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10 Day Smoothie Challenge

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We work hard and we play hard in this house. I’ll be honest, I definitely wish there was more time to kick up my feet, read books and sleep…oh glorious sleep, we shall meet again someday. But right now, that’s not my reality. I have two extremely active boys and one bold, firecracker of a daughter who love to go none stop, explore new things and are some of the most creative little people I know. Learning to fuel their bodies and make the best decisions for us as a family has been extremely challenging at times. When it comes to fueling and trying new things, Troy and I try to keep a balanced approach with our habits. We have found when we allow our kids to be creative with their meals, have balanced amounts of treats and encourage them to listen to their bodies (rather than telling them something is not good for them) our kids make better decisions. Our journey has led us through being paleo, trying vegan, going totally organic, and trying to eat completely local…It’s a journey, we are not perfect, we are learning and I can almost guarantee what we are doing today will probably change at some point. One of the things that will always stay consistent in our house is encouraging our kids to get as many vegetables in their diet as possible and trying to be as creative as we can as parents.

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Mixing up smoothies, green popsicles, dried fruit/veggie snacks and making dessert acai bowls are some of our favourites in this house. We recently teamed up with Jugo Juice to take on a 10-day smoothie challenge and add more greens to our life. Jugo Juice recently changed all their smoothies over to 100% pure juice and has added tons of great options for the “always on the go” lifestyle. Over these past 10 days we have added cauliflower to our smoothies, replaced our weekend ice cream with green acai bowls and encouraged the kids to get creative with their own mixes.

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I love to support my local juice bars and make my own juices/smoothies at home, but these last 10 days of the challenge have really taught me that their is great options for our family when we are on the go and feel stuck on what to give our kids for a snack or fuel option. They also store great! Over these 10 days we have froze smoothies, bought extra and made popsicles or stuck them in the fridge for acai breakfast bowls. If you’re feeling stuck when it comes to snacks, want to grab something healthy on the go, or are scared to make your own cauliflower smoothie;) maybe try your own

Here some of my tips:

1) Ask for half the juice amount and add coconut water for a less sweet option.

2) Add wheat grass for extra nutrition

3) Sub the whey protein for their delicious vegan option (I find this easier on my stomach)

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Powerful Protein Balls

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These delicious chocolate treats not only satisfy your sweet tooth, they also help to balance the hormones and are packed with protein. The combination of healthy fats, carbohydrates and protein make these the perfect snack to grab before the gym or when you need something quick on the road. I’m in love with this new Energy Tonic from “Harlow Skin CO” and have been adding it to smoothies, protein balls and morning tea.

I’ve listed the amazing benefits of Energy Tonic in order to help you understand why this potion is so fricken amazing! This information is just the basics, but if you want more info I would defiantly recommend popping into Harlow and chatting with Crystal…She will blow your mind!

Check out the recipe and Energy Tonic benefits below.

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Maca:

  • Balances Hormones
  • Boost Fertility
  • Improves skin and hair
  • Increases Energy
  • Reduces Stress

 

  • Ashtragalus:
  • Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory. …
  • Slows or Prevents the Growth of Tumors. …
  • Protects the Cardiovascular System. …
  • Regulates and Prevents Diabetes and Illnesses Related to Diabetes. …
  • Contains Antioxidative and Anti-Aging Capabilities. …
  • Heals Wounds.

Rhodiola:

  • Burning Belly Fat.
  • Increased Energy and Athletic Performance.
  • Lowering Cortisol.
  • Fighting Depression and Improving Brain Function

Powerful Protein Balls:

All ingredients can be purchased at Natures Fare Market.

  • 1 cup fully cooked (cooled) quinoa
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 4 tsp energy tonic
  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients, then add wet items one by one making sure to mix fully.

Roll into little balls (rolling in chocolate dust if desired.)

Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour and enjoy~~*

 

Spicy Avocado Pizza

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We are prepping for our October cleanse and being as creative as possible for the seasonings that are allowed for the 21 days. This delicious and healthy pizza is a great addition to your “cleanse” recipes or a cleaner way of enjoying “Pizza Night.” Serve on a gluten free crust or a cauliflower crust if grains are not a option for you.

 

Enjoy~~*

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Spicy Avocado Pizza:

I purchased our gluten free crust from Natures Fare Market. They have some great options for gluten free options and tons of fresh local veggies to top your pizza with!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe peeled avocado, coarsely mashed
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced red onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in Vitamix till smooth.

Spread 1 tbsp of coconut oil on your pizza and bake at 350 till pizza crust is slightly crisp.

Spread on avocado mixture on pizza crust, top with your favorite veggies (I used spinach,tomatoes and baby arugula) and enjoy!

 

 

 

Shuswap and Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A couple weeks ago we headed to the Shuswaps with Troy’s family for a little R&R time together.

The days were filled with the little cousins playing in the little creek behind our house, participating in Grandma’s treasure hunt games and taking quality time to reconnect as a family.

We came home feeling refreshed and refuelled as we head into the fall season.

On our last day together I joined Adelaide and her adorable little cousin Myla, in making ice cream sandwiches together .

This cookie recipe is one of my favourites! I triple this recipe to make ice cream sandwiches, snacks for school and last minute desserts when friends pop over.

These little ladies added the perfect amount of sprinkles and probably ate their body weight in ice cream that day.

Enjoy~

The girls are wearing locally made dresses by: Nest & Nurture .

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Post Baby Fitness With Bethany Menzel

 

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When Bethany and I decided to put together a few post-baby workouts, we wanted to focus in on areas where Bethany’s body was needing to be strengthened, as well as more generic workouts that all moms would love (and hate). If you follow Bethany, you would know that she has the most delicious, chubby baby named Skipper. Along with being chubby and delicious, he is also quite a load for Bethany to carry around. The constant stress of holding a baby for any new mom can cause poor posture, back pain and exhaustion. By adding just a few simple exercises to your weekly routine, you can help avoid these issues and build strength at the same time. It is possible to be a mother, fit in your workouts and not feel like you’re spending your life at the gym.

I love bands and body weight workouts because they are easy to throw together while baby naps or plays on the floor.

Bethany wanted to work on her back, core and butt strength, so we put together a circuit that is easy to follow and targets the full body.

The workout:

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Equipment:
Bands
A small child

Each movement should be performed for a four count movement, and for 45-60 seconds based on your fitness level.

The strongest person is the slowest person 😉

Repeat circuit 3-4x

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Leg lifts (with band)
This movement targets the butt primarily while using the arms and core as a stabilizer.

Action:

Leg is straight and in line with the hips. Keep weight even on both sides of the body as you slowly lower the toes of the moving leg to the floor. Once the toes have touched the floor, press against the resistance of the band and return to starting position.

Tips:
Keep your hands directly under your shoulders
Belly into spine
As you lift your leg, think about evening your weight out.

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Targets the butt, core and upper body.

Action:

This will be the same position as your leg lifts but instead of lifting your leg up you will press it laterally to the side .

Keep a small bend in your elbows and really engage your core.

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Hamstring lifts.

Primary focus is the hamstrings (muscles along the back side of your legs, which are also very important for reducing back pain.)

Action:

Press your heel into a wall with your heel slightly above your knee joint . Engage your core, squeeze your bum and lift your hips to the sky.
On your final 20 seconds, hold as high as you can and pulse .

Tips:

Make sure to really press your heel against the wall and if you feel pain in the knee, try moving your heel slightly higher on the wall.

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Baby back rows:

Primary focus is mid back, AKA baby carrying muscles .

Action:

Hold your baby or a set of weights. With your elbows close your ribs, shoulders down the back and a small bend in your knees, start to lower the baby and slowly bring the baby towards your chest.

Tips:

Shoulders away from ears, belly in nice and tight and small curve in the lower spine to remove pressure off your back

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Bird Dog:

Primary focus is your abs.

Action:

Start on your hands and knees. Slowly start to raise your left leg straight out behind you as you lift the opposite arm to the wall in front of you . Your arm and leg should come to form a straight line . Squeeze your belly and slowly start to bring your arm and leg into the chest while rounding your belly.

Tips:
Do this slow and controlled. This is an amazing exercise for the post-baby belly while not putting too much strain on your core.

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Superman:

Primary focus is your back.

Action:

Start by laying on your belly. Slowly start to raise your upper body and legs off the floor while stretching your arms out into a superman position. Keep your legs lifted and slowly start to bring your arms back towards your body. Repeat movement.

Tips:

If you’re breast feeding this may be uncomfortable for you. You can try rolling a small towel up and placing it under your breast bone as a support which will remove pressure off your chest.

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Feel free to add cardio bursts or an extra set if you have some additional time on your hands. Or split the workout up between morning and night to make room for chasing and feeding babies.

I love Bethany’s honesty and openness as she has walked the journey of growing little humans, giving birth to three beautiful children and the up’s and down’s along the way. Head over to Bethany’s blog as she shares the her story from pregnancy to post baby workouts.


Both our outfits in this post are from HEMM. HEMM, is a local Canadian company that carries everything you need for yoga, fitness and street style. Some of my favourite brands they carry include Olympia, Strut, Tofino Towels, Body Language and Lilybod! Head over to Hemm.ca and check them out!


Photography by the amazing Kristy at Blush Wedding Photography


Thank you Turf for allowing us to use your beautiful facility and treating us to the most delicious snacks! Thank you for providing a space that inspires our community, fuels our bodies and kicks our butts!

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Summer Fuel

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These are the happiest and most exhausting days I have experienced to date as a mom. I literally could not wait for the kids to get out of school this year so we could spend our days at the park and making memories on new adventures. Although having three children around one another all day every day can be exhausting for all parties involved, I would not change a thing about these days! My heart actually feels like it might explode when I think about these sweet moments with these little souls. This skate park will hold so many memories for us. Scraped knees, Bennett’s first drop in, McCarthy’s countless tricks and Adelaide’s determination to hang with the boys. Our days begin here and almost daily end here with a pre-or-post dinner scooter. The playing never stops and neither does the snacking! Love Child Organics recently came out with these nutrition beverages called “Lil Shake.”  These delicious Lil Shakes contain 8 grams of protein and are fortified with 24 non-GMO vitamins and minerals. Also, another bonus is these shakes have no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives and contain no carrageenan! Along with having to have countless snacks available, I also get asked non-stop for treats these days, so these “Lil Shakes” also go by the name “milk shake” or “chocolate milk” in our house and help this mom steer these growing little bodies in a healthier direction.

What are some of your snack ideas for your kids during the summer?

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Upper Body Bootcamp With Fraichenutrition

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I teamed up again with Tori, from Fraichenutrition again this week and this time we are talking upper body workouts  for moms! Please make sure to send any questions or comments you may have regarding your routine or post baby fitness.

Enjoy~~*

I feel like the upper body is one of the parts, as ladies, that we kind of skip over. We focus so much attention on firm butts and tight abs that we skimp on this very important area. Not only do strong, lean sculpted shoulders look great in tank tops and summer dresses as warmer weather approaches, but strong arms are also essential to our everyday activities.

By adding just 10 minutes of strength training for the upper body 1 or 2 times a week, we can prevent conditions like sore backs, tight necks, and restless sleeps (and who doesn’t need more sleep?).

When your body is constantly tight and sore, our sleep patterns suffer.  When we are not well-rested, our bodies’ hormones, mood, and energy dip very low, causing problems like weight gain, fatigue, and emotional mood swings.

I love these movements because they make sense and are so important for my everyday activities as a mom. Whether you’re lifting children into car seats, carrying groceries, or working a physical job, these movements will help to increase your strength, avoid injury, and create beautiful lean arms for your spring wardrobe.

Here’s how to do it:

For full workout and blog post head to Fraichenutrition .

 

Spring Cleaning The Closet

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This spring I decided to slim by closet down, add more basic colours and thrift some items from Troy’s closet. I love neutral colours and classic men styles that are the perfect pairing for the feminine skinny jeans or a old pair of Levi’s. I also love that I have reduced the amount of clutter in my closet and really focused on purchasing pieces I love and can use a hundred different ways.As I’ve slowly removed the clutter of unused clothing,I’ve also become more aware of where it’s going and how it’s being re-used. H&M, launched a clothing recycle program back in 2013 that I was not even aware of till recently. You can drop off your unwanted garments – no matter what brand and what condition – in all H&M stores across the globe. Their goal is to reduce waste, recycle the unwanted and reduce the natural resources needed to produce a new garment. I’ve listed all the details below! Check it out and I’m also interested to hear what you do with your unwanted garments.

As much as 95% of clothes thrown away could have been re-worn or recycled.

Lets change that!!!

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Outfit Details:

Hat: Get Plenty

Sunglasses: Clearly

Necklace: Melanie Auld

Trench: H&M

Mens Linen Button Up: H&M

Jeans: Gap

Boots: American Eagle

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Adelaide

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Easter weekend was filled with some much needed time where we unplugged and just enjoying quality time with friends and family. I decided to shut my phone off for the weekend and pick up my camera to capture this beautiful little lady who is growing up so fast. Yesterday I was at an event and they asked “Who has small babies?” I instantly raised my hand thinking of Adelaide, and then quickly felt silly that once again I have tried to lie to myself that she’s not getting older. This little lady is the most beautiful, strong-willed and confident little leader. I’m so thankful for the older brothers in her life who have taught her to say “I love you very much” a million times a day and at the same time instilled in her the courage to not back down.

Adelaide, you’re my joy, and my heart is so thankful everyday for you.

Dress By: Nooks 

Shoes: Joe Fresh

Hair Bow: Arrow and Lace

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