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Be a Freezer Fanatic

My long time readers know I am a Freezer Fanatic. If you care about your health, and time and money, you should be too.

Filling your freezer with the right foods means you always have ingredients on hand to make healthy, tasty meals. It is also a great way of reducing food waste.

Here is what to stock up on:

Frozen fruits and veggies (they are just as healthy - sometimes even better - than fresh)Meat and fish (I mostly buy fresh and then freeze, but also buy frozen chicken breasts from Costco and frozen seafood)Whole grain bread, pita, wraps, etc. that you are not using immediately. (They will get moldy quickly at room temp, and get stale in the fridge)Leftovers (if you've made a huge batch of chili, pasta sauce, soup, etc., freeze in individual or family serving size containers for a meal when you have no time to cook)
Basically any food you aren't using can be frozen instead of letting it go off and then having to throw it away. This includes fruit and veggies (cut up first)…

Pantry Staples

I am going to admit upfront that we (mostly me) are food hoarders.  The photo above is NOT our pantry. Ours doesn't look photo worth. We like to be well stocked with our staples, and when we find our favorites on sale, we stock up big time. We also have a Costco membership, and, well, you know how that goes!

If you want to make it easy to be able to make quick, healthy meals at anytime, here are some things to make sure you have on hand (and these are the things you will find in our pantry...and massive storage room):


Canned beans and lentils and dried beans/lentilsCanned tuna, salmon and/or sardinesSoy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and other condimentsDried herbs and spices (buy in small quantities as they lose their flavour quickly, unless you use them a lot)Dried pasta, rice, oats, quinoa and/or other grainsJarred salsa and pasta sauceNut buttersWhole grain flours, cocoa powder, sweeteners (coconut sugar, xylitol, stevia, etc.), and other baking ingredientsVinegar (white, cider,…

What's in Our Fridge

Is your fridge bare except for a 6 pack of beer and an old jar of pickles?

Or is it full of a carton of sour milk and 50 bottles and jars of 3 year old condiments?

We are a family with a full fridge. Always.

Its usually over-full on market days, twice a week, but really its only empty when we go away on holiday.

I don't understand how people live without fresh food available, if they can afford it. When our contractor doing our renos last summer recommended we unplug our fridge and live without it for a few weeks it was no deal. NO WAY JOSE!

So what takes up all the space in our fridge?

Here are the things we always have on hand:

Fresh fruits and vegetablesCheese, veggie meat, tempeh/tofu, etc.Milk, eggs, egg whites, yogurtMiso, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, sugar-free ketchup, salsaNon-hydrogenated margarineMinced garlic in a jar, pickles, olivesSalad dressing, sugar-free bbq sauce, maple syrupShirataki noodles Many of my weight loss clients say they stop buying fresh fruits and ve…

Baby Gourmet Shakers

Any parent knows it can be a real challenge to get nutritious food into kids. So when Baby Gourmet offered to send me their new Shakers nutrition supplement for kids aged 1 and older, I thought it might be a great idea. They generously sent us 16 bottles of them, half vanilla, and half chocolate!

The best way to describe it is its basically "Ensure" for kids. Unfortunately, that is not a compliment. You know, that's the meal replacement they often give seniors or people lacking appetite, that is essentially chemicals and sugar with added vitamins.

Shakers are not nearly that bad, but my basic criticism is the second ingredient is SUGAR (after whole milk)! For that reason, I would never buy these for my kids, and I certainly would never have bought them when the girls were toddlers. Like couldn't they sweeten them with banana puree or something?

Sure, the sugar is organic, but who gives a crap? Its still sugar.

The girls certainly liked them. Big A liked both flavour…

Busy Body

The time I have available for blogging seems to keep shrinking. I used to try to write as many posts as I could ahead of time but I got nothin' for you right now. I have lots of posts and product reviews I plan to write, but haven't yet, and I have just been turning down requests for book reviews because I don't have the time. I used to read on the subway or bus to and from work, but now that I work closer to home, I've been riding my bike.  In fact, have just a few minutes to write this before jumping on my bicycle and rushing off to the office.

To be honest, I couldn't be more thrilled about my dearth of time to blog. My practice has just gotten too busy, and there are too many other balls to juggle. But I am loving it all and so grateful to have a career I adore. Life is really good! I am trying desperately to still get out 3 posts per week, but I may have to cut back. I will keep you posted on that.

Sorry folks, all I can do is wish you a happy, healthy weeken…