December 05, 2019

2019 Mama's & Co. Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Mamas & Co. Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 15, 2019

To help you support small businesses this holiday season, we’ve put together our 4th annual Holiday Gift Guide, featuring gifts for everyone on your list from some of our amazing Mamas & Co. members! 

For Mamas

With 30 different sizes of hoops in yellow gold, rose gold, and sterling silver, Citrus offers mementos for your bespoke moments.  

Solve your dry skin issues with products from Phases Beauty – A company founded and run by a Mama of two who is on a mission to solve her own dry skin problems with products made with premium plant-based ingredients. 

Capture the essence of your family with a photography mini-session by Mini & Me Photograph.  This is a great gift for families to refresh their family portraits with creative and original options without a big-time or financial commitment.  

The Sustain Company offers unique gifts that are made from upcycled material like these unique, fair trade, artisanal sari robes made from upcycled material. Each robe is stylish and comes in two different lengths. A great gift for someone who has everything!   

A 14k gold-filled medallion necklace by Accessories by Talia would make a fabulous gift hand stamped with the initial of the jewellery lover in your life! 

 

For Babies & Kids

Mini Mioche makes the best ethical and sustainable unisex basics for little ones.  This is an ideal gift for expectant parents and kids up to 12 years! 

Enjoy a special kids’ collection of five specially curated, fun (and healthy) family favourite recipes for the lil’ chefs and kitchen helpers in your lives from Epicure with Anne Dickson! 

Nurture your little ones in the softness of organic cotton muslin and wellness of therapeutic herbs.  Panchhi Inc. offers gifts that are thoughtful, unique and environmentally friendly! 

Give the gift of play with an annual family membership to Oaks ‘n Acorns!  The membership will give the recipient discounts off all their programs and services, and half off playtime (which is great for winter)!

 

Everyone Else

Entice the foodies in your life with all-natural Indian Spice blends from Jaswant’s Kitchen.  Their spice blends and recipe collections make it easy for anyone who is interested in cooking Indian food at home.  

Buck Naked Soap Company an all-natural, vegan body care line of soaps made in Canada.  With dozens of soaps, bath bombs, salt soaks and more – all specially formulated with no artificial ingredients or preservatives.  Perfect as an everyday product and as a pampering gift! 

Common Threads is making Christmas easy for you with DIY gift workshops, maker-kits, and gift certificates – all designed to bring some hand made love to the Holidays this year!  There are gifts to be made for teachers and grandparents, maker kits for the creative people in your life and gift certificates for anyone who loves to learn.  

Ring in the New Year with Pictonat Photography for updated family portraits, a great gift for yourself or a loved one.  A special New Year photo mini-session package is available on select dates in January and February and includes: 5 digitals images, private online gallery, 15 min studio session, and a bonus 8x10 professional print for $225+HST.  Contact hello@pictonat.com to book. 

Give the gift of warmth this winter with high-quality SweetLegs leggings by Nikki Remicki.  With many patterns and sizes to choose from, there is something for everyone! 

Not sure what to get for those tweens, teens, teachers or hostesses?  Gift the gift of flattering lipgloss that glides on easily and packs a delicious punch by Beautycounter by Kerri Torrey.  There are five shades to choose from, each with its own unique scent experience.   

Give the gift of health to your loved ones with a 1-month membership to 9Round! Oh, what fun will be had with unlimited workouts, no class times and kickboxing circuits! 

Teach your children and family about the power of giving by gifting a family photo session to a family battling congenital heart disease with Project Mighty Hearts, because everyone’s story deserves to be told. 

November 20, 2019

Legumes, lentils and pulses. What's the difference?

What are Lentils?

Lentils are considered pulses (the edible seed from legume pods) that are easy to prepare, inexpensive and provide many nutrients such as protein, fibre, vitamin and minerals. Lentils come in many varieties that differ in colour, texture, taste, and uses. They are also commonly sold in grocery stores, where they can be found in whole or split form, and packaged as dried or canned.

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July 26, 2018

Top 5 Low Carb Barbecue (BBQ) Recipes on SwitchGrocery

We are so excited to announce that our spice blends and drink mixes: Tandoori Masala, Tadka Masala, Garam Masala, Raita Salt and Chai Masala are now available to purchase from SwitchGrocery! To celebrate our partnership, SwitchGrocery has featured 5 amazing low carb recipes WITH MACROS that you can make using our spices with meat from truLOCAL, an online local meat delivery company!

 

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July 21, 2015

This 10-Minute Recipe Will Help You Lose Weight

An easy way to cut out over 100 calories per meal, is to stop eating processed condiments or sauces, like ketchup, ranch dressing or plum sauce. These sauces are high in calories, sugar and/or fat. They also contain lots of unnatural ingredients. A healthier way to add tons of flavour to a meal is to make homemade Indian Mint Chutney and keep it in your fridge of freezer. Traditionally, mint chutney is eaten with Indian appetizers like samosas or pakoras, or with any Indian main dish like aloo gobi or daal. But you can experiment and eat it with grilled meats or tofu or even use it as a spread on a sandwich.  It will make any bland meal way more delicious and it's really easy to make.

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July 15, 2015

How to Make Roti or Chapati - A Healthier Alternative to Naan

If you've ever had Indian food before, then you're probably familiar with naan, the delicious oven or tandoor baked flatbread that's served at most Indian restaurants. What most people don't realize is, most Indians don't eat naan everyday. It's a treat reserved for special occasions. A healthier alternative that is eaten daily in most indian households, is roti (also called chapati or fulka). It's an unleavened flatbread made of just two ingredients - whole wheat flour and water. To make this dish at home you’ll need a rolling pin, a crepe pan and a cooling rack (or any sized rack you have at home) to cook the flatbread on. Sound simple enough?

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June 26, 2015

How to Make the Absolute BEST Lemonade Ever!

With summer now finally here, you're probably excited to dust off that patio furniture and invite some friends over for drinks and BBQ in the sun! One of my favourite summer drinks to serve when entertaining friends is this Indian inspired lemonade that is made with mint and ginger. It's so delicious and really easy to make. It's light, refreshing and not too sweet. My guests always love it! 

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March 12, 2015

Five Nutritious Alternatives to Olive Oil You Might Not Have Tried Yet

If care about your health, you're probably always looking for ways to add a little more healthy goodness to your home cooked meals. An easy way to add some more nutritional value to a dish is to switch up the oil that you use in your cooking. Many people stick only to extra-virgin olive or canola oil. Here’s a crash course in 5 alternatives that can replace your run-of-the-mill oils while baking, dressing, or cooking any meal of the day. View full article →
March 05, 2015

The Science Behind Picky Eaters

We bet you know someone who is a full-fledged picky eater. Maybe your little one refuses to eat anything but pancakes and plain pasta, or your best friend can’t stand anything green.

            There are varying degrees of adventurous eaters - some people chow down on anything put in front of them. Others are cautious but try things anyway, and some simply can and will not eat something they don’t know or like.

            Usually the pickiest of eaters are young children, and many of these fussy eaters grow out of their tendencies and later in life enjoy unique and delicious foods usually reserved for the more mature palate, like fermented, pickled, or salted and brined foods, that are found far from the sugary cereal aisle of a grocery store. But some stay safe and picky eaters for life. Ever wonder why that is?

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February 25, 2015

March Break Staycation Ideas for your little Foodies

Food has the amazing ability to bring people together. Ever notice how the kitchen always seems to be where people congregate? Kids come home after school with their friends and head straight for the kitchen. Dinner guests hover by the fridge, asking if they can help with anything. And with March Break around the corner, your hungry teens and little ones will have so much more free time to spend snacking together, especially if you’re not going away this time of year.

            If a sandy beach or foreign country aren’t part of your March Break plans, that’s okay. We’ve got a couple ideas to make your kitchen, living room, and dining room the hottest vacation spots there are!

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February 18, 2015

Kitchen Tip That Will Shave 10 Minutes Off Most Indian Recipes

Ginger is one of the most commonly used ingredients in Indian cooking, next to garlic and onion of course. Buying and peeling a whole ginger root when your recipe calls for just a tablespoon or two is such a pain. Chopping ginger can also be a sticky, messy nuisance. Did you know that ginger actually freezes really well?  So a really easy way to save at least 10 minutes when making an Indian recipe is to do a little prep ahead of time. Grind a big batch of ginger using a food processor and freeze it into tablespoon sized portions so you'll always have it ready to use whenever you need it. 

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