Spring Vegan Salads

Salads, Vegan

I don’t usually post two days in a row, but I’ve had a busy week already in the kitchen and couldn’t wait to share these recipes: I LOVE a good salad! (Charlie even listed it as my favourite food on my Mother’s Day card, he knows me well).

I remember the first time that I went to France and ordered a salad.  My mind was blown.  The dressing was creamy but simple and absolutely perfect.  Of course, I’m embarrassed to admit that was probably the first homemade salad dressing I had ever eaten (I grew up in the 80’s, need I say more).  I’ve since realized how absolutely easy it is to make your own salad dressing, and haven’t gone back.

Now that spring is officially here I’m back on the salad train, and am completely inspired by the fresh ingredients in the stores and markets!  Spring foods are so pretty and fresh, perfect for a salad!  I’m not vegan, but many of my friends are, and new vegan versions of my favourite ingredients are making it so much easier for me to whip up dishes that we can all enjoy.View The Post

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Tropical Green Chia Pudding with Coconut Crunch (gluten-free, vegan)

Breakfast, Snacks, Vegan

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect the whole chia pudding trend to last as long as it has.  However, I think I cast that judgement before I actually TRIED chia pudding!  Super healthy, yummy, easy to make and incredibly versatile, it’s no wonder that it’s had such staying power.  I love green smoothies (another trend that I hope never goes away) and still have a ‘thing’ for chia pudding, so I figured, why not mix the two?  And while I’m at it, why not top it all off with a ridiculously delicious coconut crunch… because life is simply too short to eat healthy food that doesn’t actually taste good!

Now I know that there’s a small percent of the population that doesn’t like coconut.  If you fall into this category (I will never understand how someone can’t like coconut for the record), stop reading now. Seriously, this one is jammed with coconut everything!  View The Post

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Staub Cocotte Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Lifestyle

It’s no secret that I LOVE the Staub products, and their cocottes are the definition of class when it comes to kitchen cookware. I wanted a cocotte for years and I must say, now that I have one, it’s one of the kitchen items that get the most mileage in our house.  The cocottes are a work of art AND are a dream to cook with!  Made in France, they’re perfect for slow cooking meals such as stews, roasts, soups, casseroles and other one-pot classic dishes and you can even bake bread in them.  Is there anything they can’t do?

I couldn’t be happier to partner with Zwilling to give away this amazing classic Staub 7 qt. Cocotte in grey to a well-deserved mom for the LAST giveaway for our Mother’s Day Giveaway series!
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Vitamix Mother’s Day Giveaway & Easy Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Desserts, Lifestyle

I’m SO thrilled to partner with Vitamix to give away a fabulous blender in my favourite ‘colour’ (white of course) to a lucky mom!  The Vitamix is a complete game changer in the kitchen, making this the PERFECT gift for the foodie or health nut…or anyone really!   I’ve had a chance to test drive a number of the Vitamix blenders, and this one is a winner!  I mean, they’re all completely dreamy, but I love the simplicity of the Vitamix A2500.  It has three program settings (for smoothies, hot soup, and frozen desserts) and a digital timer that makes following (and creating!) recipes a breeze.  Scroll to the bottom of the post to enter to win it!  Vitamix is ALSO having a Mother’s Day deal for up to $70 off all new machines through 5/14. You can see more details here https://www.vitamix.ca/shop/ascent-series?cid-17-BLOG-MDView The Post

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Healthy Snacks for On the Go!

Snacks

I remember feeling busy before I had kids, and granted, I was.  Now, I’m sure that I was warned about how busy life with kids really is.  But of course, like anything, parenthood is something that you need to experience to fully appreciate.  And do I ever appreciate it now!

I wouldn’t change anything for the world, but it all just takes a bit more planning these days.  Take healthy eating for instance.  A lot of people turn to less healthy options out of convenience when they’re in a rush. The good news is that eating well doesn’t need to take a lot of time, money or energy, and a having a few trusted go-to options can help keep your family on the healthy eating track without sacrificing convenience!

I wanted to share a list of my favourite portable on-the-go snacks to help make it easier for you and your family to stay properly fueled throughout the day, no matter where you are!View The Post

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Fit Mom Post-Baby Workout: Rebuilding Those Abs!

Lifestyle

I’m so thrilled to bring this ‘fit mom’ work out series to you with my dear friend and personal trainer Rachel Doell from Daily Routine Fitness.  I’ve known Rachel for a few years now, and clearly remember the first day we met (she did a personal training session for Jillian and I).  Her beautiful positive energy is so contagious, and this girl knows how to whip a gal into shape! This ab post is particularly special to me given that I had abdominal separation post-baby (aka diastasis recti – how appropriate), so strengthening my core was a big priority to me.  I’ll let Rachel take it from here and stay tuned for the next two posts!

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Chocolate Tahini Energy Bars (Gluten Free)

Gluten-Free, Snacks

First things first: I had no idea it was so easy to make homemade energy bars! That being said, I have to confess that this recipe took AGES to perfect, a rather humbling experience.  I mean, creating an energy bar should be so simple, right?  After five (yes, FIVE) failed attempts, these one-step beauties were created and were a crowd favourite by a landslide.  Let’s just say that I was a frequent flyer at Nature’s Fare Markets, they have the best selection of healthy ingredients for making energy bars (over and over again).  And hey, the ‘fails’ made for an awesome cereal!

Since having our little guy Max, I’ve started to hit the gym again and am paying more attention to what I eat surrounding my workouts.  Staying properly fueled before and after workouts helps us get the most out of our time exercising and speeds up recovery.  These bars are perfect if you want to snack on one 45-60 minutes before a workout or immediately after to refuel.  They’re also awesome if you just want a snack. Do you really need an excuse?

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