7 Months Later…

Apparently I haven’t posted for 7 months. I suppose that’s kind of a long time, especially considering that I only started this blog two years ago. Life has been so gloriously busy that creating in the kitchen and posting about those creations has completely fallen off of my radar. I’m not sure what will come next year, but considering that I am my future sister-in-law’s maid of honour for her wedding next year AND am getting married myself next year, I’m not going to hold my breath for mega recipes to fly out of my brain in the new year. So why bother breaking my dry-spell of posting if I don’t even have a recipe to share?

Because I have the cutest puppy in the world, obviously. And our little fur-baby has been so helpful with our house renovations and move that he deserves some credit:

Wayne, the builder:

Wayne the Builder

Builder Wayne

Wayner

Wayne, the quality inspector:

inspector

Wayne, the moving truck driver:

Driver

Wayne, the unpacker:

unpacking

Wayne, the laundry folder:

laundry

Wayne, the recycler:

recycle

And of course, Wayne- the yoga instructor:

yoga pup

xoxo Erin

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BANANA PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP OATIES- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

I cannot believe how long it has been since I’ve posted a recipe here. I wish I could say that I will start posting recipes frequently again, but my recipe notebook is packed in a box somewhere and I don’t know when I’ll be unpacking. My fiance and I are currently staying at his parents house while we finish up renovations in our new house. So not only do I not have my recipe notebook, I also don’t have my own kitchen to experiment and make a mess in. One day in the near future I will though and it will be glorious!

In the meantime, I’m sharing a recipe today that I have memorized because I’ve made it THAT many times. And yes, it is a cookie recipe. What other recipe would I make that often?

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oaties

I love these cookies because they’re naturally sweetened with banana and they’re packed with protein thanks to our friend Mr. Peanut Butter. These cookies are healthy enough to enjoy frequently but they don’t taste like it. The richness of the peanut butter mixed with the decadent chocolate makes these beauties a real treat!

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oaties

Decadent cookies that are naturally sweetened and healthy enough to enjoy everyday!

Serves 12-15

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • arrowroot starch for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl mix together rolled oats and ground flax seeds and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl cream together the mashed banana, non-dairy milk and peanut butter.
  4. Add the oat mixture to the medium bowl and mix until combined.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and then portion the dough onto the lined baking sheet.
  6. Use a fork dipped in arrowroot starch (to prevent sticking) to flatten the cookies to your desired thickness, remembering that they will NOT spread while they bake.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool on baking sheet for another 5 minutes before enjoying!

xoxo Erin

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My Food Sensitivity Test Results…

So I’ve been pretty MIA lately. It has definitely not been intentional. Lots has been going on for me and developing and posting recipes has unfortunately taken a backseat. Some of what has been consuming my time has been very exciting! The house my fiance and I bought back in January is finally free of tenants (a lemon I had to make lemonade out of) and now we’re working on some renovations before we move in. My previous weekend routine of baking and going to spinning classes has been replaced with breaking up drywall and filling garbage bags with broken tiles. I’ve found it surprisingly entertaining and rewarding. There is something very therapeutic about breaking stuff and putting it into garbage bags. I don’t know why. I’ve also been feeling less than fantastic for the last little while so I began seeing a naturopath to see what was going on. One of the tests I did was a food specific IgG antibody assessment (a.k.a. food sensitivity test). Before I could take the test I had to eat all of the foods I had been avoiding so the test would be accurate. That was fun and delicious and actually less painful than I had anticipated.

And today I got the results back from the food sensitivity test. And my mind is exploding. Everything makes sense and doesn’t make sense at the same time. My test showed that I have a very strong reaction to the following foods:

  • cow dairy
  • eggs
  • cane sugar
  • beans

WHAT? BEANS?!?!

Not my beloved beans! Dairy didn’t surprise me. Eggs surprised me, but I’m over that. Cane sugar didn’t surprise me but is kind of annoying. But beans? Why beans? Delicious, protein and fibre packed beans? Tear*

I also had reactions to:

  • bakers yeast
  • goat dairy
  • almonds

Which means…yup, you guessed it, no reaction to gluten or wheat. So my experience of feeling better when I eliminated gluten still vey much happened but likely happened because when I took out gluten I unintentionally also took out bakers yeast. I remember that I started to feel better, but eventually started to feel less than great again. I took out dairy and cane sugar a month or so later and felt great again. It was also around this time that I got more interested in nutrition and learned about the benefits of a plant-based diet and significantly decreased my consumption of animal products, including eggs. I felt so great and had so much energy that I presumed I had figured out exactly how my body worked best. Over this past winter though I started to crave eggs and started eating them more often. I also started missing bread and started buying gluten-free bread (with bakers yeast). And now I understand why I had been feeling so blah lately.

So what’s next? Well I’ve got to focus on eliminating the foods I react to and see how I feel. To be honest, I don’t know what that means for this blog. I’ve clearly dedicated this space to being a gluten-free place and I honestly don’t know what I’ll do now. After I’m starting to feel more like myself I’m sure the answer will come to me :)

xoxo Erin

BLUSHBABY SMOOTHIE- Vegan, Grain-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

Ever wanted something that tasted like a dessert but was filled with veggies?

Blushbaby SmoothieWell you’re in luck because Leanne Vogel’s newest cookbook Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook (that I introduced the other day) is filled with juice and smoothie recipes that are absolutely delicious. There’s even an entire chapter in the book dedicated to dessert smoothies. Now that’s my kind of chapter! I’m honestly drooling just thinking about all the recipes I cannot wait to try!

Leanne was kind enough to let me share a recipe with you. This recipe is fantastic because it’s a smoothie made with fresh juice. A bit more labour intensive than just a smoothie or just a juice, but the flavour is unbelievable. It’s definitely worth the extra effort. I would suggest making a double serving when you make this. Believe me, you won’t regret it.

Blushbaby Smoothie

Shared with permission of Leanne Vogel. 

Serves 1 (Makes 500ml)

Ingredients:

1 orange, juiced

4 carrots, juiced

1 golden beet, juiced

8 frozen mango chunks

6 strawberries

3 ice cubes

Directions:

Juice the orange, carrots and golden beet.

Pour the juice into the jug of your high-powered blender, followed by remaining ingredients in the order they are listed.

Blend on high for 1 minute, or until smooth.

Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.

To store: pour into a glass container and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days. Alternatively, pour into a plastic container and freeze for up to 1 month.

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Grab your copy of the cookbook here and after you do, immediately flip to the dessert smoothie chapter!!! Just do it.

xoxo Erin

Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook!!!

Feeling sluggish? Lost your mojo?

Before you officially cancel today and crawl back into bed, I have just the thing: My pal, Leanne just launched her new book, Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook.

Cover

I’ve posted about Leanne’s magnificent work before and you can check out my posts about her other two cookbooks here and here. Leanne is not just a cookbook author, she is also a holistic nutritionist and the mastermind behind Healthful Pursuit. She has dedicated her career to creating delicious recipes that are healthy, nourishing and allergy friendly . That’s right, all of her recipes are gluten and dairy-free. She’s also got a tone of recipes that are vegan and a tone that are grain-free.

But this cookbook is different. And special. This cookbook is focused on juices, smoothies and cleansing. I rarely follow cleansing programs when I come across them because I find that they are usually too strict for my liking. I like choice. I don’t like being told what I can or cannot have. Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook is different though. This book has over 55 juice and smoothie recipes that are all vegan and gluten-free and it has cleanse programs that let you decide what smoothie or juice you’re going to enjoy. That’s right, Leanne has organized her smoothies and juices into categories and the cleanse programs are based off of the categories, not specific recipes. But not to worry, if you are someone who prefers cleanses to be created fool-proof with grocery lists and all, her cookbook also has some of those too!

Sample Cleanse

Like all of Leanne’s cookbooks, Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook is filled with beautiful, mouthwatering photographs. I honestly did not know it was possible to make smoothies and juices look like Leanne does. Healthy food porn at it’s finest, no joke.

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So, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy HERE! And stay tuned because later this week I’ll be sharing a smoothie and a juice recipe from the book :)

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xoxo Erin

Note: I am an affiliate of Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook and receive a percentage of the sales that are generated from this blog. I would NOT have agreed to be an affiliate though if I did not 100% believe that this cookbook is high quality and worth every penny  :)

7 Tips to Get Rid of a Bloated Stomach

Do you ever have those days where you open the closet, and nothing feels good on you? Maybe you spend 45 minutes just searching through your clothes, just trying to find an outfit that will hide your bloated belly!

If you’re like 91% of women, dealing with bloat and other digestive issues is something that you struggle with on a daily basis. My friend Nadya Andreeva, certified wellness coach and author, struggled with feeling bloated for years — even looking 5 months pregnant at times. After years of research and testing, Nadya has created a manual for defeating bloating and healing your belly for good — her new book, Happy Belly: A woman’s guide to feeling vibrant, light, and balanced.

http://www.spinachandyoga.com/happybelly/

What most women don’t know is that the real cause of bloating is too much fermentation in the digestive tract. Some common triggers include: stress, a food sensitivity, a lack of enzymes, uncoordinated peristalsis, or eating too much fiber. By just adding a few small shifts to your meal habits, you can keep your belly happy! Here are some tips from Nadya’s book to help you beat the bloat:

  1. Allow your previous meal to digest before eating the next meal. Wait at least three hours between meals.

  1. Chew well and don’t talk while chewing. If you’re eating with others, put down your fork between bites and let the flavor and the experience of food be your only focus. Don’t eat and speak at the same time. Better yet, meet friends for walks or for a tea and keep social eating to minimum until your gut is healthy and strong.

  1. Be careful with your fiber. Coarse or poorly chewed fiber will delay passage through the digestive system and slow the rate at which the food is digested and absorbed. So if you don’t chew a slice of bread or a piece of potato properly, you’re leaving a lot more work for your stomach and it will take longer.

  1. Eat fruit at least 30 minutes before meals. Don’t eat fruits after a meal. This habit is gas-forming and leads to bloating.

  1. Don’t drink anything cold while eating. Ideally, limit cold foods as well. Fruits should be room temperature (not straight from the fridge). If you can’t live without your ice cream, have some ginger tea afterward.

  1. Chew on fennel seeds or sip a hot fennel and ginger tea. Prepare fennel tea by crushing one teaspoon of fennel seeds and adding it to one cup of water in a pot. Bring the water to a boil, cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and strain. A traditional dose of fennel tea is about two to three cups daily. If you’re at a restaurant or don’t have fennel seeds, opt for a mint tea. It’s also soothing to the digestive tract. Another tip: carry tea bags in your purse so you’ll always have the kind you like handy.

  1. Go for a brisk walk. Aim for 30 minutes of walking. I also like to add a few jumping jacks or twists. This helps to increase blood circulation and to release gas.

I haven’t been able to put my copy of this book down since I received it. I highly recommend anyone who’s ever had a bloated belly pick-up a copy immediately! Not convinced? You can get two chapters free HERE. And after you get hooked by those two chapters, you can grab your copy of the book HERE.

xoxo Erin

Minimal Ingredient Monday’s NEW HOME

I am pleased to announce that Monetta from Sayana Lifestyle has taken over Minimal Ingredient Mondays! If you haven’t checked out Sayana Lifestyle, you’ve got to do it immediately. I’m pretty sure I’ve featured almost every recipe that Monetta has linked up on Minimal Ingredient Mondays. How could I not? All of her recipes are healthy, delicious and easy to make…three of my favourite things!

Monetta has posted her first Minimal Ingredient Monday post, so head on over here and check it out!

xoxo Erin