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In SICKNESS and in HEALTH

In SICKNESS and in HEALTH

 

Being sick SUCKS and I think that is something everyone in the world can agree upon. No one wants to feel sick, lethargic, weak, in pain, and less than 100%.

My job is based around making others feel better + more energized on a daily basis but getting sick is often inevitable and sometimes it is your body's way of telling you to sloooooow down. With that being said, here are my go to's during the winter months (and beyond).

 

Ginger + Lemon

You can't have one without the other. Well you can, but these to me are like Bert and Ernie, better together (I could have used a more relevant duo but they are quite the pair).

Ginger

Confession: I do not enjoy the taste of it so lemon makes it taste better for me. Sometimes you have to suck it up to get the health benefits from certain foods. Ginger is one of them for me. It is great for nausea, clearing your sinuses, improving your digestive function and nutrient absorption.

Lemon

Rich in vitamin c, has antimicrobial properties, full of electrolytes, and alkalizes your body which makes it harder for germs and viruses to thrive in 

 

Supplements

These are my go to's on a good day! But I find them extra important on days I need some extra energy + assistance 

  • Maca: just like ginger, I cannot stand the taste of this but it is SO good for you so I take it in pill form. Great for energy, full of antioxidants, great for pain (also cramps and mood swings ladies)
  • B12: helps boost energy! 
  • Chlorella: if I could tell anyone to supplement with one thing it would be chlorella. A green algae that is so powerful I cannot believe its not a household staple. It is so great for detoxifying the body, cognitive function, a digestive aid, an immune booster, packed with protein, fibre + almost every vitamin, and get this... it is one of the most concentrated forms of antioxidants! Stop what you are doing and go buy this (make sure it is "cracked cell" chlorella and if it is mixed with spirulina, that is an even bigger bonus!)
  • Vitamin C: vitamin c is a water soluble vitamin which means it flushes through your body and cannot be stored (unlike fat soluble which can be stored in your body for later use). So don't think because you ate that orange 3 weeks ago you are good to go! 

 

Oranges

Such a powerful source of antioxidants! Some background on antioxidants...

What are antioxidants? They help destroy free radicals in your body and prevent oxidation.

What!? Free radicals are essentially unstable cells that can cause havoc on your body and have a snowball effect creating more unstable cells. Germs, bad bacteria, smoking, chemicals + pollution are some examples of free radicals that enter your body. 

What does that have to do with antioxidants?  Think of antioxidants as the SWAT team who come in and stabilize the bad guys (i.e. free radicals)

Where can I get antioxidants? Foods that are rich in vitamins A, C + E. Yes it is that simple! Oranges, broccoli, sweet potato, kale (obviously), spinach, strawberries, peppers, and mangoes are my favourite sources!

 

Chamomile Tea

Add in a little bit of honey and you have a throat soothing, immune boosting, antibacterial cup of goodness. I love the taste of chamomile so I drink it on a regular basis but drink even more when I am not feeling well. My mom got me hooked on it at a young age and instilled the idea in me that it makes everything better! Which is does.

 

Essential Oils

Special shoutout to peppermint, fennel, and lemon which happen to be in one of my favourite essential oil rollers from Saje, the "Super Detox". This roller can be used after a long weekend (if you catch my drift), before workouts, in the shower or my favourite- when under the weather to get rid of the gunk and clear those lymph nodes!

 

Oil of Oregano

My in laws got me hooked on this a few years ago and it is life changing. Oil of oregano is antimicrobial and anti fungal which simply put, gets rid of bacteria (kind of like a natural antibiotic). But be careful to not overdo it and have it every day as you would a vitamin, as just like an antibiotic is can reduce the good bacteria in your body as well! 

 

Hot/Cold Compress

When I was younger a staple in my household was a "heating pad" but fast forward a couple decades and the thought of putting something electronic on my body does not sounds so hot (pun fully intended). Now you can buy ones that come with a clay insert which can be put in the freezer for cold and in the microwave for hot (or boil water and insert). This is great for any pains, aches, or simply for calming down your nervous system and giving it some TLC. 

 

Magnesium

Last but not least, magnesium! So calming, relaxing and can even help with nausea. My favourite is the Magnesium "Calm" powder right before bed as it helps you unwind. Not only does it help you fall asleep, it helps you stay asleep too!

 

 

Have any questions for me? Comment below!

Stay healthy!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  

This year I am going to be bringing out the most amazing version of myself and my business. None of this new year, new me bull$%@*. New Year, SAME ME, just refined and improved. Because I am pretty great and so are you! So don't think for one second you need to be a new person to be better. We are going to be bringing you more recipes, new meals on our menu and much, much more. First recipe of the year is our oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I have a serious sweet tooth so I am always playing around with new dessert ideas, and voila...

 

OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!

Gluten Free + Vegan*
Yields: 12 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 8-10 dates
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate or dairy free chocolate* chips
  • 1/4 natural nut butter (I suggest almond, cashew or peanut)
  • 1 heaping tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste or regular pure vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place dates in food processor and mix until finely chopped
  3. Add in diced banana followed by the nut butter + mix until well combined and smooth
  4. Next, mix in the maple syrup and vanilla
  5. Add in the oats and blend until well combined
  6. Finally, manually mix in the chocolate chips so that they stay whole
  7. Form into balls and flatten on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you are  finding the dough too sticky, place in fridge for 10 minutes or form patties while hands are wet.
  8. Cook for 12-15 minutes depending on desired crispness.

ENJOY! XO

 

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Rosemary & Cayenne Cashews

Rosemary & Cayenne Cashews

My mother in law got me hooked on this amazing recipe! They are great for holiday events, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or salad toppers! A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy!

Adapted from Ina Garten's DELICIOUS cashew recipe

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/rosemary-roasted-cashews-recipe.html 

 Just with some slightly healthier substitutions.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups cashews
  • 1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  1. Cook cashews for 10 minutes at 350 on baking sheets.
  2. In meantime, mix together remaining ingredients. To make mixture more runny, place in oven for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Once cashews are toasted and mixture is runny combine the two.  

Let cool and enjoy!

 

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Cookie Skillet

Cookie Skillet

Healthy, sweet + perfect for serving at a dinner party this holiday season. Top with frozen yogurt, banana ice cream, or coconut ice cream! 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp. vanila bean or vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (for greasing cookie skillet)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix together all ingredients (except the chocolate chips and pecans) until fully combined
  3. Once mixed, add in pecans and chocolate chips and manually stir
  4. Spread on greased skillet and pack in evenly
  5. Cook for 30 minutes, let cool!
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Brie + Fig Bites

Brie + Fig Bites

The holidays are about balance and so are these little appetizers. They are small + portioned but combine a just the right amount of goodness in each bite!

Ingredients:

  • 24 x Small Won Ton Wrappers
  • Brie Wheel (cut into small cubes)
  • Fig Jam (store bought or make your own chia fig jam depending on the time of year!)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (to grease cupcake tin)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place one won ton wrapper in each greased cupcake tin
  3. Add 1/2 tbsp of fig jam into each tin, follow with one brie cube
  4. Once complete, cook for 10-12 minutes depending on desired crispiness
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Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

 

I know you'll love them XOXO gossip girl. Sorry, I had to! These candied pecans are addictive. You have been warned!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix together all the ingredients and spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. Cook for 10-12 minutes (I usually remove from oven and move them around a bit... and eat a couple. There I said it)

Great on a charcuterie board, in salads, yogurt, by themselves, everywhere and anywhere. Enjoy... XO!

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Chocolate + Almond Butter Chia Pudding

Chocolate + Almond Butter Chia Pudding

YASSSSSS so delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean

Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until fully combined. Pour into a bowl and let it sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, stir and place in fridge for at least 2 hours. 

Top with candied pecans! Stay tuned for that delicious recipe in tomorrow's post!

HAPPY EATING! XO

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Revamping the Charcuterie Board!

Revamping the Charcuterie Board!

A staple in every event or holiday party.

Instead of going overboard on the cheese and meats, why not swap in some healthier alternatives. Here are some ideas:

  • Candied nuts (ex. use cinnamon and maple syrup in lieu of sugar)
  • Homemade chia seeds jams- try fig, strawberry or even plum!
  • Dehydrated fruits (ex. apples, strawberries, bananas, figs)

Have the best of all worlds!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! XO

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Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies

 

Gluten free and made with... wait for it... sweet potatoes. I will admit the first time I made these I was SCARED. I thought sweet potatoes did not belong in desserts. Well guess what, they do! There is no handbook from the universe saying what foods goes best with what so get out of your head and just try these! Trust me, the sweet potatoes essentially just add sweetness, texture, and nutrients! These babies are good, real good!

Sweet Potato Brownies

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup ground oats (make your own by placing gluten free oats in a food processor until very fine)
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup dairy free milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (you can also use regular vanilla)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 400- cook sweet potato for 45 minutes. Once cooked, remove from oven and let cool
  2. Turn down oven to 350.
  3. Once sweet potato has cooled, place in food processor along with the following; milk, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla. Blend until well combined
  4. Next, add in cacao powder, oats, and baking powder. Blend until fully combined.
  5. Scrape mixture with spatula until a square pan lined with parchment paper or greased with coconut oil. 
  6. Cook brownies for 30 minutes.

 Let me know what you think of the recipe by commenting below!

ENJOY! XO

 

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Hot Cacao

Hot Cacao

 

Easy as 1, 2, 3...

  1. Heat 1 cup of dairy free milk (I chose cashew milk) in small sauce pan
  2. Add in 1 heaping tbsp. of cacao powder, mix until well combined
  3. Add in 1 tsp. vanilla or vanilla bean (I prefer vanilla bean!) and 1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup

 Sip responsibly... or not (add in Baileys).

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