Author Archives : happyhealthfreak

Berry Citrus Sangria


Skip the pre-made sangria and whip up a batch of this fruity, fresh Berry Citrus Sangria for your next party. With a blog called The Happy Health Freak, it seems a little contradictory if I post recipes with alcohol right?  But hear me out, studies(1) have shown that the occasional glass of red wine contains antioxidants such as resveratrol that may help prevent cardiovascular disease. …

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Sweet & Sour Chicken Thighs


Ditch the stove and break out the Instant Pot for these Sweet & Sour Chicken Thighs.  Your taste buds will come alive and it will sure to be a hit with the whole family. We had a cold, wet spring and I was beginning to think summer would never arrive.  But it has come in fast and furious.  It has been…

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Strawberry Protein Pancakes ~ Low-Carb, Gluten-Free


I love weekends in the summer.  I try to squeeze in an early run on Saturday or Sunday and then relax in the sunshine for the rest of the day.  I’ve never really been an early morning exercise person (I prefer going after work) but the weekends are different.  There is something about starting your day with a workout that…

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Watermelon Avocado Feta Kebabs


Summertime is in full swing which means it’s time for lots of sunshine, patio parties and long weekends.  Canada Day is coming up next weekend and these watermelon avocado feta kebabs make the perfect appy for your next backyard BBQ.  For this recipe you’ll need some extra long wooden toothpicks.  There is something irresistibly fun about eating food of a stick – popsicles, shish-kebabs,…

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Protein Packed Chocolate


I love sneaking protein into treats (like this one!) so you can have your dessert and hit your protein goals at the same time.  This protein packed chocolate is made with really simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. To keep it low-carb/low-sugar, try to use the highest percentage of chocolate you can.  The higher amount of cocoa,…

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Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette


Did you grow up hating these little cabbages?  Did your mom or dad boil the heck out of them leaving them flavourless and mushy? (For the record, my parents never did this, in fact, I don’t even think I started eating brussels sprouts until my adult years!) Even if you had a bad experience in the past, I think I…

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10 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes


I mentioned last week that I was recently gifted an Instant Pot (BEST. GIFT. EVER. – in case you’re wondering), well I asked my awesome pals at FitFluential to share their favourite healthy IP recipes and man, do these look amazing! Don’t pass up these 10 healthy instant pot recipes. Oh and if you don’t have one (seriously, what are…

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Mexican Shredded Chicken

Mexican Shredded Chicken – Instant Pot


This Mexican Shredded Chicken is an easy week night meal, ready in under 30 minutes start to finish.  The joys of having an Instant Pot! A couple of weeks ago I was gifted the best kitchen appliance – and Instant Pot (aka IP).  I have been eyeballing these for a while and I felt like the last person on the…

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