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