Meatless Monday: Garlic Roasted Summer Squash… and the Contest Winner!

A winner has been selected for the SlimKicker giveaway contest! Drum roll please………………….

CONGRATULATIONS to leslieghee! Your suggestion has been selected by the SlimKicker team and will be featured as a new challenge on the SlimKicker app:

“Alternate days of cardio and strength training for a couple of weeks. One day do 30 minutes of running, and the next day do an arms/chest workout, etc. It’s important to do both types of exercises, not just one or the other.”

Very true! Strength training is especially important for weight loss. The more lean muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn while at rest! Leslieghee, please email me at lmfujita (at) gmail.com to receive details on how to claim your prize!

Now, on to this week’s Meatless Monday recipe. Mama Earth sent us some summer squash last week – they looked so cute! My mom roasted them with a bit of garlic and olive oil. So simple, yet so delicious. I gobbled it right up :)

Garlic Roasted Summer Squash

Ingredients:

2-3 summer squashes (they were small)

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

Pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Trim the ends from the squash and cut into bite-sized pieces. Toss the squash with olive oil, garlic and pepper in a bowl. Place in a shallow baking dish.

2. Roast the squash for about 5-10 minutes, or until tender and slightly browned. Enjoy!

In other news, my boyfriend and I recently found an apartment together and I went to pick up the keys today! We will gradually be moving things in over the next week. I apologize in advance as I likely will not have much time to blog, but hopefully things will get settled rather quickly and I can get back in the swing of things!

Be Well xo

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Vegan Banana-Orange Pancakes

I’ve got another tasty Sunday morning recipe for you all! Vegan pancakes. Super easy to make and incredibly delicious. For an extra special Sunday breakfast treat, you can try adding some chocolate chips to the batter as well. Of course, if you use milk chocolate chips then the recipe will no longer be vegan-friendly. My suggestion would be to look for some vegan dark chocolate. Yum!

Also, don’t forget about the SlimKicker giveaway contest that’s happening right now! Just to remind you all, SlimKicker is looking for new suggestions for healthy challenges to add to their app. Simply comment on last week’s post with your suggestion. SlimKicker will select their favourite and the winner will receive a free digital kitchen scale! You’d better hurry with your submissions, because the contest ends this Wednesday!

Vegan Banana-Orange Pancakes

Yields about 6-8 pancakes (I made 4 medium-sized pancakes and 4 smaller pancakes with chocolate chips)

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 banana, mashed

1 1/4 cups vanilla soy milk

1 tbsp sweetener (I used maple syrup. You could also use honey, stevia, sugar, etc.)

1-2 tsp orange zest

Directions:

1. Sift the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl.

2. In a small bowl, mash the banana with a fork and add 1/4 cup of the soy milk, mixing together until there are no lumps. Add the banana mixture, maple syrup, and remaining soy milk to the dry mix and stir together until just mixed.

3. Portion out about 3/4 to 1 cup of batter onto a hot non-stick pan. The pan will be hot enough when you flick a bit of water onto it and it sizzles. When the centre of the batter starts of bubble, flip the pancake over and cook the other side until golden brown. Repeat until the batter is gone! I ate my pancakes with some orange slices and a slight drizzling of maple syrup. Enjoy :)

SlimKicker Giveaway Contest

I am very excited to announce Inspiring Healthy Living’s first giveaway contest! I was recently contacted by a representative from SlimKicker – a healthy living app – and asked if I would be interested in partnering with them. A blog and an app both trying to promote healthy living? Sounds like a good combination to me! Here are the details:

SlimKicker is a calorie-tracking app and game that makes achieving your diet and fitness goals fun and exciting. You can “level-up” by earning points for tracking healthy calories, logging your workouts, and completing healthy challenges. As you level up, you become eligible to participate in giveaway challenges and have the opportunity to win special prizes. Another detail about this app that I particularly like is a “virtual coach” provides you with personalized tips and advice based on your tracking activity. For example, I just logged some exercise minutes (20 minutes of walking) and was provided with this friendly reminder: “Lots of stress can negatively impact our bodies in many ways. Low to moderate exercise is a great way to combat stress. Go on a walk with a friend or hit the pool for a swim. Make time to escape the stress of daily life.” Neat, eh? Another thing I like about this app is it provides a breakdown of your daily food intake. It shows how much carbohydrates, protein, fat, cholesterol, sodium, fibre and sugar you consume each day. Oh, and did I mention the app is FREE? If you don’t have an iPhone to download the app, you also have the option of signing up online and tracking your activity on their website.

Now, onto the contest! SlimKicker would like to hear your suggestions for new health challenges for the app! Here are some examples of the challenges currently available:

  • Replace Soda Challenge: Replace all soda with tea, water or unsweetened coffee for the next 7 days (worth 500 points)
  • Move During Commercials: During the commercials, get off your couch and march in place or dance for the next 7 days (worth 500 points)
  • A Salad A Day: Eat a salad everyday for lunch or dinner for the next 7 days (worth 700 points)

I think you get the idea. To enter this giveaway contest, you simply need to leave a comment on this post containing your idea(s) for a new healthy diet or fitness challenge. The challenge idea should be fun, creative, and no more than 1-2 sentences. The staff from SlimKicker will choose their favourite submission and the winner will receive this prize:

An Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale! (*cue the “ooohs and aaaahs”*)

The deadline for submissions will be WEDNESDAY, JULY 25th at midnight! That means you have 1 week to think of some ideas!

GOOD LUCK, and Be Well :)

Meatless Monday: Grilled Tofu Kebabs & Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Happy Meatless Monday! I’ve got two delicious recipes for you today. However, I can only take credit for one of them. The recipe for garlic mashed cauliflower is from the blog One Happy Table. SO many tasty recipes from this blog, I love it!

Anyways, I’m keeping this post short and sweet because I’ve got a lot on the go at the moment. This new internship is certainly keeping me busy! I also forgot to mention… my boyfriend got a job that coincidentally happens to be located only 20 minutes from my office. It’s strange how things have a habit of working themselves out, no? Since my commute to work is ridiculously long (I drive and it takes almost two hours some mornings) and he currently lives over two hours away from where his new job is located, we decided to look for our first apartment together :) Exciting! Hopefully I’ll still be able to keep up with my blog.

Grilled Tofu Kebabs & Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Click here to see the garlic mashed cauliflower recipe!

Ingredients for tofu kebabs:

1 package extra firm tofu, sliced into large cubes and patted dry

1 tbsp vegetable broth

1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tbsp grainy mustard

Pinch of chili flakes (optional)

3-4 wooden skewers

Directions:

1. Preheat the BBQ to medium heat (I cheated and used a George Foreman grill). Combine the vegetable broth, soy sauce, maple syrup, mustard and chili flakes in a small bowl. Add the maple-soy marinade and tofu cubes to a medium-sized bowl. Stir to coat and let sit for about 10-20 minutes.

2. Once the tofu has absorbed the marinade, place about 4 cubes on each wooden skewer. Grill, turning occasionally, until all sides are a nice golden brown. Enjoy with some garlic mashed cauliflower and steamed veggies. Mmmm :)

Oatmeal Raspberry Breakfast Muffins

I looooove muffins. However, I pretty much stopped eating them after I learned how bad they are for you. Did you know that the whole grain muffins from Tim Hortons contain more than 400 calories and up to 9 grams of fat? Yikes.

I was rather excited after I came across this recipe on 366 Days of Pinterest for Strawberry Shortcake Muffins. It was like a healthy version of the whole grain muffins I’ve been forcing myself to avoid eating. After a few modifications of my own, I created a delicious high-fibre treat for Sunday breakfast :)

I will definitely be making these again!

Oatmeal Raspberry Breakfast Muffins

Recipe adapted from 366 Days of Pinterest (original recipe posted by Dashing Dish). Makes 12 muffins.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup low fat vanilla yogurt

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar (Next time I’m going to try getting away with only 1/3 of a cup, or experiment with other sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp flax seeds

1 1/2 cup raspberries (Frozen works best. Mixing fresh raspberries into the batter runs the risk of producing pink muffins!)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with silicone or foil liners (apparently paper liners don’t work as well). I didn’t have any silicone or foil liners, so I just used a bit of cooking spray to grease the muffin tins and used a small spatula to pop the muffins right out.

2. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor (except the raspberries). Blend until the oats are smooth. Pour the mixture into a medium-sized bowl and gently stir in the raspberries.

3. Divide the batter among the cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Other fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or bananas would probably also work well. Pecans, walnuts or almonds would also make some tasty additions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Well xo