Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich Without Bread

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I found this recipe for a gluten free alternative to a peanut butter sandwich. Just use apple slices instead of bread!

Ingredients

2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons granola

Method

If you won’t be eating these tasty treats right away, start by brushing the apples slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.

From: http://blog.wayspa.com/wayspa-recipe-tuesdays-apple-peanut-butter-sandwhich/

Red Lentil Stew with Beets Recipe

ImageA few days ago I was looking for a recipe that would boost my energy level and in particular was searching for a recipe that had lentils. I’m not usually a fan of beets, but I decided to give it a try. I didn’t happen to have any beets on hand so I substituted them for beet powder and it turned out quite delicious! Here is a link to the site: http://www.greenster.com/magazine/red-lentil-stew-with-beets/

Hearty Red Lentil Stew with Beets:

1 C dried red lentils
½ C quinoa
½ medium beet root, shredded
1 inch piece of ginger, chopped
¼ C diced red onion
1 bay leaf
4 C water
1 Tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric powder
Fresh lime wedge, black pepper and rock salt as garnish

Place lentils, quinoa, shredded beet, ginger, onion, bay leaf and water in a pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  During the last 5-10 minutes, heat coconut oil in a small separate skillet.  Lightly saute cumin seeds, coriander and turmeric for 1-3 minutes on medium heat (making sure they don’t burn).  Add oil & spice mixture to the red lentil stew and mix.  I do a little taste test here and sometimes add more spices plus a little salt and pepper 😉

Wanderlust Tremblant

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Last month over the weekend of August 23rd, I went to Wanderlust Tremblant. Wanderlust is a yoga, music, and nature festival that takes place in beautiful locations around North America. I was so excited when they announced that they were coming to Mont-Tremblant. Only 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from my hometown!! This was a first for the festival and was on a trial run, but the turnout was great, it was completely sold out! I drove up friday afternoon and enjoyed walking around the village. It was such a beautiful weekend. Later that night I watched one of the many performances that took place and then was off to bed, I had a 6:00am wakeup call! Early saturday morning I woke up to take my first class at 8:00am called SUP Paddleboard Yoga. I was a little hesitant to sign up for this class at first, but boy am I so glad that I did! I thought I was crazy thinking that I could balance on a Paddleboard on the lake, let alone trying to do any yoga poses! It was such an incredible experience and surprisingly it wasn’t that difficult to catch my balance. My class was taught by two wonderful teachers; Nadia Bonenfant and Mélissa Vaillancourt. To read more about SUP yoga visit this website: http://ksf.ca/en/sup/sup-yoga/

The following class I took was at 10:00am called Intro To Slackline. I was also a bit hesitant to take this class as well, but getting out of my comfort zone and meeting all the people in my class that were just as nervous as me, made things better. On top of it, the name of the class had the word “Intro” in it, so I figured I was safe! This class was led by The Yogaslackers (Brendan DeVincent and Link Zampino). These guys were so much fun and made you feel completely at home. To learn more about The Yogaslackers and Slacklining visit their website: http://www.yogaslackers.com

My last class of the day called Magically Hips was taught by the lovely Eoin Finn. I can truly say that this class changed my life…well my yoga life. Even with a class of 100 people Eoin somehow managed to introduce new poses and teach in such detail, which is something that is not easy to do with a crowd so big. I learnt so much in that class and can truthfully say that it was definitely my favorite yoga class I have taken thus far. Not to mention, the guy is hilarious! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard!! If you ever have a chance to take a class taught by Eoin, I highly recommend it. Even if you’re just a beginner yogi, it’s ok because he gives variations to all of his poses making his classes suitable for all levels. To find out if Eoin is coming to teach somewhere near you, check out his site: http://www.blissology.com

All in all, I had a blast at Wanderlust Tremblant. Meeting such open-minded people, making new yogi friends, and hanging out with old yogi friends, I can say as cheesy as it sounds, it was the best weekend of my life! So excited for next year!! To learn more about Wanderlust Festivals and to join in on the fun next year, click the following link: http://wanderlustfestival.com

Liebster Award

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I started my blog a couple of months ago and then I kind of abandoned it! It was only when I got a notification that Fay (fayness) had nominated me for a Liebster Award that I decided I should start blogging again. Thanks Fay for nominating my blog and for motivating me to get back on to blogging!! This award is for blogs that have under 200 followers and its purpose is to get those blogs noticed and have them gain more followers. I also think it is a great way to find cool blogs, meet new people, and learn more about the world of blogging. The rules for the Liebster Awards are as follows:

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
  3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers.
  4. You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

These are the questions that I was asked:

  1. No.1 place you would like to visit?

This is a tough one! There is so many beautiful places in the world that I would love to visit. Right now I am trying to work on going to Volunteer in Ghana after I graduate, so for right now that is my No.1 place I would like to visit.

2. Program or series you could watch every day on repeat?

Friends! I pretty much know every line to every episode. I could never get tired of it.

3. Three people (dead or alive) you would love to have over for dinner?

-Sri K Pattabhi Jois

-Nick Jonas

-My Sitto (grandmother)

4. Favourite season of the year and why?

As much as I love to feel the sand between my toes and the ocean breeze in my hair…I’m Canadian, born and raised in Montreal! One of my favorite things to do is cuddle up on the couch with a cup of tea, on a cold stormy winter day and watch the snow fall down. It really is a beautiful sight to see. (Now if only I had someone to cuddle with! haha) Skiing is also a big hobby of mine so I would have to say that Winter is definitely my favorite season of the year.

5. Song that reminds you of your childhood?

Torn by Natalie Imbruglia — I remember coming home from school and always hearing this song playing on the radio.

6. Favourite chick flick (or just any movie) of all time?

Catch Me If You Can — it’s not a chick flick, but I love it!

7. Who has been the most influential person in your life?

For me it is very difficult to just choose one person. So many people in my life have influenced me. For the most part I would say that every member of my family has influenced me in one way or another. Growing up I’ve had so many teachers from elementary school to college to my yoga teachers today that have greatly influenced me and have helped shaped the person I am today. I am so grateful for all the amazing people I have in my life!

8. How do you order your coffee?

I don’t drink coffee, but if you want to talk tea, I’m your girl!

9. What is your best asset?

Kindness. I try my best to be kind to everyone that I encounter throughout my day. Whether I know the person or not, sometimes just a smile can brighten up someones day. You never know what someone is going through.

10. If you could only have one last meal, what would it be?

This is another tough one because i’m a foodie. To be honest I really don’t think I can answer this question!!

Here are my questions for my nominated bloggers to answer:

1. If you were famous, what would your alias be when you checked into a hotel?

2. What is something that you love about yourself now, but bothered you as a child?

3. Are you spontaneous or do you like routine?

4. What are you excessively obsessive-compulsive about?

5. What is something that you do, but always tell your kids not do to?

6. If a song was written about you, what would it be called?

7. If you could live in a different country, where would it be and why?

8. Where is your favourite place to go to get peace and quiet?

9. What is a recent goal that you accomplished?

10. When was the last time you did something for the first time?

My nominated blogs:

My Gluten-Free Life…

A Settled Stomach A fine WordPress.com site

Naturally DIY

Telling Type 1 Diabetes Who’s Boss.

12 Months of Lent

Veda Health

The Holistic Coach

Fierce is the New Pink

Miss Bliss Yoga

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