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.

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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On The Go Summer Essentials

On The Go Summer Essentials

The warm weather is here and with it all the adventuring! I recently asked on the blog’s Facebook page what everyone’s go-tos are for heading out for the day to the beach, etc in the Summer and I loved all the responses I received.  Whether you’re packing up for a day at the beach, the park, or a day trip, it helps to be prepared and have as much ready to go as possible and who better to ask than other parents for ideas? I try to keep things like sunscreen, wipes, and towels at the ready, with grab-and-go snacks and water bottles close at hand to make getting the day started as easy as possible, and these were popular choices in the responses. Over the years I’ve learned that it’s worth it to be organized, and there’s a difference between what really needs to come along vs added bonuses that can come along if there’s room (and if we remember them 😉 ).

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See below for ideas to make Summer adventures more fun & organized!

This year, after years of thinking about it, I finally bought a folding wagon to help get everything where we need it to go. Every time I’d see someone with one I’d kick myself for not buying one- especially after many trips to various places carrying everything like a pack mule, arms loaded up with various bags, floaties, snack bags, etc. In the few months we’ve had it, it’s already getting a lot of use and has been well worth the money (I bought mine at Costco, but I’m linking to a similar one in this post). It’s been a lifesaver on more than one occasion, and it’s compact when folded, making it easy for storage and transport. Once you get to your destination just pop it open and load it up! This is definitely something I recommend to make the back and forth from the car a lot easier. Plus if a kid or two gets tired, they can go along for a ride (these also make great portable nap stations!).

Save time: Keep a bag packed with basics like sunscreen and other essentials to grab and go

One thing I’ve learned since becoming a Mom is that being organized and ready ahead of time is a lifesaver. In the Summer I keep a beach bag ready by our front door packed with things like a mini first aid kit (because you know, kids…), sunscreen, towels,  hand sanitizer, and wipes. This is usually the bag I also toss my keys, wallet, and phone into once we get where we’re going, but if you prefer to have a separate bag let’s face it, the cute options are endless (I reaaaaally love this cute one on Amazon or something like this one for a washable option). Mom hack: last Summer I picked up a few hooded towels for about $15 each at Winners and my kids love them. They’re great year-round (think swimming lessons) and perfect for when they want to warm up but not get changed out of their swimsuits. This is the one I bought Liam, but there are plenty of cute options on Amazon like this flamingo hooded towel.

A good picnic blanket or oversize beach towel is a staple for so many Summer activities, plus a good beach/ camping chair so you’re not always sitting on the ground. There are so many pretty options like this one that are washable, but for little ones, this is my favourite. We were given one as a baby shower gift and it gets used all Summer long. I love it because it’s wipable (think: spilled drinks, baby spit up, etc) and washable for more messy adventures; we’ve had ours for 5 years and it’s still going strong.

When it comes to heading out for the day who can go anywhere without snacks?

No matter where we’re going I like to pack a cooler bag full of snacks and drinks to keep the kids happy, and let’s face it, there’s nothing better than a cold drink on a hot beach day (I like to use metal water bottles instead of plastic if I can similar to these S’well bottles to keep drinks cold). And we all know coolers help keep other beverages ice cold for the grown-ups too, if you know what I mean. 😉 I’ll try and prep/ organize as much as I can the night before so all I have to do in the morning is add an ice pack and grab things that need to be kept cool out of the fridge, plus maybe fill a few extra water bottles just in case.

For UV and sun protection, an umbrella or pop-up sun canopy are great to create shade, especially if you’ve got little ones with delicate skin. When it comes to sunscreen, I’ve been trying out a variety of natural ones for the past few Summers and have found these work just as well as the regular ones. Some are harder to rub in/ don’t absorb as well, but other than that I don’t find there’s a difference in coverage (if you’re looking online, both Well.ca and Amazon have a great selection). 

And speaking of sunscreen, does anyone else like to pack theirs in a bag in case of leaks? I’m trying to step away from my old go-to Ziploc bags for a more eco- friendly option, and there seem to be plenty of options out there. A good waterproof bag is perfect to keep things like keys, sunglasses, and cell phones protected from water and sand, but also great for products like sunscreen when you need something leak- proof. 

What do you think of this list? What did I miss? What would you add? Happy Summer adventuring!

For another fun Summer post, check out this roundup of pool floaties here!

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Layer Love: 4 Ways to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Even thought it’s still Summer, the first day of September always feels like Fall to me. And with it comes a switch in the style department towards more layers and cozy additions (think scarves, hats & booties for starters). It’s a great time of year to shop your closet and maybe add a few key pieces that you’ve been missing or had your eye on.

But just because Summer’s coming to an end doesn’t mean you can’t wear some of your warmer weather items in the cooler months. Getting a bit creative can extend the wear you get out of certain pieces like shorts and tank tops and can stretch your style budget. Things like tights and sweaters are definitely Fall favourites and can mean you don’t have to put away some of your favourite lighter pieces just because the temperatures are cooling.

Since this time of year marks a change in seasons I’m sharing how to take a few key pieces from your Summer wardrobe and transition them to Fall, along with some footwear ideas. Booties are a favourite item that go with so many things and can get dressed up or dressed down. I’ve also included a pair of runners in this post that are great for errands or taking the kids to and from activities without compromising on style or comfort.

Starting with a few key pieces, shop your closet for different items to create a variety of outfits, and make note of items you’d like to purchase. Think of how you can pair the same piece with a variety of others you already own, only adding something to your shopping list when you identify something you know you can wear in a variety of ways (this will help you save money and ensure the pieces you buy will work well with what you’ve already got). I started with a Summer outfit of a top, shorts and flip flops, and shopped my closet for different pieces that could be mix- and- matched to create several outfits.

I created the outfits in this post with items most of us already have in our closets to show how adding just a few new pieces can be all it takes to inspire some Fall #ootds (jeans, tights, a denim vest, sweater, jacket, a scarf, hat, and footwear). The good news: it can be a as simple as adding layers and accessories to bring your Summery items into the Fall.  If you want some ideas to transition your style into Fall, I hope you’ll find these tips helpful!

I started with this floral outfit: a light sleeveless top & shorts with my favourite flip flops…

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

and added…

1. Tights

Perfect for days when it’s cool vs cold and you just need an extra layer to keep your legs warm. Tights look really cute paired with booties and you can throw on a sweater if things really start to cool off. Mix and match shorts and tights with some favourite tops for a variety of looks (I love the combo of different patterns/ fabric textures). I definitely went for a casual outfit here, but how cute would heels be to dress things up?

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

2.  A jacket (+ scarf)

Need a little extra warmth? Swap out a sweater for your favourite jacket. Stay warm without feeling like your outfit is too heavy. And if things are really starting to cool off…

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall …add a scarf for a little extra warmth/ style. Cool Fall days are a perfect excuse to add an extra layer and add contrast/ interest to an outfit (I love the combo of different patterns like stripes and florals).

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3. Denim

Great year- round, no? For those in- between days when things are cool but not cold, a denim vest is a classic item that works with lots of wardrobe pieces. It can add a different texture/ colour to your outfit and is a great piece for those days where it’s cool but still warm enough to skip sleeves. And who doesn’t own a pair of jeans? I liked pairing this floral top with my white jeans but classic blue denim goes with pretty much everything. Also- a cute excuse to rock a Canadian tuxedo with denim on top and bottom. 😉 I went with black lace runners for this outfit but booties would look super cute too (see what I mean about how easy/ interchangeable everything is when you have the right pieces?).

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall4. A hat

Hats are the perfect finishing touch to many an outfit and add an extra element of style and personality. Dig through those ones you put away for the Summer or treat yourself to a new one (or a few!) for the Fall to help keep cozy. A cute pom pom toque is a fun option on colder days, with a wide- brimmed beauty being a great choice that you can wear throughout the seasons. Just a little warning: once you become a hat person there’s no going back. 😉

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

Style Ideas: 4 Ways to Transition Your Sumer Wardrobe Into Fall

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What are your favourite Fall style pieces? 

Sources

Floral top + shortsTobi

Faux leather jacket- Winners

Sweater- H & M

White jeans- Forever 21

Denim vest- Value Village

Hat- Joe Fresh

Blue & white striped scarf- Value Village

Booties- Joe Fresh

Black lace runners- Geox

Photo credit: Akane Kondo Photography

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