WELLNESS

Guilt Free Popsicles!!

Summer is here and the heat is ON!! Why not eat popsicles!? Here are a few recipes that are superfood packed,healthy,hydrating and guilt free!! Some of these delicious recipes really put a spin on a classic summer dessert!!


INGREDIENTS:

Sweet and Salty!

1 1/2 cups of celery juice (10 stocks)
1 1/2 simple syrup
10 fresh basil leaves
3/4 teaspoon of salt

Mix and blend all ingredients together into a juice mixture. Pour in popsicle molds and freeze for 7 to 10 hrs


Lemonade and Cucumber Spa Popsicle 

INGREDIENTS:
1 Seedless cucumber 
1 fresh squeezed lemon without seedless
2 cups of cold water
Honey to sweeten optional*

Blend and place into Popsicle molds,freeze overnight and serve!
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons truvia baking blend separated (or another sweetener)*
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons honey separated
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen raspberries
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Instructions
  1. Place the truvia baking blend in a food processor and process for 1-2 minutes or until a very fine grain. Set aside.
  2. Combine the coconut milk with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon of the truvia. Stir together and then remove 1/3 of the can from the rest.
  3. In a blender, combine the rest of the coconut milk mixture, the frozen raspberries, remaining 2 tablespoons honey, remaining 1 tablespoon of truvia, the large banana, lime zest, and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the reserved 1/3 of the coconut mixture evenly among 7-8 popsicles. Freeze for 10-15 minutes. Pour the raspberry mixture evenly on top of the coconut mixture. Freeze for another 15 minutes and then add in the popsicle sticks.
  5. Freeze overnight or until solid.
  6. When ready to enjoy a popsicle, place the mold under warm water for about 15 seconds and the popsicle should come right out.
  7. Enjoy immediately.

Saturday Market RELAUNCH!!!!

We're super excited to announce that we will be BACK at the Terra Vista Town Center to revamp & RELAUNCH the Saturday Market. Hope to see you all there this coming Saturday! 


Summer Has Begun!!!



Summer 2017 begins tomorrow!!! Kick off this years summer concert in the park series at the Ontario Town Square with us! Tomorrow from 5-9pm! Fresh produce,live music and tons of local eats to try!! Fun starts tomorrow evening,bring the whole family!! 

May is for Mental Health!

The month of May is now a nationally recognized awareness month for Mental Health! Our minds are so important and key to our health! Our mental health influences how we think,feel and behave in our daily life it also effects out ability to handle stress. To keep ourselves in balanced and in tune with how we think and feel,let's take some time and apply these tips to boost our mental well being!



1.Make social connections! Especially face to face! We are all human with emotions,making time to connect and spend time with people is important. The excitement of making a connection with a new friend or venting/laughing with a trusted friend keeps our minds in tune with what we're feeling.

2.Staying Active! Keeping active is not just beneficial for our bodies but necessary for keeping our minds health and sharp.

3. Keep Stress Levels in Check! Take up a relaxation practice or zone in on your senses,aromatherapy is always a great way to relax. Or cue up your favorite song! Make time for fun and leisure,call up that friend and check out a comedy show!

4.Eat a Brain Healthy Diet! By avoiding foods like caffeine,alcohol,fried foods,sugary snack ans refined carbs like white rice and opt for foods that boost better moods such as avocados,black beans,leafy greens and fresh fruits!!

5.Sleep Sleep Sleep! Getting at least 7-9 hrs of sleep sounds impossible to us sometimes but it is a must!! Skipping a few hours here and there can really take a toll on our moods,mind and bodies! If anxiety or worries cloud your thoughts when its time to go to bed,try looking up ways or seek help/classes that deal with worrying.


There are truly so many ways we can improve our lives daily that are simple and not costly! Self care is the cheapest form of health care we have,let's stay focused on the positive and pay attention to when we need to help. There should never be a stigma attached to wanting to better our mental health!

Healthy,Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes!

At work or just on the go,eating healthy sometimes can seem time consuming,after looking up ways to cut the cooking time in half or healthy meals on the go,I kept seeing a reoccurring solution...a crock pot/slow cooker! I used to think it was only for family recipe meatloaf and meatballs,turns out the possibilities are endless!! Check out this amazing and healthy recipe made while I was out running errands for the day!


                                                                 Slow Cooker Chili!
Ingredients:

                  
1 tablespoonolive oil (or oil from sundried tomatoes or
roasted peppers)
1 tablespoon
90gonion, diced3/4 cup
3 clovesgarlic, finely chopped3 cloves
1 teaspooncumin seeds, toasted & lightly crushed*1 teaspoon
1 teaspoonmild paprika1 teaspoon
1 teaspoonsugar1 teaspoon
3/4 teaspoonoregano3/4 teaspoon
3/4 teaspoonsalt, or to taste3/4 teaspoon
1/2 teaspooncoarsely ground peppercorns1/2 teaspoon
1/8 teaspooncayenne, or to taste1/8 teaspoon
400g tinchopped tomatoes14 oz can
400g tinkidney beans, drained & rinsed14 oz can
(or 1-1/2 cups of cooked kidney beans)
90groasted red pepper, diced3/4 cup
45gdry TVP granules,meat or meat substitute   1/2 cup
2 tablespoonslentils2 tablespoons
375mlwater1-1/2 cups
Toppings of choice: sour cream, spring onions,
shredded  cheese, fresh cilantro,
chopped fresh tomato, etc


Instructions:
1. Saute onion in oil for 5 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and continue to saute for another minute.
2. Add toasted & crushed cumin seeds, paprika, sugar, oregano, salt, pepper and cayenne and mix well. Turn off heat.
3. In slow cooker, combine tomatoes, drained & rinsed kidney beans, roasted red pepper, TVP, lentils, water and sauteed onion mixture.
4. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
Makes four servings.

Life Hacks to Improve Our Health!

We all can agree life as we know it,can be crazy and stressful,we sometimes wish things were a little easier at times. Why not apply a few of these life hacks to improve our health! The things we can help and improve in our daily routine will help us make big changes in our lives!



1. Early Riser (well by just a few minutes) Setting the alarm clock 5 to 10 minutes earlier does a world of wonder for the rest of your day,not feeling rushed starts our day off on a calm foot. Rather than jumping head first into the day,take a deep breathe to mentally prepare!

2. Keep Moving! Staying on our feet will keep the circulation going throughout our body and keeps the oxygen flowing to our brain making us less sleepy throughout the day! Walking might not seem like a big deal but the results add up and make a significant difference in our day,if possible get a standing desk to work from!

3.Take Vitamins and Honey! Vitamin B,B12,B6 and Vitamin C really help with staying healthy and if allergies are getting you down during the spring time,eat some local honey! Honey soothes the allergies and in time helps to become less sensitive to the allergens around us!

4.Breakfast IS the most important meal of the Day! Planning a healthy breakfast usually helps keep us on track throughout the rest of the day. When we start our day off with nothing or something not so healthy we tend to give into instant cravings,aka sugar!

5.Getting Those Greens In! Eating greens will improve skin,health and mood! Keeps energy levels up and keeps our acidic levels down! Pile them on!

6.Be Mindful! Even our thoughts have an impact on our day,if we adopt a way of thinking that is uplifting to ourselves,it can be a pep talk or a few throughout the day or just a positive image of future self can really keep us focused on the present goals and tasks at hand! Also taking quiet time to reflect and filter out the positive and negative thoughts is a must!

7. Power Nap! Whenever possible take 15 to 20 min naps,most times we wont fall into a deep sleep but just stopping,closing our eyes can help us have more clarity!

8.Meal Planning! Being prepared to take on the day really alleviate the daily decision making of "do I eat out or eat healthy."

9. Sleeeeep!! Make sleep a priority! Keeping a clear mind will have us sharp when we need to make quick decisions in our day!

10. Hydrate! Let's keep our skin glowing,our organs moving,our appetites down and mind functioning with WATER!! Adding an extra glass of water to our 8 glasses will really keep us going in the warm days!!

Let's keep the want for better health at the front focus and continue improving ourselves!!

Hydrating Food that Tastes Good!

With the hot and sunny days ahead,hydration will be key to get us on track and keep us motivated with our health! Instead of the idea of depriving,let's eat our way to health! haha adding plenty of water/hydrating foods that are also filling will keep our energy up and appetites satisfied and most importantly healthy!! Check out this amazing and inexpensive Avocado,Jicama and Cucumber salad that looks very gourmet!

Ingredients

  • 2 C Cucumber about two medium
  • 2 C Jicama about 1/4 of a small jicama
  • Fist-full of Cilantro chopped
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Smoky Paprika 
  • 1/8 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Avocados





Instructions

  1. To prep the cucumber, leave the skin on if using an organic cucumber, otherwise peel the skin and discard. Slice the cucumber lengthwise, down the middle and scrape out the seeds (save these seeds and juice for a smoothie). Peel the cucumber with a vegetable peeler. Cut into short strips and place in a large mixing bowl. Peel the jicama with a large knife and julienne the Jicama. Alternatively, cut the cucumber and jicama into small cubes. Place into the bowl with the cucumbers.
  2. Mix the cucumber, jicama, cilantro(optional), lime juice, salt, paprika and chili powder together. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Just prior to serving, slice one avocado into bite size pieces and gently toss in the salad. Use the second avocado for garnish, slicing the avocado into long thin pieces or add more bite size pieces, if desired. Garnish with more cilantro.
  3. Store for up to two days in a covered container in the refrigerator.
                                                Serve and Enjoy!!