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Recipes for The Wellness Show

Hey, everyone! I just wanted to share the two recipes I’ll be demonstrating for The Wellness Show this weekend. This event is taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, located at 999 Canada Place. It runs from Friday to Sunday, and it’s awesome, so you should be there!

I’ll be on the Healthy Families Cooking Stage on Saturday, February 13th at 3:00 making Raw, Nut-Free Bliss Balls. I’ll also be making Sprouted Endive Boats on the same stage on Sunday, February 14th (Happy Valentine’s Day!) at 3:00. Both recipe are from my recipe book, Vegetarian Comfort Foods.

Here are the full recipes:

Raw, Nut-Free Bliss Balls (vegan and gluten-free)

Makes approximately 36 balls   

The original name for this recipe was “Nut Balls,” but I got very made fun of for it. Bliss Balls sounds a little better, I guess. (Not as much fun, though.)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup salted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut OR chia seeds

Method

Mix all ingredients except for coconut together in food processor, until well combined. Form into balls, roll in coconut or chia seeds, and place on parchment paper or in mini-muffin cups as you go. Store in mini-muffin cups in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Sprouted Endive Boats (vegan and gluten-free)

Makes approximately 16

These cute little two-biters are super nutritious and look cool plated. They have tons of flavor, with the benefit of being wholesome and vegan. (My kinda tapa.) Note: sometimes it’s hard to find endive spears, so ask around.

Ingredients

  • 2 mushrooms
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ½ zucchini
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 cup sprouted beans
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp. gluten-free tamari
  • 2 endive spears

Method

  1. Clean the veggies, and throw the mushrooms, pepper, and zucchini in a food processor. Process until piece are small, but not quite minced. Set aside.
  2. Peel the carrot and set aside. Peel layers off endive spears, and arrange on platter so the cavity is face-up, resembling boats. Set aside.
  3. Place ¼ cup of water in skillet and heat to medium. Once simmering, add processed veggies (not the carrots) and sprouted beans, and sauté for 2 minutes to soften, slightly.
  4. Remove from heat and drain any remaining water. Add tamari to the heated mixture, toss to coat, and scoop into endive cavities. Garnish with 2-3 strips of carrot, and serve.

Hope to see you all at The Wellness Show! xo

 

The 24th Annual Wellness Show Vancouver

This weekend (February 12-14) marks the 24th annual Wellness Show Vancouver, taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre. I’ve been before, but it’s either been as an attendee or a media representative. This year, I’m much more involved! Check it out:

Fresh + Fit Vancouver

The best place to catch me will be at my booth for Fresh + Fit Vancouver. This boutique white label firm specializes in assisting small wellness businesses promote themselves on social media, and build better online visibility through original content creation in the form of website content and unique and relevant blog posts.

If you’re wondering why small businesses need a service like this, click HERE or watch the video at the end of this post.

The Fresh + Fit booth is located in space 817B—come say hi!

Healthy Families Cooking Stage

I’m not totally sure how this happened, but I’ll be conducting two live demos of healthy snacks for the new Healthy Families Cooking Stage. On Saturday the 13th, I’ll be making Bliss Balls at 3pm, and on Sunday the 14th (Happy Valentine’s Day!), I’ll be making Sprouted Endive Boats (sponsored by Eat More Sprouts) at 3pm.

Come watch my demo(s) and I’ll be happy to make sure you get a signed copy of Vegetarian Comfort Foods after!

Book Sales + Signing

At the Fresh + Fit booth, I’ll also be selling and signing books. They include:

So if you’re at The Wellness Show this weekend, come pop by and introduce yourself! I’d love to meet you. xo


 

Why Your Business Needs to Utilize Social Media

The Wellness Show Vancouver

Hey, everyone! If you live in the Vancouver area, and have yet to attend the annual Wellness Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre, you need to give it a go in 2016.

Besides the fact that I’ll be there (both as a Healthy Families stage presenter, and at my Fresh + Fit Vancouver booth) and I’ll need some good, distracting company, I also have coupons for you!

Not that The Wellness Show is expensive (it’s $14.50 for a general admission and $30 for the entire weekend, and you make your money back pretty quickly in free swag and delicious food samples), but as an extra enticement, the event coordinators have offered me a 2-for-1 coupon for Friday the 12th to offer anyone who may be interested!

You can download it HERE:

Once the holidays are over and you can breathe and focus on your own wellness (by January, we all wanna do it), I promise that this event will sound more than appealing.

Hope to see you there! xo

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This Year's Top 10 Wellness Trends

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The Wellness Show is a weekend-long celebration of health and wellness, hosted each year in Vancouver. This year’s dates are the 13th-15th, and I’ll be there as a blogger on behalf on My Van City on the Sunday.

Feel free to hunt me down and say hi!

This year’s wellness experts put a lot of time and effort into researching the latest health trends, which I’m finding SUPER interesting. Some are surprising (I thought sprouting was in a couple of years ago),  but most are not (being more zen is definitely on trend). 😉 The rest of this post was written and passed along for The Happy Healthy Life to share by The Wellness Show, so without further adieu:

Here are the top trends we’re currently seeing in health and wellness:

1- Sprouting: Sprouting raw nuts, seeds, beans and grains is one of the quickest, easiest ways to pack a group of   nutrients into your body in just one handful. Eating sprouted foods also aids in digestion and helps to make your body’s PH more alkaline. Chat with the experts from Sprout Growers Dome at the show.

2- Non-GMOs: Not only are genetically modified foods unkind to the environment, but they are also bad for our bodies. You’ll find non-GMO-verified exhibitors at the Wellness Show. You¹ll also find kinder, better tasting, and better for you meat options, like local, grass-fed, free range beef and pork. Learn how to cook it, too, at one of our cooking demos!

3- Healthy snacking and smoothies/juices: Cold-pressed juices and smoothies are a great way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals in a very portable package. Vitamix will be one of the exhibitors at the show, and we’ll also have juices to sample from Bremner Juices, and supplements like vegan protein powders and Greens+ Superfood to boost your juice. Learn about healthy snacking on the run from our very own Liz Pearson, and discover the newest trend: Smoothie Bowls. They incorporate a smoothie, along with additional fresh fruit, and granola.

Happy Healthy Gut

4- Good for your gut: Fermented foods are great for us, because they contain helpful bacteria that help with immunity and digestion. While at the Wellness Show, sample some saurkraut, sip some kombucha, try some sourdough bread or yogurt from Liberte and Yoplait. You can also try the latest probiotics at Nature’s Fare and Pure Pharmacy.

5- Bone Broth: one of the newest and most popular health food trends right now, this nutrient-dense, inexpensive and easy to make consume is thought to be excellent for bones and teeth, due to its high collagen content.

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6- Cruciferous vegetables: Cauliflower is the current reigning king of cruciferous. You can make it into rice, you can mash it, and you can roast it whole. It takes on spices and flavouring incredibly well, and it¹s low in carbs. Other cruciferous veg that the world is currently loving? Brussels sprouts and other cabbages, for their ability to fill you up and their high fiber and vitamin content.

7- Stealthy Healthy: A fantastic new trend in eating out is healthy upscale restaurants. You no longer have to resort to ordering a salad when eating out if you want to be healthy. Restaurants are now dedicated to creating healthy food that looks and tastes amazing. Attend cooking demos by the chefs from Graze, Calabash, Tojos, and Top Chefs to learn new, healthy recipes and techniques.

8- Wearable tech: One of the biggest fitness trends is wearable tech that monitors your daily steps, how much you sleep, how much you eat, and how many calories you burn on your workout. Your tech is linked to your home computer or your smartphone. Another trend is apps‹your smartphone can now source your healthy lunch, prompt you to drink water, or help you to workout.

Beautiful healthy Young Woman lying on the green grass

9- Connecting with your inner Zen: We need calm and peace more than ever in today’s busy world with never-ending emails and Facebook updates. Take a class on how to meditate, and learn how to better manage your stress. Learn about floating at Pure Float, and block out the world for a few moments to focus and centre.

10- New fun workouts:  Instead of hour-long workouts, the trend is to shorter, 20 or 30 minute, high-intensity workouts. Take a dance fit class at the show, or, learn how to set up your own home gym from Flaman Fitnness. Outdoor workouts are another great trend happening right now being outdoors has wonderful benefits to add to exercise. Connect with The Pole Lady to find out how you can take your daily walk to the next level!

If you want to connect with the amazing people who put all these stats into a fun way to see if you’re on trend, visit The Wellness Show, which runs Friday, February 13 (noon to 7 pm), Saturday, February 14 (10 am to 7 pm) and Sunday, February 15 (10 am to 6 pm) at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building Exhibit Hall B & C, 999 Canada Place. Ticket prices are: $14.50 (General Admission), $12.50 (Seniors & Students), $6.00 (Children 6-15), and FREE (Children 5 & Under), 3 Day Passes are available for $30. Admission is available at the door, or may be purchased in advance online at www.thewellnessshow.com.

Be well, amigos! xo