8.20.2014

Delicious, gooey and clean brownies!

Happy Hump Day All!


Two more sleeps until Friday, you got this!

So if you follow me on instagram (if you don't WHY the heck not?)you saw some pictures of some raw brownies I made this week and they were so good that I had to share!

I love brownies...like LOVE brownies.  I could eat 100 a day and never tire of them. ...but eating brownies regularly isn't great for your health so I am always on a hunt to make a healthier brownie.

After many attempts this is the BEST version I have come up with to date and they are delicious and so tasty!

These can be raw if you want to use raw ingrediants but at the very least they are vegan, gluten free and paleo!  They make a delicious dessert when you are feeding a group of picky people...or if you are just hungry like me!



Here is what you need:

20 medjool dates (maybe a few more or less depend on how gooey yours are!)
1/2 cup of almond meal/flour
1/2 cup of walnuts
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/4 cup of maple syrup


Here is what you do:

1.  Put everything in your food processor and mix until its a dough like consistency.
2.  Put the dough into a parchment paper lined pan (I used a 7x11 and it worked nicely but it depend on how thick you want your brownies) and press the dough down.
3.  Eat them! I cut them up and store them in the fridge...if they last that long.  They are partuclarly good with banana soft serve if I do say so myself.


I have made many versions of these brownies and let me tell you the coconut flower is a game changer! It gives it a more doughy consistency that is much like a gooey brownie!

I hope you all have a great chocolate filled week!

L.












8.14.2014

Fitness and Food...my two favorite F words.

I promised I'd be back!

This past weekend S and I headed to Toronto for the day to check out the Canfitpro trade show.  Being new to Canfitpro I was itching to get involved and they had some people speaking that I was dying to see, including the one and only Brendan Braizer the creator of Vega!

So we got up and an ungodly hour for a Saturday and head into the big city.  If you are in the Toronto area next year you should check it out.  They have so many cool companies there and lots of neat things to check out.  It was a total worth while way to spend a day.

The best part of the whole day for me was the speakers!! They had some amazing people lined up to share their knowledge with us and it was way better then I expected.

The best part for me was meeting Brendan Braizer.  As I am sure you have noticed I love Vega and the thrive diet is the book the completely changed how I eat and feel so I was pretty excited to hear him speak.  He was also kind enough to take a fan girl picture with me and sign my book.


I also got to listen to Kathy Smart who was a new name for me.  If you haven't heard of her you can check her out here.  This woman is packed with information! She is brilliant and willing to share her knowledge with everyone.  I have taken some of the suggestions she made and implemented them into my diet already! Thanks Kathy! You're the best!

This is seriously the best picture I got...terrible job!

After a long day of learning S and I hit up one of my favorite restaurants, Fresh!! YUM!

This time I decided to go wild and had the Cornbread, which I ate too fast to take a picture of it...sorry.

For my main I had the power bowl and it was AMAZING! Honestly it was so dang good! I loved it.

How good does this look??


I was too full to eat anything else so I grabbed a bottle of their premium detox green juice and headed home, which was one of the best ideas I made all day!

Doesn't this look so so tasty!

 If you are in the TO area please tell me you go to Fresh on the regular! It is the best.

Have a great weekend!

L


8.12.2014

You can't get rid of us yet!

Soooo....we disappeared for two months...

I don't even have a great excuse or anything crazy that happened...it just did.

I got up this morning and thought about some stuff I wanted to share on here and when I logged in I realised it was TWO months since we posted anything. That is crazy!

So I'm back! (I know I've said that a few times before but FOR serious this time!) I have some cool things that I want to be sharing with you all so don't give up on us yet!

One of the reasons I have been MIA is I was studying like a mad woman for my certification test to become a Nutrition & Weight Loss Specialist, and I PASSED!

I am so proud of the peice of paper it's silly!

Over the last few years my passion for nutrition has been growing and taking this course solidified that this is what I want to be doing with my life so starting in September I will be starting a program to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist! I am pretty excited and nervous and I can't wait to get started! 

So get ready because I will be sharing lots of the cool stuff I am learning and some tasty eats! 

As for the 'dash' portion of this blog I have been dealing with some knee trouble, so while I am running a little,  it is hardly anything to write about.  I am really focusing on recovery and hoping that soon enough I will be back at it assulting your instagram feeds with abnoxious pictures of my running.  Aren't you excited?? I know I am!! 

I hope you all have a great week! 

Get out there and kick butt! 

Leah





6.16.2014

Veg Out

Hey Party People!

Hope you all had a great weekend.  Things here were pretty low key which was just what the Doctor ordered.  I had a race scheduled with S but given some unexpected health concerns and injuries we decided it was in our best interest to take a pass.

S is lucky that she took me out for delicious meals the week before or I might of gotten cranky that our race was postponed (See what I did there S? You're not off the hook yet! I'll get another 21.2kms out of you yet!)

The weekend before S and I were taking a nutrition course in London, Ontario and as always I was starving so we had to find somewhere this vegan girl could eat. So after some quick work on google we stumbled across Veg Out and headed over.

Eating a plant powered diet is amazing and makes my body feel sooo good but sometimes I miss 'bad but oh so good' food and Veg Out is one of those vegan restuarants that hits the spot.

Upon arriving I was surprised by the cute atmosphere and nice patio

The cutest little place!!!




 We were immediatly offered a cold drink from the drink menu, they had a great selection if I do say so myself.  While we sipped we reviewed the menu and tried to pick the items we wanted the most...which was hard.  I wanted one of everything.







After 20 minutes if negioation I convinced S to split the chili fries with me (and not get her own, which was the right decision...sorry.) as an appitizer.  These were unreal.  Like would drive back right now to go get more.

SERIOUSLY!!! Get in my mouth!


For dinner I let my inner fat girl out and ordered the loaded cheeseburger with the sweet potato cornbread on the side.  ...yes I ate a burger with bread as a side for dinner...but it was sweet potato bread and therefore a vegetable. Fact.

My vegetable side.  This was perfection!



I used S's burger for the picture because hers looked better so just know that I didn't get the sweet potato fries on the side too. 

The burger was AMAZING but so big.  Like size of my head big.  We each only managed to eat half and packaged the rest up to give to R, lucky man!

This place was simply amazing! If you are anywhere within a days driving distance to London, Ontario I would get in your car immediatly and head to Veg Out. 

Did you guys have any great eats this weekend? Anywhere I have to try?

Have a great week all!

Leah 


6.12.2014

Ottawa Race Weekend Round Up


I know this post is a long time coming so here goes.  Ottawa Race Weekend was a truly crazy amazing humbling experience.  Amazing because Leah and I were; 1) reunited for an entire weekend, 2) ran a hat trick; 5Km, 10Km and half marathon together (spoiler alert: we finished all three) and 3) did I say we were attached at the hip all weekend? Yup.  We killed Ottawa Race Weekend. Not to say it wasn’t without its challenges and struggles and maybe some tears but overall the BEST race experience to date.

 
Let’s begin at the start line – Leah arrived on Thursday, we immediately dropped her bags and headed out for some nosh (see her post for all the amazing things we devoured). Decided to take a detour and harass our good friend Jar at Sports 4. In all fairness he was warned we were coming. Grabbed Jar, went out for a bite to eat and discussed the merits of Bonk Breakers. Yes these bars exist. “Bonk” was the unmentionable word of the weekend and something we wanted to avoid so carbo-loading was the solution. After all, Leah’s friend and very knowledgeable chiropractor cautioned her about the dreaded bonk and suggested ramping up our energy stores.  I don’t think he realized how much we eat. Like champs. Doctors orders right?!!  
 
Delicious food at Cafe My House
 

Hunger pangs satisfied we made our way to the expo to get our race kits and met up with some of my friends racing the 10Km. Big shout out to Nini, Nat, Chloe and Sam who ran the 10km like gazelles.
 

With three bibs registered, three performance t-shirts in tow, we were doing this, no going back now. What did we sign up for?!!!


Friday was an all day food fest where we made it to Cafe My House for an amazing breakfast of vegan BLT wafflewich and my go to choice; the beach bowl. We took carbing up to the next level. If there was a race for fastest intake, we would have placed first. In an effort to save our legs, we moved like sloths and wandered around the city as tourists taking in the beautiful weather and events ORW had to offer. Saw an interesting performance at City Hall by one of the entertainers for ORW. Pretty sure the band was getting tipsy on stage, real tipsy. No judgement! If I didn’t have to run, I’d be down for a bevvie or two as well I’m just jelly, that’s all. We finished the night with a great meal (and even better dessert) from La Belle Verte and turned in early. Saturday was going to be tough.




 
Race Day 1 – 5km at 4pm. O.k. no big deal, race 1 of 3 we can so do this. As we started out the excitement of racing took over and as usual I tried to gun it from the start, thankfully Leah was there to rein me in and keep us on pace so we don’t die on the first race. My legs thank you a hundred times over!  We really complement each other running, Leah is technical with the gadgets and fuelling plans and I run by feel so a good combo overall. What the 5km is over already? That was a breeze! Im ready for ya Race # 2. We break, eat a bit (obviously) and rest our legs while waiting for the 10km to start.  Back in the starting coral, I swear everyone in Ottawa has signed up for this particular race, its getting hot in here. High fives all around and we’re off pacing a little slower and running smart. A great run with minor elevation, we’re rounding near the end, look it’s the infamous lucky shoe – must touch the lucky shoe, it’ll get us through the last few kms.  Around the 8km marker, the soreness is starting to talk. I know we can finish this one strong so we push through even though I think Leah mentioned something about dying or something.  Race 2 of 3 in the bag. Sleep and ice bath please.

 
5km done
 
 
10km done
 

Race Day 2 – 21.1km at 9am. A picture perfect day. OH MY GOD we’re doing this. Thanks to my rambunctious neighbours and exhaustion, Leah did not have the best night sleep, but we’re committed, no turning back now. As we line up to start, it finally sunk in. My audacious goal seems a little too insane at the moment. No wonder so many people were telling us how crazy we were. I get cotton mouth in the thought of running a half after two races the day before.  Fuck it, fuck the naysayers, we’re running this and we’re going to love every painful minute of it! Every. Single. Step.
Ready to race!
 
Feeling great and hopped up on racing endorphins the race starts out so smooth, hilarious signs greet us along the way “Where’s Everybody Going (to Brunch?)” and “If This Was Easy, It’d Be Called Your Mother”.  The crowd out cheering for us runners on Sunday morning is so overwhelming. They really carry us through. But then disaster strikes, Leah rolls her ankle hard at 6km. Fuuuuuck. The girl keeps going although I’m sure her body hates her so much right now, but she kept on running like a boss. This inspires me to be the positive cheerleader for us, I throw in some of my running dance moves to try to take our minds of the pain and keep focused on having fun on the run.  Is that a giant running shoe passing us?
Yup. Now it’s on. Time to kick it in high gear (o.k. moderate gear but still), we approach 17km and overheard all around us is ‘how far are we?’ ‘what  kilometre are we at?’ at this point Leah and I know the drill, we’ve got this and we tell our running buds, be strong only a few more kms to go. Cruising in at 20 km mark the lucky shoe appears out of nowhere like a mirage, but its real and that means we’ve made it, we empty the tank and gun it for the finish.  
 


Half selfie
We cross the finish line together; exhausted, sore, proud, accomplished. Maybe it took us much longer than we had anticipated, maybe we couldn’t walk downstairs for a day afterwards, so what, we pulled a hat trick and made our “crazy” goal a reality. Race 3 of 3 done. Medals, bragging rights, smiles and Voltaren for all! ORW, we can’t wait until next year!!
 
-Dee
 
 
Races done!!!
Hat Trick complete!

 

 

6.09.2014

Raw-ish Vegan Brownies

So it's Monday again...and R and I have spent the weekend with a very very sick dog. So needless to say it wasn't must fun.
My poor girl.  

I had to head out to a course of my Nutrition & Weight Loss certification so R had to handle the lion share of the care giving this weekend.

Anyways, with the exception of Saturday this weekend was spend laying low and caring for our girl.

In between studying and being a dog momma I stumbled across this recipe for Raw Brownies which peaked my interest because I super-duper love brownies and am always looking for a recipe to make them healthier. 

They are SUPER easy and delicious and I suggest you make them right away.

I took some pictures to share but they aren't the best quality...sorry but they will give you the idea.

This is the 'crust' layer I guess you could call it.  It is made of dates, walnuts and cocoa powder. So it basically like a crunchy Larabar...so delicious. 

 

Then I mixed up some bananas, almond butter, cocoa and agave (not raw but no one is perfect!) in the food processor to make this delicious, delicious frosting.


Then I spread it on top and popped in the freezer for a half hour to firm it all up...it was so hard to wait...I only made it 15 minutes.


Then, for quality control reasons only, I dove in to try one.  This picture is terrible. I would of re-taken them but I was too busy eating.  I will try to take more today but I might be eating then too....

If you are looking for a healthier (but still gooey and tasty) version of the best chocolate dessert give this recipe a try you will love it!

Hope you all have a great week.

Leah

6.05.2014

Ottawa Race Weekend - the Food Edition



HOLY HANNAH! Where has the time gone? I had been planning on blogging Monday but we have had some crazy stuff going on here (job changes, sick puppies and some general craziness) so it didn’t happen, but they say better late than never right? Right?

I hope you all forgive me!

So Ottawa Race Weekend was great, totally GREAT! I’m not even sure where to begin…the running?  The sites?  The food? The food you say? Yeah I thought so too!

I guess I should say, we completed our challenge and mostly had fun. Well D had fun the whole way… it was tougher for me but I didn't rip my jewellery off and throw it to the ground in protest, so I'd count that as progress! 

BAM! 


So let’s get to the important stuff! Basically the second I dropped my bags in Ottawa we hit the streets to grab eats.  It’s just how I roll!

Now if I was to tell you about all my 'must eat' places in Ottawa this would be a 12 page post and you would need an hour or two to read it so I will just share my favorites.


This is the CUTEST place in Hintonburg with the best food I have had in a long time.  It loved it so so much that D and I went twice while I was in town.

While I was there I found the BEST brunch…a VEGAN WAFFLE BLT.  A sandwich made of waffles…how have I not thought of this??? The bacon was made from smoked coconut and it was UNREAL!! So unreal in fact I had it twice.


SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!

D and I also split the Vegan Eggplant Benedict and it was super tasty as well but it is pretty hard to beat the Wafflewich…it was a close second. 

We split them so it makes it okay...and we just ran 21KMS!!!



This little gem is across the river in good old land in Quebec and totally worth the bus ride over.  It doesn’t look like much from the street but you can’t judge a book by its cover because this place is delicious!

D and I started with some Raw Spring rolls in a peanut sauce.  These were SUPER fresh and so so tasty! I loved them. 



As my main course I had a Tempeh bowl that was full of so much tasty stuff I can hardly wrap my head around it. 

And because they have the best looking desserts we had to try one and gosh I’m glad we did! This is chocolate, lemon and raspberry ‘cheese’cake!  It was so so so good. 

Seriously...so so good!



This place isn’t new, and most of you have probably been there but I’ve apparently been living under a rock and have somehow missed it.  Lucky for me D is smarter than I am and made sure I finally went to this delicious, delicious place.

I ordered a vegan falafel burger with avocado (which immediately makes it 1,000,000 times better!) and it was so so so good! I enjoyed every single bite and made sure not to leave a single crumb behind. 



I promise that we will talk about the actually run sometime soon but in the mean time these delicious eats are going to have to tide you over.

And if you live in the Ottawa area, get out there and go to one of these places NOW!  Like don’t even finish reading this…just go. 


 
Leah