Summer Snacking with Bite Snacks

Summer snack idea cricket protein bars

Summer holidays = no more packing lunches, but it does mean we need to keep a cupboard full of snacks. Whether we’re at home or out for the day, I try to keep stocked with healthy, convenient snacks the kids love. Earlier this year I was introduced to Bite Snacks by my trainer, Erin, and as someone who knows her way around health and fitness, I figured if she thought these bars were worth trying, so did I. One catch: they’re made with cricket protein!

These protein bars are a great healthy snack option for Summer

…So what does that mean? It means that each bar is packed with protein from a sustainable, nutritious source from right here in Canada that is eco-friendly and easy to digest: you got it, crickets. Now before you start wondering about the taste and texture of cricket, let me put you at ease. Because the cricket protein is ground up and blended into the bars alongside the other tasty ingredients, you’d never know there was anything different about these protein bars. Proof? My kids love them. 

These bars come in 3 flavours: Jiminy Ginger, Peanut Better, and Chocolate Chirp. Our family tried the variety box so we could compare the flavours, and the Chocolate Chirp and Peanut Better came out the winners. Anytime I can add in another healthy snack into the mix, especially during the Summer months when we’re on the go a lot of the time, I’m happy. These bars are like a cross between a granola bar and protein bar, full of flavour and other tasty ingredients like nuts, dates, and oats- anytime the kids see one they ask to have one, so I feel like we’ve found a winner in the snack department.

Healthy + Sustainable = Win Win!

If you’re looking for a healthy snack for on-the-go and are conscious of where the ingredients in your food come from, Bite Snacks are a great option. Another thing I learned while trying these bars out with the family is that cricket protein is an eco-friendly and sustainable protein option, requiring far fewer resources than other protein sources. For example, cricket protein requires 200x less water to produce, greenhouse gas emissions are 100x lower, and 12x less feed than what is required to produce beef. Now you know! 😉

Even though the thought of eating crickets may not jump out at you, Bite Snacks make cricket protein more appetizing by serving it up in their yummy bars and protein powders. Erin (my trainer over on Muscles and Mommies) used their protein powder to make some delicious protein- packed pancakes and they were a hit with her kids and mine- perfect for make-ahead snacks/ breakfasts. You can find her recipe for Gluten-Free Protein Pancakes here if you want to give it a try. 

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More Good Stuff to know about Bite Snacks

-gluten free

-non-GMO

-Dairy-free

-6G of protein in each bar

-great source of fibre and iron

-made from a sustainable protein source

About Bite Snacks

Bite Snacks provide cricket protein in the form of protein bars and powder with no added fillers or preservatives, using only organic and natural ingredients. You can purchase Bite Snacks products on their website and on Amazon. To learn more visit the Bite Snacks website and find them on social media: Instagram | Facebook

Disclosure: I received product and compensation in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

First + Last Day of School Printables | Preschool – Grade 7

First Day of Kindergarten printable

The time has come to mark the end of another school year, and for our family, this means the end of kindergarten. I know I’ll probably say this every year at this time, but where did the time go?! Looking back on this photo of Miss A in September is a reminder of how much changes from the beginning of the school year and how far they come, how much they grow. I created this First Day of Kindergarten printable in the Fall (check out our goofy photo that followed the one above on Instagram here) and have since created a full set of first day/ last day of school printables for preschool through Grade 7, so if you want to get the coveted first day/ last day photos you can quickly print them off and pop them in a frame.

These school printables are perfect to capture special memories of your kids at the beginning and end of each school year to look back on in years to come. I think it’s safe to say I’m going to be pretty teary-eyed when we snap this year’s end of kindergarten photo, but I’m sure I’ll say that every year from here on out lol. Next up: Grade 1! 

If you print these off to use with your kids I’d love to see the photos! Tag @ourhappyplace on Instagram if you share them on social media. These signs will fit a standard sheet of 8.5″ * 11″ piece of paper, but feel free to scale them if you want to make them bigger/ smaller. Find a preview of how the file will look (I used the preschool version) below.

 

See below to print your First/ Last Day of School printables!

What are your favourite ways to remember the beginning/ end of the school year and other milestones with your kids? 

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Just click + print, it’s that easy!

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First Day of Kindergarten | Last Day of Kindergarten 

First Day of Grade 1 | Last Day of Grade 1

First Day of Grade 2 | Last Day of Grade 2

First Day of Grade 3 | Last Day of Grade 3

First Day of Grade 4 | Last Day of Grade 4

First Day of Grade 5 | Last Day of Grade 5

First Day of Grade 6 | Last Day of Grade 6

First Day of Grade 7 | Last Day of Grade 7  

Come back and print these each year for some special memories to look back on!

First + Last Day of School Printables

Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) | Recipe

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

Who’s ready for another Summertime treat that’s quick and easy to whip up? My second recipe with Nora’s non-dairy ice cream is an allergy-friendly take on a classic: gluten-free, dairy-free cookies n cream ice cream! Over the years our family has looked for an option that’s allergy- friendly with no luck, so having the chance to work with Nora’s on this recipe was the perfect opportunity to create our own version of this favourite flavour.

Just because something is allergy-friendly doesn’t mean it’s not delicious!

For this cookies n cream ice cream recipe, I picked up a pack of dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free cookies, which were the perfect addition to Nora’s plant-based ice cream that’s made with cashews. Use your favourite non-dairy milk and you’re set! See below for the recipe and click here for another yummy recipe with Nora’s.

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

Ingredients

1 pint Nora’s non- dairy Vanilla Bean ice cream

3 allergy-friendly chocolate chip cookies

1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened cashew milk for this recipe)

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

Directions

1.Bring the ice cream out of the freezer and allow to soften for a few minutes. While you’re waiting, use a rolling pin to crush the cookies

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

2.When softened, scoop the ice cream into a blender, followed by the crushed cookies. If needed, add 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.

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3. Blend mixture until the crushed cookies are combined. Pour the mixture back into the pint container or another freezer- safe container and freeze. When ready, serve and enjoy!

I hope your family loves this cookies n cream ice cream as much as mine!

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About Nora’s

Nora’s Non-Dairy ice cream is mixed up in small batches in Vancouver, BC. Available in 4 delicious flavours made with simple, whole foods ingredients. Visit Nora’s Non-Dairy online for a list of retailers + find them on Instagram for updates on new retailers, upcoming events, etc.

Looking for more recipe ideas? Check out OHP’s Recipes page for lots more (including gluten + dairy free)!

  

Homemade Cookies n Cream Ice Cream (Gluten + Dairy Free) Recipe

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Summer Bucketlist Printable + Giveaway

Summer Bucketlist Printable + Cultus Lake Giveaway

What is on your Summer bucket list? Do you have favourite traditions or do you want to try something new? Maybe a bit of both? With school winding down in a couple of weeks it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what adventures you want to get up to, and I’ve got something fun in today’s post to help your family kickstart their Summer planning!

Get ready for Summer with this printable!

If you’re trying to think of ideas to have fun this Summer, this bucketlist printable is perfect. I’ve filled in some ideas, plus left room for you to think of your own; there’s also a completely blank page if you want room for extra ideas. Just scroll down to click and print your own!

But that’s not all I’ve got for you in today’s post…

I’m excited to be giving away a prize pack from Cultus Lake Waterpark and Adventure Park! When it comes to favourite Summer traditions, this would definitely be one of mine. As a kid I love going to Cultus Lake Waterpark, there are so many fun slides, plus they’ve added to it over the years, making it bigger and better than when I was a kid. I’m excited to be taking the kids this year for the first time, plus checking out the Adventure Park with them as well. Plus I get to treat another family to some Summer fun as well! One lucky BC family will win a 4-pack of any height tickets to both Cultus Lake Waterpark and Adventure Park (a $250 value!).

Enter to win below!

The main entry is on this Facebook post, so please go there first to enter then come back here for all the bonus entries, good luck everyone!

Summer Bucketlist Printable + Cultus Lake Giveaway

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Click + print below for this Summer Bucketlist Printable!

Click + Print: Summer Bucketlist Printable

 

Enter to win a 4- pack of any height passes to both Cultus Lake Water Park + Adventure Park on this Facebook post, then check out the bonus entries below! Good luck! 

Please note this giveaway is open to residents of BC only. Giveaway closes at 11:59pm PST on June 17, 2019. Winner must be 19+ to be eligible to win.

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad | Recipe

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
Now that we’re headed into the warmer time of year, heavy cooking and turning on the oven for meals is becoming less of a thing. It’s time to make room for lighter dishes and a hearty salad is a perfect option for Summer. Pasta salad is a big hit in my house and it’s even better when made with homemade dressing, so I thought to finish up my 3-part recipe series with reebee this Mediterranean pasta salad would be perfect- and just in time for Summer entertaining.

This Mediterranean pasta salad is great as a side dish or as a meal on its own, perfect for Summer

Thanks to reebee, you can find everything you need for this recipe at the lowest price, just click on the links below to see the best prices on the ingredients in your area. 
 
Great to serve at a BBQ, pack up for a day at the beach, picnic, and afternoons at the spray park, this Mediterranean pasta salad is light and filling. It takes a few minutes to make, and the dressing is well worth skipping buying the stuff from the store. 
 

Find everything you need for this recipe (+ more!) for the best price thanks to reebee!

All you have to do is download the app and enter your location to receive current and upcoming flyers from a variety of stores for your area.  To show you how it works, simply click on the items in the ingredient list below and reebee will do the rest, showing you what ingredients are on sale and where to find the best prices this week. Savings at your fingertips! 

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing

Ingredients

For the salad

2 cups pasta (gluten-free or regular), uncooked

1 large tomato, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 cucumber, diced

1 cup pitted kalamata olives

1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled for topping

For the dressing

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

juice from 1 fresh lemon

2- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tbsp Italian seasoning (or the equivalent of finely diced fresh herbs)

Directions

1. To get things started, boil a pot of water and get your pasta cooking. While that’s on the go prep your veggies and set aside.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
2. When the pasta is ready, drain and allow to cool. You can speed this up by rinsing under cold water. Put pasta into a large mixing bowl and add your veggies and olives. Toss until everything is combined.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
3. To make the dressing: In a mason jar combine all of the dressing ingredients and shake well (if you want to, you can make the dressing a little bit ahead of time to help the flavours develop). Add in the dressing and toss until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with the crumbled feta or put it on the side for people to add themselves.
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Like this recipe? Check out my other recipes with reebee:

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup

Rainbow Vegetable + Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Want to try reebee with your family? Download the app today!

About reebee

Reebee puts finding the best price for everything your family needs right at your fingertips. Simply download the app and enter your area to find the best prices on everything from groceries to appliances, seasonal items, and more. reebeefeatures flyers from favourite stores including Costco, Superstore, Walmart, Canadian Tire, just to name a few.

Features include:

  • Search option to help you quickly find exactly what you’re looking for and compare prices
  • Shopping list- stay organized and create lists within the app to keep track of what you need
  • Sync Reebee across devices for seamless use for everyone in the family

For more information about Reebee and how it works, visit the reebee website and find them on social media: Facebook| Instagram

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing

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