Plant-Based Fall Party Platter (Vegan AND Paleo Approved)

Plant-Based Fall Party Platter (Vegan AND Paleo Approved)

This is my second time taking part in the Vancity Virtual Potluck hosted by Piquant Marketing. Back in the Spring when I last took part in this event, I really enjoyed putting together a dish and connecting with so many other local bloggers. It was a lot of fun to see what people came up with for their submissions and I'd be lying if I didn't admit I was thrilled about the new followers I gained from taking part. 

One thing I noticed however, was that submissions that weren't completely plant-based tended to have lower engagement from other bloggers involved and people in general following on Instagram. 

Vegetarianism and veganism are very popular eating styles today especially in a city like Vancouver - where people tend to be very conscious of sustainability and meat consumption. I am a big fan of all plant-based diets don't get me wrong but I also recognize that for many people being one-hundred percent meat free is not an option.

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Flavours of Fall Smoothie Part 1: Recipes

Flavours of Fall Smoothie Part 1: Recipes

Don't doubt fall my friends! This time of year offers plenty of in season vegetables and fruits that create some incredibly warming flavours when perfectly combined. Say goodbye to your summer smoothie staples like bananas and coconut - and hello to your new best friends like fall squash, late season stone fruits and berries and warming spices like nutmeg, allspice, cloves and cinnamon.

In Paleolithic times, your primal ancestors ate with the seasons. Obviously because they had to but also because nature provided a perfectly synchronized growth and harvest of different foods and herbs for them to forage seasonally that catered to their bodies' physical needs and demands.

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No B.S. Coconut Unicorn Smoothie - (Raw, Vegan, Paleo)

No B.S. Coconut Unicorn Smoothie - (Raw, Vegan, Paleo)

I think we've all seen the infamous Starbucks Unicorn Frappe by now. Whether you've tried it and loved it or not, there is no denying that one of those pretty pink and blue coloured frappuccino drinks packs a hefty insulin spike for your blood sugar and has to be hard on any organs responsible for filtering and eliminating toxins like artificial colourings and flavourings from the body.

Curious as I am, I wanted to know what ingredients Starbucks...

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Local Superfood Series Entry #3 - Bee Pollen

Local Superfood Series Entry #3 - Bee Pollen

As a Conservationist I am skeptical, as a Nutritionist I am intrigued. Bee Pollen is yet another trending superfood that is often harvested from the West Coast of BC. Amidst it's popularity for being an all-encompassing nutritional food, bee population decline is a very real thing primarily linked to the quality and quantity of livable habitat. 

For human beings this food offers an impressive variety of vitamins and minerals, it is thought to have immune boosting and anti-cancerous properties...

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Amenorrhea and how it robbed me of my sexuality.

Amenorrhea and how it robbed me of my sexuality.

Whenever the topic of hormones or periods (I'm talking about menstrual cycles here people..) comes up with friends, I often get the same response when I share my story. I'm twenty-five and I lost my period two and a half years ago. I get a lot of people saying to me "Are you kidding, that's a dream come true!" or "I skip my sugar pills every month just so I don't get my period". The way I see it, these women just don't know what they have.

No other experience in my life has stolen my 'womanhood' or sense of vitality more than losing my period.
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A thought I felt worth sharing.

A thought I felt worth sharing.

I wasn't planning on taking a photo of my lunch today but right before sitting down to enjoy, a thought I felt worth sharing came to mind..

As a nutritionist all I can hope for is that I am able to guide and support my clients to making lifestyle and dietary changes that are truly enjoyable, that fit within their needs, that make them feel nourished, satisfied and never...

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The little herb that could.

The little herb that could.

What a perfect example of how through the seasons, Mother Nature provides us with what we need to stay alive and well. During the summer months Echinacae shows off its' beautiful purple petals, which soak up the daylights sun and sends deep into it's roots a reserve of energy. When the days begin to cool and the petals tuck back on this plant in fall, the roots are ready for harvesting.

Echinacea angustifolia and E. purpurea I'm certain will be popular herbs this coming cold and flu season. Growing up I had an aunt who would give us...

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