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Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Smoothies offer a quick and convenient way to boost nutritional intake, whether you include them as part of breakfast-to-go, or a sport recovery shake. I'm crazy for pumpkin, but I don't want to settle for the artificial, pumpkin-spiced flavours that so many food chains use. I prefer to indulge in the pumpkin flavours that we now identify with the Fall season, while benefiting from the powerhouse nutrients in REAL pumpkin! This smoothie is loaded with beta carotene, potassium, calcium, folate, B12, and protein. Everything you need to start the day or recover from a workout.   Ingredients: 1/2 cup frozen banana pieces 1/2 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin puree 1/2 cup plain yogurt 3/4 cup organic 1% milk 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground 1/8...

Baggin' It... Weekday Lunches

Summer is winding down and families are back to the grind of school, work, and extra-curricular activities. Fall is right around the corner and welcoming a new season seems like a good time to start fresh and get back into healthful habits. When life gets hectic and time becomes strapped, one thing we can and SHOULD continue to prioritize is a lunch (with snacks) from home, most days of the week. I don't just mean for the kids either. We are inundated with access to food, and not always the healthiest of options. Foods available outside the home - whether at a restaurant, drive-thru, cafe, vending machine or cafeteria - seem to consistently suffer from portion distortion, excess sodium, saturated fat, or sugar. Yes, it is possible to find healthful...

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This salad makes a beautiful side dish for any family or pot-luck meal. When it comes to family meals, it is important to get the kids involved in meal preparation. This can help to increase their palate for new foods, build skills in the kitchen, and promote a healthy relationship with food. Your family can build-your-own pasta salad and the kids can participate in choosing the type of pasta, vegetables, or cheese they would like with it. This is my favourite version...   Ingredients: 250 grams spiral pasta (~5 cups cooked) - I prefer a whole grain, organic Italian pasta called 'Bella Italia' 1/4 of a red onion, chopped 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half 1/2 cup cucumber, diced 1/2 large yellow pepper, diced 1/4 cup light feta...

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