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June is the month where many Canadians feel like they can really kick off summer! There’s something about the warmer temperatures and longer days that has such a positive impact on us.

Summer also gives up some savings strategies that just don’t apply to winter. Here are 3 tips for summer savings that can really add up.

Air conditioning. Be conservative when you use - and don’t use - your air conditioning. You don’t have to suffer through sweltering heat, but just be more aware of when you actually need to turn it on. If you’re leaving for the day, or the weekend, do you need to keep the air conditioning on? Or, if it is going to be a cool night, turn off the air before heading to bed and open a few windows. The other consideration is to replace the air conditioner filters. You can easily overlook this, and a dirty filter can increase your cooling costs significantly.

Cook outside. Using the stove or baking can create a lot of excess heat that has nowhere to go except in your house. Consider taking meal plans to the barbecue grill outside. The upside of this tip is that cooking outside can easily turn into a fun picnic for the family.

Hang it up! If you have the ability to hang up laundry outside, let the sun and warm summer breeze save you some on your energy bill. The upside of this tip is you'll be amazed at how fresh your clothes smell.

Health & Wellness

June is also a great month to get outside more. With longer daylight, it’s great for starting the day off with a jog or wrapping up the day with dinner on the deck.

Even small changes to our overall health and wellness will have a positive impact on our wellbeing. Just a couple of hours of exercise per week adds tremendous health benefits. Diet is another area that requires little effort to modify. Small changes can add such value to your overall physical and mental health.

When it comes to eating, salads are likely one of the easiest ways to switch things up. They can be quick and simple to prepare and mind blowingly delicious — and something the whole family will enjoy! Here’s a great recipe we’d love to share with you and your family.

Roasted Beet Salad (with a twist)
This salad comes with the tangy, and flavourful, combination of creamy avocado and citrus.

What you need for the salad:

    3 medium/large roasted red beets
    3 medium/large roasted golden beets
    2 navel oranges (+ 1 grapefruit optional)
    greens of your choice
What you need for the Avocado Lime dressing:
    1/2 cup avocado flesh
    1/4 cup coconut cream (use the cream from the top of the can)
    5 tbsp fresh lime juice, or to taste
    1 tbsp of liquid sweetener of your choice (like agave nectar)
    2 tbsp fresh orange juice (+ 1 tsp grapefruit juice optional)
    tiny pinch of salt


  1. There are several ways to roast vegetables - roast the beets the way you prefer. Typically beets take about 45-75 minutes at 425F. Essentially you want to be able to pierce them with a fork fairly easy. Check beets after 30 mins of roasting, and every 15 minutes thereafter.
  2. After the beets are cooked and cooled enough to handle, slice them into wedges.
  3. While the beets roast, prepare the citrus. Peel and remove the ‘white stuff’ (called de-pithing), and slice into segments. Set aside. Keep the bits and pieces of juicy flesh to squeeze into your dressing.
  4. Blend the dressing ingredients together in a processor, and adjust seasonings to taste, adding more sweetener, juice, or salt if desired.
  5. Assemble by simply adding greens, then the beets and citrus segments. Finish by topping with nuts, seeds, and/or cooked grains, and finally the
  6. dressing.

This amazingly delicious salad is ready to go in under an hour!

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