Isn’t it strange how you can be wandering through life, totally secure with who you are and where you’re at, then in a single moment it can all come crashing down? Suddenly you are not who you thought you are and the things that you thought, aren’t true. How is it that the world can shift so suddenly and completely?
Spring has sprung and that means more smoothies. I am such a fan of this blended meal, but in the winter I just can’t stomach the cold, rawness of them. But I’ve missed their convenience, fruity creaminess and all the different superfoods and flavours you can toss in.
So when I was asked to try out Kiss Me Organics matcha, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. Smoothies, smoothie and more smoothies. I was pleasantly surprised by this matcha- usually the less expensive ones are bitter and lack the real green tea flavour I love. I can’t say this was the best matcha I ever had. But was it a killer balance of quality and price? Hells yes. My friends, if you are looking for a matcha that is readily available online (on Amazon, in Canada too!) and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, I’ve solved all your problems. Continue reading →
i hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! and if you were anything like me (eating lots of delicious food, and yes, some unhealthy) your system could use some rest and repair. what perfecting timing for a little chat about herbal medicine and a review of herbal teas!
having just finished a course on herbal medicine, i was of course intrigued when Traditional Medicinals asked me to try out some of their teas. i had used them in the past with great success, but it wasn’t until recently that i appreciated why and just how effective they really are. herbs are powerful things and infusions (tea) are an easy and enjoyable way to incorporate them in your healing process.
Wow, how did it get to be Christmas eve already? I still haven’t wrapped a single present (but at least they are all purchased!) and the holiday baking has only just begun. I only just arrived home for the holidays late last night and as a result, all things holiday have been put on hold a little.
Which means, I have not tested A SINGLE recipe I am making for Christmas. So sadly have no holiday recipes to share with you- they will all be shared after holiday is over. Let’s just hope they all work out or I will have no food to eat, and you will have to recipes to drool over. Not an ideal situation for any of us ;)
Despite the fact that I am horribly behind on all things festive, I have a delicious and grinchy green smoothie for you all. It is grinchy only in colour I swear! I figure with all the sweets and decadent food we are all eating these days, a clean and nourishing smoothie might be just the thing to share. Not exactly the route most bloggers take right now, but hey, I’m not holistic nutritionist for nothing right?
Today I have a special guest post for you, straight from two of my former classmates who have quickly become holistic nutritionists extraordinaire since their graduation. Maddie and Nadya have put together an amazing program called Your Breakfast Revolution. It’s all about optimizing the first meal of the day to change the way you look and feel! It's not a vegan program (but it is vegetarian! and grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and with nut and dairy-free options), but it is very holistic in nature and full of wonderful advice. I am so excited to have them sharing a recipe here today for their Get Up Smoothie. I hope you’ll all check out their program and the wonderful work these ladies are doing. I know both of them personally and I have to say they are 2 of the most beautiful and inspiring people I know.
Morning smoothies are a great way to start your day right! They are a quick, easy and delicious way to have a healthy breakfast. You can enjoy smoothies before or after your morning workout, at home or on the go. Blending ingredients into a smoothie allows the nutrients to be easily absorbed because they have already been broken down. We encourage the use of healthy, nutrient-dense foods that will nourish your body, give you energy and taste great. This smoothie will definitely put a smile on your face in the morning!
Get Up Smoothie is high in good fats and protein. This will give you steady energy in addition to balancing your hormones and blood sugar. Fat and protein are very satiating foods, allowing you to stay full which will help you avoid the unwanted cravings and mood swings. Get Up Smoothie has high amounts of minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Iron. Those minerals are vital for your bone and muscle health, nervous system function and building of red blood cells. Get Up Smoothie is also high in vitamins and antioxidants that will boost your immune system and metabolism.
Get Up Smoothie
·½ cup frozen blueberries or mixed berries
·1 tbsp tahini
·4 tbsp coconut milk
·½ tsp cinnamon
·1-2 scoop of protein powder (pumpkin seed, hemp or any of your choice)
·1 cups of water
Place ingredients in a blender and blend to desired consistency. Drink it down and be a smooth operator all morning!
Berries – high in antioxidants, good source of fibre & low glycemic load fruit;
Tahini – source of unsaturated fat – very satiating, great non-dairy source of calcium
Coconut milk – High in saturated fat made up of medium and short chain triglycerides – enhance fat burning;
Cinnamon – known for stabilizing blood sugar, be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory;
Maddie and Nadya, or Mad and Nad, as they call themselves, are passionate nutritionists and educators who have taken on the challenge of changing how Canadians eat breakfast. Their goal is to make your body healthier, your mind sharper and your overall life more satisfying. Mad and Nad believe that with the right nutrition plan, correct physical exercise and positive mindset we all can be our best selves and go forth feeling beautiful and strong every day.
Hello Virtual Vegan Potluck attendees! For those of you who don't know me- I'm Gabby! I'm a holistic nutritionist-to-be who focuses on how to make healthy plant-based living fun and delicious. Food is the foundation from which our health grows and I believe it can be used to nourish the body and the soul. I love coming up with new recipes to make each meal exciting and fresh!
I am so honoured to be participating for the 4th time in this blogger event. I have watched it grow from the very first year where Annie organized it all by herself with 60 participating bloggers, to today where there are 146 (!!!) blogs getting in on the action.
In case this is your first stop along the way, here’s a little bit about the potluck! The potluck was Annie’s way of connecting with other bloggers over food. How fun would it be if bloggers could all get together in the same room and bring our favourite plant-based dishes to share with one another. However, we are all scattered across the globe! While I have had the immense pleasure of meeting a few of you all, there are so many more I will never get to meet. SO, Annie got this wonderful idea- why not pick a day to share a dish with each other at a party held over the internet? And here we are today! 4th potluck and I’m sure there will be many more to come!
Basically how it works- these posts are sequenced in a chain. At the bottom of my post you will find buttons to take you to the next blog in the potluck and the one previous. You can go through the potluck in order, or just bandy around at random- your choice! Just make sure you visit everyone! There is also a link at the bottom of the post to go back to the start.
Now for my recipe! While not a dish you would ever bring to a potluck, this has been one of my favourite things to have following a workout lately. It’s my solution to having a post-workout smoothie when the thought of consuming anything cold threatens to send me back beneath my covers for hours of cozy warmth (and ain’t nobody got time for that!). It is a delicious substitute for a cup of coffee as well- tastes like a latte but is so much more nourishing!
I’ve included protein powder to aid in post-workout muscle recovery, cacao for anti-oxidants to help reduce inflammation and maca to help regulate your hormones. Plus a few other little inclusions to make it taste oh so delicious. i’ve also included a list of optional add-ins to throw in if you have them around or want to give this post-workout drink a bit more of a boost. If you do decide to play around with this recipe, I will suggest 2 things to ensure you are getting the most out of this recovery drink:
Make sure you include an easily digested carbohydrate (like raw honey or maple syrup) to get a bit of a spike in blood sugar. While usually this isn’t something we are going for, post-workout this will lead to insulin release which is critical for maximizing muscle recovery and getting the protein into the muscle
DO NOT include a concentrate fat if you are using this for a post-workout meal- fat slows transit time, meaning you will delay the glucose and protein getting to where it is needed most. Save your fats for before the workout or for later on in the day.
Now that all that nutrition babbling is out of the way let me just say this: it is delicious, warming and a comforting breakfast, snack or pick-me-up anytime of day. Have fun and play around with it according to your taste buds!
delicious with a banana topped with nut butter and cacao nibs for breakfast!
Chocolate Protein Tonic (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Paleo)
Ingredients (1 drink)
1 cup almond milk, heated till hot but not boiling
1 tbsp cacao
1 scoop protein powder (I've used sunwarrior chocolate and natural, cannot vouch for taste if you use another!)
1/2 tsp maca
1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder or extract
sweetener to taste (I used 1/2 tsp raw honey, this will vary depending on your taste and the protein powder you use)
1 tsp Dandy Blend (for a latte feel)
mesquite, turmeric, magnesium powder (like Natural calm), ground flax, cinnamon, nutmeg (or other spices), plus pretty much any other superfood!
Warm the almond milk on the stovetop until it's nice and hot (but not boiling! You can always put this back on the stovetop quickly once blended if it loses too much heat)
Add the milk and all other ingredients to a blender and blend until combined.
Serve warm in your favourite mug and sip away curled up under a blanket!
Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the potluck!