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Rosemary, Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Salad March 27 2017

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon and Avocado salad

yield: serves 2 total time: 35 minutes


4 slices thick-cut bacon
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
6 cups spring greens and/or butter lettuce
1 bunch watercress
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large avocado, thinly sliced

Rosemary Vinaigrette: 

2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
salt and pepper


Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the bacon. Cook until it's crispy and the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon and place it on a paper towel to drain any excess grease.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cover with the rosemary. In the same skillet, over medium-high heat, add the chicken and cook until golden and crisp on both sides, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and let sit for a moment while you assemble the salad, then slice it.

Toss the greens with the watercress and the tomatoes. Top with the sliced chicken, the bacon and the avocado. Drizzle with the rosemary vinaigrette!

Whisk together the mustard, oil and vinegar. Whisk in the rosemary and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Thank you to howsweeteat.com for this amazing recipe.  :)


Fruit Water Recipe March 24 2017

Orange-Kiwi Infused Water

2 cups of water or sparkling water
2 cups of ice
1 orange, sliced
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced


Raspberry-Mint Infused Water

2 cups of water or sparkling water
2 cups of ice
1 cup raspberries, whole
handful of mint


Blueberry-Lime Infused Water

2 cups of water or sparkling water
2 cups of ice
1 cup blueberries, whole
1 1/2 limes, sliced


Strawberry-Basil Infused Water

2 cups of water or sparkling water
2 cups of ice
1 cup strawberries, sliced
handful basil


Lemon-Cucumber Infused Water

2 cups of water or sparkling water
2 cups of ice
1 lemon, sliced
10 thin slices of cucumber


“The Everything” Infused Water

2 cups of water or sparkling water
2 cups of ice
Mix together each of the above ingredients for a super-fruity infused water


Thank you to sheuncovered.com for their beautiful post.  

Can You Remember... March 24 2017

Be true to that inner voice that knows who you were meant to be.


30 Ways to Practice Self Care March 24 2017

We're all guilty of putting the needs of friends and family first - so here's a comprehensive list of suggestions for you to conduct self care on a daily basis.  One option for each day - give it a try!  Thank you to britstrawbridge.com for sharing this health and wellness post. 

Re-read a favourite book
Diffuse essential oils
Take a walk
Take an epsom salt bath
Light a scented candle a let it fill your home
Make a homemade body scrub & exfoliate
Colour or write in a journal
Listen to your favourite album growing up
Make a hot drink with all the fixins
Get into bed early
Bake something
Read inspiring quotes
Organize your makeup
Cozy up in a few blankets
Buy yourself flowers
Turn off your phone for a few hours
Say no
Do your nails or go get a manicure/pedicure
Sit in the sunshine
Treat yourself to your favourite dessert
Play with your pet
Do yoga
Do a DIY project
Deep condition your hair
Plan a stay-cation
Start a gratitude journal
Watch the sunset
Watch one of your favourite movies

Benefits of Pomegranate Seed Oil & Extract March 23 2017

Pomegranate seed oil and extract is very rich in antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins. This powerful antioxidant reduces free radicals formed by the sun, pollution, and heat.  It's known to stimulate “keratinocytes”, major cells found in the outer layer of the skin. This helps to reverse skin damage, revive skin and reveal a more youthful appearance.

Pomegranate seed oil and extract contains a unique polyunsaturated oil called “punicic acid”, an omega 5 fatty acid, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties. The oil fends off free radicals to keep skin ageing at bay. It also provides protection against sun damage. A study concluded that pomegranate seed oil significantly decreased the occurrence of skin cancer in mice exposed to cancer- causing chemicals.

Our anti aging facial oil contains pomegranate seed oil and some other impressive oils to help keep skin supple and healthy. 

Greek Pasta Salad March 23 2017

I think my favorite pasta salad is this Greek variation, which can be edited based on the ingredients you have on hand.  

pick your pasta

First, you can use whatever pasta you want in this salad. I love rotini because it’s fun to eat and the kids love it. I also love the way the dressing gets caught in the crannies and infuses the pasta with flavor. Since all the other ingredients are chopped, I definitely suggest going with something bite-sized (as opposed to spaghetti noodles).

an easy red wine vinaigrette

This red wine vinaigrette is so simple and flavorful, you can throw it together right before you need it. And, it comes together in minutes with just a few pantry ingredients. Save the recipe because you’ll want it on all your other salads, too!

A fresh and easy Greek Pasta Salad just in time for summer! This crowd-pleasing side dish is tasty with grilled meats and at all your backyard barbecues.Save

fresh veggies

I love the classic combination of cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and olives. I use Persian cucumbers because they taste the best (as if I just picked them from my own garden). They also have soft skins (no peeling) and minimal seeds (no seeding). Hothouse or Japanese cucumbers are another good choice if you can’t find Persians.

In traditional Greek salads, chopping up a tomato is the norm. Since grocery store tomatoes can be unpredictable, I go with my favorite brand of grape tomatoes and slice them lengthwise. I also use red onion and kalamata olives, but you are welcome to substitute your favorite onions and olives.

feta, glorious feta

Be sure to buy a CHUNK of feta cheese, not the crumbled kind. It’s just not the same. The goal is uniformly cubed salty bites of feta because they look great and taste even better. It really brings the salad together!

A fresh and easy Greek Pasta Salad just in time for summer! This crowd-pleasing side dish is tasty with grilled meats and at all your backyard barbecues.Save

This is one pasta salad your guests will rave over! It is simply the BEST with your favorite summery grilled meats (find my favorite grilled chicken recipe here) or at any potluck or picnic you are attending.

easy greek pasta salad

A fresh and easy Greek Pasta Salad just in time for summer! This crowd-pleasing side dish is tasty with grilled meats and at all your backyard barbecues.Save
Easy Greek Pasta Salad
Serves: 6 to 8 servings

A fresh and easy Greek Pasta Salad just in time for summer! This crowd-pleasing side dish is tasty with grilled meats and at all your backyard barbecues.


1 pound rotini or other small pasta
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon dried oregano
8 ounces Persian cucumbers, diced (about 3)
¼ cup sliced red onion
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 (8 ounce) chunk feta cheese, cubed
½ cup pitted kalamata olives


To cook the pasta, bring 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions, about 7 to 10 minutes. Drain well and rinse with cold water.
Meanwhile, to make the dressing, in a small bowl whisk oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper.
In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, cucumbers, onion, tomatoes, feta, and olives. Drizzle with dressing. Toss gently until uniformly combined and serve.

Thank you OhSweetBasil.com for posting this amazing recipe http://www.ohsweetbasil.com/easy-greek-pasta-salad-recipe

Nobody's Perfect, Be Kind To Yourself March 23 2017

I Am Grateful For... November 09 2016

How can an attitude of gratitude help your health and happiness?

Cultivating a regular practice of gratitude can keep us healthier and happier. Studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal increases our determination, attention, enthusiasm, optimism and energy levels. We see a greater improvement in exercise patterns, quality of sleep and lower levels of anxiety and depression.

When in a state of gratitude a brain scan shows us higher levels of activity in the hypothalamus which controls an assortment of essential bodily functions such as eating, drinking and sleeping. The hypothalamus also has a large influence on your metabolism and stress levels. Feelings of gratitude also directly activate the brains regions associated with neurotransmitter dopamine which feels good to get and is responsible for reward-driven learning. This means your brain becomes engaged in a virtuous cycle, looking for more things to be grateful for to receive a dose of dopamine again and again.

Every thought we have produces chemicals in the brain; negative thoughts produce chemicals which slow down the brain, reduce our brains productivity and may lead to depression. Positive thoughts produce chemicals in the brain that creates a sense of well being and allows the brain to function at peak capacity.

Try This:

Let this image inspire you to pick out at LEAST 5 things you feel grateful for today.  Do this every day and you mood will be lighter, and you're instantly feel happier.

Thank you to our friends at Glowellness.com.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites November 09 2016

I love this recipe, as it's so versatile and you can do some easy substitutions if we list something here you don't like.  If you're not a fan of dates - try dried cranberry or golden raisins.  You can also play with the spices a little to your own preference.  I love the clove addition, and that's something I add to my coffee maker almost every morning.  It reminds me of Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee.  :)

If you don't have a food processor, no worries, just use a blender or hand chop and crush.


1 cup pitted Medjool dates
1/2 cup pecans
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Pinch of salt


Place the dates into a small bowl and cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes, then drain.

Place the pecans into a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add in the rest of the ingredients, including the soaked dates. Pulse until combined. Adjust the spices to taste. Place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.

Use your hands to form the dough into small balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


Servings: 16 balls

Thanks to our friends at Paleogrubs.com for sharing this recipe.

10 Minute Yoga Break September 30 2016

If you don't have a lot of time to commit to a yoga class, here's a quick fix to bring yourself more energy and focus to your day.

10-Minute Core Power Yoga to Strengthen Your Body:


Thank you to Postris.com for sharing this infographic. http://postris.com/list/107/20-10-minute-workouts-to-get-you-in-shape-in-no-time/

Resilient Optimism September 30 2016

10 Home Remedies for Acne & Pimples That Work September 30 2016

Here are some truly effective ways to remedy acne prone skin, and I'm sure some of these ingredients are already in your kitchen or pantry.  Thanks to Chasing Foxes for bring this infographic to our attention. http://www.chasingfoxes.com/infographics-help-you-become-skin-care-expert/


You didn't come this far, to only come this far. July 28 2016

Pistachio Pesto Pasta June 08 2016

I made this recently for my family - three boys and husband - and they loved it.  It's a slight deviation from their usual meat and potatoes, but it was worth it.  Who can deny the deliciousness of pistachios and fresh parmesan?  Give it a try.  It's simple yet decadent.

cooked spaghetti (and reserve 1 cup of pasta water)
1-2 cups zucchini
1-2 cups of pistachios
4-5 bacon slices
half cup of grated Parmesan cheese
extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste

After cooking pasta and setting aside, wash and cut very small diced zucchini. Put in a pan with oil, salt and cook until the zucchini is soft. stirring occasionally. In a skillet cook the bacon cut into strips, without adding anything, just waiting for it to become slightly crisp.  Grind parmesan and pistachios, adding extra virgin olive oil until the pesto will have the right consistency of a thick sauce.   Add pasta and pesto to bowl and combine.   pesto and if needed add a little of the pasta cooking water to mix them better. Add the bacon and serve.

From our lovely Italian friends at http://amarantomelograno.blogspot.it/2013/07/spaghettoni-al-pesto-di-zucchine-e.html


Whatever your past has been, you can have a spotless future. June 08 2016

Eye Cream {Eye Repair & Restorative Moisture Balm} June 08 2016

Our Eye Firming & Repairing Moisture Balm is the perfect answer to eyes that need high performance hydration, toning and repair. Naturally alleviate and soften dark circles, sooth puffy eyes, and repair stressed, crepey skin with all day hydration. You'll look refreshed and feel great knowing all of the ingredients are natural and proven effective. It's a formulation like none other on the market.


• Repair Stressed & Tired Eye Area
• Soothe Puffy Eyes With Alpha Lipoic Acid & Green Tea Caffeine
• All Day Hydration

Ingredients in Alphabetical Order

Aloe Vera, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Argan Oil, Centella Asiatica, Edelweiss Extract, Elderberry Extract, Fermented Coconut Fruit Natural Preservative, Fermented Vegetable Natural Preservative, Green Tea Extract, Helichrysum Hydrosol, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Lethicin, Marine Polymeric Organisms, Melatonin, Neroli Essential Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, Shea Nilotica Butter, Tocopherol, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Walnut Oil

Cucumber Feta Rolls May 26 2016

These are quick and a refreshing addition to any menu if you're expecting company or an afternoon snack for the family.  You can premake the filling and assemble sometime before serving, to make things easier.  


2 cucumbers
6 ounces crumbled feta
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
2 1/2 - 3 1/2 tablespoons finely diced sundried tomatoes or red bell pepper
8 - 12 pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon roughly chopped dill or oregano
2 teaspoons lemon juice
pinch of pepper, or to taste


Thinly slice the cucumbers longways on a mandoline at a 2mm thick setting. Alternatively, you can use a vegetable peeler if you do not have a mandoline. Lay the cucumbers on top of a paper towel lined cutting board while you prepare the filling.

Add the feta and yogurt to a medium bowl. Mash to combine using a fork. Add the bell pepper or sun dried tomatoes, olives, dill, lemon, and pepper to the bowl. Stir well to combine. In a bowl, mash the feta using a fork.

Place 1 - 2 teaspoons of mixture at one end of a cucumber strip and roll up. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining strips. If not serving immediately, chill until ready to serve.

Thank you to our friends at Goodlifeeats.com.

Tighten & Lighten with Gigawhite and Microalgae May 23 2016

Perk up those peepers from the afternoon slump with our freshly batched Tighten & Lighten Eye Firming Serum with Gigawhite and Microalgae. http://ow.ly/eEQU300uXb7 #antiaging #eyecream

Blackberry Seed Oil: Very high in vitamin C and is extremely stable. It is a natural source for tocopherols and omega 3’s.

Lemon Peel Bioferment: Naturally derived and a great skin lightener, it will reduce sun spots and pigmentation issues.

Red Raspberry Seed Oil: An excellent antioxidant, anti inflammatory, and a natural option for sun protection.

7 Perfect Salads for an Entire Week May 20 2016

The fastest way to turn someone off of healthy eating is to fill them up with salads. Unless of course, the salads include one of the seven delicious recipes we have for you below. You see, in life there are salads, and then there are SALADS. The first is a quickly thrown together pile of lettuce and veggies with dressing, and the second is a satisfying meal you never want to stop eating— despite how healthy it actually is for you.

The latter is what we have for you here today in the hopes of giving salads a better name, and to help you eat healthy, delicious meals for at least seven days.

You are welcome.

We'll start with the first salad of the selection and you can follow the link below to navigate the rest, courtesy of Huffington Post.



Seasoned Baked Tortilla Strips
2 Flour Tortillas, cut into strips
1 tablespoon Taco Seasoning
1 Tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup + 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Old El Paso Salsa Seasoning Mix
1 jalapeno, seeded + diced
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt + pepper, to taste
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (about 4 small breast)
1 packet Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
1 cup cooked black beans, rinsed + drained if using canned
1 cup fresh grilled corn kernels
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
1 avocado, pitted + sliced
Order Ingredients

Seasoned Baked Tortilla StripsPreheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.In a bowl, toss together the tortilla strips, taco seasoning and olive oil, making sure all the tortilla strips are well coated. Spread in an even layer on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the strips are crisp. Watch closely, they will burn fast! Remove from the heat and store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.!SaladIn small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, Old El Paso Salsa Mix, the jalapeno and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Set the dressing aside.Preheat the grill or a grill pan to high heat.Add the chicken to a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl. Add the taco seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil (about 3 tablespoons). Then make sure the chicken gets completely covered. Grill the chicken for 3-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. The cooking time will vary depending on how thick your chicken breasts are. Remove from the grill and allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing.

 Meanwhile, combine the lettuce, cheese, black beans, corn and tomatoes in a bowl. Toss well to combine. Divide the mix among 4 dinner plates or bowls. Slice the chicken and divide among each plate. Top with eggs, sliced avocado and tortilla strips. Drizzle with dressing. Enjoy!


Today I Want to Bunny :) May 20 2016

Clothe Yourselves with... May 20 2016

Chicken & Feta Meatballs with Zoodles May 20 2016

I devised this recipe myself, while being inspired by my love for Mediterranean food and my hope to eat healthfully without too much fuss. You can skip the zucchini zoodles and just prepare regular pasta if you’d like. If you choose to do this, you might want to toss hot cooked pasta in some olive oil and season before topping with meatballs and parmesan.


Chicken & Feta Meatballs with Zoodles

Meatball Ingredients

1lb ground chicken breast
½ cup crumbled feta
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup kale or spinach finely chopped and shredded
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1 egg, whisked well
freshly grated parmesan

Zoodle Ingredients

3 zucchini
zoodle tool


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line baking sheet with parchment paper (or foil, and non-stick spray)
Combine all of the meatball ingredients
Form mixture into approx 1.5 inch balls
Arrange meatballs on baking sheet
Cook 20 minutes
Fill pot of water and bring to a simmer
Work zucchini through the zoodle tool, making long spirals
Drop zucchini zoodles into simmering water for about 2 minutes
Drain and plate
Top with meatballs and freshly grated parm

Jeanette Quillen / Owner & Formulator


Something New May 14 2016

Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad May 14 2016

I'm sharing this amazing recipe from SkinnyTaste.com.  Summer is on my mind and this is the perfect fit: longer days, lighter meals and spending time with family. 
Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: about 1 cup • Points+: 5 pt • Smart Points: 4
Calories: 197 • Fat: 8 g • Protein: 25 g • Carb: 7 g • Fiber: 3 g • Sugar: 0
Sodium: 330 mg • Choles: 221


1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 limes, juice of
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt, black pepper to taste
1 lb jumbo cooked, peeled shrimp, chopped*
1 medium tomato, diced
1 medium hass avocado, diced (about 5 oz)
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine
1 tbsp chopped cilantro

In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Let them marinate at least 5 minutes to mellow the flavor of the onion.

Thanks to our friends at http://www.skinnytaste.com/zesty-lime-shrimp-and-avocado-salad/