Vegan Lunch Bowl

This is the ultimate in easy to put together.  So long as you have the right ingredients on hand.  Things like pre chopped kale, beans, guacamole, shredded carrot and beet.

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With minimal prep time, this bowl takes minutes to throw together and will leave you full and satisfied.

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Ingredients:

Guacamole

Organic black beans

Chopped kale

Grape Tomatoes

Shredded carrot

Shredded beet

Sprouts

Top with:  Drizzle of avocado oil, fresh lemon or lime juice sea salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

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I hope you enjoy this simple, delicious vegan bowl of goodness!

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Get Your Green On Smoothie

As per usual, I am always trying to cram more greens into my diet.  The easiest way to do it?  Hide them in a green smoothie!

Sure, it isn’t the prettiest hue of the rainbow, but I assure you it tastes mighty delicious.

This particular smoothie contains a combination of greens:  Kale, Baby Spinach and Romaine Lettuce, all in one place 🙂

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Ingredients:

1 c almond milk

3/4 c kale, stems removed (chopped)

Handful spinach

1 leaf romaine lettuce

1 pear, cored and chopped

1/4 avocado

4 large strawberries

1-2 medjool dates, pitted

3-4 Ice Cubes

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into cup or mug of choice and serve immediately if possible.

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I hope you enjoy this nutrient packed green smoothie and have a wonderful day! 🙂

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Replenishing Recovery Smoothie

This smoothie is full of great ingredients and is absolutely delicious.  Perfect for a post workout recovery beverage or really any time.

The pretty pink colour is nice to look at as well 🙂

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Here are a few benefits of some of the superstar key ingredients in this Smoothie:

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Coconut water helps to replenish lost electrolytes to hydrate the body and keep the muscles functioning.

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Hemp seeds aid in building lean muscle as well as recovery.

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Bananas give you a boost of energy and help to maintain blood sugar levels.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 c pure coconut water (chilled)

1 small ripe banana, peeled

1/2 c frozen pineapple

1/2 c frozen wild blueberries

1/4 c raw shelled hemp seeds

1/2 Lemon, juice of

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Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.  

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Pour into your glass of choice and serve immediately.

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I hope you enjoy this delicious recovery smoothie.  You can also substitute hemp seeds for a scoop of your favourite protein powder if you don’t have them on hand!

Enjoy 🙂

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DIY Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

I like to use this DIY facial cleanser once every other day in the mornings to wash my face.  It gently exfoliates, detoxifies and moisturizes my skin after a nights rest.

I would suggest only using this cleanser once per week if you have very dry or sensitive skin, as the baking soda may cause irritation if used too often.

I would not recommend using this cleanser to remove makeup or around the mouth or eye area.  Please also do a patch test before using all over your face 🙂

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Ingredients:

1/2 c coconut oil

1 1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder (or the contents of about 5-6 capsules)

1 tbsp baking soda

6 drops Frankincense essential oil (I use Young Living)

6 drops Lavender essential oil (I use Young Living)

A few quick facts about the amazing ingredients in this cleanser:

Coconut Oil is antibacterial, anti fungal, and moisturizing.  Naturally!

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Activated Charcoal Powder draws out bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other unwanted toxins to the surface of skin.

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Baking Soda is great for exfoliating and removing dead skin cells.  It also brightens the complexion.

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Lavender Essential Oil is calming and can help with certain skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles.  It is also anti fungal.

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Frankincense Essential Oil is used to reduce inflammation as well as disinfect.

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Make this Exfoliating Cleanser:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

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Mix all ingredients well.  I used a fork and it worked just fine. (You can also use a whisk if you like)

Try to get as many lumps out as possible, but don’t worry too much because the coconut oil will melt once it is warmed by your hands and face.

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Transfer the mixture to glass air tight container.  Allow to set for a few hours.  Store covered in a cool, dark place.

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Don’t worry if the consistency changes, as coconut oil tends to harden and liquify depending on its surroundings.

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Here is what is looks like:

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How to Use as a Facial Wash/Scrub:

  1. With warm water, wet a face cloth and hold over entire face for about 30 seconds to open up your pores.
  2. Take a small amount of the cleanser in your hands and gently apply all over face (avoiding lip and eye area completely)
  3. Gently massage the product in a circular motion for about 30 seconds.
  4. Wet your face cloth again with warm water and hold over face for a few seconds.  Repeat this motion a few times until the product loosens up.
  5. Use the wet face cloth to remove any excess product from face.  (Remember be gentle!)
  6. Splash face with cold water to close pores.
  7. Pat face dry with a clean towel.
  8. Moisturize with either a tiny bit of coconut oil or your favourite moisturizer.

As mentioned before, use once per week if sensitive or dry skin.  I use this every other day only in the morning.

Please note I am not an expert and this is only my opinion from my personal experience using this recipe.  If you have serious skin issues, please consult your dermatologist prior to trying this and always patch test!

ENJOY!!

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A Very Special Birthday Wish

Today is the birthday of one of the most amazing men I know.  He is my father.  He is a wonderful human being and an even better father.  He is the most compassionate caring selfless man I know and has always done anything and everything to help my sister and I.

No matter what happens to my Dad, you can always count on him to have a big grin on his face and welcome you with open arms.  He has a contagious smile 🙂

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Dad, you are such a great person and I hope you have an amazing day!  I love you with all of my heart and thank you for giving me so many years as a great father and friend!!!! ❤

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Beautiful fresh Raspberries hand picked from my parents’ garden! Yum!

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