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Country Harvest® Mother’s Day Contest

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

1. Country Harvest® Mother’s Day Contest (“Contest”) begins on May 3, 2021 at 3:10PM EST and ends on May 9, 2021 at 11:59PM EST (the “Contest Period”). The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram® or Facebook®. You understand that you are providing your information to the Contest Sponsor (defined below) and not to Instagram or Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for the administration of this Contest and in accordance with the Contest Sponsor’s privacy policy (see below). Instagram and Facebook are hereby completely released of all liability by each entrant in this Contest. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest must be directed to the Contest Sponsor and not to Instagram or Facebook. You may only use your one (1) personal Facebook or Instagram account (your “Account”) to participate in this Contest.

2. To enter and to be eligible to win, entrant must be a legal resident of Canada excluding Quebec and must be nineteen (19) years of age or older (“Eligible Entrant”). Despite the foregoing, employees, representatives or agents (and those with whom such persons are living, whether related or not) of Weston Foods (Canada) Inc. (the “Contest Sponsor”), its parent organization, subsidiaries, affiliates, prize suppliers, advertising/promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development, production, administration, or fulfilment of the Contest (collectively, the “Contest Parties”) are ineligible to enter or win. Eligible Entrants must also comply with the Instagram and Facebook terms of service, respectively located at http://instagram.com and https://www.facebook.com, and as may otherwise be posted to the Instagram and Facebook websites.

3. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To participate in this Contest, you must have a valid Account and must submit your Entry (as defined below) from your Account. You may enter the Contest via Facebook or Instagram as per below:

1. Entry via Facebook must complete both steps a) and b):

a) Like our page.
If you have not previously liked the Contest Sponsor’s Facebook Page from your Account, like the Contest Sponsor’s Facebook Page located at https://www.facebook.com/countryharvestbread (the “Facebook Page”); and

b) Add a comment on the May 3, 2021 post (the “Facebook Post”) telling us about your mom friend and how they support you

Entry via Instagram must complete both steps a) and b):

a) Follow us.
If you have not previously followed the Contest Sponsor’s Instagram Page from your Account, follow the Contest Sponsor’s Instagram Page located at https://www.instagram.com/countryharvestcanada/ (the “Instagram Page”); and

b) Add a comment on the May 3, 2021 post (the “Instagram Post”) telling us about your mom friend and how they support you

Each comment that meets the above requirements will constitute one (1) Entry (“Entry”) into the Contest.
In order to be eligible, an Entry must be submitted and received in accordance with these Rules during the Contest Period, and will be subject to Entrant’s compliance with these Rules (as determined by the Contest Sponsor at its sole and absolute discretion). Any Entry that includes a comment to the Facebook Post or Instagram Post that contain obscene, offensive, or any language communicating messages inconsistent with the positive images to which Contest Sponsor wishes to associate itself (all as determined by Contest Sponsor in its sole discretion) will be void. By submitting an Entry, you agree to be legally bound by these Rules. If you opt to use Instagram or Facebook via a wireless mobile device (which may only be available via participating wireless carriers and is not required to enter the Contest), standard text messaging and/or data rates may apply for each message sent or received from your handset according to the terms and conditions of your services agreement with your wireless services provider. Other charges may apply (such as normal airtime and carrier charges) and may appear on your mobile phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid account balance. Wireless service provider rate plans may vary, and you should contact your wireless service provider for more information on messaging rate plans and charges before participating in the Contest via a wireless mobile device. Participation in this Contest via a wireless mobile device means that you understand that you may receive additional messages by wireless mobile device relating to this Contest, including potential winner notifications (as applicable), which may be subject to charges pursuant to your via your wireless service provider ‘s rate plan. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of the Contest will be the Contest Sponsor’s official clock.

4.There is a limit of five (5) Entries per person, per day. If it is discovered by the Contest Sponsor (using any evidence or other information made available to or otherwise discovered by the Contest Sponsor) that any person has attempted to: (i) obtain more than one (1) Entry; and/or (ii) use multiple names, identities, Instagram or Facebook accounts, email addresses and/or any automated, macro, script, robotic or other system(s) or program(s) to enter or otherwise participate in or to disrupt this Contest; then he/she may be disqualified from the Contest in the sole and absolute discretion of the Contest Sponsor. Your Entry may be rejected if (in the sole and absolute discretion of the Contest Sponsor) your Entry is not submitted and received in accordance with these Rules during the Contest Period. The Released Parties (defined below) are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete, illegible or incompatible Entries (all of which are void). All entries are subject to verification at any time and for any reason. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to require proof of identity and/or eligibility (in a form acceptable to the Contest Sponsor – including, without limitation, government issued photo identification): (i) for the purposes of verifying an individual’s eligibility to participate in this Contest; (ii) for the purposes of verifying the eligibility and/or legitimacy of any Entry or other information entered (or purportedly entered) for the purposes of this Contest; and/or (iii) for any other reason the Contest Sponsor deems necessary, in its sole and absolute discretion, for the purposes of administering this Contest in accordance with these Rules. Failure to provide such proof to the complete satisfaction of the Contest Sponsor within the timeline specified by the Contest Sponsor may result in disqualification in the sole and absolute discretion of the Contest Sponsor.

5. Prize – There is 1 (one) prize consisting of two (2) fitness trackers, two (2) yoga mats, two (2) 1 month subscription to a virtual fitness class and ten (10) Weston Foods product coupons. The approximate retail value of the prize is $500CAD.

6. The prize must be accepted as awarded. The prize may not be sold, transferred and is not convertible to cash. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize in whole or in part in the event that all or any component of the prize is unavailable. All characteristics and features of a prize, except as otherwise explicitly stated above, are at the Contest Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. The prize winner is solely responsible for all costs not expressly described herein.

7. On May 10, 2021 at 3:00PM EST (“Contest Draw Date”), a random draw for the prize will take place in Toronto, Ontario from among all eligible entries received during the Contest Period. The first entrant drawn will be deemed the potential prize winner. The odds of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period. The Contest Sponsor, acting reasonably, will attempt to contact the potential prize winner to notify him/her that he or she may have won the prize by Instagram message or Facebook message (depending on how the potential prize winner submitted his or her Entry) within four hours after the draw. The potential prize winner is solely responsible for monitoring his/her Account for such notification message(s) and will be required to provide an active email address at which we may send them details regarding prize pick-up and the declaration and release form the potential prize winner will be required to complete. In the event that the potential winner cannot be contacted within such time, he or she will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner may be drawn at the Contest Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Proof of identification must be provided upon request. In order to be declared the winner, the potential winner must first correctly answer, unaided, a time limited mathematical skill testing question administered by the Contest Sponsor (which may, at the Contest Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, be administered via the full declaration and release form described in the following sentence). Before being awarded the prize, the potential winner, will be required to sign and return within the time stipulated by the Contest Sponsor, a full declaration and release form stating that, among other things, he/she has read and understood these Rules, grants all consents required, authorizes the Contest Sponsor to broadcast, publish, disseminate and otherwise use his/her name, city/town/village and province/territory of residence, photograph, voice and any other likeness, in connection with any promotion and/or publicity, and/or for general news, entertainment and/or information purposes at no additional compensation to the potential winner, beyond the awarding of or participation in the prize, accepts the prize as awarded and releases the Contest Parties and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability in connection with this Contest, his/her participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of the prize or any portion thereof. If the potential prize winner: (a) fails to correctly answer the skill-testing question; (b) fails to return the properly executed Contest documents within the specified time; (c) cannot accept (or is unwilling to accept) the prize (as awarded) for any reason; and/or (d) is determined to be in violation of these Rules (all as determined by the Contest Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion); then he/she may, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Contest Sponsor, be disqualified (and, if disqualified, will forfeit all rights to the prize) and the Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion and time permitting, to randomly select an alternate Eligible Entrant from among the remaining eligible Entries submitted and received in accordance with these Rules during the Contest Period (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section shall apply to such new potential prize winner).

8. By entering this Contest each entrant automatically agree to accept and abide by these Rules. All decisions of the Contest Sponsor with respect to any aspect of this Contest, including without limitation the eligibility of Entries, are final and binding on all entrants in all matters as they relate to this Contest, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of Entries and/or entrants. ANYONE DEEMED BY THE CONTEST SPONSOR TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THESE RULES FOR ANY REASON IS SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION IN THE SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION OF THE CONTEST SPONSOR AT ANY TIME.

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5 Ways To Get Organized This Spring

There’s something in the air . . . The birds are back and singing their song, the tulips are out and the days are getting luxuriously longer. Spring, finally! After a loooooong winter hunkered down inside, you know the time is right to give your home a freshening up.

But, you hesitate. For many, the prospect of spring cleaning can be daunting at the best times. This year, we’ve been spending more time at home—working in the spare room, pouring over schoolwork at the kitchen table, binge-watching TV, receiving online shopping deliveries, and preparing and eating every meal at home. This might just mean that you’re finding there is more “stuff” than usual to organize before your home can shake off its winter doldrums and let the sun shine in.

Here are 5 tips to de-clutter the house this Spring

The tips will not only get your home summer-ready, but they will help you put a plan in place to keep the clutter at bay all year round.

1. Look at the big picture

Every year, it’s helpful to evaluate if you are using your space the best way you can to meet your needs. Especially if you are experiencing any life transitions, maybe you need to change it up and reimagine your home. Are the kids needing more privacy or moving out soon? Are you working more at home? Are you entertaining less? Spending more social times outdoors? Maybe the spare room can be turned into an office, the formal dining room can be transformed into an area for games and puzzles. Could a much-needed desk—or painter’s easel or craft table—be tucked into an alcove? Perhaps some more formal work and “going-out” clothes and shoes can be stored (or given away) to create more closet space for household supplies (or comfy clothes!). Perhaps a room divider is needed to create private spaces. Pretend you are moving in to your house for the first time—how would you use the space?

Next, consider your biggest organizational problem areas. For example, does your front hall seem to attract clutter? Is your home office a magnet for paper? Do you have jam-packed junk drawers or cluttered, disorganized closets? Most individuals and families have organizational problem areas. Reflect (but don’t get bogged down!) on what those areas are, and write it down. Tackle those first: They will be the hardest, but getting them done will inspire you to keep going—the rest will be a breeze.

Also, this is the time to consider getting help—either from inspirational books or blogs on the joy of decluttering, or from professional organizers. Especially if you are experiencing a life transition, like kids moving out, expanding your outdoor living space or setting up a home office, an outside view (even if it’s just from a friend) can shed new light and be a source of fresh ideas.

If your “big picture” exercise above made you realize you need more storage, pick up baskets, containers or anything else you will need before starting in on spring organization.

2. Call in the team

When it comes to spring decluttering, there’s no reason to go it alone! Gather around the kitchen table and have a family meeting over lunch! Check out some Country Harvest™ sandwich recipes here for some further inspiration! Get everyone’s input and buy-in so they feel included. Ask which chores they prefer.

Country Harvest Tip 2 for Getting Organized - Mother and 3 children looking at a white board with chores

Schedule a big weekend organizing blitz—and plan to keep your place organized all year round (See how in our next tip). Ask youngsters what will help keep them motivated and on-track every week—A white board? A gold-star system? An allowance? Other rewards? Even smaller children will want to help and will have ideas for how they can best keep their rooms organized and their toys and belongings tucked away.

3. Get organized in 15-minute bursts

One reason our homes can become far-from-organized is because it can seem too time-consuming and, let’s face it, completely overwhelming to keep on top of the clutter. Besides, with the weather getting better, who wants to spend time inside tidying?

The 15-minute organizing plan is an all-year-round maintenance plan. And it works for your initial big clean, too. For your initial spring blitz, do all rooms over the course of the weekend. For this initial sweep, it might take longer than 15 minutes for your organizational problem areas. That’s OK! The idea is to get everything into shape this spring, so that all year round, you (and family members) will keep the house organized by doing 15-minute passes through just one or two rooms a day, covering all rooms every week. Simple.

After all, it’s usually easy to find 15 minutes, and it’s less daunting than planning an afternoon of cleaning. Plus, knowing you’ve only got 15 minutes makes you focus and stay on task.

How do you do it?

  • Gather a garbage bag, a recycling bin, and a catch-all container. (For your initial spring clean, you might want to add a bin for what you want to donate or give away.)
  • Set a timer. This helps you keep focused and on task, and ensures the task doesn’t expand to take more time.

For most rooms:

  • Pass through the room for items than don’t belong there and put them in your catch-all container.
  • Pick up any papers, catalogues or magazines that haven’t been used for a month or more and put them in the recycling bin. Throw away any unneeded non-recyclable items.
  • Straighten any books or other items on surfaces that need rearranging. (With books, consider whether you need to keep them. Libraries or shelters often take books.)
  • Return items from catch-all to where they belong. Or, place them all in a predetermined common area for family members to retrieve and put away.
  • Fold any blankets and straighten any pillows or cushions.
    Organize remotes in one place and return them there. Unwind and tuck away any stray electronics cords and put away any electronics into their designated home.

For bedrooms and bathrooms: To the above, add a laundry hamper at the doorway to toss dirty clothes. Grab some hangers to hang up clean clothes.

For kitchens: Focus on countertops where out-of-place items seem to migrate. Open the fridge, toss what is out-of-date and put items in their proper storage area. In the pantry or cabinets, straighten items so cans, jars and spices are easy to quickly find.

For cleaning: Take the 15-minute approach to cleaning tasks, too. If you’re keeping the clutter under control, then vacuuming several rooms can easily be done in 15 minutes. Same with dusting or mopping the floor.

As you go about your 15-minute routine, establish that every item has a place, a spot in a drawer, on a shelf, in a cupboard. If an item keeps turning up in the wrong spot, maybe it needs a new home.

4. Take breaks and fuel and up!

Come spring cleaning weekend, make sure you are well-rested and have set aside the time you need. Turn on your favourite music and get moving! Keep energy and spirits high by taking breaks and fueling up with wholesome and healthy meals. It will keep you and any helpers energized and on-task.

Help seize the day with a hearty breakfast of avo toast made with Country Harvest™ Ancient Grains topped with romaine lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, avocado and poached eggs. Delish. Or kick start the morning with your favourite slice of Country Harvest™ toast. Top it with spinach, scrambled eggs, tomato, goat cheese—and a drizzle of sriracha for a burst of flavour.

Do the troops need a reward for a job well-done? Layer Country Harvest™ Ancient Grains toast with natural peanut butter and banana slices dipped in dark chocolate for a delicious and wholesome sweet treat.

close us shot of two slices of Country Harvest Ancient Grain slices, spread with peanut butter and topped with dark chocolate dipped banana slices

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For lunch, try a healthy bagel sandwich. Or, opt for our Veggie & Hummus Sandwich on our Sunflower, Flax and Hemp Country Harvest™ Grains+ Energy loaf. Here’s the recipe.

Close up image of a sandwich made with Country Harvest Grains+ Energy topped with avocado, tomatoes, hummus and spinach

Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

Ingredients:

Directions:
1. Toast slice of loaf if desired.
2. Spread both slices with hummus, then layer on baby spinach, sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, and sliced carrots.
3. Slice sandwich in half and serve.

5. Don’t forget the outdoors

You’ll be spending a lot of time outside this spring and summer. Whether you have an extensive back yard, a deck or a balcony, it’s an extension of your living space. Turn it into a low-stress, low-clutter oasis by giving it a spring tune up.

• Think ahead about how you will be using your outdoor space and organize accordingly. Keep everything you need for outdoor living close together. For example, keep garden tools and BBQ utensils in a shed or part of the garage. Keep a colourful container by the door for rubber boots or flipflops. Hang hats and tuck sunscreen, bug spray and citronella candles in a cupboard near the back door. Stash a blanket or two if you or your guests are planning on lingering outside in the evenings.

• Decide which dinnerware, glasses and cutlery can go outside and keep them together. Choose where any cushions that need to come in from the rain will be stashed for easy access.

• Survey your yard and patio (and shed and garage, if you have them) for clutter. Use a garbage bag and a recycling bin and decide to toss, recycle, repurpose or donate items in your yard: old hoses, toys, planters, pots, birdhouses, lighting, furniture, tools, rakes, etc. Get rid of any dead branches and rake up any leftover leaves.

• Sweep and wash down your walkways, deck, patio or balcony.

• Wash cushions for outdoor furniture and put them outside to dry. Wipe down your patio umbrella.

• Make sure yard equipment, like the lawn mower and garden tools, are tuned up, clean and ready for duty.

• Don’t forget the windows and sliding glass doors. Bring the outside in with crystal-clear windows. Wipe down window sills as well and dust and clean blinds, curtains and screens.

• Wipe down any other surfaces.

• Voila! You now have a clean slate to add some decorative plants and flowers and plan for a summer of outdoor living activities.

 

 

 

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4 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

When you’re already dealing with hundreds of other things like getting the kids to and from school, managing a full work day, ordering your groceries online and folding what can feel like endless piles of laundry, finding ways to make healthier meals for the kids can seem like a daunting task. The good news is that you’re not alone and coming up better meal choices for the kids is something that many parents continue to deal with (no matter how old they get!). Here’s some even better news! We have 5 great tips to help you bring some more vegetables and grains to the table that even your picky eaters are sure to love.

4 Ways to Serve the Kids Better Options at Mealtime

1.  Food Should Be Fun!

So, when you think healthy you may think piling up plates with boiled vegetables or serving up finger friendly vegetables raw. But mealtime can be a lot of fun with some small and quick changes to your meal plan.

A great way to present vegetables (cooked or raw) to the kids is with kebab skewers. They are simple to make and can be made with anything that you have in the fridge from broccoli to carrots to cauliflower and more. If you’re cooking up a stir fry for yourself, you can chop up some extra veggies and store them in the fridge to help save some time as well. Make it even more engaging for the kids by letting them create their skewer.

As well as being a great addition to dinner meals, skewers are also great for snack time or lunchtime and can be changed up with fruits, cold cuts, and small pieces of your favourite Country Harvest™ bread, loaf or bagels.

You can also add a bit of fun to meal time with games. Try assigning points to certain vegetables like 2 points for broccoli and 3 for corn. Then when they’ve completed their meal and their points they can use them towards a dessert! While every meal shouldn’t have a game or reward attached to it, this may be a great way to help kids try new vegetables that they otherwise may turn their nose up to.

2. Get Saucy

Remember ketchup? As a kid (and even now) you may have added it to everything from fries to eggs to macaroni and cheese or more! Sauces are a great way to mask some of the flavours that kids may not yet be ready for in vegetables as well as provide another way to hide some actual vegetables! A soft steamed carrot may not be as exciting as a crunchy baby carrot with a yummy dip. Broccoli on its own can definitely lack luster but what if it was accompanied by some melted cheese? Pasta is always a kid favourite but with just plain tomato sauce, it can be hard to amplify with more vegetables. That’s when it’s time to get out the blender or your food processor! Boil or sauté some vegetables, mix them in with your sauce and blend until it’s the right texture for your pasta dish. Not only will they enjoy one of their favourite meals but you’re sure to feel super accomplished as you watch them gobble up tons of healthy vegetables along the way.

3. Smoothies

Time for that blender or food processor to come out again! A great way to get some goodness into the kids, and yourself for that matter, are with easy to make smoothies. They take minutes to make, can include all their favourite flavours and mask some added vegetables or fruits that you want to include as well. Smoothies are also an easy way to have the kids participate in the kitchen by having them choose their ingredients, adding them in and watching their creations come to life!

These are an easy travel snack when you’re bringing them home from school or running to a quick appointment and a super-fast way to get tons of great nutrients into their bellies without having to sit at the table and watch until they’ve chewed every last bite down.

If you’re looking to save even more time, grab some frozen fruits and vegetables on your next trip to the grocery store or prep the night before so that everything is ready to go the next day.

Try this easy smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:
½ cup of orange juice
½ cup of vanilla yogurt
¼ cup steamed carrots
2-3 spinach leaves
¼ cup of strawberries (or blueberries)

Simply add all the ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a cup with a reusable straw, serve in a bowl topped with granola or yes, even sprinkles if they create the excitement you need.

4. Who’s Ready for Soup?

Making homemade soups are a fast way to get meals on the table as well as get the kids to enjoy some additional vegetables for the day.  If your kids are a bit older and enjoy chunkier soups with more texture, you can simply add a range of chopped vegetables to your chicken noodle soup.  If you need to make something a little smoother then pureed soups are the answer!  From butternut squash to mushroom, broccoli or carrot, the options are truly endless. Complete the meal with slices of Country Harvest™ No Sugar Added White with Whole Grains, toasted with garlic spread to give them something hearty to dip into their soups as well.

Check out these other great recipes for you to enjoy alongside your soup creations.

Getting anyone to try something new can be challenging so try not to get too discouraged if your little ones continue to refuse certain vegetables during meal time.  Remember to consistently try and introduce new foods, change them up and talk about what they like or don’t like to help you find something better suited for their current tastes!  Over time you may be surprised as they begin asking for their new favourite vegetables to become part of meal time.

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5 Quick Ways to Enjoy Your Bagel

What’s not to love about a bagel?  It’s fun, it’s filling and it can be enjoyed sweet or savoury any time of day.  Whether you like your bagels warm or toasted, for breakfast, snack, lunch or dinner, here are 5 delicious ideas to enjoy your next bagel.

Fast Recipes Featuring the Bagel

You know what they say-“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  While toasting up your favourite bagel and topping it with butter or cream cheese may be a go to for most, breakfasts this easy to make Egg (less) Salad Bagelwich is a great way to bring some more substance to your morning meal.  While we love this recipe with tofu in place of eggs, you can easily substitute out the tofu for scrambled eggs and still enjoy a hearty breakfast, brunch or lunch.

Check out the full recipe here featuring the Country Harvest™ Everything Bagel.

EGG (LESS) SALAD BAGELWICH

Lunchtime can always feel a bit rushed especially if you’re still working from home and the kids are e-learning.  Once their meal is ready to go you may find yourself with just a few minutes left before your next call.  The good news is that this Waldorf Chicken Salad Bagel recipe is quick enough to still ensure that you have a healthy meal that doesn’t consist of finishing off the kids’ leftovers or diving into a bag of chips!

Get ahead of the game and prepare your chicken salad the night before making it super quick to pile it on top of your perfectly toasted Country Harvest™ 14 Grains Bagel before rushing back to your computer.

Check out the full recipe here.

WALDORF CHICKEN SALAD BAGEL

If you’re in the mood for a light lunch that still packs a punch try adding some fresh ingredients to a Country Harvest™ 14 Grains Bagel.  Simple additions like chickpeas, spinach, peppers and avocado on top of your toasted bagel can provide a wholesome and filling lunch without spending tons of time in the kitchen.

Close up shot of Country Harvest 14 Grain Bagel topped with chickpeas, spinach leaves, red onion and slices of red peppers

Grilling season is around the corner but heading to your local steakhouse for an afternoon lunch on the patio may still be something you’re not ready for.  No worries, this light yet filling open-face steakhouse bagel sandwich is sure to set the mood from your own backyard.  Featuring the Country Harvest™ Everything Bagel, this lunch time bagel recipe is a great option for the whole family.

Check out the full recipe here.

OPEN-FACE STEAKHOUSE BAGEL SANDWICH

The list wouldn’t be complete without something sweet to top your bagel!  Not only is this a great breakfast option but makes for an indulgent snack for you and the kids.  Adapt this snack-time favourite made on Country Harvest™ Ancient Grains and natural peanut butter by substituting in Country Harvest™ Whole Wheat Sesame bagel or even the Country Harvest™ Flax and Quinoa bagel. Simply melt milk or dark chocolate and dip cut up slices of ripe bananas before setting to dry on parchment paper.  Once you’re ready toast up your bagel, top with natural peanut butter and top with as many chocolate covered banana slices as you want before diving into this delicious treat.

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