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Month: May 2012

Turkey Meat Balls and Brown Rice Crispie Peanut Butter Protein Bars



Need a little accessory to jazz up all the brown rice you’ve been eating? This delicious and healthy turkey ball recipe will bring some joy to those clean eating dinners. 



  • 1 lb/500 g ground turkey (approximately)  
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) flax seeds (about 1.5 tablespoons whole seeds). I like to leave some of the seeds whole for added texture. 
  • 1/2 cup (75 ml) onion (about 1/2 medium sized onion), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (75 ml) carrot (about 1/2 medium sized carrot), finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) low fat parmesan cheese, freshly grated (you could also use a low fat feta)

Put the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl. Take a fork or spoon and break it up.

Finely chop the carrot, onion, garlic. Add to the bowl with the ground turkey

Chop the rosemary. Add this and the other herbs to the bowl with the other ingredients. 

Grate the parmesan cheese and add to the bowl with the other ingredients. . 

Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the bowl with the other ingredients. 

Add the egg to the bowl with the other ingredients. . 

Add a pinch of salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper to the mixture. 

Take a fork or spoon and mix all of the ingredients together. When well mixed, form the mixture into little balls with your hands. I formed mine into about 1.5 inch (3 cm) balls – they would be great slightly smaller or bigger I am sure. 

In a suitably sized saucepan (non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron), over medium high heat, with coconut oil added to the saucepan, lightly brown the meatballs all over and then cook until cooked through. I cut one in half to check for doneness. I also find it helps to keep them moist if you add a splash of water and cover the saucepan to basically steam them until cooked (after browning). 

I served these meatballs with Rizopia’s rice pasta and Healthy Choices low sodium pasta sauce . If your going for a lower carb dinner, serve these meatballs as an appetizer with your favourite salad.


Brown Rice Crispie Peanut Butter Protein Bars

As I was prepping my meals for the week, I came across my friend Sandy’s blog and this delicious protein bar recipe. These bars will curb those cravings and give that body the boost it needs before or after your workouts.

Head over to Shred till your dead and check out this deliciousness!



The Choice





I’m going to be honest…I do not have the energy to workout! Every morning I wake up with my body telling me there is no way you are going to get through this day. I lay in bed feeling as though my stomach is spinning and the fishy crackers (the only thing I can eat at 5am) I’m eating are going to escape my body at any moment. It’s in those moments that I make the decision that I will not be ruled by my circumstances and I’m choosing  health for myself and my unborn baby.  I choose to stay active, keep a fresh mind, and always keep myself striving towards a goal. With McCarthy I was terribly sick for 5 months, but I continued teaching, staying active and I truly believe my physical endurance played a huge part in getting through my 24hour labor. Do I have days when I pull the plug on my workouts? Absolutely! I truly believe you should listen to your body and respect what it is trying to tell you, but also realize that your flesh has a strong voice, getting off the couch is always a battle and you need to chose to win it!

Pregnancy may not be your obstacle, you may be struggling with a injury, the motivation to start something new or you see yourself in such a negative way that you have lost all hope. Whatever your obstacle, choose to not let the circumstances stand in the way of you reaching your goals. Dig deep for the fighter within and realize “Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” – David Bly.

I write this post without judgment and I recommend that before any physical activity you participate in please seek the counsel of your health care provider. 

Listen to your body and realize we are all at different levels, have different goals and we are all human!