy will also answer any questions you have about the detox.

I should mention, I did the detox last year and I felt great.

I will be showing you some of the recipes I have been making while on the detox.

I made this Curry Quinoa Lentil Loaf. I love that you can make one loaf and it’s good for a dinner and lunch. It’s gluten-free and has lots of fibre.

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Check out Joy’s blog for the full recipe.

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And let me know if you sign up for the detox!

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

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We all need a boost of energy getting back to work and into our regular routines after the holiday break. I know we are all still thinking “oh for one more day of staying home and not coming into work” 🙂 Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but the break is over and we got to go on. So, give yourself a boost with the help of some vitamin C by making this easy three ingredient smoothie.

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Ingredients:
2 organic peeled oranges
1 cup almond milk
1 peeled organic banana

Directions:
Place all ingredients in and blender and blend until smooth and creamy!

Now drink up!

Wednesday Wish List (Stay Warm Edition)

I know I have said this in previous posts before “that it’s cold outside“, but this time I mean it when I say it’s bloody cold as hell out there!!! -40 with the wind chill! Come on mother nature!!! Now that’s extreme!
Stay warm this winter with the following essentials!!!!!!

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These leg warmers from Roots are adorable!

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Chill out at home with these Granny Slipper Socks and keep your feet warm and toasty.

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Run home from work and cuddle up with your loved one under this wool throw. When it’s this cold out its expected to sit back and relax on the couch!

And while you’re sitting there under that blanket you best be enjoying something warm. Kusmi Tea is a great treat, try the detox one – we all know we could all go for a little detox after the holiday indulgence.

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Oh and what comes with cold weather? Yup, SNOW. Oh the joys of shoveling snow….NOT! Yes, shoveling snow is a great workout, but it also leaves you with sore muscles thereafter. Especially, when you got to go outside a few times a day. Apply this heat rub to the affected areas and your pain will be sure to go away.

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Apply Keihl’s lip balm throughout the day. Our puckers get super dry and chapped with the winds and cold weather.

20140108-225525.jpg Our poor skin needs to be protected and hydrated at all times in the winter months. This body oil is a bit $$$, but it’s worth every penny.

20140108-225820.jpg Since we are on the topic of splurging – ya Canada Goose costs a lot, but your hands will be thanking you for the protection and warmth. These down-filled mitts are going to keep your hands dry all winter season!

Stay warm!

Herbs – Freeze them!!!

20140102-213346.jpgPerhaps I shouldn’t be admitting this, but it never occurred to me that I could freeze herbs. I went over to my mom’s for Christmas, and as I was helping her with dinner, I noticed in her freezer a ton of herbs frozen in separate Tupperware containers. When I took out the dill it was still bright green and had the same great taste!
Why didn’t anyone else tell me this sooner?!
I thought to myself, how many times have I purchased herbs, only to throw them out because they went bad in the fridge. Or how many times was I making a dish, and of course, I don’t have the herbs suggested in the recipe. Or most common scenario, I was too lazy to wash, dry and chop the herbs.
This tip will save you time and money.

Follow these simple steps to freeze and preserve your herbs.

Step 1
Wash your herbs and let dry completely

Step 2
Chop your herbs

Step 3
Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spread your chopped herbs all over. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for 10 minutes (this will help herbs stay separated and not freeze into one big chunk)

Step 4
Take out the cookie sheet from the freezer and place your herbs into Tupperware containers or ziplock bags.

Voila!

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HORSERADISH AND SMOKED TROUT PATÉ ON RYE CROUTONS

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I really enjoy the Food & Drink magazines that the LCBO provides for free. The recipes never disappoint.
There is a reason why these magazines disappear from the stores so fast. I’m not going to lie, perhaps in the past, I have had to drive to multiple locations to find the latest issue. Luckily, the Holiday 2013 issue was available at the location of my choice.
The cover of the Holiday 2013 issue featured the Horseradish and Smoked Trout Pâté on Rye and I thought it would be the perfect appetizer to serve during the holidays. Sure enough, my guests devoured them all. 🙂

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If you didn’t pick up the Food & Drink Holiday 2013 issue in store – no worries, the recipe can be also found on the LCBO website.

Ingredients:
10 slices rye bread
3 tbsp (45 mL) melted butter
½ cup (125 mL) sour cream
¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted butter, softened
3 tbsp (45 mL) prepared horseradish, drained
2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped red onions
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 oz (250 g) smoked trout, skin removed
½ English cucumber, thinly sliced

Garnish:
½ cup (125 mL) radish sprouts (I used pea sprouts instead)
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Cut crusts off bread. Brush both sides with butter. Cut into triangles or squares. Bake for 8 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until golden and toasted. Reserve.

In a bowl, stir together sour cream, butter, horseradish and onions. Season with salt and pepper.

Flake trout into sour cream mixture and stir gently.

Place a slice of cucumber on toast. Top with about 2 tsp (10 mL) trout mixture and garnish with radish sprouts.

Serves 6 to 8