Nutrition & Wellness

Review: Nature’s Palate Paleo Condiments

Review: Nature’s Palate Paleo Condiments

After seeing the ingredient lists on these new condiments that have just hit the market, Nature’s Palate, I decided to whip up some simple food to give them a try and see if the delicious factor matches the clean, whole ingredients factor. Nope, you don’t have to be “paleo” to eat a food that claims itself to be paleo – I have eating habits that feature predominantly whole, unprocessed foods and have been so long before a paleo diet became defined and labelled. So, if you follow a paleo diet, OR if you prefer to eat healthy, clean and whole foods, you might want to try this product for some time-saving and delicious dishes. I scooped up...

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Fresh Restaurants, New Menu: Green Poutine

Fresh Restaurants, New Menu: Green Poutine

Vegan or avoiding dairy and dying to indulge just like everybody else? Well, on one of those days when you just feel like getting a little bad or consuming something a bit heavier, you can head over to Fresh and grab the Green Poutine. The french fries are just french fries, no healthy twist. So, again, it’s not a HEALTH food, it’s an indulgence suited for an infrequent visit, not your daily lunch. But we all need those indulgences. Slightly more angelic are the steamed greens (chard etc.), roasted mushroom gravy and even the fresh “cheese” sauce which develops its orange colour from carrot and sweet potato. The chef has mastered this...

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Fresh Restaurants, New Menu: Phytosalad and Trail Mix Power Shake

Fresh Restaurants, New Menu: Phytosalad and Trail Mix Power Shake

THE PHYTOSALAD. This is one of my favourites of the new additions to the menu at Fresh. This salad blew my mind the first time I tried it – what a delicious combo of flavours. First of all, the edible flowers are of course a lovely touch. But combine those microgreens and sprouts with the soba noodles, tofu steaks (I also like it with the marinated tofu cubes) in the tahini-esque 3-6-9 dressing and you end up shovelling this awesome contrast in your mouth like it’s some bad-for-you comfort food. But it’s not. It’s fresh, delicious and green. Add to that base the sweet greens peas, crispy onions, toasted nuts, fresh mint, nappa cabbage and...

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Fresh Restaurants, New Menu: Transformer, Squash Tacos and Deep Chocolate Supermilk

Fresh Restaurants, New Menu: Transformer, Squash Tacos and Deep Chocolate Supermilk

I’m making my way through the new items on the Fresh Restaurants‘ menu, which most of you will know is a top favourite take-out / dine-in option of mine in the city of Toronto (soon to be expanding – next up is Montreal!). Yesterday a friend and I ate the Squash Tacos, the Transformer salad and the Deep Chocolate Supermilk on my very windy rooftop. Despite losing a chunk of cilantro here and there to the gusts – what a great meal. The Transformer is one that I’m very excited about, having been involved in coming up with the name. Its concept is in part a spin-off of Pure Transformation Personal Training, the name of my business. Because...

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Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snacks

I’ve posted about this before, but we all need refreshers! You should never go longer than four hours without some fuel, so when your days are long and meals are widely spread out, you have to make sure you have some balanced in-betweeners to keep your blood sugar levels stable, energy high and body burning as it should. Here are some great healthy snack ideas to bring with you to work and/or to have throughout the day to bridge your meals. 4-5 dates stuffed with 4 -5 walnuts 1 organic apple, sprinkled with cinnamon, 1 tbsp almond butter 1/4 cucumber, 1/2 tomato and 2 tbsp hummus 1 hard boiled egg and an orange 5-6 dried mango slices and a 5-6 brazil nuts 4 hard...

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My Lifesaver: FitOrganix

My Lifesaver: FitOrganix

Recently I was forced to assess my workload and come up with solutions to always feeling behind. Sometimes we have to restrict or scale down some passionate intent, when it can (over time) develop into wildfire. I don’t know a soul who’s never gotten carried away by something (or someone) they love. Organization is the ultimate key to success, no matter what one seeks efficiency in. Both lifestyle and business can see a complete nosedive or burnout with a lack of organization, OR, a well-fueled and completely sustainable strong machine, with its appropriate application. Sustainability is as important a concept to pay mind to in life as it is in our food. The...

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