Munch Better teams up with Enjoy Life foods May Allergy Awareness Month

Munch Better is a Canadian company that puts about 5-8 products together and sends a snack box out to you for a  small charge. You subscribe, they deliver and what you get in the snack box? It’s like Christmas. You don’t know until you receive it. Seriously, isn’t that the best? I love a good surprise. They even have a snack box for small companies, so tell your boss to subscribe! Happy employees are more productive right? Tell them I  have scientific proof, ok it’s not all that scientific, but I know when I’m happy, the boss is happy.

This month Munch Better and Enjoy Life Foods have teamed up together for May allergy awareness month. They sent me a snack  box to try.What I received was:Enjoy Life chocolate chip crunchy cookies (2 cookies), Enjoy Life SunSeed ctrunch bars (full sized box) Enjoy Life Plentils- Sea salt (snack bag), Enjoy Life mini chips (full sized bag),  Enjoy Life not seed and fruit mix- Mountain Mambo (full sized bag) Enjoy life caramel apple bar (1 bar) and a dollar off coupon. Not bad right? I say it was a pretty nice surprise. (click on the links for more product info).

Their chocolate chips are my go to, so I was really happy about that. The chocolate chip cookies tasted like more. Even my fussy daughter who doesn’t really like chocolate said there should be more. I told her there will be. I just need to buy them.Love the Plentils. They are a crispy  goodness that satisfies your crunching needs without the grease. Unlike other chips, you don’t feel guilty about eating them, they don’t make you feel gross afterwards. It’s easier for portion control- at least for me.  I “couldn’t” sample the chewy bars as I don’t eat honey. But my son LOVES them, and was happy that his sister didn’t want any in her lunch the next day. She said she liked them, and did eat the one she opened, but didn’t ask for another one after that. I will buy these bars for him, as I find that they are healthier than the other bars that’s full of wanna be healthy. Just because it has oats in it, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. It’s like the fake whole wheat bread out there. But with Enjoy Life, you can trust their ingredients. They are a NON GMO company, which is important to most of us.

All and all I’m pretty happy with everything that we received. My only suggestion to Enjoy Life foods, is maybe subbing the honey out with agave or maple syrup in their chewy bars. I’m not sure about the other bars. But these two flavors do contain honey.

Thank you Munch Better and Enjoy Life Foods for teaming up together and making May more delicious and raising awareness, free of almost everything but taste.We were happy 🙂 Use the handy store locator to find out what stores carry this gem of a company. (Click on Munch Better to take you directly to their site). You can thank me later.  I will be writing more about Enjoy Life Food’s brand new GF baking line. Finally a good pizza crust that doesn’t taste like cardboard. That’s all the hints I’m giving you for now. You will have to stayed tuned for more.

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Eaternity

More than 150 deliciously easy vegan recipes for a long, healthy, satisfied, joyful life by Jason Wrobel– will have you eating for better sex, good sleep, weight loss, happiness and good mood, more energy, detoxification, brain power, more muscle, immunity, strong bones, great skin, strong eyesight, a healthy heart, for less stress…. did I mention better sex?!?!

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He grew up in Detroit,  as a vegetarian for the few years of life due to a lactose intolerance,  but he did start eating SAD (standard American diet). His grandfather was diagnosed with a metastasized tumor, 30 years after he had prostate cancer. He unfortunately  lost the battle to cancer in 1995. After dealing with his grandfather’s battle, Jason did a ton of research and went vegan at the age of 20.

Each recipe has down to earth REAL food. Some recipes do call for some protein powders, taco shells, tempeh but they are few and far between. You are able to buy 98% of all ingredients from your favorite  grocery store.

Each chapter explains more about what the title is about. He gives you some stats and a list of super foods to help you eat better. This is more than a cookbook, it’s more than a reference. It’s, in my opinion, a complete guide in healthier eating. He even has a chart of the bad, better, best foods to eat.

Chapter 1. Top libido boosting foods: asparagus, spinach, watermelon. Try his coconut lemongrass risotto, Thia Pad, Cream of asparagus soup.

Chapter 2. Top foods for great sleep: banana’s, rice, kale. Try his walnut taco’s, veggie fried rice, creamy coconut chickpeas with sweet potatoes.

Chapter 3. Top foods for healthy weight loss: honeydew melon, almonds, hemp seeds. Try his pineapple kale green smoothie, nacho cheesy popcorn, apple pie smoothie.

Chapter 4. Top feel good foods: asparagus, lemon, spinach. Try his pasta marinara, supreme vegan nacho’s, cinnamon sugar bunuelos.

Chapter 5. Top energy boosting foods: asparagus, spinach, cherries. Try his Fruit pizza, masa harina pizza, quinoa falafel with avocado tahini sauce.

Chapter 6: Top detoxifying foods: beets, cinnamon, garlic. Try his The impasta bowl, cheesy cauliflower popcorn.

Chapter 7. Top brain boosting foods: cocao, tomatoes, turmeric. Try his wrapatouille, chocolate pecan crunchy balls, pear apple crisp.

Chapter 8. Top muscle building foods: beans, brown rice, raspberries. Try his buckwheat breakfast bars, cauliflower parsnip mash with neatballs, black bean veggie burgers.

Chapter 9. Top immune boosting foods: watermelon, almonds, garlic. Try his golden turmeric milk, cream of mushroom soup, glorious green juice.

Chapter 10. Top Bone building foods: almonds, bok choy, spinach. Try his buffalo cauliflower bites with cashew dill dipping sauce, the burgerrito, roasted brussels sprouts with coconut bacon.

Chapter 11. Top foods for healthy skin: kale, green tea, hemp seeds. Try his superfood Caesar supreme salad, kale BLT salad,  pear and pecan salad.

Chapter 12. Top foods for strong eye sight: kale, blueberries, red wine. Try his spaghetti squash primavera, butternut squash mac n cheese, mixed berry parfait.

Chapter 13. Top heart healthy foods: beets, oranges, spinach. Try his Thai cucumber peanut salad, dark chocolate pancakes, squash crostini.

Chapter 14.Top stress reducing foods: banana, broccoli, peanuts. Try his peanut butter ice cream, cream of broccoli soup, spicy jackfruit taco’s.

Most of the recipes in the book are gluten free. Actually at first I thought it was a GF book because it wasn’t until several recipes into it that I actually found one that had gluten it in. Jason does list a lot more TOP foods in each chapter, I was only mentioning three. But as you can see- real foods will improve your over all wellness. Including a better sex life.

With permission from Hay House Publishing, I’m able to share a recipe with you. It’s called Nacho Cheesy Popcorn. This is from the Chapter Recipes for Weight Loss.

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2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

¾ unpopped popcorn seeds

¼ cup melted organic virgin coconut oil

¼ nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon sea salt.

 

  1. Heat the grapeseed oil in large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the popcorn seed and place the lid on the lid on pan. Shake vigorously to coat the kernels with oil. When the corn starts to pop, shake the pan constantly until the popping stops, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the popped corn into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Drizzle the melted coconut oil over the hot popcorn and sprinkle with the nutritional yeast, chili powder, cumin garlic powder and sea salt. Stir thoroughly and serve immediately.

I didn’t use his method of popping the corn I used my air popper. Therefore I didn’t use the grapeseed oil. OMG!!! I loved it. Actually I had this for supper one night. Yes, you can have popcorn for dinner- try it sometime. Plus I scored bonus points for being a cool Mom. Sometimes I make my kids popcorn for breakfast- and this is a non guilty pleasure. If your kids are not a fan of spice, omit the chili powder- it will still be awesome.

Published and distributed by Hay House Inc. 2016. Cover and Interior photography: Jeff Skeirik, Interior food photography: Jackie Sobon, Food Styling: Jackie Sobon and Michelle Marquis, Recipe formatting:  Michelle Marquis, Indexer: Jay Kreider

CONTEST CLOSED- Congratulations to Jenn G and Jo-Ann B they both won a copy of Eaternity. 

Hay House publishing did send me out a copy of Eaternity for review and is offering a giveaway. We are able to give 2 copies of this masterpiece away. Kayla and I decided to hold a contest for Canadian Residents and one for American Residents. So, please make sure you click on the right link. Good luck to all who enter. Again as before, we will contact the winner (s) by email. You will have 24 hrs to contact us, or we will have to choose another winner. The contest will run for one week.

American residents enter here.

Canadian residents enter here.

Try the popcorn and let us know what you think. Leave a comment. It’s good, and we give you permission to eat it for dinner 😉

 

Gluten free Blueberry oats to go 

Bob’s Red Mill sent out some samples of their oats to go for me to try. So I decided on trying the blueberry and hazelnut with flax and chia. First of all- I have to warn you I am not a fan of blueberries. I don’t like the way they look, or turn my food to a different color – the texture, taste- sorry to those who are a fan of them- it just means more for you to eat.

With that being said, in my to go cup thankfully there was only maybe 6 pieces of little blueberries. I did try one, I found it to be undercooked and yes, I still don’t like blueberries. I did eat the rest of the oatmeal because I DID like the flavour of it. Loved the hazelnuts and appreciated the colouring from the blueberries it made plain oatmeal look berry pretty. (Yes, I did mean to say berry).

With 7 grams of fibre, 8g’s of protein, 10% iron-  you can’t go wrong with this grab and go cup. Plus it takes a minute to cook, let sit for two minutes and boom- breakfast is done.

I can’t wait to try their maple and brown sugar next. But I’m saving it for last. I’m going to have the classic one first.

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If you haven’t read what I had to say about their apple cinnamon one yet, check out the pervious post. I wish that cup never ended. It was so good!!

What is your favourite flavour of oatmeal?

Apple Cinnamon Gluten Free Oatmeal

Bob’s Red Mill kindly sent me some samples. I haven’t tried all of them yet, but will be posting as I try them. I made the apple cinnamon gluten free oatmeal the other day. Fill the cup to the indicator line, zap in microwave for a minute, let sit for 2 minutes. Breakfast in under 5 mins. I love that there’s real chunks of apples in it (not to mention there’s 8 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein). It’s so easy that my 8 year old can make this on her own. The oatmeal to go cups are satisfying. They fill you up without weighing you down. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or even a snack. Sweet, but not sickening sweet like some oatmeal packets. My only regret or disappointment is not saving this one to the last. I would recommend this oatmeal to everyone. You do not need to be gluten free to enjoy this, but to all my gluten free friends- if you haven’t tried this yet you should. It doesn’t taste gf- read it doesn’t taste like cardboard.

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For more information including how to order some- click here.

Made With Love CookBook, Interview, Review And More

We are excited beyond words to be able to post an interview with Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie the authors of Made With Love, More than 100 Sweet and Savory Plant-Based Recipes For Every Moment in Life.

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See that gorgeous cover? Doesn’t it make you want cookies? All photographs are that delicious looking.

The book is sectioned off as Drinks and Smoothies, Breakfast and Lunch, Soup and salads, Sides-sauces and condiments.

Some of our favorites are Kelly’s Bikini Season Tonic, Lemon-Basil Lasagna (I thought I hated mushrooms, until I made this recipe), Best Ever Caesar Salad, Fettuccine Alfredo, Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Grandma’s Apple Crumble and I like the Sriracha Sauce. Kayla hasn’t tired the sauce. I can’t wait to try these next: Cauliflower wings, Yummy Vegan Quiche, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, and Ranch Dressing. Then the rest of the recipes. I will be making every single recipe in this book- sooner or later. Kayla is eyeing up their Sweet potato and Quinoa Burgers, ginger chocolate cookies- I can’t remember what else she said, but she was raving about how wonderful these recipes looked and if she’s wanting to make them, you know the recipe has to seem easy. (She doesn’t like long winded recipes with a list of ingredients that doesn’t seem necessary)

Their bakery Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, located at 401 Brant Street Burlington, ON L7R2E9 offers plant-based, gluten-free, dairy free, egg-free and peanut-free, and all is made with natural organic ingredients. In fact their bake shoppe is THE FIRST Gluten free bakery in Canada. Their Lettuce Love Cafe is located at 399 John St. Burlington, ON L7R 2K3. Their cafe is also Canada’s FIRST Gluten free restaurant. With Made With Love they have shared recipes from their award winning Bake Shoppe and Cafe.

We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we do.

Q1: Kelly, We read that your dad, Russ Childs, had built an outside play kitchen and bakery in the backyard ravine. He provided you with pots and pans, muffin tins, and basically everything you could want to be able to create mud pies and dirt cake. Is this what inspired you to start your own bakery? Or what was the moment you knew that having a bakery would be your passion/hobby?

A1: Back then when I was 5 or 6 years old, I didn’t know I wanted to be a baker but I knew I loved the deep feeling of magic within my soul. My dad sparked a passion within me to always be tap into my creative talent and go that extra mile to be different and to make people feel good about themselves. So whatever I did, I did at full warp speed. The bakery “AHA moment” was in 2010, at our restaurant, and I saw how many people LOVED what we were doing in the bakery dept of the cafe. People were begging for healthy options in a world that did not always provide that. Erinn and I were so excited to be able to provide this to our customers, families and friends and worked day and night on our incredible recipes.
Q2: Kelly or Erinn, have either of you taken any cooking/baking classes/courses, or did your love for cooking/baking wholesome, nutritious food and desire to be healthier play a big part in where you are at now with the success of your bakery, restaurant and cookbook

A2:We are both self taught! We’ve always been avid home cooks testing and trying out the latest and greatest new recipes. We love baking and cooking and it was just natural for us to open up Lettuce Love Cafe and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe.

Q3: Kelly, we know you were diagnosed with two masses on the liver and afterwards you found The China Study and with your plant based lifestyle you were able to get a clean bill of health. We hear so many struggling with giving up food that contains animals – but where do you get your protein, but I could never give up cheese- but bacon…. We’ve heard it all, and know at one point in time you loved cheese- what one piece of advice would you give to those who struggle to give up those foods?

A3: After my life-changing year in 2008, I delved deep into learning about the truth of the nutrition in our food system. Why we’ve been told we need a certain percentage of daily protein, why do we think that the only source of protein is from animal products, why do we think we need to drink milk or any animal-based product for that matter. I decided to get my protein where the cows, horses, apes, ox, and other herbivores get it from…. From plants. For me, it was cleaner, more sustainable and more readily available for my body to assimilate and use to make me healthy. I feel great!

Q4: Erinn, we know you became plant based for ethical reasons- was it just that one trip to Farm Sanctuary that convinced you, or did you do more follow up research to back up how you felt during your road trip?

A4: Farm Sanctuary was the catalyst for adopting a plant based diet for sure. I did a ton o research and realized that our current food system has had a very negative impact on the environment, animals, and our bodies. After learning all of this information there was no going back for me.

Q5: What advice would you give someone that is thinking about going plant based?

A5: I would tell them to take it slow, and to not feel like you have to go all in 100%. Make little changes to your diet here and there, and by eating a plant based meal even a few days a week, you’ll notice a huge difference with your body and the planet!

A5: I agree with Erinn. We always suggest for people who are plant-based curious, to take it one meal at a time or maybe even one full day at a time. Treat ‘plant-based’ cuisine as you would Thai, or Chinese or Italian food and like it is another genre of food. We feel that the proof is ALWAYS how you feel after a meal. Don’t feel stressed that you have to commit to long journey of eating this way. Reflect of your body after a meal and pay attention to your mind, your stomach and your energy levels. Do you feel good? Do you feel less bloated? Do you feel more energized? With plant-based foods, you will see a noticeable effect on your moods too but don’t listen to us…try it our for yourself.

Q6: What recipe from Made With Love would you recommend someone who’s just starting their journey to the plant based lifestyle?

A6: I love our smoothie recipes in the cookbook. They’re so fresh, fun and delicious, they’re bound to convert even the toughest critics.

A6: (Kelly) Yes! Smoothie are instant nutrition. They are in your blood-stream in 5 minutes. Quick, easy and really, no excuses. We always have our blenders on the counter.

Kelly and Erinn, we thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions. We know you  have been really busy with your cookbook launch, on top of taking care of things at the Bakery and Cafe. We are glad to have met you, even though it’s been only online. One of these days, Kayla and I need to take a road trip to Ont- just for your food. But for now, this cookbook will be like having your home cooking/ baking all the time.

This juice is nice and refreshing and in our opinion a good anytime juice. In fact, this has been our go to juice lately. I like my juice in general ice cold, and while this is perfect ice cold, I don’t mind drinking this straight from the juicer.  We hope you like it too.

Bikini Season Tonic

KELLY’S  BIKINI  SEASON  TONIC

K   This was a best-seller at Kindfood from the day we opened. Women, especially, love that it helps them  to lose body fat. it’s perfect for the summer or any time  you think you need a quick  detox. Chosen for their  fat-flushing properties, these ingredients will make you feel vibrant and healthy.

Active time: 5 minutes Total time: 6 minutes Makes 2 servings

1 red grapefruit, peeled and quartered

2 red apples, cored and quartered

2 cups kale, including stems

½ cup fresh mint leaves

1 lemon, peeled and halved

  1. In the order they are listed, add the grapefruit, apples, kale, mint and lemon to a juicer.
  2. Juice, then serve as soon as possible to get the maximum vitamin C

from the citrus fruits.

By juicing in this order, the lemon cleans  out  the machine and pushes  through the mint and kale.

Excerpted from Made with Love by Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie. Copyright © 2016 Childs and Weatherbie Inc. Cover and book photography: Alyssa Wodabek and Chris Sue-Chu. Excerpted by permission of Appetite by Random House, a division of Random House of Canada Ltd. a Penguin Random House company. All rights reserved.

Contest is now closed. Congratulations CINDY R!! You have won a copy of Made With Love 🙂 

Appetite by Penguin Random House did send me a copy of Made with Love to review, and is going to give one lucky winner a copy. Click here for your chance to win Made With Love

The winner will be contacted by email and any social media name if they have used it and will have 24 hrs to contact us with their info. If we don’t get a response within 24 we will have no choice but to announce another winner.

When you enter the giveaway make sure you  leave a blog comment, we want to know your answers 🙂 If you don’t want to enter or can’t, let us know your favorite juice combo’s anyway- fresh juice is the best! Cheers 🙂

Brownies that make everyone happy

Let’s face it- there’s nothing better than a good brownie. And by a good brownie, I mean a brownie that everyone can enjoy. Let me introduce you to Enjoy Life Foods.

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I forgot how easy it is to make brownies (from a box). Mix in water and oil- that’s it. I’m use to making brownies from scratch, which I find is simple enough and non time consuming to do- but Enjoy Life Brownie Mix made with Teff flour? Is awesome when you literally only have or want to spend 2 mins mixing the ingredients. My daughter really enjoyed being able to make these brownies herself. She’s 8 and normally, I’m helping with everything that needs to go into the brownie mix. With this brownie mix she can do everything herself. The outcome?! Well check it out-

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I added 1/3 cup of chocolate chips to the batter. And of course I added some whip cream. I wanted ice cream, but I ran out. How does that *even* happen? I could’ve made some- but I didn’t want to wait for the bananas to freeze (I know first world problems), I wanted warm gooey, chewy brownies with cool whipped cream. And I wanted them as soon as they came out of the oven.

My motto for Enjoy Life? They worry about allergies so you don’t have too. All their products are peanuts and tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, soy, wheat, gluten, milk, mustard, sulfites, egg, fish and crustaceans free!

Until recently, I’ve really only tried their Mini’s and chunks. They taste like real chocolate. There’s no artificial aftertaste that you may find when eating some other alternative product.

Stayed tuned. I will be posting more about their products through out the month. I’m one of the lucky people who don’t have to worry about allergies, but I love that I can use their product and share it with everyone I know, without having to worry about: who’s gf? Who’s allergic to nuts or soy? Or who’s vegan (“oops”, that would be me hehe).

Did you know May is celiac awareness month?  25 lucky people will win their giveaway, full of nothing short of pleasure from Enjoy Life Foods. To enter make sure you follow them on social media for details. Meanwhile for a coupon go here.

Check them out on facebook, instagramtwitter, pinterest, google+ to enter for your chance to win.

Let us know- what is your favorite Enjoy Life Product? I just found out that they have chocolate bars and pizza crust! I NEED that! Now where to find it in the city I live in?

I did receive a box of brownie mix with teff flour from Enjoy Life. The next box I will be happily buying. Oh yes, there will be many more boxes of this in my home 🙂