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Watermelon Protein Smoothie - Perfect summer breakfast or a post-workout shake with watermelon, ginger, lime, berries and protein powder, oats or yogurt. | ifoodreal.com

This refreshing smoothie is made with superfoods & APF water filtered ice courtesy of GE Appliances Canada.

It is finally HOT here on the West Coast so last week we went to see a puppet show in the park. The entire time I had 6 eyes staring at me “Where are we?!”. As soon as boys polished off dinner and Alex started making fun of foxy loxy I knew it was time to go home. I am not sure I should bring up a music on the wharf even… Seriously, what is up with men, of all ages?!

Another reason I love summer heat is because I can drink a smoothie or shake in place of a meal and feel refreshed, light and not hungry at same time. Overall, our summer schedule has been fantastic so far – breakfast at 10 AM, lunch at 3 PM, self serve dinner. I love it! Less pressure on me cooking. Definitely not the lifestyle we can pull off in winter.

Watermelon Protein Smoothie - Perfect summer breakfast or a post-workout shake with watermelon, ginger, lime, berries and protein powder, oats or yogurt. | ifoodreal.com

Summer is the time when you have to take advantage of seasonal produce and “stock up” on vitamins, as my mom loved to say. In Ukraine, August is officially watermelon season and you can’t buy it any other time. I remember literally stuffing myself all month long with dad not letting me eat it before bedtime, for obvious reasons. I have been nurturing the same love for cold crispy watermelon among my boys.

My latest smoothie obsession is this watermelon protein smoothie which packs more nutrition than the majority of breakfasts. It is made with your choice of protein, lime, ginger, coconut oil, watermelon chunks, goji berries and ice cubes. APF filtered water ice cubes that do not contain pharmaceuticals. Whaaaat?! Yes.

I recently became a proud owner of new GE Profile refrigerator with APF Water Technology.

Watermelon Protein Smoothie - Perfect summer breakfast or a post-workout shake with watermelon, ginger, lime, berries and protein powder, oats or yogurt. | ifoodreal.com

I am a huge fan of French door refrigerators. I hope I don’t have to convince you how wonderful a bottom freezer is, right?! 2 doors is also better than 1 in this case. You can open both doors and see everything right away. Plus a French door fridge has more space. This model particularly also has an ice maker built into the door – so even MORE space. Read more »

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This post is in partnership with Curate snack bars full of super crunchy quinoa and other simple nutrient-dense ingredients. Good news is summer is unfolding better than I expected. In a sense that I don’t feel like pulling my hair out re: children on a summer break. Kids really grow up. There is truth to everyone saying that although you might not share their feelings at that moment. Yesterday I managed to shop with a friend for 3 hours. It cost me a cookie and an ice cream but…
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This 30 minute one pot healthy pasta recipe is sponsored by Texture. Whole wheat spaghetti is the most cooked type of pasta in my kitchen. For two good reasons. Reason #1 – Costco. It sells the largest most affordable giant box of organic noodles. Reason #2 – kids. They particularly love spaghetti. I don’t think they even know what white pasta tastes like so we have no problem with more nutritious whole wheat. So, on Wednesday was whole wheat spaghetti recipe turn…after lentils, brown rice and quinoa it…
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This relaxing getaway in the woods of gorgeous PNW is kindly sponsored by Mt. Baker Lodging. Last weekend we have embarked on a short summer getaway in the woods adjacent to Mount Baker National Forest. Something we have never done before – staying in a log cabin in July. Without TV but WiFi. But who needs WiFi… Where mountain rivers flow… Logs warm you inside out… Marshmallows are roasted at night.

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I love to grill zucchini with whatever I have on hand. Usually we do garlic, oil, salt and pepper. I am sure you completely understand why. But I have done it so many times and plus I have this wonderful job “ifoodreal” that forces me to barely ever eat the same food twice. Joking, I re-cook my own recipes. So, I was thinking curried grilled zucchini which could be wonderful or not. I have been spending many nights on our patio inhaling smells from next door, as you can…
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I made this shredded kale salad last week before I fell a victim of a food poisoning from sushi by Sunday. So, I haven’t disappeared I was just making even bigger friends with my bed. In 34 years, it was my first time and I hope I lost some fat deposits in the process. So, I apologize if I don’t make sense at times today. I am still recovering with 3 kids eating and playing around me in Tim Hortons while I am writing this post. But I…
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There are 3 good reasons why you would want to sweat in the kitchen in July’s blasting heat. First of all, your freckling bananas are probably dying to be used. You are walking around the fruit basket frantically thinking “What to do with you? What to do?”. Secondly, I can guarantee you have a zucchini in your fridge you have no idea what to do with. Thirdly, you need snacks. More snacks. Who doesn’t need snacks? It is July. You are frantically running around trying to check off items on…
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I am here. I am alive. I haven’t disappeared. I just had a hell of a week. I am still recovering. I think it would be quite realistic to say that in summer I will be posting 2 posts a week. Last week anything that could go wrong with my body pretty much did. I had a bladder infection, stiff muscles from AC causing migraines, period and seasonal allergies. Seriously, could anything else happen to me all at once?! On top of that our oldest one’s ball hockey…
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This post is brought to you by high quality German brand Braun and the juiciest summer beefsteak tomatoes ever. We just got back from Osoyoos which I plan to recap on later this week. We did so much in blasting +35C heat – laid by the pool for 2 days straight. That is it, my friends. I really enjoyed doing nothing and could do that for another week. On the way back we stopped at probably 10 fruit and vegetable stands coming back with 20 lbs of cherries, 10…
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I gathered 25 most popular summer healthy potluck recipes on iFOODreal over the past 3 years in this post. And I picked recipes that are clean eating and yet are “normal”. You know what I mean. So, your 90 year old grandma wouldn’t be like “Sarah, what is this kyle kale salad made with?”. Fine, I included one kale salad that will get rave reviews even from your beer and jerky loving uncle. And can I just say how wonderful this summer potluck tradition of yours is?! It is nothing…
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