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A little while ago I was working with Ford Canada on their Bliss Behind The Wheel, Ford Wellness campaign here in Edmonton. Helping drivers de-stress and find a bit of wellness behind the wheel.
I love this initiative, because in our busy every day lives it can seem daunting to add ANOTHER thing to our to do lists. Of course I'm all for going to a yoga or meditation class, but sometimes there aren't enough hours in the day.
Additionally we live in a world that has so many demands on us. We are constantly being pulled in a million directions and this adds stress to our minds and bodies like never before. Unfortunately our bodies haven't caught up to technology advances yet and don't really recognize the difference between stress of a job, friend or traffic in comparison to life threatening situations like a bear chasing us. All this stress, all the time can have a toll on our health.
So, I came up with a few tips you can use in the car to help a bit. You are already in the car, so it;s not adding to your schedule any! Some of them are light stretches and the main one is calming the body with breath. This breath can help our bodies relax and send signals to the brain to calm down.
So let's start with before we drive:
- Sit up nice and tall in your seat. imagine reaching the crown of your head to the roof. Put your hands on the steering wheel. Take a big inhale as you push your chest toward the front of the car and then as you exhale round your back, tuck your chin and look to your belly button. Repeat 2-4 times.
- Next sit up tall again. Take a big inhale and as you exhale twist to your left. Look over your left shoulder and hold for 2-4 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
No only do these two stretches help you connect with your body and de-stress through breathing, but it's also stretching lightly to help you shoulder check and see better.
Next, during the drive, while stopped at red lights:
- Put your hands on you stomach. Take a big inhale, let the belly expand with the air, and as you exhale actively pull the belly button in. Repeat 2-4 breaths.
- This breath uses the diaphragm to breathe, which massages a nerve that connects to the "restore and calming" center of the brain.
- Keep eyes open for safety and keep the breath slow so not to get dizzy. Safety is of course number 1 priority.
This breath can be done as driving to, with the hands remaining on the streering wheel. When you feel overwhelmed by traffic possibly, find a breath or two, allowing the exhale to come from the mouth, maybe even a sigh sound. This is very soothing an calming.
Once you've arrived at your destination:
- Sit up tall. Inhale as you draw your shoulder towards your ears, exhale as you push your shoulders back and down away from the ears. Repeat 2-4 times. Notice the softening sensation in the neck and shoulders.
- Sitting up tall, take your left ear to your left shoulder and hold for the stretch 1-3 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
During the drive tension can be created in the neck and shoulders. Whether it be from traffic, road conditions or anything happening in the car. allow a few breaths here to release the tension before going on to your destination to start from a place of calm.
Leave a little bit of time in your travels. Rushing will only create more tension and stress.
- Take advantage of the car features to help you out. Use the Ford sync for hands free control of music, destinations and phone calls and my personal favourite... heated seats... ha ha
Recently on my Facebook I asked my friends about having a bucket list and creating vision boards... polling my friends on Facebook never dissapoints.
For a long time I've been thinking about creating a vision board and this week finally did it.
A vision board is a place to put up dreams and desires to visually be able to see. They can be used as reminders when working on goals, or simply places to share your dreams and desires. I realize this may be similar to Pinterest, except the fact that we regularly see the board.
There are many books and stories of "putting out to the universe" what you want and it comes to you. Meh. You can choose to believe that or not, but in reality.... worse case is that your husband now knows want you want for your birthday or where you'd love to travel right?
To make one is a process over time I believe. Create the board with a few of the things you love at first and as you come across more things you like add them, or remove things as they are no longer needed.
Here is how I created mine.
I think the first hurdle for me was where I was going to get the resources for putting things on my board. I didn't want to spend a bunch of money on magazines or cut up books I currently have. Luckily here in Edmonton we have the ReUse Centre. It's a place to get rid of all the things in our homes we no longer need. For example, rather then just recycling old magazines of craft supplies you can donate them there and someone else (me) will come along and use them for something.
I headed down to the ReUse Centre and got my supplies. Plus a few extra things like Halloween decorations! Since it goes off weight, rather then amount of items, I literally found my board, magazines and extras for $5!!!! yes $5!
I found this lovely old pink board. At first I was going to keep the pink but noticed some staining, and in reality pink isn't my colour. I got my husband Iron Hide Woodworks to build me a frame for it and I recovered it. In the spirit of reusing old things and sentimental value, I actually used my kids old crib sheet to cover it!
Then, my girlfriend came over with her kids. While the kids played we cut, talked and crafted. Good excuse for a playdate, a chat with a friend AND creating our vision boards!
On my board I have some places I want to travel, some thing I want for my home and a fun little saying about finding the pleasures in life. You could however have the home you want, the car you love or whatever else really. This is about you and YOUR dreams!
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife
What is floating you ask? This recent trend is gaining popularity and for good reason. It is suuuuper relaxing and in my opinion, one of the ultimate self care "me" times.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to go check out the Float House Edmonton. It was basically pure bliss. But before we get into my review of the Float House, first let's chat about what floating is.
What is a float tank?
Basically it's a tank you lie in with a high salt water content so that you actually float in the water without effort. The tank is enclosed to block out noise, light and basically most sensory stimulation. It's sometimes called a sensory deprivation tank.
What's the point?
By removing the stimulus of noise, light, draft etc the body can go into a deeper state of relaxation and/or meditation.
What if I'm claustrophobic?
This is a REAL question. I 100% have claustrophobia issues. about 5/6 years ago I had my first experience in a tank and it wasn't too bad (I had already done lots of work on my claustrophobia), but I was able to keep the door of the tank open to ease my anxiety. That said the tank I was in was on the smaller side so I found myself not completely relaxed. Personally at Float House Edmonton in particular their tanks are so big that I was completely comfortable and even closed the door all the way .
What do you in there the whole time?
Well, whatever you want to do I guess. Dominic did a great job of explaining some things about being in the tank. He suggested some things like playing in the space a bit, ways to find comfort, doing a body scan or meditation. I personally found it comforting to play around with my positioning a bit, make waves in the water and feel around the walls a bit before coming into a settled position. The great part is that whenever you feel ready you can leave. The tank is in it's pwn room and you can get out and shower whenever you feel you are ready too.
What are the benefits of floating?
There are tons! I go for the relaxation and meditation. But check out the Float Houses #WhyWeFloat page for the best resource on this subject.
So about Float House.
I love the vibe in there. Located just off Whyte Ave it's amazing to come off a busy street into the chill setting. The space is very clean, relaxed and inviting. Sitting down with Dominic, he helped put me at ease about the process, giving me a lot of good tips.
The room itself is beautiful. A private shower in the room, just outside the tank. It makes it easier to have a cleansing shower before the float and a nice warm shower upon stepping out. There is a few lighting options. You can choose total darkness, which sets on a timer. You set it to total dark and it gives you time to get into the tank and settle before it goes all dark. Additionally you can choose more light or a little bit of light. There are a couple of small holes in the ceiling of the tank that let in the smallest amount of the room light. I chose this option to help keep me oriented.
The tank itself is really large. I'm 5'2" and had lots of space to bounce back and forth from foot to head. Additionally height wise I'm pretty sure I could actually stand up in the tank. So It felt more like floating in a room then a tub.
One of the best parts however is the post float. There is this beautiful room where they encourage you to sit and have some tea, or maybe read, write or reflect. I had a beautiful conversation with Dominic and another floater afterwards. It was like hanging out with long time friends.
Overall, I really love this place. Personally every Sunday I have a morning bath and I think I will be replacing that time once a month with a float.
Have you ever floated?
"Cheesy" vegan kale chips are one of my favourite snacks. I hate paying $7 for a small bag though. So I turned my Organic Box kale order into these delicious chips with my dehydrator.
I really love kale. I get at least one bunch in my Organic box orders each time. I've made this yummy Spicy Garlic Kale Recipe and these classic oven cooked Kale Chips. Soooo I had to create these ones in the dehydrator! AND it's really good for you. A few of the many benefits are:
High in calcium, magnesium and vitamin k for strong bones.
Has multiple antioxidants.
1 up has more then 70% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin.
Is a digestive stimulant.
Firstly before we move on with the recipe, I want to point out that I used a dehydrator but I ALSO used the dehydrator function on my oven, since I had LOTS of kale. Which is basically just having your oven set to about 160 degrees Fahrenheit. I found it took long in the oven then the dehydrator, but I got the same taste and texture.
Additionally, I want to point out that this is recipe that needs a bit of planning since the cashews should be soaked in water overnight. I have found this method for "soaking" them quickly by boiling them, but it still can take an extra 10-20 minutes.
Sooooo back to the recipe.
Bunch (or two or three) of kale. Washed with the stems removed.
1 cup of soaked/boiled cashews
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp tumeric (LOTS of health benefits)
Wash. dry and remove the stems from the kale.
Take remaining ingredients and blend together in a food processor until creamy.
Mix the creamy mixture in with the kale. Rub the mixture onto the kale by hand.
Lay on the dehydrator trays or on sheets for in the oven.
Takes anywhere from 3-7 hours depending on your device.
Check them every once and a while to get the texture you like. Some people like the still slightly wet texture that makes them a bit more dense. I like them crunchy just like a chip!
Thanks to The Organic Box for providing the delicious ingredients. Make sure to get $20 off your first order from The Organic Box over $55 using the code ORGANICBUNCH20. Fresh organic food delivered right to your door and you can grocery shop from your phone in your pajamas!
It's cold and rainy (actually even some snow!) here and it's a stay inside and be warm and cozy day!
Sooooo... it's perfect tomato soup time, especially since you likely don't have to go to the grocery store to get any ingredients. Super simple, super yummy.
- 1 can of crushed tomatoes (or just smash up some actual tomatoes)
- 1 cup of broth (chicken or vegetable)
- 1 tbsp of basil. I used some dried stuff from my garden, fresh is great too.
- 1 cup of milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- Throw it all in a pot and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Canned tomatoes will need a longer cooking time to get the tin flavour out.
- Once simmered and reduced a bit, blend it to get a smooth texture. I used my hand immersion blender, but especially if you have a fancy big blender it would work too!
I'm curious how you eat your tomato soup? Here I've got a few croutons, sometimes I like to add cheese and almost always serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich!
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife
Looking for a fun challenging fitness race in support of a good cause? Steps For A Cure is definitely a unique fitness fundraiser.
This race is not just for the runners but the stair climbers too. A race where athletes with go up and down the Wolf Willow stairs, run over to the Rio Terrace stairs and back again, seeing how many sets can be done in one hour!
K4 Financial is hosting this race in efforts to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation, in support of Kent's father that passed away from Cancer 10 years ago. At the top of the Wolf Willow stairs is a bench with Kent's Dad's name on it, so it;s fitting the race is here.
K4 Financial will be donating $100 per lap for the top man and woman to compete as well. So double the motivation.
Come out September 24th and challenge yourself with this fun and challenging fundraiser. The race cost is only a small $25, half at least of what most races are!
Summer squash is so yummy. I can't believe as a kid I wouldn't eat squash, because as an adult I love all kinds.
As an The Organic Box Ambassador I love seeing the freshest and most in season fruits and veggies when I select my items to order in my box and recently I selected to receive an order of "summer squash" and got some paddypans. I had a few people on my Instagram ask me how they should be prepared so I thought I would share how I cooked them.
Pattypan squash is basically treated like you would treat zucchini. To me the taste is very similar. Spiralizing them might be difficult from the shape however. The whole thing can be consumed and you don't have to worry about peeling or removing the outer layer like you do most other squash.
This recipe is super simple and easy to add any spices or herbs that you like best. Sometimes I swap out butter and use oil and cook up some cumin, tumeric and coriander to add some flavour,
- 2-3 summer squash
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 teaspoon or garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- Chop squash into pieces, keeping them roughly the same size.
- Water butter in a medium heat pan.
- Sprinkle garlic powder and salt and pepper on the squash.
- Cook squash on one side until a bit brown and flip over and cook until the other size is a bit brown.
- Top with a bit more salt and pepper, maybe some fresh herbs (I have cilantro here) and enjoy!
In Ayurvedic cooking, summer squash is a great summer food and has a cooling quality on the body. Likely because of it's 95% water content. This makes this a great side dish.
Summer squash provide a fair amount of potassium, carotenes and vitamin c.
Get $20 off your first order from The Organic Box using the code ORGANICBUNCH20 and try out the freshest fruit and vegetables they have to offer.
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife
I ordered a bunch of broccoli from The Organic Box and it had been sitting in the fridge for a bit. (I'm starting to realize this is how most of my recipes start). So, I had the broccoli and rather then my usual boil/steam I wanted to do something different. I also may not have wanted the effort of having to cook it........
Most broccoli salad recipes I noticed had mayo, which I am personally not a huge fan off so I swapped the mayo out for avocado and I think it turned out pretty yummy, AND healthy. The lime adds a bit of zing to the flavor but the citric acid in it also helps keep the avocado from going brown, especially since the longer this is left the softer the broccoli becomes and personally I like better.
- head of broccoli
- 1 avocado
- quarter of a red onion chopped fine
- cup of chopped grape tomato
- juice of half a lime
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste.
As I write out the ingredients I realize it's actually like quacamole with broccoli and I wonder why I've never thought of that before!
- Finely chop the broccoli down. I used just the head and kept the stems out mostly.
- Chop onions and tomato and add to the bowl.
- In a separate bowl add avocado, lime, garlic powder and salt and pepper.
- Mix the avocado mixture in with the broccoli, tomato and onion.
- I like allowing a bit of rest time to let the broccoli soften but it can be eaten right away as well.
Get $20 off your first order of $50 or more from The Organic Box using the code ORGANICBUNCH20.
Last week and the week before my friend and I hosted a screening of the Embrace movie. A movie centered around the body positivity movement. Every time I watch this movie I leave feeling more love then ever for my body and the fellow women of the world.
Then each morning I wake up to reality I feel like.
A friend tagged me on Instagram to win a free 3 week pass to a fitness studio. Awesome. Don't mind at all. HOWEVER. The imagery used in this contest was of a women in a tiny bikini in the water from the back side with "perfect" skin and a very small waist and legs. Followed by an image of a women with her legs in the water, again very slender legs, followed by the last image of a woman in another small bikini, thigh gap and abs. Not even showing any of their faces. Literally just their young "perfect" bodies. Like they aren't even people or something.
The anger begins to build inside me.
We have so far to go. We aren't going to change traditional media anytime soon. (That doesn't mean to stop trying). BUT fitness studios and trainers and teachers and instructors and gyms have the choice. Especially these small studios. They have a choice to embrace the women they are advertising to, rather then telling them they are not good enough through imagery.
To further my frustrations, I go to Facebook to see someone selling their fitness equipment saying "get those legs summer ready".
You have legs. They are fucking summer ready.
We have choices. We can choose to change the world by saying things like "invest in yourself" and "workout for you" and "exercise for your health", rather then "get abs" or "grow your booty".
Abs do NOT equal happiness. That shit comes from the inside. Workout because you feel strong or empowered. Workout to feel and be healthy.
The language of the fitness industry needs to change.
It starts with us as consumers. We can put our dollars into businesses that support positive body statements and images.
"Language Matters" as Mayim Bialik talks about in one of her videos regarding how we talk about women. Same rules apply how we talk about our bodies. If we keep sharing and buying products telling us to "get summer bodies" the cycle continues. BUT we have a chance to take notice of this language and advertising and fight with our wallets.
Outdoor Stairs Workout
Nice warm weather calls us to places like city stairs for workouts. Stairs are a great workout cardiovascularly and for the the butt and legs. Add a little bit of upper body work and you've got your full body workout in!
Walk up the stairs for the first set. Reaching the top you can do a few stretches if you;d like before coming back down
- Pick up the pace a bit (if you can) going up the stairs.
- At the top do 10 Tricep Dips. Can be done off a bench, rock, top stairs or from the ground.
- walk down the stairs.
- At the bottom for 10 push ups. Can be done from the ground and feet, ground and knees, of off the last few steps.
Third Set +
For the third set up to as many as you can do, repeat steps for the second set, just adding a bit more speed either up and/or down.
- Bring a small rock from the bottom of the stairs up each time you do a set to keep track of how many you have done.
- Set goals for the amount of sets you want to do. Maybe each week you add a set.
- Set time goals for how quickly you complete sets or workouts.
- Increase the reps of the push ups and/or tricep dips occasionally to 12 or 15+.
I mostly eat Kale in raw form in a salad, but I might have left it in the fridge a tad too long and it lost some of it's crispiness, so I thought I would cook it up. Since I didn't leave it to cook to long, it still have some texture to it, because I HATE soggy greens!
- Bundle of kale. I get mine organic from The Organic Box.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- pinch of chili flakes
- salt and pepper
- Parmesan Cheese (optional)
- Heat the oil in a pan on medium.
- Rough chop the kale, leaving the stems in. Leaving the stems in will add more crunchiness if you like more texture like me.
- Toss the kale and garlic into pan and mix around to get well coated with the olive oil. I may have also added a touch more oil then the 2 tbsp listed above.
- Cook until warm but still slightly crunchy. Each type of kale will take a different amount of time, also depending on the texture you like. Here I have dinosaur kale (also known as black kale).
- The last minute of cooking add the chili pepper flakes. Of course adding to the heat you like. Remember with chili flakes a little can go a long way!
- Add salt and pepper to tasting and remove from the pan.
- Top with Parmesan cheese and serve and eat right away.
Nutritional Information about Kale
- One cup of kale has 70% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C!
- Minerals include: Copper, Iron and Calcium
- Vitamins include: B1, B2 and E
- High in chlorophyll, carotenes, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
I am currently obsessed with the Pure Living Enthusiast Root Down Muscle Balm. Think a way better and more natural version of the traditional chemical filled (and smelly) muscle creams. You may love your grams, but that stuff can smell yucky.
This Root Down Muscle Balm was originally designed for use in the yoga room. Developed to bring in some mobility during practice and body awareness, it was realized just how good it was for soreness and inflammation.
I've used this on people in my yoga classes to rub on their neck and shoulders in savasana to help them relax and ease the tension, as well as on my own neck and shoulders after a night of sleeping funny and waking up with a stiff and sore neck. The tingle gives some of that immediate relief and then it lingers allowing time to relax the muscles.
A few weeks ago I did a really heavy leg day workout and was sore for days after and I was able to use this muscle balm to help ease some of the soreness from DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness.
I have yet myself to need it for the purposes of a cold, but I'm told it's also a great replacement for Vick's when you have a cough or cold. Rub a little on your chest to help ease congestion.
So basically this balm is a household catch all. Use it for stiff necks, sore muscles, coughs and colds. And the pleasant smell of frankincence and peppermint wont leave you smelling like grams! (No offence grandma).
I must be honest here, I haven't even heard of fiddleheads until this year. I just saw everyone asking about them and saw them on The Organic Box when I was making more order and thought I would check them out.
A quick little bit of research lead me to find out they grow naturally in Canada. They are mostly found in Eastern Canada, hence why it seemed like all my friends originally from the east coast where the ones posting about them! My mother's side of the family is from Ontario and Prince Edwards Island so my mom helped me figure them out a bit.
If you google them quickly however, you may come across a few articles telling you to be careful cooking them because they can make you sick. Apparently you need to cook them thoroughly to cook off the toxins they have in them. Boiling for 15-20 minutes is needed before cooking them any further. (My mom suggested butter in a pan).
Soooooo... after I boiled them for actually like 25 minutes and cooked them in butter I was ready to try them. I was a bit scared. But I figured hey, they have to be pretty yummy in order to risk getting food poisoning right?
Okay they weren't bad actually, but I didn't think anything to special. Sort of a nutty taste. In my opinion probably not worth all the prep and worry. However, I imagine if you grew up eating them they probably taste pretty special. My mom seemed a bit nostaligic about them
Sooooo that's what the F$#% A Fiddlehead is.
If you're curious you can still get fiddleheads at The Organic Box. And you can use the code ORAGNICBUNCH20 to get $20 off your order of $50 or more. (so you can get lots of FREE Fiddleheads!)
A free full body workout from home or the park.
The weather is warmer and you likely don't want to be trapped inside a gym. Take your workout to the backyard or playground with your kids with this full body workout.
You can do as many rounds as you'd like but I recommend three with breaks in between. Warm up with some jogging (actual or on the spot) and/or jumping jacks. If you are a postpartum mom and need less impact (read Why You Pee During Your Workout) take to some bodyweight squats.
Cool down with some stretching and remember to rehydrate!
- High knees - get your knees up toward your chest. 20 per leg
- Glute bridge raises - lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the ground. Lift the butt off the ground and squeeze the glutes.
- Pushups - hands on the ground outside of the shoulders. Start from knees and work up to from feet.
- Squat jumps - squat down, keep the chest up (look forward) and jump up. Option to bodyweight squat instead or grab your toddler/baby on your back.
- Walking lunges - hands can be on the hips for balance. 20 per leg
- Tricep dips - hands on the ground or a bench with fingertips pointing toward your feet. Bend at the elbows, do not swing hips up and down.
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife
The Ultimate Edmonton Run List 2017
There are so many great fun runs popping up, I've rounded up this list for you. Get some friends together for a team or train for a long run. Either way have some fun!
Edmonton Gorilla Run May 13th
Be a gorilla for a morning. Dress up your costume to enter to win prizes too!
Teddy Bear Fun Run May 13th
Supporting the children of the Stollery Hospital and you can be entered to win a Mothers Day Spa Retreat in Edmonton.
Super Cities Walk for MS May 25th
Walk/run to support MS research.
A run hosted by the parents of a child on the heart transplant list. Funds raised going to the Pediatric Heart Transplant in the Stollery.
Edmonton Shoppers Run For Women May 27th
Supporting women's mental health programs. This run also has a little 1k for the kids!
Edmonton Defeat Depression Walk May 28th
Raising funds for CMHA and mental health programs and awareness.
Woman 2 Warrior May 28th
Supporting Easter seals and families overcoming the challenges of disability and mental conditions
Color Me Rad Edmonton June 10th
Find your white shirt and shorts and get covered in colour bombs!
Edmonton Pride Run & Walk June 11th
Celebrating our diverse community and raising funds for the new Edmonton Pride Run Endowment.
5k/10k Ice Cream Run June 11th
Post run massages and a community potluck afterwards!
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes June 11th
Supporting finding the cure for Diabetes.
Kids running for Kids June 12th
Supporting the efforts of Jacob's Wish 2.5 km and also 5km and 10km options.
Pheonix Fun Run June 18th
Walk/run supporting Endometriosis Awareness.
Do It For Dads June 18th
Raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer.
Run for H20 - June 24th
Supporting efforts to bring clean water to rural parts of Ethiopia
Superhero Run/Walk June 25th
Helping support Edmonton's inner city youth.
Pets In The Park June 25th.
Walk with your pet in Hawerlak Park supporting the Edmonton Humane Society
5K Foam Feast Leduc July 1st
A fun way to cool off from the summer heat, running/walking in foam!
Mega Bounce Run July 8th
Whats better then bouncy castles? Running on them and supporting the Ronald McDonald House!
Run to Quit July 9th
Focusing on a healthy lifestyle with the aim to support those quitting smoking.
Spartan Sprint & Super(Red Deer) July 22-23
Get a little dirty and test your skills.
Edmonton Ice Cream Run July 23rd
Benefiting the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Society. This event has a "little scoops" 1k run for the kids too.
Foam Glow - August 11th
Foam. Glow In the dark. Fun
Mud Hero (Red Deer) August 12-13
Get dirty on the hills and show of your skills.
Hope Run 2017 - September 2nd
Supporting the Make A Wish foundation of Northern Alberta.
Instabox Dog Jog September 9th
Running to support Second Chance Animal Rescue.
Insane Inflatables September 16th
A chance to let out your inner kid. Bounce and run around!
Terry Fox Run September 17th
Continuing the legacy
Night Race September 23rd
Pull out the headlamps and flashlights or even glow sticks for this fun in the dark race.
Cinco De Mayo Salsa
Happy Cinco De Mayo! The tradition behind Cinco De Mayo is actually around Mexico beating out the French in a war in the 1860's, but mostly in today's time we are celebrating the unity of cultures from Mexico and America. Like for example the fact that we all know and LOVE salsa amaright?
I got my Organic Box yesterday and the tomatoes and red onions were begging me to make a salsa with them!
I've got a tad bit of a twist to my salsa to bump up nutrition too!
- 1 tomato
- 1/2 bell pepper (adding chunkiness and vitamin C)
- 1/4 red onion
- 1 tbsp cilantro (sometimes fresh, sometimes dry, sometimes left out)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper (omit or add more to your spicy salsa love level
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 lime
- Chop up onion, tomato and jalapeno finely. I know some people like to use the food processor or knife for chunkier. I actually have a Tupperware chopper that makes it half chunky and half mushy.
- Knife cut bell peppers and add in.
- Add chopped garlic
- Squeeze in half a lime.
- Add cilantro, salt and pepper to taste.
- Add chips and enjoy!
Jen The Bichin' Housewife.
Get $20 off your The Organic Box order with the code ORGANICBOX20
PS Check out my Guacamole recipe on the new Alberta Mamas blog!
Have you heard of/tried dry shampoo? I've been a hairstylist for over 16 years (oh my gosh I feel old expressing that out loud). And dry shampoo has been around a lot longer then people think. I used to use it 15/16 years ago when I would go to the hospital to cut people's hair that were bed ridden. It wasn't as fancy back then and it was more chemical then anything I'm sure.
Luckily Pure Living Enthusiast has made a awesome natural dry shampoo that is THE BOMB, made from clay, arrowroot and essential oils.
So naturally I had to put this no chemical dry shampoo to the test. Lately I have been waking up at 5:30 am to head to the gym. Meaning I get my workout in and then rush my butt home to make breakfast, school snacks, get kids dressed etc etc etc before we rush out the door. 99% of the time I DO NOT have the time to wash my hair. So I put on some dry shampoo and handle it.
Washing hair too often can actually lead to greasier roots and drier ends. Seriously. Each time we wash our hair we strips the natural oils from it, causing the oil glands in the scalp to freak out and go all "oh no guys, we have no oil, let's produce a WHOLE BUNCH OF IT". Two problems here.
- The oil stays mostly on the scalp and doesn't get to the ends, making the roots greasy and ends dry.
- We hate the greasy look and want to wash it more so it looks pretty, but it makes the cycle worse and we are stuck.
Solution: DRY SHAMPOO!
I'm actually on a bit of a "wash schedule". I teach hot yoga three days a week and workout so I have perfectly timed my hair washing days on two specific days a week. Yep you read that right. I only wash my hair twice a week. Saturday happens to be one of my wash days. So usually by Friday my hair is a bit flat and getting on the greasy side. Not a problem if I am staying home to watch Netflix. However if the girls want to go for a drink.......
Dry shampoo to the rescue. I add a bit to the roots and greasy is gone, PLUS+ I get a bit for volume to my hair so it doesn't look so flat and lifeless!
I have some of the days in the middle of my wash schedule where I'm feeling blah and just need a pick me up and doing my hair always makes me feel a bit better. Again not wanting to mess with my flow I add some dry shampoo after my workout/sleep/whatever and off I go.
But wait... the best part (my bad attempt at a funny infomercial) they have one for DARK HAIR! *que ray of sunshine beaming in*. For YEARS all there was for dry shampoo was chemical filled white sprays/powders. Pure Living Enthusiast has made an awesome dark hair version and I love it.
So put on your dry shampoo and HANDLE IT.
Jen the Bitchin' Housewife
These Kale chips are nutritious and more importantly satisfyingly delicious. Last week in my Organic Box order I got some curly kale. I LOVE kale. Sadly I forgot about it in one of my crisp drawers (because my whole fridge was FULL of awesome fruits and veggies!).
When you leave kale a bit to long it starts to turn a tad bitter and gets a slight yellow colour. Usually people throw it away, but before you do this make this kale chips. You wont regret it. You can leave the spice out if it's not your thing or add more so tiny little hands wont want any. Muah ha ha ha.
Kale is rich in beta-cerotene, Vitamin C, K an folate. Kale is also easily absorbed, has antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps lower cholesterol, balance hormones and stimulate digestion.
Nutritional yeast is vegan option for a cheesey and nutty flavour, packed with nutritional goodness including B12, which is good for stress management. It can be found at bulk stores and some grocery stores and health food stores. If you dont have it use garlic powder instead for some flavour!
- 4 stems of kale
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (or oil of choice)
- 2-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (or garlic powder)
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
- salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove the hard stems and rough chop the kale.
- Toss kale in the olive oil, yeast, flakes and salt.
- Spread out on a sheet/cookie pan.
- Bake for 10-20 minutes. Time really varies on how you like your kale chips. I like mine in between crunch and a tad wet so I leave them about 12 minutes. Check them regularly.
- Enjoy them ALLLLLLLLL!
Get $20 off your Organic Box Order (when you buy Kale right?) using the code ORGANICBUNCH20 !
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife
This weekend is the Edmonton Woman's Show and I have a 4 pack of tickets to giveaway!
This year they are focusing a bit more on self care, and well if you follow my Instagram or any of my Self Care Sunday posts, you know that's my jam!
They have some interesting demos like Qigong, therapy workshops and FREE massages!!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE celebrating us as women so enter to win a 4 pack of tickets to take your friends for some connection time. Enter below by sharing your favourite way to connect with your friends!
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife