I love fashion, always have, but since becoming a mom, I’m the first to admit that I have put my passion for clothes on the back burner. Especially since COVID and the working from home life, it’s so much easier to lounge around the house in comfy clothes, even if they are not the nicest to look at.
Now that we are returning to the office more, weather is getting nice and we are going out more as a family, the spark has come back and I am in the mood to put together outfits, comb my hair, wash my face and take on the world!
I was gifted Elita Intimate’s Silk Magic Collection just in time for me to jump back into my spring wardrobe! I love that this collection is made from really soft material making it feel like luxury on my skin, and is also really light weight making it perfect for the warmer months!
I am ready to embrace my new body 9 months after having my 2nd baby. Check out my video and get ready with me while I get into 4 different outfits that are office appropriate but comfortable so that I can still run around and do mom things!
Toddlers are naturally curious and always want to lend a helping hand. Whenever we are doing chores around the house, we see this as an opportunity to engage our toddler by allowing him to “help us”. Not only are we able to continue on with our weekly chores, but it allows us to bond as well as burn some much-needed energy, especially during the winter months when it’s hard to get outdoors!
See below for 3 toddler friendly activities you can include your toddler in!
I don’t know about your toddler, but my toddler is absolutely obsessed with water. In the summer time, we have a water table that he likes to play with in the backyard, however during the winter months, it’s hard to get some water play. Since I water my plants once a week, I decided to include him in this activity! With a spray bottle or a small measuring cup, I allow him (with supervision) to help water the plants. It also allows me to teach him the importance of taking care of plants!
I reserve my intensive meal preps for the weekend when my husband is home and can watch the little ones. But sometimes during the week, especially when my toddler has a lot of energy, I like to bake with him. This is a great way for me to share my passion of cooking with him while also teaching him life long skills. I like to set out all of my ingredients on the counter and we will measure the ingredients together. His job is dumping and taste tester!
The third activity is usually one he helps out with my husband, since my husband does the majority of the cleaning around the house. We will allow him to help wipe down any spills and press the on button for the vacuum. It’s also great because it teaches him the importance of cleaning up after yourself. We’re lucky because our toddler loves to clean up his own toys after he is finished playing.
I hope these activities help inspire you to look for opportunities to include your toddler in your daily routine. Not only will it serve as great bonding time but it will also help teach your little one life long skills!
Comment below on what activities you like to share with your toddler!
I am finally getting around to putting together a blog post about the details around our kitchen renovation that we completed back in September 2021.
I am so happy that we finally did it after living in our small 1100 sq foot townhouse for over 5 years. Originally, since Milton, Ontario was seeing huge increases in sale prices of homes, especially in townhomes , we were looking to upgrade our home during the pandemic. However there were so many bidding wars and even if we were able to sell our house, it was very hard to find a home that we wanted to upgrade to.
The pandemic allowed us to save loads of money we would have otherwise used for travel and decided to invest it in our kitchen and our home when we decided to stay, at least for a little bit longer. Even though Ezra was only a year old when we started construction, as well as us working from home full time. he actually adapted really well and it worked out for us in the end. We had set up a little station where we were able to to live on the top floor and utilize our bedrooms as different play stations for him. I was especially proud because out of the 6 weeks that it took to complete our kitchen renovation, I was able to make the majority of our meals at home – I think we only ended up ordering once or twice during the entire process!
See below for the details of our before and after!
Our Old Kitchen:
The original layout of our kitchen wasn’t very optimal – there was a wall that created a hallway from our front door to the dining room / living room area. The kitchen itself had dark cherry wood cabinets and had a kitchenette that faced the front of the house. The space wasn’t optimal as we hardly ever used the kitchenette and there was a lack of sufficient pantry space so we had a large 5 x 5 Ikea Kallax unit that I got of Kijiji to hold all of our kitchen necessities. The floors were also very dated and overall the kitchen wasn’t really my style. Honestly, when we had originally bought the house, I had certain things on my wish list and literally nothing on it was met, so this kitchen was really getting on my last nerve especially spending so much time in it during the pandemic.
Originally I was going to DIY and paint the cabinets white and change the counter tops ourselves, however the space itself was still not an optimal layout and we decided that we would just invest in a rennovation as it would increase the value of the hosue, whether we were going to sell or rent it – either way, it was a plus!
The Interviewing Process:
I knew I wanted a farmhouse inspired kitchen with gold elements as well as a large farmhouse sink. Luckily for me, this is the style of most modern kitchens so when we were researching contractors, it was very easy to show them inspo photos for a quote.
We started the research for a contractor in May 2021 and had received quotes from 4 companies with the description of our dream kitchen in mind. We received a range from $30K to $80K for what we wanted to accomplish.
This included a full demolition, knocking down walls as well as changing our floors. The best advice I received when we interviewed different companies was that you didn’t want to necessarily go with the cheapest or the most expensive, and to choose the company where you could build a good relationship with.
In the end we decided to choose Eureka Kitchen & Bath for those reasons. They ended up being mid range and we decided to choose them because we got along really well with our designer, Annie. Annie really brought our vision to life and we worked together to incorporate things that were both functional and decorative as well as practical for our growing family.
Our New Kitchen:
The majority of the materials were included in our quote and I liked how the cabinets were also made locally in their facility in Oakville. The only materials that were not included was the flooring and light fixtures – however the flooring company, Milton Factory Tile Depot did give us a great discount.
We had implemented some upgrades, such as removing our popcorn ceiling, installing pot lights as well as lights under the cabinets, which was well worth it because it really helps to elevate the kitchen.
Originally we wanted a subway file for the backsplash, but decided to go with a herringbone pattern which I think elevates the look of the kitchen even further. We also upgraded our hood range (no more microwave for us! That’s right, we do not have a microwave in our home) and installed a drink station which is perfect for our family.
Our budget in the end was $50K and the kitchen cost us under $45K. We are very happy with the end results and even almost after a year later, the kitchen still feels very new and fresh! Can’t wait for our next potential renovation!
AT the beginning of last year, I had tagged along on a busines trip with my husband to Zurich, Switzerland! I was really excited to have this opportunity since we probably would have never visited the city on our own.
We spent 5 days in the city, and since my husband was there for a conference, I had a day of exploration on my own. For our itinerary, check out my blog post for our 2-day itinerary in Switzerland. I was happy to have this day of independence where I got to explore and eat vegan foods. You can check out my blog post here for my What I eat in a day vegan in Zurich.
This grocery haul features all products from a chain called Co-op grocery store. I spent an hour exploring here by myself, but could have easily spent half a day here. They had so many store-branded and national branded vegan products at affordable prices. I honestly wanted to buy them all and bring them home with me to Canada but knew that wouldn’t be possible. I was really drawn to the cheeses since it’s hard to find good vegan cheese in Canada, so I prioritized this. In the end, I was only able to bring back 3 products with me to Canada. See below for the details!
The first product is the Soft White Cheese from New Roots. When I first saw this in the store, it immediately reminded me of brie cheese. I love brie cheese and was curious to see how this one would stand up to the creaminess and tanginess of the original. I made mushroom bruschetta to go with this and it was absolutely delicious and far exceeded my expectations. I loved it so much that I only allowed myself to eat it sparingly since I wanted to savour every last piece. I wish I brought home more of this product. If you are ever in Switzerland, definitely check it out!
The second product I brought home was this Prosciano Wedge from Violife. I know you can get Violife products in Canada but haven’t seen this wedge anywhere. When I saw it in the store, I immediately knew I wanted to bring it home and make a simple lemon pasta dish with it. It grates and melts pretty well but the flavour was pretty mild. I think I would have used more of it if it was going to be the star of the pasta dish, however, as with the first cheese, I wanted to savour it as much and as long as possible so used it only sparingly.
The last cheese that I bought was the Chicca Classic Cheese from Verys. When I saw it, it immediately reminded me of fresh mozzarella. I knew I had to bring this back to ty for myself at home. I made a simple naan pizza and topped it with this cheese. It didn’t completely melt but it did have a wonderful texture. When eaten in a caprese style salad, it also went pretty well and the texture was soft and very similar to mozzarella.
I hope you guys enjoyed the mukbang – I was so inspired by those cheese and wish I had more to enjoy!
Fitness has always been an important part of my daily routine, even throughout my entire pregnancy. I worked out from 12 weeks of pregnancy all the way till I was 41 weeks pregnant! I’m glad that I did because I believe it helped me with the delivery and recovery of the pregnancy.
Although I had to modify my workouts while I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to really challenge myself and gain my strength back after 3 months postpartum. I began by working out every day and slowly building up my strength. When I was about 6 months postpartum, I decided to join Muse Fitness on an 8-week Beta Butt and Abs Challenge.
Follow me on my 8-week fitness journey as I regain my strength, endurance and most importantly my identity.
This week’s blog post and video showcases the 1st week of the challenge. See below for the meal plan I had during the week, which features high protein, low carb vegan meals, all while I am still exclusively breast feeding!
I have also included the macros break down for each day below!
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Serve immediately or can make it the night before.
Makes 4 portions
1 cup red split lentils
2 cups water
2 apples, your choice, peeled, cored, diced and divided into 2 portions
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground cardamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cups soy milk
Soak the lentils for 2 hours – red lentils do not need to be soaked longer than this, especially the red split lentils
When you’re ready to cook the lentils, drain and rinse the lentils until the water runs clear (about 3 times)
I like to use my rice cooker to cook this porridge and setting it to cook for 20 minutes. You can also do it over the stove top.
Stove top method:
Place lentils into your pot and add the rest of the ingredients except for the blueberries and diced apples pieces from 1 apple
Bring the pot up to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the lentils from sticking.
Turn the heat down to medium as soon as the pot comes to a boil and simmer the contents for about 20 minutes, until the lentils become tender.
Divide into 4 portions and top with the remaining apples and blueberries (optional)
I like to prep this in advanced and freeze it in portions so it’s easy to have in the morning.
Makes 1 portion
1 portion of Black Bean Noodles
1 tbsp white miso paste
1 ½ cups of water or homemade veggie broth (no sodium or oils)
½ block of extra firm tofu (175 g)
¼ cup shredded carrots (50 g)
3 head of baby bok choy, sliced in half
½ pack of enoki mushroom (your choice)
Handful of pea shoots, spinach or kale
handful of green onion for garnish
Book the black noodle pasta according to package directions, drain and set into a large soup bowl
Dissolve the white miso paste into ½ cup of the water/veggie broth in a medium sized pot
Once the miso is dissolved, add the rest of the veggie brother and the remaining ingredients (except for the green onion)
Bring to a simmer and cook until the veggies are cooked through
Pour over the noodles and garnish with green onion
Ingredients for bowl – Makes 4 portions
2 cups dried TVP, rehydrated in water
1 package of beyond meat ground beef
2 tbsp taco seasoning (I use homemade taco seasoning to control the salt)
½ cup water
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp salt
Ingredients for sauteed mushroom and peppers – Makes 4 portions
1 red onion, sliced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 bell peppers, sliced
1 package of mushrooms sliced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp soy sauce
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
Ingredients for cauliflower cilantro lime rice – Makes 4 portions
1 head of cauliflower
Juice of 1 lime
Handful of cilantro, chopped
½ tsp ground black pepper
Ingredients for vegan sour cream – Makes 4 portions
1 package of silken tofu (300 g)
Juice from 1 lemon
1 tbsp ACV
½ tsp salt
Directions for Taco Meat
To cook the taco meat, start by rehydrating the TVP in water, set aside
In a large frying pan, cook the beyond meat grounds over medium-high heat. I like to use a potato masher to break up the grounds.
Stir the meat so that it browns evenly, for about 5 minutes.
Drain the TVP and add it to the meat mixture. Stir to combine.
Add the rest of the ingredients for the taco meat and cook until the water is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Portion into 4 equal portions
Do not clean out the pan – continue to the next step to cook the mushroom and peppers
Directions for Mushroom and Peppers
Using the frying pan from the taco meat (we will want to use the residual fat to cook the mushrooms and peppers), add the onion and garlic and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, just so that the veggies become fragrant
Add the sliced mushrooms and peppers and cook for about 5 minutes, until the veggies get a nice color on them. Depending on your stove top you might need to turn the heat down to medium.
Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for about a minute until all of the seasoning is well incorporated.
Portion into 4 equal portions adding it to the bowl of the taco meat
Directions for Cauliflower Cilantro Rice
Chop the cauliflower into bite sized pieces
Add it to the food processor and pulse until you get a rice consistency
In a clean pan, add the riced cauliflower along with the remaining ingredients and stir until the cauliflower is cooked. You might need to add a splash of water to help steam and cook the cauliflower rice – about 7 minutes
Portion into 4 equal portions and add it to the bowl of the taco meat, mushrooms and peppers
Directions for Vegan Sour Cream
Add all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth
Portion into 4 equal portions and serve on top of the taco bowls.
See below for the full day of macros for Monday/Thursday:
Ingredients – Makes 3 portions
1 tsp oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 package extra firm tofu (350 G), crumbled
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp black salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp water
Heat oil over medium heat in a large frying pan
Add the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes
Add the rest of the ingredients except for the water, and stir to combine.
Continue to cook the tofu mixture over medium heat for about 7 minutes
Add the water and cook until the water has dissolved
Portion evenly into 3 containers
Ingredients – Makes 6 portions
2 cups red lentils
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 tbsp garam marsala
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp soy sauce
4 cups of water
Rinse the lentils in a strainer until the water runs clear, about 3 times
In a large frying pan, heat the coconut cream from the can of coconut milk by taking a spoon and scooping a spoonful of cream from the top layer
Sautee the spices (except the salt) in the coconut cream over high heat until fragrant, about a minute
Add the lentils, the rest of the coconut milk, salt, soy sauce and water and bring up to a boil.
Once the pot is boiling, turn it down to a simmer and cook until lentils are fully cooked, about 20 minutes.
Divide into 6 portions. You can also serve this with cauliflower rice.
Ingredients – makes 4 portions
1 package of silken tofu (300 g)
1 ½ cup vegan beef broth
1 package vegan ground beef (I used lightlife for this recipe)
2 cups dried TVP, rehydrated in water
1 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 package mushrooms (227 g)
2 cups chopped kale
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp black pepper
1 package high protein pasta (I used Liviva Soy Fettuccini)
In a blender, blend together the silken tofu and vegan beef broth – set aside
In a large non-stick skillet over high heat, add the vegan ground beef
Break apart so that they resemble a crumble and sautee for 3 minutes
Add in the onion and garlic and sautee for another minute
Add in the mushrooms and continue to sautee for 2 minutes
Lower the heat to medium and add in the rehydrated TVP (if there is extra water, drain the TVP before adding the mixture)
Mix the protein until it is well combined
Add in the kale, soy sauce and black pepper and continue to stir until the kale is wilted and well incorporated
Add in the silken tofu mixture and mix until well combined with the meat mixture – it should be creamy and not watery
Add salt to taste
Divide equally into 4 portions
Serve on top of high protein pasta
See below for the full day of macros for Tuesday/Friday:
Ingredients – makes 4 portions
1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups soy milk
2 cups water
¼ cup hemp hearts
I like to cook my steel cut oats in a rice cooker, but you can use a slow cooker or instant pot as well
Pour all of the ingredients into the container of a rice cooker, slow cooker or instant pot
For rice cooker and instant pot method: Select the function which automatically cooks oats
For slow cooker method, cook on low for 6 hours
Portion evenly into 4 containers, heat in the microwave or stove top with water before serving. Can be frozen for easy breakfasts as well!
Ingredients – makes 1 portion
1 serving of high protein black bean noodles
1 cup edamame
1 king oyster mushroom, sliced (or mushroom of your choice)
Handful of spinach, kale or bok choy
1 tbsp soy sauce
½ block of extra firm tofu (about 175 G), cut into cubes
Cook the black bean noodles according to packed directions. Cook the edamame in the same pot to save time and water
Once the pasta is done cooking, drain and set aside
In a non-stick frying pan, add the sliced mushrooms and cook over medium heat until it gets color, for about 3 minutes
You may need to add a splash of water if your mushrooms are sticking
Add in your greens, the sou sauce and the tofu and cook until the greens are wilted and the tofu is cooked through, about 5 minutes
Add the pasta and edamame to the pan and toss until combined.
Serve hot or can be eaten cold. Goes great with hot sauce on the side!
I love snacks and love discovering new snack brands, especially when they are at affordable prices! I had the pleasure of taste testing some snacks from the Nature Box recently and am sharing my thoughts.
The Nature Box believes in providing delicious and healthy snacks at an affordable price. You can easily select the type of snacks you want to fit your dietary needs or lifestyle. They have plenty of vegan snacks to suit my household and I look forward to trying out more! Every membership provides you with a 20%-40% savings. If you are not happy with any of their snacks, let them know and they will send you a new one! They currently offer shipping to Canada at a flat rate, and US citizens get free shipping on orders over $25.
See below for my review on all of the snacks I received. Don’t forget to check out my taste testing video!
Before we knew that we were even pregnant with Ezra, we knew that I wanted to cloth diaper our babies since it is the most environmentally friendly option available. My mom had cloth diapered us when we were growing up so I knew that it was a tradition I wanted to continue. If cloth diapering seems to be daunting to you but you still want to find a more sustainable option, there are other options available such as biodegradable diapers, however since this would require us to purchase these on a regular basis, I also wanted an option that was going to give us the biggest bang for our buck.
After some research and comparisons, I was happy to confirm for myself that cloth diapering not only is more environmentally friendly, but it will be the cheaper option for my family in the long run, especially if we plan to have more children. See below for the full cost breakdown and for more information on our experience.
How much money do you actually save?
This all depends on what type of diaper you end up using in the end. For my calculations, since we decided to go with pocket diapers, my calculations are based on this type of diaper.
See the charts above! Based on my conservative calculations, you end up saving almost $900 per child, however that doesn’t take into account the amount of diapers you are diverting from the landfills! The savings can be even larger if you purchase second hand reusable diapers, or if you have them gifted from your gift registry, so do keep that in mind as well.
Pockets, flats, prefolds: which cloth diaper should we use?
I was so overwhelmed with all of the choices when I was researching which would be best for our family. Personally, the pocket diapers ended up being the easiest to use because you just have to tuck the insert into the pocket and fasten the diaper onto your baby. You don’t need to be a wizard at origami or worry about not folding them properly, which was an added benefit for us.
When researching, I did come across recommendations to try different brands since they could fit differently on your baby. Generally, they all do fit pretty much the same, but read the reviews because some brands are larger and some smaller, which can have added benefits for fit with a newborn (more on that below).
The 3 brands that we have are Alva baby, Koala Mama and Kawaii. We found that Kawaii fit the best on our baby, followed by Alva and then Koala Mama.
How many cloth diapers do I need?
Newborns (0-3 months) will need on the high end 12 diapers a day, so you will need to calculate how many diapers you need for that. If you plan on only cloth diapering when they’re a bit bigger (and can fit into the cloth diaper better), then you may need less, like 8-10 diapers a day.
In the end, it really depends on how often you want to do laundry. For us, we do laundry every day and found that 38 diapers work well for us and we can easily skip a day of laundry if necessary. You may need more or less. Keep in mind that you may also want to look into purchasing extra inserts for doubling up for overnights.
There are 2 types of inserts: bamboo and microfiber. Microfiber is cheaper than bamboo, but from our experience not as absorbent as bamboo and we tend to experience leaking with microfibers. When purchasing your pocket diapers, you can select either microfiber or bamboo, so keep that in mind, but we do recommend bamboo. You can also find charcoal bamboo which are also anti fungal and anti bacterial, which is great because we tend to use these for overnights since we are changing the diaper less often.
Can newborns fit into the cloth diapers?
It depends on your baby and the brand you buy! Of course, it’s impossible to know how much your baby will weigh before they are born, but keep in mind that for the diapers we have (Alva Baby and Kawaii to be exact), it could accommodate 8lb+. There are hacks where you can fold the diaper a certain way to accommodate newborns, but depending on how chunky your baby’s legs are, there might be too much space to be able to full seal the diaper from any leaks. Note that you can also purchase newborn sized diapers, but this will add to your overall cost for cloth diapering your baby.
For us, for the 1st week we did actually use disposables since we were monitoring the number of dirty diapers our was creating, to ensure he was eating enough and gaining enough weight. Luckily for us, Ezra was born over 8lb so when we made the transition to cloth diapers when he was a week old, he was able to fit into them without issue.
How do you really clean cloth diapers?
It’s pretty easy to clean. You will need to purchase a wet bag that you can put into a laundry basket for all of the dirty diapers. Then you throw the whole thing into the laundry machine for 2 cycles:
The 1st cycle is the quick rinse cycle
The 2nd cycle is where it really deeps clean
Once the diapers are washed, the liners actually naturally separate from the pocket diapers in the washing machine so it’s really easy to clean. Then we hang dry the pocket diapers, but machine dry the liners to get them fluffy again.
Will there be a smell?
We found that there is no smell! However, the diaper pail does sometimes get a bit dank, so we just throw in a dryer sheet with essential oils into the laundry bin for some freshness. Also note that we haven’t entered the solid food stage yet, so once we do, we will be updating this guide for future reference.
What do you do with poop?
Because the primary food source is still milk, the poop is still in liquid form (and not solid) so there is no added step in cleaning the diapers – it all goes into the wet bag, which goes straight into the washing machine.
Do they leak?
When fastened correctly, they do not leak at all! In our experience, the bamboo liners are much more absorbent than the microfiber ones so definitely choose bamboo instead. We also double line the diapers with bamboo charcoal liners for overnights for even extra absorbency.
We did find that the Mama Koala diapers did tend to leak overnight since Ezra sometimes sleeps on his side, and found inconsistency with Alva baby. We have not had any leaking issues with Kawaii overnight so I do recommend trying that first (though you may need to troubleshoot for yourself based on your baby’s body).
How do I use cloth diapers outside of the house?
Just like regular diapers, we bring a few in case we need to change them while we’re out. We also purchased a travel sized wet bag that we throw the dirty diapers into and then wash when we get home. The bag does not leak and contains the soiled diapers.
Every year, like so many other households, I like to purchase the biggest pumpkin that I can find to signal to trick-or-treaters that we are giving out candy. If the pumpkins are really cheap, like a few dollars cheap, I like to purchase 2! I don’t carve the pumpkins or decorate them, but sit them on my porch since they are a decoration piece in itself.
Once Halloween is over, I love to cut them open and roast the seeds as a healthy snack. You may not have already known this, but you can actually roast the meat of a Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin as well! These pumpkins have been cultivated to grow larger, and therefore have a larger water content than pie pumpkins, however they are still full of nutrients even if the pumpkin flavour is more subtle.
Of-course being the eco-warrior that I am, I never let a Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin go to waste! Because they are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E and iron, to name a few, they are perfectly fine to eat in sweet or savoury recipes.
I like to roast the flesh, puree it in my Vitamix and freeze it so that I always have roasted puree on hand! I use the puree in various recipes, such as the below:
I am always on the look out for new vegan snacks to try. This year, my siblings sent me The Balanced Snack Box for my birthday and I figured I’d do a taste test and review! If you haven’t heard of them already, The Balanced Snack Box is a subscription box service created by Evie Levitin, a registered holistic nutritionist. There are different types of boxes that you can subscribe to which cater to your own dietary needs. My siblings sent me the vegan box which came filled with sweet and savoury vegan snacks!
Keep reading below for my review on each product.
Now set forth and be savvy!
The Light Pops – Brave BBQ flavour snacks are made from popped lotus seeds, which is a popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine. I had never had it in this form before and usually have it in soups. When we first tried it, I must say I didn’t think that it was going to be one of my favourite snacks out of the entire box. It is light and airy like popcorn and has a great crunch. I especially love that it came in a sweet BBQ flavour, which is one of my favourite flavours for popcorn as well. I highly recommend adding this to your snack repertoire.
The GoGo Quinoa Chocolate Crunchies resembled more of a cereal. This was my husband’s favourite snack out of the entire box since he loves cereal and was looking forward to having this in a bowl with soy milk. I do like the crunch on this and the chocolate flavour wasn’t too artificial which was great, however I wouldn’t purchase this as a snack but would as a breakfast cereal.
I have been seeing lots of advertisements for Sahale Snacks and was delighted to see that it was included in this box for me to try. I received the Tangerine Vanilla Cashew-Macadamia Glazed mix and you can really taste the tangerine flavour come through. The flavours were a nice pairing and I really liked the crunch from the nuts. I highly recommend this snack!
I’ve had coconut chips before and like the light chocolate flavour of the Rawcology Organic Coconut Chips. I wouldn’t necessary purchase this to eat on its own since I prefer more savoury snacks, however this would be great if you were making homemade trail mix.
I love crackers as a snack and was excited to see that the Enerjive Multigrain Crackers came in Ranch flavour. The cracker itself looks very healthy and I like that you can see all of the different nuts and grains within the texture of the cracker itself. I also liked seeing the spices like dried chives and salt in the cracker. However, the ranch flavour was very lacking – it didn’t taste like ranch at all. The cracker itself is good paired with dips and peanut butter, however I would not purchase this in product in the future since the ranch flavour was not apparent at all.
I didn’t know what to expect from this Bobo’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oat Bar. To mu surprise, it had a lovely toasted oat flavour and was balanced well with the chocolate chips. This ended up being my favourite sweet snack from the entire box. This is a product that I would purchase in the future since it tasted like I could make it at home, which I may try in the near future!
I am always a bit weary when it comes to vegan protein bars as they tend to have a very grainy flavour to them. The Eat to Life Kinwa Bar in Apple Cinnamon Vegan Protein Bar was not my favourite of the box. The apple cinnamon flavour did come through well however I did not like the protein flavour with the bar. I would not purchase this in the future, however if you are used to this type of product then definitely give it a try.
I’ve had roasted chickpea snacks before in a savoury form but never thought of it in a sweet form. The Lebby Dark Chocolate Chickpea snack really satisfies your craving for chocolate and crunch, but is light from the chickpea. This snack gave me the idea to try to make it myself in the future.
I really liked the crunch from the roasted broad bean. Bada Bean Bada Boom Mesquite BBQ broad beans was a great snack and I really liked how hearty it was. I would definitely buy this again in the future.
The warmer weather is finally upon us and has inspired me to eat more salads and veggies. To ensure that I am inspired every week and don’t get bored of eating the same bowls every day, I really like to mix it up with either the salad dressing, veggies or base. I love how these Geovita Organic Mixed Grains helps me accomplish just that!
These grains are full of nutrients, packed with flavour and easy to cook, which makes them great for meal prepping. I recently received this PR package from Geovita which included recipes cards as well as a chart to help you “Build your perfect grain bowl”. With social distancing, this couldn’t have come at a better time since it really inspired me to choose ingredients that I already had on hand!
I used the chart as well as the recipe cards to create my own plant-based bowls which I looked forward to eating every day.
Keep reading below to see how I created unique bowls with each grain.
Now set forth and be savvy!
I made this bowl on a lazy Sunday night for supper using pure leftovers from my fridge. I am always craving Korean food and often times make it on a Saturday when I have more energy. While the rice and lentil blend took 10 minutes to cook in my rice cooker, this gave me enough time to chop up all of my veggies and prepare my sauce. I loved how delicious and fresh this bowl was and how quickly it came together. Now I have no reason not to enjoy this Korean favourite during the week!
The next day was a Monday, so for lunch, I decided to use the Falafel Grain Bowl recipe card to ensure that I would begin the week with healthy habits. What I love about these recipe cards is that the recipes are very simple and use very little ingredients. By applying the “How to Build your Perfect Grain Bowl Method”, you can easily substitute out any ingredient and still feel satisfied with all of the flavours. I didn’t have any falafel on hand so I opted to use chickpeas as my protein instead. I also had leftover roasted cauliflower which went perfectly with this bowl. You can also easily modify the dressings to suit your own needs, which is what I did by adding some granulated garlic to the tahini dressing.
I loved the texture of this mixture and it went really well with this burrito bowl. Because of the texture and heartiness of the mixture, it really soaked up all of the lovely salsa that I had made. I also loved that I could use up leftovers from my fridge, like roasted onion and zucchini which went perfectly well with this burrito bowl (kind of like the sautéed peppers you’d find at Chipotle restaurants). I didn’t have any vegan sour cream, but in the future, adding it would be a lovely addition.
I’ve always wanted to make a Waldorf salad at home since this is one of my favourite salads to order at restaurants. I made this vegan by swapping out the chicken for chickpeas and using tahini as the base of my dressing. This dressing was so simple and delicious that I’ve made it every week since receiving this recipe card! I also love that I could use what ever ingredients I already had on hand, like pumpkin seeds and dried blueberries. I also love the crunchiness from the celery and apple. This salad ended up being my favourite out of the 4 that I made and will definitely be making it for family get togethers and BBQs this summer.