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Healthy Holiday Choices

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

The holidays mean homemade goodies. Remember–moderation is key!

If you like to bake, check out these Fancy Christmas Cookies.

Did you remember? Did you test your smoke detector and change the batteries on the weekend we fell back to Standard Time?

Beginning November 1, 2014, every home in Ontario must have a carbon monoxide detector. For more information, click here.

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

Get Healthy: Alfresco Dining

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Dining alfresco is just one of the many pleasures of summertime!

Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles - additional flavours included

Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler

Check out these tips for summer food safety from Health Canada.

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

Helping Picky Kids to Get Their Fruits and Veggies

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Here are a couple of clever ways to help kids eat some fruit and veggies!

Healthy Soup For A LONG Winter!

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

A friend shared this recipe from Cleaning for a Reason‘s Facebook post.

I hope to try it soon!


Yield: 6 to 8 servings

1 large head cauliflower (at least 7″ in diameter)
olive oil for drizzling
3 medium/large peeled sweet potatoes, cut into 1″ pieces
1 sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
7 cups filtered water
few dashes garam masala (optional)
diced green onions for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F, and cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle cauliflower lightly with garam masala. Place cauliflower onto ungreased cookie sheet, and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Place in oven. Roast until golden brown on the tops and tender, but not mushy–about 20-30 minutes. There’s no need to flip them. Just remove from oven, and let cool while you cook the rest of the soup.

In large stockpot, bring sweet potato, onion, garlic and water to a boil. Salt (3/4 tsp) and stir. Reduce heat and allow to remain at a constant simmer until sweet potatoes are tender. Add in cooked cauliflower, and divide soup into 2 parts.

Let soup cool and then blend one part soup in blender until very smooth. Combine with second part soup and stir. Salt to taste, and warm up over stovetop if needed. Garnish with diced green onions before serving.

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

February is Heart Month

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

After spending a couple of days at the hospital with a friend whose husband had multiple bypasssurgery, I thought I’d remind everyone that

February is Heart Month.

How healthy is your heart?

Would you recognize the 5 warning signs if you or a loved one was having a stroke?  Stroke can be treated. That’s why it is so important to recognize and respond to the warning signs.

Learn your risk level for a stroke by taking the Heart&Stroke Risk Assessment.

To learn more about heart-related issues, check out the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s website.


It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

Recipe for Yummy Ginger Pumpkn Soup!

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

I made this Ginger Pumpkin Soup for dinner with our neighbours on New Year’s Eve.  The recipe is from GoodLife Fitness newsletter.

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

A Favourite Healthy Summer Recipe!

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

This recipe has been provided by Dawn Fletcher of Neworld Coaching.

Summer Time Watermelon Salad

An ABSOLUTELY wonderful Summer Salad!

1 whole watermelon (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 lemon (juiced and zested)
1/2c olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
handful of basil or mint (chopped)
1c feta cheese (crumbled)

Combine all ingredients in a pretty serving dish and toss gently. Serve. YUMMY!!!

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

Healthy Summer Recipes…

Posted on: July 31st, 2013 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

These recipes have been generously provided by Chef Dierre of Never Enough Thyme Catering.

Pizza Bianca
3/4 C warm water
1 T honey
1 T yeast
2 C all purpose flour
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 t salt

Handful of arugula and spinach
10 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
8 basil leaves, torn
4 oz goat cheese
2 T white balsamic vinegar
1 T extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Place warm water and honey in a small bowl; stir in the yeast. Allow to activate for approximately 5 minutes.

Pour in mixing bowl; add flour, olive oil and salt. Mix with dough hook for approximately 5 minutes. Place in oiled bowl and cover with cellophane. Allow to double in size. Divide dough in 4. Roll out on floured surface, into an oval shape. Drizzle olive oil on pizza dough and rub oil around. Place on (med heat) grill, and allow to bake through–about 4 minutes. Then flip over the dough to cook through. In a stainless steel bowl, place arugula, spinach, tomato and basil. Add balsamic and olive oil. Toss with salt and pepper. Place on top of grilled pizza dough. Add crumbled goat cheese on top. Serve with slices of grilled steak or chicken if desired. Happy grilling! 

Mackenzie’s Favourite Lemonade
In a water jug combine
5 lemons squeezed – 2 lemons sliced
Agave syrup ¼ C T or sugar 1 C to taste

First, squeeze the lemons into the water jug. Then slice the lemon into wedges. Place in the jug as well. Add ½ C of sugar or the agave syrup. Stir well and place in the sunlight for a few hours. (This is where the anticipation comes!) Pour into a chilled glass filled with ice and enjoy!

Strawberry Rhubarb with Candied Ginger Fool
3 C fresh strawberries
1 C chopped rhubarb
1 T diced candied ginger
1 C sugar
2 t fresh lemon juice
3 C whipping cream
1 t vanilla extract

Sort through berries (checking for inedible ones); wash well. Hull the berries. Place in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Over low heat, mash the berries with a spoon or potato masher. Add sugar and allow to dissolve. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add lemon juice and finely diced ginger. Allow to cool. Using a hand wand or blender, puree the fruit. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Stir in vanilla. Gently fold the berry mix into the cream; do NOT over mix. Spoon your fool into a serving dish.

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

Add a Check-up to Your To-Do List!

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

What are you doing to get or stay healthy?  When was the last time you had a complete medical checkup? If you don’t remember, add that task to your to-do list!

                 It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

APRIL was both Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease Month

Posted on: May 2nd, 2013 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

April is Daffodil Month.

Chances are you know someone who has cancer or has lost a hard-fought battle with this disease.  Congratulations if you’re a cancer survivor!

To learn more about cancer-related issues, check out the Canadian CancerSociety‘s website.

Did you know that April is also Parkinson Awareness Month?

To learn more about Parkinson’s disease, check out ParkinsonSociety Canada‘s website.


It’s never too late to make healthier choices!