Nutrition & Wellness

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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You + the Sun: Vitamin D and Protection

You + the Sun: Vitamin D and Protection

Well, I’m sitting here in Costa Rica with some pretty red shoulders (and, a pretty patterned body overall). Conveniently, I saw a post on Instagram by the knowledgeable, practical and widely respected Megan Telpner on sun protection and vitamin D. It was info she was sharing from Living Libations. (I highly recommend following Megan on instagram for tons of tips: @MeganTelpner). My father and I have often argued about sunscreen. Yes, I believe that baking for hours and hours is a terrible idea. But, I also don’t love slathering myself in toxic sunscreen. What’s a girl to do? When you know your body, you can sort of tell how much time you’ll be...

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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 16: Health Food Store

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 16: Health Food Store

Essence of Life is one of my favourite health food stores in the city. It is inexpensive, the staff are helpful, and it has everything I am looking for when it’s time to stock up on groceries, supplements, beauty products… you name it. Yesterday I had the perfect snowy Sunday afternoon simply taking my time perusing through the tight yet super-stocked aisles, putting a basket together of both things on my list, and things that jogged my inspiration while there. Moonbeam coffee in hand. Head over to Kensington market and check out this little gem of a shop. You won’t be disappointed! Plus, it has wonderful health-inspired stocking stuffers....

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