Nov
23
2014

The Death By Chocolate Vegan Raw Pudding

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When you CRAVE a rich, decadent chocolate treat but don’t want to blow your day with preservatives and sugar, this easy vegan chocolate avocado pudding recipe is the one to reach for! It is so creamy and oh-so-healthy! It has the nutritional goodness of raw cacoa powder and avocado, without added sugar or dairy, making it diabetic friendly! You […]

Nov
21
2014

Lessons Life Has To Offer…

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“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” ~ Pema Chödrön I think there are teachings all around us – nature, connections and interactions with people … Everything we encounter – If we are willing to notice them. With that said when I stumbled upon this quote I interpreted it […]

Nov
14
2014

Super Quick Granola Bars

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I wanted to make a tasty and healthy snack to share with my yoga friends this week so I started a kitchen experiment and since my class is on Sunday morning I decided to make a granola bar. These tasty bars were filled with oats, healthy seeds and raisins. They were very simple to make […]

Nov
12
2014

MOST Iron-Rich Foods for Active Vegetarians

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It is not uncommon for vegetarians, especially active female vegetarians, to suffer from anemia –  low iron counts.  Low iron and anemia can mean increased fatigue and exhaustion. The human body stores some iron to replace any that is lost. However, low iron levels over a long period of time can lead to iron deficiency anemia. […]

Nov
10
2014

Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup

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Warm up on a cool day with this sweet potato cauliflower vegan soup… Who doesn’t love some comfort food once and a while? This savory, creamy, and flavorful soup totally hits the spot. And, for you Indian food lovers out there, we’ve got you covered! Mmm. Easy and under 30 minutes, this recipe is the perfect compliment to […]

Nov
8
2014

10 Min High Intensity Workout

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AMRAP stands for As Many Rounds/Reps As Possible. In these workouts, you’ll set a timer for a fixed amount of time and go through the sequence as many times as you can. The goal behind AMRAP’s is to take a short period of time, a challenging set of exercises (generally 2-6) and to work at […]

Oct
27
2014

Lime Cashew Cookies

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Lime Cashew Cookies makes 8 large cookies 1 cup dates, pitted 1/4 cup  raw almonds 1/4 cup raw cashews 2 teaspoons lime juice zest of one organic lime 1/4 cup crushed cashews or hemp seeds Combine the first five ingredients in your food processor. Using coconut oil or water on your hands, remove mixture from […]

Oct
24
2014

How To Get B-Vitamin Boost, The Easy Way

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The Scoop on Nutritional Yeast Hold on, hold on, I know what you might be thinking ….nutritional yeast doesn’t sound like something you want to willingly eat; and it doesn’t sound like it could possibly contribute to a tasty meal. But despite your first reaction to this little known ingredient, you should know about nutritional […]

Oct
23
2014

Healthy Baked Vegan Pakoras

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I have a serious addiction to Indian cusine! I love the smell, the mixture of flavours, spices … However many Indian dishes are not the healthiest   One of my favorite appetizers in Indian restaurants is vegetable pakoras. Traditionally deep fried made with garbanzo bean flour batter and vegetables like peas, cauliflower, potato and onion. Todays […]

Oct
19
2014

Are You Making This Self-Sabotaging Mistake?

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I love meeting new clients and hearing their story and what brought them to the fitness world. During a consultation the other day with a new client,  I realized how much pressure and expectations we put on ourselves. My new client was telling me how she prefers to workout in her own home alone. She has […]

Oct
16
2014

Green Energy Smoothie

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This Green Energy Smoothie is a perfect meal on the go! It is packed full of all the nutrients you need – pretty much a blended meal with a little energy boost from green tea and matcha! Ingredients: 1 stem of kale 1 small head of Broccoli 1/2 cup blueberries 1 banana 1 1/2 cups […]

May
5
2014

AV 029 – How To Deal With Social Pressure

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In this episode we will look at most common social aspects of living a plant based life. Once you decide to adapt to this way of living you’ll find new favorite foods.  You’ll find out what you like and don’t like to eat.  You’ll find great new food options on menus and in your grocery […]

May
1
2014

Pecan Pie Delights (Raw, Vegan & Gluten Free)

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These bars are great for anyone with a busy lifestyle, and especially athletes. They are packed full of energizing raw foods that will help you either fuel for a workout or recover from one. Lets break it down on the benefits of including raw foods such as dates and nuts into your lifestyle as a plant […]

Apr
27
2014

Roasted Cabbage

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This method of preparing cabbage is very simple and extremely delicious! Once you’ve taste roasted cabbage, you will never go back to boiling it. Because of the quick cooking in a very hot and dry oven, the cabbage won’t get all mushy. It will soften slightly but still retain a very pleasing crunch. This is […]

Apr
20
2014

Fat Assault Workout

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This workout is 18 minutes long and it’s made up of bodyweight exercises. I didn’t use any fitness equipment except of my Gymboss Interval Timer (click the blue link for more info on the timer) which I set for 9 rounds of 10 seconds and 30 second long intervals (6 minutes total). Your goal is to do […]

Apr
12
2014

Juice Pulp Carrot Cake Balls

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If you juice regularly, you’ve probably wondered what to do with leftover fruit and vegetable pulp. I feel incredibly guilty for throwing away the leftover pulp ;(  So first rule: never throw the pulp away! Composting is a great way to utilize it, but all that fruit and veggie goodness is an easy way to […]

Apr
9
2014

AV 028 – Vegetarian Diets: The Myths vs. Facts

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  In this episode of Active Vegetarian we uncover the truth about the top 9 veggie-eating myths. Whether you’re interested in learning more or are already plant based eater, test your knowledge of animal-free living. Nikki & Zuzana hope to help in answering some questions and correcting any misconceptions that may exist around the vegetarian lifestyle. […]

Apr
8
2014

Busting 9 Myths About Vegetarian Diets

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  Today’s topic is: “Things you hear about vegetarianism that are just plain wrong!” Through our recent survey, we found out that many readers of our blog and listeners of our podcast are non-vegetarians who lean towards eating mostly plants. If you are one of them and thinking about making a full switch to plant […]

Apr
4
2014

Vegan “Cheezy” Broccoli Soup

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Yes this soup is 100% plant based but yet so cheezy! So how can we achieve that creamy, dreamy, cheesy flavour without the list of scary ingredients? The solution…..nutritional yeast. Seriously, thank goodness for this stuff. It’s a life saver in a vegan kitchen and adds the cheesy component to this delicious broccoli soup. I always keep some […]

Mar
28
2014

Detox Salad – Simple & Delicious

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Hi guys, the past two weeks we have been talking about detox and cleanse diets. So for our recipe I decided to go with this very simple salad packed with nutrients. The only time consuming part is the chopping all the veggies,but you can use a chopping attachment for your food processor and speed things […]

Mar
26
2014

AV 027 – The Real Deal on Detox and Cleanse Diets

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From guzzling lemonade and gulping green juices to popping herbal pills, it seems everyone is talking about detoxing and cleansing these days. But what works and what doesn’t? Listen to this episode to find out more. In this Podcast episode Nikki and Zuzana give a great deal of helpful information for those who are looking […]

Mar
21
2014

Toasted Coconut Cream Bar

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Holy grocery bills — store-bought energy bars sure aren’t cheap! While healthy energy bar can be a convenient way to fuel up before or after a workout, some varieties contain a long list of artificial ingredients and added sugars, which can do more harm than good. Luckily, it’s super easy to put together homemade bar that has all of the right ingredients and none […]

Mar
13
2014

TEMPEH CURRY WITH SWEET POTATOES AND ASPARAGUS

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This Vegan Coconut curry  is not only a super flavorful dish, but it’s also easy to make and healthy for you! Let’s examine the health benefits of curry, shell we? The ingredients of curry Turmeric is the primary spice in curries – it’s how you get that beautiful yellow when you’re making a curry. Many medicinal […]

Mar
7
2014

Vegan Macaroons – 2 Flavours!

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Pumpkin Spice Macaroons Makes about 25-30 2 cups shredded, raw, unsweetened coconut 1/2 cup ground raw almonds (or almond flour) 1/2 cup maple syrup (date paste is a great substitute) 1 tbsp coconut oil 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 tsp ginger powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg Dash cloves 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/8 […]

Mar
5
2014

Want Flat Abs? Here is the Secret

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The big myth about getting a flat, jelly-free belly is that you have to do crunches and plank exercises day in and day out. It’s unbelievable how many different devices have been created just to target the mid section – ab rollers, ab glider, ab circle…..all claiming to “melt away the pounds”. The truth is …. no matter what […]

Feb
28
2014

Breakfast Power Smoothie

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This post is long overdue as w’ve had so many of you ask us what is the breakfast to give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set the stage for sucessful day. Many of us claim that we don’t have enough time in the morning to make something healthy, opting for a bowl of sugary cereal […]

Feb
21
2014

Vegan Raspberry Brownie Mini Cheesecake

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Who’s ready for another healthy and mouthwatering dessert? How about Mini raw vegan brownie cheesecakes bars? No cheese? No milk? No butter?  Nope, nope and nope. Then what’s that in the “cheesecake”? Cashews. For people who love cheesecake and it’s creaminess, there probably isn’t a healthier alternative than this. Cashews are full of healthy fats such as omega-9 […]

Feb
19
2014

The Ab Attack Workout

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Hey Guys, Recently we have received a lot of requests to put together a workout routine that would target the midsection. From my experience working in the fitness field the six pack and love handles seems to be the most common concern for people when it comes to physical appearance. Unfortunately crunches alone are NOT […]

Feb
15
2014

AV 026 – Eating for Energy with Andrew Raines

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If you have to drag yourself through the day, it’s easy to think popping a supplement or chugging an energy drink can help recharge your battery. Not so fast. All-day energy doesn’t come from a pill or a concoction in a can. It comes from real food, which is packed with nature’s secret stash of […]

Feb
15
2014

Indian Eggplant Soup – Fast & Easy Dinner

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Making a filling, flavorful, and delicious soup doesn’t have to take hours. In 30 minutes or less, you can have a pot of healthy vegan soup ready for dinner. Today’s quick soup recipe doesn’t take long to prepare, but is full of flavor and nutritious ingredients like eggplant and bell pepper. This Indian-inspired soup incorporates curry powder, […]

Feb
10
2014

The Top 5 Healthy Habits To Boost Your Energy

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Our lives have become quite hectic. On daily bases we are faced with more tasks, deadlines, chores and to do’s then it’s feasible to fit in one day. I should know! I am a chronic over planner! However our bodies are not indestructible, and there is only so far we can push them before they […]

Feb
6
2014

Where do I get iron if not from red meat?

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We’ve heard from a lot of you that your goal for the year of 2014, is to adopt a 100% plant based diet, part vegan, or just truly focus on including more veggies in your daily meals. We want to help. Nikki and I made a plethora of mistakes on our journey to living a plant […]

Feb
2
2014

Fig Thumbprint Cookies – Gluten Free

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Okay, so I will admit I had to resist the temptation of naming this post “getting ‘figgy’ with it”… I know ridiculous isn’t it? These cookies are super easy to make and only contain a short list of ingredients, but don’t be fooled they are packed with nutrients and are delicious! You might be surprised […]

Jan
29
2014

AV 025 – 5 Ways To Boost Your Energy

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In this episode of Active Vegetarian we discuss 5 energy-boosting changes you can apply to your daily routine that will leave you feeling recharged. If you’re tired all the time, a change in what you eat or what you do all day may be all you need to turn things around 180°. You might not be […]

Jan
28
2014

Healthy Yogi Cookies

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The Yogi Cookie is my favourite post workout snack . This healthy cookie is packed with wholesome ingredients to help your body recover and give you “superpowers” :).  These cookies make a great after-yoga snack full of things to give you that additional boost of energy you may need. They also make a nice, healthy dessert when […]

Jan
25
2014

Super Quick & Healing Miso Noodle Soup

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Here’s a soup for those times when you want something light in calories but filling, nutritious and quick. You wouldn’t think that such a simple soup could taste so delicious and have so many healing benefits….. What is miso?  Miso is a a thick paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt.  It […]

Jan
14
2014

AV 024 – Protein Myths Answered

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In this episode, Zuzana and Nik discuss the number one question surrounding plant based eating… You will learn how easy it could be for a plant based eater to meet recommendations for protein, as long as calorie intake is adequate. Strict protein combining is not necessary; it is more important to eat a varied diet throughout […]

Jan
13
2014

Breakfast Of Champions

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Breakfast has been known to be one of the most important meals of the day. It is also a time of setting a healthy intention for the day ahead. If you start the day with a nutritious breakfast, you give yourself a good chance to picking healthier food choices for the rest of the day. During the nights […]

Jan
8
2014

Raw Vegan Three Layered Shortbread

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These little raw cookies turned out better than I imagined. I didn’t really think you could mimic shortbread  without butter or baking but somehow the ground cashews & dates create a buttery/nutty vibe and the result is super tasty.  You will want to store the shortbread in the freezer and enjoy piece or two with nice cup of […]

Dec
25
2013

Goji Berry Truffles

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Goji berries are a truly remarkable superfood. Ounce for ounce goji berries contain more vitamin C than oranges, more beta-carotene than carrots, and more iron than spinach. They also contain over 20 trace minerals and 18 amino acids! These beautiful truffles contain a flavourful red filling and a rich chocolate exterior, making them a special festive treat. […]

Dec
23
2013

Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies, GF

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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies These cookies are high protein, low sugar, vegan, and naturally gluten-free. Plus with no grainy gluten-free flours, these cookies stay moist and gooey in the centre for days. I use roasted almond butter which gave the cookies nice nutty flavour. For the ground flax, I grind my own in my […]

Dec
12
2013

5 Healthy Substitutes for Guilt-Free Baking

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Baking is one of my favorite part of the holiday season. Whether I am making home made chocolates, pies or cookies, the holidays mean you will find me in the kitchen more often than usual. And tasting more frequently too I put together several tips for healthier holiday baking that really do work – without […]

Dec
6
2013

Holiday Detox aka Green Monster Soup

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You might be thinking that there’s no way a bright green bowl puréed veggies can be filling and comforting enough for chilly weather, but this Winter detox soup will prove you wrong. Clocking in well under 100 calories per serving, this warming, hefty soup is packed with flavour and detoxifying stars like vitamin A, vitamin […]

Nov
16
2013

AV 023 – Nine Keys to Endless Motivation

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In this episode, Zuzana and Nik discuss the difference between someone who succeeds at achieving their health and fitness goals and someone that fails…. Most of us let life act on us – we are asleep at the wheel of our own lives. And the days slip into weeks, the weeks into months and the months […]

Nov
14
2013

9 Keys to Unstoppable Motivation

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Today I want to talk to you about motivation. I’m in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as I write this. At a huge resort packed with people soaking up the sun while on their vacation. I came here to teach yoga and together with Nik work on our AV blog. We just finished lunch and now enjoying […]

Nov
12
2013

WOW #10 – THE PAINSTORM

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This week Nik and I challenge you to stop doing the same old workouts that haven’t gotten you any results for quite some time and give this metabolic bomb a try As we discussed in our latest podcast “12 Crucial Keys To A Successful Fat Loss”  in order to get lean and ripped you need […]

Nov
12
2013

Superfood Granola Bars

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In the last year or so I added hemp seeds to my “must eat” list of foods. I’ll admit, the list of healthy things I keep adding to my daily “must eat” list is getting a bit out of hand—between the vegetables, flaxseeds, raw vegetable juices, fermented foods, etc. my stomach barely has room to […]

Oct
30
2013

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cups

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Yes that’s right, vegan, healthy,protein and antioxidant rich CHOCOLATE peanut butter cups (that still taste decadent). Vegan Chocolate Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free) 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted 1 cup cacao powder 5 tbsp agave nectar/coconut nectar/maple syrup All you have to do is melt coconut oil, then stir in cacao powder and maple syrup […]

Oct
25
2013

Perfect Vegan Pancakes, GF

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Peanut butter, Chocolate, Banana Pancakes Our latest pancake  creation uses a classic combo of peanut butter, chocolate and banana.  These are gluten free, vegan pancakes with a lovely peanut butter taste and chunks of banana rather than it being mashed. Oh and if you make too many (can you though?  Can you ever make too many pancakes?), they […]

Oct
22
2013

AV 022 – 12 Crucial Keys to a Successful Fat Loss

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In this episode, Zuzana and Nik give you advice on how to get rid of excess body fat. Effective, healthy weight loss isn’t only due to the simplistic calories in, calories out paradigm. Nor is it solely reliant on diet and exercise. It’s everything – it’s all the various signals our body receives from the […]

Oct
8
2013

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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This soup is so simple. A lot of people like to add carrots and potatoes but I find that the addition of those items tends to take away from the roasted pepper flavor. I start off by roasting some large red bell peppers. You may wonder why I’m a crazy person and roast my own […]

Oct
3
2013

Is Eating Gluten Bad For You?

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Less than a decade ago, few people had heard of gluten. Now that’s all changed. Thousands across North America are choosing to reduce or completely remove the common protein from their diets to improve their health. “Gluten-free” foods now line grocery store shelves and most of us are at least familiar with someone on a […]

Sep
30
2013

Date Paste – Healthy Sugar Alternative

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Do you ever wonder what the healthiest sweetener is? Is it agave? Maple syrup or raw cane sugar? My opinion is always any sweet whole food, still pretty much in it’s original form.  I think anything that’s been extracted and heavily processed and preserved isn’t going to be anywhere near as healthy as a whole fruit […]

Sep
29
2013

Morning Glory Cookies (vegan,GF)

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Saturday evening is a time to get creative in the AV kitchen. This time the inspiration was my Sunday morning yoga class. I wanted to make something healthy and wholesome to share with my Yogis:) The finished product was a low-sugar gluten free Morning Glory Cookie – made with homemade date paste . These cookies […]

Sep
24
2013

7 Secrets To Happiness

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“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” -Jim Rohn Your Happiness is Up to You The biggest myth about happiness is when people say that it is not right or correct for you to put your happiness ahead of everyone else’s. Throughout my life, I’ve […]

Sep
23
2013

Vegetarian Moussaka with Eggplant and Lentils

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A Hearty Casserole, Just Like the Greek Original Made with eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and lentils, this layered casserole is a great dish for dinner. It’s as filling, tasty and nutritious! Traditionally, moussaka is a Greek casserole made with eggplant, lamb or beef and diced tomatoes, among other things. It’s a layered dish, something like a […]

Sep
18
2013

AV 021 – 7 Secrets to Happiness

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We all want to be happy and we all want to feel good about ourselves and about the world around us, and even though so many of us think that happiness depends on something outside ourselves, and that only material objects and people can make us happy,that’s not really the case. “There is no way […]

Sep
15
2013

Vegan Lime Poppyseed Mini Cheesecakes

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Wouldn’t you love to be greeted home with a batch of these? We’re talking mini cheesecakes and not just any ordinary kinda cheesecake! Typical cheesecakes won’t make you feel as good as these vegan version will! Natural sugars, a lot less fat and nutrient rich ingredients just add to their charm! Crust: 1 cup finely […]

Aug
27
2013

Chinese Style Green Beans

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Chinese food is one of the great comfort foods,however it could be a caloric bomb waiting to destroy your physique!!!  Today we are sharing a healthy spin on the typical buffet style fried green beans. You can enjoy this delicious side dish without all the added sodium and oils. Add a cup of chickpeas and you have […]

Aug
22
2013

What You Absolutely Need to Know About Stretching

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Stretching the Truth…   Stretching… such a contradicting subject and often a neglected component of the health and fitness world. I am sure there are a lot of you that wonder, is it necessary?, when should I do it?, How often should I stretch?, what type of stretching should I be doing? Sound familiar? Well […]

Aug
16
2013

Show me your breakfast….Vegan Parfait

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This Vegan Berry Parfait is a creamy and dreamy our take on normal yogurt based parfaits. This mix of blueberries, strawberries and coconut satisfies all cravings and leaves you energized! Ingredients:  1 can full fat, organic coconut milk 1/3 cup cashews 1 tsp chia seeds 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp cinnamon 2 cups […]

Jul
22
2013

Gluten Free Apricot Coconut Bars

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Sometimes you just need a treat. A recipe with coconut, lemon and apricots will sure satisfy your cravings.So it’s time for something sweet. Something moist and chewy and perfect with a cup of tea. Ingredients: 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for about 8 hours and drained Juice and zest of one lemon 20 dried apricots, […]

Jul
4
2013

Roasted Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Quick and delicious is the best way to describe this recipe. That’s why I love stuffed peppers. They can be completely assembled and stored in the fridge in advance, so when you are ready, all you have to do is bake it. Also if you are carb-o-phobe using a pepper as your outer shell saves […]

Jun
29
2013

Dieting Hazards

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Saturated by an obscure amount of information that supports the importance of a “healthy diet”. Media and the internet bombard us with the idea that a “perfect physique” is only achievable by what ever diet is popular at that time. or some new miracle food. With technology being so advanced we are often overloaded with […]

Jun
23
2013

AV 020-Reading Food Labels Part II

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How Do You Know What Food Labels Mean and Whether They’re Trustworthy? Listen here: It may come as a surprise to some, but buying foods labeled cage-free or grass-fed does not necessarily mean that those items are what they say they are, or what we assume they mean.  This can be really frustrating if you are […]

Jun
11
2013

AV 019- Reading Food Labels

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How To Understand Food Labels – How To Read Food Labels Listen here: Health claims on food packages can be confusing! Have you ever been confused by the information on the food labels you buy ? Especially when you are eating a healthy plant based diet and watching what goes into your body? Are you […]

Jun
7
2013

Healthy Strawberry-Rhubarb Bar

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These easy-to-make bars consist of a crispy oatmeal crust, a thick layer of sweet and tangy fruit filling and a crumb topping. They are perfect with morning cup of coffee, or have one for an afternoon snack……and also for dessert (basically you can eat them anytime)  Enjoy Crust: 1.5 cups whole raw almonds 1.5 cups […]

Jun
1
2013

Tabbouleh Salad (Parsley Salad)

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Tabbouleh is a healthy, rich and super-green salad with pure Lebanese origins that is known for its spicy-tangy kick.  In traditional Lebanese cuisine this salad is made with burgur- cracked wheat. And on the topic of bulgur, if you are allergic to gluten or simply want a gluten-free version, try substituting the bulgur with Quinoa. […]

Apr
14
2013

Mango Lassi…Delicious Healthy Snack!

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Last week I returned home from my 6 week trip to India. Oh man I love that place…..  India is everything. It’s big, filthy, crowded, frustrating, scary, bizarre, colorful, exciting, fun, friendly and the experience of a lifetime. But it isn’t for everyone. At times it can be excruciatingly difficult to navigate and it’s all too easy […]

Apr
1
2013

Banana Ice Cream – Post Workout Snack

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What better snack after a hard workout than Ice Cream!! Yes you heard me correct, I said Ice Cream! I had a few people asking me about healthy alternatives for ice cream which well lead me to this post. Let me explain the benefits before I give you the simple 1-2-3 recipe…. Bananas are packed […]

Mar
17
2013

Gluten Free & Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

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Growing up my mom would always make cinnamon rolls and they were sooo good but not that healthy :-/ So this weekend I decided to attempt to make some healthy gluten free and vegan ones to share with some friends!  PS- I will never turn down anything with cinnamon in it <3 Cinnamon is a […]

Mar
7
2013

Figgin’ Good For You Bars!

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These fig bars are my favourite! Not only are they high in fibre, figs reduce inflammation,are the highest plant source of calcium, and are an antioxidant power house! So eat up! Dough 2 cups gluten free flour 1/3 cup raw sugar 1/3 + 1 tbsp coconut oil 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 […]

Mar
3
2013

WOW #9 – Cruel Complex

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  Hey hey! We are back with a new workout for you! Please read the post below before you do this workout This one is a little different than usual, we are including weights and it is based on complex training. Complex training is  a great way to add some variety to your workouts, you […]

Feb
27
2013

TOW #7 Dressing it up….

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  Alright so we are 2 months into the new year, I hope you are sticking to your new years resolutions! If weight loss or diet was a key word in your goals for 2013 I am sure you have found yourself eating more leafy greens (aka salads). Am I right? Now let me ask […]

Feb
21
2013

Nutty Sweet Potato Soup

This experiment was a big success in my eyes   Combining sweet potatoes with leek and peanut butter makes a comforting dish that is perfect for a chilly evening. Ingredients: 2 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts thinly sliced 3 Tbs tomato paste 3 Tbs natural peanut […]

Jan
25
2013

Nutty Burgers

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These are delicious and hugely addicting vegan burgers. The seeds give the burgers a fantastic crunch and texture. You won’t be able to stop at just one…or two… Ingredients: 1/2 cup mushrooms 2 cup mixed nuts and seeds walnuts – almonds,walnuts, pumpkin seeds,flax seeds, sunflower seeds (soaked) 1 carrot, shredded 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 clove […]

Jan
16
2013

WOW #8 – No Where To Run

  Planning a holiday?  Well you should never have an excuse why you couldn’t work out while you are away… Zuzana and I are bringing you another workout where there is NO equipment required! So NO EXCUSES! This workout is simple and all you need is preferably a hill, and some sort of ledge or […]

Jan
13
2013

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

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Yes its time for nice bowl of warming soup! There is nothing better then a steaming bowl of soup on cold winter day! There are many delicious variations of fall Soup, but one of my favourites is a recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Soup. If you haven’t had roasted cauliflower before, try it!  Even if cauliflower isn’t your […]

Dec
14
2012

AV 018 – Beat The Bug!

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How to prevent and treat a cold or flu this season. In this episode, Zuzana and Nik give you advice on how to avoid and treat a cold or flu. During the episode they discuss a few home remedies that will help speed up the recovery process and make you feel better, see below for […]

Dec
12
2012

Tomorrow…you’re always a day away!

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Happy 12/12/12 everyone!! Seeing as it is the last of the great repeating dates to occur in our lifetimes – unless you’re planning to live until Jan. 1, 2101, that is. It inspired me to write this post…. The holiday season is here and I think it is one of the hardest times for anyone […]

Nov
9
2012

WOW #7 – Cut To The Core

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  Hey Guys! As we were traveling through Spain, Zuzana found this awesome “surfer town” Zarautz. I Definitely recommend checking it out if you are travelling through northern Spain. It was a great place to chill out on the beach and there is tons of surfing!         Anyways…. Let me “Cut to the Core” […]

Nov
5
2012

TOW # 6: How To… store fresh herbs

When it comes to gardening, I have a bit of a black thumb, however I can care for a bunch of fresh herbs once they are out of the soil. Keeping fresh herbs fresh can be tricky, but if stored and cared for properly, they can last from several days to a full 10 days , depending on the […]

Nov
5
2012

Make Your Own – Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

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Ok this post was inspired by my recent trip to Whole Foods. As Nikki and I were working away on creating the “Pumpkin Madness” post we knew we needed a good pumpkin spice mix. However a small jar was $6.49….WHAT???? So we decided to make our own If you’ve never made your own spice blends, I’d encourage you […]

Nov
4
2012

Pumpkin & Tofu Curry

Here’s an awesome recipe we tried recently that incorporates tofu. It’s a quick meal and very satisfying….good enough that I wanted to share with you guys Ingredients 1 package of organic firm/extra firm tofu, cubed 5 cups pumpkin, diced 2 tbs organic coconut oil 1 onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 2 TBS ground ginger 1 TBS ground turmeric  2 […]

Nov
4
2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

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Brownie Batter: 1 cup spelt flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp sea salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1 cup coconut oil 6 oz unsweetened chocolate 1 cup maple syrup 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract 1 tsp maple extract 3/4 cup pureed pumpkin 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 8 oz dried cranberries Cheesecake: […]

Nov
4
2012

Raw Pumpkin Pie Bites

I’m sure you’re wondering if these truly taste like pumpkin pie? Yes, absolutely. But you can enjoy them without any guilt They’re pretty awesome, actually. Give them a try…… Ingredients 1 cup of raw cashews 1 cup oats 1/4 cup medjool dates 1/4 pumpkin, puree (you can used canned) 2 TB extra virgin coconut oil […]

Oct
18
2012

WOW#6 Slim Skipping

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Slim Skipping is a great interval workout that can be done anywhere! All you need for this one is a skipping rope and a gymboss timer. Set your Gymboss timer for 10 rounds of 1min and 30sec rounds (see image below). You will start with 1 min of skipping followed by 30 secs of pushups. […]

Oct
14
2012

Roasted Chocolate Cinnamon Almond Butter

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Did you know that you can easily make your own scrumptious almond butter ? And without paying the high prices at your local grocery store? Yes it’s true This chocolate cinnamon kind is one of my favorite healthy versions……. Here is what you will need to make almond butter: 2 cups raw almonds 1/4 cup dark […]

Oct
14
2012

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Ready for this one!?! Here’s a vegan spin on Stabucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Ingredients: 2 cups soy milk 2 Tbsp canned pumpkin 2 Tbsp raw sugar or honey 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don’t […]

Oct
3
2012

Coconut Miso Squash

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  Another tasty squash creation…… Perfect as a side dish on a chilly fall evening. The coconut and miso sauce is a perfect combination for sweet butternut squash. This is what you need: 1 lb. butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks (2 cups) 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth ½ cup light coconut milk […]

Jul
19
2012

WOW #5 – 5 x 5 Workout

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  Happy Hump Day! The workout today is called 5 x 5 simply because you will perform 5 different exercises one after another (which would be 1 circuit) and then repeat it 5 times! The exercises and rep counts are as follows: Jump Lunges x 20 Mountain Climbers x 100 Side Lateral Squat x 20 […]

Jul
16
2012

TOW # 5 – Laugh More…LMAO

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What better way to promote good health and great happiness than to laugh your way through life? Try it daily and you’ll find that laughter truly is the best medicine. Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, it may also boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your […]

Jul
9
2012

TOW # 4 – Soaking Nuts and Seeds

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If you’ve been cooking plant based food for some time, you’ve probably noticed that soaking nuts and seeds is a pretty common practice! The main reason soaking nuts and seeds is so important is because they contain enzyme inhibitors. The purpose of these enzyme inhibitors is to protect the nut or seed until it has what it […]

Jul
9
2012

WOW #4 – Cry For Mercy Workout

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Hey Guys! So we have a new style of workout for you – Pyramid style. All you will need is water and a towel. [And well maybe a list of the exercises ] It is simple there are 6 different exercises, start out by doing 15 repetitions for each exercise and each round drop the […]

Jun
14
2012

Green Chocolate Cookies

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Green?  I called these cookies “green chocolate” because the main part of the cookie is made from avocado. Most people shy away from avocados, associating them with “fat”.  However you need to understand that it is a “good” fat!  The fat in avocados actually helps your body better absorb the nutrients in the other foods […]

Jun
6
2012

Edamame Hummus & Multi-Seed Crackers

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Hummus Ingredients 1/2 pound frozen shelled edamame (green soy beans), about 1 1/2 cups 1/4 cup tahini 1/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons), juiced 1 clove garlic, smashed 3/4 teaspooon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon […]

May
18
2012

Heavenly Cheesecake…. totally vegan

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Mmmmmmmmmm……………………..Cheesecake! Did you know…… Cheesecake is believed to have originated in Greece more than 4,000 years ago.  It is also believed to have been served to athletes competing during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. to give them energy. So if it’s good for Greek athletes is good for us, right? Here is a totally vegan […]

May
15
2012

WOW # 3 – Scorchin’ Scorpion Workout

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Hi Guys, Today we have a completely new workout for you, and it was inspired by our recent trip to Joshua Tree National Park. It’s simple yet effective. Now go and give it your all! WORKOUT BREAKDOWN 10 burpees 20 Jumping Jacks 10 scorpion push ups 20 jumping jacks repeat 5x for time Enjoy your […]

May
15
2012

TOW # 3 – Keeping Track

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You work out hard every day to reach your fitness goals, but do you do it without a workout log? Now it’s time to consider keeping a workout log. While a lot of people think that it’s more important to just work out, it is important that you keep track of your progress. This helps […]

May
11
2012

Quinoa Salad Stuffed Collard Wraps

We picked up some lovely Collard Greens the other day, and didn’t want to simply shred and slow cook them. Collard greens turned out to be excellent for wraps and there are so many possibilities for fillings. This time we filled them with my favorite quinoa dish . Apple Quinoa Curry Salad We prepared the […]

May
4
2012

Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

During our recent visit to southern California Nikki and I discovered not one but three beautiful pink grapefruit trees in the back yard of the house we were staying at. Neither of us are big grapefruit eaters however the fruit was so appealing that we were determined to make something yummy out of it What follows is a recipe for a yogurt cake which ended up to be […]

May
2
2012

WOW # 2 – 500 Rep Desert Warrior

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Hi there! Today’s workout was awesome! Very intense, and little bit longer then our normal workout. It took us little over 27 minutes to complete. We challenge you to give it a try….I know you will love us for it later So what was this workout all about? It’s a full body time challenge. We did 10 […]

Apr
27
2012

Black Bean Salad with Mango, Cilantro and Lime

This weeks recipe is super quick and easy to make. Best of all…no cooking required It’s great to eat on it’s own or for the carnivore’s in your life you can serve a piece of grilled chicken or grilled shrimp skewers with it. Or you can mix it into hot rice. This salad is so versatile and […]

Apr
25
2012

WOW #1 – No Nonsense Workout

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This workout is just little over 10 minutes long interval circuit training. Set your Interval Timer for 18 rounds of two intervals. The first interval is 5 seconds (rest interval) and the second interval is 30 seconds long (max. effort interval). There are 3 rounds of 6 exercises that you will be doing in a […]

Apr
23
2012

TOW #1 – Make a Difference

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Bring reusable coffee mugs, and reusable water bottles to work and wherever you go. You are saving a tree from becoming a paper cup that is essentially non recyclable. Many coffee shops now offer you a 10 cent or even more discount for bringing in your own reusable mug. Reusable cups keep your drinks, like […]

Mar
11
2012

“Impression” Cookies

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Adapted from Whole Foods Market What better way to leave a good “impression” with friends and family than sharing some vegan thumbprint cookies?  The cookie part of these are not overly sweet; the idea when eating them is to get a little  jam filling with each bite, which makes them taste sweeter Ingredients 1 cup […]

Feb
16
2012

The Insane Roasted Eggplant Soup

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Have you had an eggplant lately?   There is many reasons why you should include this pretty purple vegetable in your diet. Health Benefits Eggplant is a good choice because its high fiber content helps digestive function lowers risk of coronary heart disease In addition, eggplant contains potassium, Vitamin C, and protein. Fun Facts In […]

Jan
29
2012

LENTIL QUINOA LOAF

Both lentils and quinoa are very versatile ingredients.  There are so many ways to use lentils in recipes. Although quinoa is great as a side dish, try also using it in place of oatmeal as a hot cereal in the morning.  I have made recipes before using quinoa and lentils but I haven’t combined the two in […]

Jan
29
2012

Japanese Style Slow Cooker Tofu

Hello Friends! Today we have a recipe for you that even your non vegetarian friends will love.   It will take about 5min to prepare and your slow cooker will do the rest. Give it a try and let us know how you like it.  Make sure to use organic NON-GMO tofu Ingredients: 1/4 cup […]

Jan
16
2012

Cashew Cream Cheese

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This cream cheese is unbelievable! We used it for our “sushi” rolls. Ingredients: 1 cup raw cashew nuts, soaked 1/4 cup almond milk pinch of salt freshly ground black pepper 1tsp ground cumin zest of one small lemon juice of 1/2 small lemon (2 tbsp) Preparation: Soak the nuts in plenty of water for a […]

Jan
16
2012

Super Easy Veggie Sushi

I LOVE sushi! However today we decided to take a challenge and make sushi without the rice. This “sushi” recipe is super easy to make. We prepared a vegan cream cheese in advance and stored it in the fridge until dinner time.   Assembling this meal is a piece of cake In fact, you can get your […]

Jan
16
2012

Sweet Poison

The Silent Killer, Sugar! Are you bloated, lazy, moody, depressed, overweight, obese? How much sugar do you consume? I honestly believe that Sugar is not fit for human consumption. Literally every single organ in the body is negatively affected by sugar. Get this, It’s been said that one teaspoon of sugar lowers your immune systems response […]

Jan
9
2012

Sweet Popeye Truffles

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 These Sweet Popeye Truffles are simple, sweet, and perfect fuel before and after workouts. Try packing them for a healthy snack in your kid’s lunch box Ingredients: 1 cup raw almonds 1 1/2 cup oats 3 ripe bananas 2 cups fresh spinach 3 TBS cocoa powder 2 serving of your favorite protein powder (we used Vega Sport Performance Chocolate) […]

Jan
8
2012

Roasted Yam and Edamame Salad

Try a new potato salad tonight! Roasting the sweet potatoes first brings out their rich flavour, and the add ins give it crunch and zip! Simply Delicious! Ingredients:  2 large yams, cut into small cubes 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil 1 12 oz bag frozen organic shelled edamame, thawed 2 small shallots,thinly sliced 1/2 cup toasted almonds […]

Jan
1
2012

Strong Sexy Glutes Workout

  Happy New Year Friends! Why not start this year with a great glute workout? Give it a shot and let me know how you did. Instructions: Set your Interval Timer for 8 rounds of 15/45 second intervals. You will be doing a circuit of 4 exercises that you will go through 1-2 times in a row. […]

Dec
18
2011

Homemade All-Natural Granola Bars

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It’s the season of giving. Yes, it is. This Christmas season, give the gift of all-natural yummy goodness – Homemade Granola Bars. You can wrap them up and surprise your coworkers, friend and family members. I love sharing these with my clients as it makes a perfect after workout snack. Also a healthy addition to your kids lunch bags, quick […]

Dec
17
2011

Black Forest Vegan Torte

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Hi all! Christmas season is officially here people! With this time of the year we get invited to tons of Christmas functions. Work parties, neighbor parties, family get-togethers, friend’s Christmas brunches…..you get the point right? Most of the time we are asked to bring a dish – so today I would like to share with you this croud pleaser – […]

Dec
3
2011

Detox Smoothie

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I woke up this morning feeling little under the weather…luckily I had just the thing to nip it i the butt. My go to delicious remedy- detox smoothie. Yep, there is such a thing as tasty detox smoothie So next time you wake up feeling little sluggish or you just want to start your day right give […]

Nov
29
2011

Eating For Energy

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Eating For Energy is a program that focuses around Raw Vegan Foods. The program’s creator – Yuri Elkaim does a fantastic job of showing you which raw foods to emphasize for vitality and healing. This is not just a book about losing weight or restrictive dieting …it’s about increasing energy, vitality and strengthening your immune […]

Nov
28
2011

Homemade Veggie Burgers

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I am a big fan of homemade veggie burgers. You can pack them with tons of nutrients and make them into a complete meal. Because burgers are a very convenient “on -a- go” food, I tend to double the ingredients and make extra to take to work for lunch. They are great on their own, with […]

Nov
28
2011

Black Bean Guacamole

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Black Bean Guacamole 1 large ripe avocado Juice of 1/2 lime 1 tomato, chopped 1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed 2+ Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped Salt & pepper to taste Cut the avocado in half and remove the seed.  Scoop out the inside and place into a medium sized bowl.  Smash the avocados to […]

Aug
1
2011

Outdoor Fitness Rocks!

Good news! You don’t have to work out in a gym to get in shape. Why not take advantage of the nice summer weather and take your workouts outdoors. Exercising in the open air is just as effective, can be more fun, and has some appealing advantages. Being outside will boosts your health and fitness, […]

Jul
30
2011

Podcast – 014 – How To Make Cooking Easy

In this episode of Active Vegetarian we discuss 5 essential tools every vegan/vegetarian kitchen should have. We put together a list of kitchen essentials we personally use on daily basis to help you create healthy and nutritious meals without wasting your money and kitchen counter space. Download the episode HERE (19:25)

Jul
17
2011

Healthy No Bake Apple Pie

Just in time for summer, this pie will make a great light snack or dessert. I am super excited about this pie! And here is why: 1. It’s healthy- so healthy you can even enjoy it for breakfast 2. It’s easy and quick to make – all you need is a food processor and a pie […]

May
30
2011

Breakfast Quinoa Muffin Clusters

Hey Everyone! Few of you have been asking for a recipe with quinoa….so here you have it… Print Recipe Here Ingredients: 1 cup cooked quinoa 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries 1/2  cup almond butter 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 6 tbsp warm water, let […]

May
30
2011

“The Mother Of All Grains”

While Quinoa(pronounced keen-wah) is considered by most people to be a grain because it cooks up much like a grain would, it is actually a seed. When cooked it has a wonderful nutty flavor. It is very versatile and can be used as a main dish, side dish, baking or breakfast.  It can easily be […]

Apr
4
2011

Podcast 012 – Should You Go Vegan?

With so many celebrities and high profile people going vegan lately we discuss whether or not we feel it’s best for the average person. In our fitness tip we teach you how not to fall victim to the next useless fitness craze. WARNING: I did very little editing to this episode so it may not […]

Mar
17
2011

Myth of Motivation

One of the things we hear most is that people don’t feel motivated. Understandable …I feel that way quite often. A huge myth is that people who are the most fit, healthy and strong are also the most motivated. WRONG! Often they are the most dedicated and disciplined, but that’s a separate thing from motivation. […]

Mar
7
2011

How To Maintain A Healthy Weight – Habits

This post is part 2 in a series we are doing about stopping Yo-Yo dieting and sharing strategies to maintain a healthy weight. Last night we recorded the second part of the podcast, but when I awoke this morning  I discovered that evil computer goblins infiltrated my hard drive and erased half of the recording. […]

Mar
1
2011

[VIDEO] – Protein Power Lunch

In the video below I will explain how you can be totally lazy, and still make a highly nutritious lunch that’s packed full of protein. I eat this almost every day, and it gives me lots of fuel to workout hard. Anybody that thinks Vegetarians and Vegans can’t get enough protein is out of their […]

Feb
22
2011

Podcast 011 – Stop Yo-Yo Dieting Forever

In this episode of Active Vegetarian we discuss how to maintain a healthy weight, and stop the cycle of Yo-Yo dieting forever. And in the fitness tip, we talk about how to add pull ups and chin ups into your fitness routine, even if you can’t do a single one. Resources Our Suggested Home Pull […]

Feb
22
2011

Why Did You Go Vegan?

There are many reasons why people decide to live a plant based lifestyle. From health benefits, recovering from heart disease, religious believes to ethical reasons. Today I would like to pick your brain and find out what made you commit to the vegetarian /vegan lifestyle. Here is a great short video of Ellen DeGeneres  explaining […]

Feb
17
2011

Baked Apple Crisp With a Twist

This is an easy dessert that is a favorite for all ages. Although this could easily be classified as comfort food, this version of apple crisp is light and healthy and can be enjoyed without guilt Serve warm, topped with  vegan ice cream, for the ultimate flavor combination. This will test your thirty-minute capacity as it depends on […]

Feb
11
2011

Coconut Basmati Rice with Black Beans

This is an easy recipe which provides you with a complete meal. I used a light coconut milk and no added fat making it a very light and easily digestible dinner. Print Recipe Servings: 4 2 cups water 1 cup brown basmati rice 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/4 tsp salt 1 piece cinnamon stick […]

Feb
7
2011

Podcast 010 – Free 4 Week Workout Program!

In this episode of active vegetarian – we give you a full 4 week workout program for free to help you reach your fitness goals. We also discuss how to deal with the social aspects of being a vegetarian – such as living with a non-vegetarian, and how to handle somebody critisizing your decision to […]

Feb
7
2011

Free 4 Week Workout Program

To Download the 4 Week Turbulence Training Workout Program – just click the link below. Download the program HERE Once you open the PDF File …simply save the file to your computer! If you have any questions about the program …leave them below in the comment section, and we’ll be happy to help you through […]

Feb
7
2011

Energy Cookies

You can probably tell from my recipes that I ♥ SWEETS. I love everything about them – preparing them, the aroma of baking a cake or muffins in the oven, and of course eating and sharing them. With all that LOVE I also understand the danger of excessive eating. Sweets should be treated as a treat. I do not […]

Feb
2
2011

Powerful Overnight Breakfast

On our last podcast I promised you a chia seeds breakfast recipe and here it is! This will take about 10 min of preparation the night before however the next morning you will have a super healthy and delicious breakfast waiting for you. I swear this tastes just like dessert! Print This Recipe This is what you will need: SERVES 2 1/4 cup chia […]

Feb
1
2011

Sweet Potato Hummus

I have been asked for a good hummus recipe a lot lately. Hummus is super simple, however you can fancy it up according to your own preference. In this case I had a tons of organic sweet potatoes at home so I decided to be creative.  I am a big fan of sweet potatoes. Joe is a big […]

Feb
1
2011

The Cardio Machine That Sucks!

By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS www.TurbulenceTraining.com Recently, I was in Tampa, Florida, at a seminar. Between sessions, a physician from Georgia stopped me in the hall and said, “Hey Craig, you were right about those crosstrainer machines. I’ve had your program for a few months now and I’m getting better results with the bodyweight circuits.” […]

Jan
28
2011

Double Chocolate Protein Balls

I have been making protein balls for quite some time now. Each time I change the recipe just a bit, however I think this time I found a winner! At least Joe seems to think so This is a quick and easy snack. You can double up on the ingredients and store it in the freezer. […]

Jan
25
2011

Gymboss Interval Timer

The Gymboss interval timer will give your workout the discipline and structure necessary to take your workout to the next level. This easy to use timer will allow you to control intensity and allow you to focus on the workout to get the best results possible! Muscle strength, size, and endurance Fat loss Anaerobic endurance […]

Jan
25
2011

Podcast 009 – The Truth About Protein

The number one question people ask plant based eaters is…”So where do you get your protein?” In this episode we address this question …and reveal some shocking information about how much protein you really need, and the best sources for plant based protein. And in this fitness tip we review 3 of the hottest fitness […]

Jan
25
2011

Immune Booster Smoothie

This smoothie is sooooo delicious! Don’t let the ingredients fool you  Give it a try and find out for yourself. Kale Spinach and Pear Smoothie 1 heaping cup spinach leaves 1 heaping cup chopped kale leaves 1/2 pear 1  banana 3 tablespoons hemp protein (or your favorite protein powder) 1 tablespoon spirulina powder (optional) 1 1/2 cups cold almond milk (or […]

Jan
17
2011

Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

Funny thing…I hated tomato soup as a kid. But something has changed. These days I find a hot bowl of tomato soup very comforting. I adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart to make it 100% vegan. What makes a big difference between good tomato soup and great tomato soup like this one …is the tomatoes. Go figures huh? No seriously, if […]

Jan
11
2011

AV Playlist

Hit me with your best shot.  Fire awaayaay. Here’s a great workout tip for you ….exercise to music that motivates you! It can be any kind of music, as long as it works for you. Yesterday Zuzana was about to start her 8:00am Kickboxing class – she put on some Smashing Pumpkins and I could […]

Jan
6
2011

Excuses

I had a conversation with somebody yesterday that I must share. They told me that they couldn’t work out for the past 2 weeks because of the weather. They just had a major snow storm. I asked them if they closed the gym because of it ….and this is where the conversation took a turn […]

Jan
3
2011

“Friendship? Yes Please.”

There is a saying: ” Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell you who you are.” If you associate with positive, motivated, driven people it can only rub off on you and make you more successful in anything you do. If you surround yourself with bunch of unhealthy, negative friends that pretty much says that you […]

Dec
29
2010

In The Spirit of Fitness

Where the hell is the fitness industry headed? It’s a shame that the fitness industry is much more focused on profits rather than people. Let me tell you a little story. Yesterday Zuzana met with a couple of friends at the gym. They asked her to help them out and show them how to use […]

Dec
28
2010

Super Easy Pasta Bake

Today we had our last family Christmas get-together at our house. When Joe’s mom offered to bring a lasagna all of I sudden had a big craving for a pasta dish myself. It’s been a while since I made a pasta meal. Mostly because I couldn’t find a good vegan substitude for cheese, and pasta without […]

Dec
25
2010

Christmas Eve

I hope that everybody is having a great day! Yesterday was Christmas Eve and what an awesome day Joe and I had! I have been living here in Canada for 10 years however I am still trying to keep some of my Czech traditions alive. One of them is celebrating Christmas and opening presents on Christmas Eve. But… …let me start […]

Dec
23
2010

Happy Holidays

I can’t believe it’s already December 23rd. It seemed like just yesterday it was Spring time and we were enjoying the sun and warm weather. It just goes to show you how important it is to live in the now. As Santa will be approaching all of our homes in the next little while, Joe […]

Dec
20
2010

Nutella – Love At First Taste

Homemade chocolate – hazelnut spread As most kids in north America grow up eating peanut-butter sandwiches in Europe we have a similar tradition. However its much more tastier than peanut-butter (my biased opinion) Its called Nutella. This creamy hazelnut chocolate spread is absolutely heavenly! When I first introduced Joe to this jar of rich velvet awesomeness it was a love at first taste. But… …then I read the ingredients list…sighh The fist item (which […]

Dec
11
2010

4 Minute Full Body Workout

If I had a scoop of Vega for every time someone told me they don’t have time to work out …I’d be a happy dude. (Admittedly I’m a little strange) All you have to do is find 4 minutes, set your timer (we prefer Gymboss Timers)  – and we did the rest. Here’s exactly what […]

Dec
7
2010

Easy Meals

One of the questions we are asked about all the time is how to make “easy” veggie meals. Well, here’s the good news …it’s just as easy to make delicious healthy vegetarian meals as it is any other kind of food. Here are some of our favorite breakfast options: Delicious Oatmeal – click here for […]

Dec
7
2010

Podcast 006 – Easy Veggie Meals

In this episode of Active Vegetarian we discuss how easy it is to make your own healthy Vegetarian meals. In the fitness tip you will learn 3 things you must do if you want to make progress in your fitness program. Resources: Recipes Mentioned On Podcast Easy Veggie Meal Plans Download the Episode Here! (25:28) […]

Dec
7
2010

Mmm…Chickpea Burger

Mashed and pan-fried or baked chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, make a delicious veggie burger. This recipe is for 4 burger patties and takes only 20 minutes to make. Ingredients 2 tbs olive oil 1½ c onions, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp ground cumin 1 cup carrot, finely chopped 1 can drained chickpeas 1½ tbs […]

Dec
7
2010

Hungry man’s breakfast

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Done Vegan Oatmeal (porridge) is one of the healthiest, most economical and most versatile breakfast staples. When choosing oatmeal go for the old fashion oats, steel cut oats, spelt or rye flakes. (you can find these in your  local bulk store or online HERE) Avoid Instant Oatmeal! Yes, those little packets of instant oatmeal are […]

Dec
6
2010

Cashew Spinach Dip

I am not a fan of commercially produced dips. Yes, I will admit, that there are some companies out there that make absolutely sensational natural vegan dips that are available at health food stores. However they often come with a high price tag. I am more referring to the dairy laden, colon clogging, “run of […]

Nov
29
2010

Podcast 005 – How To Workout To Lose Fat

In this episode we uncover some secrets about why you need to be drinking enough water. We answer an email question about how to maintain a healthy weight on a Vegetarian diet. And in the Fitness Tip we give you a complete fat burning workout, that can be done at home …that is guaranteed to […]

Nov
25
2010

Top 10 Active Vegetarian Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year again!! It can be hard to shop for health minded people as stores tend to be filled with unhealthy gifts. I can’t tell you how annoyed I get when somebody gets me big box of chocolates…..pay attention people!!!! Ok …sorry a small holiday rant Buying health and fitness oriented gifts […]

Nov
22
2010

My Take On Warming Up

I’m just going to write a brief intro to this post as the video contains the real information. I just wanted to preface the video by explaining why I warm up this way …and why I recommend you do the same. Why do we warm up anyway? Most folks will tell you it’s so you […]

Nov
16
2010

Vegetarian Fat Loss Mistake #1 – Explained!

A plant based diet in my opinion is far healthier than a meat based diet. And it’s easy to get super lean while following a plant based diet. Unless, of course, you eat like a lot of uneducated vegetarians. Just removing meat and dairy from your diet doesn’t make you any healthier if you are […]

Nov
10
2010

The MAGIC Fat Loss Exercise

“What is the best exercise to lose fat?” Well I am afraid to say there is no single “magic fat loss exercise”. If your goal is to lose excess body fat you should have a plethora of highly effective exercises. …and here is WHY… First you will eliminate mental boredom as well as physical staleness. […]

Oct
31
2010

Podcast 003 – Fat Loss with Power Smoothies

In this episode we reveal how to make “Power Smoothies” that are so packed full of plant based goodness that you wont even believe it. Plus …we teach you the proper way to warm up (most people do this wrong and end up hurting themselves). And find out how you can get a FREE copy […]

Oct
26
2010

My 3 Favorite Vegan Recipes

I get this question pretty much on daily basis: Where do you get the time to prepare all the meals for you and Joe? …and the answer is… I don’t! We are super busy, and when it comes to food preparation I’m all about efficiency. That’s why I’ve become a master of quick, healthy, plant […]

Oct
23
2010

Transcripts: Podcast 001 – Plant Based Eating 101

You’re listening to Active Vegetarian episode 1. Joe: Hello and welcome to Active Vegetarian, the plant-based eaters’ guide to fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle. For more cutting edge information about healthy plant-based eating and for real fitness advice that actually works, stop by ActiveVegetarian.com. We’re your hosts Joe & Zuzana and let’s get started. Hello everybody, […]

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