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Although tomatoes are available year round, I love this time of the year when you see so many varieties available and all bursting with color!

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Everyday is a new day, faced with different challenges and different opportunities.

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Poor avocados. They always seem to get a bad rap!

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True confessions time! Do you have a secret stash somewhere?

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There are some things that I just won’t swap, like using non-fat cream cheese to replace the full fat product in my cheesecake recipes!

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Between holidays, vacations, dinners, company, family gatherings – there’s food everywhere!

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passover, seder, seder ideas, jewish holiday

My Passover lists and documents are all in their designated Passover 2018 folder! Does that mean that I know exactly what I’m making yet?

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passover, preparation, lists, menu, seder

I love this holiday, but it’s alot of work and it can be overwhelming!

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eat clean, inspiration, humour, between friends, weight loss

I just looovveee this cartoon strip! Does this resonate with you as much as it does to me?

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new year 2018

New year, new beginnings, is that what you always say to yourself?

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holiday foods

It’s that time of year! No matter which way you slice it (no pun intended!) holidays aren’t just a 1 day festivity and there’s food all around.

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instant pot uses

Last Sunday I spent all afternoon getting to know my Instant Pot!

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instant pot, pressure cooker

Instant Pot has got to be the most talked about small appliance out there. Do you have one yet?

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snacks to eat when you're on the go

It can be hard to make healthy eating choices when you’re on the go.

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Shari Rozansky with Tao Porchon-Lynch

Extraordinary people change the way we see the world and ourselves. This past Tuesday I met an exceptional woman.

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At one time in my life, I considered myself a professional dieter! I know you must be laughing, because if you ever had a weight issue, you probably felt the same way.

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spinach

Imagine my surprise when I found this bouquet of fresh spinach!

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red kuri squash

Fall is a beautiful season and there’s something about pumpkin and squash patches that draws me towards them.

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Silk almond milk

Do you use almond milk? Many people use soy milk or a nut milk because of an intolerance or dairy allergy and some, just because they like it. That would be me!

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Does this not look beautiful? Have you bought any squashes yet?

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You can always find a berry bowl filled with small cherry tomatoes on my kitchen counter.

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September symbolizes different things to all of us.

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Have you ever bought a packaged salad kit?

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Whenever I shop in a grocery store that I’m not familiar with, I really like to walk up and down the aisles.

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This makes perfect sense and it really resonated with me too.

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It’s true! The sad part is that we don’t say it often enough to ourselves.

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I know that many of us are creatures of habit and can eat the same thing over and over. Myself included!

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When you bake it’s important to follow a recipe and use exact measurements.

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Do you buy different foods in the summer?

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Do you want to add another way to your collection? Of course you do!!!

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I’m often asked what’s the best thing to eat for breakfast, what brand of yogurt is the best and even what kind of bread is the best.

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What do you do when you’re stuck inside because of the weather or you just need to be home all day?

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I know it may sound silly, but have you ever had muffins stick to the muffin tins or to the paper liners? I have!

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Zen is a way of being, a state of mind.

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Are you finding yourself a little bored of eating the same salad?

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Last weekend we had a family celebration for my mom’s birthday. We ordered a ton of food and had yummy desserts, but we still needed some appetizers. I mean, what’s a party without appetizers??

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I like to add a cut up baked apple on top with a sprinkle of cinnamon!

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I do!! These don’t look like your average flowers, do they? But to me, they are beautiful and colorful.

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One of my favorite places in my kitchen is the cupboard where I keep my spices. I know, it sounds boring, but so many really good meals and ideas have come from just changing up my spices!

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Sounds easy enough doesn’t it, but we all know it isn’t always easy and our best intentions can often go awry!

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Trying to eat healthy under normal circumstances can be difficult, so why should Passover, or any other holiday or celebration, be any different?

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I am definitely a list person. I keep past Seder menus and work from those to create a new menu – or at least I try to deviate just a little bit!

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Whether your goal is to eat healthier, lose weight or just maintain, one of the best pieces of advice I give to the clients I work with is to plan for extras!

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While growing up my mother (sorry to call you out on this mommy!) rarely bought ‘cookies, candy or junk’. Thank God my father had a sweet tooth and would sneak things like cake into our house, which was devoured that night in a matter of minutes!

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Here’s a recipe that you don’t have to turn on your oven or chop up any veggies for! And I promise you that you can’t under cook it or burn it either!

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Be Curious. Be Grateful. Those were the inspiring words that were said by Pam, the teacher, during a yoga class that I took yesterday morning. A yoga studio that is still new to me.

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‘Tis the season for crock pots!! So tell me, have you taken yours out yet?

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As far as I’m concerned, the weekend begins on Friday and that’s when I start figuring out my weekend activities. Activities = Food Prep!

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I find that if I don’t do any food prep, I’ll eat whatever is easy and available.

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When the days are dark and it looks pretty bleak outside, salad is the last thing that I want to eat.

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I love yoga, hot yoga in particular. Some of you may know that I practice 6-7 times a week, but when I’m on vacation it’s a little more challenging to keep this up.

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The year is coming to an end and it’s time to start a new one with new possibilities. What will 2017 mean for you?

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Holiday anticipation makes many of us anxious. Party plans, big dinners, family drama (sometimes!), who to invite, what to serve, will there be enough, food temptations, indulgences that make us feel guilty – it could drive you crazy!

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Bread seems to be the enemy and is constantly blamed for weight gain! But is it really the bread’s fault?

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My daughter Tamara bought me this beautiful mug for Mother’s Day a few years ago. It always makes me laugh and brings a smile to my face as I reminisce when my kids were young, and yes, sometimes (more often than not!) we did have cake for breakfast!

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Do you use mini muffin baking tins?? I love them and let me tell you why!

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I do too, but you would never know it because it’s rare that I eat it. Could it be because 1 portion is ONLY 1/2 cup??? Is that why you don’t enjoy more of it too?

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There always seems to be so much to do and so many things going on in my life, I often feel like I’m being pulled in a zillion different directions. Do you ever feel like that?

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I love Friday night dinners because my dining room table has lots of faces around it:) Our supper meals are usually the same – a huge green salad, a new ‘healthy recipe’ that I’m trying out, a chicken dish, salmon (or another fish) and roasted potatoes.

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Balance is the key to life. Without sounding too philosophical, this holds so much truth and we can all use a little reminding of how important this is for our own well being.

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The leaves have changed colors and there’s a chill in the air. You know what that means, don’t you? When the weather gets like this, I say “It’s time for soup!”

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Fall is beautiful and I just love seeing the trees bursting with shades of reds and oranges. But, along with this beauty the sun is setting earlier and the mornings are really dark. Is it just me or do you find with the change of seasons that you’re a little hungrier and constantly in the kitchen?

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Have you noticed that there are huge bins of pomegranates in the fruit and vegetable section of your favorite grocery store? Have you bought any? I have and bought two of them which are now staring at me every time I open my fridge door.

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I use butternut squash all year round and at this time of the year, I usually buy one every other week!

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I love the weather in September – it’s not too hot, not too cold, it’s just right! And what a great opportunity to take yourself outdoors and go for a walk!

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Last week while at an outdoor market, I saw this beautiful bouquet of greens. They looked so delicate and fresh, not at all like the baby bok choy that I was used to buying at my local grocery store!

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I love trying new grains but I did have trouble finding freekeh because it’s not always sold by this name!

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I didn’t! It’s a daikon radish and although I’ve seen it in grocery stores, I have never ever paid any attention to it nor have I even given it a second thought. That is, until I had it in a salad!

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A salad is not always just a salad! If you want a change of pace and don’t want to see another bowl filled with various lettuces, tomatoes and cucumbers, experiment and try something new.

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Are you bored of BBQ’s yet? I’m not! But I could see how easy you can be if you have the same thing over and over again.

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I am and not that it’s a bad thing, but how much is too much?

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Do you like tuna? What about cottage cheese?

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The other night it was just Mark and I home for supper and we were trying to decide what to eat. Do you ever get in a mood where you have no clue what you want? Me too!

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I love when the weather changes because there’s always new crops growing and I look forward to the different assortment of fresh produce available. I always try to shop in season – do you? I see such a big difference in many of my side dishes because of the different choices available:)

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Do you ever hear the words ‘There’s nothing to eat!’ or have you said them yourself? And when you open your fridge door, and close it, and then open it again and still see nothing appealing, what do you take instead?? A handful of chips? Or maybe a handful of chocolate chips!

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In the Summer the grocery stores and markets are bursting with colorful fruits and veggies. Although it’s so inspiring, I tend to get lazy at times and really have to push myself to create new salads etc. Do you ever feel like that?

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I am talking about WATER, not wine! Now that you have a smile on your face, answer honestly, are you drinking enough water?

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Is there something that you keep putting off, giving yourself excuses that it’s ‘not a good time’, your kids are too young, you’re not ‘settled’, you’re not where you want to be, your body isn’t where you want it to be…I can go on and on with the excuses. And we are ALL guilty of putting things on the back burner because of our excuses.

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Now that we’re in Spring/Summer mode, do you find yourself putting off things that you said that you were going to do just as soon as the weather started getting nicer?? I have those ‘mental checklists’ of things that I want to do… Should I tell you how embarrassed I am that I still have long sleeved sweater dresses in my bedroom cupboard!!!

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#1 My all time favorite food is ice cream, cheesecake is a close 2nd.

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