vibrant life cleanse program and cookbook launch and review

before i get into today’s post, i just want to announce the winner of my little life box giveaway! congrats to….

a Rafflecopter giveaway

sarina, i will email you soon with details!

now today i have another review for you and guys, believe me when i say, this is an ebook that you definitely want to have. i was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the book and upon first open i was hooked! 

vibrant life ebook

i’m sure most of you know Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit. if you haven’t, climb out from under that rock you’ve been living under, and check her out. she’s seriously awesome. she is a holistic nutritionist with an approach i have long since admired. and since i myself am now a holistic nutritionist, i have even more respect for her. there’s a lot of pressure in this field to be the perfect health role model (and hence always eat perfectly and always be perfectly healthy! exhausting just thinking about it). leanne lives life according to what works for her, refusing to subscribe to a particular label, admits she's not perfect and indulges on occasion (like anyone should!). basically, she’s one of my professional crushes and mentors.

and now she’s released another ebook: Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook. just in time for spring! i don’t know about you all but i sure could use a bit of a reset on my system after this long winter we just had!

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it’s st. paddy’s day weekend! make these three…

it’s friday so it’s time for installment number 2 of my new series! and it’s only 2 weeks after #1, i’m pretty impressed guys.

since it’s st. paddy’s day weekend (because restricting the drinking and celebrating to one day is clearly not enough), i thought i would share some appropriately themed and coloured eats. 

whatever you get up to this weekend, whether it’s drinking green beer or simply drinking green tea, enjoy this wonderful excuse to pretend we’re irish! 

for breakfast why not try…

gluten-free vegan irish bread pudding - the veggie nook

a slice of this non-traditional traditional gluten-free irish bread pudding (with a side of irish coffee (same post) if you’re really givin' ‘er)

then for lunch

shredded brussels sprout salad #vegan #glutenfree #raw #paleo

give this shredded brussel sprout salad recipe a go to get some much needed detoxifying nutrients into your system

then for dinner

baby kale and shitake mushroom stir fry #vegan #glutenfree

this baby kale and shitake stir fry will fill your stomach up with carb-y goodness to help with drinking stamina, and it’s conveniently green, orange and white in colour!

and a bonus #4 for dessert (it’s a sorta-holiday guys!)

raw thin mint green tea "ice cream" cake #paleo #vegan #glutenfree

my raw thin mint green tea “ice cream” cake. because it’s thin mint green tea ice cream cake, no other reason is needed.

do you guys have any big plans for the weekend? i don’t have any st. paddy’s specific plans yet but do have a birthday party and a little reunion with old university friends on the books!

what’s your favourite green food? this question is basically impossible for me but i’m going to go with avocado because it’s so versatile (savoury or sweet) and it’s fully of fatty goodness.

raw thin mint green tea ice cream cake

thin mint green tea ice cream cake #raw #paleo #vegan

ice cream cake was always my birthday cake of choice when i was younger. specifically dairy queen ice cream cakes with the vanilla and chocolate layers and in between those there was this fudge cookie layer that was heaven. and even though i hated most icings (at most birthdays i would eat around the sickly sweet, rock hard icings, unlike every other kid who loved it), the icing on those cakes was delicious. i got one for all of my birthdays and it was basically my favourite thing about having a birthday party. 

so with st. patrick’s day coming up, i felt it was finally time to revamp this old favourite into a new healthy treat.

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building up to the big one: raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares

raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake

so here we are! the final post that will bring it all together. i thought about spitting it up a little more but that just seemed mean ;). if you missed the first two components, check them out here and here

before i get into that though i just have a couple things to say. recently davida wrote a post about the things a year of blogging has taught her and it got me thinking about the last two years. i started this blog because i needed an outlet. and what was the biggest thing i gained?

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building up to the big one: raw apple sauce

raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake

hope you all enjoyed the raw caramel recipe! and i hope it's whetted your appetite for the big finish. for those of you who follow me on instagram, you've already seen it. but let's just keep it on the down low for the rest of them shall we? ;). in case you missed the first component, check it out here

raw apple sauce

we continue with my blog’s 2 year anniversary today with the second component of our big dessert: raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares. mmmm, i cannot wait till friday to show you how it all comes together!

today we will continue with a raw apple sauce or butter which is completely delicious eaten by itself as a snack or dessert. it’s spiced with cinnamon, sweetened with dates and thickened with flax seeds. it’s fiber-rich and because it’s raw, all the vitamins in the apples are retained. the same recipe is used for apple sauce and butter except for a little extra sweetness from maple syrup for the apple butter. mmmmm. 

raw apple sauce/butter (vegan, gluten-free, paleo, raw)

by gabby ouimet

Prep Time: 10 min

Keywords: blender raw dessert snack nut-free paleo raw soy-free gluten-free vegan sugar-free apple dates

ingredients (2 cups)

  • 2 cups chopped apples*
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (if making apple butter, omit if making apple sauce)


if your dates are dry, soak them in some water for about an hour to soften.

add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. store in the fridge until ready to eat.

* you can keep the apple peels on (i did) unless your apples aren't organic, then you should peel them as they are part of the dirty dozen!

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