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Dine Out Vancouver - Our Picks for Zend!



Last week we gave you some of our picks for healthy and clean eating during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, and now we're going to break a few of those down so you can see just how delicious the menus are. Try not to drool on your keyboards or phone.


Zend Conscious Lounge
Yaletown
Price Point: $30

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: Yes
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes


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Dine Out Vancouver - Our Picks for Forage



Last week we gave you some of our picks for healthy and clean eating during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, and now we're going to break a few of those down so you can see just how delicious the menus are. Try not to drool on your keyboards or phone.

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Forage

West End
Price Point: $30

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: No

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Dine Out Vancouver - Our Picks for Juniper!


Last week we gave you some of our picks for healthy and clean eating during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, and now we're going to break a few of those down so you can see just how delicious the menus are. Try not to drool on your keyboards or phone.

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Juniper
Chinatown
Price Point: $40

Vegetarian Options Offered: Yes
Vegan Options Offered: Yes
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

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Dine Out Vancouver - Our Picks for ORU!

 

Last week we gave you some of our picks for healthy and clean eating during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, and now we're going to break a few of those down so you can see just how delicious the menus are. Try not to drool on your keyboards or phone.

 

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First up is ORU Restaurant
Coal Harbour
Price Point: $40

Vegetarian Options Offered:Yes
Vegan Options Offered: No
Gluten Free Options Offered: Yes

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Skewers


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!


How are you doing with the New Year New You challenge? Are you on track both exercise wise and clean and healthy eating wise?

I've been dipping into the Salad Library over the last two weeks and there are some delicious meals in there. I came across the Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction pick that Natalie Langston chose, and decided to modify it for today's recipe!

I'm at a lot of events that have pass hors d'oeuvres and whenever the skewers of tomato with basil and mozzarella come by I get excited. They're such a clean crisp and refreshing bite that I can feel good eating, and I figured they'd be perfect for house parties and get togethers. No mess, one bite/mouthful, and most importantly: TASTY!

And honestly like the salad recipe says, the balsamic reduction makes the whole thing 10x better, and is simple to do.


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Make sure when you're getting the mozzarella for this dish that you look for the 100% Canadian Milk symbol on the package. I learned a while ago that if this symbol is missing it means that the cheese "can contain modified milk ingredients or milk ingredients imported from Europe, the United States and even as far away as New Zealand". Not only does buying cheese with the symbol guarantee that you'd getting a product from Canada exclusively, it also means you're supporting our farmers. It's great to know exactly what you're putting in your body!


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Dine Out Vancouver - Our Picks!

One of the most celebrated times of year in the Vancouver food scene is upon us once again:
Dine Out Vancouver Festival!


Starting today (January 15) and running until January 31st, it features prix-fixe menus (of $20, $30 or $40) from over 280 restaurants across the GVR, as well as events and experiences in all corners of the food world.

Naturally this had to come in the middle of our New Year, New You Challenge, where one of the goals was to eat clean. But never fear, we scoured the giant list of restaurants and events to bring your OUR picks for places that you can head out for an evening to sample and feast, and still feel great about afterward.

We'll be highlighting a few of our favourites throughout the festival, but here's a quick run down so you can book your reservations before they fill up!

Read them all after the jump:

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Barre Beauty - Winter Skin Care Tips!

Brr, it's chilly out there. And if you're like me, your skin is feeling this weather. Usually Vancouver doesn't change my skin in the winter this much, but when it's warm then cold, windy, sunny and then raining...I don't think it knows WHAT to do.

Luckily that's why I consulted some of the best on what they're Winter Skin Conditioning Tips are!

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Barre's own Ella Jotie recommended her two go to products:

1) Coconut Oil - "I use it on everything!"

Did you know that coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen? You can use it as a hair mask, lip balm, body oil, under your eyes, on your nails, and even as makeup remover!

Seriously, the list is huge. Think of what is ailing you on your winter skin, and coconut oil can probably help out. - Check out more info here.

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2) TruMarine Collagen

Problems with your hair, nails, skin and joints? This supplement might just be what you need, and couldn't be easier to consume. You can add a scoop to your food or beverages, like I did into my daily green smoothie - here's a big list of recipes from Nourished - or Ella does with her coffee. You can even add it into soup, or sprinkle it on your yogurt - and it's tasteless so never fear! It can also aid joints for an easier workout recovery and to you keep moving!
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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Vegan Potato & Leek Soup aka Vichyssoise


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!


Week two of the NYNY Challenge is underway, and I hope you're all enjoying the vast array of salads from the blog, and maybe you tried the overnight oats.
Today I'm bringing you a recipe that hits a bunch of targets for me.

First off it's a soup! I don't know about you guys, but I'm fighting off this cold that everyone seems to have. Doesn't the universe know we're in the middle of an exercise challenge and breathing is required? Anyways, even if you're not sick this soup is great to have along side your salad at lunch or dinner, and there is enough to share or freeze for the next time you're feeling blue.

Leeks are still in season and I found giant ones at Whole Foods. This recipe is super simple and has super hearty!

And finally, it's vegan, and gluten free!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
Spend a little more and get the organic ingredients for this one. There's not too much too it, so it won't run you a lot, and you'll feel better knowing exactly what is going into your body. And speaking of which, even better than store bought vegetable stock, pull some out of the freezer from that recipe I gave you a few months ago (THIS ONE!).

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NYNY Challenge 2016 | What is Clean Eating?



At Barre Fitness we embrace a lifestyle of eating clean, fuelling our bodies for success and choosing foods that makes us feel GOOD!  Making simple changes to the food you eat daily will go a long way in helping you reach your fitness goals. 

So what is Clean Eating exactly?

It means no preservatives, no fillers, no junk. Just real honest, nourishing food.

Here’s how:

1: Choose Whole, Real Food
Apples, not Apple Bars.

2: Ditch the packages
Less wrapper, the better.

3: Stay on the outskirts of the grocery store
Think fresh fruits and veggies and locally sourced organic meat. Evil convenience foods lurk in center aisles.

4: Read those food labels
If it has more than 8 ingredients or just 1 you can’t pronounce, put it down!
Avoid artificial sugar and enriched white flour.

5: Avoid foods you see advertised on TV, or with packages claiming health benefits
These products are typically loaded with sugar or a slew of chemical concoctions - yuck!

Need some inspiration? We've got you covered!
Check out out the Barre Fitness Salad Library today.

Have a burning question related to food and nutrition? Our expert team of Health and Wellness Barre BFF's have you covered.
Learn more and contact them today!


- See you at the Barre!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Overnight Oats with Kiwi

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Happy New Year and happy first week of the New Year, New You Challenge at Barre. I'm going to make the January recipes even healthier, and super easy for you to make before and after your workouts!

Speaking of quick and easy, this breakfast is about as simple as it gets. Oats, chia seeds, almond milk, kiwi, and a bit of maple syrup...toss them together at night and eat it in the morning before you head to Barre!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
You can feel free to add other fruit to this mix if you'd like, I would suggest mangos or strawberry, but kiwis are an excellent base. It's in season in California right now, and therefore plentiful, and is PACKED with the good stuff. Seriously, there's Vitamin C and K, high in fibre, helps digestion and creates alkaline balance. The list goes on...check the info out here.

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