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Healthy Eating Out Options

Healthy Eating Out Options🌱
With work, children (animal children included), social events, and staying active, life can get quite hectic. We’ve gathered our favourite eating out options that will keep your nutrition on track when you’re in a pinch for something to eat!

1) Chopped Leaf – Chopped Leaf provides delicious salads, wraps, soups, and sandwiches that are filled with high quality, nutritious ingredients so you feel good after you eat! Not only are they a quick meal option, they also offer customers to order and pre-pay online to save even more time. Our favourites are their Sunshine Salad with a salmon filet or their Southwest Salad with chicken. Chopped Leaf is a great choice for vegans and vegetarians as they allow you to completely customize your meals.

2) Freshii – Without compromising on flavour, Freshii offers a Nutritionist-designed menu filled with options to satisfy any dietary requirement including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan! They pride themselves in providing the optimum fuel to get you through a busy day. Our favourite Freshii items include the Metaboost Salad, Market Salad, Oaxaca Bowl, and Superfood Soup.

3) Booster Juice – We all know and love Booster Juice smoothies! Did you know Booster Juice also showcases their balanced, great-tasting meals packed with vitamins and nutrients so customers stay full. This includes energy bowls, chia pudding, grilled paninis, and protein wraps. All of their smoothies are nut-free, low in fat, and blended with 100% pure fruit juice. We love their Berry Cream Sensation Smoothie.

4) Sushi – Call your nearby sushi restaurant and place an order to-go when you’re hungry and on a busy schedule. Sushi is a great source of protein and nutrients. Stay away from the fried stuff, and choose from california rolls, raw sushi (nigiri, maki, sashimi) edamame beans, avocado rolls, or seaweed salad.

5) Local Grocery Store – Local grocery stores are great if you’re crunched for time but need something healthy on-the-go. Most offer pre-made salads filled with fresh vegetables and protein, as well as quick, nutritional snacks. For example, Save On always has ready-to-go chef salads, caeser salads, sausage, cheese, and cracker plates, cut-up veggies and dip, hummus cups, and fresh fruit cups.

Best Addition To Your Diet?

#WatchWednesday 🤓

Q: What is the best way addition to your diet?
A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic discussing the best additions to diet , focusing on essential fatty acids.

5-Minute Homemade Hummus

5-Minute Homemade Hummus Recipe😋🌿

Ingredients:
-1 can chickpeas, rinsed
-1 clove garlic
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice🍋
-2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste – optional)
-1 tsp ground cumin
-Sea salt
-1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions:
In a food processor, purée the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and 3/4 tsp salt until smooth & creamy. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika before serving. Yum!

What’s Trending – Smart Watches

We’re loving the growing trend of smart watches (ie: Fit Bits, Apple Watches) in the health and wellness community. Not only do they track workouts, they also keep us accountable and aware. Here are some benefits of owning a Smart Watch🤓⏰

1. They keep track (and motivate you) to reach your daily steps goal
2. They remind you when to get to sleep
3. You can wear it in the shower, so you never really have to take it off
4. Smart watches track your workouts and how many calories you’ve burned
5. They encourage you to take little active breaks throughout the day, which is great for our metabolism (and mental stamina)
6. They can monitor certain health conditions including blood pressure, heart rate, and fall detection
7. You can reply to text messages faster and receive calls instantly
8. A smart watch will also log your social media notifications
9. Most watches provide an emergency SOS feature in case of emergency
10. They also offer a great GPS feature in real-time to track location (some parents utilize this feature on their children’s watches)

Dairy-Free Breakfast Smoothies

Dairy-Free Breakfast Smoothies😋
Smoothies are a great way to add in extra nutrients (plus they’re quick and easy!) Our favorite trick is to replace ice with frozen fruit.

✨Berry Smoothie
Makes 5 cups
-1 cup cranberry juice
-1 cup coconut milk
-2 cups frozen berries
-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (optional)
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

✨Green Smoothie
Makes 3-4 cups
-1 cup purple grapes
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
-1 large handful of spinach
-1 cup water
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

✨Tropical Smoothie
Makes about 6 cups
-2 cups canned, unsweetened pineapple chunks
-1 cup coconut milk
-3 cups frozen mango or peaches
-1 frozen banana
Blend on high until smooth and frothy

What Can Yoga Do For Your Body?

Yoga is an awesome tool to keep your body and mind healthy. Physical benefits include increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, maintaining a well-balanced metabolism, cardio and circulatory health, and protection from injuries. Mental benefits of yoga include managing stress, reaching a more positive outlook on life, providing mental clarity and calmness, body awareness, centers the mind, and sharpens concentration.

Enjoy this 30 minute morning yoga for flexibility when you’re in need of a full body yoga stretch.

Busy Moms and Dads

Busy Moms and Dads have a lot to juggle! Ensuring you’re energized and feeling your best will help keep things running smoothly. We’ve all heard it before, but you really do have to care for yourself to be able to care for those you love. 👩🏼🧔🏻🌿

Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

These delicious and simple (dairy and gluten-free!) pancakes are best enjoyed right after cooking. With no added sugar, these pancakes are a guilt-free breakfast option. Serve them with maple syrup, yogurt, or ricotta cheese to add in some protein.

Ingredients:

-2 large eggs

-1 medium banana

Instructions:

Puree eggs and banana in a blender until smooth. Lightly oil a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium. Using 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake, drop 4 mounds of batter into the skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look dry, (2 to 4 minutes.) Using a thin spatula, gently flip the pancakes and cook until browned on the bottom, another 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a plate. Lightly oil the skillet again and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with your choice of toppings; we recommend vanilla Greek yogurt and raspberries!

Sourced from: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/268783/two-ingredient-banana-pancakes/

What’s Trending – Worry Stones

Our team at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic will be featuring a “What’s Trending” section, covering the latest and greatest trends within the naturopathic and holistic healing community. This week we will touch on Worry Stones.

Worry Stones, also known as Stress Pebbles, are smooth gem stones that are the shape of an oval with a thumb-sized indentation.

These stones are used to soothe stress and anxiety, while being a versatile aid for self-calming and meditation. Worry Stones are used by holding the stone between the index finger and thumb, and gently moving one’s thumb back and forth across the stone. Rub the stone when you feel worried or stressed.

Worry stones have the power to help soothe frazzled nerves. They are discreet, inexpensive, and all-natural. People who use worry stones report that they help ease creeping anxiety and other negative feelings. Research has shown that physical activity, even slight touch or movement, interrupts the brain from playing negative thoughts. While it may not solve your problems, it can diminish the intensity of the worry and help you move towards positive solutions.

Sourced from: Grove and Grotto

Christmas Fun Facts!

With Christmas right around the corner (8 days – eek!) we thought we’d share our favorite holiday fun facts from Factinate!

  1. Did you know… The first artificial tree Christmas Tree wasn’t a tree at all. It was created out of goose feathers that were dyed green!
  2. One of the reasons we leave milk and cookies for Santa is because Dutch children would leave food and drink out for St. Nicholas on his feast day.
  3. Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer was almost named Rollo or Reginald.
  4. Santa’s iconic red suit wasn’t always red. Prior to the 1930’s it was often pictured as white, green, and blue. Thomas Nast depicted Santa with a red coat in the late 19th century, and this inspired illustrator Haddon Sundblom in 1931 when he was tasked with creating advertisements for Coca-Cola. He depicted Santa as the red-suited, white haired, and rosy-cheeked man that we all know and love today.
  5. “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
  6. The highest grossing Christmas movie of all time is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, the Jim Carrey version.
  7. One of the most popular times of the year for break-ups according to Facebook stats is the last two weeks leading up to Christmas! Maybe it’s the stress of the season. Interestingly, Christmas Day is the least common day to end a relationship (whewf!)
  8. Spiders are common Christmas tree decorations in Poland because, according to a legend, a spider wove the blanket for baby Jesus.
  9. Due to an incredibly successful marketing campaign, KFC became the best-selling restaurant for Christmas dinner throughout Japan. In Japan today, you must order your meal two months in advance if you want finger-lickin-good chicken on December 25!
  10. The Christmas tree became popular in 1846, after Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria. The two were sketched in front of a Christmas tree and the tradition became popular.