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Popped Amaranth & Seed Gluten-Free Cereal

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I am back from my mini vacation to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where I had an absolutely amazing time. It was my first time visiting wineries, so I was pretty excited. I loved the experience and would definitely return.

The original reason for the trip was a wedding, a great excuse to take a few days off, and taste some wine. Don’t you think? Not to mention, it was my birthday.

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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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Spiced Nut, Seed and Date Energy/Power Bars Recipe

These are a great mid morning or afternoon snack.  Replace that un-healthy snack such as a chocolate bar, cookie, donut, muffin etc with these delicious bars.  They are a much healthier way to tide you over to your next meal, as well as satisfy your sweet tooth without turning to a processed snack.

There is currently a 30 day challenge taking place at Moksha NDG which is where I practice  yoga on a regular basis.  While not participating in this 30 day yoga challenge myself, I have previously completed 30 day challenges on 2 separate occasions and am well aware of how demanding they can be in many ways.  Proper nutrition is always important but especially so when doing 30 days in a row of hot yoga.  These bars are a great snack for those taking part in the 30 day challenge or anyone else who does a lot of physical activity. Continue reading

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Raw Peach Tart with Strawberry Cashew Cream Recipe

Nothing screams summer like fresh, sweet, juicy strawberries and peaches. This raw peach tart with strawberry cashew cream is a great dessert for summer. No baking required which means you don’t have to use the oven.

It is refreshing, incredibly delicious and healthy. No added oil or sugar. Just delicious natural whole foods to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Go ahead. No need to feel guilty. Continue reading

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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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Quick & Easy Quinoa Black Bean Salad

This was what I whipped up Saturday night in a hurry. I got back from yoga at 6:05 and I was getting picked up at 6:40 by some friends. That left me 35 minutes to prepare dinner, eat it, shower and get dressed.  I took the time to figure out what I was going to put together as I biked home from the studio.  Mission accomplished.

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