Saturday, October 24, 2009


Being under the weather today, and having a lot of time on my hands, I decided to check out what they had "Free on iTunes" this week...
Turns out, there's a free beginner yoga/pilates video! It's about twenty minutes long, and it looks promising! When I'm healthy again I'll be on that like peanut butter to jelly.

She's kind of really annoying, but it's a good work out. I definitely recommend it.

Friday, October 23, 2009

You're Stuck?

You know when you're on the side of the highway, on some kind of road trip, and there is no choice but to eat fast food...
but you're in agony, because you know it's not healthy...

Eat the kids meal.

It's already portion controlled for you, and you get that splurge you crave once in a while.
And! Rather than fries, at McDonald's you can get apple slices instead!
Sadly, a kids meal at fast food restaurants may have less fat and calories that their salads - which often include breaded chicken and fattening dressing - so be wary of your options!

Tip: This also is a great move at the movies. The kids portion usually includes a small drink (hooray for not having to pee halfway through!), a small amount of candy or chocolate, and a reduced amount popcorn as well! If you're craving the whole moving going experience, this would have to be the best choice for you! It's usually about the same cost as getting a medium sized popcorn (sad eh?!) and you usually get a little cup to bring home!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


So, Foodie and her blog (yes, the one you're reading right now) got a shout out from Jackie from Craft with Jackie - a sweet blog showing you the best DIY tips for the hottest trends.
Check it out here

Cozy Up To This Idea

Often times our comfort foods are the worst for you - high in calories, and often, high in saturated or trans fats as well. And as it's getting colder and we get less active (as most of us hibernate this time of year), we want the comfort without the junk.

One of the best comfort foods of all time is Lasagna. And with a slice usually costing us about 500-600 calories in our daily intake (not to mention over 20g of fat and toooons of sodium), it's not a viable dinner option for those who watch what they eat.

The solution - good old portion control. By eating one or two rolls rather than a whopping huge piece of lasagna, you're controlling how much you eat. You can debate whether or not you need more to eat, rather than just forcing yourself to finish what you have on your plate. And by using low-fat ingredients, you won't feel so bad grabbing a second helping.

Lasagna Rolls:

What you need:
*1 box of whole wheat lasagna noodles
*1 container of light ricotta or cottage cheese
*any veggies you like (onions, garlic, peppers, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, whatever!)
*Pam or any other kitchen spray (for the pan, to cook your veggies)
*tomato sauce - enough for the bottom of the cassarole dish and enough to top the rolls, so about a jar and a half (high fibre is my fave, but if you have a favorite or make your own, by all means)
*part-skim mozzarella cheese - about 1 1/2 cups (or as much as you like on top)

How to do it:
1) Boil some water and cook up the noodles/preheat your oven to 425 degrees F
2) At the same time you are cooking your noodles, heat up your pan with kitchen spray and saute your veggies - i usually use whatever I have on hand - until cooked through.
3) prepare a casarole dish with tomato sauce on the bottom, just enough so you can't see the bottom
4) mix the veggies and the ricotta together in a bowl
5) drain your pasta and pat dry a little bit, and then lay the noodles out on a large clean work surface or a cutting board
6) spoon your ricotta/veggie mixture along each noodle, and then roll them up (as if rolling a jelly roll) and place them seam side down in the tomato sauce mixture. Not too close together - leave about a centimetre between each roll.
7) after you've finished all your lasagna rolls, top them with some more tomato sauce and your cheese
8) cover lightly with tin foil and cook for 20 mins, then remove the foil and cook for another 15 minutes
Tip: let it stand for 8-10 mins before serving - it will be easier to serve and not to hot to eat. As well, if there is an extra sauce leftover, serve it along side the rolls, every one likes extra sauce.

Hope you enjoy this one all winter long!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

We Like Free Things...

On the go and don't wanna have the hassle of carrying a journal and pen to write down your caloric intake? Calorie counters exist for your phone! It's true!


Blackberry has at least one available free in the App Store. Infact, the store has a whole health and fitness section! As well, Apple has them available for download for your dashboard too! Apparently there are apps for iPhone as well, but I am unawares as to whether or not their free. Now really, what's your excuse for not keeping track of what you eat?!

Another amazing discovery is that YouTube has free Pilates workout videos. You know you always meant to sign up for that class, but now, you don't have to - you can try it at home! Feel free to search for your own, but I especially like Erin Huggins' videos since she has videos for amateurs and experts. (Bonus, her YouTube homepage has other wellness tips as well!)

Enjoy the freebies and stay healthy!