I’m having a love affair with crunchy tofu

If you haven’t tried crunchy fried tofu, you are seriously missing out. Perhaps not the healthiest thing out there when all dressed up, as a vegetarian protein option it’s top of my list and it’s sooo easy!

There are countless blogs out there that explain how to get perfect crunchy tofu and different ways to dress it up. Most days, I simply dip mine in some corn starch and fry in a frying pan with some coconut oil until golden adding a little bit of seasoning. I find this great to add to stir-fry’s or wraps. You can also dip the corn starch powdered tofu in some nut milk and then into some panko to take it up a notch. Here are some of my other favorite ways to dress it up:

Hot for Food: Crispy Sweet and Sour Tofu 

Budget Bytes: Pan Fried Sesame Tofu with Broccoli

Omnivores Cookbook: General Tso Tofu

Olives for Dinner: Super- Versatile Crispy Tofu Cutlets

Soy and tofu tend to get a bad rap because it comes highly processed and most of it is genetically modified unless labelled otherwise. There are so many amazing benefits to soy though and the reality is the processed soy is in everything. I personally choose to eat soy in moderation and only select non-gmo and organic tofu. There are many health benefits to eating tofu including it’s protein content for vegans and vegetarians.

This article does a great job of breaking it down.

Introducing Beautycounter +

As you all know I am obsessed with Beautycounter! I haven’t found anything this good and made with safe ingredients, ever. When I decided to become a consultant I was happy to share with others because I just loved the products so much! Many of the people I have been sharing the products with love them too.

It is always exciting when Beautycounter comes out with new products! Beautycounter + is no exception. I was excited to get my hands on these items as they are treatment products designed to complement the already amazing skincare lineup.

Each collection is wonderful but, my favourite one is the Brightening + vitamin c. This collection uses vitamin c complex and enhances dull skin while boosting radiance. Great for age spots and good to create an all-around brighter complexion! The mask smells divine and the mist is so refreshing!

The balancing + charcoal is familiar but the addition of the mist takes it up a notch. The Beautycounter charcoal products are definitely items you want to have on hand weather you need help with acne or just want to keep blemishes at bay. These charcoal products have been incredible helpful to my combination skin.

The perfect and non-toxic Valentine’s Day look with Beautycounter

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Beautycounter’s high-shine Lip Gloss in Ruby pairs up perfectly with côte’s safer Nail Polish in shade B6 for an exclusive Valentine’s Day Duo every woman will love.

  • Beautycounter’s moisturizing Lip Gloss goes on smoothly with no stickiness. Its unique teardrop applicator delivers the perfect amount of sheer, infinitely wearable color and subtle shine.
  • All of côte’s polishes and treatments are free of the major harmful ingredients often associated with nail polish, so you get all the chip-resistant, long lasting shine without sacrificing your health.

This safer set of irresistibly flattering shades make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Set includes:

Color Sweep Blush Duo in Bloom/Tulip

• Delivers the perfect amount of healthy-looking, luminous color. These satiny powders contain Porcelain Flower Extract (a Thai bloom known for its antioxidant benefits) to help moisturize the skin, blending seamlessly. Two complementary shades—one slightly deeper than the other—can be worn alone, layered, or even mixed together.

Sheer Lipstick in Rose (My personal fave)

• This silky-smooth, long-lasting formula is lightweight yet ultra-moisturizing, for the perfect mix of sheer colour and polished sheen. Every shade was colour-tested to ensure that each hue complements all skin tones. Plus, there’s no synthetic fragrance—just a sophisticated hint of vanilla planifolia.

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Beautycounter is a line of luxurious and safe skincare and makeup products! They are amazing and have heaped my skin to look healthier!

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My picks for a vegetarian Christmas

Ah Christmas, the time of year where we gather and eat, and eat, and eat, and eat. It’s glorious! But, I am not nor have I ever been a turkey fan, and pork is out of the question. As a family we don’t eat meat with the exception of some fish and we have also recently decided to go dairy free (with the exception of a cheesy treat here and there – still looking for a great nut cheese). I know, what a great time of year to have a relatively limiting diet but, I have learned a few awesome recipes that work well for the vegetarians this time of year!

My extended family is all meat eaters so, I typically bring a vegetarian main dish for my family. This year I am going to bring Eating Bird Food’s Lentil Loaf – I will cook them in muffin tins and add a mushroom gravy to suit our tastes! This meal will be paired with whatever salads and vegetables appear at Christmas dinner! Typically I would do a roast vegetable.

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Also, as an appie, I will be making this sweet pea hemp dip by Joyous Health!

For brunch on Christmas morning – we will be doing these  pancakes by Minimalist Baker, much to the dismay of my younger brother. They are so delicious he won’t be able to refuse with some fruit and maybe peanut butter and maple syrup – seriously so delicious! Of course, we can’t forget the mimosas!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with a Healthy Twist

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This recipe is from Averie Cooks

Ingredients:

1 large egg
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon, added to taste
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 heaping cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins or nuts, optional and to taste1/2 cup of organic hemp hearts
1/4 cup of ground chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Mix together egg, butter, sugars, vanilla.
  2. Add oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, optional salt.
  3. Add the chocolate chips, optional raisins or nuts, and seeds.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with baking paper. Roll into balls and space about nine cookies per sheet.

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Bruhe: Old School Nutrition in YYC

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For the last few years, YYC has been exploding with new places to eat. Lately, a number of them have been very nutrition and alternative-diet focused. I stumbled upon Bruhe on Instagram and it definitely joins the ranks of nutritional hot-spots in the city! Bruhe means broth in German and the focus of this mini cafe is to “celebrate food the way it was in generations past!” They are WAPF inspired which is a “nutrition education foundation” which focuses on the research of Dr. Weston A. Price and his conclusion that great health is achieved through the consumption of nutrient-dense whole foods and animal fats. You can read more of the mission here. Bruhe is also GAPS aware. You can ensure that you are thoroughly nourishing your body with anything you consume from this place.

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So far, I have tried the bison bone broth, bulletproof coffee and the liquid gold turmeric drink.

Bone broth is high in collagen which helps to heal our gut lining and it is great for anyone to drink or add to soups as it helps to boost immunity because of all of the minerals.

Their bulletproof coffee is upgraded, organic coffee beans blended with grass-fed butter which is considered a brain-powering healthy fat.

I love golden milk and their liquid gold turmeric drink does not disappoint. There are SO many benefits to turmeric including being an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant among about 600 other benefits! I highly recommend giving this one a try!

There are a few other items on the menu including Kombucha and Chaga!!

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Located in Ramsay, Bruhe is a great stop on your way home from work or, if you’re like me and drive to other neighbourhoods to walk, have a stop in and try one of their fabulous and nutrient dense menu items!