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Marinated Artichoke & Spelt Salad

marinated artichoke and spelt salad

 This salad was something I whipped up in a hurry one night a couple weeks ago.  I was actually going out for dinner that night but was so hungry that I had to eat something before going out.  I just couldn’t wait.  Do you know the feeling? There was no way I was wating another hour or 2 before eating anything.  I pretty much just used what was available to me and it turned out great.  Good enough to make again!

My friend had come over for a glass of wine before dinner  and I had some spelt already cooked in the fridge.  Have you ever tried spelt? It is an ancient grain, which means it hasn’t been modified.  It has about 30% more protein than whole wheat and also contains less gluten then wheat.

I just jazzed it up with some fresh flavours, a jar of marinated artichokes, and boom! An awesome spelt salad that is great for lunch or dinner.  Cooking things like spelt, quinoa or rice ahead of time and keeping them in the fridge ready for when you need to put together a meal in a hurry is a great idea.  Cooking spelt takes about 40 minutes to cook, but virtually no time or effort on your part.  You just need to think of it while you are hanging out at home. Easy enough.  Simply rinse and bring boil in a pot with lots of water. Continue reading

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Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie

Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie

Good Morning and Happy Easter! I spent yesterday afternoon whipping up some smoothies at lululemon athletica on Ste-Catherine street here in Montreal.   The event was a blast!  I met all different types of really nice and interesting people, as I always do at events like these.  I always love hearing about other peoples smoothie making experiences and what they like to put into their smoothies.

I made 2 smoothies yesterday.  One of them was an Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie and the other was the incredibly popular Banana Nut Butter Smoothie made with almond butter, raw cacao nibs, almond milk, coconut water, and dates.  I loved seeing peoples reaction when they tried this smoothie.  They were pleasantly surprised.  Consensus is people like Chocolate! Was there any doubt in the first place?  The good news is, that even though the Banana Nut Butter Smoothie tastes incredibly naughty, it is good for you!  So if you are in the mood for a treat, go ahead,  you deserve it!

The Orange Mango Lemon Smoothie was also very well received.  Which is why I woke up this morning and made it again so I could share the recipe since it’s not up on my site yet.  People were continuously asking for the recipe so here it is! Continue reading

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Raspberry Lemon Hemp Smoothie

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Raspberry and lemon, a match made in heaven.  If you have all these ingredients in your kitchen right now I suggest you make this today! If you don’t, then I highly recommend adding them to your shopping list this week.  The tartness of the raspberries and lemons remind me of a raspberry sorbet.  Meaning it’s delicious!!

This makes for a perfect snack when you need a little energy boost or for a sweet tangy treat to fulfil a craving.  It would also make a refreshing treat on a hot summers day.

Because it reminds me of sorbet, I’m imagining you could reduce the amount of water and/or increase the amount of hemp seeds to transform it into a pudding of sorts. That way, you can eat with a spoon instead of drink.  I am sure it would be equally delicious.  Let me know if you give it a try.  Could make for a great dessert. Continue reading

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Greens Detox; Cleansing Green Smoothie Recipe

The beginning of a new year is a great time for a greens detox. A great way to do this is by drinking cleansing green smoothies. Many of us ate more over the holidays than we usually do. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about? I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday, and shared some great food with family and friends.

It is nice to give our systems a break since overeating can be hard on our body. Overeating slows down our system, which means slower elimination and natural detoxification. A greens detox with cleansing green smoothies is a great way to help our bodies with its natural detoxification process and give it the break it needs. Time to rejuvenate for the new year. Many of us have New Year’s resolutions to change the way we eat, and to work at having better health and weight loss goals. An easy as well as beneficial way to help you achieve your goals, is incorporating cleansing green smoothies into your diet.

Not to worry. I am not saying that you have to go on some crazy cleanse and replace all solid food with smoothies. I am just encouraging you to drink a (green) smoothie a day. Green smoothies are easy to digest, making it easier to absorb the nutrients they contain. And boy do they ever contain a lot.

This cleansing green smoothie recipe contains several ingredients to help your body recover and rejuvenate itself for the new year ahead.

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Mango Orange Lemon Cashew Vanilla Smoothie Inspired by Crudessence

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. January 2nd means back to work and back to reality for many of us. Whether your New Year’s resolution involves changing your diet and lifestyle to improve your health, or not, you will love this smoothie. It is healthy as well as a treat for your taste buds. Really, it is amazing. Start the new year off right with this “sun kiss” smoothie.

This creamy, sweet and refreshing smoothie is made with mango, orange, lemon, cashews, vanilla and water. It is our version of a smoothie they make at Crudessence here in Montreal called the Sun Kiss smoothie. I personally have never tried it at the restaurant, but it is one that Natalie has tried and loves. After having made our own version of it I understand why.

It is ridiculously good. Honestly. It really is like a glass full of smiles. This is great in the winter as well as in the summer. Give our version a try as well as the original Sun Kiss smoothie at Crudessence, if you live in Montreal. I will definitely be giving their version a try in the near future.

The citrus blast from the orange and lemon combined with the sweet mango, the creaminess of the cashews, and the beautiful real vanilla flavour is magical. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. We used a yellow mango. Make sure the mango is sweet. This can definitely make or break your smoothie.

Watch the video of Nathalie and I making the smoothie below. We had a blast making this video, and I certainly enjoyed the fruits of our labor. I hope you enjoy the video, and that you give this smoothie a try.

Let me know if you give this a try and what you think. Don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel to stay updated on all the new Health is Happiness videos. Many more to come in the new year.

“Sun Kiss Smoothie” Recipe

1 orange
1 mango
juice of 1 lemon (about a 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup cashews, soaked for 30 mins
1/2 vanilla pod, or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup water

Combine in an upright blender and blend until smooth. Adjust amount of water until desired consistency is obtained.

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Delicious, Easy and Quick Healthy Meal; Lentils Rice & Broccoli

My intention here was to make a simple dish that is a complete meal.  I stuck to the plan and it was a success.  Although it does require cooking rice, broccoli, and lentils, it is incredibly easy, straightforward, and relatively quick.  So all you do is cook the 3 main ingredients, chop some cilantro, and then dress with olive oil, lemon juice and cumin.

I  decided to add the cumin later to add a little something to the dish to make it a little more flavourful.  I toasted the cumin seeds, and then ground them in a mortar and pestle.  This is the most complicated thing in this recipe however not 100% necessary.  While toasting the cumin seeds and grinding them yourself is nice, you could also use ground cumin.  Skipping the cumin all together is another option if the lemon, olive oil and cilantro does it for you. Continue reading

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Mint, Blood Orange, Orange and Lemon Juice

I had never tried a blood orange before this. Can I say wow? First of all, the color is absoutely beautiful and secondly the flavor is incredible.

Please click on the image of the blood orange above to really see what I am talking about.  The bigger image is really cool and worth checking out. You will see. Go ahead. Give it a click. 

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Chia Fresca: Iskiate


Warning. Drinking this delicious and simple beverage is good for your health and may make you feel great and increase your daily productivity.

I discovered this delicious and healthful drink by reading the incredible book called Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.  This is my version of the chia drink that the Tarahumara tribe would drink to keep them energized during their 50 mile+ runs.  I say my version because I am not quite sure exactly how they prepared it.

I think it will be good enough to keep you going during your everyday life.

 

Just to mention a few of the positive things about chia seeds.  A great plant based source of protein, omega 3s, fibre, and antioxidants.  All in one little seed.

Mix it with some water, lemon or lime juice, and natural sweetener and you have yourself one SUPER drink.

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