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  • Warm Weather…bring on the popsicles!

    Happy Sunshine Everyone!! Well, it is at least sunny around my area. We have had a rough winter and a very cold spring so far so I am incredibly grateful for a few warm sunny days.

    My 3 year old loves popsicles. And so does my baby (10 month old) as of the last couple weeks. The funny thing is my 3 year old hates my smoothies. Every time she even tries one, which she often won't, she always says "no, not good". I have tried so many different smoothie recipes and the majority of the time she doesn't like them. However, here is my super sneaky trick, I freeze the same smoothie into popsicle mould's and like magic, she likes them.

    We have been on a popsicle making bonanza around here. We have tried a few new recipes and this one in particular is defiantly share worthy. This one is a bit too rich and thick for a smoothie but is great for a creamy popsicle.



    Here are the ingredients

    • 1.5 cups pineapple
    • 1 cup mango
    • 1 can of thai coconut milk
    • 2 drops of orange essential oil* (optional)
    • 10 drops of liquid stevia (optional)

    Blend and fill popsicle mould's. I often use my Zoku. Love the product. I only have the single one though so I also use plastic (BPA free) mould's.

    *I only use Young Living essential oils for this. The oil that you are using must be a high quality and food grade. Orange essential oil is a potent antioxidant known for its ability to ward off cancer. It is also great for digestion and very uplifting. I also love diffusing it in my home!

    Making your own popsicles is a fun thing to do with little ones and a great way to get some great nutrition in a fun way. I also make ones with added greens, cucumber, beets, etc.

  • Super Simple Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad

    This salad is a great source of vegetarian protein. Thank you to my colleague Krissy for the recipe inspiration and I believe the original recipe came from www.skinnytaste.com

    This salad is really simple to throw together and is great for lunches. It has such an amazing burst of flavour with every bite. It was also a hit with my 2 year old who helped prepare it!



    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1 can black beans, rinse
    • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 cup chopped fresh mango
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • juice from 1 medium lemon
    • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tsp dijon mustard
    • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ( I like using roasted cumin)
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric


    1. Rinse 1/2 cup of dry quinoa. Add to pot. Add in 1 cup of broth or water, a pinch of sea salt and the garlic cloves. Bring to a boil. Then simmer for 15 minutes or until cooked.
    2. Mix the dressing in the bottom of a large bowl; lemon juice, olive oil, dijon, cumin, chili, and turmeric.
    3. Add in the black beans, cooked quinoa, bell pepper, mango, onion and cilantro.
    4. Combine with dressing and enjoy! I like to serve with arugula salad.


    Simple Arugula Salad

    • 1 huge handful of arugula per person
    • 1/2 juice of 1 lemon
    • olive oil
    • sprinkle of sea salt


    1. Lay arugula on a plate.
    2. Squeeze lemon juice on top, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt
    3. Use your hands to toss a bit
    4. Then add the black bean and quinoa salad

    Have you ever tried quinoa? If you have, what is your way to enjoy! Please share in the comments below!

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