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Aviva is a mother of 2 girls, a lunch packer, recipe developer and all-round eater. Co-founder and CTO of PipsPass  - the only all-access activity pass in the GTA – by day, Food Revolution ambassador by night and champion of creating good food and change at the same time.

Fast, Fancy, and Sustainable Backyard BBQ Ideas

Fast, Fancy, and Sustainable Backyard BBQ Ideas

Eating in the great outdoors: a fast, simple and delicious summer menu that's sustainable, too

The weather has finally warmed up, the trees and flowers are in bloom and after a winter of neglect, it is time to fire up your barbeque! I love eating outdoors. It is relaxed, easy, and nothing beats being surrounded by trees and chirping birds. We love to entertain our families and, as is often the case these days, we have a variety of dietary requirements and preferences to cater to. As a host, it is my pleasure to find great, sustainable options for my guests and I was thrilled to discover how easily this can be done thanks to some of the fantastic Healthy Moms partners.

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Smooth Moves: 4 Springtime Smoothie Recipes and a Chance to Win a Cookbook

Smooth Moves: 4 Springtime Smoothie Recipes and a Chance to Win a Cookbook

There is no denying it - my family loves smoothies! My kids love them for breakfast and afterschool snacks and I even send them to school for them to sip at their desks (disguised as water in reusable steel bottles of course!).  I usually make them with a combination of fruit, a handful of vegetables, some cinnamon, occasionally a knob of ginger, chia seeds and a source of protein like some yogurt, nuts or hemp seeds.  To keep costs down and variety up, I buy big bags of organic frozen fruit at Costco and toss that into the blender rather than fresh fruit.

 

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Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas to Save You Time in the Morning

Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas to Save You Time in the Morning

If your house is anything like mine, school day mornings can be a bit frantic with all of us rushing to get out the door and to school before the bell rings. The rush is only further compromised in the winter when my kids have to get dressed in their snowsuits and mysteriously start moving in slow motion!! Breakfast has to be fast and easy, even easy enough for my 11 year old to make herself and in order avoid getting stuck in a cereal and milk rut, I have a list of go-to recipes I make and freeze on the weekend so that we don’t have to compromise on the quality and deliciousness of our first meal of the day. Here are some of my favourites:

Banana Bread Waffles with Fruit

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Latkes – Now, and All Winter Long

Latkes

I bought a spiralizer at the height of the spiralizing craze and for weeks I cranked out zoodles and even the occasional carrot noodle, but since then, my spiralizer has been collecting dust on my pantry shelf. That is, until last week, when I decided to try using my spiralizer instead of my box grater to whip up a batch of latkes.  

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Hot School Lunch Ideas For Cold Days

Hot School Lunch Ideas For Cold Days

Now that December is upon us and the warm days of fall and summer are but a distant memory, I have started to change up what I pack my kids for lunch for school. My kids have about 35 minutes of outdoor play following lunch and when the weather is especially bitter, I like to pack them hot meals to warm them up before heading out into the cold.

In order to keep food hot, important not only because it is tasty but also for food safety, I pack things like soups and chillies in a thermos that I preheat with hot water while I am heating up food on the stove. Thin liquids – like broths or hot tea, cider and milk – can be easily packed in insulated drinking bottles. In both cases, I have found that gear that is not designed for kids is most effective at keeping food hot. We have a pair of very ordinary stainless steel thermoses that keep food nice and hot and also nice and cold in the warm weather. Here are some ideas to help inspire your lunch packing this winter.

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