Mid-Week Faves

Every now and then I am going to talk about some things that I have been loving lately – and I want you to start loving them too.

Glass Straw by Strawesome. Reusable, BPA Free, and makes drinking those super thick smoothies super easy. After all, life sucks without a straw!

Raw Mascara by Earthlab Cosmetics. I switched over to this stuff a couple months ago and it’s amazing. Parabeen free, no clumping, and completely washes off with water.

Enerjive Quinoa Snack Crisps by Enerjive. This is the perfect mid-afternoon snack for me. High protein, gluten free and sweetened with maple syrup. My favorite is the Chocolate Fix with almond butter, banana slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon. They are local too!

Website: Young and Raw. These peeps have the best, most creative smoothie recipes I’ve seen yet. Want to try them all.

Song: Somebody That I Used To Know – Walk Off The Earth (Goyte-cover) Such an addictive chorus.

I know that this post probably belongs on Pintrest, but hey who cares. Enjoy hump day folks. Contact me if you want to buy a glass straw!

What The Situation (and You) Should Do When He (or You) Runs Out of Protein Powder

I woke up this morning to do my usual routine of Gym-Take care of my skin-Laundry; and OH NO no more protein powder!! I thought to myself “what would The Situation do?”, and opted not to go in that direction (he would probably give up the day all together, poor himself a glass of Ron Ron juice, and hit The Shore). But for those of us who aren’t so lucky to be making $100,000+ an episode, we have to think flexiand continue out our day as usual.

There is no need to opt for a different breakfast when you run out of protein powder. You can always enjoy your farm fresh eggs or warm gluten-free oatmeal during the weekends, but during the week let’s stick to smoothies shall we? They are super fast, super powered, and super easy on digestion. Drinking smoothies for breakfast gives your digestive system the time it needs to wake up and start doin’ its thang without the shock of a heavy meal first thing in the morning. Since smoothies are basically liquid, they take little energy to digest and your body can absorb the nutrients right away for instant energy to kick-start your day. Adding protein to your smoothies balances your blood sugar levels and keeps you feeling full until your next meal. Protein is a must!

Ran out of protein powder like me? Have no fear! There are so many other great super foods you can throw in there to make up for the powder. If you’ve filled up your pantry like I have, then you will have all the ingredients on hand.

The Situation’s (and yours) average protein probably contains between 20-30 grams per scoop. The smoothie I made this morning (without protein) contains 20 grams of protein. All from plants! I made it with hemp seeds (10g), flax (3g), almond butter (3g), spirulina (3g) and spinach (1g). I threw in some maca for extra stamina and hormonal balance – we all know how jacked up The Situation is on testosterone (and he will probably LOVE the fact that it improves libido as well), and a tablespoon of coconut oil for instant energy and healthy fats. I added some berries for natural sweetness instead of the highly processed sugar found in most “body building” protein shakes; and voila, a protein smoothie without the powder! Put it in a to-go cup and you’re ready to continue your GTL.

Protein Smoothie without Protein Powder

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup spinach

3 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp ground flax

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tsp maca

1 tsp spirulina

1/2 cup almond milk

1 cup water

irish moss, optional

Directions:

– place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth, enjoy.

Mexican Bur-raw-tos

The internship I did this past Fall really took my healthy cooking skills to the next level. I thought I knew a lot before heading off to Toronto, but when I came back, I was a whole new plant-based, chocolate-y raw, business savvy woman. A little trick I learned along the way was using walnuts in replace of ground beef…

Why Walnuts?

  • walnuts are a good source of monounsaturated fats which promote cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol
  • they are rich in Omega 3 (high in ALA which is the pre-cursor to EPA & DHA), providing anti-inflammatory benefits
  • excellent source of phytonutrients and powerful antioxidant activity
  • concentrated source of the sleep-promoting amino acid l-tryptophan

When you grind walnuts they resemble the meaty texture of ground beef, without all the saturated animal fats. Spice them up however you like, whether it be parsley and basil for spaghetti and walnut balls or chili powder and cumin for a raw home style chili.

But for me, nothing beats authentic Mexican food. Except for this recipe 😉 Take out the freaky hormonal ground meat and the salty melted cheese and you’ve got yourself some raw burritos.

Raw Burritos

Ground Walnut Meat

1 1/2 cup walnuts, soaked

1/2 onion, chopped

2 tbsp cilantro, minced

2 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions

– rinse soaked walnuts and pulse in food processor until crumbly in texture.

– add all other ingredients and pulse until well mixed, scrape sides a couple of times.

8 collard leaves

Toppings

1 cup fresh pico de gallo (diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime, s&p)

1/2 cup sour cream, which is my red pepper mayo minus the red pepper

1 small avocado, sliced

Directions

– wash collard leaves, scoop walnut meat onto each leaf and top with pico de gallo, sour cream, and avocado. Roll up and munch.

Kale Chip Addicts Anonymous

I’m a sucker for chips. Those salty bites of pure bliss are sometimes just too hard to resist. The second that MSG touches my tongue I am a goner. Like any other addict, you can’t just stop at one. Those damn Lays people knew what they were talking about!

Thankfully, I have found my cure. Still a chip yes – but flexified. But unfortunately once an addict. always an addict. I introduce to you kale chips; my new drug of choice.

Cheezy Kale Chips

1 head of kale

1/2 cup cashews, soaked

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp sea salt

Directions:

– wash and dry kale. Break into chip sized pieces

– in a blender (magic bullet does the trick), blend together all other ingredients.

– pour mixture over kale, and mix with your hands until kale is all evenly coated.

– put kale on dehydrator racks or a baking sheet

– dehydrate for 3-4 hours in dehydrator OR bake at your oven’s lowest temperature for 3-4 hours (leave the oven door open a crack for moisture to escape)

– enjoy!

* WARNING CONSUMPTION OF KALE CHIPS MAY CAUSE IMPROVED HEALTH AND OVERALL WELLBEING.

Peanut Butter Love Cups

It’s that special day of the year again (heart eyes emoticon)! As taboo as it is, this is my favorite holiday. I’m just so full of love!

As the hopeless romantic that I am, just like all other women in the world, there is nothing better than getting a sweet box of chocolates from your honey bunny. There is just something about eating a chocolate out of a heart-shaped box guilt free and not having to feel like a big fat piece of poop. Oh but wait a second. You always DO end up feeling like a big fat piece of poop because those chocolates you are eating aren’t actually chocolate, they are processed sugar, caramel colouring, poly-chemical pieces of death wrapped up in pretty red foil wrappers.

So all you men out there, you’re right about getting us chocolates for Vday, but how about this year you get us the real thing? Or even better make it (made with love converts into love making). I’m talking about REAL raw cacao. Some benefits?

– highest food source of antioxidants

– super high in magnesium. That’s why us women crave this stuff around that time of the month-the magnesium soothes cramps and gets rid of the headaches.

– prevents heart disease, promotes a healthy heart…especially around Valentine’s Day!

These peanut butter love cups are like Cupid’s crack. Make them for that special someone and they will instantly fall in love…

Peanut (or any other nut) Butter Love Cups

1/3 cup cacao butter

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/2 cacao powder

1/4 cup raw honey + 1 tsp honey

2 tbsp natural peanut butter

1/8-1/4 tsp arrowroot powder (for thickening)

Directions:

– in a double boiler (pot with water, smaller pot inside pot of water over low heat) melt the cacao butter, coconut oil, cacao powder, and 1/4 cup raw honey together until smooth.

– using a popable ice cube tray, or mini muffin cups, spoon chocolate mixture into the cups just so each of the bottoms are covered. Freeze or refrigerate for 10 minutes.

– …meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together peanut butter, 1 tsp raw honey, and arrowroot powder together until you are able to roll the peanut butter in your hands with out sticking all over the place.

– take chocolate out of freezer, and place a small amount of peanut butter into each of the cups. Pour the rest of the chocolate mixture over cups, until peanut butter is completely covered.

– freeze for another half hour.

– put them in a pretty box and give them to a special someone.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Juicing Without A Juicer

There has been so much interest in my Flexi Juice Cleanse Services! I just sort of started it for fun but now I think I am going to need an industrial sized juicer soon. Is it humanly possible to make 116 juices in one day? That is my goal for Monday. But until then let’s think back to when I didn’t own a juicer (or a vitamix)…

How to juice WITHOUT a juicer.

Equipment

– blender

nut sack or mesh bag or nylon sock

– large bowl

– large bowl

– straw (preferably glass)

1. Put all your veggies in a blender and add about 1 cup of water.

2. Puree that baby for about 2 minutes until it is nice and liquified.

3. Pour mixture into your nut sack over large bowl.

4. Milk that puppy dry.

Use the leftover pulp in homemade muffins, crackers, and dips!

5. Pour juice into glass and slurp it back with your glass straw.

Green Juice

Veggies: kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley, aloe, apple, pear, lemon, ginger

1 cup water

If you want to do a raw juice cleanse without any of the work send me an email/tweet for more info! Stay tuned for my post next week on all the reasons why you have to do my juice cleanse. Have a great weekend everyone and remember stay flexi!

Healthy Food Cook Off

Thanks for all the support from yesterday’s post everyone! I’m getting a lot of interest – I think juicing is going to become my full time job. But until then, I’ll stick to my job at NutriChem Pharmacy

I’m really lucky to be able to work in a place that values health and wellness as much as I do. Like myself, NutriChem is open to all types of healthy diets and lifestyles – we are just here to support you in the journey. My co-workers have similar values (and love of food) as me too, so we thought why not have a healthy food cook off! We are all interested in bettering our health and always trying the newest, wackiest cleanses. Have you ever heard of the N.A.S.T.Y diet? (no alcohol or sugar this year). Really, we’ve tried them all. So we decided to have a challenge of who could make a dish that was both nutritious and delicious.

Sheiglah's Vegetable Salad

Nora's Cucumber Salad

Sarah's Popcorn

All the food was amazing! It was great to taste all the different dishes and of course I made everyone go around and tell me why they think the dish is good for you. We gotta learn don’t we!

Tim's Turmeric Rice

Emma's Veggie Rice Wraps

Suki's Herbed Tomato & Cottage Cheese

Now I obviously know how easy it is to make healthy food taste good, but I was up for the challenge (quick fact, I’m probably the most competitive person you will ever meet). Keepin’ it flexi as always, I decided to make a plant-based version of the classic BLT. So let’s do a comparison shall we…

Classic BLT

– usually made on toasted refined white bread or bagel = insulin spiking glycemic index, absolutely no fiber and no minerals.

– bacon = saturated fat for days, artery clogging, why not just eat the salt off a spoon?

– egg mayonaise = makes you fat.

– tomato and lettuce = woo hoo, a sprinkle of measly lettuce and you are lucky if you get more than one slice of tomato

Flexi BLT

– made on homemade onion bread = raw, boots immune system, high in fiber.

– tempeh bacon = plant based, natural source of enzymes, high protein content.

– red pepper “mayo” spread = raw, high in vitamin C, made with good-for-you fat.

– lettuce and tomato = hydrating romaine and a thick juicy slice of tomato (yay lycopenes!).

Which one will you be eating?

Flexi BLT

2 slices of onion bread

2 strips of tempeh bacon (recipe to follow)

1/2 tbsp red pepper mayo (recipe to follow)

slices of tomato

romaine lettuce

Directions:

– assemble as you would a classic BLT!

Tempeh Bacon

block of organic tempeh

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp tamari

Directions

– slice tempeh into strips

– in a pan over medium heat, add tempeh. Pour olive oil and tamari over tempeh.

– grill each side until crispy

Red Pepper Mayo    – adapted from Meghan Telpner

1/2 cup cashews, soaked

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup red pepper

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

sea salt to taste

Directions

– put all ingedients in a blender/food processor. Process until smooth.

Oh and by the way, I won!

Holy Juice Monkey!

Sorry folks, but I had a busy busy day yesterday juicing my brains out. For a second I thought I was at the Jersey Shore. It left me with no time for a recipe post, but I want to share something with you that’s really, really exciting – Stay Flexi With Lexi now has a new service to offer! Juice Cleanses!

"Juice me! Juice me!" I heard them scream

Doing a juice cleanse is a great way to detox your body and give your digestive system a break. Since you are only drinking liquids, all the nutrients are readily available for absorption with little digesting required (no breaking down if fatty cheeseburgers). Also the great thing about juicing is that the benefits of fruits and vegetables are endless. Vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, protein, enzymes. Are you convinced yet?

I have my first three clients, so all I did yesterday was juice. Sun up to sun down my friends. I’m still finding veg pulp in my hair. Here is a sneak peak…

If you live in the Ottawa area and are interested in doing a Flexi Juice Cleanse let me know.

I have 1 day, 2 day, and 3 day juice cleanses available.

Super Bowl Sundae

I don’t usually do a lot of football watching, but I must admit I am a sucker for the Super Bowl. It’s probably because it’s an excuse for me to cook food. And lots of it.

This year I made Super Bowl Sundaes. Now the difference between my sundae and a sundae you would get at a restaurant watching the game, is that mine is actually good for you. Obviously. All of the ingredients are foods that your body can actually use as fuel. This is what the players should be eating before the big game. It’s jammed packed with good-for-you fats, plant proteins, antioxidants, and a touch of natural sweetness.

The base of this sundae is my homemade ice cream. Who knew that you could make ice cream without dairy? Or an ice cream maker? The creaminess of the coconut milk and the light hint of vanilla makes this ice cream just melt in your mouth. This recipe is SO good and even easier to make. You’ll never buy the real stuff again. This is the real stuff now, because it’s made with real food. Satisfaction guaranteed. Go Giants!

Coconut Ice Cream

1 can organic coconut milk

1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup raw agave syrup

1 tbsp vodka (or any other liquor – this helps the ice cream to stay creamy and not freeze solid)

1 banana, optional (if you want coconut banana ice cream)

Directions

– put all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth

– pour 3/4 of mixture in popable ice cube trays and freeze. Put remaining 1/4 mixutre in the fridge

– once frozen, put everything back into the blender or food processor and process until smooth

* if using a blender, you may have to smoosh the mixture a couple times with a wooden spoon (if you have a Vitamix then you’re golden).

For sundaes, scoop ice cream into a bowl. Top with coconut syrup, banana, cacao nibs, crushed nuts, goji berries, etc.

This Is Why They Invented Onion Goggles

WARNING: DON”T WEAR MAKEUP WHEN MAKING THIS AND LEAVE THE HOUSE FOR THE DAY

When I was away doing my internship I really got intrigued by the idea of raw food. Not that I think I could ever live on a raw diet (I like cooked foods too much, too much time, I like food too much, too much time…), nor do I think anyone should necessarily, but the idea that you can take any staple dish and recreate it into a raw one was so fascinating to me. I’m talking about ANYTHING, you name it. Burritos, spaghetti and meatballs, bacon, cheesecake. I give total kudos to all raw chefs out there – you rawck my world.

When my mom came to visit me, we went to a raw restaurant for dinner where we were introduced to onion bread. Now my mom and I are big carb eaters, so the thought that we could eat bread that was raw and had no flours in it once again rawcked our world. We literally went out a bought a dehydrator the next day.

So apparently onion bread is famous in the raw community, but it’s my goal to make it famous in all communities. I really do think that I could live off of this stuff for the rest of my life. It’s like literally having your cake and eating it too, but with bread. Not only is it the most delicious thing one could ever eat, but it is loaded with omega 3 and 6 and like the name says, it is full of onions (detox party in my mouth). Now like I mentioned above, making this bread will make you cry (tears of joy obviously). So if you don’t have a pair of onion goggles, I suggest that you get some. Unfortunately I left mine back where I was doing my internship. But even lack of onion goggles will not stop me from making this stuff. It’s that good.

Famous Raw Onion Bread

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup ground flax

3 large onions

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tbsp tamari

Directions:

– in a food processor, process the sunflower seeds until fully ground. Transfer to large bowl

– using the grating blade of your processor, grate 2 of the onions. Transfer onions to the large bowl

– using the S blade of your processor, slice the remaining onion and transfer to the large bowl.

– add the ground flax, oil, and tamari. Mix everything really well.

– spread the mixture on your dehydrating sheets (should be 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick)

– dehydrate for 8-10 hours, flipping once.

*put parchment paper on top of your teflex sheets so you don’t ruin them with stinky onion. Nobody like raw cookies that taste like onions!

You don’t need a dehydrator to make this, you can bake it in the oven on a low, low temperature too. Obviously this doesn’t make it raw anymore, but it’s one step at a time. You know I like keepin’ it flexi around here.


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