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Lemon Water Refresher

If you’re like me, especially after a workout in the summer, the heat makes you want to chug water all day. I like to add lemon to mine to give it a little flavour. I’ve heard that drinking lemon water also  helps to cleanse your system. I’m all for a light detoxing when it’s so easy.

lemon water

All you have to do is get a nice lemon or two (I prefer the Meyer lemon variety. They are a really nice golden yellow colour and are rounder and sweeter than regular lemons), and then slice the lemons into thin rings. You can either put them in a jug and add ice water, or add a few slices directly into your water glass. I prefer the single serving approach using a mason jar glass. Doesn’t it look cute?

Keep in mind that the lemon rinds can make the water a little bitter if you leave them in the jug for too long. You can avoid the bitter effect by squeezing the lemon juice into the water, rather than adding full lemon slices, if you prefer.

refreshing lemon water

Not only is lemon water pretty, but it’s a refreshing way to keep hydrated. Lately, I’ve gotten into the habit of making a few glasses of lemon water after my workouts at GoodLife Fitness and then I drink it for the rest of the day. It looks so pretty in my fridge, I just want to keep grabbing another glass. Try it after your next workout!

Check back next month for another fitness post!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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Ice Cream Dreams

If you know me, you know that ice cream is one of my favourite desserts. Anytime I get a craving for a little something sweet, I turn to ice cream – or it’s close counterparts – gelato, sorbet, sherbet, or fro-yo. It never lets me down! There’s something decadent about scooping frosty dessert into a bowl or cone and taking a moment to yourself.

Thanks to my Instagram feed for informing me that today we celebrate ice cream in all it’s delicious glory on National Ice Cream Day. In honour of this delicious day, I’ve compiled a few of my favourite ice cream (and related icy treats) recipes  from Pinterest here on my blog. I’m hoping to test these out this summer! Follow my Ice Cream Dreams and Sweet Treats boards on Pinterest to find the original recipe posts.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Creamginger vanilla bean frozen yogurt | recipe by: The Vintage MixerCranberry Orange Sorbetcranberry orange sorbet | recipe by: Drizzle & DipS'mores Ice Cream Sandwichess’mores ice cream sandwiches | recipe by: Paper N Stitch Blog
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Handmade Ice Cream Coneshandmade ice cream waffle cones | recipe by: Herriot Grace BlogLemon Meringue Ice Cream lemon meringue ice cream | recipe by: Sifting FocusDairy-Free Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Ice Creamdairy-free dark chocolate cinnamon ice cream | recipe by: My Darling Lemon ThymeDonut Ice Cream Sandwichesdonut ice cream sandwiches | recipe by: Paper N Stitch BlogCoconut Strawberry Ice Creamstrawberry coconut ice cream | recipe by: Immer Wachsen

Sweet dreams! xo

Fitness Recipes

Peach Mango Tango Smoothie

I’ve been on a huge smoothie kick lately. I think it might be because I use a lot of frozen fruit, so they kind of taste like sorbet to me! Maybe that’s why I like them so much!

My favourite thing about smoothies is that I can get a bunch of different fruit into one easy to drink meal, and I can make one for a fast breakfast, take one with me on the way to work, or on the way to the gym with me when I go to GoodLife Fitness. I also like that smoothies are pretty filling, and since I use a small blender, they are almost mess-free.

As part of my obsession this month, I’ve been swapping my usual lunches for smoothies. In this post, I’m sharing my current favourite smoothie of the moment, what I’m calling the Peach Mango Tango. Here’s the list of what you’ll need to make it…

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of frozen fruit mix (I used a mix of peach, mango, strawberry)
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tablespoons of french vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

delicious fruit smoothieTo make this smoothie, start by adding your ingredients into your blender, starting with the banana.

banana smoothie

Next add the frozen fruit. I like to blend everything right out the freezer so it keeps a nice frosty consistency and gives it that sorbet texture.vanilla_yogurt_smoothie

I like to add the yogurt and honey last so that part hits the blades first and helps to keep everything moving as it blends.

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Now, mix everything together! I use the Nutribullet since I love making a single serving size and it’s really easy to clean afterwards.

fruit smoothie

Here’s the final drink!

I love to make smoothies as snacks as well, as a way to get more vitamins into my diet rather than junk food. I try to use fresh fruit as often as possible,  but frozen fruit is also a great alternative, and can stay in the freezer a lot longer than the fresh stuff. I’ve gotten into the habit of buying a bunch of different frozen fruit bags and now I have a full freezer of fruit so that I can mix and match them for new smoothie flavours. It also makes it really convenient when I am in a rush and I don’t have to wash or cut up fruit because it’s already done!

As part of this next month’s fitness goal, I’m hoping to get to the gym at Goodlife Fitness more often, possibly on my lunch breaks, so I have an energy boost mid-day, but we’ll see if my schedule allows for it! Come back next month to see how that goes and get another healthy recipe!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Fitness Recipes

Back To Basics

I’m back from Miami and trying to detox a little from my vacation diet which was pretty much all pizza, dinners out, more pizza, sodas, and Tiramisu Starbucks Frapps (How could I resist? They don’t make those in Canada!). After my first few days back, I really felt like I needed to hit the gym, so I went to Goodlife Fitness for a run on the treadmill and a workout sesh. Nothing feels better than getting a good sweat on after a few days of bad eating!

I’ve also been trying to stick to a clean diet. This morning, I made my favourite smoothie and had a fresh bowl of pineapple – my favourite!! You can find the recipe for my Blueberry Honey Vanilla Smoothie here, but this time I added a banana and some pineapple to make it juicier and get some more vitamins and colour in my diet!

Eating clean

Do you have any tips for getting back to your healthy self after being off the wagon for a little while? I’d love to hear them!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Fitness Recipes

Eating Colourfully

I’ve been working late almost every day the past few weeks, so after hitting the gym at GoodLife Fitness, by the time I get home, I am in no mood to cook. To stick to my health and fitness goals, rather than skip healthy options for something like pizza, I’ve been making one of my go-to favourites – Mango Avocado Salsa. It’s so easy to make – you just need a couple of ingredients.

Avocado Mango Salsa

Delicious avocado

Mango Avocado Salsa

Ingredients:

1 ripe yellow mango

1 avocado (ripe but not too soft)

1 or 2 small roma tomatoes (or a red pepper if you prefer)

1 red onion

1 lemon

 

What You’ll Need:

Sharp Knife

Cutting Board

Lemon Juicer

1 Large Bowl

 

Directions:

Wash the mango and cut it into cubes. Do the same with the avocado. Wash and dry the roma tomatoes and dice them into small chunks. Toss everything into the bowl together. Dice as much red onion as you like and add it to the bowl. (The flavour of red onion can pack a punch so you might want to add a little bit at a time). Finish the recipe off with a squeeze of lemon juice. The lemon juice really brings out all of the flavours of all the ingredients. Gently mix everything together with a large spoon. This salsa recipe is a tad on the sweeter side, but the onion cuts it and gives it a little kick, while the avocado adds a savoury element. You can serve this salsa with tortilla chips, but it would also taste great with chicken or fish tacos. It’s a pretty versatile recipe so you can experiment with it. Switch up the recipe by substituting roma tomatoes for a red pepper, as they both and a touch of sweetness and juice to the recipe.

The past few months, I’ve really stuck to my goal to eat colourfully. I decided that next month I am setting a new fitness goal- check back next month to find out what it is!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.