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chai-spiced no-oatmeal

Today marks the first day of Fall! I have to say that despite being a warm weather girl  at heart, there’s something about the crisp Fall air that I love. Not to mention, seasonally it is such a wonderful time for fresh, local produce. Apples, squash and grapes, specifically Coronation grapes, have you tried these? Do so!

My breakfasts for Fall generally consist of something warming like oatmeal. But with my recently launched Fall ReBoot Detox ebook, we will be avoiding grains for 7 days which is why I have included the Chai-Spiced No-Oatmeal recipe found below. It is perfect for breakfast and is nourishing, fibre-rich and detoxifying!

chai spiced no oatmeal

CHAI-SPICED NO-OATMEAL

1 medium acorn squash
1/2 can coconut milk
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 apple, diced
raw honey, to taste

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut acorn squash in half. Fill a roasting pan with 1 inch of water and place squash flesh-side down. Roast for 45 mins or until very soft. Scrape out seeds and discard. Spoon squash into a food processor. Add coconut milk, coconut flakes, chia and spices. Blend until smooth and top with diced apple, sweeten with raw honey.

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raw buckwheat breakfast

I’m excited to share with you the recipe for one of my favourite breakfasts. It is nutrient dense, raw, vegan, easy to make and best of all, it’s delicious!

Raw Buckwheat Breakfast (for two)

1 cup buckwheat groats (raw not kasha, the roasted version)
2 cups filtered water
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
superfoods - blueberries, chia seeds, raw cacao, hemp seeds, goji berries, Amazing Grass Chocolate Green Superfood

Place buckwheat groats in a glass bowl, cover with filtered water and let soak overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse buckwheat through a sieve and place in food processor. Add maple syrup and cinnamon and process until smooth (this only takes around 1-minute) Pour buckwheat puree into two bowls and top with your favourite superfoods. It’s that simple!

Why is buckwheat so great?

Buckwheat is considered a pseudocereal and does not contain gluten, making it a good alternative for those with wheat and gluten intolerance. It contains the flavonoid rutin which helps maintain blood flow, keep platelets from clotting excessively (platelets are compounds in blood that, when triggered, clump together, thus preventing excessive blood loss) and protect LDL from free radical oxidation into potentially harmful cholesterol oxides.*

Buckwheat is also high in protein as well as the mineral magnesium which helps relax muscles and blood vessels. By soaking buckwheat groats overnight, the vital nutrients are made more bioavailable to us.

References
*WHFoods: Buckwheat

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hawaiian dream smoothie

Have you met my friend Lisa?  If not, I suggest you find a reason to come to Toronto.  Seriously you guys this girl is the sweetest, most thoughtful person ever.  Once, on a bit of a glum day she stopped by to deliver a hug and chocolate.  True story.  And if that isn’t enough to make you love her, this girl is pure inspiration.  In November 2011 Lisa departed on a trip to the other side of the world, travelling to such places like India, Thailand, Bali, Australia, New Zealand and most recently Hawaii where she has been spreading the word on compassion and cruelty-free eating.

So while Lisa is in Hawaii, soaking up the sun, hiking and spreading cheer, I am in a chilly albeit very sunny Toronto I am secretly wishing I was in Hawaii eating mounds of fresh fruit and chilling with my friend.  Until then, there’s this…

Hawaiian Dream Smoothie

Ingredients

1 banana
1 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango, frozen
1 passion fruit
1 tsp camu camu powder
1 scoop protein powder (Vega Vanilla Sport Performance protein powder)
2 cups coconut water

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth
2. Pour into a glass, imagine a tropical paradise and enjoy!

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