Family friendly recipes and real life adventures by a mom/nutritionist

The Healthy Spark

The Healthy Spark

Family friendly recipes and real life adventures by a mom/nutritionist

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Immune System Boosters

Immune System Boosters

There are 18.5 days until my children go back to school.  I’m counting the days, not because I’m so eager to get rid of them (we’ve had such a fun summer!), but because it’s 18.5 days until they are immersed into the perfect storm of germs […]

Caramelized Onion Hummus

Caramelized Onion Hummus

Oh hummus, you are saviour of sandwiches, best friend to crudités and one of my personal heroes.  I prefer to use a hummus dip for snacking because I just find it a cleaner eating option – especially if you make it yourself. Between my children and […]

Chewy Oat Granola Bars

Chewy Oat Granola Bars

My kids love those chewy granola bars, the ones that are actually candy masquerading as health food.  I can’t bring myself to buy them, so this is our compromise.  These bars make a great snack – they really fill you up and provide sustained energy […]

Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

The winter of 2013/2014 will be forever in my memory as the one where winter came to Toronto.  It came as snow, it came as rain and way sub-zero temperatures, and it came as an ice storm that found us sheltering inside our cosy house […]

Gingerbread People

Gingerbread People

Do you have a favourite holiday tradition?  My fave holiday is Christmas and what I’ve grown to love most is Christmas Eve.  Our family heads down to the market for an early breakfast and we shop for ingredients for our dinner that night.  The market […]

Community Supported Agriculture – My First Delivery!

Community Supported Agriculture – My First Delivery!

Are you familiar with the butterfly effect?   You know, the one where the butterfly flaps its wings and a couple of weeks later a hurricane results?  I’m pretty sure there’s also such thing as the “schoolyard effect”.  In this case it’s the one where […]

Summer and Strawberries

Summer and Strawberries

The end of school, camping and strawberry picking – those are the three things that traditionally signal the beginning of summer in our home.  Lucky us, we experienced them all this past week.  It took us less than an hour to fill our berry baskets, […]

Superfood Finds at Costco

Superfood Finds at Costco

When Rick and I first got married we received a Costco membership as a present.  Having no need for industrial sized jars of Nutella or 12 packs of smoked oysters (and still don’t), we let the membership expire without much thought.  12 years, two children, […]

Vegetable Stock

  I wrote most of this article from the oral surgery waiting room, as Rick had his wisdom teeth removed.  Thanks to the unsuspecting man who hadn’t secured the hotspot on his Android, my wait was a productive one!   If I remember correctly – […]

Indulgent Green Smoothie for Mom (or Dad)

Are you an emotional eater?  I would have never classified myself as one, but this morning a light bulb went off for me and I discovered that I absolutely make food choices based on my emotional state.  And judging by the many websites out there […]

The Benefits of Meal Planning

This is a conversation that I’ve had many times with my friends and family.  It goes something like this:  “I don’t know what I’m going to make for dinner tonight, I have food in the freezer but I forgot to defrost it.  I’m so tired […]

2013: Looking forward to the year ahead

The new year officially starts for me on the day my kids go back to school.  I can finally say Happy New Year to you!  I took a little bloggy vacation this Christmas – deciding to instead focus on having fun with the family.  I’m […]


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Immune System Boosters

Immune System Boosters

Immune Boosting SupplementsThere are 18.5 days until my children go back to school.  I’m counting the days, not because I’m so eager to get rid of them (we’ve had such a fun summer!), but because it’s 18.5 days until they are immersed into the perfect storm of germs > the classroom.

I try not to think about how often their desks have been washed (ever?), or the railings that they seem intent on clinging to with their bare hands every time they walk down the stairs.  I will not even imagine the lunchroom germs (shudder)!  Instead of letting my paranoia take hold, it’s time to bring out the Immune System Boosters and get ready for whatever comes our way.

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