Tag Archives: food for life

‘Tis the season for…

Organic Grass-fed Beef  It’s naturally good! It’s that time of year again! Fall and winter in Ontario are grass-fed beef seasons. For those of you that don’t know, grass-fed beef means that the cows only eat grass and whatever else … Continue reading

10 Ways to Make your Recipes Healthier

When it comes to healthy living, one of my main philosophies is that I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in learning, every day, to make healthy choices that lead to living a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading

5-Day Meal Plan

It’s officially fall, and the easy, breezy days of summer have become a distant memory. Everyone is back at work and kids are back at school, which means adjusting to busier schedules & new routines. Continue reading

Add a Healthy, Tropical Twist to Your Cooking

Coconut Oil has Been Creating Quite the Stir Lately Continue reading

An Organic Apple a Day…

I’m an advocate of buying organic food. However, I’m also aware of the fact that most items are more expensive than non-organic. So, which foods can you get away with buying non-organic, and which ones are a must? Continue reading


Have you ever noticed what happens to your kids after they eat red candy or sugary cereals? They may go a little bonkers. Continue reading

Are You Motivated to Get Healthy?

I can give you all the advice, healthy recipes and meal ideas in the world, but you have to be at a point where you want to help yourself. Continue reading

Avoid the Freshman 15, even if you’re not in school

If you’ve gone to college or university, you probably understand what it means to gain the “Freshman 15.” It’s the inevitable weight gain that happens as a result of being away from your mom’s cooking, and thrown into the world of cafeteria food, late-night take-out, beer and sleeping late. Continue reading

B Vitamins

Making sure you get enough B vitamins is important because their main function is to help your body metabolize fats, proteins & carbs more efficiently. Continue reading

BBQ Thighs and Abs of Sangria?

Holy Guacamole, Batman! It’s fiendishly easy to pack on the pounds in this fine city in summer. Those devilish patios, those shifty, shrinking plates of appetizers, those never-ending, enticing tacos… It’s a chip dip of a conundrum!

Good thing Food For Life’s Lauren has come to the rescue…. (And yes, she is Superwoman!) Continue reading

Best Dairy-Free Options

With all of these new dairy-free options to choose from it can be difficult to know which ones are healthy choices. Here’s a list of my favorite dairy-free choices. Continue reading

Buy Local

Tis the Season! The thing I love about this time of year is the fresh, local produce that is readily available and on sale. I don’t worry as much about buying organic when I know the product is from Canada or better yet Ontario or Quebec. Continue reading

Carrots Really are Good for your Eyes!

Everyone is different and has different nutritional and supplemental needs. But, there are some vitamins that I think everyone should get enough of; especially if you’re busy, stressed and don’t always have time to eat a wholesome diet. Continue reading

Cauliflower Mash

Lately I’ve heard a few people say they’re in a dinner rut. They make the same go-to meals every week and have run out of ideas. In truth,  there is a variety of seasonal vegetables available at this time of year that you shouldn’t forget about! Continue reading

Cauliflower Mash

Move over, spuds. Next time the fam damily is craving mashed potatoes, shake up the dinner fare by using cauliflower instead. Continue reading

Chewy Crunchy Fruit and Nut Bars

Managing hunger levels is one of the keys to weight loss and maintenance.

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Common Weight Loss Setbacks

Weight loss and maintenance are common struggles for many people. When it comes to weight loss strategy, I don’t recommend calorie counting and daily weigh-ins. Instead, I like to focus on individuals and the types of foods in their diets. Continue reading

Cooking with a Colombian Twist

Since being in Colombia for 1 week now I’ve discovered some favorite foods that are readily available: avocado, beans, tomatoes & onions. Last night we made delicious chicken & steak fajitas with a Colombian twist. Continue reading

Detox Time

Remember the refined sugar and fat from holidays sweets? The deep-fried, fatty and processed appetizers? The alcohol? As a result, our bodies are overloaded with toxins. That being said, anybody can be toxic at any time of the year due to poor eating habits, stress or their environment. Continue reading

Do Cheetahs drink Giraffe’s milk?

Do Cheetahs drink Giraffe’s milk? No…so why do humans drink cow’s milk? As Dr. Joey Shulman points out in her book Winning the Food Fight, “Humans are the only creatures that drink milk from the mother of another species.” I’ve never thought of it this way, and it sort of grossed me out. Continue reading

Does Your Cereal Pass the Test?

Do your start your day with a bowl of Count Chococaramel Loops? Wake up to Lauren’s nutrition tips…

There are very few pre-made cereal options out there that pass my healthy cereal test.
Does your cereal pass the test? Continue reading

Eat Seasonally

Loco for Local – FRESH and in season best bet for great taste Continue reading

Exercising in Buenos Aires

My husband and I decided to join a gym while we’re living in Buenos Aires. Continue reading

Feeling Stressed?

Try adding more vitamin B5 to your diet. Continue reading

Five Day Meal Plan

Lauren’s meal ideas are healthy, easy and yummy Continue reading

Four Simple Substitutions for Healthier Pancakes

Pancakes are often considered an “unhealthy” food choice, but they don’t have to be. Here are four simple substitutions to make your next batch of pancakes healthy! Continue reading

Fresh and Healthy in Jamaica

Delicious Food and Fun Activity make Jamaica Vacation a Real Treat Continue reading

Get Into the Habit of Mindful Eating

Counting calories, watching portion sizes, exercising regularly and choosing lean-protein, high-fibre and low-fat options are common strategies when it comes to weight loss and maintenance; but have you heard about mindful eating? Continue reading

GM Foods – Another Reason to Buy Organic

You Could be Eating a GM Tomato Right Now and Not Know it Continue reading

Go Meatless Tonight with Falafels

Have you ever tried falafels? I feel like they’re underrated when it comes to healthy, vegetarian meal options. I love them. They taste like they should be bad for you, but they’re not (except if deep-fried). Continue reading

Guest Post

Check out my guest blog post on Living Kitchen Wellness! Continue reading

Have 20 Minutes?

The best part is that you don’t need to have a gym membership to exercise. Continue reading

Healthy Aging

How to live to 100
(or just feel great getting there) Continue reading

Healthy Apple Crisp

As you know, apples are in season in Ontario right now, so it’s time to start taking advantage of them! Royal Gala and Honeycrisp are my personal favs for snacks, while Cortland, Empire and Granny Smith are tart and perfect for baking. Continue reading

Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

I’m not a parent, but I find it a challenge to make my own lunch everyday so I can only imagine the challenges parents face coming up with healthy, easy lunches that their kids will actually eat. Continue reading

Healthy Baking with Bananas

The next time you’re grocery shopping buy double the amount of bananas you normally would. Let one bunch get nice & ripe, and than pop them in the freezer. Continue reading

Healthy Beauty

Worried about harmful ingredients in your cosmetics? Lauren suggests some attractive  solutions. Continue reading

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

This pudding is healthy because it’s made with healthy fats from the coconut oil and avocado. Healthy fats are important to include in your diet for the health of your brain, nervous system, skin and hair; they also promote good HDL cholesterol levels. Continue reading

Healthy Cottage Snacks

For me, the perfect cottage weekends are filled with morning runs or bike rides followed by swimming in the lake, tanning and reading mags on the dock with friends and family, kayaking, boat cruises at sunset, camp fires, and of course delicious meals and snacks. Continue reading

Healthy Glowing Skin Starts on the Inside

If you want to achieve healthy-looking skin, it’s not about what you put on your body that makes a difference, it’s what you put into your body that matters. Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Baking

If you’re in the baking mood I have a great list of delicious and healthy Christmas baking recipes that you’ll be eager to make and share this Christmas season. The best part? You can tell people they’re healthy, and they won’t believe it! Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Party Eating Guide

Christmas is one of my favourite holidays, but it also comes with a lot of temptation to indulge in high-fat appetizers & sugary treats. In order to maintain your weight, and still enjoy everything the holiday season has to offer; check out my guide to “healthy holiday party eating.” Continue reading

Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing

I always encourage my clients to make their own salad dressing instead of buying it at the store. Most pre-packaged, store-bought dressings are full of preservatives, sugar, salt and unhealthy oils. Continue reading

Healthy Living is all about Balance

Living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance and long-term sustainable change. I don’t like diets because they’re extreme and yield short-term results. Continue reading

Healthy Living is Not Always Easy

I’ll be honest with you; sometimes maintaining a healthy balance while traveling is a challenge. Living in hotels, wine tours, gourmet restaurants, amazing local cuisine… Continue reading

Healthy Popcorn

I recently discovered something truly amazing –  how to make my own healthy microwave popcorn using organic kernels and a brown paper lunch bag. Trust me. This is really exciting for all the health-conscious popcorn lovers out there. Continue reading

Healthy Snack: Crunchy Kale Chips

Bring a big bowl of kale chips as your appetizer this weekend, and watch them disappear! Continue reading

Healthy Snacking Strategy

Winter in Canada is upon us once again and colder temperatures = staying in, being less active, and eating more. Our appetites naturally increase when it’s cold in an attempt to “survive” by storing fat. This is okay, but it’s important that you reach for healthy low-calorie, high-fibre snacks if you’re feeling extra hungry. Continue reading

Healthy Soda and the Weekly Health Tip

We just spent a weekend up at the cottage, and I was excited to see there was a new kitchen gadget to play with: the Soda Stream. Continue reading

Healthy Yogurt Choices

I consider yogurt a healthy breakfast, snack or dessert option. It’s a great source of protein, vitamin D, calcium, and healthy bacteria , which is good for digestion. That being said, not all yogurt is created equal. Continue reading

High Quality Protein

I know you’ve been dying to know the answer to the question I left for you in my last post: what are the top 3 highest quality protein sources. Well here’s the answer… Continue reading

Is Your Frying Pan Safe?

It can be overwhelming enough to keep track of which food and drinks are healthy, and now I’m talking about your cookware too. I feel the same frustration when I hear about yet another common food, drink or everyday item that’s no longer considered healthy or safe to use. Continue reading

Island Living

…The Water Here is the Perfect Colour of Turquoise, and the Sand has a Pink Hue to it – Beauty. Continue reading

Island Style Peanut Butter Cookies

Our studio apartment in Barbados is small, and the kitchen is even smaller.

When I stumbled across this simple cookie recipe the other day I thought it would be the perfect way to break in my kitchen. This recipe only requires five ingredients that you most likely have in your kitchen right now. (if I do, than you definitely do.) Continue reading

It’s Bueno to Keep it Simple

Sometimes I get so caught up in spices, sauces and side dishes that I forget about simple food & flavors.

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It’s All Good, Gwyneth

I recently bought Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, “It’s All Good” for my mom, and I couldn’t resist flipping through it before I gave it to her. Continue reading

Kale Hummus

Looking for a tasty weekend (or any-day) treat? Try Lauren’s Kale Hummus. It’s packed with flavor and goodness. Continue reading

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I have some exciting news – my husband is going down to South America for 8 months for work, and I will be going with him! Continue reading

Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Changes that I think everyone can make to start living a healthier life. Continue reading

Love Mustard

I love mustard. Do you? There are a few reasons you should make mustard your condiment of choice: Continue reading

Make it a Date!

One of the tricks to healthy baking is to find a natural, unrefined sweetener to substitute for refined sugar. Ripe bananas, unpasteurized honey, coconut palm sugar, real maple syrup and dates are my top choices. Continue reading

Maple Ginger Cedar-Plank Salmon Recipe

A few weeks ago I discovered the True North Salmon Company, a North American company that sells hormone and antibiotic-free, sustainably caught, farmed Atlantic salmon. Continue reading

Meal Ideas in your Fridge

If you struggle with dinner ideas; a good place to start is your own fridge & pantry. Continue reading

My Basic Rules for Healthy Living

If you know there’s room for improvement in your diet, take one or two of my rules, and try to follow them for the next two weeks. Once they’ve become part of your routine, add another one, than another, until you wake up one morning and realize all the little changes have added up to a new healthy lifestyle. Continue reading

Need an Energy Boost?

Vitamin B12 is known as the “energy” vitamin because it stimulates the body’s metabolism of proteins, fats & carbs. Continue reading

No More Excuses for Avoiding Workouts

Do you find yourself coming up with excuses to avoid working out lately? Thanks to the Nike Training Club app you no longer have any.  Sorry. Continue reading

Premium Fuel for Your Body

It’s common knowledge that eating raw fruits and vegetables is good for you, but do you really know why? Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is high in vitamin A, C and E, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Check out my easy recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash! Continue reading

She’s travelling, studying, writing and bursting with good health tips

Follow Ottawa Family Living’s Food for Life blogger, Lauren on her International Wellness Journey.

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Six Steps to Healthy Dinners

Cooking an easy, healthy meal doesn’t have to be complicated; it’s all about how you approach it. You can put together a different healthy meal every night simply by switching up your combination of ingredients. Continue reading

Slow Cooked Vegetarian Coconut Curry

Curry is a popular flavor in Barbados, and there is lots of local produce available. The other night I made a delicious vegetarian coconut curry stew using my slow cooker. Continue reading

Small Changes = Big Results

A word of caution – there’s definitely truth behind the saying “old habits die hard.” Continue reading

Spring Clean your Diet

I’m teaching a workshop next week on how to “Detox from Winter, and Clean up Your Diet for Spring” so I thought I would share a few tidbits from my workshop with my loyal blog readers. Continue reading

Spring Resolutions

Spring kind of reminds me of the New Year’s period; it’s a time for fresh starts. The weather warms up, plants start to grow, and people are inspired to get outside and start living life again. I’ve seen many people … Continue reading

Start your Day with some Avocado

Try incorporating some B1 rich avocado into your breakfast smoothie. I know, it sounds a little suspect, but give this recipe a try and you’ll see what I mean! It’s creamy, delicious and full of vitamins & minerals. Continue reading

Strengthen Your Immune System

This time of year is cold & flu season. It’s cold outside so everyone spends more time indoors, and germs circulate making it very easy to catch a cold or the flu. Continue reading

Stress Management

I love this time of year, but it can be overwhelming. On top of your regular schedule; there are a lot of extra ‘to dos’ in your calendar that can leave you feeling stressed out. Find out which foods can help you manage your stress! Continue reading

Summer Sippers

Yay! It’s the weekend
Now’s the time to raise a glass and celebrate with our family and friends at the cottage, on a patio or on the beach Continue reading

Superfood Discovery: Cabbage

I recently discovered another blockbuster veggie in Buenos Aires: cabbage. It’s cheap, readily available and packed with goodness. Continue reading

Thai Shrimp Salad Recipe

I think most of us feel a little sluggish at this time of year and we could certainly use a break from rich, heavy food. Continue reading

Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad with Sesame Peanut Dressing

The other day I bought an awesome new kitchen gadget: the OXO Julienne Peeler (available at The Bay for $10.99). It works like a regular peeler, but the blade is serrated to form long, skinny strips of whatever you’re peeling. Continue reading

The Adventure Begins


We arrived safe in Colombia late Wednesday night, and it’s been amazing so far. Continue reading

The Girl is Back in the City

Hot, smelly, polluted, busy, loud…ahh, I’m back. Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned

It’s been a couple of months since I left my life in Canada to travel/study with my husband in South America, and I’ve definitely learned a few things so far… Continue reading

Think Outside the Salad Box

Here’s a recipe I made a couple days ago for lunch. I ate it warm, and it was so tasty & satisfying. Feel free to switch up any of the veggies, herbs or use another bean or whole grain –use whatever’s leftover in your fridge or garden – think outside the salad box! Continue reading

Thoughts on Vitamins

Should you take vitamins or supplements on a regular basis? Lauren weighs in. Continue reading

Time to Detox

Everyone is interested in detoxing at this time of year. You’ve overdone it over the holidays, and want to rid your body of built-up toxins. I’ve put together an awesome smoothie recipe that includes fresh, raw ingredients that will do the trick. Continue reading

Tips to Banish Belly Fat

Want that unwelcome jiggle to disappear? Lauren tells you how to make it happen Continue reading

Tips to Prevent Memory Decline

Here is a list of tips to keep your memory & mind sharp and decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s one day. Continue reading

Tips to Stay Slim this Summer

Here’ the skinny on staying slim this summer

(And the rest of the year too!)

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Try a Great Local Fish: Rainbow Trout

I love fish, and try to incorporate it into my diet twice a week. If you enjoy eating fish it opens up a world of opportunity to incorporate healthy, lean protein into your diet. Continue reading

Try this Whole Grain: Spelt

I’ve been experimenting a lot with healthy baking up at the cottage, and the other day I used spelt flour to make some healthy cookies. Continue reading

Turkey Butternut Chili

Making a big pot of chili on a cold day is just perfect. When I’m cold, I definitely don’t crave salads.  I want something warm, healthy and satisfying. It’s even better when I can use seasonal winter vegetables! Continue reading

Vitamin B6

B6 or Pyridoxine has many benefits, but its super-power is especially helpful for women because it helps balance our hormones and with fluid retention Continue reading

Vitamin B9 or Folic Acid

Are you getting enough folic acid? Here’s a great Veggie Casserole recipe that will give you a vitamin B9 boost! Continue reading

Vitamin C: Your best defence against the common cold

Vitamin C is probably one of the most well-known vitamins, but also comes with a few common misconceptions. Continue reading

Vitamin D for Dark

Less sunlight means less Vitamin D – find out why it’s important that you get enough in the up-coming fall & winter months. Continue reading

Vitamins B2 and B3

I’m going to focus on two B vitamins in this post: B2 or Riboflavin and B3 or Niacin because they are quite similar in their functions: both play a key role in the metabolism of fats, proteins & carbs. Continue reading

What does your plate look like?

Nutrition experts at Harvard University released their “Healthy Eating Plate” last week, and I think its great – simple guidelines to follow to ensure you’re eating a healthy diet. Continue reading

What Vitamins should you be Taking?

I find there’s a lot of hype around vitamins these days, and it can be a little overwhelming. You know you should be taking vitamins, but you’re not quite sure which ones to take & why. Continue reading

Why Choose Organic?

Choosing to eat organic is a personal choice, but it’s important to make an educated decision either way. Here’s a bit more information to help you get educated on this hot topic. Continue reading

Yes Peas!

I’ve been feeling inspired to cook lately, and with the cold weather keeping me indoors more I find I actually have time on the weekends to visit the market, cook and try new recipes. Continue reading

You can take the girl out of the city…

I’m a city girl. My husband and I live right in downtown Toronto. I’m used to a fast-paced lifestyle where I can step out of my condo anytime and grab a coffee, go for dinner, grab a drink or get on the subway. And the only wildlife I come in contact with is the neighborhood dogs. Living on a farm in Colombia is a bit different. Continue reading

Zoodles can be Healthy!

Zucchini is really low in calories, and high in vitamins and minerals.

If you love pad thai & peanut sauce, but want a healthy version without all the calories, sugar & fat – try this version instead. You’ll love it. Continue reading