The next long weekend will soon be upon us since Civic Holiday always takes place on the first Monday in August. In Toronto this annual holiday is known as Simcoe Day, however it goes by different names in different parts of the country. The Civic Holiday is celebrated in most of Canada on Monday August 4th. Let’s take a look at some of your options for ways to celebrate this well-deserved holiday weekend in Toronto.
Sunnybrook Park is a beautiful and scenic Toronto park featuring many bike trails, dog parks, picnic tables and even the Sunnybrook Stables fields, which are used for sports and recreation. This picturesque park is located only a ten-minute drive or 20-minute transit-ride from Greenrock’s Wingreen Court community. With so many fun things to do in Sunnybrook Park, Greenrock has outlined a few of our top picks for activities to try in the park.
Using a swimming pool for exercise is a fantastic way to get in a low impact yet calorie-burning workout that will allow you to keep cool and have fun in the process. Try the following suggestions for swim workouts that can be done from the comfort of Greenrock’s Davisville Village apartments on-site swimming pools.
Greenrock’s Village Green community is located in an incredibly bike-able and walk-able area in Toronto with a Walk Score of 98 and a Bike Score of 85. Bikes are a convenient option for almost all errands in this area, with flat surfaces, good bike lanes and scenic routes. Biking is also a healthy and eco-friendly method of transportation. Check out Greenrock’s guide to all things biking including local routes, safety and more.
Looking to get to the cottage this weekend but don’t have a ride? Greenrock has put together a few easy options to make it up to the Muskoka region. There are a variety of different options available to you, from ride sharing to busing and even flying. Let’s take a look at some local options that are convenient for people living in Toronto.
Enjoy a healthy, no-fuss and no-cook meal with the following fresh meal-sized salad options. All of the salads mentioned in this article contain a healthy dose of protein to keep your energy levels up and your stomach feeling full. Greenrock’s Wingreen Court community in Toronto is located in a family-friendly North York neighbourhood, perfect for enjoying your delicious meal-sized salads.
The Mighty Greek
Enjoy a delicious and mighty take on a traditional Greek salad with this recipe courtesy of ‘Eating Well’. This delicious salad features a variety of healthy diced vegetables, tangy dressing and protein-packed chickpeas. Here is what you will need for this recipe:
- · 3 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
- · 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
- · 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- · 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- · 1 clove garlic, minced
- · 1 teaspoon honey
- · 1/2 teaspoon salt
- · 1 medium zucchini, finely diced
- · 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
- · 1 bunch radishes, finely diced
- · 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
- · 4 large Boston lettuce leaves, for serving
To prepare the dressing simply whisk the yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, mint, garlic, honey and salt until creamy. Poor the prepared dressing over the vegetables and toss gently. Voila! This recipe can be stored for up to one day in the fridge.
Smokey Ham & Corn Salad
Nothing says summer like some crisp, sweet corn in your salad. This recipe combines fresh corn, diced deli ham and crunchy croutons with a smoky, creamy dressing that is still healthy. Follow along with us or check out the original recipe from ‘Eating Well’ here.
- · 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- · 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- · 1 teaspoon paprika, preferably smoked
- · 8 cups trimmed frisée, (about 1 large head) or 8 cups mixed salad greens
- · 1 medium tomato, diced
- · 1 cup fresh corn kernels
- · 1 cup croutons, preferably whole-grain
- · 3/4 cup diced ham, (about 4 ounces)
To prepare simply whisk sour cream, vinegar, paprika and salt in a large bowl. Add your frisée or salad greens, tomato, corn, croutons and ham. Toss to coat and enjoy!
Classic Tuna (or Chicken) Salad
This next salad is one that even the kids will enjoy as it combines a kiddie favourite with healthy vegetables wrapped up into one delicious salad. Metro grocery store is less than a ten-minute walk from Greenrock’s 11 Wingreen Court community and is the perfect place to get your groceries for all of the hearty salads mentioned in this article.
· 2-3 cans of tuna (or chicken)
· 1 stalk celery
· ½ yellow onion
· 2 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise
· Fresh dill
Open the can of tuna, drain it and place in a bowl. Finely chop some celery and onions and add to the tuna. Stir in a few tablespoons of mayonnaise, sprinkle with some freshly chopped dill and serve on a bed of lettuce. Voila! You can also serve your tuna salad on some bread or in a wrap for variety.
Mediterranean Chicken Salad
This is a great recipe for anyone with chicken leftovers. It combines fresh basil marinated tomatoes with artichoke hearts and fresh cheese. This recipe is provided by ‘The Clever Carrot’ and is available in full here.
· Basil marinated tomatoes (see website for more detail)
· Leftover chicken (rotisserie or plain old chicken breasts will work)
· 1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts
· 1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed
· 1 large celery stalk
· marinated bocconcini cheese
· ¼ cup red wine vinegar
· olive oil
· herbs for garnishing (basil, parsley, chives, etc.)
Start by cutting last night’s chicken into bite sized chunks and add into a large bowl. Add the artichoke hearts, beans, bocconcini and sliced celery to the bowl. Add the basil marinated tomatoes and red wine vinegar, tossing until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with fresh herbs of your choice.
Enjoy a filling and healthy salad with the recipes mentioned in this article. Greenrock has properties throughout Toronto including our Wingreen Court community located in the bustling neighborhood of Don Mills and Lawrence.
Looking to take in some culture while cutting the cost? The following post will provide you with some easy ways to see Toronto’s best museums for free or at a heavy discount. Greenrock’s 166 Eastbourne Avenue apartments are located in the vibrant Yonge and Eglinton area of Toronto close to great entertainment, shopping, restaurants and more.
There is nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal, great company and a few thirst quenching drinks on a patio in the summertime. Greenrock’s Davisville Village community is located close to many great restaurants and bars that feature gorgeous patios. The following patio recommendations are all within walking distance of our Davisville Village community in Midtown Toronto.
The Toronto Fringe Festival is part of the Fringe movement, which is a worldwide network of indie theatre festivals. The festival is a chance for all artists, both emerging and established, to present their work to a wide range of audiences. Productions range from dramas and musicals to improv, dance and even family shows. Greenrock’s Village Green community is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within close distance of the city’s bustling theatre district.