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Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

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Who doesn’t love a loaf of fresh, sweet zucchini bread straight out of the oven. What’s even better is one that is free of highly refined flours and sweeteners. This vegan and gluten free zucchini bread turned out to be amazing! I would be lying if I said I was 100% confident with how it would turn out.

I don’t do too much baking, because I like to make stuff up as I go, and just go with the flow. This style doesn’t usually lend itself too well to baking. Once in a while, I decide to give it a go, and see what happens.

My friend Justin brought my gf and I a huge zucchini from his wine tasting trip in Ontario. When I say huge, I mean huge! Zucchini this big are also known as marrow. The skin was hard like a squash, and the seeds were big like a squash. Since we had so much zucchini to use up, it only seemed fitting we make some zucchini bread.

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Cocao Pecan Pumpkin Seed Energy Balls

Do you like chocolate?  Did you know that raw cocao is on the the world’s best sources of anti-oxidants.  If you have never tried raw cocoa this is a good place to start.

If you are looking for a nutritionally dense snack that is easy to make and incredibly delicious then look no further.  These energy balls are made with soaked pecans, raw cocao nibs, raw pumpkin seeds, ground flaxseed, dates and shredded coconut.  Continue reading

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Vegan Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes

 

Although these pancakes don’t have any eggs, wheat flour, or dairy milk, they are still fluffy and delicious.  So whether you eat a vegan diet, a gluten free diet or neither, you will likely enjoy these vegan and gluten free pancakes made with buckwheat flour, millet flour, ground flaxseed and almond milk.

Saturday or Sunday morning are great days to make delicious healthy pancakes while relaxing with friends and family.  This is how I spent yesterday and it was quite enjoyable. Nothing like a serious breakfast to sustain me through an afternoon of golf on a really hot and humid day.

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Thrive Diet Recovery Pudding

 

Bananas, blueberries, almonds, chocolaty flavour not to mention loads of nutrients.  What is not to like?  This recipe is guaranteed to have you coming back to make it again.

Great to have on hand to for a quick filling and nutritious snack.

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Cinnamon Nutmeg Oatmeal

 

Memories of Oatmeal

I remember making oatmeal as a child.  It involved opening up a little package of flavoured Quaker instant oats, putting it in a bowl and pouring boiling water over them. Not the best way to make oatmeal.  I think the flavours were maple and brown sugar, peaches and cream, apple cinnamon and something with raisins.  Not what I call a healthy breakfast.  I used to love my flavoured Quaker instant oats when I was 8 years old.

I also have great memories of eating oatmeal at my grandmother’s house.  I would wake up in the morning and it would already be ready since she would wake up at 5 am or something like that.  I would park myself in front of the TV for cartoons and oatmeal.  I loved it.  however I remember covering my bowl of oatmeal with refined white sugar, dairy milk and some tasty raisins.

I think I went years without eating any oatmeal/porridge.  Until I discovered Jamaican porridge.  I used to eat lunch at this Jamaican Food spot called Mitch’s island grill.  Tiny authentic amazing jamaican place.  More of a food counter than a restaurant.  Mitch used to make a different kind of porridge every morning.  Cornmeal, banana etc.  You had the choice of getting fried dumplings to dip in it.  Also probably not the healthiest breakfast but good.

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Ginger and Flaxseed Green Smoothie


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Ingredients

1 cup water

1 banana

5 frozen strawberries

3-4 swiss chard leaves, washed and bottom of stems removed

Fresh ginger, peeled , piece approx the size of 1/2 your thumb

1 tbsp flaxseed, grind first if your blender isn’t powerful enough to grind them in the smoothie

Instructions

Put all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

Yield: Approx. 2 1/2 cups

Note: you can always you use fresh strawberries if they are in season where ever you live.  If you do you may want to add a few ice cubes if you want your smoothie cold.

This recipe can easily be doubled if you have a big blender and want to make more.  The quantity here is about one big glass.

Simple, healthy, and tastes amazing. Enjoy.

 

A little info on swiss chard for you. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2399/2

 

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Kale-Banana-Berry Smoothie

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Here we go. First Recipe to go up on the site.

Very simple, very yummy green smoothie.

It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a green smoothie wasn’t very appetizing to me.  I say the idea wasn’t appetizing because I had never actually tasted one.

My love for green smoothies all started in July of this year.  My gf heard about a green smoothie workshop that was taking place at our Yoga studio. We planned on going but ended being out of town that weekend.  Instead she bought 2 books on green smoothies and borrowed a powered vita-mix blender.

One sip and I was hooked. Wow.  Never did I think that a bunch of green leaves blended up with some fruit could taste so good.   Not only do they taste amazing they are incredibly healthy for you and really easy to make.

Enough of the story for now…to be continued later…here is the recipe for a smoothie I just made this morning.  Give it a try.

Ingredients:

1 Banana

Approx.6 frozen strawberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

3 good sized kale leaves, washed and removed from stems

1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed

1 1/2 – 2 cups water

optional: 2-3 ice cubes

Yield: 3 Cups

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