NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS: Getting my business organized for 2018!

Happy Monday !

With the new year approaching, I’m starting to lay out new goals, projects and hopes for the next year. With so many exciting things to come for my business, I know that staying organized is SO important for making all of my plans a reality.

One easy way to do this is by streamlining my expenses and organizing my spending – and I’ve already gotten a head start!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working with Scotiabank and using their new Scotiabank GM Visa Business Card, and it’s made my work life so much easier. The best part is that I’m earning GM Earnings on all of my business purchases (and trust me, they can really add up) that I will one day put towards the purchase or lease of a new GM vehicle.

For any business owner looking to streamline their expenses, it’s important to know what qualities matter most to you in a credit card. Now that I’ve had a chance to use the Scotiabank GM Visa Business Card, I wanted to share some of the features I found most helpful as a business owner:

FLEXIBILITY:

The Scotiabank GM Visa Business Card offers cardholders flexibility with no earnings or

redemption caps and the ability to redeem points at any time for almost any vehicle.

TRACKING EXPENSES:

Developing recipes and sourcing ingredients are my favourite parts of the job – but it is the art of managing budgets and expenses that really makes a business successful!

With the Scotiabank GM Visa Business Card, I also have access to Visa Business Reporting, which is an easy to use analysis tool that helps me simplify my expenses and track my business spending – a huge time saver!

SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE:

Scotiabank encourages its small business cardholders to meet with small business advisors who can provide guidance and help plan for the future. It’s always great to feel supported and know there are experts to lean on.

As part of my partnership, I’ve also had a chance to test out the 2017 Buick Encore. I’m always on the go – meeting with clients and travelling to catering gigs – and this vehicle is perfect for getting around the city. I especially like the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection that lets me easily take conference calls and download files between meetings – all hands free!

Thanks to Scotiabank and GM for making my business life a little less stressful this month, now I’m off to my last catering job of the year!

What are your goals going into 2018?

xo

rb

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SPOTLIGHT: No BBQ no problem! Why the winter months will have you grillin’ away!

We love to grill things, seafood, pizza and clean proteins. Mind you that usually happens in the summer and warmer months OR if you’re lucky enough to have a BBQ (some people aren’t allowed grills in their condo decks/outdoor space).

Well we were able to find another solution to allow us grilling all the things, all year long!  Indoor grill.  Is that what you guessed?  Philips Canada came up with the perfect version, where its actually infrared cooking so no gas, no flames, no chemicals!  Plus it remains an even temp and heat so you cook things to perfection and still get grill marks.

Another amazing feature is how easy it is to clean – the top grill comes off and bottom pulls out too.  Both dishwasher safe and easy to reassemble.  Also has a warming feature that will keep your vegetables and burgers warm until you’re ready to assemble.

OH and there’s this.   Like no smoke.  We did a National campaign and we did demo’s for hours on end – and check this NO smoke.  Like at all.  AND won’t leave you smelling of food or smoke either so prepping before you serve is a dream.

One of our most favourite things we made were burgers – sliders to be exact and we adapted them to each province and their flavours!

Here’s our main recipe and then some inspo for a few other versions!

rbnBURGER base: GF/DF – yields 12 mini sliders OR 4/6 full burgers

1/2 onion, diced finely

1 lbs ground organic angus beef (chicken and turkey work too)

2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped

1/2 cup gf oats or flour

1 large egg, whisked

Sea salt and pepper

A tsp tomato paste

Handful fresh parsley, chopped finely

Method: Combine all ingredients well and grill until cooked through! If getting meat from butcher (ask him to grind) – cook medium rare – medium if wanted (only beef)! Serve with our fav buns or even bun less, with lettuce wrap for a lighter lunch or dinner!

MONTREAL: We did poutine burgers – so added minced mushrooms (prepped with Philips immersion) and stuffed with cheese curds!

TORONTO: We added bacon and some maple to main mix!

CALGARY: Subbed in bbq sauce for tomato paste for a smokier burger!

Mmmmmm. We also did grilled vegetables, fish, fruits! You name it we did it!! Check out Philips link for more info!

Spotlight: Philips Counter top Airfryer and why I eat chips every week.

I’m a chip monster.  Like all chips.  Especially the root chips: taro, yam, beet etc and I prefer to make over purchasing.  So having fresh, crispy and salty chips is like the best.  And get this, I’m not deep frying in oil or baking them.  WHAT’S left – I’m AIRFRYING them in my cool Airfryer.

So a few months ago we did a cross Canada tour with Philips highlighting fun, healthy recipes using some of their best counter top appliances (see pasta machine) and this one was definitely a crowd and family favourite.  On tour I made countless things: Roasted vegetable skewers, GF brownies with zucchini, Fish, GF chicken wings, frites and more.  The main attraction and why people love it is that you get crispy and well cooked food without the addition of oils.  SO crispy wings that aren’t deep fried!

HOW: With their TurboStar rapid air technology, foods crisp and “fry” using lots of evenly distributed hot air.  Crispy on outside and moist inside.  The main basket is also large enough to prepare a meal for 4 and barely takes up any counter space.  Also with the click of a button it goes from being dirty to handwashed or dishwasher safe in minutes.  And take it from me, I hate things that are hard to clean – to the point where I won’t support or buy it.

There’s also a free APP with tons of recipes that you and your household can enjoy and with supervision this could be a fun way to get the mini humans involved in kitchen duty.

Here’s some highlights on how it works!

  • Easy to dial where you control temp and cooking time
  • With a few clicks, everything disassembles and ready to clean and re-use
  • Presets for fav dishes: Fries (frozen), wings, fish and meat.
  • Digital display for easy reading
  • Philips Airfryer app – so many tasty things!
  • Can work as dehydrator on low setting: Chips, dried vegetables and spices
  • Feel good about cooking with less to no oil added.

 

 

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Easy to use and clean basket.  We also just made a quick batch of apple chips/crisps. Using your mandolin or slicing thinly.  Put into basket.  “Fry” at 375 for 12 minutes – check halfway and give a shake.  EAT.

SUPER CRISPY POTATO CHIPS

 

Ingredients:

1/2 sweet potato and 1/2 russet potato – sliced thin or using mandolin (BE CAREFUL)

1/2 teaspoon organic coconut oil

sea salt and pepper (cayenne is yummy too)

To do: Toss with oil and seasoning.  Place in basket.  Cook for 5 minute increments to make sure not to over cook.  Give basket a shake each time too, to allow chips to crisp/cook evenly.  Eat and dip.  THAT IS IT!

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Email us as always with your questions or recipe wants!  xoxox

 

IN THE KITCHEN: How fresh pasta will change your life.  (Or at least make it better). 

Yes.  I eat carbs.

And my number one carb-y love is PASTA.  I rarely made from scratch and especially with being GF for the last 6 years – even less.

UNTIL I met Philips.   Ha ha.  Not a man – Philips – as in the brand.  Did you know they have a line of kitchen counter appliances?  Yup.  One of which is automatic weighing pasta machine.  Ha ha. Every girls dream (next to shoes, world peace and a beach vacation) – so when I had the opportunity to work with Philips on a National Campaign and make new recipes – I JUMPED at the chance.

What the deal?

This machine makes fresh pasta in 15 (less in most cases) – and it ain’t lying.  I’ve been flying all over Canada, experimenting with it (also great recipes in booklet too) and it’s a great addition to any home cooks kitchen.

*PAY attention to the time in the corner…

I was cooking for my girlfriend and came up with a new recipe in my brain and it worked out really nicely – especially in part of FRESH pasta.

Turned machine on and have my flour ready to go.

Flour in and about to AUTO measure my liquid. (I used turmeric, carrot, beef juice) and one egg.

 

 

 

 


As you can see – it’s quite simple.  And the combinations are endless! We’ve done pastas  with beet juice for vibrant red pasta (and extra nutrition), carrot and spinach juice.  Also squid ink for a food show which gave us sexy black pasta – and can also make rice flour noodles for Pho, soups and stirfry’s.  Spelt noodles, gluten free, etc etc.

rbnBONUS: Super easy to clean, you control what you’re putting into your foods,  fresh pasta in 15 minutes – so blitzing a quick pesto or sauce, adding a ton of vegetables and clean proteins makes dinner a breeze, especially if you’re a busy family!

We would never dream of leaving you without a recipe! Was dreaming of this combination in my head and made it…. VOILA AND it worked.

 

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Autumn Turmeric Pasta with Butternut Squash, Arugula and Curry Cream.

Ingredients:

Pasta:

185 g rice flour

60 g arrowroot flour

5 g xantham gum (found in most bulk shops)

1 large egg + turmeric, carrot and beet juice = 95 ml (wet liquid)

Sauce:

1/2 cup soaked raw cashews

3/4 cup warm water

1 teaspoon organic curry powder

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes **optional

Vegetables:

1 butternut squash, seeded and cut into cubes

1 cup arugula

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

Olive oil

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TO DO: Preheat oven to 375.  Toss squash in olive oil and a bit of sea salt.  Arrange on lined baking sheet.  Cook until soft and lightly golden, roughly 20-30 minutes (pending on oven strength).  P: Mix together all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Measure into the “pasta” cup.  Whisk egg and juice together (can be just carrot, or beet (red) or water too) measuring 95 ml (in liquid cup).   Make pasta according to booklet and our handy videos.  Boil a large pot of water, once boiling heavily salt (sea salt always).  Set aside for the moment.  Sauce: Literally blitz everything together and taste.  Season further based on your taste buds.  Once squash is cooked, cook pasta for 4-6 minutes (al dente).  Drain and throw back into pot.  Add in 1/3 sauce, tomatoes, squash and mix well.  Serve on plates with a smear of sauce and finish with fresh pepper and arugula.   VOILA.  To make vegan omit egg.  Also would work well with roasted chicken to bulk up the protein content.

Best part of this is the ease and the versatility once you nail down this recipe! 

Happy cooking and currently images aren’t uploading so will update with finished image asap.   HA ha technology xox

rb.

 

 

 

 

 

REAL TALK: PERSPECTIVE AND HOW TO KEEP POSITIVE WHEN SH*T HITS THE FAN.  

It’s no secret that everyone is BUSY.  Everyone has too much on their plate.   Life is hard and just when it seems to be going your way – BOOM.  Something throws you for a loop.  And then on top of life things – being an entrepreneur carries a certain other weight and stress that comes with working for yourself.  

I myself have a couple companies – bought out of one.  Closed one.  Started a non-for-profit and also work with schools, charities, publications and some restaurants.  It can sometimes be bountiful af and sometimes you feel the financial stresses.  WELCOME to how to deal with life things.  OR RATHER HOW I DEAL.


Don’t get me wrong – I’m writing this on a plane – headed to the west coast for work (I’m grateful for every single opportunity ).  AND this is all IMO and is merely meant as some insight how I deal with the ups and downs of life and how not to lose your sh*t.

EVEN before I made the swap to Nutrition, Wellness and Culinary full time – back in my fashion days, I would meditate.   NOW NOW don’t eyeroll quite yet – meditation can be what you make it.  It can be guided (headspace is my fav), it can be silent, it can be you just taking 5-10 minutes listening to a favourite song.  To ME it’s about shutting down combined with being mindful.  Doesn’t have to be forced.  And when you find your thoughts trailing off, simply bring them back to focus.   Ten minutes of meditation (or even journaling) has proven clearer thoughts, decreased anxiety, positive overall mood and even better sleep.

RELATIONSHIPS.  This one is a doozy.  Especially professional ones that cross over into personal.   There’s always going to be the “mean girls” that talk shit about you,  copy you, insult you or put YOU down in order to make themselves feel better (I KNOW TOO MANY OF THESE).   How to handle – try to not get caught up.  Shrug it off.  Be the bigger person and keep some sort of professional & amicable relationship – SO VERY hard.  BUT IN the end it’s better than a public war or such.   I’m not perfect and there’s a few that make me doubt myself or literally go out of their way to belittle me in front of others – and hey F them.  Mean girls (boys) don’t get better people.  HA.  This is where “Kill them with kindness” comes to mind. 

Romantic RELATIONSHIPS.  It’s no secret I’ve had some relatively public breakups.  But my only tip here is to manage a friendship if able.  Especially if they’re in the same industry.  I mean you started as friends – and provided they weren’t toxic/abusive – with some TIME I’m certain there’s still a friendship lying within.   Plus they’re great for insight on what not to do in future relationships.  


What is the biggest STRUGGLE or the main topic of my closest friends and peers?  Can you guess.  Rhymes with schmoney.   Ha.  MONEY.  GREEN.   Sometimes the contracts and work are plentiful.  Then sometimes you have unexpected incurred costs (pets, breakups, a move, etc) and nothing gives an entrepreneur more STRESS than not knowing when your next gig is.   My advice.  Ride it out.  Look at your support group.  Nobody is going to let you struggle.  I’ve been on the receiving and giving sides of this.  I would give and do anything for family & friends (also family).  Odds are they would too.   

ASKING FOR HELP.   I’m the worst at this.  At times stretch myself too thin – work, friends, life.  AND it’s only when I’m drowning that I ask OR a dear friend offers a life line.   Not to get into all the details but a few good pals offered the most generous of generous solutions to a recent “life thing” and I’ve never been more proud or honoured to be a friend to these people and have them in my life.  IT’S okay to lean on people once in awhile.  It makes the hard times manageable.  

Know that THIS TOO SHALL PASS.  Death and taxes – two truths of life.  BUT the rest – jobs, love, arguments, truths, hardships –  ALL OF IT will pass.  And as cheesy and cliché as it is … YOU will be better and stronger on the other side of it.  I say this with authority as I have been through enough to know that this reigns true.  

Life is hard.  And beautiful.  And there’s beauty in each day.  The trick is adhering to the magical positive humans and things.  That’s it.  IMO


S/O to all of my lady squad & NL • AP • MDP for being the best boy squad a gal could ask for.   That offer meant the world to me.  ❤️
xoxox

rb.

 

REAL TALK:  The power of lady soul mates and companionship.

I’m definitely not perfect.  Have made mistakes in friendship. Gave too little.  Gave too much.  Tried.  Then failed.  

And have had some trying and toxic friendships (and relationships) over the years.   It took many learning lessons and “trial and errors” over the last 20+ years to curate and build my squad (as the kids would say). BUT.  

WHY am I writing about this?   I see a lot of young women (and men) concerned with being cool and popular OVER being valued. Hoping this can offer some insight and maybe inspire a younger generation to opt for quality vs. quantity.

Building same sex friendships be it male, female what have you takes time.  I’ve done it all tbh:  the friend divorce, the toxic one, the judgemental ones, the uber competitive ones (watch for these – as they are super damaging) and the weird “single white female” stalker version. 

Building a friendship is similar to the relationship recipe.  There needs to be trust.  Kindness.  Value.  HONESTY.  Ridiculous silliness.  Strength.  Support.  And above all love.  I’ve also been fortunate to be blessed with old friends.  New.  And new that after 10-20 years aren’t that new.  The resounding theme is ….  acceptance and being on the same page.  Values align,  trust is built and you end up with a wicked amazing foundation that hopefully stands the test of time.

All of the love and SELFIES.

Similar to when I speak of relationships – friendships are similar.  Minus the sexual element they will become your life.  Pick you up.  Nurse the tough times.  Be strong when you’re unable.  Kick your a$$ when you need it.  And love you unconditionally.

Listen to your gut.  As when entering into a new romantic relationship – YOU know when there’s a connection,  when you are building a foundation and when it’s time to let go.

This is all in my opinion but over the last few years I’ve been able to NOURISH my old and most loved pals.  AND meet new wonderfully strong, independent and fierce  women that I trust with my life.

I wish you the same.  Female friends.  Male.  Anyone you can trust, help, love and grow with.  I hope your life includes a Kristy, Claudia, Mary Ann, Stacey, Dawn and Mallory.  TOTALLY JUST referenced The Babysitters Club.  (So good)

And then more. Xoxo


S/O TO MY FEARLESS FEMMES:
🙌🏼 (Kimberley, Cheryl, Andra, Michelle J, Michelle T, Kat x2, Joanna, Lauren, Trisha, Brig, Jords, Jas, Sarah M, Natalie, Caroline, Nawleen, Kristine, Meaghan, Kris and Alex <in no order of pref> in real life)

Have the best weekend and give your ladies a little squeeze or call this wknd and tell them how much you LOVE them.

Xoxoxo 

REAL TALK: Why I am single and waiting for a true partner in crime. (Not real crime)

So usually I write of lighter things (food, fitness, wellness, biz) or science/health things (body, disease, skincare) so this is a little off the map for me.

Because my work life is so public as media, hosting, social and events, this makes me even more protective of my personal life.  And with my schedule its easier to not date than to date.

As of late I’ve had a lot in inquiry into my dating life, people still asking me if I’m still with an ex (because I’m sneaky when we break up), why I’m not married and wondering if I get lonely?

Truth be told I don’t think I’m great at dating – I’m great in a long term relationship or single working woman (reads: workaholic)!  The last few months I’ve done a lot of contemplating what it means to be single and my opinion as a woman in her 30’s in Toronto.

AM I LONELY?

DO I WANT TO GET MARRIED?

DATE SOMEONE IN THE INDUSTRY?

AM I afraid of commitment?  Etc etc.  Okay so I guess this will be a tad vulnerable for me but in hopes that other women (and men) who are entrepreneurs (or any demanding and busy af workplace) and feel the pressures to pair up with someone.  And just IMO what I’ve figured out in my 20+ years of dating (oh gawd).

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 TRUTH:  I love being in a relationship.  I’m a better person in it.  I’m caring, attentive and supportive.  I actually take better care of myself (sometimes) in it.  I’ve dating some amazing people (still pals) and some not so nice and they’ve all shaped me into the human I am now.  Treat each person with gratitude.  Good, bad and horrible – they will shape you, teach you, show your different versions of love and how to love.  Oh life things.

WANT vs. NEED:  The more I snuggled into my 30’s the less it was about need, and finding more want.  I was more secure, independent, confident and able to love someone properly.  Reality was that of the three long term relationships I’ve had, I’ve learned but none were an actually partnership.  One was what I thought the love of my life for truthfully on and off (in between other relationships) for 15 years.  YIKES.  He is an amazing person, but I grew out of him and didn’t want to admit it.  The other two – one I stayed too long and he was abusive, toxic and I lost myself for awhile.  The latter was a true gent through and through – but we weren’t destined to be.  Once you figure what you want, need and DON’T WANT – I promise you its an incredible tool.  Downside it can take years to figure it out and its always a learning curve.

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PRESSURE:  The pressure to procreate, marry, be the house wife, quit your job (I’ve had it all) – it still surrounds us, I get traditions and such but I was never the “fantasize about the big wedding” type of girl.  Travel, work, school all these came first… I have been close a few times but left them before it was too late for both of us.  DO NOT APOLOGIZE if you would rather hit the ground running, travel for life, date all of the people or what not.  Only you can be you, and no person has the power or right to box you into some archaic “box” or presumed notion of what a woman ( or man) should be.

WHAT I WANT: Ha ha so I am currently single.  Looking for more balance and a partner.  In family and friends I am surrounded by the most amazing people – MEN wtf.  I have some doozies – either on dates, creepers, randoms, you name it.  Where are all the single, kind, hilarious, can dress themselves MEN hiding in the city.  I mean I’ve dated a New Yorker because it was easy, he was available and looking to build a life (mind you he ended up a sociopath – and there are 3 girls that know who this is. LOL).  I digress here is my list (and many other fierce single women I know) , and I don’t think I’m asking for a miracle:

  • Kind hearted & family guy (kids are fine).  A little sweet.  Not sickeningly so, but a nice sweet guy that will make me coffee in bed when its -35 sort of thing.
  • Genuine.  A real man that is the same guy with different people, crowds, events etc.
  • Hilarious.  I mean looks do initiate but laughter is forever (we hope).  I think I’m pretty funny myself so consider yourself lucky!
  • Independent: I’m pretty busy most days and until we are a thing, work and friends/fam will come first.  I’ve experienced needy and jealous types where they make me feel shitty about work and goals.  Keep moving.
  • BONUSES: Likes food, travel, cheesy movies, pizza, can dress himself for different events and happenings, understands my quirks.  Oh and can call me out on my shit.**

 LONELY:  I often get asked “Am I lonely?”.  My truth. Of course.  It’s human nature to pair off with someone.  I’m very fortunate for all that I have, but yes sometimes it would be nice to have a dinner date (not just a pal or 3rd wheel) or come home to someone after a long day of work*.  (*means netflix and rub my feet)

HOW TO BE SINGLE IN THE CITY:  (IMO) Myself (and pals) tend to date older and men keep dating younger so I guess that works atm.  The pressures are tough though: be thin, be funny, be successful (but not too much or busy), etc etc.  ITS HARD AF.  Plus we have to think about safety – sexual and environment, being drugged, raped, we always have to have 1007 things on our brains for one date.  SO here’s what I’ve learned and will keep applying until I find someone to share my life with:  BE SAFE.  GO with your gut.  You want to leave a date 1/2 way through.  Do it.  Be kind.  Be open to new people.  Don’t settle on a type.  Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about your work hours, friends, life WHATEVER.  BE YOU.   Have lady dates.  Kill your goals.  As they say “people come into your life when you’re not looking”.   I mean its not rocket science but hey maybe it helps to hear it from a neutral source (me).

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LADY DATES:  Keep them often, don’t break them even for a boy, nurture them.  They are your true soul mates. 

Not sure if this helped or if anyone will actually read this one.  Should I throw a recipe in for good measure?  Questions?  TIPS?  You know how to reach us!

Happy long weekend to my fellow Canadians and to everyone else xoxo

*Some may say I didn’t address the topic of children – OH that’s a whole other blog 🙂

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SPOTLIGHT: New West Queen West Metro is now OPEN!

We’re always in support of new community and neighbourhood happenings, so when we were approached to work with Metro and one of Toronto’s coolest agencies Rock-It Promo we OBVS said Heck YES!

So pretty. And modern. WQW Graffiti

When you walkin you’re greeted by beautiful murals and images that include neighborhood traits that only queen west has!

  •  A great addition to the neighbourhood and literally 100 steps from my 🏡 – is sure to make this a WQW destination for shopping. With tons of fresh and organic options too!
  • Their SEAFOOD line-up is impressive, following sustainable and mostly wild guidelines – @metroontario is making a statement and movement into quality of our proteins and what we’re putting into our bods. As well as taking care of eco systems (wild) and being conscious of fish and where it comes from.

  • In keeping with 100 KM policy – majority of their proteins (lamb, veal, poultry) is within or just outside city limits. Ontario product is a plus, as you can learn about your farmers and feel good about supporting local.
  • JUICE: Fresh juices made daily onsite (near the produce entry) : A greens (spinach, greens and pineapple), a beet and a strawberry that we’ve been eyeing up!

  • GLUTEN FREE: GF living didn’t not go unnoticed in this launch – there’s a huge fresh and frozen lineup of quality and clean products that we ❤️ and have worked with in the past! So good for us!  Including LITTLE NORTHERN BAKEHOUSE AND DUFFLET DESSERTS.

  •  VALUE ADDED: Within the same building there’s local artists being featured, a wine store (WE haven’t had enough time in there yet), you can purchase local craft beers in-store (@metroontario) and a Starbucks to boot.
  • STAFF:  The staff and specialists are so informed and kind it makes retail/grocery shopping nice again.   We love talking to people while we shop which is why we love markets so much!
  • THE PRICE IS RIGHT: We have no problem paying for quality products BUT hate how expensive things can be.  They’re rally fair with their pricing and the quality is definitely there.
  • WE ARE REALLY excited to do more work with them and cannot wait to hear what you think!  Tag us and email us with your thoughts or if you have any questions!!

👌🏼RECIPE: 

OUR “WE ❤️ METRO” TOASTS: Who isn’t on the toasts bandwagon??  WE love making them and creating!!

2 pieces of gluten free bread

1 avocado, halved and cut

1 chunk of blue cheese

1 fillet of in-house smoked salmon

1 egg (large and free-range)

*** all things bought at Metro!

To do:  Toast bread.  Arrange salmon, fanned out avocado and garnish with lemon and chilis. 

Boil egg for 4 minutes.  Cool.  Sprinkle with blue cheese.  Garnish with tomatoes!

Easy and perfect brunch, lunch or dinner!
Love always

rbn

IN THE KITCHEN:  Why we MATCHA and our favourite latté recipe!

MATCHA MATCHA MATCHA!  Once you matcha you’ll never go back – it’s everywhere and not only is super good for YOU, it’s also super easy to incorporate into your life.

Here’s the coles notes on why and what matcha is:

MATCHA: A specially grown and processed green tea . It is special in two aspects of farming and processing: the green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest, and the stems and veins are removed in processing. This combination and this process leave you feeling calm yet energized feeling left on you and your bod.

SUPER POWERS: One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. According to the latest innovation in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’!

DETOX BENEFITS: Green is truly the color of health. Matcha helps to safely cleanse and purge the body of harmful elements. Chlorophyll the element that gives green tea and other plants their signature verdant color is also a powerful detoxifier, helping to eliminate both chemicals and heavy metals from the body. And because matcha is carefully shade-grown, it is substantially richer in chlorophyll than other green teas, making it a superior daily detox.

NO JITTERS:  Matcha drinkers have been known to have a balanced feeling of calming energy all day long.  No jitters, shakes similar to a caffeine buzz.  

As with anything natural that has healing and health powers – 1 or 2 lattés a day is the standard!   


RBN COCONUT MATCHA COLLAGEN LATTÉ 

Ingredients:

2 small scoops of Within Us Matcha 

1 scoop of Within Us TruMarine Collagen (same link)

1 tablespoon of raw coconut oil

1 tablespoon coconut milk

1 teaspoon raw honey (or maple)

3/4 cup hot water

1/8 teaspoon vanilla* 

Method:

Prepare matcha according to instructions.  Blend with brush with a bit of water until no lumps.  Add in more water.  Once done throw all ingredients into blender/bullet/vitamix until frothy and light green.   Drink up and enjoy all the health and wellness benefits.   Oh and sexy delicious!  Yay for green and health!!!

COLLABS:  SUPER SMOOTHIE COLLAB WITH MY FAVOURITE WOMEN! 

HAPPY SPRING AND MONDAY LOVELIES!  

As you may remember a few weeks back we were part of a spring salad celebration with Joyous Health aka:  Joy McCarthy!

We decided to get some babes again and do Spring smoothie swap! 

First up – one of our favourites at RBN – it reminds us of being in Central America – where we gorge ourselves on fresh fruit especially white pineapple (yes that’s a thing – a tad firmer and less sweet).  This little beauty is super easy, fresh and highly addictive! 



Pina Colada Smoothie

1/2 cup pineapple

1 small chunk ginger

1/4 cashews, raw

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon bee pollen

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut milk 

Water* to thin out

To do:  Chop ginger and pineapple for easier blending.  Add in all ingredients and cover with milk and water (enough to blend smoothly).  Drink and picture those waves rolling in!  Tastes like summer and super great for you!

BROMELAIN:  Active enzyme in pineapple that is super anti-inflammatory and great after a surgery.  Because it’s an enzyme that digests proteins it’s also great for digestive issues.  

BEE POLLEN: Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most nourishing foods. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.

COCONUT OIL: Okay we know how much I 💚 this guy!  Anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and great for gut health! 

GINGER: The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is the part commonly used as a spice. It’s a very powerful spice!  Great for indigestion, nausea, and colds and flu.  Also great for morning sickness – but always check with your doctor. 

OKAY NOW FOR MY FAVOURITE PART:

Some of my favourite lady friends are sharing their spring smoothies too!

Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health (all things nutrition, food and lifestyle) shares her Chocolate and Beet SMOOTHIE bowl!

Superstar Nutritionist Rachel Molenda shares her Gut loving SMOOTHIE!

Gracie Carroll, super entrepreneur and The Chic Canuck founder goes crazy for her Glowing green SMOOTHIE!

Marni Wasserman – another super star nutritionist and author of Plant Based Diet & Fermenting for Dummies has us slowing down for her Slow down SMOOTHIE bowl!

Double Whammy comes from Becka Crowe from Going Grainless AND Rachel Molenda using Avocado as their base in this vibrant take on SMOOTHIE BOWLS

The stunning beauty Jasmine Baker behind For the Love of Food has us jumping for JOY with this beauty:

Cocoa the Jumping Monkey”

Smoothie Ingredients

1 banana

1 shot of brewed espresso or 1/2 cup of rich, string french press coffee

1 teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil

1 scoop of protein powder (I use hemp)

1 scoop collagen

1 Tablespoon of raw cocoa powder

1/4 cup of almonds (or any other nut that you prefer)

1 cup of coconut milk or any nut milk

fresh ice

Garnish

1 teaspoon chia seeds 

1 teaspoon raw cocoa nibs

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 


First combine your coffee and choice of oil (ghee or coconut oil) in blender so the oil can melt with the heat of the coffeeThen add all other smoothie ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.Transfer into a tall glass and top with the above garnish.  Drink and go conquer the world!

***Repeat daily, as required 😉

JB

Toronto’s sweetheart Michelle Jobin goes stylish with her aptly named The Greenery (Pantone colour for 2017)!

Mmmmm I don’t know about you guys but we’re excited to try a of these!  As always tag us in your posts and share share SHARE!

xoxox

rb and crew 💜