CEO of iFinance Canada, holder of an MBA, MSc, and an ICD.d, starred on the Real Housewives of Toronto, raising seven children, and author Ann Kaplan is one busy lady so when I had the opportunity to pick her brain about how she does it all, I was definitely curious!
Setting Your Children Up for Success
Ann Kaplan starts the day with what she calls her morning berry antioxidant smoothie. She is all about eating healthy and fuelling her body from inside out with a vegan diet. She finds that with a healthy diet, she feels great and her mood is improved. Picking the healthier alternative is something that she tries to pass onto her seven children. Growing up, she always kept fresh fruits and dried nuts on the countertop at a reachable height. She also has a “no buying lunch” rule and has taught her children to make their own lunches the night before every school day. This gives the children a chance to pack something delicious and healthy and they got to chose!
Prepping for Success
Ann’s day starts at 5:30 AM and doesn’t end until family dinner time (fun tidbit, the entire family gets together for Sunday night for a home cooked meal by her!) so she definitely has to use her time well. She’s all about prepping in advance – just check out her fridge.
Keeping fresh fruits and vegetables on hand and re-prepping things like pre-making some salads (check out on of her go-recipes down below). This also gives her children have constant access to healthy choices! It’s kinda hard to go wrong when your fridge is so well stocked! With just a little time spent prepping once or twice a week, you can really set your week up for success.
Mason Jar Waldorf Salad
One way Ann eats healthy on the go is by prepping mason jar salads ahead of time, something you all know I’m a huge fan of (check out this mason jar ramen recipe!). Ann has graciously shared her favourite Mason Jar Waldorf Salad, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Mason Jar Waldorf Salad
- 8 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 6 apples cored and chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 cup celery thinly sliced
- 2 cup chopped slightly toasted walnuts
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise with, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set this aside if you're not serving right away or layer it into the bottom of your mason jar.
- In a mason jar, layer in the apple, celery, raisins, lettuce, and walnuts.
- Keep in the fridge if you are not serving right away. If you plan on making this more than 2 days in advance, be sure to keep your mayo on the side to avoid your salad from getting soggy.
Let’s Chat! What are your tips for eating healthy while juggling a zillion things at once??
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Photos by Barret Kaplan