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Come on Summer

I don’t know about the rest of Canada, but the weather here in Prince George hasn’t been too promising.. Yesterday morning I woke up to blue skies and sunshine. I thought it would have been at least a little warmer outside, but it was still sitting at 0 and didn’t get above 2 degrees all day. I want to be able to go for long walks, runs, wear shorts, sit outside and read and go on picnics. It even snowed last weekend!

Besides complaining about the weather, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking. I also ordered Meghan Telpner’s new book, Undiet. I made the granola recipe found in the book the day I got it. It turned out awesome! I had some last night with some goat’s yogurt. So far this book has been great and very interesting – it’s hard to put it down! I would especially recommend it to anyone that is looking to clean up their diet. Her story about overcoming her diagnosis of Crohn’s is very inspiring and motivating. It shows just how powerful food and a clear mind could be.

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Besides that I’ve made Jamaican Jerked Chicken, which turned out good, but I want to perfect the recipe before I post it. I’ve made Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies and I’ve also been eating a lot of colourful salads!

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If you seen on Instagram, I also baked a cake. It’s a Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing. It was at my boyfriend’s request, and I can tell you that there is nothing healthy about it. However, it turned out great and I happily enjoyed a piece. There is a bakery in Vancouver called Edible Flours that makes the most amazing gluten-free (as well as egg and soy-free) cakes and pastries. They make donuts there that are to die for too!

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I enjoy decorating cakes, what can I say? Well that’s it for today. It’s beautiful again outside, so I’m going to take the dogs out for a walk. I definitely miss the 30+ degree weather in Jamaica!

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Homemade Bars and Weekend Fun

Can’t believe the long weekend is over already. I was off work for most of it minus Sunday. I’ve done a lot of visiting and running around, and some relaxing of course.

On Saturday I was in a cooking mood, so I made homemade granola bars. I got the recipe from Oh She Glows. I can’t even tell you how many recipes I end up trying from her site. I made an AMAZING avocado chocolate pudding from her site as well. It’s definitely my go-to site.

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The only thing I did differently in this recipe is that I added 2 tablespoons of hemp and chia seeds. I’ve been bringing them in my lunch!

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You definitely need to try this recipe – OMG. It’s so decadent, delicious and healthy! I’ve made it before, but this recipe OWNS every one I’ve ever tried.

I also did a lot of juicing on the weekend too. One day, I juiced a pineapple and had some of it with coconut milk. It was like a pina colada! It almost felt like I was in Jamaica again.

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I also did some more indulging. It’s been a while since I bought this ice cream. I’m not sure why because it’s delicious!!

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It was a great weekend, and I’m happy to say that Josh is finally home after 2 weeks. I’m one happy lady right now! Oh and before I forget, here is a picture of our niece, Kori, in her Jolly Jumper. I can’t get over how fast she is growing and changing. I can’t wait to see our other 2 nieces Hannah and soon-to-be-born Kylee in May.

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Have a great day!!

Delicious Creamy Avocado Sauce

Hello friends! It feels so good to be back in the blogging world. I had a fabulous day yesterday! The sun was finally shining here in Vancouver. We’ve had a lot of rain and cloudy days in the last few weeks. Sunshine always puts a smile on my face!

The first day of my new course at school was great too. We started looking at different symptoms, possible problems they could be linked to, and what we would recommend. Our teacher is really amazing too; she is very informative and explains everything very well. I know anatomy class was important, but this is so much more interesting. Our first case study we have to do on ourselves and the second one will be on a classmate. We have to complete 14 throughout the entire year. I’m so excited to start helping people!

After class Elyse, Nicole and I went and ate lunch outside at a café. We enjoyed the sun and soaked in some vitamin D. I parted ways shortly after to walk downtown to get an application for a passport. We are attending a convention in Salt Lake City for Mona Vie, an antioxidant drink we distribute. We’re so excited; it’s going to be a trip to remember!

After class I met them at The Foundation Restaurant. If you’re in Vancouver, this is a must try place! It’s located on East 7th Avenue and Main Street. I had this wonderful dish with quinoa, chick peas, tofu and a whole bunch of veggies on top of spinach with a delicious tahini sauce. Every bite was incredible, or as one of my favourite nutritionists says, “food-gasmic.” They’re a vegetarian restaurant with a very relaxed atmosphere and excellent food.

After dinner, we met up at a coffee shop and had a skype date with a girl from Oregon, who is also a distributer for Mona Vie. She gave us her incites and some advice. She is very passionate and inspiring. We all talked about our goals and why or how we got to where we are right now. Everyone has a different story and experiences. We’re all unique in our own way. Elyse told us to write down 10 goals we have for our life and bring them to school on Thursday. I have a few written down. I will share them when my list is complete!

I love having friends like them. They’re motivating, inspiring and bring a smile to my face. I feel very fortunate to have met them. They have changed my life in so many ways. We’re always there for each other whether it’s a difficult or amazing time in our life.

Last night I cooked myself a fantastic dinner. I’ve wanted to try this recipe from Oh She Glows for a while. She has a recipe for a Creamy Avocado Sauce. You can do so much with avocados and they’re so good for you; packed full of healthy fats and nutrients!

Creamy Avocado Sauce (Serves 2) – Recipe from Oh She Glows

1 avocado
½ lemon, juiced, plus lemon zest for garnish
2-3 garlic cloves
½ tsp. sea salt
¼ cup fresh basil
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Black pepper to taste 

  1. Place the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Now add in the pitted avocado, basil, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy. 

You can add this sauce to pasta or whatever grain you desire. I had it with some cooked barley, steamed broccoli and organic chicken breast. It was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this recipe. This recipe will definitely be a new staple in my kitchen. It was so easy to make. 

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Wednesday! We’re half way there! Look out for a new muffin recipe that will be posted in the next couple days.

A Few Must-Try Recipes

Hello! It’s been a busy week so far and it’s not over yet. I completed my first week of school and now I get to work all weekend. It’s crazy how everything has been settling in so quickly.

I’ve had a chance to try a few recipes that I found online and looked delicious. One of my friends also asked me to revamp her recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Brownies – yes they sound amazing, but unfortunately they are far from nutritious. I’m hoping to do this early next week. I might have to try a few variations before I get it right. I’m looking forward to the yummy end result.

This morning, when I was checking out my daily blogs, I stumbled upon a few great recipes I wanted to try. The first recipe that caught my eye was from Oh She Glows. I have to say that she has some great breakfast recipes on her website and comes up with some interesting, yet delicious combinations. The recipe I tried was the Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Oatmeal – crazy right. I made a few modifications to this recipe. I omitted the extra chocolate sauce drizzled on top and I used raw cacao powder and chocolate protein powder in the recipe. I also used steel cut oats (they take longer to cook but are better for you since they have been less processed) instead of quick oats. I really enjoyed this breakfast; it kept me full and energized for a long time! Before you think, ‘yuck, sweet potatoes for breakfast,’ please try this recipe; it might change your mind.

My new favourite website/blog for recipes is ‘I Heart Wellness.’ Yesterday she posted a recipe for Vegan Banana Rooibos Tea Cake. It looked amazing and I knew I had to try it! I didn’t have any rooibos tea, so I used chai instead and it still turned out great. This cake is moist and delightful. The only sweeteners in the cake are medjool dates and the natural sweetness of the bananas. She also mentioned in this post that it’s cleanse- friendly – thumbs up to that!

I had this for a mid-afternoon snack today and I must say that I’m addicted. It’s so simple, but absolutely delicious. Take a piece of toast (I had some chia flax bread from a bakery in my freezer) and drizzle with olive oil. Place sliced avocado on the toast and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Now you have a great tasting and nutritious snack!

The last thing I want to tell you about today is a purchase that I made yesterday. I bought a Santevia Energy Flask which creates alkaline water. A girl at school told us about them and I knew I had to have one. I won’t go into too much detail as you can read all about it on their website. Basically it has different levels of filtration that raise the pH, re-mineralize the water, energize the water, reduce chlorine and reduce the ORP value. I love it so far! It comes in a few different colours too.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing weekend. It’s supposed to be sunny here in Vancouver which is exciting since it has been very cold and rainy. I have to work during the day both Saturday and Sunday, so unfortunately I won’t be able to enjoy the weather. Also, please check out my facebook page!