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Tourism Prince George Visitor Guide

Guess who and her dog is on page 51 of the 2013 Tourism PG Visitor Guide? This girl! I wrote an article on how living the Northern BC lifestyle — including all the great activities that Prince George has to offer, like snowshoeing and kayaking — is beneficial to my health. The story about hiking Teapot Mountain was submitted in my role as communications officer of Northern Health, accompanying a great ad for our organization.

Tons of great stories and things do around Prince George in this year’s guide — take a look at the tourismpg.com for a digital copy or stop by their Visitor Centre on 1st Ave to pick up a copy.

Prince George Tourism Guide

Look who’s on page 51 of the 2013 Prince George Tourism Guide!

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Beach side fish tacos

fish taco

Beach side fish tacos

If you know me — or if you’ve visited this blog before, even once — you probably know that I will eat or make any recipe that has the word “taco” or “burrito” or “enchilada” in the title. Mexican food is my absolute favorite and has been ever since I could stick a frozen burrito into the microwave.

Happily for me (and luckily for my husband!), my palette has matured past frozen burritos and I spend enormous amounts of time in the kitchen preparing my own healthy and delicious spins on Mexican cuisine.

We’ve been eating a lot of fish lately — probably 3-4 times per week. The omega 3 fatty acids is in our little ocean loving buddies are so good for your heart and brain that it’s important to eat at least a couple times per week. But I find plain old fried/baked/grilled fish with a side salad to get boring after awhile — so hey, why not stick it in a taco and serve with a side of margarita? ;)

Ingredients (serves 2)

For the fish:

  • White fish (tilapia, cod or snapper are my most frequent fishies) – aim for two fillets per person
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a good handful of cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • one lime, juiced
  • sea salt

For the guacamole:

  • an avocado
  • half a lime, juiced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, finely chopped
  • sea salt
  • red pepper flakes (for some kick)

For the salsa:

You’ll also need whole grain whole wheat tortillas (I like the small ones for this dish) and spinach or shredded cabbage.

Prepare your fish first. Put them in a dish while you make the marinade. Add the oil, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and sea salt together – I like to smash it all together in a mortar and pestle to get the flavours popping and mixing together nicely. Once it’s combined and smelling amazing, pour it over the fish, making sure to rub it into both sides. Set aside.

fish marinade

Fish marinade

Make your guacamole. Put the green flesh of the avocado into a bowl and mash it with a fork or potato masher. Add the lime juice, garlic, onion, sea salt and red pepper flakes, and mix together. Taste test with a tortilla chip… mmm! Set aside.

guacamole

Guacamole – a Mexican night staple

Make the salsa in advance as well, so it’s ready to go when your fish is done.

Heat a skillet (or two, depending on the amount of fish) on medium heat. Add your fish and pour any remaining marinade over it. Cook until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork — about a few minutes on each side.

fish

Fry the fish until nice and flaky

Warm your tortillas in a skillet (or the microwave, who are we kidding?) and put the spinach or cabbage down first, place a piece of fish on top and then add your guacamole and salsa. Serve with an icy cold margarita and you’re ready to dream of the beach!

[PS. Please forgive the bad quality of the photos – they’re taken with my iPhone, and I won’t be doing that again!]

On health: Losing my “degree weight”

People these days are busy. I know I am. And busy means that certain things that should be a part of the daily routine get skipped — like taking care of your health. Health is not nearly as large a part of life as it should be, and yet, without health, we will have no life to speak of.

As I’ve mentioned, I have been so wrapped up in my master’s degree work that I haven’t noticed what has been happening to my body. The endless days of sitting — first at my desk at work all day, and then at my home desk writing papers — combined with candy snacking, toast for dinner because it’s quick and easy, and wine-fueled paper writing evenings, has really taken its toll on my fitness and, let’s just say, body shape. I’ve put on some “degree weight.” And it’s now time to get back to my pre-degree weight. When I say that, I’m not just referring to pounds (although they’re definitely there), but to fitness levels. I know I’ve lost muscle and endurance as well. Walking up several flights of stairs ain’t as easy as it used to be.

I work in marketing communications in a health care organization and so every day I am surrounded by healthy and active living messages. I can’t help but notice and take heed, right? Well now it’s time to really pay attention. Dropping the guilt and dropping the pounds.

Two great health blogs that I’ve noticed from organizations similar to mine are:

  • ParticipACTION – a new post almost every day with simple ways to work activity into your daily routine (like always taking those damn stairs!) and tips on improving your active lifestyle.
  • Healthy Families BC – features posts from a great variety of authors about activity, food and nutrition.

I highly recommend you check these out for inspiration and motivation. I’ll be right there with you!

My get fit plan for the next while will include walking to and from work when it’s not raining, running on my treadmill when it is raining and going to my yoga studio 2-3 times per week to get my stretch on. Thankfully with summer around the corner, I’ll be getting outside, doing what I love the most: enjoying the outdoors. Expect many posts to come on my hiking/kayaking/camping trips!

Remember, it’s not just about the lbs, but about your health, and it should be important to us all.

Wish me luck!