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Energizing Nutty Orange Smoothie

 

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I just took a week long trip down to Scottsdale and Santa Fe, and I gotta tell you, I was pooped!  I was trying to finish up a case study for my nutrition certification which had me up at 5am. I had some projects that I needed to get done at my day job, and, I was just trying to balance time for myself and my own health practice.  That’s also probably the reason why I came down with bronchitis a week before I left!

So, what do you reach for when your low on energy? What about when you’re trying to enhance your focus?

Let me guess…

Coffee, sugar, caffeinated soda, energy drinks…Am I right?

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The BEST Protein Pancakes – Low Carb // Paleo

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Here’s the thing about pancakes – they’re heavy, filling, and from a traditional sense, full of flours that provide zero nutritional value or energy. But aren’t they good???

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Just Peachy Chia Pudding

Oh geez my friends, I got my husband hooked on this recipe! He’s already a lover of my classic chia pudding but add in one of his favourite fruit (peaches), and now he won’t leave me alone.  “Can you please make that peach chia pudding?”.  “I really love that peach chia pudding”.  “We have to go to the farmer’s market on Sunday to get more peaches for that chia pudding”. And, on and on he goes.

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4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies – Paleo // Grain Free

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Hi Friends!

I wanted to quickly share these super-easy cookies for you.  I know when something is good when I have to make a second batch within the week. And the great thing about these cookies is that they have minimal ingredients that can be made in a very short amount of time – awesome, right?

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Raw Matcha Energy Bites

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I’ve been a Matcha fan for years!  I mean, just look at all of the recipes that I’ve created with this powerful superfood:

Coconut Matcha Energy Bites — my absolute favourite.

Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie — creamy & satisfying.

Creamy Tropical Matcha Smoothie — perfect for summer.

Pineapple Matcha Sparkling Cocktail — a cocktail with a healthy spin.

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Palm Springs Recap + Super Power Breakfast Muffins (vegan/gluten-free)

I’ve just returned from a trip to California where we spent some time in Palm Springs/Desert and a couple of days in the Newport Beach area.  It was nice to finally get a stretch of time to rest and relax.

Normally, when we’re travelling, we do like to stay in hotels that may have kitchen’s available and we really, REALLY love Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Resort in Rancho Mirage – isn’t it gorgeous?  We’re now hopping over to The Westin Mission Hills Gold Resort and Spa mostly because I’m curious since I work with a Westin Hotel myself. But, what I love about Westin Hotels is that they are a very health conscious hotel chain with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and lots of health food options that include an array of superfoods and even their own juice bar.

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Milk Chocolate Vegan Protein Bites

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If you’re a milk chocolate lover, then you’re going to love this recipe. Plus, it’s completely dairy free, vegan and super gut friendly snack.

I love chocolate like no other but I’m strictly into the dark kind.  Milk chocolate just makes my skin break out immediately but it’s just sooooo good!

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{SPRING GIVEAWAY} Wonderfully Raw Healthy Snacks – vegan / raw / gluten free

Happy dance!  It’s Spring! The sun is rising earlier and setting later.  I hear the birds chirping every morning when I get up.  And, the truest sign of Spring in Vancouver are the Cherry Blossoms.

And, awesome news.  I just got my first urban garden plot!  I grew up with a garden and I am often trolling the local farmer’s markets and now, I can grow my own treasures.  Here’s a snap of my garden:

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Almond Butter Fudge (Vegan // Paleo // High Fat)

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Hi friends!

You’re gonna love this recipe especially if you’re looking for a quick, tasty snack that doesn’t take a lot of effort. But, first, let me tell you the key ingredient in this recipe…

FAT. Yup fat.

This recipe includes one of two fats (or both): coconut oil and/or cacao butter, both raw and organic.  And, trust me, this recipe is super tasty!

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Homemade Coconut Almond Hazelnut Nut Butter

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Making my own nut butters brings me great enjoyment. Think about it – a jar of almond butter is sooo expensive.  When I walk through my natural foods store, I’m always looking for a sale since these decadent-type butters are in such small jars and they barely last a couple of weeks.

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