Author: erinsmitty

Co-creator of Kicking It Whole School! I love food and music. Sometimes I give food I make a theme song...

Test Dummies: Bio Seaweed Gel

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Use discount code – KICKINGITWHOLESCHOOL for $10 off online orders on http://www.shopbioseaweedgel.ca/ until December 31, 2015.

We were recently given the opportunity to test out and review Bio Seaweed Gel’s new Uptown Lights Summer 2015 collection and we are very excited to share our experience because Bio Seaweed Gel is free of the ‘5 big nasties’: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, BHA and solvents. Several traditional nail or gel polish brands have some or all of those chemicals so this brand is a healthier gel alternative for those looking for one.

We prefer 5-free polishes because you avoid exposing your body to these harmful chemicals, while also preventing nail dehydration, staining and weakening. We also loved this collection because the gels are all UNITY  Colours, which means it’s a base, colour and top coat all in one and you don’t need to have or use a UV/LED lamp to set them. Instead, you can cure the gel with sunlight!

We had used their 3STEP Colour products before, (which requires a UV/LED lamp), and loved them, but this was our first time using the  Unity range.

The Uptown Lights collection is also so cute because all of the colours are inspired by Canadian cities, and there’s a good mixture of neutral and bright colours to choose from. We picked Winnipeg, Fredericton, Halifax and Quebec City to try out. Check the colours out below, and continue reading for our review and ‘how-to’ guide for using Bio Seaweed Gel’s Unity All-In-One gels. (more…)

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Broccoli Bowl

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This dish is obviously really healthy, but it tastes great too! Broccoli is so good for you, with just 1 cup of it providing 100% of your daily need of vitamin C and K, and this meal is a wonderful way to load your body up with it!

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Loaded Corn on the Cob

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Corn is in season right now in Ontario, so I’ve been receiving a lot of it in my weekly food share. I’ve always enjoyed the taste of corn on its own, but I was intrigued while out at a restaurant when I saw a plate of corn on the cob drift by me that was smothered in sauce! I wasn’t able to order that corn because unfortunately the saucy goodness contained dairy, but it did inspire me to go home and try to make my own dairy-free version. I think that this is the only way I’ll be eating my corn now…

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Cucumber Mango Salad

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Hold onto summer with this sweet and refreshing salad! This simple salad boasts a great taste and benefits your body. Cucumber is full of water and many nutrients; mango is often nick-named “the king of fruits” due to it’s abundance of nutrients and health benefits; and avocado is the king of all food in my heart because of it’s healthy fats, high nutritional value and creamy texture!

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Egg Avo Tomato Salad

FullSizeRenderEnjoy this salad for breakfast or as a side for dinner!  It’s easy to make, with ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now!

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Flavourful Sprouts and Rice Salad

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This salad is so flavourful and refreshing! If you are trying to squeeze in as many backyard BBQs and picnics before summer ends, bring this winner with you!

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Broccoli and Avocado Salad – Deliciously Ella

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This is another standout recipe from Ella Woodward’s cookbook, Deliciously Ella, which we are currently featuring in our book club! Like many of Ella’s recipes, this dish is very easy to make, and does not require a lot of ingredients. The base of this dish is just avocado and steamed broccoli; I’ve added other ingredients such as roasted chickpeas, sprouts and radishes. What really makes this meal delicious though is the dressing! It is a pleasing mixture of sweet and salty tastes, and is also very easy to make.

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