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5 Vacations That Will Keep Your Mind Happy and Your Body Active This Summer

5 Vacations That Will Keep Your Mind Happy and Your Body Active This Summer

When you’re choosing a vacation for this summer it has to have it all. You want it to be a place for your mind to be at ease and have a chance to recharge, but it needs to be somewhere that helps you keep your workout routine going too. Here are some great vacations that give you everything you need!

5 Tips to Balance Food and Happiness This December

5 Tips to Balance Food and Happiness This December

Happy holidays to you and your family this joyful season! Tis' the season to be fit and jolly. December is a beautiful time of food, food and more food! Of course, whenever excess food and treats are are involved, temptations are our worst enemies. From irresistible mashed potatoes to the sweet aroma of freshly baked Christmas gingerbread cookies, it is easy to get carried away.

Why not end the year on Santa’s ‘nice list’? Leave some coconut & peanut butter protein balls with a nice tall glass of almond milk for Santa this year! Here are 5 helpful tips to balance food and happiness this December:

Holiday Kale Salad

Holiday Kale Salad

This is the perfect holiday kale salad to make especially during December. It's delicious and easy!  Whether you're going to potlucks, or want to eat something a little festive this winter, this holiday kale salad fits the bill. The avocado in the dressing of this salad will soften up the kale and it imparts a creamy and delicious texture. When combined, the basil, tomatoes, avocado, and lemon make a creamy dressing that really compliments the kale and the rest of the salad ingredients. 

The Perfect Holiday Gifts for Your Mountain Biker Friend

The Perfect Holiday Gifts for Your Mountain Biker Friend

Finding your friends or family the perfect holiday gift can be a thrill. We live in an age where every type of product is at our fingertips, one click of an ‘Order’ button away. With browsing inventory and ordering specific items made easier than ever with the internet, holiday shopping mostly comes down to one thing: knowing what to get.

If you have a friend who you know to be a mountain biking fan, then your holiday gift shopping is even easier than you think. 

10 Healthy Gifts For Your Healthiest Friends

10 Healthy Gifts For Your Healthiest Friends

We all have that one friend who is a health buff. The one who orders a green tea when everybody else is drinking coffee with cream and the person who will order a fruit salad while you are indulging in chocolate cake. When the jolly season of holiday gift giving arrives, the lamp in your head never seems to turn on fast when it comes to your healthiest friend. Common gifts, such as a bottle of wine, a box of chocolate or an electric barbecue are out of the question. As holidays approach and nothing good enough crosses your mind, you must be feeling as pressured as the ingredients for your friend’s favourite cold-pressed soup. Not to worry. We've got you covered with a cheat sheet filled with healthy gifts.

This Healthy Candy Cane Will Blow Your Mind

This Healthy Candy Cane Will Blow Your Mind

You'll only need two ingredients for this healthy candy cane: bananas and strawberries. Slice them up into coins and arrange them carefully into a cane-like shape. Make sure that the slices are roughly the same width so that everything is proportionate. When you're arranging the curve of the healthy candy cane, it's best to leave one full strawberry intact. Just slice off the stem and angle the strawberry between two banana slices. This is all you need to make one of the simplest and cutest desserts on the planet. Although bananas and strawberries work best for the classic candy cane colour combination, feel free to experiment with other fruits and berries. This healthy candy cane is refined sugar-free and bursting with fibre, potassium, and antioxidants.

Want to change up your holiday dinner? Here's how others around the world do it

By Nataliya Schafer  

Christmas and dieting are two words that are anything but synonymous. Aside from roasting chestnuts on an open fire and eating popcorn in between stringing it, the holidays are pretty gut-busting.

Every family has their traditional Christmas dishes. Some are included because they’re delicious, and some of them are there just because they’ve always been even though practically no one likes it.

If you’re thinking of mixing up your Christmas dinner this year or are trying to subtly hint at your parents that you don’t want the ol’ turkey and mashed potatoes again, get some inspiration from other countries’ Christmas dinners.

We can’t promise these dishes will all fall in line with your diet, or that you will like all of them –who doesn’t love whale skin with blubber?– but if Christmas dinner has lost its magic for you, we guarantee these will help get you pumped about it again!

Italy

In Southern Italy it is common to serve fish on Christmas Eve, which is known as the Feast of Seven Fishes, and to fast during the daytime. Every village has its own customs as to when Christmas dinner is served, but Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals are both a tradition.

Christmas Day meals usually feature roasted meat; pasta; antipasti; sparkling wine; and panettone, a sweet citrusy-flavoured bread with raisins, and is sometimes served with a sweet cream made of marscapone and dried fruit known as zabaglione.

Panettone recipe here

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Photo from www.delallo.co

Peru

Most Peruvians are Roman Catholic, meaning Christmas is a big celebration. And everyone does their part to give back. Townspeople make panettone and spiced hot chocolate and give them to the less fortunate, and later enjoy a midnight feast of their own on Christmas Eve.

Turkey, fruit, and applesauce are common dishes as well as tamales. Of course, hot sauce is a staple at the dinner table. Adults drink champagne and children drink spiced hot chocolate.

Flan and marzipan are common (although not diet-friendly) desserts. You have been warned!

Spanish Flan recipe here

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Photo from www.bonappetit.com

Japan

Christmas is not a widely celebrated holiday in Japan, but the Japanese still have one favourite Christmas tradition: going to KFC.

On Christmas Day there are lines out the door and backed up orders at almost any KFC in any major city. People even call in advance to make sit-down reservations.

This tradition began in 1974 when KFC ran a “Christmas Chicken” campaign, because turkey is much harder to acquire in Japan. Ever since then, hungry Japanese have been able to get a Christmas chicken dinner, which includes wine, chicken, cake, and champagne, for only $40!

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Photo from www.kfc.co.jp/xmas

Poland

The Polish typically fast all day and have a feast on Christmas Eve. The meal is usually meatless except for a few fish dishes like pike, fish au gratin, and herring in sour cream. Hard-cooked eggs, boiled potatoes, fruit compote, and Polish borscht are staples at most dinner tables.

Polish Borscht recipe here

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Photo from www.restlesspalate.com

Greenland

You likely won’t want to try it, but “Mattak,” whale skin with blubber, is a common Christmas delicacy in Greenland. Mattak supposedly tastes like coconut but is too tough to chew so it is usually just swallowed whole

 “Kiviak,” the raw flesh of birds that have been buried and marinated in seal flesh for months until they decompose, is also an unusual Christmas dinner dish. 

“Suaasat,” a soup/stew made from whale, seal, or reindeer with potatoes and onion, is one of Greenland’s less unusual dishes. Should you happen upon any reindeer or elk meat this holiday season, suaasat is actually a fairly healthy dish with an average of 45 grams of protein and only 7 grams of fat per serving.

In many North American households, women take charge of Christmas dinner, but on Christmas night the men pamper the women, serving them coffee and food and stirring dinner for them!

Suaasat recipe here

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Photo from www.verdensmad.blogspot.ca

Nataliya works in Toronto and is obsessed with her dog, as you can see on her Instagram @nataliya.schafer. She is discovering the world of weightlifting after years of boring elliptical-only workouts. She loves to horseback ride and laughs at people who say it isn’t a workout because “the horse does everything.” She loves a good deal–even if it’s on something she doesn’t need.