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Valentine’s Day

Pink Berry Lime Smoothie

If it’s as cold where you live as it is here in Canada, I’m sure the last thing you want is a smoothie. Believe me though, this berry lime smoothie is worth freezing for. If you’re like me and you sometimes crave a smoothie during winter, just make yourself cozy in a pile of blankets (maybe next to a fire place) and enjoy it. This smoothie is the result of a mid-winter smoothie craving and tons ripe avocados that desperately needed to be used. Honestly, I’m not sure why I keep buying avocados from Costco. They’re much cheaper, but I always end up with either 6 hard avocados or 6 overly ripe avocados at the same time. Perfectly ripe avocados, ready to use when you want them. That&#8217…

Creamy Hummus Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Creamy hummus pasta with roasted brussels sprouts. Yes, I just said hummus pasta. This is my new favorite way to eat hummus and I hope you’ll give it a chance too – Trust me, it’s so much better than it sounds! Imagine a creamy, garlicky sauce with salty vegan parmesan and crispy roasted brussels sprouts, all on top of pasta. Not only is it delicious and comforting, but this pasta is also extremely easy. It’s all done in one pot (plus a baking sheet if you’re serving it with brussels sprouts) and the sauce is done with only 3 ingredients: Hummus, garlic powder and lemon juice. That’s it! This is how it goes: Roast the brussels sprouts (you could roast chickpeas too!). Boil the pasta. Save some pasta cooking water. Stir the hummus, water, lemon juice…

Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge

Sugar-free peanut butter freezer fudge. Could there be anything better? The answer is no. Imagine a fudgy bite, perfectly sweetened with dates and lightly salty from the peanut butter. Then top that with melted chocolate for the most delicious chocolate peanut butter favor combination. It’s the ultimate sweet and salty dessert. While this recipe could be considered healthy (it doesn’t have any added sugar and it’s packed with protein and healthy fats from peanut butter), it is quite high in fat. No, not all fats are bad – some are an important part of a healthy diet – but I did use a small amount of cacao butter in this recipe, which gives it a bit of saturated fats. I’m not one to use cacao or coconut butter/oil, but in this recipe, it just works. The…

No-Bake Walnut Granola Bars

No-bake walnut granola bars. A new granola bar recipe to my already extensive list of energy bites and bars. I can’t help it, they’re my all-time favorite snack/dessert. These walnut granola bars are simple and require only 6 ingredients (7 if drizzling with chocolate) and less than 15 minutes. There’s really no better granola bar than homemade. Plus, they’re so much healthier than the sugar-laden pre-packaged bars you find at the store. These walnut granola bars in particular are packed with fiber from dates, oats, nuts and seeds. Also, they offer some omega-3s and protein for a balanced snack. It’s been a very long week around here. I’ve been in bed for 3 days fighting a bug that Shaun passed on to…

Cherry Coconut Overnight Oats

Cherry coconut overnight oats. Easy, creamy, nutritious and filled with all my favorite flavors. As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in our living room, darkened from the clouds and smoke outside. It’s 8:30 am outside, yet it still looks like 5 am. Today marks one week since the smoke invaded the Okanagan and there’s no sign of it going away any time soon. I’m sitting on our couch, the windows opened, deciding that the (finally) cold air from outside is worth the smell of smoke for one morning. The temperatures dropped to the low twenties this weekend after weeks of 30s and 40s. Our apartment has been closed up all week due to that heat and smoke, so I’m choosing to let the cool air come in…