Very Berry Pomegranate Smoothie

Picky Eaters Beware - This Smoothie Will Leave You Craving More!

Very Berry Pomegranate Smoothie

Very Berry Pomegranate Smoothie
I’m on a bit of a smoothie binge. Every afternoon my son and I head into the kitchen, pull together a handful of ingredients, and whip up the smoothie of the day. Last week, my son really wanted the key ingredient in our smoothies to be red pepper flakes. He could not possibly understand why I flat out refused to include them in our creations. No. Just no.
I find I really look forward to our smoothie break each day. I love that it enables my son to be more hands-on in the kitchen. It also marks the whole 20-minutes each day that my son puts aside his incessant need to be a picky eater. 
Smoothies make a great alternative for picky eaters. They are full of many essential nutrients, antioxidants, protein, and fiber - all the good things you need to keep you energized to get through the day. I love that you can sneak pretty much any ingredient into a smoothie, and for the most part you wouldn’t even notice. Well, unless you included red pepper flakes.
One of my favourite smoothies is a Very Berry Pomegranate Smoothie. This smoothie is a powerhouse of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and Vitamin C. It’s too bad I cannot master the art of deseeding the decadent winter fruit, otherwise I would make a point of making this smoothie regularly. Trust me when I say - this smoothie will leave you craving more. Heck, my son was throwing a fit after we made the smoothie because he had to wait until after I photographed our beverages to start drinking. Now that right there should tell you something!
½ of a pomegranate
½ of a banana
½ cup blueberries
½ cup raspberries
½ cup Almond Milk (Coconut Flavour)
½ cup Filtered Water
100 grams vanilla Greek yogurt
½ tbsp pure vanilla extract
 Layer all ingredients in the blender. Start first with fruit followed by yogurt and liquids.
 Blend until smooth.
 Serve and enjoy.
Are you a smoothie lover? Add this Banana Yam Smoothie to your regular smoothie rotation. 

Hearty Fiesta Chili

A Comfort Dish to Leave you Hollering 'Arriba!'

Hearty Fiesta Chili

Fiesta Chili

With the colder temperatures come the cravings. I could just live and breathe comfort food all day, everyday. It doesn't matter if it's take-out, treats from my kids Halloween stash (yes, I still have leftover Halloween candy lingering), or home cooking straight from the crock pot. I want it all. Can you blame me?

One of my all-time favourite comfort dishes is chili. Over the years, I've made many variations. In fact I'm known to make chili different every time I whip up a batch. The one thing that remains constant is that I always use the same key ingredients.

This Focaccia Bread Pairs Perfectly With Chili

This chili recipe is sure to stir up a fiesta in your mouth, and what makes it even better is that your kids will be too busy enjoying a bowl to realize it is jam-packed with veggies and protein!


Large onion, diced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
a pinch of red pepper flakes
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1 red & yellow bell pepper, diced
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
796ml can diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup tomato paste
4oz can diced green chilies
19oz can red kidney beans, drained


 In a large skillet cook, brown ground beef and cook onions and garlic until fragrant. Add chili powder, paprika, oregano, and chili flakes. Drain off excess fat (if any).

Stir in red pepper, green pepper, celery and flour. Cook 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in milk. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add tomatoes. Stir in tomato paste, beans and green chilies. Cook 10 minutes or until chili thickens.

Serve on it's own or over rice. Garnish with cheese (optional).

Pair this delicious chili with a slice of Focaccia Bread and Caesar Salad Bites to create the ultimate well-rounded meal.


Overnight No-Cook Oatmeal

Wake Up to Less Work, More Yum

Overnight No-Cook Oatmeal

Overnight No-Cook Oatmeal

Mornings are my least favourite time of day. There; I said it. It’s not that I am not a morning person. I am – most days – just don’t talk to me until after I am well caffeinated.   I am just not one for the hustle and bustle that comes with the morning. It’s always a struggle trying to nurse the baby while whipping up breakfast for the munchkins before rounding up the troops to send them off on their merry way to school. Our structure in the morning is that of a much unorganized circus act; quite literally.

Most mornings I have a habit of skipping breakfast all together. However, with a new year comes changes. I am making a pact with myself to aim to eat healthier. I owe it to myself.

5 Reasons You Need Oatmeal in Your Life

In a quest to add breakfast back into my daily morning routine, I have found myself whipping up Overnight No-Cook Oatmeal. I prepare my breakfast the night before as I am preparing the kids school lunches and dinner. Store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. The oatmeal sets overnight; ready to be devoured by morning.

My favourite part about the Overnight No-Cook Oatmeal? It offers approximately 6-8 grams of fiber in one serving. It's a meal that will leaving you feeling fuller longer, and aids in keeping those pesky sugar cravings at bay.

Did you know that many people don’t consume enough dietary fiber each day? The average adult should consume at minimum 21 grams of fiber each day. However most only consume 15 grams of fiber, if that. Kicking each morning off by enjoying a bowl of this oatmeal is one way to ensure you will be well on your way to meeting your daily requirements.


¼ cup Old-Fashioned Oats
¼ cup raspberries
¼ cup blueberries
½ cup 2% milk (you could substitute with almond or soy milk)
100 g Greek French Vanilla Yogurt
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp maple syrup
granola (optional)


 In a mason jar or container, add old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, milk and berries. Stir gently. Seal container and place in fridge overnight.

 In the morning give the container or mason jar a good stir or shake before eating.

 Top the oatmeal with more berries and a bit of granola, and enjoy.

For other great on-the-go breakfast ideas, check out these delicious Breakfast Cookies and Muffin Tin Breakfast Burritos.