Foodie Swellness: Nespresso VertuoLine

Nespresso VertuoLine

Despite a few attempts to improve my sleep habits (you may recall that I wrote about my night-owl ways for Glow magazine last year), I haven’t been able to get into a routine with a solid seven hours of sleep with a consistent wake-up time. So I often wake up tired, and most mornings I start with a cup of coffee to help me perk up a little.

And about a month ago, I was given a Nespresso VertuoLine from the fine folks at Nespresso and my mornings have gotten way more swell. I actually wake up and look forward to using my new kitchen toy: popping that capsule into the machine, and within 90 to 105 seconds (yes, it’s that fast) sipping a delicious large coffee with that delicious, frothy crema. I even love how opening the machine causes the used capsule to automatically discard itself into the handy receptacle on the right side of the machine (a feature I’d initially deemed silly, but now I enjoy hearing the little rattle and thump as it conveniently takes care of discarding itself).

The machine’s Centrifusion technology allows it to brew both large-cup and espressos — I usually opt for large-cup but occasionally make espressos, too. Using the bar code, the machine scans the code to determine such things such as temperature, cup size and the time the water is in contact with the coffee.

The resulting coffee is just so good. Having had coffees from other types of single-serve coffee machines at salons and friend’s homes, I was skeptical — I found they almost always tasted watery and weak (unless the machine was a very fancy, and yes, expensive). But the Nespresso Vertuoline (it retails for $299 btw) makes coffee that is rich and flavourful and, yes, there’s that crema. If you talk to anyone who owns a Nespresso, I think you’ll find that they call it a gamechanger and I now see what they mean. (For me, the only downside is that I find the coffee isn’t that hot; I’ve resolved that by drinking my coffee much more quickly, haha, problem solved.) When I’m feeling motivated, I even warm up frothy milk for my coffee, using this trick for making milk foam  without a frother or machine from thekitchn. Drinking my coffee has become a lovely ritual, a pleasure rather than just getting some caffeine into my body.

A warning to coffee lovers who are considering a Nespresso machine: You may find yourself drinking more coffee since you’ll fall in love with coffee even more so. I try to stick to one a day as I don’t want to up my caffeine intake…but have found myself having  more than one occasionally. But at least it’s affordable (a sleeve of Nespresso capsules rings in at $9.50, so less than $1 a cup).

Oh, and if you prefer iced coffee, be sure to try this recipe for an Iceberg Latte. So yum.


Leave a Comment September 15, 2014

Giveaway Swellness: Win a year’s worth of o.b. tampons


Some sleek fitness gear. A hot new lipstick. A beach vacation. Dinner out.

All things I’d rather put my money towards rather than tampons. You with me? So wouldn’t winning a year’s supply worth of tampons be sweet?

Well, I’ve got not one, but two prizes to be won of a year’s supply of o.b. tampons. Two of you lucky Health and Swellness readers  won’t have to even think of buying any tampons for a whole year.

And if you’ve always wondered what o.b. stands for, well, it stands for ohne binde, which is German (and this translates to “without napkins”). And if you’re new to o.b., it’s teeny size may make you think you need to change it more often, but that’s not the case. It’s trademarked Fluidlock design draws fluid to its core, and it’s available in four absorbency levels so you can be sure to find one that suits you.

Ready to enter? You can enter once each of the three ways. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Email. Email me at Please include your mailing address and phone number, and put “o.b. giveaway” in the subject line.
  2. Facebook. Like the HealthandSwellness page on Facebook, and then post a comment on the photo about this giveaway about how you would spend the money you save by winning the year’s worth of o.b.
  3. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter (I’m @healthswellness) and then tweet: So @healthswellness is holding this @ob_canada #giveusoneperiod #giveaway. Here’s how you can enter:

Each prize is valued at $60. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 EST on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The two winners will be chosen at random and notified via the method they’ve entered the contest. If I am unable to reach the winner within 48 hours of notifying them, another winner will be selected.

P.S. Oh, by the way, if you go to and rate and review o.b., you will receive a free box of tampons.

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5 Comments September 11, 2014

Giveaway Swellness: The winner of the Shoppers Drug Mart back-to-school kit

Shoppers Drug Mart gift card

Thanks for all of your entries in this Shoppers Drug Mart Back-to-School kit giveaway!

The winner has been chosen and notified via Facebook: Theresa M.

Thanks for following the blog. Psst, probably at least one more giveway on the blog this September!

Leave a Comment September 8, 2014

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