One-Up Your Beauty Health: Hair Skin and Nails

This post was sponsored by Nature Made as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Read below for more information on how you can enter the amazing sweepstakes this month. Being a mother is a rewarding, but exhausting job. It's a marathon every day of running children to school, activities, ensuring they are eating balanced meals, getting to bed at a decent time, and cleaning up after them. It doesn't stop. So finding time to improve your health and beauty can be difficult.Finding time in my busy day to take care of myself sometimes just doesn't happen as often as it should. Between juggling the kids and working full time there are oftentimes not enough hours in the day. It's sad but true. I don't know how many days I … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Vegan Chocolate Mousse?  Is that possible? I have been baking for a while now and I think I have tried a few things: I have baked cakes with so many different flours and sugars, I tried EVERY coconut product on the market and I also added funky vegetables to cakes in order to improve texture. So last week when someone told me that chickpea water (yes that bizarre liquid you discard in your sink when you open a can of chickpeas) can be whipped like egg whites I was amazed. How come Had I never heard of it?No surprise: I went home for the weekend and I was committed to making a chocolate mousse using chickpea water for brunch. And so this vegan chocolate mousse was born. The secret is using good chocolate: sweet potatoes bring creaminess and sweetness, while chickpea water gives some … [Read more...]

Small Batch Pumpkin Cookie Dough Energy Bites (GF and Vegan)

 Hands on those of you who love energy balls but who don't actually need that much energy to fuel their mid-morning coffee breaks! Either because you are sitting at a desk all day (i.e. me) or because you can easily get addicted to those delicious sweet bites (i.e. also me). However, we still energy to fuel our (supposedly) intense intellectual effort, just in smaller quantities. This recipe is my go-to snack for revision time: it comes together in five minutes, it's not excessively sweet and only makes enough bites to fuel your brain correctly! You can also double or tripe the recipe if you are not revising/working alone. Add in any extra ingredient you wish to (seeds and nuts are a good idea) and substitute coconut flour with almond/cashew powder to experiment a … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Smoothie Bowl

 This summer I developed a smoothie bowl obsession. Indeed I think my blender would cry if it could: the poor thing had to stand me and my crazy fruit-veg combinations all summer. But it will have to endure at least another season because this pumpkin coconut smoothie bowl is definitely the creamiest, most delicious breakfast you can have this fall. You can put it together in 5 minutes and it will fill you up until lunch! Plus it’s gluten and dairy free. I am not a fan of cold breakfasts but you can use a frozen banana if you prefer a chilled smoothie bowl!  Pumpkin spice smoothie bowl2/3 cup coconut milk 1/3 cup almond milk (or any milk) 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 banana (frozen if you want a cold breakfast) 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice 1/2 … [Read more...]

Buckwheat crepes with caramelized bananas

I have always considered myself more of a pancake person than a crepe person, maybe for the simple fact that when I wake up on a lazy morning making pancakes seems the easiest and fastest delicious thing to make. However, when I am craving a pancake at 9 pm, crepes are definitely fancier than pancakes and more appropriate to eat for dessert. Buckwheat crepes are a little bit heavier than ordinary crepes but they also have a nuttier and deeper flavour, in my opinion, in France they are usually eaten with eggs and ham for a savoury snack, the sweet version is quite difficult to find in restaurants but I think that buckwheat pairs very well with caramel. The batter is pretty easy to put together, the tricky part of making crepes is the cooking: a good nonstick skillet and a rubber spatula are … [Read more...]

Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving Meal

Let's talk Thanksgiving! With turkey day just a couple weeks away, it's time to get your meal plans together. It's better to be organized so that you won't be overwhelmed when the big day arrives. You can even create a timeline for Thanksgiving day so you know what your making all throughout the day, making sure you'll have everything ready by dinner time! And since I'd like to only have to run a 5K to work off all of that ridiculously delicious food, let's make a few small changes to make Thanksgiving dinner a little healthier this year!Turkey - I've never made a turkey myself, but I'd imagine that baking the turkey would be the healthiest way to go. Let's just bypass the deep fryer, shall we? There are tons of recipes for your main turkey dish just like these turkey … [Read more...]