Smoothies with Vega One Protein Powder

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I know it has been waaaay to long since I did a blog post!! I have been so busy. When I first started this blog I seemed to have a lot more free time and energy to keep up the blogging and the new recipes…. Now I barley have time to eat and sleep! I have been thinking about changing the name and purpose of my blog to more of a lifestyle blog so I can blog more about my new passion and career in Home Staging and Decorating. Anyone have any name suggestions??

The good people over at Vega contacted me and asked if I would like to receive some FREE samples and of course I said YES. I love smoothies and I really like adding extra protein to make them more filling. They really hooked me up and send me this very fancy box filled with goodies, including almond milk and 5 different flavours to try! I really liked the chocolate and the mocha. I like to blend my Vega One powder up with frozen bananas, avocado and almond milk. I think I will go pick up some frozen berries this weekend and make some vanilla shakes ASAP. 😉 What is your favourite flavour or smoothie recipe?

xx Malika

 

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By | Sep 17th, 2016|Product Review, Uncategorized|1 Comment

PB&J Protein Smoothie

PB&J Smoothie

Happy Hump Day! 🙂 Have you heard of this great new company called Livwell?! They’re a small family owned company that make organic and GMO free protein powder. Livwell’s goal was to make a vegan protein powder with benefical superfoods that bring nourishment to the body and mind and taste great. They have 2 flavours of raw plant protein powder: raw cocao and wild vanilla bean. They both taste great, and contain: 17 grams protein per serving, 28% DV iron per serving, amazing amino acid profile, 6 grams of fibre per serving, 100% plant-based and is highly digestible. I love finding small companies that are doing it right and giving them my support. They were kind enough to send me a bunch of samples of their product and I am grateful.

We all loved a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a kid right?! Well this smoothie combo is kinda of like that….. 😉 The blueberries and vanilla make the smoothie taste kinda jammy and they peanut butter and banana make it thick and creamy. A winning combination in my books. Try it for yourself!

xx Malika

Livwell Plant protein

PB&J Protein Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen wild organic blueberries
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1 package of livwell vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbs almond or peanut butter
Instructions
  1. In your blender, blend all the ingredients together for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Awesome Smoothie recipe

By | Sep 2nd, 2015|Breakfast, Product Review|0 Comments

Coquitlam Farmers Market Day

Coquitlam Farmers Market

Happy long weekend! 🙂 May long weekend has always been a favourite of mine. It always reminds me that summer is right around the corner. 😉 This year I didn’t plan too much, we mostly hung out and enjoyed our free time. Yesterday I hit the Coquitlam Farmers market with my 5 year old son. I love going to local farmers markets and finding fresh local food, hearing live music and meeting new people. Food just tastes better when it’s grown on a smaller scale and the farmer cares about his product. I especially love supporting the food trucks, my belly does too. They always seem like they are owned and operated by a family and you know they are putting some love into your food.

THe goods fromt the market

I scored some great local and organic produce as you can see from the picture above. I can’t wait to make some zucchini noodles this week. I also picked up some gorgeous rapini  with their yellow buds attached and I’m excited to find a recipe to use these in as well. I also nabbed a jar of homed sauerkraut, I love me some probiotic food. 😉 I had no idea that farmers markets could sell alcohol until yesterday. I think it’s new, I stopped at the Kalala Organic Wine table and tried a few wines. I went home with the Cru Nomad 2012 bottle of white wine and it was very tasty. 😉 This wine was a nice blend of varieties including; pino gris, sauvignon blanc and gewurtraminer. I highly recommend it, the winery is in the Okanagan. [one_half last=”no” class=”” id=””]

Quinoa Breat

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Kalala Wine

[/one_half] Me and my son Preston like to head to the market hungry so we can try some of the local food truck vendors. My son loves his grilled cheese so we stopped at the Cheese St Grill truck and he ordered the 3 cheese sandwich. I got their rustic organic homemade tomato soup and we split this massive basket of food. There were hand cut kettle chips and dill pickles included in our lunch. Tasty comfort food for sure! 🙂 [one_half last=”no” class=”” id=””]

Grilled cheese

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Cheese st grill

[/one_half] I also picked up some tasty gluten free quinoa bread from Delish Gluten Free Bakery. This was my first time seeing this vendor and I was eager to try their bread. I try to avoid eating too much gluten as it aggravates my stomach. It’s actually harder then you think to find a decent gluten free bread that tastes good. I was happy to discover that this great local company doesn’t use any nasty ingredients to make their bread taste better. Plus the bread has extra protein because its made with quinoa. 😉 If you live out in the Tri-Cities I highly recommend checking out the Coquitlam farmers market, it runs every Sunday until October!

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By | May 18th, 2015|Product Review|0 Comments

Review: DoTerra Essential Oils

DoTerra Oils

Happy Friday y’all. 🙂 I love Easter long weekend, don’t you?! My mom always made it special with easter egg hunts, family outings and special foods like hot cross buns. I am continuing the tradition with my little 5 year old. I want to share with you, some great essential oils from DoTerra. A very old friend of mine is a distributor of DoTerra and asked if I would like some samples……YES PLEASE! 😉 I love essential oils but I had no idea you could use them in so many different ways. I knew they were good for relaxing and making homemade beauty products but there are so many other ways to use them. You can make your own fabric softener, cleaning solution, hand sanitizer, you can cook with them and more. I received 7 oils to try: peppermint, lavender, lemon, cinnamon, wild orange, digest-zen and slim & sassy.

Apple Chips

I went onto the DoTerra recipes page and found a great recipe for cinnamon apple chips. I knew this would make a tasty snack and make my house smell divine. Super simple and easy to make. Here are the instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees, then thinly slice 2 organic apples with your mandolin.

2. Put a few drops of DoTerra cinnamon oil into a small dish with one tblsp of coconut sugar.

3. Spread out the  apple chips on parchment paper covered baking sheets, then sprinkle over the sugar mix.

4.Bake in the overn for 45-55 minutes.

Yoga Spray

I go to hot yoga a few times a week and my mat gets covered in sweat and bacteria front he hot yoga studio. I just ran out of my matt cleaner, so I decided this would be the perfect time to start making my own. I just filled my empty spray bottle with water and added a few drops of the lavender essential oil. Voila, perfect for sanitizing my mat and making it smell great. 😉 I am always finding myself dehydrated……I’m the worst. I need to start carrying a water bottle around with me all the time to remind myself to drink more water. I love lemon water, it just tastes better! I decided to try using a few essential oil lemon drops in my water. So refreshing and hydrating! 😉 I highly recommend these essential oils to anyone. I can’t wait to use them in some of my future recipes…..Im thinking lavender scones…!?! If you need more info on these products, contact my friend Sheila at DoTerra.

By | Apr 3rd, 2015|Product Review|0 Comments

Review: Vegan Restaurant called Be Love

Bliss Salad

Wow! I love going to new restaurants and trying out delicious food, especially when the whole menu is gluten and dairy free!! I am over on the Island in Victoria, visiting my family for Spring Break. I have been hearing about this restaurant Be Love for a while now and was just dying to try everything. 😉 The food was amazing, everything we ordered was fresh and delicious. What makes this place even cooler is that I know the family who opened it. I went to the same high school on Salt Spring Island with two of the owners family members, what a small world!

Cashew Cheese

Be Love offers sustainable organic food to heal the body, mind & soul. All of the menu items are vegan and gluten free. They use locally sourced, organic ingredients and I think all the food is made with LOVE. 😉 They even have a “love bowl” which I didn’t try but sounded delicious. The love bowl is the first menu item I have ever seen that is priced by donation!! Wow they really want healthy food to be available to everyone. 🙂 The menu says “we believe that everyone deserves a warm healthy organic meal. be love offers the love bowl on a donation basis. no one is turned away.” Amazing!!

Be Love

Me and my mom decide to order 3 different menu items to share, so we could try more food. 😉 We got a “bliss” salad which was unreal, it had local baby greens, shredded carrot & beet, cucumber, tomato, avocado, olives, sprouts & hemp hearts with tahini-lemon dressing. We also shared a raw crackers and “cheeze” plate, which was made of raw multi-seed crackers, almond ‘pumpernickel’ with fermented cashew cheeze & fig chutney. Last but not least we got the Beet Fritters which were served with cashew ‘sour cream’ & beet relish. We went for lunch so we didn’t sample any of their bar menu but they have some amazing wine options and unique cocktails. The next time I visit I must try the kombucha whiskey sour!! I highly recommend trying this nourishing and innovative restaurant if you are living in Victoria or visiting the city.

xx  Malika

Beet and quinoa fritters

By | Mar 20th, 2015|Product Review|0 Comments

Review: Have you guys checked out Minted?!

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I hope you all are having a great Saturday. 🙂 It’s a miserable raining day here in Vancouver, it seems like the perfect day to stay warm and cozy inside and order pretty things online. That is exactly what I am currently doing. 😉 Have you guys heard of Minted ?! It’s a great website where you can find all things girly, like personalized stationary, wedding invitations, holiday cards and wall art. I recently teamed up with Minted to promote their Save the Date Collection, and although I am not currently planning my own wedding these cards are awesome and I would recommend them to anyone. My sister just got married last year and she would have loved their great selection of card styles.

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After reviewing their website and online store, I am in love with their products. I am defiantly going to order a personalized monthly planner notebook and some business cards for my blog. Everything on their site is sooooo pretty and I want one of everything. 😉 They have some great paper products including, invitations, party menus, gift tags and address labels. I loved this photo from their blog of a kids party with masks, min burgers and cute menus! My son it having his 6th birthday this summer……..maybe I can steel some ideas. If you are home today and shopping online, I definitely think checking out their website is worth a few minutes of your time. 😉

Minted

**This is a sponsored post. All words and opinions are my own**

By | Jan 25th, 2015|Product Review|0 Comments