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Mother and daughter shopping for fresh produce

February 26, 2015

Shopping with your children

By: Leanne Ely   Do you grab your purse and duck out the door the minute you know your kids are looked after so you can shop for groceries alone? While it’s a nice treat to do the food shopping by yourself from time to time, I think that it’s very important to bring the… Read more

Young girl in kitchen eating chicken and vegetables smiling

February 19, 2015

Teach your children to make their own good food decisions

By: Leanne Ely   As parents, we sometimes forget that part of our job is to give kids the “why” behind the “no.” I am a firm believer in empowering children to make good decisions. If we raise our kids in a “because I told you so” environment, they will grow up without the ability… Read more

Chopped Vegetables and Cheese in Freezer Bags

February 12, 2015

How to optimize freezer space

By: Leanne Ely   If there’s an avalanche of food spilling out of the freezer compartment of your refrigerator every time you open it, or if stuff is buried so deep in your chest freezer that you’ve stopped even trying to search for things, it’s time to get your freezer situation under control! When your… Read more

Fresh Vegetables, Fruits and other foodstuffs.

February 5, 2015

Eat your veggies!

By: Leanne Ely   Hands up if you eat the 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies as recommended by the USDA or the 7-10 daily servings recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. I’m not seeing many hands! But the truth is, folks, there’s a reason why the government wants us to get in all those… Read more

refrigerator

January 29, 2015

How to best use your refrigerator

By: Leanne Ely   Chances are, you have a refrigerator in your home. But, if you’re like many people, you don’t put a lot of thought into the what-goes-where process when you get your groceries home from the market. There is a reason why your fridge has all of those drawers and shelves. Certain areas… Read more

Lettuce in a pot isolated on a white background.

January 22, 2015

Grow your own lettuce bowl indoors

By: Leanne Ely   I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time buying produce that I can easily grow myself. At my house, we eat a lot of salad. As many of you know, I serve a large green salad with almost every meal that goes on the table. All of… Read more

Salmon with Avocado Salsa

January 15, 2015

Eat as if your life depended on it.

By: Leanne Ely   What if every bite you put in your mouth gave your body something that would make you stronger and healthier? How many times have you wished it could be easier to lose weight, to get healthier? Yes it can be a struggle to get on (and stay on) that healthy path.… Read more

chicken10 easy recipes

January 8, 2015

Cheap, tasty & fast!

By: Leanne Ely   Chicken breasts are a great starting point for a delicious and healthy meal. They’re a very lean source of protein and an excellent item to serve to your family on a regular basis. And I promise you that there’s an endless number of ways you can cook chicken breasts so that… Read more

turkey salad

December 18, 2014

5 ways to enjoy Christmas Dinner leftovers

By: Leanne Ely   We’re only a week away from one of the biggest dinners of the year. (It seems like we were just enjoying our Thanksgiving dinners, doesn’t it?) If you didn’t manage your Thanksgiving dinner properly, you might have (gasp) ended up growing sick of the leftovers. Let’s see to it that you… Read more

veggies

December 11, 2014

Tips for optimizing veggie intake on a budget

By: Leanne Ely   Very few of us manage to get in all of the vegetables we need everyday for optimal health—at least 5-13 servings (about 6 cups) each day, a variety from each color group: dark greens (lettuce, kale, spinach), red and orange (sweet potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes), and “other” vegetables (cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions).… Read more