Thursday, September 24, 2015

CLIF Organic Trail Mix Bar

I discovered CLIF energy bars a few years ago and went nuts for them. I used to stock up on the various flavours and was sure to always keep one on hand for after yoga or before a workout. My brother in law would tease me. What long hike are you doing? How many miles did you bike? CLIF energy bars are great source of protein and provide energy for extreme athletes.

I  brought CLIF  Energy Bars with me on my hike through the alps.. 

A steep descent
 Shepherding these goats was hard work ;)

I  also brought CLIF energy bars with me when I went to China, in case we got hungry and needed fuel throughout the day. My friends were laughing at me, because 5 minutes of walking on the Great Wall of China and I said I needed to stop and eat a CLIF bar.  Hey- I definitely needed energy to climb all these stairs!

Juliet, A, D (back)  and me (front)

Looking a bit tired
So needless to say, I was thrilled to hear about CLIF Organic Trail Mix Bars. Good for any time and perfect for when you might want a lighter snack. They come in several flavours:
  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter- these ones are my favourite! 
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond
  • Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Raspberry
  • Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt
  • Coconut Almond Peanut
Notice a trend? As a chocolate lover, these flavours are right up my alley. I will forgive Clif Bar Company for having one flavour without chocolate. But only because it has coconut.  These bars are gluten free and don't contain oats. All the bars are Vegan and vegetarian.  

They retail for $1.99 and can be found in most major grocery stores and natural food stores such as Loblaws, Whole Foods, Sobeys, Wal-Mart, Longos, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, Save on Foods, Federated Coop, Calgary Coop, IGA, Costco, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Rexall, Jean Coutu, most airports, Mac’s, Couche-Tard, Shell, Canadian Tire, 7 Eleven, Moutain Equipment Coop, Running Room, Sport Chek,,

For more information, check out the CLIF bar website

** Disclaimer: I was provided with CLIF bars for the purpose of doing this review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sauteed Shishito Peppers

If you are in Ottawa, you will know that we have an abundance of markets, especially during the summer. My sister and bro-in-law were up visiting this weekend and we checked out a few of them that I had not been to before. One was a smaller one, Ottawa Organic Farmer's Market, located at the back of Canadian Tire and also had some booths inside Canada Care Medical was a strange location with a bit of a weird ambiance. The other was the Main Farmer's Market, formerly at St Paul's University on Main Street, which has now moved outside the Museum of Nature. It was so hot out, so we were melting but other than that, the market was great. While we were there we saw some Shishito green peppers and decided to get some to cook with supper.

I had never heard of these peppers before. Eating them can be a bit like playing Russian Roulette as apparently 1 in every 10 or so is spicy and the rest are sweet. The variety we got were all sweet. These were easy to make ( Claire whipped them up in about 10 minutes) and were delicious!

- Shishito peppers
- garlic
- lemon juice
- sea salt or other coarse salt
- olive oil

Heat oil on high heat in a pan. Cook peppers until they start to blister on all sides. Add some minced garlic at the last minute. Remove from pan and put on a plate to serve. Sprinkle with salt and a little lemon juice. Enjoy!

Monday, August 03, 2015

OH she glows - Out the door Chia Power (doughnuts) Muffins

Like I mentioned I want to try a different recipe every week and as you can tell it's not been a week. 

I decided to make these out the door chia power muffins. I do run around a lot and have a lot of activities that get my body going and make me hungry. So I thought this would be perfect for before the gym, right after work when I'm always looking for something to eat to build up my energy again or before going to the gym in the morning..

These seemed perfect so I went ahead and made them. Preheat the oven to 150°C (about 350F).

This is what you'll need

3/4 cup gluten fre oat flour (I used normal spelt free flour)
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I just went for what looked right)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup or any other liquid sweetener
1/3 cup soya milk un-sweetend (the recipe normally calls for non dairy milk)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I used 2)

Dump all the dry ingredients into a bowl.

I then mixed them together

 Then I added the liquids and mixed them together too.

I then filled little muffin liners, making out exactly 12 muffins :) 

After 18 minutes I took the muffins out of the oven, personally I think I baked them a bit too long although the book recommends 22-26 minutes at 150°, it may be though that I should have baked it for less because it's not a doughnut or it's too thick, I'm not sure.

 This is what the muffins look like out of the baking tray.

 Up close and personal.

 From the inside. They're surprisingly nice and crunchy due to the chia seeds, which I love! 

This recipe was super easy to make as well and I enjoyed baking the muffins, I will definitely try out this recipe again and maybe add some lemon icing to the muffins I already have. I've had one already and can't wait to have another tomorrow :)

Happy baking :)

Sunday, August 02, 2015

OH she glows - Effortless Vegan Overnight Oats

My dearest beloved cousin El who runs this lovely blog gave me this fantastic Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela London over a year ago and now I'm finally using it.

I've starting trying to watch more what I eat and what I eat when, now that I'm slowly getting bored of cereal for breakfast I made up my mind and decided to try and use a new recipe from the Oh She Glows cookbook at least once a week.

My first recipe I chose to make was the Effortless Vegan Overnight Oats.

I loved it so did dad and my aunt. I made this the first time two days ago and made another portion today so that I've got something delicious to eat for breakfast and dinner tomorrow and the day after :)

What you'll need:

1 cup oats the book uses (gluten-free rolled oats, I used what I had at home)
1 1/2 cups almond milk 
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 large banana, mashed 
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

Dump all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them together like so:

Place in the fridge overnight and take out the next morning to enjoy :) The recipe makes three portions so place some in a bowl before adding whatever you want to it :)

This is what the overnight oats look like, simply delicious! 

I added honey, goji berries, cranberry powder from arctic power berries and some fresh blueberries. It was so delicious, filling and super healthy of course :) 

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Easy Peasy Avocado Pasta

If there's one food I'm addicted to it's avocados so when I found a recipe for avocado pasta I knew it was love at first sight and I had to make it immediately for my dad and uncle.

We finished the WHOLE bowl of pasta, and it sure as hell was a lot of pasta! 

Look at this beautiful avocado.. mhmmmmm

What you'll need:

1x Avocado
1/2 Lemon
1 Garlic Clove
A handful of basil 
A handful of tomatoes 
and pasta as you please.

Boil the pasta and mix together the lemon, avocado and basil leaves. I used a hand blender, it came out nice and creamy. Once the pasta is ready, drain it put it in a serving bowl mix in the avocado mousse and add the cut up tomatoes.

Here's a photo of the massive avocado pasta portion I made :) Mhmm mhmm mhmmm 

I can highly recommend this if you're home and want something easy and quick to make ;)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Mini Zucchini, Potato cakes

A couple of weeks ago I made some potato, zucchini cakes. I got the recipe off the internet somewhere but I can't find it anymore..

First off preheat the oven to 180 degrees C :)

I used: about 5 potatoes

1 huge zucchini
2 eggs
a bunch of parmesan 

and that's it :) 

So cut the potatoes and zucchini into slim slices, mix together the eggs, cheese some salt and pepper and pour it over the potato and zucchini slices as shown in the photos below.

Once you've mixed the potatoes and zucchini with the egg mixture as good as one can place the pieces into a cupcake form baking tray. 

 Place the tray into the oven and keep it there for 20-25 minutes.

Whilst the food was baking I made a salad, some lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and avocado.

 Tada, once these beautiful babies are out of the oven they look like this (points down)

Bonne Apetite 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Sunshine Grilling Time

It's warm, sunny and the family is together! What better thing to do than grill something delicious for lunch ;) 

I had a go at grilling King Prawns, which I've never done before as well as some Asparagus (When it was asparagus season a two or three months ago :P ) 

So I had some simple asparagus plain grilled, some salmon, zucchini and king prawns. 

I added lemon to the salmon and a garlic, ginger, lemon sauce to the king prawns.

It was delicious and highly recommendable as a light lunch for when one has time to grill :) 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


So a couple of months ago a friend of mine A. came to visit me in Austria from London. I had just read up on these Arctic Power Berries and asked her to bring me one of each.

Of course I automatically wanted to make something with the powders and as you may or may not know my family loves chocolate, so what better thing to make than some yummy chocolate.

In the end I didn't spread out the liquid equally so some bits of my chocolate bar were very bitter whilst the other bits were nice and sweet :D

Here the recipe and some photos:

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cacao powder
3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
banana/coconut chips
 1 tbsp sea buckthorn powder (or cranberry or blueberry!)
add sea salt if you wish!

1. Melt the coconut oil in low heat and remove from the heat as soon as it is melted
2. Add the cacao powder and whisk until they are completely combined
3. Add honey/maple syrup, crushed banana/coconut chips, sea buckthorn powder (and sea salt if you wish!)
4. Pour the chocolate into moulds or on a baking sheet and let it set in the fridge for about 15 minutes

This recipe is fully vegan, gluten feee, raw and refined sugar free! (Yuhuu nice and healthy)

I ended chopping the chocolate up and adding bits to my müsli or yoghurts :) 

Here are the ingredients I used

This is what the melted chocolate looked like

This is what it looked like before I put it in the fridge, as I said not spread equally :/

All in all I was quite happy with the result, it's something I've never tried before but enjoyed making as it goes super quickly and is super easy to make :) I'll definitely try making this again in the near future! 


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