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If You Struggle with Living a Healthy Balanced Lifestyle, You are the Majority

If You Struggle with Living a Healthy Balanced Lifestyle, You are the Majority

Do you feel like everyone else is on top of their game with healthy living? If so, you are not alone.  I felt this way up until a year ago. When life is not where we want it to be, it can feel like everyone […]

What Dropping over 50 Pounds Will Teach You

What Dropping over 50 Pounds Will Teach You

I was 250lbs pounds last August. 250lbs!!! It’s been almost one year since I started my health goals of eating and living healthier. I’m at 196 lbs now and still counting. As I’ve mentioned in my other blog posts, I didn’t think I could do […]

Dark Chocolate Fruit Explosion Chia Breakfast Bowl (vegan, dairy-free)

Dark Chocolate Fruit Explosion Chia Breakfast Bowl (vegan, dairy-free)

 

If you want an excuse to have chocolate for breakfast, then here it is. Today I’m sharing with you my decadent dark chocolate chia seed breakfast bowl that will leave you wanting more. The good news is, this is super healthy so you can make it as much as you want!

It took me a while before I chose to use whole chia seeds. I’ve been using ground chia seeds for almost a year now in smoothies for a protein boost and in baking as an egg substitute. However, the whole chia seeds looked a little scary and weird. From pictures, they looked like they would be crunchy and slimy at the same time.  There is nothing more unappealing to eat than that. I’ll admit that I actually felt repulsed looking at the photos.

Since going plant based 1.5 years ago, I’ve noticed that making chia seed pudding with whole chia seeds is popular. There are recipes upon recipes for it. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it until about 3 months ago. I pushed myself to try them. I have a personal commitment to keep my menu diverse, so I get more vitamins and minerals, and try at least one new recipe per week. So I took the plunge and decided to try whole chia seeds as a breakfast bowl.

I’ve learned that these can be made up the night before or in the morning of as long as you give them at least 30 minutes of soaking time.

I can honestly say that their texture is like a pudding.  There is no sliminess, crunchiness or any weirdness.  They are smooth and creamy and will take on any flavour you add to them.

Since I started my health goal of healthy eating, green smoothies have always been my go-to for breakfast. Chia breakfast bowls are a nice alternative – they have great nutritional value, will help you feel full until lunch and there is no limit as to what toppings, flavours and taste combinations you can make with them.

To entice you into trying these, I’m sharing my chia breakfast bowl creation with you.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!Chocolate for Breakfast

 

Dark Chocolate Fruit Explosion Chia Breakfast Bowl (vegan, dairy-free)

 

1.5 cups almond milk

4 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp cacao powder

½ cup fresh blueberries

1 ripe nectarine

1 banana

1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tbsp cacao nibs

1 tbsp raw almond butter

 

Instructions: mix the almond milk, chia seeds and cacao powder in a bowl. Use a whisk if needed to mix well. Place in your refrigerator overnight or for at least 30 minute before you plan to eat it. Then add 0n the other toppings and enjoy!!

 

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Feeling Stuck – Read This!

Feeling Stuck – Read This!

Living a healthier life wasn’t always easy for me. In fact, I still have days where I feel unmotivated to do it. And I have to push really hard to follow through and make sure I stay on track.  This is normal! If you are […]

3 Ways to Add Spice and Excitement into Your Health Goals

3 Ways to Add Spice and Excitement into Your Health Goals

There are so many ways to work on becoming healthier.  Being healthy is about loving yourself and taking care of your mind, body and overall well-being. It’s about honouring what you need to feel your best. I believe that health is essentially a journey of […]

Healthier Versions of My Favourite Comfort Foods

Healthier Versions of My Favourite Comfort Foods

I’m so glad you are reading this. I guarantee you these recipes are quick, easy, use minimal ingredients and are super delicious!

I love finding healthier recipes that meet or exceed my expectations for replacing my favourite unhealthy comfort foods.

There are so many ways to decide what a “healthier” recipe is. This will depend on your body and your health goals.

 

For me, healthier recipes for comfort foods will:

  • Use more fresh ingredients than processed ingredients
  • Have ingredients I can pronounce and recognize
  • Keep sugar to a minimum
  • Not spike my blood sugar leading me to feel hungry after eating, and
  • Make me feel indulged and satisfied 🙂

 

When I started my healthy eating goals, I was worried about feeling deprived. This is a common thought with people who are trying to cut out junk food.  I believed the myth that eating healthier meant eating bland, tasteless and limited options. I thought it meant having to give up favourite foods.

Food nurtures us and it’s often a pleasurable experience. I believe that eating should always feel nurturing and pleasurable, regardless of if we are eating healthy or not.

When it came to my (mis)beliefs that healthier options would be boring and limiting, I was proven wrong very quickly. In fact, healthier options are the exact opposite. I have tasted more flavours and have enjoyed eating so much more since ditching the unhealthy junk.

The recipes I’m about to show you are significantly better than any unhealthy version I have tried. The flavours will dance in your mouth, satisfy your need for texture and excite your taste buds with fresh, rich, decedent flavours that cannot be matched.

 

Here are my top 5 favourite healthier comfort foods.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

 

  1. Loaded Stuffed Baked Potatoes

(photo from Holistic Foodie)

 

I love ooey, gooey, melt in your mouth, rich decadent stuffed baked potatoes. The kind that is loaded with flavours and makes you feel so satisfied, full, warm and content after eating them. If you love stuffed baked potatoes, then you are you are in for a treat.

Here is the recipe that exceeded any stuffed baked potatoes I’ve ever tried. Jaclyn Irwin, the founder of Holistic Foodie, has created a quick and easy stuffed baked potato 3 ways. Try one, or try all 3, you will not be disappointed.

To try this out, click the link:

http://holisticfoodie.com/stuffed-breakfast-sweet-potato/

 

  1. Pancakes … the Saturday and Sunday morning kind

(photo from The Big Man’s World)

Growing up, pancakes were a staple weekend breakfast item. Talk about comfort food. Just thinking about pancakes makes me feel cozy, comfortable and ready to have a pajama day.

It was quite difficult to find a pancake recipe that worked well for me.  I’m vegan, so that meant no eggs, dairy or butter could be included in the recipe. I also try to limit or remove flour from my meals because I find that flour makes me hungry again almost instantly after eating.

So after trying about 5 different recipes, this recipe takes the cake (no pun intended) for the best healthy pancake recipe. This recipe is created by Arman, founder of The Big Man’s World. His motto is: “These healthy substitutions cannot sacrifice taste. Ever. Ever. Ever.” Who can argue with that?

To try this out, click the link:

http://thebigmansworld.com/2017/01/13/fluffy-flourless-banana-smoothie-pancakes-vegan-gluten-free-sugar-free/

 

  1. Dark Chocolate Brownies

(photo from What’s Cooking Good Looking)

I am eternally grateful to Jody, from What’s Cooking Good Looking, for sharing a recipe she came across from Laura Wright’s cookbook The First Mess Cookbook.  I was never a fan of brownies until trying these.

If you fall prey to rich and decadent dark chocolate, these are a must try. These set the bar and are a game changer when seeing what’s possible for healthier versions of sweet treats.  Added bonus: they are also gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free.

Be prepared – they do make a smaller batch, so decide carefully if you want to share!

To try this out, click the link:

http://www.whatscookinggoodlooking.com/whats-cooking-good-looking/2017/2/23/fudgy-nut-seed-butter-brownies-from-the-first-mess-cookbook

 

  1. The Burger that Melts in your Mouth

(photo from Holistic Foodie)

 

I’m not going to lie, sometimes I just want a big burger loaded with toppings. For several months, I have been trying to find a mouth-watering veggie burger that tasted fresh, was not processed and would melt in my mouth…..the kind that left me satisfied after eating it

When I made this recipe, I was amazingly surprised because this burger is bursting with flavour. The burger also has a subtle sweet aftertaste making them tasty to eat by themselves on top of some fresh greens. I use quinoa, instead of rice, for this recipe and they turn out incredible. The recipe is also from Holistic Foodie.

To try this out, click the link:

http://holisticfoodie.com/the-best-veggie-burger/

 

  1. Rich and Smooth Pumpkin Pie

(photo from Happy Healthy Life)

 

If you enjoy a rich and smooth pumpkin pie, you will love this! Filled with flavours of pumpkin spice and maple, this is a crowd pleaser.  When I made this pie for my family last Easter, they loved it!  Pumpkin pie is my favourite of all pies. It makes me think of fall leaves, big holiday meals and feeling comfy and cozy with family.

Kathy Patalsky, from Healthy Happy Life, created this 4 ingredient pumpkin pie recipe. It’s the easiest recipe ever and if you try this, there is no going back. This recipe will actually fill up two pie shells. A second pie for the cook to enjoy after company is gone….how convenient 🙂

To try this out, click the link:

http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/10/four-ingredient-vegan-pumpkin-pie.html

 

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Imagine What Would Happen if We Talked about Health Like This

Imagine What Would Happen if We Talked about Health Like This

When working with clients, I notice it usually takes about 6 months of living a new healthy lifestyle to gain a deep understanding of what health is.  When I say 6 months, I specifically mean 6 months straight of living 100% committed to their health […]

I Want to be Healthy – Knowing When it’s Time to Make Change

I Want to be Healthy – Knowing When it’s Time to Make Change

“I want to be healthy”. That is what I kept telling myself in 2015. And by December 2015, I had enough. I was tired from it all and I wanted to feel healthy and be healthy. I wanted to feel my actual age instead of […]

Decadent Raspberry Smoothie (Dairy Free, Vegan, Sinfully Delicious)

Decadent Raspberry Smoothie (Dairy Free, Vegan, Sinfully Delicious)

On cold days, I crave a rich and thick smoothie – the kind that is decedent and creamy. It’s like wanting warm soup on a cold day….except cold and decadent. Ok, it’s like wanting dessert on a cold day 🙂

Green smoothies have been a part of my daily routine for the past year and  I’m never disappointed with the variety  and flavour combinations that are possible.  For me, smoothies are an easy way to make a quick meal and get so many fruits, veggies, nutrients, vitamins and other healthy ingredients all in one setting.

I also love being pleasantly surprised when I find a smoothie recipe that tastes like dessert – sweet, creamy and decadent.  Sometimes it’s hard to believe that something so sinfully delicious can be super healthy and considered a breakfast meal.

So today, I decided to take on the challenge of creating a super delicious, rich and decadent  smoothie. For 48 hours I’ve been freezing – where is summer?

Ok, back to my smoothie. Questioning where to start,  I found some raspberries in the freezer that needed to be used up. To be honest, when it comes to raspberries, I’m still on the fence about whether I enjoy them in smoothies. But, I started thinking that maybe a little nut butter and banana could help. First, I threw these three things into the blender and then  I added  a few other ingredients. What I ended up with was a super decedent raspberry smoothie. It was rich, creamy, and tasted so darn good.

I want to share the recipe you. This smoothie would be great for breakfast or a snack.

Decadent Raspberry Smoothie

  • 8 ounces of macadamia nut milk
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana
  • a large tablespoon of smooth almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp heart seeds
  • ½ tablespoon of cacao nibs
  • handful of spinach
  • (and a few sprinkles of love)

Instructions: combine ingredients in blender and blend everything until it’s nice and smooth.

Enjoy!!!

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Best Ever, Super Moist Banana Bread (Dairy Free, Egg Free, Vegan)

Best Ever, Super Moist Banana Bread (Dairy Free, Egg Free, Vegan)

Growing up, banana bread was one of my favourite treats. It still is. It brings me back to childhood memories of when my Nana would bake this for me. Because I loved it so much, it was the first recipe I learned to bake on […]