Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats I love making overnight oats. Making this recipe the night before, ends up giving you more time in the morning. It’s the perfect ‘breakfast on the go’ recipe. Serves 2 ~ Gluten free, nut free, vegan   Ingredients 1 1/2 cup oats 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons hemp seeds 1 tablespoons chia seeds 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk 1/4 cup goji berries 1 apple, diced 1 tablespoon maple syrup or other sweetener (use 1 teaspoon powdered stevia for a no sugar option)   Method Dice apple. Combine oats, cinnamon, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and goji berries in a bowl. Pour in coconut milk and stir. Layer diced apple and oat mixture in two 500ml jars, secure with lids. Place in the…

Pumpkin Potage

Pumpkin Potage

  Now that the cooler temperatures have arrived it is time for a nice, warm bowl of soup! Here is a recipe for a potage, which is a thick and creamy soup that will leave you feeling satisfied. Creamy pumpkin with a hint of garlic and herbs, plus it is vegan and gluten free.  Pumpkin Potage Recipe Serves 2-3 Ingredients 1 1/2 cups cooked sugar pumpkin, mashed 2 cups vegetable broth 1/2 cup coconut cream* 3 cloves garlic, roasted at 350F for 10 minutes fresh thyme and rosemary infused in oil** salt and pepper 2 tablespoons coconut or avocado oil parsley, for garnish Method Cook sugar pumpkin: cut it in half then lay the cut side down in a pan, with a bit of water for 30-45…

Moss Agate

Moss Agate - Crystal Harmony

Moss Agate This crystal reminds us of nature and the earth with its inclusions of moss green-colored minerals. This semiprecious gemstone is not a true agate, but a form of chalcedony, belonging to the quartz family. Moss agate has long been recorded throughout history and various cultures as being a valuable stone. It has been known as a power stone for Native Americans, a healing stone for tribal priests, an amulet to provide strength for warriors, a crystal for gardeners and agriculturists to help with their crops, and a stone of new beginnings for midwives to help ease labour. Moss agate is a particularly beneficial crystal that seems to help most people with its’ energetic traits. This crystal emits a peaceful energy that encourages understanding,…

Chocolate Zuchini Muffins

Chocolate zuchini muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins As a food blogger, I like to check out other blogs and try a bunch of recipes. I love cooking or baking with fruits and vegetables that are in season and right now as there is an abundance of zucchini available. What better way to use them, then to add them into muffins with chocolate. I adapted this recipe from Oh She Glows, because sometimes you just don’t have all the ingredients on hand or you want to add an ingredient that you like. These muffins are nice and moist with no added oil. I added millet which creates a nice crunchy texture. Some use it for bird food, although it contains plenty of nutrients including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Recipe…

Vegan Protein Chocolate Truffles

Vegan protein chocolate treats

Vegan and protein rich dessert and…. HEALTHY?! Yes! Rich in fiber from the black beans and dates with no added refined sugars (excluding the chocolate topping). This is a healthy treat you can enjoy without the guilt.  The protein powder I used in this recipe is called Garden of Life Vanilla Organic Raw Protein Powder, although if you want an extra chocolatey taste use the chocolate variety. Please note that each protein powder brand will have a slightly different flavour and texture. Genuine Health Fermented Protein Powder and Iron Vegan Sprouted Vegan Protein Powder are other brands I also recommend. Pumpkin seed butter is used in this recipe for a nut-free option but you can also replace with almond or peanut butter if you can…

Nectarine Blush

Nectarine Blush Facial Mask

  We all know that the vitamins and antioxidants present in fruits do wonders for the inside of our body, and when applied topically, their nutrients can help our skin glow on the outside too. The “Nectarine Blush” is one of my favourite DIY skin masks for summer.  You will need: ¾ cup plain yogurt 1 ripe nectarine 1 tbsp honey Splash of rosé wine   Blend or purée all ingredients together and apply to face, neck and décolleté. Leave the mask to penetrate for 10 minutes, then rinse off.    Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that works to dissolve dead skin cells. Applying a yogurt mask to your skin will gently exfoliate and help to bring out your natural glow, as…

Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad

Strawberry Feta Pasta

Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad This refreshing salad will have you feeling cool in no time! Delicious sweetness from the strawberries pair well with the tangy taste of the feta cheese. You will have no excuses to not eat healthy as this recipe takes less than 20 minutes to create. Prep time: 15-20 minutes Yields 2 servings, or 4 sides    Ingredients 2 servings gluten free pasta (or pasta of choice) 1 cup chopped strawberries 4 cups spinach 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or walnut halves (for those without nut allergies) 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (or vegan cheese of choice) hemp seeds for garnish   Dressing 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey    …

Wine Ice Cube Facial

Wine Ice Cubes

Our summers in North America are lovely and warm, and it can feel so good to cool off by rubbing an ice cube across your face and neck. The cooling sensation is instant and intense, and the feeling gives your skin an instant tightening and radiant effect. Now imagine adding an antioxidant benefit to this regimen. This summer, try making wine ice cubes to rub on your face and neck. You can use red, white or rosé. The effect and beauty benefits are most concentrated with red wine, but it is important to use what you like best. All wines, and most specifically organic red wines, contain antioxidants such as flavonoid, resveratrol, and tannins that deliver skin renewing benefits. These ingredients help to fight free radicals…

Bianca’s “Ethereal” Fragrance

Bianca’s “Ethereal” Fragrance  My friend Bianca is a concert pianist. She is lovely and magical, extremely delicate and light; her beauty and talent seeming almost too perfect for this world. In a word, she is ethereal. The last time that I saw her, she kissed me hello on the cheek and I caught a whiff of the loveliest fragrance. It was light and pretty, and it smelled like spring. Bianca makes her own fragrances, using essential oils, and she gave me the recipe.  For this fragrance, you will need the following essential oils: Myrrh Thyme linalool Rosemary Laurel Lemon myrtle Lemon.  Additionally, you will need a carrier oil, such as light avocado oil, light olive oil, grape seed oil, or sweet almond oil. For every 10 drops of carrier…

Lithium Quartz

Lithium Quartz

Lithium Quartz Lithium quartz is clear quartz with inclusions of lavender-colored Lithium ions. To date, this rare crystal can only be found in Brazil, and it is the presence of Lithium ions that makes this crystal so unique. The powerful, yet gentle vibrations of these crystals offer emotional peace and can give one the feeling of waves of calmness flowing through the body. This is an excellent crystal for those who experience anxiety, worry, fear, self-doubt, and stress. This crystal is an outstanding one for healers to incorporate with energy work with as it is calming and soothing. Lithium quartz helps to activate the chakras and, more specifically, open and heal the heart chakra. It can help to relieve stress-related imbalances in the body, clearing…

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