Michelle’s Sweet Potato Hash

Sunday morning brunch is my favorite meal shared with family. After a long hard work week and possibly a late night Saturday, Sundays are often the day to sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast, early lunch, AKA: Brunch.

What’s on your brunch menu? My family usually sticks to the same thing each week, scrabbled eggs, english muffins, bacon and hashbrowns from a bag. Although I’ve tempted in the past to make something more “healthy” or different, we always end up resorting to the originals. However… my newest recipe “Sweet Potato Hash” may be a winner. Although my family finds the bag of hashbrowns much easier and quicker to cook, I have found grating the potato makes it just as quick and easy (and packed with more nutrients too). Mmm I’m already looking forward to tomorrow morning.

HashSweet Potato Hash

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatos

1/2 spanish onion chopped to your liking

1 1/2tbsp italian mix spices (or your favorite herb mix)

2 pinches red pepper flakes (optional if you don’t like it hot)

pepper and salt to taste

2tbsp grapeseed oil or butter

Instructions:

Heat up frying pan on medium with grapeseed oil. Wash the potatoes and grate with skins on. Add all ingredients to the pan. Flip/stir frequently and cook till potato is slightly crispy and brown.

(serves 4)

Enjoy!

Michelle Wolfe

Silent Killer

Carbon Monoxide is known to be the “silent killer.” This colourless, odourless and tasteless gas can be extremely harmful to humans; it can even kill. In fact, carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one accidental poisoning in North America.

What causes carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is produced by gas or oil furnaces, space and water heaters, clothes dryers, ovens, wood stoves and other household appliances that run on fossil fuels such as wood, gas, oil or coal. Now that the winter is here, windows, doors and any other opening into the house will be tightly sealed from the cold. This can allow the carbon monoxide in the air to easily rise to a deadly level which can cause severe harm.

Recently my sister had her carbon monoxide alarm go off in the middle of the night. She and her husband did the right thing by immediately calling for the fire department to come. Luckily it was a false alarm, and in fact, the alarm was expired by 10 years. Many people don’t even know that the alarms expire, however, just like a baby car seat, they have an expiry date and they should be checked yearly.

My Uncle Jim, who has recently become a fire chief in my home town of Mitchell, Ontario, was on-call the night my sisters alarm went off. He told her she did the right thing by calling 9-1-1 for fire immediately and getting the family out of the house. Recently he was filmed in a video talking about carbon monoxide. You can view the video below to have more of an idea of how serious it can be!

Warning signs:

Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause flu-like symptoms. Some of the early warning signs of low-level poisoning may include tiredness, headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and shortness of breath.

It is important to take all precautions to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, especially outside of sleeping areas. If you are asleep you may not experience the possible warning symptoms until it’s too late.

Check the batteries and expiry date yearly. Perhaps January 1st could be a good day to check both fire and carbon monoxide detectors.

Have qualified professionals inspect and clean your furnaces and vent pipes to be sure no birds nests, twigs or other materials are obstructing proper ventilation.

Remember if you have symptoms or if your alarm sounds, get everyone out of the building immediately and call 9-1-1.

Please share this information, it could save a life!

Michelle Wolfe

The Grind

Since daylight savings time has occurred, I’m finding that waking up for my early morning workout is nearly impossible. Each night, with good intentions, I set my alarm for 5:50am to be at the gym by 6. I don’t even have to leave my building, literally just jump into the elevator and go down a few floors. So why is it so hard to wake up lately?

Perhaps my body are telling me something!

With the days being shorter and colder, our bodies naturally go into hibernation mode. Hundreds of years ago this was because of the lack of food during the winter months. Now with planes, boats and automobiles, we can receive food from just about anywhere in the world at any time of the year. Although this is so, our bodies still recognize the colder temperature as well as the lack of sun. I recently posted a blog about SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which is common this time of year. Be sure to re-read this blog to be aware of the signs and symptoms and learn how to deal with it before it gets out of control.

One night before going to bed, just after I set my alarm for the fourth attempt that week to get up early for the gym, I came across this Nike commercial. This video gave me the motivation I needed to get my butt up and out of bed that next morning. If you’re anything like me and feeling less motivated to keep active through the winter, take a look at this video and hopefully it will help you continue.

I like to remind myself, if my clients push themselves to workout and get better, I should be able to too!

Michelle Wolfe