Weekend Reflections

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Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with 10 presetThis past week has brought all types of changes. Its funny when you conceive a situation in your mind to turn out one way but inevitably ends up turning out completely different, which is what happened this past week. Not for the worse or better, just different, something I am embracing and with a fresh perspective than I may have in the past. We were also busy preparing products for a market we are involved in this December, which we are pretty excited for, spent time cooking, eating and getting fresh air. These are some shots of around our home/studio, PLANT and in process of making our bath salts infused with dried herbs. Our home was smelling wonderful, the air was crisp and the sun shining in was beautiful.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well.

Raise your frequency with super foods

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FOOD FOR THE MIND

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset I thought I would share some of the super-foods we started too consciously incorporate into our daily meals. You may not find all seeds at every common grocer but don’t let that stop you from finding them! These ingredients are unbelievably easy to incorporate into your meals each day and provide a world of health benefits. Not only have I noticed a boosted immune system, happier moods, better sleep, higher confidence and clarity. Find your support network, having both Sean and I doing this together helps to keep inspired and motivated. Move out of your old paradigm way of thinking and embrace eating to live rather than living too eat. Find your replacements for some of your favourite foods because you don’t have to miss out on anything, if anything you will now have an abundance of food at your fingertips.

Natural Cane Sugar / Coconut Sugar – add this when your baking instead of using any type of refined sugar which cancer cells feed off of. Also use these natural sugars for your morning coffee or tea.

Chia Seeds – (little miracle seeds) protein, energy booster, chia means strength, 9 essential amino acids, omega-3. I add chia seeds to my smoothies, pasta sauce, cereal, toast and salads.

Hemp Hearts – I use hulled hemp hearts that I buy in bulk but is also available in a packet at your local grocer. These seeds are full of protein, increased energy, helps with recovery from disease and prevention, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, improves circulation and reduces inflammation.

Coconut Water – In case you weren’t aware coconuts are quite frankly the planets gift to humanity. Coconut has so many health benefits its unbelievable. From cooking, skin care, hair care, and consumption. Coconut water has the same electrolyte balance as our blood (!). We buy flats of it to drink and use coconut oil for cooking alot of meals, as it tolerates cooking at high heats, adds beautiful fresh flavour and is loaded with healthy fats.

Avocado – Serious source of healthy fat, increases sexual energy, leaves you bursting with energy and leaves you feeling full most of all. Search for recipes online to incorporate avocado because they are endless!

Lime / Lemon – Lime is one of the oldest foods on the planet(!), it can be used for skin, hair, added to water to help with healthy digestion, anti-bacterial properties and even clean your home with it. I often drink my water with fresh lemon juice, especially first thing in the morning along with my green tea, to hydrate and to give myself a healthy boost of sugar and energy.

Cacao – Coming from cacao beans, I often ground mine up or buy it ground in powder from my local spice shop. If you want chocolate, cacao is the way to go as you are getting real chocolate without preservatives and is known to be good for you. I myself often buy dutch cacao powder as it has a little more of a sweet taste than bitter and ill add it to my smoothies to change things up or if on a cold winter day like today I might make myself a real hot chocolate.

Poppy Seeds – Natural anti-oxident, disease preventing nutrients, it helps with healthy digestion, has an earthy nutty taste, has a bounty of fiber, healthy source of B-complex vitamins. Find ways to incorporate them into your own meals, I add them to curry dishes, on peanut butter toast, and salads.

What super foods are you eating? I’d love to hear!

Avocado Pasta Sauce

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DINNER / FOOD FOR THE MIND

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As a vegan I do miss those creamy based sauces, but fear not you can still have those heart warming sauces without the cream. Avocado pasta sauce is a great option loaded with healthy fats, omega-3 and light energy in pure form. We made ours with Soba buckwheat noodles (yum).

Ingredients: (serves 2)

1 ripe avocado

1 tablespoon pure lemon juice

1 pinch of pepper and salt

1 clove chopped garlic

1 ripe tomato (to top)

Boil water in large pot with a dash of salt, bring to boil and add your spaghetti noodle of choice. Cook until tender. In a bowl mix your freshly pitted avocado with lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well, if you need more liquid add a little water until you find the consistency you like. When noodles are done, drain and mix with sauce and serve!

(recipe reference from oh she glows cookbook)

Vegan Granola Energy Bars

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FOOD FOR THE MIND / SNACK TIME

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetSean and myself have started to make our own granola bars, packed full of protein, energy and iron. These are no-bake bars making them unbelievably easy to make and store, and perfect for afternoon snacks. You can of course change up any of the ingredients to make it your own, add berries or even chocolate chips!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups pumpkin oats

1/4 cup hemp seeds

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup buckwheat honey

1/4 cup organic peanut butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup chopped nuts (mixed)

In a large bowl combine your oats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, mixed nuts, sesame seeds, cinnamon and salt. In a small saucepan stir together your peanut butter and buckwheat honey (or honey of your choice), mix well until softens and bubbles, than remove from heat and add your vanilla extract. Add this peanut butter mixture to your oat mixture and stir well until all dry oats are coated and it becomes difficult to stir. Once mixed place on baking sheet, wet hands a little and flatten batch out and use a rolling-pin to help make it even. Place in freezer for ten minutes or until firm. Cut your granola into bars using a pizza roller if you have and store in individual bags in the fridge, and enjoy!

The Power of Positive Thinking

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Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetYour thoughts are as powerful as your spoken words. I’ve learnt that life is a mirror reflection of yourself, your inner truth and if you don’t believe me, take a look around. We are responsible for attracting everything into our lives, from the food choices we make, to what we feed our brain. Do you sit around watching tv while repeatedly putting food into your mouth without even thinking about it? Or do you choose to eat a diet full of nutrients and read books instead. I am not saying I never watch a movie, but I choose what to watch, select that idea and finish it without any interrupted commercials or watching any other low-frequency programs. The sound waves, vibrations and frequencies you are surrounding yourself with are so important.

The mind is powerful and we are the cultivators. Consciously or not everyday is a chance to attract beauty, prosperity and love into our lives, but that is up to you. What we focus on manifests so I always say to be mindful of your thoughts and actions. Live with intention and an open mind and watch your world transform.

How we perceive ourselves is far more important than worrying about how a stranger perceives you. What they think does not matter, what you think of yourself does. Finding self-love is a journey, yet a necessary one as what you feel and see yourself as on the inside shows on the outside. Tell yourself everyday that you are grateful for this life, grateful for what you do have and not wishing for things that you don’t. Respect yourself in every form, nurture your mind and body and treat others as you would want to be treated. You only have to prove yourself to you, no one else.

Choose happiness. Choose abundance.

A Plant Based Diet

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FOOD FOR THE MIND / NAMASTE

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIt’s been a few months now since giving up all refined sugars, meat and dairy and what a fantastic journey it has been so far. Having a stocked pantry of your dry goods in air-tight jars is something we recently made a point of doing, as it helps to ensure you are getting all of those beans, lentils, grains, seeds and more with every meal. It helps to keep them fresh and guess what you can buy this in bulk and it actually saves you some money and has the whole grains, proteins and vitamins your body needs without any added chemicals or preservatives. Sort of a no-brainer right? Each week we buy fresh produce and feed our body with pure light energy! I myself have always been a vegetable lover, I’ll eat them raw or cooked.

There is information everywhere on how to improve your diet and make healthier decisions, it has not only changed the way we see food, but our daily mood is better, our digestion, cardiovascular health, my asthma is even better and it has enlightened our soul as well. I am not here to tell anyone what to eat, that is your choice and does not effect what I am doing, I am here to share my journey and how eating a plant based diet has already changed my life for the better and its only been a few months. I cant even wait to see what it does for my body and mind a year from now.

Yes there is a lot more cooking involved, not as much going out to eat unless you find restaurants that cater to a vegan/vegetarian diet which are popping up a lot more these days as people are realizing how good it is for us. I find when I tell people that we have made this lifestyle choice they become puzzled with all sorts of thoughts like “where do you get your protein?” which is already a tired question. Do the research, find out for yourself and you will see that there is a plethora of alternatives to absolutely everything out there just loaded with live enzymes, magnesium, iron, protein, vitamins and more than you could imagine. Benefits from the natural world are incredible and its so rewarding to gain such beautiful knowledge.

I am excited to share my own personal journey here, through different meals, shop updates, other stories and findings along the way. Lets feed our mind, body and souls, after all they are all connected.

We must eat to live not live to eat.

Weekend doings

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fj7Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with j2 presetEnjoying my copy of Strange Plants, some living room views, one of the best lattes I’ve ever had and potato wedge fries that I made for an afternoon snack Sunday. I sure do love Sundays at home with Sean and our pup, I made us a turmeric coconut milk latte while the snow came down, (yes there was a slight bit of snow today)!

Turmeric Coconut Milk Latte:

filtered water, turmeric root, ginger root, raw honey, cinnamon, vanilla bean powder, black pepper (I picked this Organic tea concentrate up at Willow Natural Foods) and warmed it on the stove with coconut milk and frothed it.

Russet Potato Wedge Fries:

4 Russet potatoes (good for two people)

1 tbsp Coconut Oil

1 tsp Sea Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1 tbsp Red Curry Powder

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix all ingredients in large bowl allowing oil to cover each potato wedge, add your spices and lay out on baking sheet. Place your potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes, take out and flip the fries and put back in for 20 mins or until outter edge is the perfect shade of golden crisp! Let cool for a moment and enjoy with your favourite dipping sauce. Comfort food at its best!

Mulling Spices

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FOOD FOR THE MIND

Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetThere is a certain feeling that comes from trading items between friends or strangers. Its like we’ve gone back in time to the days of exchanging goods for other goods instead of using money as our currency, there is something refreshing about it. That is exactly how I came to acquire these mulling spices too make my own mulled wine or cider. Have you ever mulled your own wine?

I have yet to make mine, but plan to this weekend. You can find mulling spices from your local spice shop, let it soak in water and warm on stove without letting it boil, the longer you keep the spice in the more intense flavour you will produce, usually only taking about 5-15 minutes. Add some organic honey or sugar to give it a sweetness, discard the spice once it has reached the desired taste and laddle into mugs or glasses. You can also pour the finished drink into a crock pot and keep warm and ready-to-serve for hours. So great for holiday gatherings this winter.

A New Project

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Processed with VSCOcam with j5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with j5 preset Sean and myself have teamed up to create some special products for OH DEER that will be launching in December. With discovering more in the world of natural healing it only made sense for us to create something new to the shop that brings the same well being to our friends, families and wonderful supporters of the shop.

Currently we are working on a collection of all natural bath salts infused with dried herbs and pure essential oils. We are getting really excited about it over here as we brew them up and test them out for ourselves. This process has been largely fulfilling and we cant wait to share what we’ve been concocting. Everything we are using is 100% Vegan, organic, locally sourced materials and made with the purest intentions.

I will be sure to update this space with a peek at the new line of organic bath salts in November. Its a very busy time for us with some exciting ventures on the rise, so until than stay well and stay healthy dear friends.