Relax ~ Reboot 

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:

Watermelon Smoothie

  • 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.

Reboot complete.

Lake Life in Whistler

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’ and the….

I find myself humming this song every time I visit this picturesque little town surrounded by unbelievable natural beauty.

A day trip to Lost Lake instantly turns me into a carefree soul, happy to laze the day away beside the water while my little dog swims and fetches until he curls up, exhausted, on the beach blanket beside me.

“Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.” – Quentin Tarantino

A day spent here also takes me back to the best memories of my teenage years, growing up in lake country in Ontario. A sunny summer day meant putting your bikini on, getting on a rickety old bike, throwing the beach towel and PB and J sandwich in the basket and pedaling down a gravel road to the lake to meet up with friends. Our beach back in the day was a grassy patch beside a dirt road but it was sublime. Days were spent swimming, sun bathing, sometimes canoeing through the thick, beautiful lily pads and always relaxing. No smart phone or internet required.

It was simple and easy and fun and Lost Lake takes me right to that place.

After an afternoon of lazing in the grass and dips in the lake, it’s cocktail hour.

This one is courtesy of Milestones Restaurant:

Ruby Red Mimosa

  • Half glass sparkling wine
  • Ruby red grapefruit juice
  • splash elderberry liqueur

A sweet ending to a summer day.

*To make this drink sugar-free, just skip the elderberry liqueur.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. – Socrates

Vancouver Island Snapshots

Meandering through an old growth forest, running along a pristine beach that seems to go on forever, watching the sunset from the top of a mountain.

These are some of the things you can get up to when visiting beautiful Vancouver Island and here are a few snapshots of my recent visit there.

cathedral grove

yoga in the forest

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long beach
Now I’m back home with stories to tell and recipes to share.

tofino lily pad

Stay tuned..

 

Beach Days & Chunky Monkeys

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.

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We ran through the slippery, slimy (but therapeutic) mud of low tide.

low tideAnd then came home covered in salt and sand with a bit of an appetite.

The answer to that? A yummy Chunky Monkey smoothie..

Chunky Monkey

2 bananas

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

Cocktail Hour

I did my first Grouse Grind of the season yesterday and, because I actually managed to stagger to the top of the mountain, I feel like I deserve a delicious, chilled cocktail tonight.

I had forgotten just how grueling the infamous, straight-up-the-mountain trek is. My little heart was pounding (feverishly at times), I was covered in sweat for, oh I don’t know, maybe 99% of the climb and my breathing was reminiscent of Darth Vader.

Yep, I definitely deserve a drink.

As you probably know if you’re following me/reading this, my blog is dedicated to healthy living, so I like to keep my drinks as healthy as possible too. My kind of cocktail has to be tasty but also shouldn’t negate my hard work and discipline during the previous week. So that means minimal sugar and all natural ingredients. No high fructose corn syrup, food colouring or sweet liqueurs allowed in the house.

I’m sharing a recipe for one of my summer faves that meets all of the criteria.  It’s naturally sweet, pure and simple, and also full of hydrating, antioxidant watermelon.

If there ever was a guilt free cocktail, this is it:

The Pink Martini

  • 1 – 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/3 cup pureed watermelon
  • Mint
  • Small amount shaved ice

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Blend all ingredients together, pour into one of your favourite glasses, sit back and watch the world go by….