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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Reviewing 2013 on the first day of 2014

Happy New Year to all of you! 

Today is the first day of a brand new year. In order to make the most of the year ahead, I would like to review 2013 so that you and I can both see where we have been and where we are going in 2014!

 

Life is an adventure and to make the most of it, fitness and health is important.

Last year we started off with a 30 Day Challenge where participants from all over the globe joined together to encourage one another and take 30 days to replace one thing in their diet with a healthier alternative. I was blown away by the enthusiasm and results generated by the challenge. As a result we took the challenges all the way to July, thirty days at a time.

First recipe of the year was the Quinoa and Vegetable Soup. 
Quinoa Blueberry Nut Breakfast was a hit for those frosty winter mornings.  For all those turkey leftovers I posted a Vegetable Turkey Coconut Curry recipe



Coconut Curry Turkey Soup was a hit too. For those who needed a sweet fix without a sugar overload I developed a Sugar Free Apple Crisp.

We talked about Memory Cravings and discussed what it means to cultivate compassion. We enjoyed Coconut Black Bean Brownies, We looked at ways to eat well on a budget and exposed 5 food myths.


We experimented with adding sweetness to dishes by adding pear in the Tamari Beef Stir Fry.

2013 brought us some wonderful Guest Bloggers such as Dr. Yasmin Kelton, Allison Jorgens and  we were inspired by the 3 Piece Snack inserts. 


We did not leave out the kids, there was a kid approved pound cake recipe posted. Don't tell the kids it was sugar free!

For those who like a little zing and spice, I posted the Spicy Quinoa with Curried Mango and Cabbage recipe.


 I admit it, I went through a little bit of a pumpkin phase, with smoothies, hummus and breakfast recipes posted. 

I discovered the wonderful novel Invisible by Ginny L. Ytrrup and shared it all with you! I hope that you got to read it.



One discovery was a decadent recipe with a secret ingredient which was healthy and delicious! Don't tell your family what the secret ingredient is, they will never know! 



We concluded the year's 30 Day Challenges in July and took the rest of the summer off, life got busy and before you knew it, it was Christmas! Where did the months go?

As it got colder I developed a vegan Potato and Leek Recipe which was filling and easy to make. 

There were many more recipes posted for your enjoyment! Toronto weathered an ice storm and we all come through it. I am so grateful for a wonderful year and for each of you! You have enriched my life!

Thank you to all of you for a wonderful year and I look forward to what 2014 will bring! 

Here's to healthy choices and lifestyles! 


I wish you all the best for 2014~!

Stay Healthy 

Stay Happy



From Melony Teague 

and 

Fitness Training For Life and Adventures!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Easy and filling Leek and Potato Soup




Leek and Potato Soup 

This is my own recipe

VEGAN

This soup is both hearty and delicious.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp
coconut oil
4 Leeks, sliced
6 - 8 potatoes, (peeled)
parsley,
Black pepper
Vegetable broth (1 Litre)
Coconut milk (also about 1 litre)
Coarse salt to taste
Onion powder
2 cups of water or more if you like it thinner

It's easy to make, just cook leeks in coconut oil till soft, add the rest of the ingredients and cook till soft, then puree and season to taste. I added the coconut milk at the end.



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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Pumpkin Time Again

October is here and since the leaves are starting to turn their autumn shades and fall gracefully to the ground, that's when I start looking forward to all things PUMPKIN!



There are a few things you may not think to pair up with Pumpkin. Like Cheese for example.
Another way to enhance the flavour is to add sea salt, pepper and butter. Delicious, it is a saltier take on the sweet version. Don't overdo the salt though or the butter.

This morning I had this recipe land in my INBOX :
Soft Pumpkin Cookies.  Give them a try.

Below is the Pumpkin cheese bread I came up with. ENJOY! It is melt in your mouth good!





Pumpkin is high in fiber and vitamin A! Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, a cup of Pumpkin yields 245% Vitamin A, so don't overdo it if you are pregnant. A cup of pumpkin also yields 19% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium and 8% Iron based on the same diet.

The Pumpkin bread recipe above has NO SUGAR added to it! But believe me, it's delicious!

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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding or Breakfast




Comforting and fragrant....

This Brown Bismati rice pudding is a winner. It is gluten free and the raisins add iron to the meal. I make mine dairy free by adding a can of coconut milk. Be sure to look at the ingredients on the label, don't buy the cans with additives and gum in them.





RECIPE

 

Brown Bismati Coconut Rice Pudding 

(Rice Cooker method)

Ingredients:

1 can Coconut milk (NOT LOW FAT)
1/4 cup sultana raisins
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 - 3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup white Bismati rice
1/2 cup brown Bismati rice (* if you have allergies make sure it is gluten free and that there is no cross contamination)
1/2 cup water
lemon zest

Method:

  1. Rinse the rice very well, at least 4 times in cold water and place in rice cooker
  2. add spices
  3. Open can of coconut milk and scoop off 1/3 cup of the "cream" and set aside. Pour the rest of the cream and coconut milk into the rice cooker and stir to combine with rice.
  4. Add lemon zest, maple syrup and raisins, stir to combine.
  5. Turn on your rice cooker and let it cook.
  6. Once it is done add in the coconut cream that you set aside to make the rice pudding nice and creamy.
  7. Serve warm with heated rice milk and whole raw almonds for breakfast or chill to serve as pudding. (1 cup per portion for breakfast.) 

ENJOY!

By Melony Teague


  

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Monday, 8 July 2013

One week of the challenge already past






Today is the 8th Day of the Summer 30 Day Challenge and so far so good. Some have already used up their "get out of jail" cards, but for the most part participants are on track. The first week is always the hardest because you have to learn to think differently. It is easy to "let slip" and  realize after you have taken a bite of whatever it is that you have chosen to replace just because you are in still in the "old habit" mode. It happens and you can't beat yourself up about it, at least you realized and didn't just go ahead and eat the forbidden thing intentionally! Remember, it is about progress not perfection.

Participants have been reporting their daily activity to me and are doing well. Most are going way over their minimum 15 minutes a day (for 5 days in a week) requirement.


Here is Elizabeth's Landmark photo as well as one from Debra. Kristin from Michigan has been doing gardening and sent along a photo for us! Also, photos of the "Girl's Night Out" pics are coming in too! Thank you ladies.






Tea and Vietnamese food in Portland Oregon with 2 of my favorite 
girls!


HERE ARE SOME LINKS THAT YOU MAY FIND USEFUL:



  

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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Landmark shots



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Sheila in Cape Town sent in her landmark photo.



She has already done her first homework assignment. 
Here is the pic.


"We had a pub lunch and a light beer, before heading off down the Peninsula to Steenberg Winery for wine-tasting - a very Cape Town touristy day. My lunch was healthy - stir fry veg with small rare steak and an egg - theirs?? another matter - pie and chips!" - Sheila


Anna in Australia had a rest day. This is her idea of a rest day:
"Rest today, but went for a long walk along the (surf)
beach with the wind blowing in my hair. The sea air
was invigorating and we climbed a vantage point,
Elephant Rock with spectacular views. For a winter
day, we reached a sunny 70 degrees." - Anna
As for me, we went for a family Canoe around the Lake.


Friday, 5 July 2013

Girl's Night Out


One contributing factor that helps participants achieve success on their 30 Day Challenges is accountability and support. For this challenge I have introduced something different and it is going to be fun. You can do it too and let me know how it went. I have included some links below for you to check out.

PLAN YOUR
Girl's Night Out


Pick one night to go out with some BFF's with healthy snacks and chats.
Share with your friends your victories so far on the challenge and ask them to support you through it.

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!

Here are some ideas for your
Girl's Night Out
  1. Supply the snacks and invite your friends on a picnic. Take healthy snacks, lemon water and a little note to tell each person what they mean to you. No cake needed, when friendship fills the heart. 
  2. Meet at your favourite coffee shop and order a Peppermint tea or Rooibos tea. Share your story with your friends and ask them to support you. 
  3. Ask each person to prepare one hilariously funny story to share with the those gathered.
 A few words of caution:
Try to avoid decaff coffee since typically the caffeine is removed chemically. Check out the methods of decaffienation discussed here.
Green tea can be acidic, so watch your intake if you are trying to avoid too much acidity in your body.
If you have to have Soy milk, Choose Organic Soy milk if at all possible. 
I prefer to have half and half...since I only have one cup a day! ( According to "The Plan" by Lyn Genet - it is less reactive and less likely to cause weight gain. 
 

 Submit your photo to me to post with a few words.