Spring Quinoa Recipe

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I love quinoa. I love quinoa so much that I could probably eat it every day for the rest of my life. It’s yummy, nutty, versatile and so packed full of nutrients it’s kinda crazy.

The downside of quinoa from South America is that the demand for the product in North America is driving up the price so high that the people, native Bolivians and Peruvians, who have cultivated quinoa and lived on it for centuries can no longer afford to purchase it. To counteract this, Canadian grown quinoa is available, called Norquin and grown on our very own prairies. I strongly suggest purchasing this product.

Now for the recipe du jour. I guarantee that a few bites of this salad will leave you feeling so healthy and good!

3 cups quinoa
1 mango, cut into chunks
1 can black beans
1 avocado
red onion, diced
parsley

dressing: olive oil, balsamic, maple syrup to taste

That easy. I hope you like it as much a I do!

The Voice

There is a voice inside of you

That whispers all day long,

“I feel this is right for me,

I know that this is wrong.”

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend

Or wise man can decide

What’s right for you–just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.”

Shel Silverstein

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Raw Vegan-licious

Eating an 80% raw diet is a really good goal to work towards for vibrant health. Raw food gives you so much more energy and glowing skin too. I love the health benefits, but I definitely have a big sweet tooth to deal with. Below is one of my favourite recipes when I’m craving something ultra-sweet. This recipe satisfies my sugar craving while making me feel uber-heathly at the same time. Enjoy!

CHOCO-BLISS BALLS

Ingredients:

1.5 tsp raw maca powder (optional)

1 tbsp organic ground cinnamon

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1/4 cup organic dark chocolate chips

8-10 soft medjool dates, pits removed

1/2 cup raw almonds

1 tsp pure organic vanilla extract

Place all ingredients into a high power food processor and blend until small pebbles form. Roll into balls and refrigerate. Makes approximately 10 cookie balls.

In case you are curious, below is a little info on the two key ingredients:

MACA: This plant is known as the Peruvian “ginseng” even though it’s not ginseng at all. However, it is known to increase energy, stamina, libido and reduce stress. It is an adaptogen, meaning, it’s important to take over a longer period of time to notice the effects. Maca is also very nourishing to the pituitary and hypothalmus glands, making it a very hormonally balancing food.

Raw Cacao: The purest form of chocolate on planet earth! This food’s effect on mood and libido is due to it’s natural chemicals including anandamide and PEA which are known to make you feel more “blissful” and “loving”. Additionally, this libido-booster stimulates feel good hormones such as endorphins and may increase serotonin since it’s a source of tryptophan. Raw cacao is also an excellent source of antioxidants.

Kimmie

Kimmie

Retreat

My aching shoulder muscles, clenched teeth and disrupted sleep have been telling me that it was time to flee the city for a few days so I decided to peruse the internet and find a  few options for a quick escape from my busy city life. Since I’ve never been to Galiano and it’s only an hour away from Vancouver, it was the obvious choice for an easy, hassle free retreat. I hopped on the Galiano Island ferry and an hour later landed on a laid back, nature-lovin’ paradise.

My home away from home for the weekend was the gorgeous Galliano Inn. It was overlooking the Harbour and a peaceful, tranquil Garden of Eden. The Inn has a perfect layout with every room facing the ocean. Morning coffee was drank while lounging on a lawn chair, watching the ferries sail in and out and in the evening, I sat by the fireplace with a glass of red wine and watched the sunset. Bliss.

Beautiful hikes are everywhere and yoga classes are available in a round, garden room with instructor Kasumi.

Kasumi teaches a gentle hatha yoga and has a beautiful soothing voice. So soothing that one of my classmates fell asleep and started snoring part way through our practice. True yogic relaxation!

http://www.galianoinn.com/site/the-spa/yoga-meditation-and-holistic-healing.html

At night, after the sunset, I would sit on the lawn by the ocean and listen to the stillness. The sound of pure silence. It was such a joy and a relief. In my city apartment there is always some kind of background noise and to hear total quiet felt like pure zen peace.

It’s necessary, I think, to occasionally leave the hustle and bustle of the city and get in touch with yourself, your soul and the gentle quietness of nature. Galiano was the wild paradise that gave me my equilibrium back.

Take  a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew  your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. – John Muir