CIBC Run for the Cure: Make a donation and WIN BIG!

This year, Team Tiger Lily will join tens of thousands of Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life to participate in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, and education and awareness programs.

Together we support the vision of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. To create a future without breast cancer.

Team Tiger Lily's Story

I first participated in 2005 and ran the 5k on my own. I made the front cover of the Toronto Star (amongst the other runners). My mom was so proud she bought 10 newspapers, laminated the cover and mailed copies to family members across Canada, the US and Italy. What a proud mama!

In 2006 my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer. She fought with grace, never complained, kept smiling and passed away with dignity on August 27, 2007.  I ran alone again in October 2007 but this time I dedicated my run to my mom. The run was the beginning of my grieving process. I felt like it was the first time I was able to exhale in over six weeks.
Today Team Tiger Lily consists of 10 members and counting. We walk and run for not only my mother but for everyone who has been touched by cancer. This year our goal is to raise $10,000.00 for Breast Cancer research. As team caption I more than determined to reach this goal. Why? Because I remember so clearly this one afternoon sitting in the chemotheraphy ward at Mount Sinai Hospital with my mother. A volunteer who was a Cancer survivor was distributing snacks to the chemotherphy patients and their families. She was a beautiful and cheerful woman. Always so warm and kind to my mother and the other patients. That one afternoon my mother turned to me and said, "When I get better I am going to volunteer my time to Cancer patients just like she is."
If my mother was still here there is not a doubt in my mind and heart that she would be dedicating her life to making a difference in Cancer patient's lives. Because my mother is not physically here anymore it is my honor and duty to fulfill her dreams. Because my mother was so proud of me when I did my first run in 2005 I continue to put forth my energy and enthusiasm in the CIBC Run for the Cure. So much so I am offering a HUGE prize to one lucky donator. See below for full contest details.

Your legacy will live on forever....

Make a donation and WIN BIG!

Here's an amazing contest to one (1) lucky My Wholesome Home follower. You must live or can travel to Toronto, Ontario to redeem your prize.

As you know I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I am offering my Customized Nutrition & Lifestyle Program to one (1) lucky donator.

Here's What you can WIN!

Customized Nutrition & Lifestyle Program

Each of us is unique bio-chemically. Each of us has our own unique lifestyle patterns. Each of us should therefore have a unique nutrition programme.

Initial Consultation - Our initial consultation will determine where you need to make changes to get the most out of your body. In-depth Lifestyle Assessment Form and Nutritional Symptomatology Questionnaire to help determine the best approach for your current concerns and nutritional imbalances. You will also bring along your Weekly Food and Mood Journal for review. You will be asked for your input as to what changes you are able to bring to your life at this time.

Program Design - Individualized nutrition program developed based on LAF and NSP Questionnaire findings as well as client’s concerns and goals; complete with meal plan, recipes, supplementation recommendations and shopping list.

Program Presentation- Thorough explanation of program, weekly meal plan, supplementation recommendations, shopping list and educational reading material.

3 Follow-up Consultations – Client will bring in their Food and Mood Journal as well as any questions and/or concerns they have regarding their Customized Nutrition & Lifestyle Program. I will make adjustments to the program if needed and offer analysis to keep you on the right track.

Total value of $550.00

Here's How to Enter:

Step 1 - Become a My Wholesome Home blog follower.

Step 2 - Visit my Personal Donation Page and make a $50 donation (1 entry = 1 comment below); $100 donation (2 entries = 2 seperate comments below); $250 or more (3 entries = 3 seperate comments below).

Step 3 - After you make your donation leave a comment below like, "I just made a donation!" and be sure to include your e-mail address to make it easy for me to contact you if you win.

Remember if you donate $100 leave 2 seperate comments; $250 or more please leave 3 seperate comments.

CONTEST CLOSES this Sunday October 3, 2010. at 7am. One (1) lucky winner will be chosen via and contacted by e-mail. You MUST be able to travel to Toronto, Ontario to redeem your prize. Prize is accepted "as is" and cannot be redeemed for cash.

To make a donation please click here

Good luck!

Lots of love,

Melissa and Team Tiger Lily

Preserves: Green Tomatoes

You may be saying to yourself, "Preserved green tomatoes, really?" Yes, really! They are delicious!

I can remember eating green tomatoes since I was a kid. Slap these suckers on a fresh piece of Panna Victoria (Italian bread) and you've got yourself a real Italian apristomaco(appetizer/starter).

My Nonna passed this recipe on to my mother and my mother to me. I now share this old family recipe with all of you.  It's easy, economical (you use the tomatoes that haven't ripened over the summer), rewarding and delicious! Buon appetito!

What you'll need:

  • Green Tomatoes 
  • Celery stalks
  • Carrots
  • Peeled garlic cloves (one in each jar)
  • Fresh Oregano
  • Sea Salt (enough to coat tomatoes)
  • White Vinegar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Large bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • Vegetable peeler 
  • Mason Jars

Your supplies

Pick, wash and dry green tomatoes

Slice tomatoes

Generously coat tomatoes in sea salt and soak in white wine vinegar for 4 hours.

Pick and wash celery (these beauties are from my garden)

Chop celery

Chop carrots and toss with celery

After tomatoes have soaked for 4 hours; drain and squeeze the remaining liquid from tomatoes. Toss with chopped celery and carrots.

Tightly pack tomato and vegetable mixture into sterilized mason jars. Fill with vegetable oil, add a peeled garlic clove and top with fresh oregano.

Seal jars tightly and either 1) Keep in refrigerator for up to 12 months. 2) Keep in dark cool place (cantina) for up to 2 months. 3)  Boil jars for 20 minutes and store in cantina for years!

Review and Giveaway: ShaSha Bread Co.

It would be an understatement to say I was ecstatic when ShaSha  himself e-mailed me to let me know a package of ShaSha Bread Co. products were on there way to me for review. I have been a fan of ShaSha Bread Co. for years, particularly of their Original Ginger Snaps. Sha Sha uses only the finest ingredients in their products. Whole grains such as Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Spelt, Barley, Amaranth, Millet and Oat. Legumes such as Lentils, Mung Beans and Adzuki Beans. Seeds such as Sunflower seeds, Poppy Seeds, Flax Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds.

Talk about filling up the delivery box and reducing packing material and fuel. Well done!

The goods!

Snap Cookies

If you haven't tried ShaSha Bread Company's Snap Cookies you have been missing out!  I feel absolutely no guilt when I feed these cookies to my family, particularly my 19 month-old son. They are made with high quality ingredients, no junk and are delicious! They have been a lifesaver many times when dealing with a fussy toddler out in public. Ginger Snaps to the rescue! Keep a stash in the diaper bag. Trust me!

Original Ginger Snaps

Ingredients: Non-treated Unbleached Whole Wheat Flour, Unbleached Brown Sugar, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Eggs, Canola Oil, Non-pasteurized Raw Honey, Filtered Water, Spices, Soy Lecithin, Molasses, Ginger, Non-Aluminum Baking Powder, Sea Salt.

Cocoa Snaps

Ingredients: Non-Treated Unbleached Wheat Flour, Unbleached Brown Sugar, Canola Oil, Bitter Chocolate, Filtered Water , Non-Pasteurized Raw Honey, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract, Molasses, Non-Aluminum Baking Soda Natural Caramel, Sea Salt.

Cocoa Snaps

Organic Spelt Ginger Snaps

Ingredients: Organic Spelt Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Filtered Water, In-House Organic Expeller-Pressed Sunflower Oil, Organic Malt Extract, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Organic Honey, Organic Spices, Organic Molasses, Organic Ginger, Non-GMO Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Non Aluminum Baking Powder, Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

My son enjoying the Organic Spelt Ginger Snaps

Organic Spelt Lemon Snaps

Ingredients: Organic Spelt Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, In-House Organic Expeller Pressed Sunflower Oil, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Filtered Water, Organic Poppy Seeds, Organic Malt Extract, Organic Honey, Natural Dehydrated Lemon Flavour,Organic Molasses,Organic Vanilla Extract, Non-GMO Sunflower Lecithin, Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Sea Salt, Non-Aluminum Baking Powder, Natural Lemon Flavour

Organic Spelt Lemon Snaps - My Favourite!


Bio-buds products are made with sprouted grains, legumes and pods that are dehydrated at the peak of their enzyme levels and nutrient value, and packaged with no additives or preservatives. Not only are they packed with goodness they cook in half the time! A busy mother's dream!

Nutritional benefits of Legumes: 

1)   Legumes are a water-soluble fiber which form gels that provide beneficial effects including:
* Slow stomach emptying which contributes to fullness and decreased appetite.
* This delayed stomach emptying slows the absorption of carbohydrates which reduces after-meal blood sugar spikes (this helps regulate blood sugar especially those who have diabetes)
* Binds to fatty acids
* Lowers LDL (bad)cholesterol

2)   Legumes are a complex carbohydrates (a.k.a.good carbs), which take longer for the body to digest keeping you fuller longer. Because of its complex chain form, your digestive enzymes have to work much harder to access the bonds to break the chain into individual sugars for absorption through the intestines. Because of that, the digestion of complex carbohydrates takes longer. The slow absorption of sugars provides you with a steady supply of energy and limits the amount of sugar converted into fat and stored. 
3)  Legumes are a great alternative to animal-based proteins and they sure measure up to a beef steak. A 50 g piece of beef steak provides 14.5 g of protein while 1 cup of red kidney beans provides 15.3 g of protein minus the saturated fat from the steak. Not bad for this magical fruit!
4)   Legumes provide 3.6 - 5.2 mg of iron per 1 cup. When iron is low, red blood cells can't carry enough oxygen to the body's tissues, causing fatigue.

My new kitchen staples!

Raw Organic Sprouted Lentils

Ingredients: Organic sprouted Lentils.

Organic Sprouted Lentils - Bio-Buds

Gli spaghetti con le lenticchie, l'aglio e l'oliva oliano (Spaghetti with lentils, garlic and olive oil)

Organic Sprouted Mung Beans - Bio-Buds

Organic Sprouted Aduzki Beans - Bio-Buds

Homemade Minestrone with ShaSha Bread Co. Sprouted Organic Mung and Adzuki Beans - Bio-Buds

Raw Organic Sprouted Brown Rice - Bio-Bud

Ingredients: Organic sprouted Brown Rice.

Quickie dinner for my son - Organic Sprouted Brown Rice, sauteed tofu and steamed spinach.

Benefits of Whole Grains:
Whole grains are excellent foods which are rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber and essential nutrients. Here are some of the many benefits of whole grains.
1)    Weight Loss – Whole grains are Complex Carbohydrates; Complex Carbohydrates keep you satisfied for a longer period of time than simple carbohydrates thus making you eat less. Complex Carbohydrates also don’t have the same insulin effect as simple carbs do. Simple carbs release excess insulin which your body stores as fat.
2)    Beautiful skin and beautiful mood– Whole grains are high in B Vitamins. B Vitamins are known to help kick depression and give you glowing skin.
3)    Elimination – Whole grains contain a large amount of fiber. Your body needs fiber to move waste out of the intestines and into the toilet where it belongs. 
4)  Basic bodily functions improve - Whole grains help your body metabolize protein, release energy from muscles, protects your cells, keeps your bowel movements regular, provides heart health and helps relax your nervous system. 

Spelt & Flax Lavash

Ingredients: Organic Spelt Flour, Filtered Water, Organic Whole Spelt Flour, Organic Flax Seeds, Sea Salt, Organic Poppy Seeds, In-House Organic Expeller-Pressed Sunflower Oil

Nutritious and delicious snack. I enjoyed it all week at work.

Sourdough Bread

What is Sourdough? ShaSha Bread Co. explains.....
The word 'Sourdough' is a misnomer since 'sour' refers to the 'mother' or starter used to ferment the dough, not meant necessarily imply a sharp or vinegary taste. These is a symbiotic relationship between cultures of bacteria (lactobacilli) and airborne fungi (wild yeast); simply put, one element in the relationship provides something that the other element needs. Sourdough starter is basically made from water and grain flour, which create the environment and necessary food for these micro organisms to perform their magic.
The longer fermentation time of sourdough baking breaks the protein down into amino acids, However, Baker’s yeast stimulates the leavening process artificially and does not allow the time it takes for the bacteria and natural yeast interaction that are beneficial to occur. Thus the sufficient valuable lactic acid and acetic acid are missing from the final bread product.

The sourdough method with natural bacteria can activity boost lactic levels, greatly contributing to nutrition profile, moisture and flavour. Since the sourdough method acts as a natural preservative, chemicals such as calcium phosphate and others are not used. Our natural bacterial cultures originating from the Nile River and some from Ontario provide the "mother" for our commercial yeast-free breads.

For Optimum product life and freshness, store between 18°C - 21°C. For prolonged storage double bag and freeze.

Organic Ezekiel Bread

Ingredients: Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Whole Spelt Flour, Filtered Water, Organic Sprouted Wheat, Spelt, Lentils, Millet, Barley, Oat & Rye, Organic Sourdough Bacterial Culture, Pure Sea Salt.

Organic Ezekiel Bread, extra virgin olive oil,  mozzarella, freshly picked tomato and basil from my garden.

Multigrain Bread

Ingredients: Unbleached Whole Wheat Flour, Filtered Water, Organic Sourdough Bacterial Culture, 10 Grain Cereal, Organic Spelt, Kamut & Amaranth Flour, Buckwheat & Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Sprouted Wheat & Rye, Pure Sea Salt .

Multigrain bread with Raw Almond Butter and Buckwheat un-pasteurized honey

Organic Spelt Bread

Ingredients: Organic Whole Spelt Flour, Filtered Water, Organic Sourdough Bacterial Culture, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Pure Sea Salt.

Organic Spelt Bread with homemade Guacamole

A BIG thank-you to Sha Sha and his team for awarding 1 lucky My Wholesome Home follower a loaded box of all the goodies reviewed above. What a HUGE prize!

To Enter

Become a
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You must do the first entry in order to enter.

You will have until Saturday October 16th, 2010. at 11:59pm EST to enter.

The winner will be chosen via random number generator ( the next day and notified by email. I'll also post the winners on my blog in the comments below. If I don't hear back from the winner within 72 hours, I'll pick another.

Good luck!

To learn more about ShaSha Bread Co. visit their website