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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer meals, healthy and taste GREAT~!

I love to make healthy burger type patties. I always start with the leanest of meats I can find. Turkey, Chicken or Extra lean ground beef.

Because these lean meats have less fat, they are lacking in flavour. So you NEED to add a ton of spice, and grated veggies and beans to add moisture without fat. I will grate carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and add spices like hot sauce, curry, cumin, TONS of garlic, pepper, anything and everything. The more the better.  You want lots of flavour.

The funny thing is...My KIDS get excited when I am making Mom's Healthy Burgers! They prefer them over the fast food joints.

Here are a few dishes I create after I make a bunch of them.

Put down a bed of peppery arugula, sliced tomatoes, goats cheese and drizzle with whatever you like. I seem to really like balsamic vinegar. I use it all the time.  Throw in a sprig of rosemary to make it pretty if you'd like.

I was having a great day, did an amazing HARD CORE work-out, and wanted to treat myself to a  nice lunch.

SO I made this with my left over burgers.

I sauteed spinach in garlic, made a bed of that on the plate, then sauteed portabello sliced mushrooms in white wine, ( I didn't use ANY oil in this)  Next I re-heated my veggie, lean burger, added a few sundried tomatoes ( in water, not oil), light goats cheese, a few sliced almonds and couple of croutons for crunch. I drizzled with a truffle infused balsamic vinegar I found at the grocery store.

THIS was my LUNCH.  All to myself! SOOO good.  Probably under 400 calories too!

That night, Marshall was craving burgers, as he just had a long teen weight training program at our local Y. So proud of him.
I added a bit more to his, as the kid is a growing boy!  I wrapped his in bacon, and put a friend egg on top. Added a few boiled potatoes with fresh herbs, olive oil and edamame for extra protein! All on Arugula. He love it.

This is just another healthy meal that the entire family loves! I bake Tilapia in a coconut crust, no oil, no frying, just bake in a bit of white wine and top with coconut. Then chop a few fruits together, I used whatever I had. Papaya, green onions and tomatoes. Serve on top as a salsa.  The kids love roasted beets and they are one of the super foods, so we eat them all the time. Along with a fresh salad....you've got ONE HECK of a HEALTHY meal!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Great Night of Greek Eats and WONDERFUL friends!

A fabulous meal....Pictures explain it all!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dinner Party Planning TIME! YAY!

I love having Dinner Parties with friends that appreciate and love food as much as I do. 

So I am planning another one with the same friends I had over in the winter and did that long 80 course meal or something like that! ha!  Joking, but it had quite a few courses and I loved every minute of it, minus leaving the pasta in the oven for too long! dang!  oops!

This time I am doing something far more casual, as it is SUMMER!  the weather has been great, the Bay is BLUE, and I have been thinking about our visit in Greece a lot.  I LOVE Greece, and LOVE Greek food, so a GREEK theme it is. Now I have to reminisce our trip....For our 10th Wedding Anniversary...

One of the hotels we stayed at

The only way to get from Sea Level to the top of the city.

our Hotel

So this is the menu plan!  YES! So excited.

I need to go shopping and get some blue fabrics for the table. I want to capture the " feel" of Greece.  Next I am downloading some Greek Dinner Music from itunes...quick and easy.  The table will need bright pink flowers...white dishes, and lots of fresh food.
Stuffed Grape Leaves ( might have to purchase as we can't find the right grape leaves around here)
 Flaming Saganaki
More cheese!  Grilled Halloumi cheese from a great blog I found...foodytwoshoes.com.  If you haven't tried this cheese?? You are seriously missing out in life.  It doesn't melt....it just gets warm, salty and OUT of this world YUMMY!  Great to grill.

 Pork Souvlaki...with lemon

 I have learned how to make home made Pita Breads..so will do that for sure.

 and finish off with Baklava for dessert....picture from the delicious life.

and of course...OUZO!  the Greek "water"! that can get you into plenty of trouble! ha!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Total Gym Gravity Machines

Me and a bunch of other Trainers just spent the entire week-end in the Gym during this GORGEOUS HOT WEATHER ( I might add) to learn how to operate and teach on Gravity Machines.  Yup!  8am- 5pm non-stop. The Instructor was intense and only stopped for a break to pump her milk, as she just gave birth as well!  Talk about dedication.

SO the group of us LIVED on these machines for basically 18 hrs!  However, now we are ALL Gravity Certified to train clients on, or instruct group classes at ourY.

I can't say enough about these machines. If you could only purchase ONE thing for a Home Gym? THIS is the ONE!  Amazing.  An incredible all over body work-out in a fraction of the time. It hits EVERY SINGLE muscle you have....yet designed for all levels of Fitness.  Post Rehab- to Elite Athletes.

Legs, Arms, Core, Back, and you can even add Pylometrics for more cardio.  It does it all!


The Total Gym gts, sets the standard for fitness excellence.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Holiday FOODIE pictures

Alan and I- on holidays!  What a great week!

Nice backyard eh? ugh.  I will discuss that on another post.  My hubby took a picture of me on our way to our Charity Casino Party that we put in. We raised over $1000 for the FOOD Bank!  It was so much fun!  I am mad that we didn't get a couple picture as he was wearing his Tuxedo that night too.

Why not try making a Rainbow Cake?

It was a bit of work, for the quality of the cake in the end, but it sure looked cute!

Raclette night- We ARE on holidays! Eating well.....so yummy!

We went to some friends for dinner, so I brought this bread.  Basically white bread then I shaped it and stuffed it with crispy pancetta, tomatoes, garlic butter, cherry tomato's and lots of swiss cheese.....garnished with my fresh basil.

I also baked a gorgeous 3 layer Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese icing, but I didn't get a picture. Oh darn! It was delish, and my hubby is still mad that we didn't bring any of it back home with us.

AND, because I like to be a gracious guest, I made them some cinnamon/raisin/nut bread with maple syrup butter for their breakfast the next morning...

After a fun day playing in Collingwood and Blue Mountain, we came home and made yummy pizza!  I love the peppery arugula, blue cheese, mushrooms, pineapple and LOTS of buffalo mozzarella on mine.

Then back to Monday. The party is over.....but that is good, or I'd be huge!  Time to get back to healthy eats.  Last night I had this yummy meal. A bed of arugula on the plate with grilled veggies ( zucchini/mushrooms and cherry tomatoes) pine nuts, goats cheese and grilled chicken. All drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

and since my honey couldn't eat it last night, as he had lacrosse, I  made us this for our little fancy date lunch today.  So pretty. I added some quiona and sliced apple to the salad, served with a fine selection of French Cheeses that we bought on Sunday at one of my favourite stores.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Oxygen Women's Fitness | Nutrition | Energy Muffins

Oxygen Women's Fitness | Nutrition | Energy Muffins

Energy Muffins

Recipe by: Amber Newton, Oxygen reader; Photography by: Maya Visnyei


  • 2 cups egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups oats or 1 cup instant oatmeal or 1½ cups quick oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup 1% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup whey protein powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 25 almonds
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp or pinch of salt
  • 1 cup strawberries (see below for variations)


Pre-heat oven to 350˚F. Pour ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Mix in fruit by hand, if desired, or include in the blender. Pour into regular-sized stick-free muffin cups. Cook until toothpick comes out clean (about 40 minutes).

Nutrients per muffin (Makes 16 muffins):

Calories: 120, Total Fat: 2 g, Sat. Fat: 0 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 125 mg, Total Carbs: 17 g, Dietary Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 3 g; Protein: 9 g; Iron: 1.20 mg

For Chocolate Banana muffins:
Substitute ½ cup sliced banana for the strawberries. Add 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder. Use chocolate flavored whey protein powder. Add ½ to 1 tsp banana extract for extra banana flavor.

For Blueberry muffins:
Substitute 1 cup blueberries for the strawberries and 222 g unsweetened blueberry applesauce for the regular unsweetened applesauce.

For Apple Cinnamon muffins:
Substitute 2/3 cup diced apple for the strawberries. Add cinnamon.

For Raspberry muffins:
Substitute 2/3 cup raspberries for strawberries and 222 g country berry unsweetened applesauce for the regular unsweetened applesauce.

For Peach muffins:
Substitute 1 cup diced peaches for strawberries and 222 g mango-peach unsweetened applesauce for the regular unsweetened applesauce.