12 Awe Inspiring Winter Landscape

  1. The transition between autumn and winter  (via Reddit)

winter forest and mountains

2.   Winter in Colorado, ‘Garden of the Gods’  (via Reddit)

winter mountains

3.  Cliffs ablaze with sunshine in Yosemite Nation Park  (via Reddit)

winter river

4.  Winter majesty of Moraine Park (via Reddit)

winter pine trees and lake

5.  A kaleidoscope sunset in Ceahlău Massif in Romania  (via Reddit)

incredible winter sunset

6.  A peaceful scene in the Alps  (via Reddit)

snow covered mountain peaks

7.  A glowing winter sunrise in the Maroon Bells Wilderness (via Reddit)

sunset on mountain lake

8.  Hauntingly beautiful, Southern Montana  (via Reddit)

frosty forest river

9.  The clam Netherlands countryside (via Reddit)

winter creek

10.  Glowing slopes of Telluride  (via Reddit)

winter mountain top

11.  Almost doesn’t look real  (via Reddit)

turquoise lake of alberta

12.  Frozen desert of Utah  (via Reddit)

desert winter

5 Cute Cats to Make You Smile

 Sometimes a cute picture of a furry little friend can add an enormous amount of positivity to your day!


  1. Is there something in my eye?” (via Reddit)

silly cat

  1. Someone found an unlikely new friend  (via Reddit)

fluffy white kitty

  1. The snuggles are real  (via Reddit)

cuddling cats

  1. It’s that time of year again!  (via Reddit)

santa kitty

  1. Snuggle Buddies  (via Reddit)



5 Secrets for a Happy Winter

happy winter couple


  1. Stay Active! In the winter it can be difficult to find the energy to keep up with your fitness routine. To combat this, buddy up and find a friend who’s willing to tag along and motivate you. Winterize your workout routine and buy some winter workout clothes to help you muster up that extra motivation!
  1. Keep Social It can be awfully tempting to hide away and hibernate in the winter months, but it’s important to stay social! Socializing can be a powerful way to boost your mood and keep morale up during the winter months. Call up a buddy or two and hibernate together with some Christmas movies and hot cocoa, or engage in a winter activity like ice-skating!
  1. Eat Healthy During the winter months it’s natural to want to eat warm, heavy foods that fill us up. Fatty and sugary comfort foods can mess with your blood sugar levels and actually leave you crankier than before you indulged! Instead, indulge in foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, veggies and protein!
  1. Light it up! The National Institute of Mental Health found that exposure to bright light in the early morning can be a powerful and effective treatment for seasonal depression. So as soon as you wake up, throw open your curtains and turn on all the lights in your bedroom! Additionally, scented candles or a fireplace also act as a calming, soothing feature in the evenings.
  1. Supplement The lack of sunlight among other things in the winter can leave a nutritional gap. It’s important to stock up on the appropriate vitamins before the winter months hit in order to stay as happy and healthy as possible. Vitamin D, fish oils, Vitamin B12 and a good multi-vitamin are all great ways to supplement your winter nutrition!

Do you have a special way that you keep positive and healthy during the winter months? We’d love to hear! Share them with us on our Facebook or Twitter page!

Yoga Poses for Simple Stress Relief

1)     Cat Pose

As depicted, place wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. This pose will gently massage the spine as well as your belly organs, therefore acting as a powerful stress reliever.

cat pose


2)     Standing Forward Bend

Although this position is usually used to transition between poses, it also stretches out your hips, thighs and hamstrings. Additionally, it is said to relieve stress, fatigue, and mild depression.

standing forward bend

3)     Savasana

This pose is easily considered the most calming part of most one’s yoga experience. The body and mind become totally at ease.

Woman resting in Shavasana

4)     Legs-Up-Wall Pose

This pose is traditionally thought to slow the aging process as well as relieve stress.

Limbering up

5)     Seated Forward Bend

This position can help you alleviate a distracted mind and help you to unwind. In addition to stretching the hamstrings, spine and lower back, it will also aid in stress and anxiety relief.

seated forward bend

6)     Child’s Pose

By resting your head on the ground this pose will allow you to lower your anxiety. This pose can be done with arms stretched out in front of you or against your sides.

childs pose

7)     Mountain Pose

This pose will help keep you in focus and feel a sense of grounding. This will strengthen your whole body and give you peace of mind

mountain pose

8)     Cobra

The opening of your chest while in cobra position will bring about almost instant stress relief. This pose will help you to feel centered and lighter.

woman in cobra pose

Do you have any yoga poses that help you keep positive and stress-free? Feel free to share them with us on Facebook!

Diet Tips for Cold Prevention

As the winter season is upon us, it is no secret that cold and flu season is upon us as well. While we may think we know all there is about cold prevention, here are a few tips to ensure you stay in tip-top shape throughout the winter months!

winter diet tips

1)      Eat Phytochemical Rich Foods

Phyto means ‘plant’ and this natural chemical in plants gives vitamins found in food a super charge! This means don’t sub in vitamins or supplements – go for the real deal. Lots of dark green, leafy veggies this winter!

2)    Cut down on alcohol intake!

Alcohol effectively suppresses the immune system and dehydrates the body. Neither of these things make it likely that your body will be able to fend off cold and flu attacks. Cut back and improve your chances of staying healthy!

3)    Garlic, garlic, garlic!

Garlic is well known to boost your immune system and increases resistance to infection. Bryan Rade, a naturopathic doctor based in Halifax. “If you happen to come in contact with a flu virus, [garlic] can help destroy it before it becomes a full-blown flu in the body.” Cooking Tip: Make sure when using garlic in your cooking to crush with the side of your knife in order to release the immune boosting juices into your cooking! An alternative, if you’re brave enough, is to chew a raw clove of garlic every 3-4 hours to get the maximum benefits of garlic!

4)    Lots of Liquids

Any (decaffeinated) liquid will keep your mucous membranes moist, whereas dry nasal passages and throat can be a breeding ground for cold and flu bugs. When your mucous membranes are moist, they are then able to trap the cold and flu viruses. Another tip, when choosing a juice, make sure to choose unsweetened or low-sugar juices!

5)      Honey

If you start to feel a cold coming on, skip the usual cough medicine and try some old fashioned honey! It is suggested that one to two tablespoons straight from the jar mixed into a cup of tea can be just as (if not more) effective!

6)      Don’t Cut Calories
A study in mice showed that mice who were on low calorie diets took longer to recover from cold and flu symptoms than those not, so skip the diet until after flu season!

7)      Vitamin D
For people who are not deficient in vitamin D, it can be a great prevention tool, but for the 40% of people in Canada  and the US who are deficient, it can be nothing short of miraculous in terms of preventing cold, flu and respiratory infections. The winter months are short on the sunshine, and therefore leave us low on vitamin D. In order to ensure you’re getting enough, eat lots of oily fish such as trout, salmon and tuna!

8)      Spice it up!
People tend to forget that spices are a treasure trove of health benefits. In terms of cold and flu, there are numerous spices (maybe in your kitchen right now!) that can keep cold and flu symptoms at bay. Doctors suggest that adding spices such as oregano, mustard and thyme to your everyday cooking can actually help to boost your immune system!

9)      More fruit!
In the winter months, people tend to neglect their fruits and veggies, which is the exact opposite of what you should be doing! Studies suggest, “People who ate three or more servings daily had 25% fewer days with respiratory symptoms during cold-and-flu season than those who ate one or fewer. The vitamin C content may provide part of the punch, but fruit also contains polyphenols, which have antiviral properties.”

10)  Protein!
The less protein you intake the more of an effect it will have on your immune system! Protein is the building blocks of infection fighting antibodies, so it’s an important factor in cold and flu prevention. Fish and yogurt are all relatively high in protein and make a great supplement to your existing diet.

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11 of the Most Tranquil Forests

1)     Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, BC  (via Reddit.com)

Suspension Bridge

2)     Peaceful woods of California (via Reddit.com)

nature's staircase

3)     Exotic beauty of the amazong (via Reddit.com)

tropical foliage

4)     Tranquil Calm in Alaska (via Reddit.com)

mountain forest lake

5)     Lush Green Foliage (via Reddit.com)

lush green forest trail

6)     Beautiful old Watewheel (via Reddit.com)

old water wheel


7)     Awe Inspiring Greenery in Vietnam (via Reddit.com)

mountain valley


8)     An Incredible National Park in Croatia (via Reddit.com)

lush forest with lake

9)     Eerie Beauty in Mississippi (via Reddit.com)

eerie swamp


10)  A Babbling Brook in Sweden (via Reddit.com)

clam babbling brook

11)  Beautiful Milford Track in New Zealand (via Reddit.com)

mountain brook

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10 Ways to Get More Out of your Workout with Less Daylight

Struggling to get in a good workout now that there are less hours of daylight in a day? Take a look at our 10 quick tips to get more out of your workout this winter:

 happy winter workout

  1. Warm up! Jog on the spot for a few minutes before heading out, and for the first 10 minutes or so slow down and allow your body to adjust to the cold.
  2. Tone it Down: We have less energy in the cold, dark months, so scale back your workout to something light. Short is sweet and it will still keep you in the game!
  3. Stay Hydrated: When it’s chilly outside you won’t notice your sweat as much (but you are sweating!) so make sure you drink up!
  4. Don’t Be Rigid: You may be exclusively a morning or night person, but allow flexibility in regards to the weather conditions. It’s in your best health!
  5. Sign up! Often times marathons and other races will have advanced sign up, so stay motivated and sign up early to keep your stamina going through the winter! It’s great to set goals!
  6. New Gear: Noting gets you more amped up for a workout than new swag! Go out and buy some winter friendly clothing to get you in the spirit!
  7. Pump It Up! Another great motivator is music! Haven’t updated your playlists since the spring? Time to spice it up with some new beats!
  8. Phone a Friend: The best motivation is peer motivation. Call up a buddy that you know will hold you to your word and embrace the cold together!
  9. Food for Thought: You can’t out-train a bad diet, so even though you’ll be tempted to each rich, hearty meals don’t forget that your health is still important!
  10. Spice It Up! Variety is the spice of life, so why not apply that to your workouts? Whether it’s a new running route or even just a new class, adding variety to your routine will keep you motivated and inspired to trek on!


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10 Vegan Desserts to Try Tonight

We all enjoy something a little decadent every now and then, so why not indulge in a healthy way? Vegan recipes, especially desserts, have become masters of disguise in terms of replacing healthy sugars and fats with healthy alternatives. Here we have compiled a list of 10 yummy and healthy desserts for you to try out tonight!

1. Maple Walnut Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Think it’s too good to be true? Think again! This vegan cake is also cholesterol free and filled with delicious chocolate ganache!

vegan cake recipe

2. Raw Almond Joy Bites

A new take on a classic favorite sweet! These bites are gluten free, vegan and even dairy

almond joy

3. 5 Ingredient Red Velvet Fudge

Rich, chocolatey, smooth – and vegan! What makes it red? That’s a secret you’ll have to find


4. Brownie Cake with Raspberry Chocolate Frosting

You’d never guess this gooey, sweet treat is vegan!

vegan chocolate cake

5. Salted Caramel Maple Nut Clusters

5 ingredients + 10 minutes = caramel maple nutty goodness!


6. Caramel Apple Pie Milkshakes

Vegan, gluten-free and no bake! Everything you love about apple pie… in milkshake form!


7. Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones

A yummy sweet vegan treat!

vegan pumpkin scones

8. Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding

A desert that is equal parts decadent and healthy!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Draft Blog Post for Review: December, 2014.

9. Vegan Pear & Fig Tart

A delicious and vegan play on the traditional Tarte Bourdaloue!

vegan tart recipe

10. Fudge Butterscotch Brownies

‘Nuff said – who doesn’t love vegan brownies?!

vegan brownie recipe