Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baked Vegetable Chips Recipe

This is a great alternative to chips!!!

Just as addictive and snackable as potato chips, these chips forgo the excess sodium, preservatives and unnecessary 

 Baked Vegetable Chips Recipe

Mixed root vegetables such as potatoes, radishes, beets and rutabagas, thinly sliced (you may want to peel some vegetables such as beets, but with most, you can leave peels on)
Olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Any herbs you have on hand (optional) 
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2. Toss vegetable slices in just enough oil to thinly coat and sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and a single layer of veggie chips.
4. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake another 15 minutes. Check chips every few minutes, until they are crispy but not burnt. Serve warm or cool.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Clif Energy Bars

I love these bars!!! Clif energy bars are soft and chewy and full of flavor!

2 newest flavors are the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Chocolate Chip Coconut. Wow, they are awesome!!! They are a good source of protein and fiber and made with 70% organic ingredients.

I had these as pre-work out snacks prior to a long distance run and they sustained me perfectly!!!

These bars are.....

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

7 Grain Hot Cereal- Bob's Red Mill

A much better alternative to the typical instant oats that I was finding myself eating because of the convenience. This 7 Grain Hot Cereal from Bob's Red Mills takes only a few minutes to prepare and the taste and texture are just perfect!

This awesome cereal is a gorgeous blend of high protein, whole grain wheat, rye, oats, triticale, barley, brown rice, oat bran and flaxseed.

 Follow cooking instructions, then I added a 1/4 cup of Rice milk and 1 Tbsp of Agave Nectar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Totally love this nutritious breakfast cereal and its...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Run recovery salad!

After a great Yoga practice and a beautiful run in the sun with the snowy view today I am enjoying a spinach salad loaded with healthy fixins to aid my muscles in recovery!

Run Recovery Salad
  • large handful of spinach 
  • large handful of romaine lettuce  
  • 2 tbsp cranberries
  • 10 almonds
  • 10 cashews
  • 10 pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp of hulled hemp seeds 
  • 1/4 cup of cooked brown rice 
  • a sprinkling of goats feta (not sure how much....maybe 2 tbsp?) 

Dressing: Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My favourite Protein Powders!

Why use a protein powder? 

The main reasons are to increase your daily protein intake, assist with putting on lean muscle and reduce body fat. But protein powders have come such a long way since they were first introduced to the market. We no longer need to adhere to the chalky artificial tastes and gassy side effects. Plant based proteins are amazing! They are highly digestible, nutrient dense, completely balanced protein supplement. You dont need to be a vegan or vegetarian either to enjoy the fantastic benefits of these powders.

Here is a list of some of my tried and tested favourites!

This powder is all-in-one, and is a great supplement to your active lifestyle. It contains antioxidants, fibre, probiotics, greens, and of course 15 grams of plant based protein. Also the flavours are all awesome. My favourite is the Vanilla Chai! Mmmm (hint..go beyond the smoothie and sprinkle on popcorn!!)

The recent innovation to Vega Sport Performance Protein comes from the addition of SaviSeed (sacha inchi) protein, a rich, plant-based source of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is a key component of serotonin production(1). Serotonin—the feel good hormone—helps with the mental aspect of recovery, so you’ll keep the drive alive and be motivated to train again. Take Vega Sport Performance Protein within 30 to 90 minutes of your workout or throughout the day to meet your individual protein needs to recharge and repair so you can do it all again, sooner.

Warrior Blend is an easily digestible protein that is a nutrient filled superfood! The taste is also amazing. I love the Vanilla! (hint...I love this mixed with fresh/frozen berries and almond milk)

The Cleanest Protein Possible®
Harmonized Protein® features a synergistic blend of 5 high quality, New Zealand sourced proteins. It also provides liver and kidney support to ensure that you can digest, absorb, utilize and eliminate without causing any undue stress on your body. All of the ingredients are designed to be in balance and to work in harmony with each other as well as with your body. Harmonized Protein® is professionally formulated and energetically balanced and contains no artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners or preservatives.

My favourite flavour is the All Natural Vanilla, so creamy tasting and there is a hint of creamy butterscotch to it too! Mmmmm


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Vegetable Ravioli Soup

Its cold and looks like winter is finally upon us! Not bad considering its February 3rd! Ahhh love the look of winter from inside our home!

So its all about homestyle vegetarian soup with whole grain ravioli to warm our bellies and nourish our bodies!

Put all ingredients except for the pasta in a large pot and bring to a rapid boil. Then reduce and simmer for about 1 hour then 5 minutes prior to serving bring back to a boil add the pasta cooking for about 5 minutes. 

Serve and Enjoy!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

One dish Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding dessert...oh my! If you have a craving and day old bread t...then give this easy bread pudding recipe a go! Its easy and pleases your sweet tooth without any guilt!

  • 2 1/2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of arrowroot powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp of yacon syrup (or molasses)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (dairy free)
  • 3/4 loaf of bread (I used red fife bread, any will do!)
Combine all ingredients except bananas, chocolate chips and bread, whisk together until no clumps from the arrowroot powder, then add the remaining ingredients.

Let sit for about 10 minutes to get the bread well soaked.

Use a 9x9 dish and coat with coconut oil or vegan buttery spread

 Put in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes and enjoy!! 

What is Yacon Syrup? It is a low GI sweetener that tastes like molasses. Its low in calories and all natural sweetener derived from a plant. It also has prebiotics and is an antioxidant!

I love this one from Navitas Naturals

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Yoga Inspired Quotes!

I am over half way through my Yoga Teacher Training program and I am finding that Yoga is not only when I am on my mat. Its every day and in every moment I am in. This journey is in incredible and the more I embrace it, I discover even more union with my mind body and soul! There have been times when I was uncomfortable about discovering some of my true Self, but it is so humbling to move past it all. I love these quotes, so I thought I would share them with you too!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Vegan Sheppards Pie

Sometimes its nice to just have a home cooked meal that is in one dish! I decided to create a favourite classic of mine from when I was younger. This recipe is ultra healthy and soooo much better than I ever could remember!

Vegan Sheppards Pie
  • 2 packages of Yves Ground Round
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 corn on the cobs boiled
  • 5 potatoes boiled/mashed

  1. In a large pan add olive oil and onion, once the onion becomes translucent add the ground round. (set aside)
  2. Cut off the kernels using a sharp knife alongside the corn on the cob (set aside)
  3. Once potatoes are done, a fork goes in nicely, add a tbsp of vegan butter and 1 cup of almond milk, mash until desired consistency.
Layer the 'meat', corn, then the potatoes and bake in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thrive Forward, Breakfast Smoothie!

 I love smoothies! And this is a great start to my day, I feel so happy in my body to nourish it perfectly and start the day off right!

In the Thrive Forward 30 day challenge this smoothie is the blank canvas smoothie. There are so many varieties to mix it up, this was my choice today!

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1  cup of raspberries
  • 1 scoop of chocolate performance protein
  • a handful of baby spinach
  • 1/2  cup of ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thrive Forward Challenge!

I am ready to begin a very exciting challenge! The Thrive Forward Challenge created by Brandan Brazier the maker of Vega! The challenge is right in line with my goals of eating clean, but taking it a few steps further.  Its a 30 day wellness program focused on achieving long term health and enhanced performance through  plant-based nutrition.

Thrive Forward program launches in January. Pre-Register now to get your FREE Thrive 101 starter ebook. http://thriveforward.com

Eat clean and Thrive. Thrive Forward is your FREE, personalized online guide to help transform your health through clean, plant-based nutrition. Your journey to optimized health begins with a customized wellness program, built with topics that are most relevant to you, such as nutrition, energy, sleep, weight management, libido and more. Each personalized plan includes comprehensive lesson videos, health tips and useful tools like eBooks, recipes, shopping lists and more.
Pre-register now to get your free starter eBook — Clean Eating 101 and be among the first to transform your health with your own personalized plan when Thrive Forward launches in January of 2013.
It’s your turn to Thrive Forward
This is the book that I have and it gives some fantastic recipes as well as the background information of why our nation is need of a change, not only for our bodies but for our world.

I hope you decide to thrive forward with me! I will be blogging along about my experiences and challenges as well as posting recipes that I love! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ancient Grain Muffin and Loaf

I discovered Grainstorm Heritage Baking Mixes and I am so excited to say they are awesome!

I am usually not too keen on baking mixes as I question alot of ingredients put into the package, however this is a no brainer! Its better than from scratch, all ingredients are natural and follow a clean eating lifestyle. 

I added cacao chips (of course) to the mix and when I greased the muffin tin, I used coconut oil.

So easy and so perfect!

Enjoy the simplicity of making from scratch with so little room for error. LOVE IT!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Listening Challenge~Yoga Teacher Training

I am 8 weeks into the Yoga Teacher Training program and am starting to remove an exterior layer of myself that I wasn't aware it existed.

We have been learning about the Yama's and Niyama's (Yoga Ethical Guidelines for building a foundation of skillful living) and have begun journalling about how these show up in our lives and learning to mediate about these issues that arise. 

I am not an experienced mediator, so what I found was that I started 'praying' to overcome obstacles and realized that "praying"was actually me speaking and asking for things...but "mediating" was more about quieting my mind and listening. 

Totally different and super cool!!  I finally got it! 

I am coming to realize that my personality on the mat is who I am off the mat too! This is not exactly stuff I am proud of either! 
It's a self discovery like nothing else. I 'rush' to get to my practise and it takes me a while to centre myself and just stop and be with the practice. With a more profound awareness, I find myself in conversations with people and I realize I am not listening...I am not even good at pretending to listen either...and in fact, I am aware that they know I am not listening too! Yikes, what is this...oh my..."Just stop thinking, quiet the mind and listen".

Or I am in auto pilot...just going through the motions, mindlessly. Oops, I ended up driving to the gym instead of daycare?!? Oops I just finished my lunch and cant remember tasting it...and I am still hungry?!

And sometimes worrying about things I cant control.

WOW! So here I am, a human being in need of Yoga every minute of my life. Not just on my mat. This is so much more than a physical practice.  I need more union and connection to myself and others. I am prepared to put that mirror up and face myself and focus on grounding my thoughts, and becoming much more present. And recognizing that when I am not present, to be honest about that too. 

Thanks for listening! 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Oh Natural Berry Smoothie!

Usually I start my day off with a hearty bowl of oatmeal but this morning, I was craving a fruity smoothie! So I whipped up this one that nourished my taste buds and my body! Fuelling me just right after a hard work out at the gym!

Blend together and enjoy! 

Mmmmmm loving every sip!