November 15, 2009
Enjoy the Gift of Laughter, Prosperity and Peak Performance in 2010! & Receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Saab Salon and Spa!
Movement to Health Special Member Offer
The Power Within Presents Loretta LaRoche Live in Ottawa
Tuesday February 16th, 2010 * 7:00PM to 9:30PM
Loretta LaRoche is an international stress management and peak performance consultant whose wit, and irreverent humour, has, for over 30 years raised the power within all of us. Her clients include IBM, Fidelity Investments, The New York Times and many other Fortune 500 companies. For a limited time, members and guests of Movement to Health are eligible to participate in this extraordinary session at an “early bird” member discount.
During This Incredible Event You Will Learn To:
*Improve personal performance by using exercises based on positive psychology
*Build mental and physical resilience to keep a positive outlook and a bounce in your step
*Un-tap your energy and productivity through playful self-expression
*Enhance team spirit and corporate culture by embracing humour in your leadership and management style
The first 100 members can register general tickets today at an “early bird” rate of only $79 plus GST. (A savings of $50 off the public rate of $129). VIP executive tickets (preferred seating and a copy of her book Juicy Living) are available at $119 (a savings of $50 off the public rate of $169). Call today because these tickets will sell out fast!
Added Early Bird Bonus: Register before December 18th and receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Saab Salon and Spa in Ottawa!
Group Rate: Register 5 tickets and receive the 6th complimentary! (A Great Staff Appreciation or Holiday Season Gift)
To Register: Call Toll Free 1 866 994-2555 ext 232
Call Toll Free 1 866 994-2555 ext 232 and be sure to let Ameera know that you are calling for the Movement to Health “Early Bird” member rate. Visa, MC and AMEX are accepted forms of payment.
For complete details, please visit: http://www.powerwithin.com/pdf/LLOttawa_MH.pdf
Please forward this invitation to your colleagues and guests so that they can benefit from this special offer!
All Sales are final. Tickets are transferable. Please add $6 Service Charge per transaction. Online registrations do not qualify for the corporate rate.
November 13, 2009
Yesterday I got my hair cut and when I booked my next appointment, it was right before Christmas! Yikes. So of course I got thinking about holiday baking and healthy, yummy, treats filled with holiday flavours.
The two truffle recipes below require no cooking – yahoo, and you only dirty one bowl – yahoo again. These were two-thumbs-up approved at yoga class this morning, and are a super healthy alternative to traditional holiday baking with lots of sugar and white flour. Hey, we had them for breakfast , and they would be great after a long run or hard workout! ENJOY
Note: These truffles have ground almonds as their base. You can finely grind almonds in a food processor, purchase almond-meal from a health food store or well-stocked grocery store, or if you make your own almond milk, use the pulp. Store truffles in the fridge for a few days or freezer for up to 2 months
Cinnamon Ginger Truffles with Cranberries
2 C Almonds, finely ground
1 T Cinnamon
1 t. Ginger
1/2 t. Nutmeg
1/4 t. Cloves
1/2 C Agave
1/2 C Dried Cranberries
1/2 C Raisins
Optional – dried coconut
In a mixing bowl combine ground almonds, almond meal or almond pulp (see note above) and spices. Add cranberries and raisins and agave and stir until well combined.
With slightly wet hands, roll into balls. If desired, roll truffles in dried coconut.
1 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of celtic sea salt
Optional – cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
In a mixing bowl combine ground almonds, almond meal or almond pulp (see note above) and remaining ingredients.
With slightly wet hands, roll into balls. If desired, roll in cocoa powder or raw cacao powder.
November 9, 2009
I just bought Alicia Silverstone’s new cookbook called the Kind Diet. Alicia is a long-time vegetarian and her book combines common sense health advice, recipes and meal plans for people interested in adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet. She offers 3 levels to advance along the plant-based path, Flirts (just starting to check out veganism), Vegans (ready to take the leap to no-meat) and Superhero’s (full on!). Her philosopy is based on macrobiotcs which Wikapedia defines as - ”eating grains as a staple food, supplemented with other foodstuffs such as vegetables and beans, and avoiding the use of highly processed or refined foods.” I’ve tried a few recipes and all were pretty easy to make and yummy.
Here is a recipe from the Flirt section, it’s your classic party food made with vegan ingredients. The recipe below is as it appears in the book and on the website, at the end of the recipe I added the brand names for the vegan cheese, sour cream, and refried beans I used, all are available at your local health-food store or well-stocked grocery store.
I brought this dip to a party a few weeks ago and it was a big hit! Remember the ‘Cheese’ topping will not melt like dairy-based cheese, so don’t keep the dip in the oven for longer than the recipe recommends, hoping the cheese strands will melt together!
Alicias’ Cheesy, Oozy, Guacamole Bean Dip
1 (16-ounce) can refried beans (see below)
3 large avocados
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 (8-ounce) containers nondairy sour cream (see below)
1 packet taco seasoning
1/2 cup diced mild green chiles, drained
1/2 cup sliced black olives, or more if you like
5 tomatoes, chopped
2 cups shredded vegan Cheddar cheese (see below)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spread a layer of refried beans in the bottom of an 8 inch by 8 inch quart glass baking dish.
Pit and peel the avocados, and place in a bowl.
Mash the avocados together with the lime juice, and spread on top of the refried beans.
Stir together the sour cream and taco seasoning, and spread over the avocado.
Sprinkle the chiles over the sour cream, and top with a layer of black olives.
Add the tomatoes, and sprinkle with the cheese.
Heat the dip for 15-30 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is a bit melted.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Brands I used:
Earth Island Brand Vegan Cheddar Cheese
Amy’s Refried Beans, 14-ounce can
Tofutti Sour Supreme, 12-ounce container
November 3, 2009
Calcium-Filled Green Smoothie
Almonds, tahini, fortified rice or almond milk and greens are all high in calcium
2 tbsp raw almond butter
1 Tbsp. each of hemp seeds and tahini
2 large organic bananas, (frozen makes the smoothie creamier)
2 cups water, coconut water or fortified rice or almond milk
1 handful of Kale, Romaine lettuce, or Baby Spinach
2 cups blueberries, frozen or fresh
1-2 tbsp agave nectar, honey or maple syrup
Blend everything together in a high speed blender until smooth. Note – if you’re new to adding greens to your smoothie – use the Romaine Lettuce, it has an almost sweet taste.
Make sure your salad includes these high-calcium foods:
Swiss Chard or Shredded Kale
1/2 cup cooked kidney beans, pinto beans or navy beans
Top with slivered almonds and Lemon-Tahini Dressing
• ½ cup raw tahini
• 1/3 cup water
• ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
• 1 clove crushed garlic
• ¼ tsp ground cumin
• ¼ tsp salt