Zucchini Boats for An Easy, Healthy Dinner

Bright & Balanced

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I’ve really been slacking on dinner lately. As it turns out, being an adult and having to make your own food rather than relying on a dining hall is hard work. Cue the violins. So for the most part I’ve been turning to fast food and delivery to satiate my hunger these past few weeks. I know, I know: Judge me. 

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First Post-Baby Workout (for the second time)!

Confessions of a New Mom

Woo! I’m writing this just after doing my first post-parturition workout (this will be posted the day after my workout, so those of you who know me will probably be dealing with my whining today!). I’ve been doing lots of walking and babywearing (thanks Angela!) but have been holding off to make sure I wasn’t going to cause any problems with breastfeeding (I did last time by starting too early and not eating enough, etc.). Angela and I did a smaller walk than usual (only 5k, my goodness) and then I checked for abdominal separation (I’m good, yay!) and then jumped right in!

  • I started with an abdominal workout (very light), you can find it here. I only got to level 3, but I will work up to my crazy ab exercises soon I’m sure!
  • I then did a legs and butt workout, you can find it here

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The Tina Times

Bathing suit season is upon us and cellulite is a hot issue of concern among many ladies. No matter how love-your-body-the-way-it-is people aim to feel, cellulite seems to prevail as a pretty common “I’d rather do without it” thing. So let’s see what we can do about that.

First of all, what is cellulite?

Cellulite is swollen fat deposits pushing through weakened connective tissue in the skin, creating a dimpled appearance. It’s most commonly seen around women’s thigh and butt regions.


Cellulite is incredibly common, affecting 80-90% of post-adolescent females. Although weight does play a role, cellulite affects people of all body types.

Women are much more prone to cellulite than men because we carry more fat on our bodies (three layers of fat in the abdomen and pelvis!), and we have less supportive connective tissue to keep it in place.

What causes cellulite?

Genetics, aging, and lifestyle. Hereditary factors determine how much cellulite your body will show relative…

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Bacon + Broccolini Pizza

Emerging Adult Eats

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I make really fabulous, filling dinners every night. Obviously, I’m a food blogger.

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But sometimes you just gotta have a sweet treat, ya know? Garr & I OCCASIONALLY take a little ride on over to the local yogurt drive thru after din din. Like, only occasionally three times a week.

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All this time we thought we were getting away with our frozen dessert addiction. No, no, no. Those teenage yogurt scoopers look innocent, but man are they perceptive.

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“Oh yeah – I remember you guys. You get the military discount & you like lids on your yogurt.”

……………. She knows we like lids. She basically knows our innermost workings. The jig is up!

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Note to self: get new yogurt place or invest in disguises.

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2 pizzas


  • 8 slices of bacon, cut in chunks
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 bundle of broccolini, rinsed…

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Keep it simple Falafel


Its college tonight so a simple supper is called for and you don’t get easier than falafel or chickpea patties.

You can used dry chickpeas, rehydrate n’ cook according to the packets instructions but I don’t tend to for the following reasons a) convenience of tins, b) I’m usually time strapped and c) I read somewhere the tinned ones tend to make you less “windy” if you know what I mean …..

The method is soooooper easy everything goes into the food processer and gets whizzed to a coarse mixture.  I’m afraid I’ve never tried it any other way so cant tell you if you can do it by hand with a potato masher.  I teamed it up with a red onion and tomato salad and popped it all into a pitta.

If you’ve seen the “Pizza, Pizza” blog you will know how to make the pitta breads if not check it…

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Went out to eat with Sensei after Kabuki to a Yakiniku

Jake From State Farm's Adventures in Japan


So tonight after we went to a Kabuki play for class, I joined Sensei, Austin, Teall for dinner. We went to a place where you can grill your own food at your table. Its called a Yakiniku and it was so good. We had several dishes, the ones on the left were an egg dish and a vegetable dish. On the right we had a noodle dish that I forgot the name of xD So basically what happened was that we got seated and then a lady came up and showed up how to cook the food. She spread lard on the grill and then began to cook the dishes on the left. She added several things to it including ground seaweed. You can see in the pictures that we got spatulas that we used to scrap the food from the grill. I also had two beers which were really good…

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Alfalfa + Oats Cookies

Extraordinary Kitchen

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These cookies are low-fat, low-calorie, chewy cookies that are fit for breakfast or a snack with a hot cup of tea. This version is not too sweet, and therefore ideal if you are watching your weight, or are really not that fond of sweets.

Notes: Substitute light brown sugar with refined sugar if you don’t like chewy cookies, and prefer snappy ones. Substitute vegetable oil with coconut oil or melted butter, if you like. I have not tried melted butter, but I have tried coconut oil. The flavour is completely different with coconut oil; the cookies turn out equally good.

  1. 1 ½ cups wholewheat flour
  2. ½ cup rolled oats
  3. ½ cup vegetable oil
  4. ½ cup buttermilk
  5. ¼ cup almond milk
  6. ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  7. ¼ cup organic alfalfa seeds
  8. ½ tspn pure vanilla extract
  9. ½ tspn salt
  10. 1 tspn baking powder

Preheat the oven to 150 C.

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Prolonging life continued- pros and cons of clean eating 


What the heck is clean eating and why are we so obsessed with it?/When does our obsession go from healthy knowledge to dangerous disorder?

When I think “Clean Eating,” I think only fruits and veggies. I think organic. I think non-GMO. I think…no fun. But what is it really, and where did this fad come from?


Fitness Magazine.com says that Clean Eating is all about the journey your food went on before it met your mouth. You want to ingest things that are un- or minimally processed, refined, handled, scientifically modified… But have you looked in your pantry lately? Everything we have is more or less fake food.

So let’s narrow it down. If we are eating clean, what don’t we want?

Processed Foods.

Okay, but what is that?

· Processed foods include any foods with additions—everything from salt, sugar and fat to preservatives.

· Food that has experienced…

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