7 Foods That Help You Shed the Pounds and Keep it Off!

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Fresh wholesome food provides nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and active ingredients that can boost not just our energy but also our metabolism.  Eating certain foods can provide key active ingredients that can help us stimulate fat burning pathways, reduce hunger, and ultimately help us shed fat and keep if off for good.  Wondering what these nutrients are, make sure you include these 7 superfoods in your weight loss meal plan to help expedite your results.     Food #1 – Nuts Nuts high fiber and fat content can reduce hunger, and appetite, while also … [Read more...]

Delicious And Nutritious Lunch

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After today's amazing workout I was wanting a low calorie & high protein meal!  So I decided to cook up some delicious tilapia!!! Tilapia is highly valued as a seafood source due to its many beneficial qualities, which are attributed to its wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including significant amounts of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid. I preheated the oven to 425°F and then placed the tilapia in an ungreased baking dish.  Personally, I placed a low sugar mango … [Read more...]

Finally Greens I want to have daily!

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Hey Everyone!!! Oh how I have MISSED all of you! Last week was an amazing whirl wind, my new bakery brand launched and on this past weekend we exhibited at Canada's Bridal Show - here in Toronto. NOW, if that wasn't enough - on Monday I started school again, where I am studying Social Media Marketing. I've just been on the GO! And I was needing something ... almost like a re-fuel. So I got my hands on the OneBrand Nutrition Greens - and readers, if you haven't already - you need to get your hands on this too! Personally, I definitely need to have my greens … [Read more...]

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail …

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Woohoo ~ Happy New Year everyone !!! It's officially 2016, so I gotta ask 'How pumped up are you ?!?!  Can you feel it?!?!  Is this YOUR year too ?!?!' I am just so excited for this year that I could hardly contain myself, so here I am deep into my day planner as I start to map out this kick-butt year!  You know, the saying is true: if you fail to plan, you're essentially planning to fail.  So get out your planner, set some goals, and work out the plan backwards - before you know it, not only will you be reaching your goals, but surpassing them while you make new … [Read more...]

A New Year – A BETTER Me!!!

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Happy New Years Eve!!! As 2015 comes to a close, I have never been so pumped to start a new year!!! I hope you are all ready to start YOUR journey and am so excited that you are following mine. See you in the new year everyone!!! XO Dayna Sweets Note: I am HERE for everyone, if you feel as though you wish to reach out to me, PLEASE DO:  dayna@fitshop.ca   … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Pancakes

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Hey Everyone!!! Can you believe it - it's already DECEMBER! I hope everyone is getting into the festive spirit and gearing up for the holidays. It's kind of funny to think, here I am 'dieting' over the holidays, but I'm trying to stay as focused as I can by still remaining human too!!! #AllThingsInModeration I must say, the best part about my diet is how simple it is to keep on track while eating DELICIOUS food! This morning I made carrot cake pancakes topped with cinnamon & vanilla Greek yogurt!!! And it's SO simple, honestly, read the back of the FlapJacked … [Read more...]

Coconut Nectar Beef Stir-Fry!!!

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I'm sure everyone will be THRILLED that today's recipe isn't chicken, turkey, or pasta. This is a beef stir-fry I always love to make for my husband! However this time I subbed out what is normally REALLY BAD and full of sodium, soya sauce - to the new Coconut Sauce, natural soya sauce alternative by Organika. It was a HUGE hit!!! I'm positive you and your family will all enjoy this clean, colourful meal. Enjoy XO Dayna Ingredients 2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil 1 pound beef sirloin, cut into 2-inch strips 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets 1 1/2 … [Read more...]

Skinny Plate Review

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Skinny Plate Review Okay !!! It's REVIEW time :-) Seeing that I have a strong knowledge of food - being a chef and all - I definitely understand good vs bad food choices! In fact, although I definitely gained all my weight back - and then some - I still often make good/better food choices BUT I'll be honest and admit my faults... my portions are WAY out of wack! And it's true, even TOO much of the healthy choices can lead to weight gain! I was recently introduced to 'The Skinny Plate' and at first - I'll be honest, I was a little sceptical! I found myself … [Read more...]

Baked Chicken Breasts, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Sauteed Broccolini

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Baked Chicken Breasts Ingredients 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, that have been pounded to even thickness and brined in saltwater (*see easy instructions below) 1 Tablespoon melted butter or olive oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika (I prefer smoked paprika) Directions *To brine your chicken breasts, simply fill a large bowl with 4 quarts of warm water and 1/4 cup kosher salt. Stir to combine until most of the salt is absorbed. Add the chicken breasts and let … [Read more...]

Healthy Spinach & Tomato Pasta

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Being a foodie you'll often find me doing cardio while scrolling through Pinterest on my iPad - some people don't know how I do it, but its the little things that inspire me. I stumbled upon a recipe that definitely looked amazing, BUT I wanted to add more nutrients to it and right now I'm on a spinach kick! After stopping at the grocery store, post my gym session, I went home to create. Using the original recipe as guidance but putting my spin on it - adding spinach and a reduced fat goat cheese. Enjoy! Remember: It is very important to let this sauce reduce … [Read more...]