drive-thrus are for lazy people.

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


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“If kids grow kale, kids eat kale”.

Hey friends.

I hope everyone had a very green weekend, with a few drinks for St. Patty’s day of course.

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All this green drinking, got me thinking…

Canada is still behind on the trend of banning food dyes. Food dyes are synthetic and completely unnecessary in many of the products they are found in. The only reason that they are often added is for visual appeal, since processed foods have often lost their natural colour.

My thoughts?

Having a food dye a couple of times per year isn’t going to kill you – but make a conscious effort to avoid them. All of them.

Check your fridge for products that may contain these dyes;

Tartrazine, Quinoline Yellow, Sunset Yellow, Carmoisine, Ponceau 4R and Allura Red.

One place to check for this Tartrazine; in your Kraft Italian Salad Dressing. Who knew? All the better reason to simply make your own using EVOO, Balsamic, and some dried spices of your choice.

Read more about the harmful effects of tartrazine/ yellow # 5 right here.

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Food Round-Up

This broccoli-slaw is to die for.

The recipe looks a little something like this…

Shredded red cabbage, shredded broccoli, shredded carrots.

Add in raisins/dried cranberries, and chopped almonds.

Coat with a homemade dressing (tahini, olive oil, mustard, apple cider vinegar, s&p, maple syrup, almond milk)

Top with sesame seeds.

Eat!

*Note. It tastes better after ‘marinating’ for a day or two in the fridge. The veggies also start to soften up a little bit.

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While I was on the go this weekend, I was keeping fueled with these Vega Bars.

They came especially handy when I was running late for my Spin class, and didn’t have time to fuel up on a meal at home.

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Did You See This on TedTalks?

This guy (Ron Finley) got fed up with the food options offered in his neighborhood of South Los Angeles, so he decided to plant a garden. He’s ready to help people re-establish their connections to food by putting in the word needed to grow it yourself.

WATCH Ron Finley by clicking here

Some memorable quotes that I thought were great…

  • “South Los Angeles is home of the drive-thru, and the drive-by… And guess which one is killing more? The drive-thru”. Love this ! So good to hear someone else knock down the drive-thru !
  • “Growing your own food is like printing your own money!”…
  • “If kids grow kale, kids eat kale,” he declares. “If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. If they’re not shown how food affects the mind and body, they blindly eat whatever’s put in front of them.”

Have a great week everyone !

Feel free to leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

 


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Back @ It !

New Year, New Blog…

What do you think of the new layout? So far, I like it MUCH better than my old one! I was finally able to customize it a little bit – and make it a little bit more ‘me’.

Though it was tough to get right back to school and work, falling into a normal routine is always appreciated. Over the holiday’s I loved relaxing and having no schedule, but it always feels good to get some structure back into life! Sure, I complained a bit to myself when my alarm went off the past couple of mornings – but it just takes a couple of days to get back into the groove.

Along the lines of “getting back  into routine” – I’m back to cooking for myself once again. I miss my Mom’s amazing cooking already – but now I get to experiment with new recipes from the new cookbooks that I got (Crazy Sexy Kitchen, and the Quinoa Revolution!)

BlogDec 009And this one – which I love!

Kris Carr is a cancer survivor who has “healed herself” through proper nutrition and living a ‘holistic life’… really awesome read so far!

Oddly enough – some good news follows this topic... I got an e-mail from somebody working for www.kris carr.com saying that one of my recipes will be featured on her site !  BEYOND ECSTATIC ABOUT THIS…

I forgot that I submitted it back in December – so it was a pleasant surprise to receive this e-mail! I’ll make sure to link to it when it gets posted!

…Oh yes – cooking for myself again = back to the usual’s (i.e. all my FAVS!)

Breakkie of Champs! Kale, egg, banana, almond butter, blueberries

Breakkie of Champs! Kale, egg, banana, almond butter, blueberries

YUM.

YUM.

Mid-Day Snack. Banana, almonds, dried crans

Mid-Day Snack. Banana, almonds, dried crans

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And for Dinner – I’m cooking up some Sweet Potato Fries, Quinoa and Kale – you say boring, I say delish !

What I’m really trying to get at here with my meals is just eating whole, natural and good quality foods as much as possible during the next few weeks. As much as I enjoyed mega-indulgence over the holiday, I just didn’t feel as good as normal – I guess I’m a true believer in the power of good foods + their outcomes on the human body 😉

Happy Thursday (I just wrote Tuesday, love these short weeks!)

I’ll be hibernating in my books for the next couple of days (back to school, assignments to do – here we go!)