drive-thrus are for lazy people.

Living my healthiest and most holistic life, without a drive-thru !

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my new hobby

I’ve got a new toy…

It’s a Breville Juicer… And I think I love it !

Juicing leftover fruit and veg is such a great way to use up any produce that’s going bad in your kitchen…

It’s also easy to digest, easily absorbed, full of nutrients, and delicious !

One of my combo’s…

Kale, broccoli, lime, apple, grape ! Crazy, but you’d be surprised at the taste !

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guilty as charged

Get UN-Plugged! At least for a little bit each day…

I bet it will help you stress less and find time for other hobbies!

Here’s a fun article that was in a magazine I read…

What do you think of this article?

As a ‘hopefully-future-holistic-nutritionist’ – something I would suggest to almost everyone would be to become a little less plugged-in.

Cell phones, laptops, TV’s, games, and everything else that I don’t know about… They kind of take over our lives!

Not that it’s a bad thing – I myself am a pretty plugged-in person between my Blackberry and my Laptop (Facebook/Blog/Twitter/Pinterest), but I know there is a fine line between having a healthy hobby with these items – and being completely obsessed/consumed/taken-over-by them!

This article is cute; though it may not be necessary to go to these extremes every time you have friends over. It certainly is a great idea though.

It’s all about baby steps with this, and whether you think it will make you a better person or not… it doesn’t hurt to try it!

Ways I try to be less “plugged-in”… (thereby reducing the stress that comes along with always having to attend to your non-immediate surroundings)

  1. I try to turn my phone to airplane mode by the time I’m in bed. No more beeping, buzzing, blinking lights – and nothing more that can get at my besides the people in the same house as me.
  2. Log out of Facebook and other sites when you’re finished. Then, if you impulsively go to these sites upon opening your laptop, you have time to re-direct before getting sucked into an hour creeping-session killing your day.
  3. Keep your phone ringer on “Phone Calls Only” or “Silent” when possible!
  4. Close/Turn-Off your laptop when you’re not using it
  5. Get rid of Facebook and Twitter on your phone, maybe you’ll use it less often!
  6. What other ways can you help with a plugged-in life?

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healthy homemade energy bars

What do you get for the people who have everything?

You make them a personalized gift – something that they will actually use…

How about some homemade snacks – healthy ones, of course! If there’s one way that I can promote healthy eating, it’s going to be by offering to let people TRY my healthy goodies, and show them that it’s easy enough for them to do it in their own kitchen!

I wasn’t sure how these bad boys would turn out, but I was very very VERY pleasantly surprised!

Good thing, since I didn’t have a back-up plan – and made a triple batch right off the bat (I know, not smart!)

Some ingredients that you’ll need to run out and grab before you make these;

First up, CAROB chips (1/4 cup).

What the heck are these? Wikipedia can answer that…

Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the Carob tree and St John’s-bread,[1] is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is widely cultivated for its edible legumes, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The seed pod may be crushed and used as ersatz chocolate.

It is native to the Mediterranean region including Southern Europe, Northern Africa, the larger Mediterranean islands; to the Levant and Middle-East of Western Asia into Iran; and to the Canary Islands and Macaronesia.[2][3]”

Still confused… Ya, me too.

Basically it’s just a plant that grows in the tropics, which grows these “pea pod” type things. Inside each pod, there are beans that are naturally sweet and they are roasted and can be used as a chocolate substitute!

Cool, right? I can hear the groans – this definitely is not classified as “cool”…

Oh well, I enjoyed it!

Some unsalted peanuts (1/4 cup chopped)… Yes, I know – I talk about how they are a naturally moldy nut – but I wanted to keep the recipe in it’s original form.

Brown rice syrup (1/3 cup) and some rice puffs (1 and 1/4 cup)!

Other things you will need…

  • 1 cup of Dates
  • 1 cup of Oats
  • 2 Tbsp. of Flaxseed (ground)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter

Okay, now you’re ready to stir it all up.

Woops, poor photo skills here!


  1. Line a tray with wax papers, set aside
  2. Place the dates in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped (this was very difficult with my Mom’s old processor – so we added some water and did some of the chopping ourselves)
  3. Combine the dates with the cereal, oats, peanuts, flax, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl
  4. Combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup in a saucepan over low heat, mix until combined, remove from heat
  5. Mix dry and wet mixture together, add carob
  6. Press onto a tray, and refrigerated for 1 hour

Chop them into squares, and wrap individually if you so desire!

Eat, enjoy, repeat!

Happy Holiday’s!

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santa baby

Cheers to a lovely Christmas Eve.

So, we may have no snow – but the spirit of the Night Before Christmas lives on!

My day/night was spent in London, at my sister’s place – and here’s a photo recap…

  1. Their awesome Christmas tree (Star Wars ornaments hidden throughout, can you spot them?)
  2. Gluhwein or Mulled Wine-I first tried this last year at this time, in Switzerland. Upon first sip, I hated it. Throughout the Winter, It grew on me… And this year, I LOVED it. This was made courtesy of my sisters friend. Really, it’s just a HOT sangria – what’s not to love!

    The secret ingredients? Red wine, grape juice, citrus fruits, and this…

    A pre-made “Mulling Spice!” I can’t wait to make this for friends sometime soon.

    3. Mason Jars full of Christmas Cookies – the perfect gift for ANYONE!

    4. Puppy Love!

I hope that Santa brings everyone lots of love and joy tonight – maybe a couple of gifts also, If you’re lucky enough !

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there is zero nutritional content in this post… (hey, I gave you a fair warning!)

The comforts of home are so wonderful.

Though I already miss my bed in Toronto, I’m beyond happy to spend some time at home. Nothing compares!

Since being home, I’ve managed to do some Christmas shopping – see many friends and family – and even get my hands dirty in the kitchen making some appetizers for my sister’s Christmas party tonight.

Warning, the following snacks are totally UN-holistic! (I wanted to go for a crowd pleaser, not a snack that would make me more enemies than friends – haha)

Cheese and Jalapeno stuffed croissants – oh yeah, that’s a deadly combo! I dared to try one, and they are VERY good (HOW COULD THEY NOT BE?!)

As much as I want to continue eating a balanced and healthy whole foods diet over the holidays, there comes a point where you just have to go with the flow. Indulge, be merry and say ’tis the season and EAT up! There’s a reason why holiday’s only come a few times per year, so make sure you’re not stressed or hard on yourself during these times.

If you are worried about that extra 5 pieces of chocolate bark that you ate, go for a Winter Run! My goal is to do at least 2 nice long snowy jogs over the holidays – so that I can enjoy the Winter and all that it has to offer.

Sure it’s cold, but why not make the best of it? Nobody wants to hibernate all Winter, try embracing the brisk weather instead!

As for me, today I’m taking a rest day. After a weeks straight of workouts, it’s time for a day off.

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