More Comfort FOODS

**this is a reblog of an awesome popular blog from 2011 when we lived in Winnipeg**

 

Yesterday was freezing cold. I’m not talking about -20.C or even -30.C, here with the windchill it was a blistering -45.C!!! Being a stay-at-home mom and having the school 14 houses away, I could not with a conscious drive my kids to school….. alas, we walked (bundled up to the max!)… brrrrrrr. What you need to understand with a cold that COLD, is that it is really really hard to warm up after wards. You should also know that I’m the kind of person who hates (HATES!) being cold, I think it’s the worst torture around. Usually I’m wearing a sweater, slippers, and have a little heater going even when the house is a balmy 73.F!

anyways….

now that you know how cold it really was, and how much of a wimp I am you’ll understand why I wanted to turn my oven on and keep it that way all day! The only way I could do this was to bake and cook all day. Great timing too because I had been reading a bunch of blogs with amazing sounding treats on it that I just needed to try! Here it goes…..

Recipe #1 from iheartwellness is a wicked salt and vinegar guilt free tv munching snack!

Just as the site says: Mix together sunflower seeds, apple cider vinegar and sea salt!
I used 3 cups sunflower seeds,
3Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar and 3Tbsp of Sea Salt
Mix
Place in an oven for 250 (I turned it up to 325) and bake for 1-2 hours (stirring every 20 minutes).


I’m glad I did these first cause they were so delish to munch on while making the rest of my goodies!!

While snacking on these yummy treats, I was also making some AMAZING granola bars… This recipe is also from iheartwellness, On the site Kris makes them into ‘clusters’, but I ended up changing it up a bit , and adding / subtracting parts to suit my ingredients.  Here is what I did…

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 cup crushed walnuts
1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

1 cup cranberries

3 Tbsp Chia seeds
1tsp vanilla
1 cup melted coconut oil

Mix well together, put on cookie sheet and flatten. Place in freezer to set. While there make your chocolate sauce. I mixed together in a pot on the stove the following…

2 Tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
1 Tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Once the bars are set, take them out of the freezer, cut into desired sizes (bars or squares, etc), and drizzle still hot chocolate sauce. Put back into freezer to set chocolate and store in the fridge. Now, I’ve never made granola bars before, but these turned out so amazing, that even my hubby and kids were sneaking into the kitchen to wolf some more down!

So, I have now put away my cooled and flavoured sunflower seeds into a nice glass jar in the fridge. The bars are staying safe away from my fingers in a container in the fridge. And I’m starting to make some mint chocolate covered peanut butter balls. I found this recipe here on all day I dream about food so yum!!
I tweaked it a bit with half rice flour and half regular flour, and used a mint chocolate for some of them, and the rest I made chocolate with the cocoa powder….

Here is what they turned into..
This is the Chunky peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and flour mixed together (I used maple syrup instead of the sugar substitutes shes had listed) all rolled into cute little balls.

Put these into the freezer while you melt your chocolate….

Then dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate, and place back into the freezer to set. Store in the fridge if you have any left! Yum!!

Mine have little holes in the tops from the toothpicks I put in them to help me with dipping!

While I was making all these, I also made a few dozen (ok, 5 dozen), of my kids fav flour free totally chocolate and peanut butter cookies….

you can find the recipe here from last time, and made some yummy gluten and dairy free butter chicken for dinner!

and so, after all this, I was tired, and worn out, and full of chocolate…. but best of all,

I WASN’T COLD!!!!!!!
(and better yet, my fridge was full of yummy healthy treats for the rest of the week!)

Later!
T

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What’s in your Vitamins?

That’s a big question to start a post on, am I right?

so….. do you have any clue? I’m a huge advocate for taking Vitamins, but what’s just as important as taking the Correct Kind of Supplements, is taking the Right Type Vitamins! You’d be surprised at, when asked, how many people tell me they take the ‘yellow cap’ or ‘whatever’s on sale’.

Here’s some FYI’s

Some manufacturers of commercial vitamin and mineral supplements add synthetics to vitamin products, typically to increase the vitamin’s potency, but many synthetics are made from derivatives of coal tar – a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke. This is only one of the reasons why it is important to talk to your doctor before taking any new supplement.

5 Steps To Identify The Ingredients On A Vitamin Label

Step 1


Look for the words “100 percent natural” on the product’s label. Some product labels may contain the words “natural,” but manufacturers can claim “natural” on their nutritional products if at least 10 percent of the product comes from natural food sources. The Organic Consumers Organization recommends looking for products that contain “100 percent plant-based” or “100 percent animal-based” on the product’s label.

Step 2


Find the “food source” list on the products label. If the product’s label does not contain a list of natural food sources, then the product is synthetic. Look for food sources such as yeast, fish, vegetable and citrus.

Step 3


Identify whole foods in the ingredient list instead of the particular nutrient. Dr. Ben Kim, a chiropractor and acupuncturist with his own radio show, says to look for foods on the list of ingredients that contain a certain vitamin, such as “acerola cherry powder,” which contains vitamin C. If you can identify “vitamin C” in the ingredient list, Kim says you can almost guarantee that the vitamin is synthetic.

Step 4


Look for salt forms on the product label, a synthetic added to supplements for increasing the stability of the vitamin or mineral. Some of the salt forms to look for include acetate, bitartrate, chloride, gluconate, hydrochloride, nitrate and succinate.

Step 5


Learn how to read the product’s label by looking for keywords that indicate the supplement is synthetic. Words that end in “ide” or “ate” indicate that the product contains salt forms, which are synthetics. 

For instance, if you see chloride, hydrochloride, acetate or nitrate on the list of ingredients, the manufacturer used synthetics for the product.

Additionally, the letters “dl” that appear before the name of an ingredient indicates the supplement is synthetic. As an example, look for “fish oils” when buying a vitamin A supplement. If the product’s label states “palmitate,” it is a synthetic vitamin A supplement.

Common Synthetic Vitamins to Avoid


  • Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
  • Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
  • PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
  • Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
  • Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
  • Biotin: d-Biotin
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
  • Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
  • Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate

NOTE: The “dl” form of any vitamin is synthetic.

(The above list taken from: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/synthetic-vs-natural-vitamins/)

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Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
Biotin: d-Biotin
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate

NOTE: The “dl” form of any vitamin is synthetic.

Tips and Warnings

Talk to a professional before purchasing a vitamin or mineral supplement. A health coach or nutritionist can identify a natural or synthetic vitamin supplement, & help you learn to identify them yourself. Many Health Coaches are even partners with great Supplement companies 🙂 (like ItWorks!)

It’s usually better to talk to your health coach first before taking a new vitamin supplement without.

(find out more about what vitamins do & how to get them naturally in the ‘Lets Get Focused’ section of this page up at the top)

Ultimate Loser, or Ultimate Winner? You decide

Good morning my favorite Peeps!! How are you? How is your new year coming along. Have you stuck with your resolutions? Are you eating healthier, working out more, taking care of yourself?

January 23rd & your already slipping? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone…

Because this is such a difficult time of year (it’s still cold out~ hello Arctic Freeze where’d you come from??, we’re still kinda addicted to the chocolate, carbs, sugar too)  I have decided to recruit you into my Biggest Winner Weight Loss Plan! With my help & the help of ItWorks Supplements, We are going to get you into the shape you’re dreaming of for Summer!

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Give me 3 months & I will give you your sexy back 🙂 3 Months is when you’re gonna wanna put on that swimsuit trust me! 3 months, & I’m not talking hard core stuff here 🙂

This is your Challenge. Your Call to Action. You’re Now or Never. This is that little voice on your shoulder telling you to take the plunge, to go for it. What do you have to lose (besides that extra weight & run down feeling)?

Your commitment to me:
3 months of the ItWorks Supplement plan.You have 2 Plan Choices:

Ultimate Makeover: Ultimate Pack (Vanilla)   (Chocolate)

Take your body to the ultimate level with the Ultimate Pack, which takes all the benefits of our Fit Pack and supercharges your results with the calorie-burning boost of Ultimate ThermoFit™, the fundamental daily nutrients of It’s Vital™,and It’s Essential® weight loss energy bars to transform your body inside and out.

  • Tighten, tone & firm in 45 minutes with the Ultimate Body Applicator
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins with Defining Gel
  • Cut diet-killing cravings and absorb less fat and carbs—after you’ve eaten them!—with Advanced Formula Fat Fighter
  • Get the nutritional boost of 8+ servings of fruits and veggies in every glass of Greens
  • Alkalize and energize through better pH balance within the body
  • Reshape your figure with quicker lean muscle growth
  • Be heart smart by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Feel rejuvenated and regular with improved immune and digestive system health
  • Tap into the power of hot peppers to fire up your metabolic rate and burn more calories
  • Curb appetite and cut cravings with a tasty, metabolism-boosting dark chocolate-berry snack
  • Support your overall health and wellbeing with all the vital daily vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients your body needs

Includes: 4 Ultimate Body Applicators (1 box with 4 applications), 1 Defining Gel (6.0 fl. oz), 1 Advanced Formula Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors (60 Tablets), 1 Greens (alkalizing drink powder, approximately 30 servings), 1 Ultimate ProFIT(advanced superfood nutrition – creamy vanilla flavor, approximately 30 servings), 1 Ultimate ThermoFit(60 Tablets), 1 It’s Vital (90 Tablets), It’s Essential (30 weight loss energy bars)

Or

Ultimate Makeover: Fit Pack (Vanilla)    (Chocolate)

Get all the body-refining, fat-fighting powers of the Skinny Pack plus the superior nutrition of Greens™ and Ultimate ProFIT™ to alkalize, energize, build lean muscle, and achieve your total body makeover goals.

  • Tighten, tone & firm in 45 minutes with the Ultimate Body Applicator
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins with Defining Gel
  • Cut diet-killing cravings and absorb less fat and carbs–after you’ve eaten them!–with Advanced Formula Fat Fighter
  • Get the nutritional boost of 8+ servings of fruits and veggies in every glass of Greens
  • Alkalize and energize through better pH balance within the body
  • Reshape your figure with quicker lean muscle growth
  • Be heart smart by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels*
  • Feel rejuvenated and regular with improved immune and digestive system health

Includes: 4 Ultimate Body Applicators (1 box with 4 applications), 1 Defining Gel (6.0 fl. oz), 1 Advanced Formula Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors (60 Tablets), 1 Greens (alkalizing drink powder, approximately 30 servings), 1 Ultimate ProFIT (advanced superfood nutrition – creamy vanilla flavor, approximately 30 servings)

Depending on where you’re coming from Health Wise, I would recommend starting with the Ultimate package, then re~evaluating to see if you want to go down to the Fit Pack. There are of course many extra’s you can tag onto your plan. Regular (for regular bowel movements, vital for optimal health), Relief (to help with joint aches), It’s Vital (multi~vitamins, minerals & Omega’s), New You (Stimulates natural production and release of HGH, Enhances exercise endurance, helps sleep quality and memory), Confidanza (Anti-stress (physical & mental), natural adaptogenic herbs, Improves mental focus & concentration, provides energy and reduces fatigue, restores body balance)

My Commitment to you:
My undivided attention, support, help, recipes, tips, tricks, & all the yelling & screaming you can handle! I will be here 24 hours a day. With you all the way.

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Draw?

Yes, there’s a Draw!!!! Not only can you be the Biggest Winner, but you can also Win the Draw…. (prizes to be announced shortly).

So really, what are you waiting for?

How often should we eat in a day?

How many times a day do you eat? (including snacks yes, all of them 🙂 ). Do you eat 3 square meals a day, graze all day, do you skip breakfast, eat a big dinner, crave late night snacks, what are your eating habits?

There are many schools of thought on the issue of eating (as well as how much & how often). You may have heard that eating 3 square meals a day is the best or that ‘grazing’ with smaller meals is better for you. There are so many ways to Look at it, to Calculate, to Consider. There are different Body builds, Activity Levels, BMI, Calories, Portion sizes, & more. But who’s right? Is anyone? And why?

Here’s how I see your choices…..

3 Square Meals

Eating 3 square meals a day is a great idea for many people out there. Many people think it’s kind of an ‘old school’ way of thinking about eating, (a ‘meat & potatoes’ way of thinking) but there is nothing wrong with a lot of old school thinking! Eating 3 main meals a day give people a set schedule & a set time to eat. A schedule like this would work very well for someone who’s work & life schedule is similarly set.

Breakfast & Lunches should generally be larger as that is when our bodies need Nourishment & Energy, Dinners smaller (especially if they are after 6pm). It’s not a good idea to eat 2 hours before Bedtime as your body needs it’s energy to finish digesting the food you’ve already eaten as well as Repair, Restore & Heal your body while you rest. One reason 3 Square Meals a day works so well for people is that it gives your body plenty of time to not only Digest, but Rest in-between Meals (or as your body sees it, Working by Digesting & Absorbing Nutrients). If our bodies are constantly working at Digesting foods & moving them through our system, it won’t have time to do much of anything else productive that we need done. A Major reason why this way of eating does not work for many people comes down to Serving Sizes especially the in~between meal Snacks sizes. When you have a Large meal paired with Snacks too close together (& too large), there is no time for your body to Rest!

Grazing

Grazing is a relatively newer way of thinking about eating for most people. This new way of eating can work for many different types of people. Grazing means you may never really have a ‘sit down’ meal, & you may not ever feel real hunger. Individuals with dropping blood sugars, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism may do much better eating 6~8 times a day.

The most important thing to remember when grazing is the Serving size of food eaten. These are not meals, but closer to snacks. A handful of nuts, an Apple, a Smoothie or Salad are all considered ‘meals’ here. Don’t be fooled tho, your body still needs time in between these mini~meals to digest & rest! Keep a Basic rule of thumb to be approximately 2~3 handfuls of food every 2 hours. This should be enough to keep you satisfied & topped up with Energy, but not so much that it’s hard for your body to rest.

Eating many smaller meals a day will keep your body full of fresh nutrients & energy, so you won’t experience the up & down rollercoaster of blood sugar dips & hunger pains. But it’s so important to keep serving sizes small, that is the major difference here!

And remember to keep it Healthy no matter which option you choose. Just because you aren’t eating a big sit~down meal doesn’t mean you can munch on Cookies or Sweets all day, & if you are sticking with 3 meals a day, don’t continue to snack in between!

How do you feel most comfortable eating? What do you find yourself leaning towards more? Do your choices change with moods, meals or the seasons?