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Healthy Banana Crumb Muffins

Healthy Banana Crumb Muffins

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

Healthy Banana Crumb Muffins   One of the common breakfast temptations is banana bread. Heavy enough to fill you up, and tasty enough to leave you satisfied in the morning. This breakfast treat is great even for an afternoon snack alongside your coffee. The problem with banana bread is that it is often unhealthy and is filled with sugar and butter. Even the banana breads that sound healthy (“Walnut Banana Bread” or “Whole Wheat Flour Banana Bread”) are not necessarily the better option. Take out those sugars and get your banana fix with these healthy banana crumb muffins! With reduced amount of sugar and butter (and extra banana) you will feel full and ready to go with your now healthy breakfast or snack selection!   Ingredients (Made to serve 10)   Muffins 1 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour 1 tsp. Baking Soda 1 tsp. Baking Powder ½ tsp. Salt 4 Bananas (mashed) ¼ cup White Sugar 1 Egg (lightly beaten) 1/3 cup Butter (melted)   Topping 1/3 cup Packed Brown Sugar 2 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour 1/8 tsp. Ground Cinnamon 1 Tbsp. Butter   Directions Preheat oven to 375º F. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups or line your muffin pan with muffin papers. Mix together the flour (1 ½ cups), baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Beat the bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a separate bowl. Stir the banana mixture into the dry mixture until just combined. Spoon the batter into muffin cups or papers. In a separate dish, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together for the muffin toppings. Blend in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle the topping mixture on top of the pre-poured muffin batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the muffins are golden in colour.   Feel great about breakfast with these delicious muffins! Thank you to allrecipes.com for the great recipe made healthy!   http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222088/healthier-banana-crumb-muffins/?internalSource=staff%20pick&referringId=16695&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&clickId=cardslot%203...

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What AED do I Need?

What AED do I Need?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

  What AED do I Need?   You’ve made the decision to purchase an AED. So, do you know what AED is best for you? When purchasing an AED there are many aspects you need to consider: what brand do I purchase and what type is best? First Edition First Aid Training Inc. has made the decision to supply Philips defibrillators for a number of reasons (dependency, usability, etc.). Philips is a brand we can trust, but also one that offers a machine for different needs. They are not a one-machine-fits all because something that is perfect for your home may not stand up on a worksite. Below are 3 types of AEDs that First Edition First Aid Training Inc. supplies and how they help you answer the question, “what AED do I need?”   Heartstart Onsite AED An AED for the Office   What AED is better for the office than the Heartstart Onsite Philips Defibrillator? The Onsite defibrillator is a great choice for those looking to keep their AED in work-space locations. Whether you work in an office, café, lounge area, or board room, this AED is made with your workspace in mind. The compact kit is easily stored away, and has everything you need for an emergency. Various packages of this AED are available to guarantee you are prepared for anyone who may frequent your space. For example, child SMART pads are available for those who work in a place with children, like an elementary school. The Onsite AED is equipped with more accessories to help with more medical emergencies in populated areas (ex. The Fast Response Kit contains razors, gloves, mask, etc.).   Heartstart Onsite AED Package Inclusions: Onsite AED 1 Battery 1 Adult SMART Pad (additional pads optional) Carrying Case Fast Response Kit DVD Infant/Child SMART Pads (optional) Spare Battery (optional)     Heartstart In-Home AED An AED for Home   The Heartstart In-Home AED is just as the name describes, it is best for your house and home. Although we hope that an emergency will never occur in our homes, the reality is that it happens. This AED is the exact same as...

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My AED is Chirping, What Does that Mean?

My AED is Chirping, What Does that Mean?

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

  My AED is Chirping, What Does that Mean?   The room is quiet until suddenly you hear a chirping noise. You follow the sound and discover your AED is chirping. What does that mean? It is common for an AED to give a chirping sound when something needs attention or care. Don’t stress! This is one of the many amazing features these defibrillators have. With Philips AEDs, self-checking occurs daily to ensure that when an emergency occurs, you have the best possible resources ready. When your AED is chirping, it can mean more than one thing. At any time when your AED begins to chirp, press the information button and the AED will read what the problem is. The machine will tell you whether it is an issue with the pads, battery, software, or another more serious problem. Below are the different reasons and follow-up measures you should take when your AED begins to chirp!   Expired AED Pads   Each AED package will include a set of pads. When in use, the pads attach to the individual and will emit a shock when needed. Always remember to replace pads after each use, but when unused, the pads also have an expiry date. The defibrillator will know when the pads expire or have been open to air and have lost effectiveness (pertaining to the gel). If your AED is chirping and informs you that the pads have expired, it is important that you call and order new pads right away. The longer you wait and put off ordering them, the increased risk of someone not getting the attention they need in an emergency. To stay ahead of your AED, you can simply look at the expiration date located on the bottom of the pads and order yours before your AED chirps!   We also highly recommend purchasing a spare set so that when one is used you have a backup available for use right away.   AED Software Update Needed   Philips is constantly updating and developing new technology to ensure that our lives and hearts are saved in the most efficient and safe way possible, so it...

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AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

AED Brands: Philips Defibrillator Vs Zoll   When you Google ‘Best AED’ a number of selections show up. You want the ‘best’ because with every minute that passes in an emergency without an AED, the survival rate drops 7-10%. That is why it is important to ensure your AED is the best – to save a life. Each AED will have features and inclusions that vary. You want to choose an AED that would increase survival rate, be easy to use, and get the job done effectively. In your search for the best you probably came across the Philips Defibrillator. This is also the AED brand we decided to sell because we believe it is the best. That said, there are a number of other AED brands to choose from, one of which is Zoll. Zoll has a very different set up and design than the Philips Defibrillators. Between the two companies, there is a difference in price, battery life, memory, testing, and much more. Here we will compare Philips vs. Zoll so you know which is the better AED for you!   Zoll AED Plus Zoll AED Plus Price and Accessories   The average price of the Zoll AED Plus is $1,699.00. This is not the cheapest AED on the market, but also not the most expensive. This AED, made with simplicity in mind, is targeted towards beginners. The machine has First Responder steps included in the automated voice instructions to assist those who are not up to date in their first aid training. Every aspect about this AED (pads, voice commands, etc.) are there to assist a beginner through the emergency.   The Standard Zoll AED Plus package includes the following (may vary depending on retailer, some retailers may provide extra First Aid Response additions): One-Piece CPR-D Pads Set of Lithium Duracell Batteries Carry Case Zoll Data Review Software Zoll AED Plus Demonstration and Setup CD 5 Year Warranty (additional 2-year warranty extension available for registered devices)       Zoll AED Plus Pads Unlike most AEDs that use two pads to attach to a person in need, Zoll has one single pad. The one-piece pad, shaped...

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Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

Healthy Shepherd’s Pie   Comfort foods. These are the foods that make us warm and fuzzy inside but usually leave us feeling bloated and gassy. The truth is that comfort foods are our favorites because they taste amazing, not because they are high quality ingredients. Shepherd’s pie is one of these dishes: filled with heavy mashed potatoes, a lot of greasy beef, and topped with unhealthy amounts of fattening cheese. If only these delectable dishes could be good for us…   You will be happy to know that they can! All it requires is changing/altering those greasy and fatty ingredients with something that your body can appreciate! Reduce the carbs in the potatoes by adding cauliflower, cut back on the cheese, and make a conscious decision to use even more vegetables. Forget unnecessary bloating, and instead feel the comfort from this altered, healthy Shepherd’s pie recipe!   Ingredients (Made to serve 6-8)   Healthy Potatoes   2 large Potatoes (peeled and chopped) 1 small Cauliflower head (chopped – 2 inch pieces) 2/3 cup Milk 3 Tbsp. Butter (divided) Salt and Pepper   Filling   1 lb Ground Beef ½ Onion 2 Garlic Cloves (minced) 3 Tbsp. gluten-free Flour 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp. gluten-free Tamari or Soy Sauce 15 oz. can Chicken Broth 2 cups Frozen Vegetable Medley (add more vegetables and less beef for an even healthy option!)   Directions   Bring a few inches of water to boil in a pot and add steamer basket. Add potatoes into the steamer basket and cover with lid – steam for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the chopped cauliflower into the steamer basket – steam for 10 minutes (or until potatoes and cauliflower are tender). Place potatoes and cauliflower into food processor. On the side, warm the milk and 2 Tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan. Add the milk and butter mixture to the food processor (season with salt and pepper) Process mixture until smooth and set aside. Preheat oven to 400° Brown the ground beef, onions, garlic, and salt and pepper in a large skillet over medium heat then drain. Add the...

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How Much Does an AED Cost? – Your Ideal AED Price

How Much Does an AED Cost? – Your Ideal AED Price

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

How Much Does an AED Cost? – Your Ideal AED Price   The purchase of AEDs is becoming more popular. Many would agree that it is worth every penny no matter what the AED price. Just knowing that an AED can help in emergencies makes it an excellent purchase. Not only does having access to one increase a person’s chance of survival innumerably, just having one on site is often a selling feature and ease of fear.   Why the AED Price Shouldn’t be the Focus   The principal of a product’s price is dependent on the trust we put in quality. It is the same as not wanting to spend less money on tires simply to save money. We will pay more so we are safer behind the wheel (and so are our family and friends). AEDs follow the same concept. Finding the cheapest version does not mean that you are cheating the system. There are downfalls paired with why those models are cheaper (for example, lower battery life, difficult battery insertion, faulty machinery, etc.). Buying the cheaper version also ensures you aren’t purchasing the highest quality. First Edition First Aid Training Inc. sells Philips AED’s because we believe in quality. When someone’s life is on the line, we want the AED to work 100%. Why take the chance on a system that is complicated or less superior, especially when it is a matter of life or death? If we aren’t willing to pay the AED price, are we willing to risk someone’s life?   What All AEDs Have   Depending on the brand, the AED price and style can vary. At First Edition First Aid Training Inc., we supply the same Phillips brand AED’s and packages to ensure that there is continuity between the products. Depending on the type of AED you purchase, there will be different product additions (for example, child SMART pads are only available in select packages). Despite different packages, it is good to know that each AED will offer the same following features:   Step-by-step guidance (installed voice instructions to guide you through the process) Ready to use (easy set-up, pre-installed pads and...

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Earth Day 2017: Ways to Reduce Our Environmental Impact

Earth Day 2017: Ways to Reduce Our Environmental Impact

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Earth Day 2017: Ways to Reduce Our Environmental Impact Save the Earth, so it can Save You   In the month of April, there is a day (April 22, 2017) that we celebrate our Earth – Earth Day 2017. This wonderful, amazing, and interesting place that we live, filled with about 7.5 billion people. With that many people on the planet, we must be careful what we do to ensure it lasts longer. Saving the environment is good for future generations, but it is also good for your health! Sure, there are people out there telling you to never use your car and technology again, and they may have a point. But for some, that is not realistic for the lives we maintain. We live in a busy and fast-paced world with numerous demands set upon us. So, what are we doing that is so bad? What are some ways we can save the environment that won’t make us leave our jobs and homes? Knowing our impact on the world is a great first start! Also knowing some simple ways we can change our lifestyles to save our planet! Be good to the planet and it will be good to you!   Our Negative Environmental Impacts   Technology It may seem like science fiction, but the increase in technology that our society depends upon is actually harmful. An increase in electromagnetic energy, also known as space weather, can deeply affect our planet. Although it may not be as serious as the world ending, electromagnetic radiation and particles can interrupt our signal transmissions (such as GPS signals).   CO2 In addition to space weather and electromagnetic energy, CO2 is another area that causes our planet harm. Just because it is not an immediate harm, does not mean we shouldn’t take action towards protecting our planet! CO2 is often associated with climate change. This natural gas is produced in increased amounts because of humans. As many know, the increase in CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps in warmth and heats up our planet. This increased gas has even been said to increase the acidity in our oceans. This affects sea...

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Grow Your Own Medicinal Plants

Grow Your Own Medicinal Plants

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Grow Your Own Medicinal Plants Buying medicinal ingredients can be expensive, but did you know that you can easily grow medicinal ingredients yourself? We aren’t talking anything illegal, but there are many medicinal plants that have medical properties that you can grow in your own garden. Whether by using their leaves, using the salve produced by the plant, or from the scent they give off. Plants can be beneficial to our health without having to break the bank. Plus, they add that sense of natural décor in your home!. Check out these 5 medical plants that you can grow yourself!   Aloe Vera This one of the amazing medicinal plants that is not only great for improving the air quality in your house, but it can act as a healer. Most people go out to buy Aloe Vera to apply to sunburned areas of skin. Instead, break off a piece of the plant’s leaves. This will reveal a gel-like salve that you can apply to the affected area. It will not absorb as fast as some store-bought mixtures, but know that even if it dries on your skin, it will still be absorbed. Strangely enough, Aloe Vera is also beneficial to eat! The outside of the plant is not very appetizing, but eating the inside of the plant (gel included) can assist with heartburn, possibly lower your blood sugar, act as a laxative, and keep your skin hydrated and healthy!   Lavender Lavender is one of those medicinal plants we love to have around. It smells amazing and also acts as a pest deterrent (say goodbye to summer mosquitos!). Lavender is also a flavour popular to use in baking and cooking. If you choose to eat lavender, it can provide vitamin A, Calcium and Iron into your diet in small doses. More commonly known, lavender has been said to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as pain and headaches. It’s calming effects can wipe your worries away and help you fall asleep!   Peppermint Peppermint plants grow like weeds and can often get out of control if grown in a garden. Place your peppermint in a planter pot so you can manage it. This...

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AEDs in the Office – Workplace Emergencies

AEDs in the Office – Workplace Emergencies

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

AEDs in the Office – Workplace Emergencies AED’s are becoming a more common occurrence in all types of locations. It is now more widely known that with the assistance of an AED, the chances of survival greatly increase. Although it is expected that larger locations (such as malls, airports, etc.) will have and AED available, it should be available in smaller locations as well! An office is a place that should be mandatory to have an AED. Workplace emergencies do occur, and having that AED can save a person’s life. Office buildings are less accessible than homes or one-level buildings so it is extra important to have life saving devices on hand to give the emergency crews more time to respond. Here are some things you need to know about having an AED in the office!   How Many AEDs are Needed in an Office If your office building has an AED, that is step in the right direction. But does every floor have access to one? The time it takes for an AED to be delivered between floors could greatly reduce a person’s chance at life. Even if they do survive, the longer a person is deprived of oxygen, the more permanent damage the person will incur. Having an AED present on every office floor is vital to survival.   Make AED’s Accessible When finding a spot to place your AED, it is important to make sure it is in an easy accessible spot. The office can be filled with obstacles (desks, chairs, or even cubicle walls). Because an AED is not used often, some may consider getting it out of the way. When it is not accessible during in emergencies, staff will need to spend valuable time locating the AED and running it back to the victim – and in a situation where every second counts, this search could cost a life. Put your AED (and accessories) in a location that can be seen by everyone and has a clear path. Ensure it is not behind lock and key. If things get in the way, chance of survival will decrease exponentially. Save those seconds of oxygen deprivation...

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Sunday Recipe Makeover – Vegetable Green Curry

Sunday Recipe Makeover – Vegetable Green Curry

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Vegetable Green Curry Takeout is expensive when feeding more than two people. But every now and then you probably crave some excellent curry to satisfy your spicy craving. It is a spice that evokes feelings of warmth and satisfaction! How can you get the food you desire without over-paying for delivery costs? This vegetable green curry recipe is one that the entire family will fall in love with. Filled with healthy vegetables and amazing flavours sure to get your taste buds singing! It is a simple one-pan recipe that is quick to make for those nights you don’t have as much time. Simply get your rice cooking, mix your ingredients and off you go!   Vegetable Green Curry Ingredients (Recipe made to serve 4) 4 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil (divided) 1 Block of Extra Firm Tofu (cubed) Small Onion (diced) 4 Cloves of Garlic (minced) 3 Tbsp. Green Curry Paste 2 Medium Carrots (peeled and sliced) 20 Snow Peas (cut in half) 10 Baby Corn (cut in half lengthwise and widthwise) 10 Button Mushrooms (quartered) 2/3 cup Vegetable Stock 2 cups Coconut Milk 2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce 4 tsp. Lime Juice 1 tsp. Brown Sugar Rice (to serve)   Vegetable Green Curry Directions Heat a large pan/wok over medium-high heat Fry one Tbsp. of vegetable oil and the tofu to the pan, stirring occasionally until browned on both sides Remove and drained on paper-towel lined plate Add 2nd of vegetable oil and onions into the pan – fry until soft and translucent Add the garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes until soft and fragrant Add the curry paste as well as a bit more oil (if the pan seems dry) Fry the curry paste for about 2 minutes Add all vegetables (carrots, baby corn, mushrooms) to the pan and fry for 3-5 minutes until the carrots begin to soft Add the vegetable stock and coconut milk to the mixture Reduce heat to medium Simmer the mixture gently until the vegetables are fully cooked Add the tofu, soy sauce, sugar and lime juice to the pan Adjust flavors according to personal preference. Remove from heat and serve over rice   Shout...

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