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Why we could all use a little refresh

I like to think that the winter months define us as Canadians. However, in light of those cold nights and lack of sunshine, I also know that we all could use a little refresh right about now. You’ll have seen that recently I had the chance to join my fellow #DiscoverPC members to rejuvenate myself inside and out thanks to both President’s Choice® & Joe Fresh to makeover my work day from food choices to the outfits I wear. Come and see how you too can find inspiration to refresh your day-to-day life with a few simple changes!

As someone who is always on the lookout for simple changes to make a big difference in my life, this recent makeover of sorts was exactly what I needed to feel better about myself! Whether it’s a brand new outfit, a mouth-watering breakfast you’ve never tried before or a packed lunch that will make all of your colleagues green with envy, it’s time to add some pizazz to your Monday to Friday.

First off, let’s talk about the Joe Fresh experience I was lucky enough to have. Investing in beautiful basics (click here to see what’s new in stores right now) that offer structure to my wardrobe and create a strong foundation for my day-to-day ultimately help to make me feel better about myself. After all, they say that the clothes make the man! Joe Fresh offers affordable options for both the active life I am trying to live while I work towards a healthier version of myself (those 7am workouts are actually making a difference!) to outfits I need for meetings I have around the country. Stores like Joe Fresh® offer lots of fun and fashionable options that are easy on your wallet – and it’s super convenient to pick up your favourite pieces while doing your weekly grocery shop!

Now that I am eating better and have Catherine guiding me down a path to better nutrition, I knew it was time for a “new me.” Nothing drastic. But I wanted to start the new year with a fresh start. First, I started with a new hair cut and colour to boost my confidence (so far, it seems you’re all liking it!) Next, I knew that I needed some new clothing. Be it for meetings around the city, or for the gym with my trainer, Joe Fresh is an incredible brand that offers affordable and fashionable clothing to Canadians of all ages!

 

So now that I’ve gotten myself feeling better with a workday makeover on the outside, it’s of course time to ensure I am feeding my body the same energy with quality food and recipes. What a lot of us don’t realize is that the best way to change the way we feel is with our diet! 

My mom always said that breakfast was the most important part of the day, and I think 33 years later I finally understand what she meant! There are some simple tricks you can use to help make mornings more appealing – and a whole lot tastier too! Why not prep something like overnight oats (try this crowd-pleasing recipe from President’s Choice®) so you don’t have to wake up too early to cook? If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time for meal prep, buy some healthy pre-prepared options you can toss in your bag, like PC® Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt with Steel-Cut Oats with Granola.

And if lunch is more your cup of tea, why now try this incredible recipe we had the pleasure of making on the day of our photoshoot! 

Chopped Layered Salad to Go
Serves 3
Cheer up your lunchtime routine with this colourful and nutritious salad. Make on Sunday night and chill for three ready-to-go lunches.
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 shallot, minced
  2. ¼ cup (50 mL) cider vinegar
  3. ¼ cup (50 mL) PC® Blue Menu Celeb 100% Canola and Mid-Oleic Sunflower Oil Blend
  4. 2 tbsp. (25 mL) PC® Dijon Prepared Mustard
  5. ½ tsp. (2 mL) PC® Manuka Honey
  6. ½ tsp. (2 mL) salt
  7. ¼ tsp. (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  8. 2 cups PC® Kale slaw bag
  9. 2 carrots, sliced (or buy match stick carrots: Ready to go)
  10. 2 green onions, sliced
  11. 3 tbsp. dried cranberries
  12. 6 tbsp. (90 mL) natural sliced almonds, toasted
  13. 1 Royal Gala apple, cored, diced (skin on)
  14. 2 cups diced cooked chicken (buy rotisserie for easy to pack)
Instructions
  1. Add together shallot, vinegar, oil, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in small jar, and shake to combine dressing.
  2. Into three 750 ml containers (jars) divide ingredients starting with 2 Tbsp. dressing (save the extra for dinner salad or make more to use to have lunches the whole week), Apple (dressing will kept it from turning browning), Kale slaw, Carrots, Green onion, Chicken, Top with cranberries and toasted almonds
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to pack in your lunch bag tomorrow.
  4. Pack salad in cooler bag with a cold source. When ready to eat, give container a shake to fully dress salad. And Enjoy!!
Notes
  1. Not only does this look great in the fridge if you love mason jars as much as I do, but it's absolutely delicious!
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 Want some other lunch recipe ideas to spruce up your workday? Why not try these delicious options:

I believe that these simple changes to your February can help make you feel better on the inside & out. And because I had so much fun at the photoshoot for the outfits above, here are a few BTS moments that I loved most about the day with some amazing people!

 

Today was a total “pinch me” day! I remember back in the Fall when @ericaehm said that she was working with @joefresh, I told her it was a dream client of mine. Well, someone was listening because today, my dream came true! Between selecting outfits for the new Spring collection, getting my hair & makeup done, enjoying a delicious meal made by a @preschoice chef, and doing a photo shoot for their site, I couldn’t have imagined a better way to do it. Granted I’m exhausted now and I have to go host 20 people at my house, but for the moment, I feel like I’m on ☁ 9! Never in a million years would I have thought that quitting a steady, well paying corporate job to become a stay at home mom would lead me to actually “living” my life! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #DiscoverPC #makingdreamscometrue #pinchme #fashionphotoshoot #canadianblogger #torontoblogger #parentingblogger #sahmlife #boysmom #springwear #ootd #dressup #momlife #momtruth #lifestyleblogger #grateful

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Make sure to stop by your local Joe Fresh and check out the Joe Fresh website at www.joefresh.com for the latest fashion, fitness and fun items to make your year better. To join in on the social media conversation with Canadians from coast-to-coast, make sure to follow @PresChoice on Twitter & Instagram and ‘Like’ their Facebook Page. Make sure to continue to follow the #DiscoverPC hashtag online as my fellow team members & I showcase the best ways to feel better inside and out with President’s Choice!

For more behind the scenes of this and other amazing brands we are working with around the world, make sure to follow along with the #DoTheDaniel Instagram account. We would love to have you join on our adventures! AND yes. we’re on Snapchat too! – click here to follow us! 

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Photos: All social media accounts listed above, President’s Choice & Daniel Reyes 

Cheers!

Daniel Reyes

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* Mobile photos taken with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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