Crispy Jicama Chips…after some trial and error!

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I was in Safeway this weekend and came across these veggie chips in the bulk food section…photo 1(25)Yummy, right?!? They are much like Terra chips only a bit thicker and it had different veggies like green beans and carrots.  Sounds weird, I know.  I’m not gonna lie, I was scared to try the beans, but they were really good!  I found out the brand is Open Nature. The ingredients are: Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Taro, Carrots, Green Beans, Canola and/or Palm Fruit Oil, Fructose, Sea Salt.  Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat, egg and soy. Made without artificial flavors or preservatives. They have 130 calories per 28g serving (about 15 pieces), 22g Carbs, 4g Fat, 1g Protein, 125mg Sodium, 4g Sugar.  All in all, not too bad if you’re craving something salty but they could have left out the fructose and although they are vacuum fried, they are still fried –…

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Buh-Bye HFCS Heinz, Hello All Natural Homemade Ketchup!

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We’ve all heard the dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS); it causes obesity, liver damage, diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay and more. It is most commonly found in soft drinks, fruit juices, salad dressings, cereal, and condiments – including a staple in our household, Heinz Ketchup. I’ve been eager to try making my own ketchup. Originally, I was going to make it straight from tomatoes, but opted for a recipe with organic tomato paste instead. It was super easy to make and SO much better for you I don’t know why I didn’t try it earlier! Even my ketchup lovin’ husband approves!ketchup2Makes 2 cups

1 large can organic tomato paste (13 oz)  – make sure the only ingredient is “tomatoes”
2 cloves of garlic
½ small white onion, diced
1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 Tbsp powdered stevia (or any sweetener of your choice, honey, agave, maple syrup)

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Buh-Bye HFCS Heinz, Hello All Natural Homemade Ketchup!

The Happy Health Freak

We’ve all heard the dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS); it causes obesity, liver damage, diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay and more. It is most commonly found in soft drinks, fruit juices, salad dressings, cereal, and condiments – including a staple in our household, Heinz Ketchup. I’ve been eager to try making my own ketchup. Originally, I was going to make it straight from tomatoes, but opted for a recipe with organic tomato paste instead. It was super easy to make and SO much better for you I don’t know why I didn’t try it earlier! Even my ketchup lovin’ husband approves!ketchup2Makes 2 cups

1 large can organic tomato paste (13 oz)  – make sure the only ingredient is “tomatoes”
2 cloves of garlic
½ small white onion, diced
1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 Tbsp powdered stevia (or any sweetener of your choice, honey, agave, maple syrup)

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Low Sugar PB2 Protein Bars

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I recently found another protein bar recipe that I am in love with! It might just be my favourite so far. I got the recipe from this website. They are super easy to make and involve my favourite ingredient ever invented – PB2.  You can also substitute natural peanut butter, but the nutritional info would change.protein barIngredients

1 cup gluten free or regular quick oats
1/2 cup of your favourite protein powder – I used a vanilla flavour
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp powder stevia or sweetener of your choice
1/2 cup PB2 (can also use regular peanut butter)
1 cup apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup egg whites

Preheat your oven to 350F. In a large bowl, add the first 6 ingredients and mix well. Combine the last 4 ingredients in a separate medium bowl and mix well.  Add…

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Alkaline State of Mind

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I know I’ve already mentioned that I read Crazy, Sexy, Diet by Kris Carr (which by the way isn’t some fad DIET but more of a lifestyle), so I thought I’d share a few posts on some of my favourite parts of the book and what I am going to try to implement in my daily routine.crazy-sexy-diet-kris-carr-bookFirst, let me give you a little background on the author. She has written 5 books: Crazy Sexy Diet (#1 Amazon Best Seller, NY Times Best Seller), Crazy Sexy Kitchen (NY Times Best Seller), Crazy Sexy Cancer, Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips; and Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor. In 2003, she was diagnosed with a very rare and incurable, slow-growing, stage 4 cancer. This was her wake up call. She went from eating frozen dinners and guzzling cocktails to a vegan, plant based diet. Ten years ago she was given ten years to live; she has beat those odds and is here…

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Meatless Monday – Lentil Veggie Burgers

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Hi Happy Health Freaks! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. Since it’s June and summer has arrived I wanted to share with you another veggie burger recipe.  You can use any bean in this recipe, but I prefer lentil because of the high amount of protein, about 9g per half cup. Lentils are also very high in fibre, aid in weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and give you energy. That’s a might bean!!  Try these burgers out and you won’t be disappointed.lentil1Serves 4

19 oz can lentils (about 2 1/4 cups), drained and rinsed
50g yam, boiled, and mashed (about half a medium yam)
3 Tbsp egg whites
1 Tbsp gluten free bread crumbs (or regular breadcrumbs)
60g zucchini, finely grated (about 1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp chopped shallots
2 Tbsp grated romano or parmesan cheese
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
Salt and Pepper to…

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Get pHresh with me!

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Ok, not really – I’m not that kind of girl!! I’m referring to pHresh greens. Mine arrived in the mail merely hours after I posted about alkalizing your body.  I’ve had a chance to try it in a couple smoothies and even mixed into my overnight oats. Here is a little review for you!phreshSo what is pHresh greens you ask?! Well, it is a super food (definition of super food: it’s among the world’s most nutrient-rich, dense and beneficial  foods on earth), a green powder that you simply add to your favourite smoothie, glass of water or juice. It is a complete daily serving of raw greens in just 1 teaspoon!

“It is made with 16 raw ingredients that were carefully selected for their high pH levels. It is a full spectrum alkalizing superfood blend of energy rich vegetables, cereal grasses and sea algae. pHresh greens is highly bio-available and provides your body with…

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