Last week was a crazy one. You know the kind of week that leaves you with bags under your eyes and knots in your shoulders.
So I decided to treat my tired self to a rejuvenating, relaxing and nature-filled weekend. I dedicated myself to pampering, relaxing and re-balancing for two whole days.
This was on the agenda:
- A soothing Epsom salt bath
- Daily walks in a beautiful forest called Pacific Spirit near my home to do a little forest bathing and tree hugging.
- Leaving my smartphone in a drawer for most of the day
- Chilling out on the couch reading a really good book
- Playing with my dog
- Last, but not least, nourishing myself with yummy food like this:
- 1/2 fresh watermelon, cubed
- two sprigs fresh mint
Put ingredients in blender, blend until mint is pulverized. Serves two.
Banana Mango Smoothie Bowl
- 4 bananas
- 4 mangos
- splash unsweetened coconut milk
- shredded coconut
Blend all ingredients together. Top with shredded coconut. Serves two.
The other item on the table is a nut and seed vegan pate served with Mary’s organic, gluten free crackers.
This week, in my Raw Food Educator course, I’ve been learning how to transition healthfully and gently to a raw food diet. Im currently doing ‘Raw til 4’ which means you get to feast on Smoothies, juices, fruit, chia pudding, veggies and raw nuts until dinner, when you eat a ‘normal’ meal.
This is working out incredibly well and doesn’t shock the system the way going fully raw all at once might…As in ‘too much of a good thing’. In fact this might be the perfect ‘raw ratio’ for me. I completely believe in the health giving qualities of raw foods but I also believe in moderation..and the soul satifying qualities of some cooked food.
Anyway, back to the recipe. Here’s a recipe for one of my breakfast bowls. It’s easy, delicious and pretty lovely to look at too.
Berry Mandarin Smoothie Bowl
- 3 bananas
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
Blend ingredients together and top with your favourite fresh fruit. Bon appetite.
Vancouver has had an uncharacteristically cold, snowy and sunny winter so far this year.
The temperatures even dipped below zero a few times, making our usually rainy city feel oddly like the rest of Canada.
My inner Ontario girl is loving this weather but it is a little chillier than I’m used to, so I’ve been drinking a warming smoothie instead of my usual frozen fruit concoctions. Here it is..
Warm smoothie latte
- One scoop Vega chai protein powder
- One tsp turmeric
- One tsp cinnamon
- One cup coconut milk
Blend all ingredients then Gently heat in a saucepan until warm. Pour into a cup or glass and warm up from Winter in Canada. Eh.
I started this holiday season full of strength and resolve and my will power lasted quite a while. Right up until someone place a warm, fresh plate of ginger snaps under my nose. Now, after a few weeks of gooey dark chocolate, bread pudding, hot chocolate with (extra) whipped cream and 1st, 2nd and 3rd helpings of holiday meals, I’m back on the path of balance and health.
If you were a little over-indulgent this Christmas season too, here is a green, detox recipe full of vitamins and anti-oxidants to get your day off to a great start:
Detox Smoothie Bowl
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup frozen mangos
- 2 T shredded coconunt
- 2 T hemp seeds
- 2 T your favourite greens powder
Blend, top with mangos and coconut garnish and get back on track with this delicious and nourishing bowl!
And, continuing the raw, fruity theme, here is a pretty, pink smoothie bowl.
I love this recipe because it looks as good as it tastes. It’s also full of good-for-you ingredients. Enjoy.
- 2 frozen bananas
- ½ cup frozen berries or cherries
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- ½ cup almond milk
- fresh raspberries
- fresh blackberries
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
- Add frozen banana, cherries, hemp seeds, chia, raspberries and almond milk to a blender. Blend until smooth and pour into a bowl.
- Top smoothie with blackberries and coconut flakes.
It’s that easy.
Last Sunday I felt the need to unplug from the city so my pup and I headed to a sweet stretch of beaches a little west of my home and spent the day soaking up West Coast nature.
We ran through the slippery, slimy (but therapeutic) mud of low tide.
And then came home covered in salt and sand with a bit of an appetite.
The answer to that? A yummy Chunky Monkey smoothie..
1 scoop chocolate protein powder of your choice
1 T cacao (organic raw is most delicious)
1.5 cups almond milk
1 scoop ice cubes for a milkshake consistency
I’m a lazy smoothie maker. All of my smoothies are quick, easy, delicious and contain only a few ingredients. With the mountains and forest calling my name every weekend, I just don’t have the time or patience to collect a bunch of ingredients. So my smoothies guarantee that you won’t have to either.
Apple Pie Smoothie
- one cup plain almond milk (recipe here)
- one scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
- two apples, diced
- one banana (for sweetness and richness)
- one teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Blend. It’s that easy.