Archive | February 2015

Shangri-la Smoothie

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Transport your tastebuds to Shangri-la with this refreshing smoothie.  Paradise is a sip away!

apple

  • 1/2 Papaya, peeled and pitted
  • 1 large apple
  • 8 dried apricot halves

apricots

Soak apricots overnight (or for 8 hours) in 1 cup of water, drain when time is up.  Place apricots in blender.

Meanwhile, juice apple and papaya in juicer.  Combine with apricots.  Blend for 1 minute on medium speed. Enjoy!

Relax, Refresh, Reboot!

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Wow wee!  I woke up this morning with a major head cold.  My sinuses are inflamed and I’m sneezing like crazy.  To boot, it’s freezing outside and it’s snowing!!  What a great way to wake up on a Saturday! Oy!

In spite of how I am feeling, and how terribly cold and snowy it is outside, I am rather mellow.  I’m sitting in a big comfy chair with a box of kleenex by my side.  I’m sipping cups of ginger tea with honey and am looking forward to a warm bowl of soup for lunch.  It’s going to be one of those days of resting and recouping.

In our fast paced world it’s hard to sit still.  Deadlines need to be made, houses need cleaned, clothes need washed, groceries need bought, children need meals and attended to.   Paperwork needs sorted, phone calls need answered, schedules need to be followed. On and on the list goes.

The mind and body are in a constant swirl of activity and it’s hard to just take “time out”.  If we’re not in a constant state of busy, we can feel guilty about resting or even think we are being lazy.  When we have a cold, I believe this is our body crying out for some rest.  It needs time to play catch up and heal. It needs time to recover and rid itself of the virus invading the body.

Why then should we put so much pressure on ourselves? When was the last time you turned your cellphone off and unplugged from the world around you?  When was the last time you relaxed, and I mean really relaxed?  I know some meditate, some pray, some do yoga or go to the spa but when was the last time your mind and body were in complete rest.

Rest means to “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength”.  

One can be in a physical state of rest, but their mind is going a mile a minute.  When was the last time you felt tranquil, serene, relaxed, calm, placid?

Me time

If it’s been a long time since you’ve been in that state of serenity, then you deserve to give yourself permission to do so. Some people call this a “time out” or “me time”.  It doesn’t have to be long, but it should be something that becomes part of your lifestyle as well.  Feeling stressed out, anxious just leads to being short-tempered, irritable, unfocused, and erratic.

Whether you’re feeling under the weather like me, or just stressed by the demands of life.  Remember you owe it to yourself to take care of you.  Incorporating some deep breathing exercises may help calm your mind and relax you.

As I type this, my husband is in the kitchen working hard.  He’s unloaded the dishwasher, reloaded it, washed the pots and now is scrubbing the kitchen sinks.  I feel grateful for his kindness and helping hand, and no I don’t feel guilty.  (even though I felt the urge to rush in and take over, but I stopped myself. You see it’s an ongoing choice we need to make for our own benefit) This in turn will enhance our relations with others as we will be able to cope better and not be short-tempered or irritable.

Go ahead!  Take some “me time”!  Rest, Refresh and Reboot your body!

Rainbow Veggie Bake

This is a nice recipe to serve as a main meal or as a side dish with your choice of meat.

Rainbow Veggie Bake:

  • 7 cups of, uncooked, chopped or sliced vegetables of your choice.  (Some options are  squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, carrots,  turnip, potato, yellow or green beans, cauliflower).
  • 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes (can substitute with canned tomatoes)
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 2 Tbsp. of light tasting olive oil.
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tsp. dried basil leaves.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Rub oil on the inside of baking dish or roasting pan.

2. Toss veggies, tomatoes, onions, green bell pepper, olive oil, garlic and basil leaves in a large bowl.  Once veggies are coated well, transfer them to the baking dish.

3. Bake for 90 mins.

Serve and enjoy!

A Liebster Award

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What a pleasant surprise I got, this morning, when I went onto my computer!

Nina over at http://healingwithfoodblog.com/2015/02/16/a-liebster-award/ nominated my blog for a Liebster award.  I am, both, flattered and honored, that she would choose healthyglowchic to be one of her nominees.    A big THANKYOU is sent her way.  I would encourage you to head over to Nina’s gluten and dairy free blog and check it out.  She has a myriad of recipes from Fluffy Watermelon Ice to Sago Pudding with Lychee & Pineapple.

These are the Official Rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  • Thank the person that nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions about yourself provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide eleven random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate five to eleven blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  • Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • Inform the bloggers that you nominated, that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

Here are the 11 questions that Nina asked me:

1. Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog to share my experiences, with others, as I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to share information that may be beneficial for others.  I think this is a great avenue to meet like-minded people who have similar interests and challenges.  This blog keeps me focused and accountable. It also allows me to get support and give support to others who are striving to live a healthy life.

2. What’s one thing that always makes you smile?

I think, hands down, that would have to be my FAMILY.  I love my husband and children.  My lips curl upwards to form a massive smile when I see, hear or think about them.

3. How many places have you lived? 

I have lived in 3 different homes, but the same area my whole life.  Boring right?  Actually, I love living in Canada and prefer to travel.  I’ve travelled to England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Bahamas, Playa del Carmen, Florida, Las Vegas, California, Virginia, Michigan, and even Banff Alberta.

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

“We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing.” (Henry Cloud)

5. What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is too short!

6. What things are you passionate about?

I am passionate about health and fitness.  I am passionate about outdoor biking.   I am passionate about my faith and volunteering in my local church.

7. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet?

I’ve always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride, but haven’t.  I think it would be such an exhilarating experience; perhaps one day I will get the chance to do it.

8. What’s your favourite way to relax?

My favorite way to relax would be on a beach, under an umbrella, soaking up the sun and listening to the waves roll in.  However, that is only available to me for a portion of the year.  The other favorite way to relax is in a big comfy chair, by the fireplace, listening to some music playing softly in the background.

9. Where is your dream holiday destination?

Italy!

10. Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Lisa Whelchel.  She recently starred in the reality tv show “Survivor” and was a star on “The Facts of Life” in the 80’s.

11. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

I would have to say the most unusual food I have eaten is Buffalo.  I had buffalo meat while I was in Alberta and quite liked it.

11 Random Facts about Me: 

  1. I enjoy decorating.
  2. I am a vocalist.
  3. I have never gone downhill skiing.
  4. I love history and science.
  5. I can body surf. (I know eh?)
  6. I cut my own hair (gasp).
  7. I love browsing around antique/thrift shops.
  8. I’ve sailed in a glass bottom boat to view beautiful tropical fish.
  9. I had a Quad pregnancy.
  10. I enjoy photography.
  11. I have two older sisters and no brothers.

The blogs I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award are:

Celebrating Sunshine

Lorie Shaefer

Marpay Fitness

365daysofunstoppablejoy

Fuchsia Outbursts

My questions for the nominees are, as follows:

  1. What inspires you in life?
  2. What is your favorite song?
  3. If you could save only one book from a burning library what would it be?
  4. Where is the most exotic place you have visited?
  5. Who would play you in a movie?
  6. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
  7. What’s your favorite exercise?
  8. How many times a week do you exercise?
  9. What is the most unusual food you have eaten?
  10. Do you have a goal you want to achieve in 2015?
  11. What one character in history do you admire?

Happy Family Day!

FAMILY

Family is,
heaven sent from our father above,
bonded by the power of love.
No matter what family has each others back,
when push comes to shove.

Family is,
understanding, never demanding,
all for one and one for all,
I will never leave you alone standing.

Family is,
one in itself, my love is your love,
your pain is my pain, my wealth is your wealth,
I promise to never leave you by yourself.

Family is,
the strongest team, the strongest unit;
if love could be visualized,
family would be the blue print.

Family is,
forgiveness and patience,
it’s sweeter than the sweetest fragrance,
the power of family is a reflection of Gods compassion and magnificence.

Family is,
never turning our back, and never shames,
lend my helping hand and not a finger pointing the blame.

No matter what a family bond can never be broken,
even through a nuclear explosion,
if one of us lives we all live.
Forever to eternity, we are family.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope your day is filled with love, joy and happiness.  Today is a day to count your blessings, and spend time with your significant other, family, and/or friends.  It’s a day to spread a little love around and even give a little love to yourself.  Wishing you all a blessed day!

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Sensational Salad with Rose petals

 rose petal salad

Roses are red, and lovely to view. Why not pull a few petals and enjoy a good chew?

Edible flowers are wonderful adornments to your food.  They can add beauty, and flavor to your dish.  You can sprinkle edible flowers onto salad, make tea from them, or freeze them in water to make fancy ice cubes; then serve them in cold drinks.  You can make jellies, jams, or even use them as a garnish with dessert.

It’s important that the flowers are organic and free from pesticides.  If you don’t grow your own roses, you can seek out an eco-floral shop to purchase them.  Remember to rinse them gently under cold water before use.

Here is a simple salad accented with rose petals.  Red of course, for Valentines.

Garden Pea and Rose Petal Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

*1 handful of green leaf lettuce

*1 handful of red leaf lettuce

*1 handful of purple pak choi

*1 handful of spinach

*1 handful of basil

*10-15 fresh peas

*rose petals

*1 tablespoon organic, plain yogurt

*1 tablespoon olive oil

*2 teaspoons honey

*1 garlic clove, minced

Directions:

  1. Clean all of your greens very well and tear them into bite-sized pieces.
  1. Chop up the basil and slice the peas.
  1. in a medium bowl, mix together the greens, the basil and the sliced peas. Toss in a few rose petals, too, but keep most of them for garnish.
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, the olive oil, the honey and the garlic. Pour over the salad and toss well. Garnish with the rest of the rose petals.

*Quick Tip:  If you are rushed for time, purchase a container of mixed salad greens at your local grocery store for the base of your salad, and then add the other ingredients as listed.

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