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Chocolate Raspberry Mini-Muffins Recipe

These Chocolate Raspberry Mini-Muffins are a delicious treat and make a great freezable snack for work or school lunches! 
Easy to make, these mini-muffins can easily be prepped and baked in under 30 minutes, which makes them perfect for last minute baking for surprise guests or events. 

Mix together these ingredients and bake. Simple and delicious! 

Oatmeal Carrot Muffins

These Oatmeal Carrot Muffins are the perfect way to enjoy a carrot cake without all the added sugar. Moist, healthy, and perfect for breakfast or snacking! 

Make a batch to eat now while their warm out of the oven, and make some of these carrot muffins ahead of time to freeze in an air tight container, then remove a couple hours ahead of time to defrost. This is a perfect healthy snack to pack in work or school lunches.



Oatmeal Carrot Muffins Recipe

Ingredients:
1 Cup Quick Oats
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 Tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
3/4 Cup Almond Milk
1 Cup Shredded Carrots


Instructions:

In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.

Add shredded carrots and mix until coated.

Melt Coconut Oil & stir into dry ingredients.

Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined (Egg, Honey, Yogurt, Almond Milk and Vanilla)

Line muffin tins with baking cups and fill each cup with the muffin batte…

Why Working Out With Your Kids is Important for their Health

If you haven't got into a solid fitness routine that you love, it is easy to make excuses to avoid a workout. A common excuse I hear about all the time from moms, is that their kids wouldn't nap so they didn't have time (or a number of other excuses along the lines of 'I couldn't get alone time to fit a workout in'). 
I will be the first to admit that a workout is much easier to do on your own without the help of little ones. That being said, I also love to workout with my kids for a number of reasons: It teaches them healthy habits. A sedentary lifestyle is becoming the 'norm' and I don't want my kids to miss out on an active childhood because of it. Working out with or around your kids teaches them that exercise is fun, and something they should do too! My toddler will often come up to me or my husband and ask us to do push-ups with her - by showing her that exercise is fun, she now loves to 'workout' for fun. I can only hope she maintai…

Healthy Coconut Brownie Bites - Gluten-free

These Coconut Chocolate Brownie Bites are gluten-free, healthy, and fudge'n delicious! 
Super easy to make, just blend all the ingredients together and bake!  
I was inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie's arsenal of healthy desserts and came up with this recipe for Coconut Chocolate Brownie Bites with Black Beans. 

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Muffins

These Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Muffins are perfect for a delicious start to a busy morning! 
Muffins are so good when they are warm right out of the oven, but to make your life easier, you can make these ahead of time and freeze, then just remove a couple muffins from the freezer the night before (or at least a couple hours before) you plan on eating them!



Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Muffins 
Ingredients: 1 Cup Quick Oats 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour 1/2 Cup Sugar 1/2 tsp Vanilla 2 tsp Baking Powder 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter 1 Egg 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt 1/2 Cup Almond Milk 1 Banana 

Instructions:
In a large bowl, mix together Oats, Flour, Sugar & Baking Powder.
Mash banana into mixture.
Mix in yogurt until combined.
Add egg, Peanut Butter and Vanilla and mix well. 
Mix Almond Milk into mixture. 
Scoop Batter into lined mini-muffin tins (makes 24 mini-muffins).
Bake for 350' for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Healthy Snack Idea: Peach Mini-Muffins Recipe

These Peach Mini-Muffins are so tasty and perfect for snacking. Bake a batch (or three!) and freeze them for a quick grab and go snack. 

These mini-muffins were inspired by a recipe from Damn Delicious for Peach Oatmeal Muffins and they are oh, so tasty!
Time to get baking - and don't forget to Pin this recipe to your Pinterest board (you won't want to lose this recipe for Peach Mini-Muffins)
Peach Mini-Muffins Recipe

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Loaf

This Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Loaf was inspired by a recipe from Spend with Pennies - and it is delicious!

Made with zucchini, bananas and coconut oil, this loaf is sweet, moist and oh so tasty - your family will love this while wheat treat, so be prepared to make more!


How to Make a Quinoa Bowl 

I'm often posting my quinoa bowl dinners and lunches along with the simple recipes for each meal. Here is the ultimate guide so you can make your own quinoa bowl - your way!

 Follow these 5 EASY steps to make your own quinoa bowl and then share your very own quinoa bowl recipes!

Healthy Dessert Recipe: Mango Lime Coconut Frozen Yogurt (No Ice-cream Machine Required)

Looking for a healthy ice cream alternative? Don't head down the ice cream isle - just pick up a couple fresh ingredients and try this recipe for Mango Lime Coconut Frozen Yogurt!

Resistance Bands: Why You Should Use Them

Resistance Bands are great pieces of workout equipment that often get overlooked. The first time I was ever formally introduced to resistance training, was in physiotherapy (years before I ever started working out). Recently, I have been reintroduced to using resistance bands (also while in physiotherapy), and I am hooked!





When talking about must have exercise equipment, resistance bands often get swept under the rug (and into physiotherapy offices everywhere). While free weights certainly have their benefits, resistance bands have theirs too! Here is why I have stocked my home gym with a variety of resistance bands:

Overnight Oats: 6 Easy Recipes

Overnight Oats are a new breakfast trend, and for good reason! They are so easy to prepare, and because you make them the night before, it makes breakfast in the morning a breeze - just take your oats out of the fridge and enjoy!
I was skeptical about eating Oats cold, but because they soak in the ingredients overnight, and aren't actually cooked, they are the perfect consistency, and full of flavour! Overnight Oats are delicious and easy for busy moms or if you need a quick breakfast to grab 'n go on your way to work! 
Here are my 6 favourite Overnight Oats recipes to try:

Make a Perfect Salad in 5 Steps

With summertime around the corner, it's the perfect weather for light, fresh, healthy salads. I love throwing together new combinations of fruits and veggies to enjoy, so here is the ultimate guide to making the perfect salad in just 5 easy steps! Just choose one item from each category and voila - You have yourself a tasty, fresh salad that you are sure to enjoy!

Healthy Meal Idea: Greek Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Greek Chicken Quinoa Bowl Quinoa (cooked) Lemon Chicken* Tomato & Cucumber Salad* Tzatziki*
*See recipes below. 

Fruit Infused Water Combinations you Should Try!

In a recent post, I talked about how much water we should be drinking everyday. Some people don't love plain water, and infused water offers many benefits other than tasting delicious! Drinking infused water will help keep you hydrated, and depending on the fruits and ingredients you use, they can help with digestion, and even help to flush out toxins! Here are some of my favourite fruit infused waters:



How much water should you really be drinking every day?

You may already know that 50-75% of your body is made up of water, so it should come as no surprise that we all need to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated! Our bodies use water to function properly everyday, and when we exercise, we expel even more water through sweat. The more water you use, the more you need to replace. I'm not saying you need to drink 50% of your body weight in water every day - you may actually drown yourself - but you should be drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your body functioning at optimum levels. So, how much water should you be drinking?

5 Foods That Cause Bloating

Most of us know that carbonated beverages like pop will give us gas and make us feel bloated. If you are lactose intolerant, dairy products will be a trigger for you. Likewise for wheat if you are gluten sensitive or have celiacs disease. What you may not know, are the five popular foods that cause bloating...

Top 5 Cardio Activities

Cardio activity is important for your health to strengthen your heart, your lungs and even burn fat. Here is a list of my top 5 cardio activities: 

Injury Prevention

Exercise is important, but working out always comes with the risk of injury. If you get hurt while working out, it can really feel like a slap in the face and put a damper on your fitness plans; so to remember the keys to injury prevention, remember: SLAP (Stretch, Limits, Ask, Pace)
Stretch - I can't stress this enough: STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH! Loosen up those muscles before you start a workout. Even if it's a short workout, you can really do damage to your body if you start working with cold, tight muscles. Stretch after a workout to loosen them up again and help reduce muscle pain. 
Limits - I am all for challenging yourself, but you have to know your limits. If your body says it has had enough, don't push past those limits. Listen to your body and don't over do it! If your body says something is off, or that you are done - STOP! 
Ask - Know what you are doing before you do it. Take the time to learn proper form and if you don't know how to do a certain exercise,…