It’s no secret from my snapchat to my instastory that I am a McDonald’s patron. Recently I had the pleasure of taking my family out for dinner to talk about food sourcing and some of the little known facts most people don’t know about our go-to on the run restaurant. Here are the three food sourcing facts I was pleasantly surprised to hear: Continue reading
With baby number two on the way, I have started thinking about meal prep in a whole new light. When it comes to preparing meals, especially for a family, we tend to want it all; convenience (minimal or no prep), and of course it needs to be healthy & delicious. While many mommy-to-be’s take the route of stock pilling frozen lasagnes, I want to get some healthy variety ready to go for this busy time in my near future.
With the chilly weather and the need for something both healthy and hearty I’m turning to Happy Planet’s delicious fresh soups made with fresh, premium, all-natural organic ingredients. They contain no preservatives or anything artificial, with that said most that I found in the store keep in your fridge for 1-2 months leaving plenty of time to consume. No need to deep freeze these. They’re convenient fresh meal solutions in both single serve (300mL) and multi-serving (500/650mL) portions that require minimal preparation – all you need to do is heat and serve! Fine, knowing me I will most likely make some fresh whole wheat croutons to garish but that’s fast in itself, right?
With 13 different flavours inspired by cuisines from around the world – including their latest Korean Hot & Sour (Alastair’s favourite) and Tomato Grilled Cheese Soup (my go-to), there is sure to be several that appeal to each family member.
Plus there are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan options available and if some of your family want a larger meal, they can simply add rice, grains, pasta or additional protein to their serving. They are going to save me once baby arrives!
I’ve been really open and honest about the struggles I’ve been coping with this pregnancy. Diagnosed with Hyperemsis Gravidarum has made it difficult to prepare large meals, let alone be around food. I was so relieved to see this new line of juices from Happy Planet, knowing immediately they were going to help me in the nourishment department for my little family. It’s made my morning routine with a toddler that much easier, he loves the juice! Whether it’s a glass with his breakfast or an afternoon treat, I like knowing both myself and Alastair are getting a quick boost of nourishment. It can feel a little hectic around here, so any little help matters.
Happy Planet’s Daily Squeeze is a new line of fresh, all-natural fruit + vegetable juices that make it easy to squeeze both delicious taste and nourishment into your daily routine. With 3 servings of fruit and vegetables per 250mL it’s so easy to incorporate vitamin C into your daily routine without overloading on sugar. These drinks have less sugar and calories than other national fresh fruit + vegetable juices and don’t add sugar either. Plus, they are made with only fresh, premium all natural ingredients you are going to love.
How do you squeeze something healthy into your everyday?
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Happy Planet, although my thoughts and options are my own.
It’s pretty easy to over pack for a tropical vacation, try to stick to items you can wear in multiply ways. This kaftan is the perfect beach coverup, worn as a top (here) or as a dress for a lunch date. Pick a pair of shorts that has visual interest, this embroidered pair from J.Crew can be dressed up or down for both day to night events. Finally, a metallic sandal goes with EVERYTHING! If you choose a flat, it can be worn to the beach during the day or with a maxi dress for a dinner.
- The Kaftan: this versatile piece can be worn in multiply ways throughout your trip. Perfect beach coverup, worn as a top (above), or as a dress with jewelry for dinner.
- Embellished Shorts: embroidered or beaded shorts are perfect for day and night use. Dress them up for an evening dinner, or wear them to the beach during the day.
- Metallic Sandals: Silver, gold or pewter goes with everything, think of a metallic as a neutral when putting together a look. By packing a metallic pair of sandals you’ll be able to wear them with almost anything in your luggage.
We are lucky enough to go to Maui almost every year as a family. By saying that, once you’ve been a few times you start to develop a few favourite spots that you can’t help but go back to year after year. You’ll probably noticed I didn’t include Mama’s Fish House, for me I think it’s overpriced and too touristy for my liking. BUT if you haven’t been to Maui it is a place to try at least once. Here are my favourite Maui spots to eat and drink through the island:
5 Palms Restaurant Maui: Overlooking the beautiful white coastline of Keawakapu Beach this restaurant is a sunset watching hot spot. We specially go for the happy hour from 3-7pm nightly but we aren’t the only ones! We get all their delicious favourites for half the price so of course everyone tries to get in on this foodie happy time. You should arrive at the start of happy hour to get a seat, don’t show up late and be disappointed.
Menu Favorites: Wicked Arnold Palmer spiked tea lemonade, lobster dip, Chinese style BBQ, ribs, spicy tuna roll and the Luau pork Quesadilla.
Moose McGillycuddy’s: This laid back diner style restaurant on the main Kihei main coast stripe is a must go for cheap eats and a family friendly atmosphere. We usually go a few times throughout the week for a fast and affordable bite to eat. BUT we make it a mission to get a table on the popular Taco Tuesday. Best tacos on the island and you can’t beat the crazy low price that day. People line up, if you aren’t there before 5:30 you will most likely have to wait an hour for a table. This taco night is not a secret but worth the visit.
Menu Favorites: Pulled Pork Taco, Mahi Mahi Taco, Maui onion rings, and the Hawaian egg rolls.
The Sea House Restaurant: Located at Napili Kai Beach Resort, this beach front restaurant is known for it’s award winning food and sunset view. The dishes are straight out of a culinary magazine, it truly is a foodie dream. Reservations are highly recommended, again this is the kind of restaurant people crave for that authentic hawaiian experience without the tourist gimmicks. It’s plain and simple world renowned food.
Menu Favorites: Tenderloin Bruschetta, Crudo Sashmi, Macadamia Nut Crusted Hawaiian Fish, Kobe Burger and the Maui Mule.
As some of you may have noticed in the last few months, McDonald’s just got a whole lot classier. Create Your Taste has been introduced to restaurants across Edmonton. The concept is simple build your own custom burger choosing from nearly 30 options including 5 types of cheeses, 12 toppings, 2 buns, a lettuce wrap and 9 sauces. For me this move is very exciting, as I frequent McDonald’s weekly with my toddler for the play park, especially in the cold winter months. It’s amazing to not only get a choice when it comes to your burger but also to get a restaurant gourmet experience both in service and in taste. I ordered on a touch screen and my entire order was brought to my table! Being a mommy, I don’t have hands free, so this aspect was a big selling point with me.
You are probably wondering what are some of my favourite new ingredients? I’m loving the addition of blue cheese, sun dried tomato pesto and a garlic aioli sauce. Plus, the additional option of getting my burger on a lettuce wrap is amazing. It’s elevated my experience to mirror a sit down restaurant without the cost.
Part of me wondered if this change was going to both increase wait times and overload workers in the kitchen. But I was pleasantly surprised to hear each restaurant with Create Your Taste will be adding around 10-15 jobs, with up to 1,900 new jobs created across Alberta. In this economy that was good news to hear.
Have you tried this new burger experience yet?