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Random eats

Random eats

Hi Hi everyone. I know a few weeks ago I said I’d be back to regular blogging but once again life, work and school took president, however, all of that will change next week because I’ll be done school for good!!! I am SO very excited to have a bit of a breather before I decide where I want to go with all this school stuff. In the meantime I thought I’d pop in and share some of my eats over the past few weeks.

 

Lately I’ve been obsessing over fresh berries (see last post), however, last night I took it to a new level when I purchased 20 pounds of fresh organic blueberries from one of my classmates!

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SO AMAZING. Since bringing them home last night I’ve been brainstorming ways I can slip them into every single meal- they are heavenly! i’m thinking dressings, smoothies, cocktails, salads, marinades… everything! Blueberries are one of the best super foods so why not!?

While we are chatting berries lets talk about these awesome popsicles I made to help keep cool during these crazy hot days! Not only are they super refreshing they are full of wholesome ingredients that won’t send your blood sugar sky-rocketing (aka no guilt with eating the whole batch… or is that just me).

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1 banana (frozen or fresh)

1 ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 can of full fat coconut milk

1-2 tbsp of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it. I omitted the sweetener all together and they were perfect)

All you do is blend everything together, pour into Popsicle molds and you’ve got the perfect healthy yummy treat to help you cool off from these crazy temperatures.

Along with the handfuls of fresh berries and popsicles my meals have been super random, no planned meals, just eating whatever we have in the fridge. A few people have asked what my normal meals look like so I thought I’d share a few.

IMG_6901 My classic weekend meal- BBQ organic steak, with BBQ veggies (yellow squash, red peppers, mushrooms and onions) and 1/2 an avocado.

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These two are fairly common post workout breakfasts. Soft boiled eggs, sautéed kale, a baked plantain and 1/2 an avocado. OR. Roasted sweet potato, some roasted chicken, fresh berries, some sprouts and 1/2 an avocado (can you see a theme- I love avocado!)

IMG_6944 And then finally a go to a classic weeknight meal. Zucchini noodles (made with this) tossed in homemade avocado pesto, topped with garlic sautéed prawns. YUM!

The avocado pesto is something I make often because it’s easy, tasty and super filling.

1 ripe avocado

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 clove of garlic minced

1 handful of fresh basil

A few glugs of good extra virgin olive oil

Salt and peper to taste.

Whirl everything together in your food processor and your done. It tastes great on your noodles of choice but is also great as a dip for cut up veggies.

There you have it. That is basically what a lot of my meals look like on a daily basis. And yes I like to place everything ‘just so’ on my plate- I can be a little particular 😉

This has been a long babbling post so i’ll leave you all for a few more days.

Next time i’m back i’ll be done school!! Can’t believe it- 2 years has gone by so fast!

I’ll leave you with these picture of Taffy because- well because she is just so cute!

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Hemp milk

As i’m sure everyone knows by now, cows milk is considered the devil in the health food world (unless raw).

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It’s filled with hormones, sugars and preservatives and is heavily pasteurized killing any potentially beneficial nutrients. Not only that but a large majority of the population does not have the enzyme needed to properly breakdown lactose. This leaves people with gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, weight gain, foggy head etc.,

There are TONS of alternatives out there: almond milk, soy milk (ANOTHER BIG NO- but that’s for another time), rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, sunflower seed milk… One of the problems with buying cartons of alternative milk from the grocery store is the majority of them contain carrageenan. Carrageenan isn’t going to hurt you if you consume it very rarely (unless you have any type of inflammatory bowel disease).

Carrageenan is derived from red seaweed and is added to the alternative milks (and other products) to keep the milk from separating, this alleviates the customer from needing to shake the carton before they use it. The main problem with carrageenan is it has been shown to cause inflammation, gut irritation as well as cancer! It is definitely a little confusing because carrageenan is derived from a natural source however, it has been shown to cause significant harm to the digestive system which results in inflammation as well as ulcerations and bleeding-hence why it is a NO NO for people with IBD.

So with all of that being said what can you do to get around carrageenan? Read labels! Not every brand of alternative milk contains carrageenan. OR you can follow my recipe below for the easiest creamiest hemp milk ever!

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Easy, quick, cheap, healthy hemp milk

¼ cup hemp hearts (I use Manitoba harvest- you can buy giant bags from Costco). Hemp is amazing! You want to be consuming more of it I promise! It is full of fiber, protein and good healthy fats and just tastes great. I love hemp in my smoothies, sprinkled all over my salad, as a topper to toast…

1 ½ cup of filtered water

1-2 tsp of sweetener. I use either maple syrup or I just throw a date in. But honey would be yum too.

A splash of vanilla

A pinch of sea salt

Throw everything into the blender and whip it up until all of the hemp has broken down and you are left with creamy milk. I have a vita mix which definitely makes this process easier. Once your done you can either strain off the little bits and pour the milk into a glass jar OR, like me you can just leave the added bits for texture and flavor. Just be sure to shake it up before you use it- I know, so much work!

That’s it that’s all. I use hemp milk in my smoothies, in my baking, in my hot bevvies, in my granola… in anything you would add milk to, this hemp milk is a great, healthy, cheap alternative.

Hope you enjoy!

Taffy was nose bumping me the entire time I was writing this post so I guess she wants to say hi 🙂

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A cookie pie kinda night

Bonjour everyone.

How beautiful is this weather were having out west right now! We are so lucky. Hope everyone is able to get out and enjoy the fresh air, Taffy has sure enjoyed her extra daily walks 🙂

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Once again I got sucked into my busy busy life and forgot to post anything last week. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be almost finished school!! July 24th is my last day, I can taste it! I really love school but it’s become far too much on top of work these days. Any ways enough babble from me, lets get to the goods.

I just wanted to pop in and share my newest yummy treat. I was feeling a little lazy but wanted cookies so I decided to try a cookie pie, it was a bit of a gamble but turned out delicious with a nice cakey texture. The man friend and I both agreed it was a winner.

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Peanut butter coconut banana cookie pie

1 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)

2 eggs beaten

1 mashed large banana

½ cup coconut sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup coconut flakes

1 large sliced banana as a topping

2 tbsp honey to drizzle on top

A sprinkle of cinnamon on top

Mix everything in a large bowl. Scoop into a coconut oil greased pie pan (a cake pan would work). Place sliced banana on top, drizzle honey all over and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, cut, serve and enjoy!

Taffy enjoyed her little piece as well… she licks the pavement so I know that doesn’t mean much but I promise it’s a gooder 🙂

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Snack Attack- Donut love

While everyone and their sister is busy trying to keep their ‘no treaty’ New Year resolution I have gone the other way. Life is all about balance and instead of completely depriving myself I have decided to allow myself the occasional indulgence.

My latest snack of choice- donuts

The other day I went out and bought a mini donut maker and have been deep in taste testing ever since… It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it 😉

My favorite at the moment are vegan, paleo donuts slathered in coconut butter and cinnamon or coconut butter and raw cacao, trust me- they are delicious!

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¼ cup coconut flour

¼ cup potato starch

3 tbsp coconut sugar

¼ tsp baking soda

¾ tsp baking powder

Splash of vanilla (about 2 tsp)

Sprinkle of cinnamon (1/2 tsp)

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

6 tbsp almond milk (or coconut milk)

Mix everything together until the batter is nice and smooth. It will thicken a fair bit but I promise it’ll cook up perfect. This makes about 9 mini donuts.

Once the donuts are done I simply slather coconut butter on them (coconut oil would be yum) and either eat them as is or sprinkle a little cinnamon on them. You can of course play around with whatever toppings you’d like to try, chocolate, vanilla, lemon, honey, maple bacon etc.,

Life is too short not to enjoy daily treaties! I just try to make sure they are mostly homemade so I can control the ingredients and feel good about my choices.

Also, if you haven’t tried coconut butter, get on it!

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I hope you all have had a delicious weekend 🙂

Taffy wanted to say hi

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Balance… and a muffin

Hi hi,

I hope everybody really enjoyed the holidays!

Its been a while since i’ve checked in so I thought I’d drop in with an update and a recipe 🙂

As soon as school ended for christmas break the man friend and I took off to lovely Nuevo Vallarta for 1 week of eating our faces off, exploring, relaxing and swimming- it was amazing! I have never needed a break more and it felt unbelievable to completely relax and unwind. Since getting home I’ve decided to start a vacay fund so that we might be able to afford a nice trip each year, its always nice to have something to look forward to 🙂

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We got back from Mexico right in the middle of the holidays so we followed up Mexico with a lot more relaxing and eating :). We headed up to the man friends parent’s place to have a white christmas! We had a great time catching up, relaxing, reading, playing board games, cards, talking the dog for walks in the snow, eating, more eating and more eating… basically it was a gurreat Christmas.

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It was definitely hard to leave because it meant only one thing, back to reality- back to work and school- both of which I thoroughly enjoy, but I would definitely rather be on vacay, what can I say- I’m a lazy girl at heart.

Since getting home, it has definitely taken me a while to get back into the grove, luckily things always seem to move a little bit slower the first week after christmas which gave me a chance to catch up. It definitely helps to have New Years right in the middle of the first week back. This year we decided to take it easy. We got whole foods hot bar (my FAVOURITE), drank kombucha (party animals I know), played scrabble, cuddled with the pup and watched a movie- AKA the best night ever! (yes those are hooded footed pi’s, they are amazing-get them here!)

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Apart from work i’ve spent most of my time enjoying the mild weather (sorry easterners) and going on some fantastic runs and hikes with the pup.

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As for New Years Resolutions, this year i decided not to go too overboard. I have a few mini goals for each aspect of my life but I decided one overarching resolution was perfect for me. This year I am going to try my hardest at being more balanced in every aspect of my life. Anyone who knows me knows i’m either 110% in or i’m not really interested, there’s no middle ground for me. This obviously needs to change. For me this will hopefully mean balancing my workouts: AKA, not doing cross fit 5-6 times a week plus running 50+km a week, i’m going to try to go to cross fit 3-4 times per week with a few light dog runs thrown in. I’m going to sleep in and relax a bit on Saturdays and Sundays instead of waking up at the crack of dawn to ‘seize the day’, recharging and catching up on sleep is just as important. And i’m really going to try to just go with the flow day to day instead of always having a plan, I could definitely use a little more spontaneity in my life :). Balance is important for all aspects of life, being balanced is being healthy so wish me luck! It will definitely be a challenge for me as i’m a little bit of a control freak but as with all things, if we try hard enough we can make change happen. I hope everyone is off to a great start with their New Years Resolutions!

Now on to the good stuff, my new favourite easy peasy banana cinnamon muffins (paleo, gluten free, dairy free)

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1/2 cup almond flour

1/4 cup potato starch (amaranth starch would work as well)

1 tbsp coconut sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda and baking powder

1 egg

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 mashed banana

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Mix everything together and scoop into 4 lined muffin tins, bake at 375 for about 20 minutes

Super easy and super yummy 🙂 I also love this recipe because it is automatic portion control (read: I won’t be able to eat a large batch in one sitting-I still have the training wheels on with this whole balance thing but you have to start somewhere right!)

Anyways Hope you all enjoy!

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