Confession time. As you were all celebrating Canada Day with your backyard barbecues (enjoying this as your sauce), drinking cold bevies, awkwardly laughing at some joke about Newfies and Torontonians – which of course you quickly stopped laughing at when you realized the person sitting next to you was from Newfoundland or Toronto, sucking on a red and white popsicle for dessert as the fireworks went off at your neighborhood park, I was doing no such thing. Oh no my dear friends, I was in fact across the boarder in the U.S of A. shopping at the outlet malls for a little retail therapy.
That’s right, you heard it correctly. I was cross boarder shopping on Canada Day. DUH, DUH, DUHN!!! Something that my husband and I find hugely enjoyable, is shopping for great deals. No matter what city we live in, we always travel to the U.S. for a couple of days and do some shopping, about 3 times a year. My current work situation somewhat limits my holidays, so the only real time we could go without me taking an extra day off work was the long weekend. Sorry, Canada (how very patriotic of me to apologize to my country for my behavior), but there was no other time to get this in. Plus I needed new shoes
Eating well while traveling always presents a problem for us. I never used to think it was a big deal to eat whatever I wanted while away from home. But the constipation that I get from eating that way is really not worth it. Oops, sorry, did I just make this awkward between us? Please excuse me, as I am honest about these things. I learned the hard way, pooh is important.
Usually we plan ahead, bringing snacks and finding a grocery store to purchase fresh berries and yogurt for breakfast. However, this was a spontaneous trip and we booked a hotel where a breakfast was included. Perhaps our logical thinking was distorted by the numerous shopping bags and single digit sales tags, but when we woke up in the morning and trotted down to breakfast we were greeted by a sea of BEIGE food. We were able to make do with instant oatmeal, hard boiled eggs and a banana as these were the only options that did not contain high fructose corn syrup or a load of sodium. When we returned home from our weekend adventure, it was time to get back on track.
This is my morning Kale Smoothie that I drink to help curve my sugar cravings through the day and keep me regular. It’s a great way to get the dark greens into your diet and make use of those chia seeds (they help remove toxins from your body). Get the kids involved and have them make the smoothie with you. That way they will be more likely to drink it. Of course I would suggest that you don’t leave your blender plugged in with the lid off and your smart toddler near the buttons of the blender or your kitchen will end up covered in dark red smoothie…how was I suppose to know he knew what the power button looked like!?!?
- 1 cup kale, no stem, torn into pieces
- 1 whole ripe pear, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 - 1½ cups very cold water
- Place all ingredients in high powered blender. Blend until smooth. Makes about 16oz. Drink immediately or place in travel cup and take for your morning commute. It's that easy to get your veggies in. Enjoy!