My Top 3 Blogs That Help Me Eat Clean

Sep 26, 2016

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Good Monday Morning to you.

Well, it’s a new week with new goals and hopefully some new ideas. And what better way to get your week started off right by eating well. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve struggled between consistent healthy eating and wanting to devour anything dipped in batter and drowned in sugar. I’m much better at saying no to salt, sugar, fast foods etc. But I’m a sucker for rich foods.

My two biggest challenges in eating well: what to make that actually has taste and how to make it in less than 30 minutes. Luckily, I have really nice friends and they shared some of their favourite vegan bloggers who now make my healthy living choices a little bit easier.

Have a great morning folks!

Link Love:

Minimalist Baker

The Real Caribbean Vegan

Oh She Glows

 

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How I Stop Those Empty Calorie Urges

Aug 6, 2016

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Making a conscious effort to snack in a good way isn’t always easy. That’s why I make it a habit to keep a few healthy snacks around to help minimize my cravings for junk food. My go to snacks tend to be nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans) berries (strawberries, blueberries) and apricots (dried or fresh).

Nuts: I often buy my nuts in bulk, raw, unsalted and eat a handful throughout the day. I’ll throw a few in my salad to make a heavier side salad. Recently, I started buying grounded nuts to sprinkle in my breakfast cereal (with almond milk and uncooked oatmeal) or over a bowl of fruit.

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Berries are a simple solution for snacking. They’re another go to fruit in my breakfast cereal, shakes and salads.

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Apricots: Is it just me or is apricot the less liked of the fruit bunch? It was never my go to fruit but I’ve taken a liking to them over the last little while, especially since they are really sweet and great for skin, hair and nails. I tend to eat dried apricots more so than the fresh fruit since a handful of dried apricots is the most filling. Eating them alone or with a little almond butter makes for a great afternoon snack.

What’s your favourite snack to stop those empty calorie urges?

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My Sweet Substitute

Jul 17, 2016

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A little before Christmas, I started watching what I ate. Not dieting, just mentally taking note of what I put in my mouth. It doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a Twix (my fav chocolate bar) or some ice cream occasionally. I’m simply more aware of what I eat now, than I have been in a while.

A major change to my diet was trying to find a healthy substitute to all the starchy foods that I like so much. You know; rice, bread, pasta etc. That’s when I found a life saver in sweet potatoes. Not only is it filled with an entire list of good stuff but it’s done wonders in helping me eliminate those fatty, starchy foods I like so much. Not to mention, it helps with my never ending sweet tooth cravings.

FACT: in every 100 grams of sweet potatoes you will find: 0.1 g of Fat,  337 mg of Potassium, 1.6 g of Protein and tons of Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Magnesium etc.

But really, eating sweet potatoes in place of just about anything starchy has helped me not only lose weight but maintain my current weight. And that my friend is a complete bonus!

HOW I EAT THEM: cut them in squares, add a little bit of extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil), sprinkle some thyme, bake for about 30 minutes and tada! I have my rice, bread, pasta substitute for the week.

Sweet!

 

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Living Green In The City

May 7, 2014

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I finally attended the Green Living Show for the first time after years of promising to go. My initial reaction when I entered the Show was how big the event was. If you ever visited the Direct Energy Centre you may be familiar with the size of the building.

Frankly there was a lot to cover. The sections ranged from Health and Wellness to Home & Garden. There was something for everyone. As a self professed foodie, I instinctively gravitated towards the Food & Beverage section, and I was not disappointed!

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Here are some highlights:

Ice Syrup – Naturally when you think of grapes specially grown in the wintertime at Niagara-on-the-Lake, ice wine comes to mind. What a pleasant surprise to learn that ice syrup is another option from this painstaking process. Culinary experts have integrated this product in various savory and semi-sweet dishes. I was impressed that people who have lost their appetite due to chemotherapy have been successfully able to digest this product. www.icesyrup.com

Evergreen Wheatgrass Juice – Wheatgrass may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this product was quite refreshing. You’ll appreciate the way this product is produced without destroying the important vitamins and enzymes. www.evergreenjuices.com

Bunners – Who says vegan gluten-free desserts don’t taste good? Clearly they haven’t tried the tasty treats at Bunners. www.bunners.ca/‎

Styrian Gold Pumpkin Seed Oil – This versatile product stood out for me. When was the last time you drizzled oil on your yogurt? You can with this special Austrian pumpkin seed oil. The taste is nutty, but not overpowering. I was sold on this product, and the testimonials are interesting too. www.styriangold.ca

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Overall, if you are interested in discovering new foods and curious about how they taste, the world is your oyster in that realm at the Green Living Show. You will not be disappointed.

In the short time I had to tour as much as I could, I did venture out of the food area and I have to give a special mention to Eli’s Body Shop. It’s a great source if you are looking for products such as black soap, shea and cocoa butter. And that’s just the start! They have other natural products too. www.elisbodyshop.com

www.greenlivingshow.ca

 

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