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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Poached Vegetables with Lemon Caper Sauce

Poached Vegetables with Lemon Caper Sauce

I just love turning through the pages of a new or favorited cookbook. It just lights me up! I start dreaming up all the different flavors I want to combine... all the dishes I want to recreate with my own flare. Last year my best friend Alex gave me one of my favorite cookbooks: Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. Ottolenghi has 3 eyeball-seducing, saliva-enducing, cookbooks: Plenty, Ottolenghi, and Jerusulem. Each one has gorgeous full page recipe photos, unique thought-provoking flavor combinations and informative food facts like jersulam articokes are also called sunchokes and are similar to potatoes when you cook them.

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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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Crispy Oven Roasted Broccoli (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Crispy Oven Roasted Broccoli (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

You know how you get those cravings? Like you just HAVE TO HAVE something _______ (insert: sweet, salty, creamy, etc.) or you just might die? Well I had one of those must-have cravings recently and thank god I found this amazing recipe for crispy roasted broccoli. Think crunchy and salty meets broccoli and tastes like sinful broccoli Parmesan. This dish was so delicious that I almost ate the entire pan in one sitting. It is incredibly satisfying and sooo tasty-- honestly it is my favorite way I've ever had broccoli. Give it a try, you'll thank me.

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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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Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Smoked Paprika and Chimichurri Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Smoked Paprika and Chimichurri Sauce

Even though there is still no snow on the ground where I live, I know that winter is right around the corner. Meaning that the upcoming weeks mark my favorite time to cook  hearty, warm, satisfying dishes.  One of which is soup. So.... I to bring on the heat, I decided to spice things up (literally) and put a spin on my favorite: Red Pepper and Tomato.

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