Archive | March, 2013

{drink the rainbow! – red-beet & antioxidant vitamix juice}

29 Mar

well folks, unfortunately i haven’t been feeling so great over the last few days… aches, pains, watery-eyes, stuffy-nose, sore-throat, the whole {nasty} bit… it’s okay, i will patiently let it run its course… but what better way to cure what ails me than to drink some colour…

MAGENTA, in this case 🙂

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– frozen mixed berries {about 1/4 cup}

– orange juice {about 1/2 cup}

– 1/2 fresh pear or apple, cut in half

– 1/2 large boiled red beet {could also do raw}

– 2 or 3 pitted dates {one of my favourite go-to sweetners}

– splash of almond or coconut milk

– squeeze of lemon or lime

– filtered water

i heart the vitamix. you just throw this all in and crank it on high until well-blended. then drink, enjoy, and watch your skin glow and your system restore itself!

have a great weekend! i’ll be taking mine nice and easy…

{sumo citrus!}

28 Mar

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i just love seasonal produce.  i love looking forward to something…

we are so spoiled – especially in the US – to get food whenever we want it… including produce.  and it baffles me when people complain about the taste of blueberries in january.

anyway – this is one piece of amazing produce that you can only get your hands on at select markets for about a month or so out of the year, usually beginning mid to late february.  they are called sumo citrus.  and they are completely out of this world!!

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i know what you’re thinking… “that looks kind of like a clementine, i’ve had clementines… i love them!”  well, i love them, too.  but this is not a clementine or a cutie or a tangerine or anything you’ve ever had that’s orange… unless, of course… you HAVE had one… 😉 {have you?!}

it’s the most amazing piece of citrus i have ever eaten.  for real. Continue reading

{aj the gem}

27 Mar

as an astrology-loving-portrait-photographer, i always say geminis are my favourite to play with. they give me so many different looks!  the lovely gem, AJ, still goes down as one of my favourite models to get in front of my lense… and she feels the same way about being being in front of it!

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i never have to give miss A any direction… she always knows where the camera is…

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and they have quite the romance going on!…

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she’s so fun and flirty… Continue reading

{what is that?! – romanesco}

26 Mar

have you ever seen this amazing vegetable?!?!

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if you have spotted it before in the produce department, you may not have even known it was edible…

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it kind of looks like something that grows on mars, right?! 😉

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considered part of the broccoli family, romanesco is somewhat of a misnomer, because it’s actually part of the cauliflower family and should be cooked as such… Continue reading

{fantastic freshly-cracked parmigiano reggiano}

25 Mar

i’m starting a cleanse this week.  i’ll write about it next week so stay tuned! for this week, i thought i’d feature a few things that i super enjoy on a special level. i eat about 80-90% vegan.  i’m not strict about it, but i just try to eat as healthy, local, raw, organic, and seasonal as i possibly can…

but, every now and again, i just love to indulge.

i eat really really good food pretty much all the time, and i am grateful for that.  once in a while there are those things i just really look forward to… a fresh-cracked wedge of official parmigiano reggiano is one of those things for me.  i’m not talking the parm you sprinkle on your pizza from the bottle or tub, i’m talking this thing has only been in contact with open air for less than 24 hours.  i’m talking about a piece of cheese that is so unbelievably FRESH, flavours linger from it that absolutely blow your mind.

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i’m talking about this specialty item from whole foods market.

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i’m talking about parmigiano reggiano.

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{light and fresh quinoa pasta}

21 Mar

happy first day of spring!  i got the fever, do you?!

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it seems like everywhere i look, i read and hear more about gluten-free products.  i have opinions about wheat and gluten and the heightened sensitivity sweeping our nation, but i’ll save them for a day when i decide to get on my soapbox again…

while i am not aware of any sensitivity to gluten personally, i have to admit i like eating gluten-free pasta a lot these days.  it’s much lighter compared to regular pasta and i just find it to be a great any-time food because of that. excellent for the spring season, as it’s waist-line approved!

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i am in love with this pasta from ancient harvest.  it’s made mostly from quinoa and corn.  i love their products – i also buy their polenta.  they use non-gmo corn and it’s also organic… and as i mentioned, gluten-free!  those are three big pluses in a packaged product for me! Continue reading

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