Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie
I have been meaning to post this smoothie recipe for ages! This is a simple recipe for those who are trying to get on the smoothie bandwagon but not sure where to start… or what a good combination is! Nothing worse then throwing a bunch of stuff in a blender and forcing your self to drink it… we have all been there. I find this combo is also great for kids who might not be adventurous enough to drink green smoothies.

I personally drink a smoothie practically everyday. I find that my body prefers that over solid food first thing in the morning. Now, I enjoy all sorts of veggie concoctions. I don’t necessarily need a sweet smoothie anymore. My taste buds have adapted. However, when I started drinking smoothies on a regular basis I started simple.

Banana Berry Smoothie

I will be posting more smoothies on my blog to give you an idea of the diversity of combinations you can have and  I encourage you to be adventurous and give them a go! They are such a tremendous way to get in veggies, fruit and water in to your diet.
Who knows, maybe you will not need your daily cup of Joe to wake yourself up in the morning. You would be surprised the healing and energizing powers that fruits and vegetables have on the body.
So, try this recipe out and see if you are ready to add more simple raw breakfasts into your daily regime!
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Banana Berry Smoothie 
Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen Bananas**
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 11/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
Directions
BLEND :)
**Note: Instead of freezing the whole banana with the peel; try chopping the banana into small rounds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the banana slices on the baking sheet. Pop it in the freezer to freeze overnight. I do a whole bunch at once and then store in a ziplock freezer bag for when I need it!

 

One-Pot Poached Pear Porridge

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I know I have not been posting lately. Alright, its been over a month! I can’t believe how quickly time flies! So much has changed for the good this past summer. I am finally picking up where I left off and carrying on.

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One thing that always calms and comforts me is baking and cooking. Doing it for myself and sharing it with the people I love is almost as peaceful as meditation.

If my food tastes awful, we laugh about it. If it is delicious we eat in silence because we are too busy trying not to leave a crumb behind. Regardless, it is always known that it was made with love.

This is something I whipped up for breakfast the other day and shared with my little sister. I find oatmeal is great for this time of year. It is warm, hearty and keeps me going all day long. Perfect for a long day at school…

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This September I started school again! Which is a really big deal for me. Last time I tried my hand at university I was expelled. I was miserable there, I was dealing with many physical and phycological set backs that I felt I had no control over. It seemed to be I was getting in my own way. But what was worse, was the feeling that I was getting in other peoples way. And for those who have experienced this you know that it is a horrible feeling.

I promised myself I would never go to school again. That I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t smart enough and people would realize this and not bother teaching me. Well, this July I made the decision to prove myself wrong and get back on the saddle. I am updating my math and sciences now but who knows what next year will bring! I no longer feel in the way of anyone including myself.

In fact, the only thing I feel currently is full. You know why? Because this porridge is awesome! What more do you need in life than a big bowl of love with a dash of self-confidence?

One-Pot Pear Porridge 

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

Poached Pear:

2 bartlett pear, cubed (you can substitute with apple)

1/4 cup apple juice

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/8 tsp of nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

Porridge:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup almond milk (or sub for more water)

1 cup gluten-free oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

Optional Toppings:

goji berries, nut butter of choice, shredded coconut, pepitas, cacao nibs

Directions

  1. On medium heat, take a small sauce pan and put in apple juice, maple syrup, and water. Allow to begin to simmer.
  2. Once ready, add pear. You can peel the skin from the pear if you prefer it this way. Then stir in the spices. Leave on medium-low heat string occasionally. After about 7 minutes you should have a syrup and poached pear. Pour this into a bowl and allow to sit while you make the porridge.
  3. Using the same pot add water and almond milk. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium and add oats.
  4. Once liquid has been mostly absorbed, about 4-5 minutes, remove from heat. Stir in nut butter and mashed banana.
  5. Divide it into portions and top with pear and the syrup.
  6. Lastly, add all your favourite toppings. I also added extra cinnamon.

 

 

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Summer Rice Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Summer Rice Salad

Summer Rice Salad

One final summer recipe. Summer is almost behind us now. I have been making this fabulous rice salad all summer. It is so tasty and sweet. Of course you can make this recipe with whatever vegetables are in season, however, this is by far my favourite combo.
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This, in many regards, has been a long summer for me. I learned about about myself and the person that I want to become. There are so many things I thought I wanted to change about myself. I thought I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough or capable enough. It took me this entire summer to realize the people who love and appreciate the most where right in front of me all along!
We all have days or doubt and disappear, that is an inevitable fact of life. But, it is so comforting to know that I have wonderful friends and family that support me and help me rise to every challenge I may face in my life. And you know what the best way to face every challenge? With a belly full of nourishing, plant-based, wholesome food! So, enjoy this recipe and share it with family and friends. Food is love so share a little with the special people in your life!

Summer Rice Salad

Summer Rice Salad w/ Honey Mustard Dressing

Serves: 2 as a main or 4 as a side

Ingredients:

Salad:
1 cup of brown rice, uncooked
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 orange or yellow bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup kale, chopped
Dressing:
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt and papper
2 tbsp rice vinegar
5 tbsp olive oil
Instructions:
  1. Cook brown rice as instructed on the package.
  2. To make dressing: whisk honey, mustard and vinegar together until smooth. Then add oil. If you add it sooner it will separate. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Once rice has cooled, add the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle the salad dressing on top and toss until well combined.
  4. Serve immediately. It will keep for up to two days in the fridge.

My New Root Cookbook Review and Matcha Green-ola Bars

I am officially in love with this cookbook. I had read reviews of Sarah Britton’s book, My New Roots, before and was intrigued. So, I went to a local bookstore and scanned through her recipes. First of all, the pictures are beautiful and bright. Then I realized she breaks her recipes into seasons as opposed to “breakfast”, “dinner”, “dessert”, etc, which I think is a really cool idea. The book is hardcover so it’s a little more durable in my kitchen… things can get pretty messy!

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Once I started making her recipes it didn’t take me long to realize this lady loves food! The taste combinations are incredible. She doesn’t stick to making “safe” choices. Instead, she really chooses to think outside the box.

Her cookbook is not vegan or gluten-free, it is vegetarian and healthy. At the top of each page it indicates if the recipe requires setting or soaking, if it’s gluten-free and if it’s vegan. I still find I can make most recipes, although sometimes I need to make small substitutions.

Sarah Britton's Matcha Bars

I decided to take a peak at her website since I love the book so much. I made her Matcha Green Granola Bars which ended up being my favourite thing I’ve made of hers yet! They are so tasty! I call them “Green-ola Bars” because I think it’s hilarious!

I wouldn’t change a thing. The recipe is perfect the way it is. I used quinoa puffs, dried cranberries, figs and dates. And I used a bit of sunflower butter because I ran out of tahini!

Overall, I give this cookbook a huge thumbs up! I think Sarah is incredibly talented and really inspirational! Making the world a better place one delicious recipe at a time!

My New Roots Granola Bars

The Best Peanut Butter Bars

The Best Peanut Butter Bars! No-bake, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free

Time management is so hard! You would think that you would have a mandatory class in grade school dedicated to wrapping your head around the concept. Currently, I work four jobs. On top of that, I want to: eat three, non- processed meals a day, and keep up with my acting studies, and go to the gym, and create new recipes, etc. The list goes on and on…

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It is so important that I exercise and eat right. There are no cutting corners. The only one who suffers when I don’t balance my day, is me. A little over a year ago, I had to stop working for six months. I was constantly fainting. I had memory loss and could not remember who I was or where I was going half the time. I was dissociating. Anyone who has experienced this knows how frightening it can be.

At first, I thought six months without work was torture. And, for the first little while, it was, until I changed my mindset. I had been given this time to figure out what my body needed. Go figure, it wasn’t as complicated as I thought it was. Food was the first step. Whole, plant-based foods have given me a clarity of mind I did not think possible. When I began to commit to exercise, that’s when everything fell into place. It gave me back my confidence, it gave me something obtainable to strive for and it gave me the physical energy I had lost.

The Best Peanut Butter Balls! So tasty and easy. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, no-bake, soy-free.

It all started making sense. I have been so blessed to have been forced to take half a year to discover my limitations, but also to find my talents and passions. Now, I juggle a hectic schedule, which I love. I do things that I enjoy, daily. I am inspired almost every single day.

Today’s inspirations were these beautiful flowers. It was a sad and dreary day today, but I was walking by a flower stand and I saw these lonely flowers for half off. I just had to take pictures of the beautiful colours that reminded me that spring is here and summer is on its way!

No-bake peanut butter granola bars! Vegan, gluten-free and soy-free

I made these to have on-the-go when I don’t have time to stop and make a meal. I also have been craving something sweet and I feel far less guilty having one of these bad boys than going to the store and buying a candy bar! I find I only need a small portion to feel satisfied and full.

Have fun making these and, if they are for your kids, let them help out! Adjust flavours to taste and don’t feel like you can’t throw other dried fruit or a different nut butter in the mix. The possibilities are endless!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)
  • 4 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 10 large, moist Medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar

Directions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor. Mix until the mixture has a sticky consistency.
  2. Pour out onto parchment paper and roll out with a rolling pin to shape into granola bars. If making balls/truffles, simply roll a small portion of the mixture in your hand.
  3. Place in the fridge or freezer to set for about an hour.
  4. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and grab on-the-go! They should keep for over a week.

Note: If you don’t find the mixture binding together well, simply add more dates! Make sure they’re gooey and sticky dates. If they’re not, soak them for about an hour.

The Best Peanut Butter Balls! So tasty and easy. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, no-bake, soy-free.