Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Li’l Oliver Review

A Healthy Snack for Back to School Lunches

Li’l Oliver packs a nutritional punch to keep kids attentive through the school day!

These little cups of goodness are the perfect size for lunches everywhere. The green olives are by far my favorite as the black ones are an acquired taste.  My daughter loves them all and we have shared them with other families who also enjoy the newest addition to the lunch box. Variety is hard to come by when packing lunches especially with the rising amount of food allergies.

All natural, free of sugar, fat, peanuts and cholesterol and, not to mention, delicious, olives make an excellent snack. 

Making it easier to enjoy the full flavours and healthy benefits of olives, Sardo Foods has introduced Li’l Oliver, pitted and pre-packed green or black olives with no artificial flavours or colours, gluten-free and no trans fats.

With school back in session, the tidy Li’l Oliver cups make a perfect addition to a child’s lunch box, without the allergy concerns that come with snacks that may contain peanuts.

“There’s a new snack in town, and it is an excellent alternative to sweet and salty snacks like granola bars or chips,” says Desiree Sardo from Sardo Foods. “If you haven’t shared the great taste of olives with your kids, what are you waiting for? With their mild taste and small size, Li’l Oilver packs are kid-tested and kid-approved.”

Each snack cup of Li’l Oliver olives is only 20 calories with two grams of fat. The green olives have zero carbohydrates while the black olives have one gram of carbohydrates. Did you know that:

·         The olive is technically a fruit?
·         The Canada Food Guide recommends children under 13 get up to six servings of fruits and vegetables a day? About 16 olives, roughly two packs of Li’L Oliver, equals on of those servings.
·         Eating olives boosts your iron intake? Iron plays a key role in keeping you healthy and happy. Move over apples, make room for olives!
·         Olives are high in oleic acid, which studies have shown reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease?
·         Olives are rich in phytonutrients, bringing added benefits for our cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, muscle, immune, inflammatory and digestive systems?
·         Oleuropein, found exclusively in olives, is an antioxidant nutrient that has shown to decrease LDL cholesterol and protect nerve cells?

“For such a little fruit, there is an impressive nutritious punch in each olive,” says Desiree. “The convenience of Li’l Oliver makes it easier for families to give their kids all the benefits of olives as part of their daily diet.”

For more information, other products and recipes, please visit www.sardofoods.com. Follow Sardo Foods on Twitter @SardoFoods and Like it on Facebook.

About Sardo Foods:
Family owned and operated in Canada, Sardo Foods is world renowned for bringing all the unique flavours of the Mediterranean to your family’s dinner table. Specializing in olives, antipasti, pesto, spreads, bruschetta and more, Sardo Foods aims to make gourmet cooking and entertaining easy. Based in Bolton, Ont., Sardo Foods employs 150 people and boasts more than 200 product lines.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Six Plant-Based Foods You Should Try Today

 The glorious thing about plant-based eating is that your grocery store or farmer’s market is full of an incredible array of foods, flavors, and textures that are just waiting to be discovered. Even a typical grocery store has a produce section that carries seasonal and ethnic foods that often get passed-over, but are convenient, inexpensive, and yummy.

If you’re stuck in a rut of getting the same lettuce-tomato-onion-type foods that you always get, take a walk! Look at some of the other plant-based foods and see how you can work them into your diet.

Not sure where to start? In the spirit of a number that signifies longevity, here are six plant-based foods I totally love that are healthy and tasty, but not part of the average diet. What are some delicious food discoveries you’ve made and put on your grocery list each week?


Jicama, also known as a Mexican potato, is a big, heavy, brown fruit that really does look like a weird potato. The excellent thing about jicama is that it is very crisp and crunchy, but has a mild flavor like a cucumber. Jicama can be sliced and used with dips as an alternative to chips, eaten in sticks like any other crunchy veggie, or added to salads for a snappy texture without confusing the flavor profile. It’s a great summer side dish served with a spritz of lime juice and a dusting of chili powder if you’d like a little kick!

Bok Choy

In Asian cuisine, bok choy is a staple! For most of us, though, we’d never think to work bok choy into a dish, which is unfortunate because of how versatile and healthy this veggie is. Bok choy can be added to a salad, but it can also be eaten like you’d eat celery with a little hummus or nut butter. It can also be added to soups or stir-frys, or braised or grilled on its own, and given a little seasoning to become a brilliant side dish.


Pluots are an incredible, juicy little snack that comes from mixing a plum with an apricot. They’re so good! Plums aren’t terribly uncommon, but not a lot of people are familiar with pluots. It’s a shame because they’re easy to carry in a lunch for you or for your children, they’re a little sweet with the benefits of both plums and apricots, and they’re another inexpensive fruit. They might be seasonal depending on where you live, but look for a fruit that’s a little smaller than a plum, and more yellow, in the plum area of your grocery store.


Rutabaga is popular in some countries around the world, but it frequently gets forgotten in the US. With a little bit of a punch like a radish, rutabaga is an awesome root vegetable. If you like the spicy snap of it, it’s great to be eaten as a raw veggie. Others would enjoy rutabagas along with things like potatoes, parsnips, and squash in a cold-weather harvest stew!


A lot of people feel strange about eating cactus, but prickly pear cactus (also known as nopal) tastes great and is SO good for you! It can have positive effects on blood sugar and managing diabetes, and it can help lower cholesterol. I suggest buying it cleaned already because the spines can be difficult to deal with if you’re new to the food, but many average grocery stores (and I imagine every Mexican or Hispanic market) carry cleaned nopal ready to cook. Similar in texture to something like a green pepper, nopal is great in dishes like scrambled tofu, or really anything sautéed. It tastes like other green veggies (think green peppers or green beans) with just a little lemony tartness. It goes really well with spicy dishes.

Dandelion Greens

The wonderful world of leafy greens leaves us with plenty of options at pretty much every grocery store, but dandelion greens aren’t something most people eat every day. The green leaves are great in salads and slaws, but they can also be boiled like spinach or sautéed and seasoned. They’re just a little bitter, but fun to try, and you can even forage for them if you’re really up for an adventure!

When people tell me that they don’t do plant-based eating because they don’t want to limit themselves, I have to laugh. People limit themselves all the time! Even with great options and an endless menu of flavors and colors, most people fall into a routine of eating the same things all the time. This is your wake-up call to use plant-based eating as a way to EXPAND your diet, and bring in fantastic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans that you otherwise never would have enjoyed.

Vanessa Chamberlin is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Lifestyle Coach and author of The Fire-Driven Life: How to Ignite the Fire of Self-Worth, Health, and Happiness with a Plant-Based Diet. For more information, please visit, www.vanessachamberlin.com and connect with her on Twitter, @vkchamberlin.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Amazingly Beautiful Review & Giveaway

The amount of skincare products on the market is pretty overwhelming. Trying to find something that will do my good then harm is almost like playing Russian roulette. That's what makes Amazingly Beautiful so unique, it is not some crazy cream that tears apart your layers of skin removing more then you expected, it is feeding your skin full of nutrients adding youthful vibrance to your skin. I was very impressed while using the product to find my skin was absorbing all the oil and not looking greasy. 

I highly recommend trying this product, it also makes an amazing gift with their personalized labels. 

Amazingly Beautiful A. M. Moisturizer and P. M. Revitalizer – for Women
Revolutionary Superior New Live Skin Care System Brings Life and 
Beauty Back to Your Skin…Without ANY Chemicals.
“Amazingly Beautiful” uses a rare combination of live fruit, nut and 
plant extracts to feed your skin cells and promote youthful, moist, beautiful 
glowing skin.
-The safest and most effective moisturizer and revitalizer available
-Say goodbye to dry skin
-Say goodbye to oily skin
-Skin looks and feels younger, softer and smooth like silk
-Decreases the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet
-Reduces appearance of aging
-Firms and tones skin’s appearance
-Pores appear to shrink, giving a smoother look to skin’s complexion
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 A. M. Ingredients: 100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, orange, lemon, avocado and olive.
P. M. Ingredients: 100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, orange, lemon, evening primrose and apricot.
Ingredient Properties and Benefits:

Almond – To moisturize, soothe and soften skin, relieve itching from dry 
skin and to give complexion appearance of improvement and glow.

Orange – Cleanses the skin through natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal 
properties to help fight acne and restore smooth appearance to skin.

Lemon – Natural cleanser, preventative for wrinkling and aging. 
Significantly increases the anti-oxidative potential of the skin bio surface 
(to help stop damage to the skin).

Avocado – Significantly increases the soluble collagen content in the skin 
to enrich dry, damaged, chapped or wounded skin. Loaded with vitamins 
A, D and E.

Olive – Cleanser and moisturizer. Has shown preventative effects for 
formation of skin cancer and tumors.

Evening Primrose – The nutrients in Evening Primrose Oil are essential 
for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. There is evidence 
that it can help reduce wrinkles and even help repair stretch marks. It is 
also rich in omega 6 fatty acids.

Apricot Oil – Apricot Oil is light and gently moisturizes skin. Containing 
vitamins A and E, it soothes the skin and slows signs of aging as well as 
firming and toning.
 The 3-Step Complexion Perfection System…
 Skin care has been revolutionized with “Amazingly Beautiful” the world’s first “skin supplement”. 
It actually feeds your skin what it needs in order for it to be luminous, beautiful and healthy. 
 We know that it is unconventional to apply oil to your skin, but we guarantee you will have the best 
skin of your life by following these simple instructions:
 Step 1 – APPLY 
· Your skin recognizes Amazingly Beautiful as food and therefore will be hungry for it and may require 
more drops initially.
· Place 2 to 3 drops on each cheek 1-2 times daily and gently spread over the entire face with your 
middle finger in a circular motion. Do not rub in.
· If there is any excess after 3 minutes, blot your face with a tissue or damp cloth. There shouldn’t be 
any excess, so if this happens you may be using too much product.
· When used as a make-up remover, place 1-2 drops on a Q-tip or cloth and wipe away make up.
Step 2 – DETOX
Your skin is probably used to name-brand products made from creams, chemicals, and other 
toxic ingredients that give your skin results, but by shocking your skin into submission.
If you’ve used makeup or commercial skin care products for any length of time, your skin is 
probably clogged and burdened with the build-up of excess oils and environmental junk that 
comes from the ingredients in these products. Amazingly Beautiful takes about 30 days to 
detoxify your skin from these chemicals and ingredients so that your skin can thrive naturally. 
Results vary for each person.
What to expect during detoxification…
Within the first 30 days of using Amazingly Beautiful, you may experience a brief blemish breakout. 
This typically lasts from 1-2 days, possibly up to a week. The botanical oils in Amazingly Beautiful 
gently and naturally remove toxins and build up that have accumulated over time from the use of 
chemical-laden skincare products and cosmetics. These botanical ingredients also help remove the 
cause behind excessive oil production. If a breakout does occur, this is actually a really good sign, 
as your skin will be ridding itself of toxins that have built up over time. It’s important not to get 
discouraged during this brief detoxifying period, because once it ends, your skin will emerge with 
a more beautiful, young looking, radiant appearance. Results vary for each person. 
Step 3 – THRIVE
While most people experience noticeable changes within a few days, even greater benefits are 
achieved in the first 3 months, and then with continued use thereafter. Amazingly Beautiful will 
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creams, make-up removers, body lotions, nutrient pacts and more.

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Now for the giveaway!