Irish-Coffee

I have always loved a cup of Irish Coffee after a delicious and indulgent dinner at a nice restaurant. An Irish Coffee is the perfect little pick me up after a big meal, but it’s also sweet and is a dessert unto itself.

With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I wanted to share with you my favourite and authentic Irish Coffee recipe, as I have got from the Irish mom of one of my closest friends! I’ve also joined up with a Giveaway Blog Hop so you can enter to win a $40 Starbucks card – perfect for buying some rich coffee with and making your own Irish Coffee at home! View Post

Paleo Friendly Meyer Lemon Pudding Dessert

As one of our New Year’s resolutions, our household has been focused on healthy living since the beginning of the year (read more about our health journey here). I’ve lost quite a bit of weight on the HCG diet, my husband has lost weight along with me, and we’ve started changing our kids’ diets to be more focused on whole foods, getting rid of all the processed junk.

I’m very excited to share this recipe with you today – I discovered it through a friend on Facebook (isn’t that how we find anything nowadays?), and relished in the fact that it was Paleo-friendly, egg-free, dairy-free, and made of delicious Meyer lemons.

I’ve adapted the recipe from Healing Family Eats (which is a very lovely blog featuring autoimmune Paleo recipes), and I added Almond Breeze in the recipe. My daughter is allergic to the cow milk protein, and the rest of our family have slight lactose intolerances, that make eating heavy sauces and desserts no fun! (Think cheesecakes and alfredo sauces – those are a huge no go in our house!) View Post

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I’ve been on a massive lifestyle change this year and so far the results have been incredible! I’m happier than I have been in a very long time, I’m healthier and losing weight (thanks to the amazing diet I’m on!), and I’m starting to add my kids to this health kick.

My kids are resistant to change. And to vegetables. I have a toddler with bizarre eating habits, and a tween who is reverting to boring, processed foods on a regular basis. The one meal they can both agree on is pasta, which I make with homemade sauces and pack full of veggies, and I am starting to use zucchini noodles to mix it up – but come on! How much pasta can two kids eat? (Answer: A LOT.)

So each day I’ve been trying to add something new and healthy into their daily eating habits, and I’m using Almond Breeze almond milk to help reach our health goals! Almond Breeze is a great substitute for milk, especially as my daughter has an allergy to cow’s milk. It has no saturated fats, no cholesterol, no gluten or lactose, and it’s a great source of calcium. View Post

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Chocolate and mint.

One of my most favourite combinations – especially around Christmas time! I still remember sneaking away with a box of After Eight chocolates when I was little! I adore thin mints, chocolate mint Girl Guide cookies, peppermint patties, and now they even make chocolate mint Oreo’s! And please don’t get me started on Peppermint Mochas or Candy Cane Hot Chocolates. YUM!

It’s a lot of indulgence, and I have to remind myself to keep my diet balanced this time of year. Chocolates are great, but seventeen too many and I’ll need to go up a pant size! So what better way to experience the delicious flavours of chocolate and mint than in a nutritious smoothie? View Post

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The Cornucopia Food & Wine Festival came and went in a flurry of wine glasses, artisan cheeses, tapas-style plates, and indulgent desserts. Throughout the eleven delicious festivals days, the new workshop series at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler was the most buzz-worthy event, by far. I was lucky enough to get a coveted spot at The Art of Festival Fondues, one of my favourite and indulgent holiday feasts.

The ‘Lunch & Learn’ featured Chef de Cuisine, Kreg Graham, cooking up a wine-paired, three course menu. It was held at the luxuriously warm Grill Room at The Faimont Chateau Whistler.

Our first course consisted of two mouthwatering cheese fondues, the Applewood Smoked Cheddar and Bacon Fondue, as well as a Dried Cranberry, Pistachio and Brie Fondue. The pots were served with an array of sausages, charcuterie, artisan breads, vegetables, and pickles. While each fondue was equally as delicious as the other, the indulgent combination of Bacon-Wrapped Pears in the cheddar fondue was to die for.

Different wine pairings were chosen for each course, because what’s a wine festival without wine, am I right? Our wine glasses were always full and it added a definite merriment to the occasion. Large, plump scallops, shrimp, and beef were served up for our second course. Again, two fondue pots, one with oil and one with broth, were there for cooking our selected protein in. A variety of sauces were arranged on our plates, including a lovely mustard sauce and a spicy yogurt-curry sauce. View Post


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Everyone I talk to asks me “How is your smoothie challenge going?” – and I always answer “GREAT!”, although there were days that I wasn’t quite looking forward to washing my blender again. I’ve definitely been feeling a lot better, I think I’ve lost a couple of pounds, and my skin is doing that annoying ‘detox’ thing where every bad thing I’ve eaten in the past 6 months decides to become a pimple. Right on my forehead.

Skin problems aside, I’ve started becoming more adventurous with my smoothies! I discovered a new book, Green Smoothies: The Weight Loss & Detox Secret, which has helped me find new recipes. I’ve been adding in different varieties of fruits and vegetables, adding sweeteners like honey or maple syrup, and I tried out a new Vega One Nutrition Shake – Vanilla Chai! It was absolutely delicious and added some well-needed spice to my smoothie! View Post

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Have you ever taken a real hard look at your eating habits?

My son recently started daycare a couple of times a week, and with my daughter back in school, I suddenly have time to myself – alone! – to work from home. This also means I get to make my own meals, just for myself. This is something that hasn’t happened in years.

But suddenly I’m stunned by my choices. Hot dogs, popcorn, caesar salads –  all convenience and processed foods. I need to kickstart myself back into healthy eating mode, to feel better and to lose a few pounds.  View Post