All posts tagged: healthy

What’s In Season: Early Summer

Summertime is officially here and that means lots of new, bright, and fresh fruits and veggies will be making their appearance in our gardens and shopping carts once again. Early summer is marked by berry season here in British Columbia. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and Saskatoon berries have been bursting out of the ground (or are just on the cusp) and are as juicy and flavourful as ever! Plus, they taste WAY better than imported varieties from the USA or South America. In term of veggies, zucchini, cucumbers, peas, and rhubarb are all in season right now and are plump and fresh! We are currently still waiting on stone fruits like peaches, cherries, plums and apricots to come into season, which is typically in mid- to late July. Additionally, melon, grapes, squash and corn are well on their way! Check back next month for my guide to stone fruits- but for now, read on below to find out how to cook, store and buy the fruits and veggies that are available now! Strawberries: Strawberries are a …

What’s In Season: Spring

The start to the spring season has officially begun today and I couldn’t be happier! Pink, purple and yellow flowers have begun popping up all over the city and little lime green buds have been emerging from the trees- it’s a start of a fresh new season! Besides these tell-tale signs of spring, what I mostly look forward to this season is the wonderful new produce that is hitting the market shelves. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter veggies, but there is only so much cabbage, kale and potatoes you can eat. Spring brings fresh salad greens, tender asparagus spears, crunchy radish and rhubarb, colourful chard, artichokes and refreshing herbs- all of which can brighten up any spring dish. What’s more is that these spring foods are delicate and tasty on their own , so you don’t have to do too much to them to make them taste good. Just keep it simple by tossing them into a salad, or steaming them quickly to enjoy as a side. Check out the fresh produce that …

Chinese New Year Dumplings

Whether you like your dumplings steamed or fried, they are a MUST for Chinese New Year. This traditional dish, eaten on Chinese New Year and Chinese New Years Eve, symbolizes wealth and prosperity for the coming year. This largely has to do with their shape, which are made to look like silver ingots (an old form of currency used under the Qin dynasty). As legend goes, the more dumplings you eat during Chinese New Year celebrations, the more wealthy and prosperous you will become in the new year. If this legend is true, I’m well on my way to being a millionaire! Dumplings have been around for hundreds of years and as such there are many different variations. Delicate dumpling wrappers can be filled with meat (typically pork, chicken or beef), seafood (typically shrimp), vegetables, fungi, or eggs and the dumplings can be boiled steamed or fried. The possibilities and combinations are truly endless! But no matter what filling you make or how they are prepared, dumplings will always taste delicious! In this recipe, I …

Citrus & Mint Salad

So long are those days of summer where just about everything is in season. I have really been missing garden fresh zucchini, freshly picked berries (especially strawberries) and tomatoes straight from the vine lately. But up here in Canada, we can’t really do much about it but import our foods from the south during the winter. Of course with imports, the quality of the food can vary greatly and I find that most vegetables and fruits just don’t taste quite right. That is, except for citrus fruits! Citrus is my go to fruit during the winter months since it is in peak season and tastes so light andrefreshing; it is a great change of pace from eating those hearty winter comfort foods. Plus, all the vitamins keep you from getting a cold as well! The citrus can also really stand the long trip up into Canada too as the thick peels keep the fruit fresh in its own natural packaging. Now I have tried many variations on citrus salads before, but I’ve mainly stuck to using …

Green Smoothie

We are 25 days into the new year and I have finally found the time to get back into blogging. While it appeared like I was on a mini vacation, this past month has been a whirlwind and I have been extremely busy- with an exciting event and a not-so-exciting event. First, the exciting event. To start off the new year I did something crazy… I moved to Victoria, BC! I have to get my About Me page updated now 😛 Talk about new year, new me! I just got a new job based in Victoria so we packed up and move out to The Island. Surprisingly, the move went incredibly smooth considering that we had to travel from the mainland to Vancouver Island- only about 70 kilometres- but we (and all my stuff) had to take a ferry to get there. I have moved a lot in the past few years and even though moving kind of sucks, I really like the feeling of having a “fresh start” and a new environment around me. …

Power Up! Choco-Coconut Power Balls

With this cold, dreary March we have been having so far, I am in desperate need of a pick me up. With the weather we have been having recently (it snowed AGAIN on Sunday) I have been so sluggish and unmotivated to do anything. At this point, all of the coffee, puppies, and flowers, in the world couldn’t help me at this point.  Ok… maybe the puppies would help. But, instead of continuing to mope this past weekend, I took matters into my own hands to create a few little pieces of happiness for myself. As it so happens, these little pieces of happiness are delicious and are also good for you. My Choco-Coconut Power Balls are a tasty, healthy, and filling snack to have on hand when you need a little bit of extra energy. These Power Balls are packed with sweet dates, creamy nut butter, crunchy oats, tender coconut, and rich cocoa powder that when combined, really fills you up. While I am excited about the fact that these Choco-Coconut Power Balls are …

Coconut & Date Bars

Apples with nut butter. Bananas. Carrot sticks and hummus. Frozen grapes. A handful of mixed nuts. I’m stuck in a healthy snack rut. 🙁 As good as I am with coming up with new recipes, the meal that I struggle with the most is snacks. While I’m all for eating snacks (I mean who isn’t- snacks are amazing and prevent you from getting hangry), after eating the same ones over and over again, it gets a bit boring. Enter my Coconut & Date Bars. Made with sweet and sticky Medjool dates, shredded coconut, lemon zest, and toasted walnuts, this easy no-bake snack can be whipped up in 10 minutes. They’re basically date bars without the flour and butter, making these bars a perfectly healthy snack that satisfies your sweet cravings. They’re so sweet naturally that they can even be called a dessert. Yes, I said it, dessert. Add these Coconut & Date Bars into your healthy snack repertoire and your belly will thank you. See the recipe here! Items photographed: “Groc” Succulent plant: Kermodei Living Art, Parliament …

Broiled Grapefruit with Ginger and Honey

Over the past few days, it has been very cold, but we finally have sun! Like so sunny to the point that there’s not a cloud in the sky- very peculiar for Vancouver winters. Despite the cold, these days have me reminiscing of those beautiful, warm, sunny days of summer at the beach… and how I would give anything to be back there again. While the sun is still around, I am going to take full advantage of it’s positive, happy, summery vibes. I’m even going to increase the happy summer vibes even more with my delicious and healthy breakfast of Broiled Grapefruit with Ginger and Honey. Not only is grapefruit a lovely bright fruit that just screams happiness and summer, it’s also in season! #CitrusSeason 😀 Obviously, we can’t grow grapefruit in BC, but we can definitely import it from warmer countries to enjoy while they are in season. I had this breakfast for the first time at a cute little B&B in Victoria, BC a few years ago and I have been making it ever since. I …

Winter Fruit Salad

Nowadays, it’s typical for every fruit and vegetable in the grocery store to have a passport. In Canada, this makes sense as the majority of the country is frozen during our long winters, which makes it difficult to grow food (other than what can be grown in a greenhouse). In reality, our fruit season is relatively short- from June to late October- depending on where you are in Canada and what you are growing…so thank goodness for imports! During this time of year, many fruits that are sold in BC and throughout Canada are imported from warmer climates- particularly from California, Florida, and Mexico. While these fruits aren’t local, we still need to eat fruit to get our vitamins and to stay healthy. This Winter Fruit Salad combines the most flavourful fruits of the season from all over the world together in salad form. In my fruit salad, I used oranges (Florida, USA), clementines (Spain), kiwi (New Zealand), pomegranate (California, USA), pears (Italy), and good ol’ Canadian apples (Okanagan, BC). Wow- fruits from three continents! …