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So, to celebrate Canada Day I thought I would share some food inspiration with you guys.

A great healthy treat to get you all in the spirit of the day!!

On my travels I quickly learned of this hugely popular Canadian dish. Fries, cheese curds and gravy. Not a totally unfamiliar concept to a Brit as we do love our cheesy chips and gravy. So, here comes the healthification process…

HEALTHY POUTINE:

  • Preheat oven at 400F/200C/Gas mark 6.
  • Peel and cut potatoes into thick fries (yes, we’re making them ourselves!). Allow max 2 medium potatoes per person.
  • Arrange the fries on a hot oven tray. Allow a finger-width space between the fries so that they cook evenly.
  • Spray with 1-cal oil or a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Pop in the oven for 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes or so.  Remember, the thicker they are cut the longer they will take so if you prefer skinny fries they will need less time!
  • For the gravy: heat 500ml low sodium stock, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, and 1tbsp flour over a medium heat until the gravy begins to thicken, then reduce the heat. *Taste as you go adding extra flour for a thicker gravy, or extra stock if the vinegar flavour is too strong.*
  • For the curds: low fat mozzarella cheese.
  • Once the fries are cooked, serve them in a bowl with a little mozzarella crumbled over the top and finish with your delicious homemade gravy (any leftover gravy can be frozen).

Portion size is key here if you really want to keep control of your calories – be mindful of how much cheese you use as this can really add up!

Enjoy!! Happy Canada Day!!  :)

What are some of your favourite food swaps???

Here are some of my suggestions:

Swap potato chips/crisps for plain unsalted nuts

  • Fewer calories
  • Lower in salt
  • High in good fats and protein

Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate

  • Lower in saturated fat
  • Lower in sugar
  • High in antioxidants

Swap ice cream for homemade smoothies and ice cream

  • Lower in fat
  • Lower in refined sugar
  • High in vitamins and minerals

Swap sugar and maple syrup for agave nectar or honey

  • Lower in processed sugar
  • Lower Glycaemic Index (agave)
  • High in immune-boosting properties

Swap whole milk for semi-skimmed, 1%, or skim milk

  • Lower in fat
  • Fewer calories
  • Same calcium content

Swap medium strength cheese for extra strong,                                     blue, cottage, or low fat soft cheeses

  • Lower in fat
  • Fewer calories
  • Strong cheeses give more flavour in smaller quantities

Swap sweeteners for natural flavourings like                                       cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and all spice

  • Zero calories
  • Zero fats and sugars
  • Much cheaper

Swap pastry and cream based desserts for fruits and natural yogurt (sprinkle with grated dark chocolate to curb cravings)

  • Fewer calores
  • Lower in fat and refined sugar
  • High in protein and vitamins and minerals

For ideas on healthy drink swaps

Do you know your 5-a-day?

Check these out:

English: Oriental meatballs.

A great read if you’re struggling to understand why you eat the wrong things, or eat when you’re not hungry.

Life training with Crystal (formerly personal training with Crystal)

eat it upYou are what you eat.  Most of us have heard this reiterated since childhood.  We’ve probably put it to use ourselves, in an attempt to discourage “unhealthy” eating habits.

Why we eat, is just as important as what we eat. 

You are on your way home from work, which happens to be a 90 minute commute.  Today traffic is being rerouted, bypassing your exit.  Your little one should have been picked up 15 minutes ago, and the sitter wants to know “how much longer?”   Your eldest son has football practice, and is now contending with the sitter for you to pick up his call.  Your husband is also waiting to be heard, but his call gets dropped.  You finally make it off the expressway.  Your husband called back, and is on his way to the sitter.  Your son phones again–but this time it’s to tell you football practice is Thursday; today is Tuesday.  You…

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