This summer we have been extremely active, busy and seem to be on the go every weekend and even mid week. It has been an extremely hot summer and without AC in the house we have been escaping the heat either at the lake, ocean, park or on a shady hike. We finally reached the stage of life with no diapers and strollers where we can do more fun things as a family.
When you are a Clean Eating family, active lifestyle means packing your own food as we all know there are not many healthy food choices “out there”. I can cook only so much and having 3 active boys I have to rely on snacks.
This summer I have been practically saved by Nature’s Path! Their Qi’a Superfoods are built for lasting energy. I understand some might think my opinion is biased since Nature’s Path is one of iFOODreal’s sponsors. However, with my strict guidelines of eating clean mostly organic and non-GMO foods, Nature’s Path has truly met our expectations of food being not only healthy but delicious as well. That is why I want to share with you how we have been enjoying super seeds this summer, so you can do the same.
With Qi’a and fruit breakfast options are endless! This time of the year our fig tree is overflowing. So, almost every morning I have been enjoying a bowl of kefir or plain yogurt with figs, pecans and topped with Qi’a cereal. Sometimes I add rolled oats as well. I love how Cranberry Vanilla and Apple Cinnamon Qi’a adds the sweetness and crunch without added sugar. Full of super seeds like chia, buckwheat and hemp, Qi’a makes my breakfast complete with complex carbs, protein and fibre.
If you are short on time in the mornings, you can make Overnight Superfood Oat Parfaits ahead to enjoy all week long.
2. Salad Topper
In general, using Qi’a Original as a salad topper is such a brilliant idea. Especially, in place of croutons. If you ever tried to find Clean Eating croutons you know they don’t exist. At least, in Canada they don’t. To make my own I frankly do not have time. Plus nutrition wise, you can’t compare croutons to full of plant-based protein, fiber and healthy fats Qi’a. This year, I had an “aha” moment when I decided to roast some Qi’a and sprinkle on top of my Vegan Kale Caesar Salad. To die for!
If you ever tried to make a vegan version of Caesar Salad you know how time consuming most recipes out there are. I’m no claiming to be a genius but I really think my version of this classic salad kills the craving without killing your plans and waistline. Especially great as a healthy lunch or dinner following a fun activity.
Qi’a is a superfood that gives you so much energy, fills you up and yet you feel light. Not to mention Qi’a is certified organic and naturally gluten free. To find a store near you that sells Qi’a use this store locator (it is awesome as you can search by individual Nature’s Path product).
3. Vegan Protein Replacement
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We all know that typical Western diet is characterized by high intakes of meat, sugary desserts, high fat foods and refined grains. When we switched to Clean Eating, I had no problem to come up with wholesome dessert recipes, ditch the bacon and pizza. The hardest part was reducing meat consumption because I grew up in a household where a meal without meat is not considered a meal.
That is when Qi’a Superfood cereal comes in handy. Think beyond breakfast. For example, these Qi’a Patties can be enjoyed with any whole grain on a side, a salad for lighter dinner or even in a burger. There are so many ways to incorporate plant-based protein in your main meal. If you have a zucchini fritter or your favourite veggie burger recipe, just add Qi’a to it to boost nutrition for long lasting energy.
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Smoothies, oh smoothies. They seem to be all the hype of 21st century. No wonder because they are fun to make even for kids and make it possible to enjoy plant-based foods we wouldn’t eat otherwise. Think kale, beets, hemp, chia, lemon. My picky 4 year old wouldn’t even look at those and yet gobbles them up in a smoothie no problem.
In our household, most made smoothie is a green smoothie. Especially in winter months when supply of vegetables is low. It is the only way I can get all necessary greens and nutrients into my kids. This is when Qi’a comes in handy. Whether you have your own favourite smoothie recipe, use mine or Nature’s Path recipe, just add, blend and voila. Kids won’t notice.
How good do these Cranberry Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bites sound?! Filled with Cranberry Almond Qi’a and pistachios, coated in organic dark chocolate. That’s it! What you see is what you get.
I brought these over to a Christmas lunch we had with Nature’s Path team, celebrity dieticians Ashley Koff and Desiree Nielsen, and everyone loved them. Nature’s Path people took leftovers to the office. We decided to courier all our collaborations to their office as part of the deal.:)
Outdoors, where do I begin?! Our planet is so beautiful! I can’t say British Columbia is the most beautiful place on Earth because I truly think anywhere is beautiful, it’s just a matter of seeing it around you. However, British Columbia is pretty darn beautiful, especially the West Coast part.
No matter how well we eat before we go, fresh air and activity make us hungry in a few hours. That is where Qi’a bars come in. I don’t remember the last time we left the house without Qi’a bars. Me and Alex are addicted!!! My favourite is Blueberry Cashew Pumpkin Seed and kids go crazy for Mocha Cocoa Hazelnut (think Nutella which I haven’t bought for ages).
Qi’a bars are a convenient way to enjoy super seeds on the go. With only 6 – 9 g of sugar, 4 – 6 g of fiber and protein each, they are one the best organic bars on the market! In fact, I do not know of any better. I’m addicted to these bars! And they are absolutely affordable with a price tag of less than $2 per bar.
Since Qi’a bars are new, use this store locator to find them in a store near you.
This summer we decided to do it all as much as we can – beach, hiking, exploring new areas etc.
10 km hike around Buntzen lake was our date one Sunday. This time we got a babysitter since boys wouldn’t be able to do it.
We enjoyed some spectacular views, rainy lunch and I personally saw a bear running away into the bushes. Alex still thinks it was a bird. Yeah, unless it is a large brown furry galloping ostrich. This was the moment I unwrapped a Mocha Qi’a bar while picking up a speed on a trail I never knew I could do.
We hid away from the rain under large trees to have a snack while enjoying spectacular lake views. A few Qi’a bars, local organic cherries and Qi’a cereal by the spoon with some water was perfect to give us an energy boost for the last 5 km.
Aren’t simple things in life the best?!
Nature’s Path wants to see pictures of your path – rocky, grassy or sandy,take a picture of where this summer takes you and post it on Instagram with #OnMyPath or on their webpage. You will enter to win 1 of 4 fabulous gift packs.
Have fun this summer!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I recommend only products I love, tried myself and fit Clean Eating lifestyle.