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GET HEALTHY With a Yummy Lasagna Recipe!

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Try this yummy recipe for Swiss Chard Lasagna, direct from Martha Stewart!


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GET HEALTHY Soup and Salad Recipes

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments


I love the summer and fall in Southwestern Ontario because of the great variety of fresh produce we are able to enjoy. Tomatoes, corn-on-the-cob and crisp apples have always been some of my favourites.

Here are a soup and salad you can make in no time!

Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

3 tomatoes
3 cucumbers
1 onion
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix well. Let it chill for 1-2 hours. It can’t get much simpler!

Thanks to Dawn at Neworld Coaching for sharing her soup recipe.

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

1 cantaloupe – peeled, seeded and cubed
2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place cantaloupe and ½ cup orange juice in a blender or food processor and grind until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in remaining orange juice, lime juice and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.


It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

Our Favourite Chickpea Salad Recipe!

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

A friend shared this Chickpea Veggie Salad recipe from Deanna Trask’s Nutritious Living Facebook post.

I’ve made it several times, and everyone loved it!

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1 can of chickpeas – drained and rinsed
1/3 of a cucumber – chopped
1/2 of a tomato – chopped
1 pepper (I like to use 1/2 green and 1/2 red, orange or yellow pepper) – chopped
1/3 of a red onion – chopped
2 stalks of celery – chopped
1 clove of garlic (use a press)
1/4 cup of olive oil
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
1/4 – 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (to taste)

Mix together and enjoy!

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

Healthy Granola Recipe

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

Amy’s Best Ever Granola

This is easily one of my most favourite recipes! It is quick, easy and nutritious. Store bought varieties are often laden with a few different sugars. This doesn’t make them such a healthy choice after all. It takes only minutes to put this recipe together, and it should last you a few weeks.

3 cups rolled oats, not instant or quick
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
6 tbsp. sunflower seeds
6 tbsp. sesame seeds
3 tbsp. flax seeds
½ cup unsweetened coconut
½ tsp. cinnamon 3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
6 tbsp. maple syrup or honey

Preheat oven to 225º F. Mix ingredients and spread out on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 40 minutes stirring 4 times. You can add ½ cup dried fruit (apricots, cranberries, raisins or candied ginger) after granola has baked. Store in glass jars once cooled. Enjoy as a yogurt topping, with milk of your choice (cow, almond, rice) or nibble on as a snack. This also makes a lovely gift to share with others. Enjoy!

It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

How Long Should I Keep THAT in My Fridge?

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

foodland-ontario-logo-primaryDuring the cold days of winter, a warm cup of soup is always nice. Check out this Foodland Ontario recipe for Mighty Minestrone.

Winter is a good time to clean out your freezer and refrigerator. Check out:
How Long You Can Keep (Almost) Anything In The Fridge, Freezer, & Pantry.”

                                      It’s never too late to make healthier choices!

Healthy Tips for Eating on the Run

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 by Cathy Mendler No Comments

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The holidays usually mean busy days. When eating on the run, we often choose options that are not the best.

Start your day with these Egg Muffins.

How much food do you waste?

Did you know More than $31 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Canada and when energy, water and other resource costs are factored in the true cost could be up to three times that much”? Click here to read more.

Fifty per cent of food waste in Canada is happening at the household level … with Canadian households spending $1,500 annually on wasted food, about a bag of groceries a week.”  Tommara Soma shares her tips in Five ways to reduce your food waste.

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!