Homemade Cherry Ice Cream 2 Ways

Desserts & Baking, Recipes, Vegan

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Two Ways including chocolate cherry vegan and vanilla cherry, made with simple ingredients by Tori Wesszer from Fraîche Nutrition and whipped up in a Cuisinart ice cream maker.

Everyone has their vice, right?  Well, ice cream is my kryptonite. It’s been my weakness since I was a kid and remains my favourite treat to this day. And let’s face it, on a warm summer day is there anything better? I think not. Which brings me to this post: homemade ice cream.

There is something so cathartic about making your own food from scratch and ice cream is no exception. You can buy ice cream, but making your own takes it to a whole new level! I love having the creative freedom to add whatever my heart desires and coming up with new combinations. Needless to say, the kids LOVE it, and it’s such a fun way to involve them in the kitchen.View The Post

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Creamy Garlicky Kale & Mushroom Pasta (Vegan)

Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegan

Creamy Vegan Kale and Mushroom Pasta

There is simply nothing that says comfort food better than pasta.  Even in these warm summer months I find myself craving a dish of pasta every now and then, and of course once September hits it’s game on!

We grew up having mushrooms in nearly every second dish.  It’s funny how mushrooms can be so polarizing, either you love them or you hate them.  I’m bound and determined to have a family of mushroom lovers…let the training begin!

Once upon a time we thought that mushrooms had zero nutrition, but were ‘we’ ever wrong!  As a dietitian I preach of the importance of jamming your diet full of colourful fruits and vegetables, but this message diminishes the value of some of the less colourful ones such as mushrooms (cauliflower is another that comes to mind).  Here’s the lowdown on how nutritious  mushrooms really are!View The Post

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Black Forest Black Bean Brownies (gluten & dairy free)

Desserts & Baking, Gluten-Free, Recipes

Black Forest Black Bean Brownies gluten free and dairy free and made in a blender!

My husband doesn’t really have a sweet tooth.  He’s the kind of guy who would rather have another serving of dinner and skip the dessert (I can’t relate for the record).  Despite this, he has a real soft spot for Black Forest cake. Therefore, once a year I indulge him for his birthday and make a towering cake piled high with layers of soft, moist chocolate cake, fluffy whipped cream, shaved chocolate and rum-laden cherries.

I wanted to do something different this year (playing with fire, I know), and figured I would try my hand at a black bean brownie version.  I mean, we’ve been married for nine years, isn’t it time we mix things up?  Maybe the cake wasn’t the place to start…

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Tropical ‘Nice’ Cream Sandwiches (vegan)

Desserts & Baking, Recipes, Vegan

Tropical Nice Cream (vegan) sandwiches using Almond Breeze almond beverage, rolled in toasted flaked coconut and perfect for a healthy summer treat!

(This post was sponsored by Almond Breeze)

It’s that time of the year that we’ve all been waiting for … ice cream season!  Summer weather has us dreaming of days spent lounging poolside, frilly bikinis and of course all of the indulgences that go with it!  One of our all-time favourite summer foods are ice cream sandwiches: I mean, what is there not to love?   We decided to put a Hawaiian twist on this classic treat by making these Tropical ‘Nice’ Cream Sandwiches… get ready to wow your guests!

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Building the Perfect Local Veggie & Dip Platter

Appies & Snacks, Entertaining, Gluten-Free, Living, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

How to build the perfect local veggie and dip platter including two recipes for easy healthy homemade dips

Summer is here and that means that boatloads of fresh local veggies!  It’s so easy to eat ‘clean’ during those warm summer months when the gardens are overflowing with goodness, and there’s nothing more simple and perfect than a platter full of fresh cut veggies for your crew (no matter how big or small) to snack on! Of course, what is a plate of veggies without some dip, right?

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Fit Mom Workout Part 3: Mom Butt

Fitness, Living

Fit Mom Butt Workout featuring 5 exercises to tone and firm the mom bum!

I’ve been getting up with the birds to work out and once I got past the initial hurt of waking up at 4:30am (ouch), I’ve been LOVING it!  Sneaking exercise in isn’t always easy, especially when you add kids to the equation. I’m a much better person when I’m active, and it feels so good to start the day doing something for myself: I simply have more to give!

This is the last ‘fit mom’ blog post in collaboration with Rachel Doell from Daily Routine Fitness, and this one is focussing on the derrière my friends.  I’ll let Rachel take it from here!

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Dinosaur S’mores

Desserts & Baking, Recipes

Dinosaur S'mores with homemade graham crackers by Tori Wesszer of Fraiche Nutrition
Canada Day is extra special for us this year.  Of course, Canada is turning 150 years old, and my little man Max turned 1 year old a couple of days ago!  We’re heading up to our family cabin to celebrate in true Canadian style!  The cabin is amazing, tucked on the shore of gorgeous Sulphurous Lake and away from the hustle and bustle. We wake up to the sound of birds chirping and squirrels scurrying around and go to sleep under a sky full of stars and the sound of the loons singing across the moonlit water. I know I sound super sentimental but it truly is that special.  There are a few ‘sometimes foods’ that we reserve for the cabin, and s’mores are absolutely on that list!
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Pastel Bikini Smoothie Bowls

Appies & Snacks, Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Recipes, Smoothies, Snacks

Pastel Bikini Smoothie Bowls by Fraiche Nutrition made with Genuine Health Protein Powder

Back in university I used to eat the same thing for breakfast EVERY day: a bowl of cereal.  Sure, the cereal choice would change a bit, or I would add some fruit to it, but there wasn’t a lot of variety.  While I still love a good bowl of cereal, I find that my breakfast, and every other meal, changes nearly every day.  I rarely eat the same thing, and it’s completely on purpose!  The reality is that when we don’t vary what we eat, we miss the opportunity to nourish our body to its full potential.View The Post

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Grilled Orange Tofu or Chicken Lettuce Wraps (gluten-free)

Appies & Snacks, Gluten-Free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Sides, Vegan

Does it get any more ‘summer’ than lettuce wraps?  It was love at first bite when I tasted my first lettuce wrap: in fact, it was the FIRST thing that I ever posted on the blog!

Lettuce wraps are the PERFECT hot weather food and are such a fun way to feed a crowd.  Let’s face it, anything that your guests can assemble themselves is A-OK in my books, more time for visiting and less time in the kitchen!View The Post

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Almond Chocolate-Dipped Popsicles (vegan)

Appies & Snacks, Desserts & Baking, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Almond Roca chocolate vegan dipped popsicles using almond beverage by Tori Wesszer Fraiche Nutrition

Growing up, Almond Roca was one of my all-time favourite treats.  My grandparents ALWAYS had a tub of it kicking around the house and to this day it carries big sentimental value.  Fast-forward to the adult me, and I still love the treat…but it’s clearly a ‘sometimes food’!

The hot summer days ahead and my fond childhood memories inspired me to create this super-delicous Almond Roca-inspired popsicle filled with the same flavours but in an icy cool and über healthy popsicle form.  View The Post

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