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Monthly Music: Barre Playlist - "Serenity Now"


The Monthly Music feature will bring you a new playlist of awesome music for your enjoyment. Listen while you work out, cook one of our Tasty Tuesday meals, or get ready for a night on the town...


This month I wanted to take some of the stress out of your lives...we all need to relax, stretch, zen out, reflect, or just get away from daily annoyances. Put this playlist on, make yourself a cup of tea and breathe.

Serenity Now...




Thanks to 3am Revelations for the playlist inspiration.


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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Vegan Shepherd's Pie


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Did you know that turnips are in season. I know, I know...it took me a while to decide what kind of recipe to put them in, as it's not exactly a go-to veggie at the grocery store! But turnips have a lot of health benefits, and with this wacky winter weather (warm, COLD, rain, snow?!, sun!), having something hearty, nutritious, and shareable like a shepherd's pie sounded like just the trick. Also this couldn't be easier to make, and it'd vegan!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

All the vegetables in this recipe, from start to finish can be raw, fresh ingredients. No need for packaged foods or canned. If you have things like frozen corn or peas from the summer, feel free to add them in! And as always, use that frozen vegetable stock from the freezer - so handy!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Crab Rangoons


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I've been craving a version of these rangoons for a while now...something we used to get from the frozen section when I was younger. I decided to start looking up healthier versions of it and then come up with some modifications of my own. Crab is a sustainable seafood, whose season runs all year long - which makes it a great pick (be sure to get the real thing, not imitation crab - or start right from the source and pick up a live crab down at the fisherman's wharf!).

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Baking these rangoons instead of deep frying them saves a TON on the calorie count, and substituting the vegan cream cheese for the full or low-fat cream cheese eliminates the dairy as well. The BEST idea is to share them. Make them a fancy appetizer at your next get together, because they're so good you'll eat a whole batch on your own.


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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Poached Cod with Shiitake Mushrooms


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Cod is in season right now and is a relatively inexpensive white fish and when I went to look up what other benefits it has (besides the omega-3's!) I landed on a page called "World's Healthiest Foods", which I took as a good sign.

As with many recipes I make I tend to modify for health, between ingredients and cooking styles. This week's recipe was inspired by THIS ONE one from Cooking Light, but with a few more tweaks.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Use your homemade soup stock - remember this recipe on how to make your own?! - either vegetable or mushroom based. And, like I did below, use something like Bragg's Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce (info here).


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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - [Vegan] Tomato Soup


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I had a hankering for some tomato soup last week when the weather was downright awful. So I decided to try and pull together an easy vegan version, esp after finding a head of cauliflower for only $4!


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Add some nutritional yeast into the soup for an added health hit, and to make it even creamier. Skip the noodles to make it gluten free (unless you can find gluten free ones you'd like to add)!


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