Farmers Market Zucchini Brownies

Farmers Market Zucchini Brownies

It's that time of year again! Time for mouth-watering, food-gasm inducing, FARMERS MARKETS. Personally, I love few things more than paroozing a farmers market on a Sunday morning. I love knowing where my food comes from and that it was picked within the same week that I'm consuming it. I also love supporting local farmers. Farming without industrial chemicals and industrial scale equipment is HARD and I have a lot of respect for the people that grow my food. I also love the challenge of eating foods that are in season. It is pretty cool to buy a crazy looking pile of garlic spears (the tops of young garlic), take them home, and cook something you've never eaten before.

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Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie

Pineapple Coconut Green Smoothie

Hello there! It feels like I haven't posted a recipe in forever... oh wait, I haven't. I just got back from a month in Nicaragua. Talk about a way to bring in Summer. I went from a chilly Spring in Whistler to 90 degree (30 plus degrees Celsius) tropical Central America. I spent most of my time in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua's surf capital. San Juan had all the quintessential things you would expect a Central American surf town to have: bright colored buildings, $6 lobster dinners, psychedelic surf art, beautiful sunsets over the ocean, and an eclectic assortment of locals (much like Whistler).

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Lemon Raspberry Protein Energy Balls

Lemon Raspberry Protein Energy Balls

I've got a guilty pleasure to tell you about.. Energy balls. I mean what's not to love about them? They're sweet, creamy (or crunchy), and give you that little energy BOOST. They keep my energy up on a busy day and I love that. These particular bars are also UNIQUE in flavor... I don't think I've ever seen a raspberry lemon energy bar or ball in the store. The raspberry provides such a nice, sweet flavor and the lemon follows up with a fresh, zesty "let's do this" flavor punch. In sum, these are great.

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Flourless Blueberry Banana Bread (Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

Flourless Blueberry Banana Bread (Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

Hello there! I am very excited to talk about one of my favorite things: Banana Bread. My love for banana bread has dramatically evolved over the last 2 years. Two years ago something rather strange happened and made me realize that I had become gluten-intolerant. It all started at Whistler's best bakery, Pure Bread. Now no one can step foot into its doors without salivating- perfectly powdered almond croissants, buttery blueberry scones, fudgy flourless brownies, fresh baked breads.. I don't care who you are, their stuff smells and looks awesome. I walked into its doors knowing I couldn't enjoy its tasty treats. I already noticed the signs of my gluten intolerancensssss. That didn't stop me from taking a few bites of my girlfriend's scone though. I thought "What's two bites going to do?" Apparently a whole lot..

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Raw Key Lime Pies (Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-Free, GF)

Raw Key Lime Pies (Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-Free, GF)

With St Patrick's Day approaching and Spring in the air, I was inspired to think of a healthy dessert recipe. Something fresh and exciting that captured the spunk of the Irish and the zing of Spring. I think I found it! These Key Lime Pies ROCK. They're fresh, crisp and energizing. I made them dairy-free, paleo, vegan and raw so that everyone can enjoy them and feel awesome afterwards! I also made two different recipes as well as two different was to form the crust. As per usual, I made them individually portioned in muffin tins but you can make them into one giant pie if you'd like. See below for all the fun!

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No Bake Quinoa Cookies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

No Bake Quinoa Cookies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

In three days time I will be hosting a Healthy Eating Workshop with my friend and registered nutritionist Courtney Earle. One of our missions is to make healthy eating easier and more cost-effective for people. Some of the ways to do this are: 1) Buying nutrient dense foods 2) Buying base ingredients (like quinoa) in large quantities, the more you buy, usually the cheaper things are  3) Make a few totally different foods out of these base foods = saves you time! So quinoa is one of the base ingredients that we are using. We are making Quinoa Black Bean Burgers and these Quinoa No Bake Cookies. That way people can make a big batch of quinoa and make a few healthy, delicious, totally different things out of them. These cookies are a healthier version of the classic no-bake cookies, using quinoa instead of oats. Vegan, gluten-free, and no refined sugar. YUM.

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The Guilt-Free Black Bean Brownies

The Guilt-Free Black Bean Brownies

Anyone who knows me, knows I love chocolate. I have it pretty much everyday and I have it without guilt :) If you've read my The Love of Food page, you know that I think indulgence is part of a healthy, happy, sane lifestyle. It is just a matter of indulging in the right way. When I do eat chocolate, I eat the goooood stuff. Like Earl & Grey organic dark chocolate and I slowly eat a few small squares. It satisfies the craving and by eating a small amount, I don't get a sugar rush (and crash) and I don't gain weight. As a life, fitness and food lover, I want to eat foods that energize me all day long and I love finding ways to indulge that are in line with this mission. These brownies are exactly that. They're high in fiber, nutrients AND antioxidants, low in fat, gluten-free, low in sugar, easy to make, individually portioned AND have a really cool secret ingredient (black beans). WOW. And with Valentines Day soon approaching, these are a great gift of healthy love.

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Raw and Paleo Treats: Brownie Bites, Pumpkin Seed Crisps, Cookie Dough Protein Balls, Macaroons

Raw and Paleo Treats:  Brownie Bites,  Pumpkin Seed Crisps, Cookie Dough Protein Balls, Macaroons

I had the privilege of being hired to make some of the treats for my work (Whistler Core) 7th Anniversary Party. What an honor! I wanted to create a spread that would satisfy different appetites and be approachable for paleo, raw, gluten free etc. Here's what I came up with: Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seed Crisps, Raw Brownie Bites 2 Ways, Paleo Cookie Dough Protein Balls, and Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons. Dive in!

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BBQ Pineapple & Mint

BBQ Pineapple & Mint

Sound a little strange? This is possibly the strangest and most interesting dessert I've ever made. Alex and I found in next to a recipe for Wasabi Salmon (which we also made) in the March edition of Bon Appetit magazine. My mom collects these magazines by the dozens. While they're beautiful, I rarely resurrect their glossy pages in my own kitchen. This recipe stood out- for one it involved a barbeque (thank god it is finally barbeque season) and it had unusual flavors like honey, mint and pistachio. I'm pretty creative but I would never think to combine these flavors.

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The Famous 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

The Famous 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Call me American but I love most things Peanut Butter. Left to my own devices I would eat it straight from the jar.. maybe even drizzle it with honey. What's not to love about Peanut Butter? It is voluptuous, creamy, wholesome, fatty and sinfully delicious. Put it on toast, in sandwiches, dip veggies in it, make it into a sauce.. or put it in cookies, cakes, brownies. Alright enough.

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The Easiest Banana Berry Muffins: Gluten Free & Vegan

The Easiest Banana Berry Muffins: Gluten Free & Vegan

As you may know, I love food. But as any of my friends will tell you, I love whipping up something delicious on the fly. Scruptious food does not need to suck your time nor does it need to be unhealthy. I stumbled upon this muffin recipe when I was a vegan (it shockingly has no butter, milk or eggs). It was such a simple and unusual recipe, I didn't believe it could actually produce muffins, let alone ones that tasted good. I can't tell you how mistaken I was! These muffins have become a staple in my baking. Primarily because they're absolutely delicious and secondly because they are so easy AND so healthy. They have no added sugar, no butter, and are gluten free? Take the leap of faith like I did and you will not be disappointed.

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