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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Turkey, Mushroom, Veggie Vermicelli Bowl


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!

My mom sent me a very similar dish to this, but with a few different ingredients and it looked so good I had to make/modify it - you can use pork if you prefer or a veggie ground. It's a very simple recipe that is great for a weeknight dinner, or a lunch after a class at Barre!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Make sure you use a sodium reduced soy sauce (I prefer Bragg's Liquid Aminos) because the dish is really flavourful and hearty and doesn't need extra salt. Also, I spotted some brown rice vermicelli at a store the other day, so give that a whirl and sub it in!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Spot Prawns and Snap Pea Stir-Fry


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!

It's once again Spot Prawn season! The annual Spot Prawn Festival takes place this Saturday at Fisherman's Wharf on Granville Island with cooking demos, sample of coffee, beer and wine, and most importantly, Spot Prawns! You can buy them straight off of the boats as well, and here's a tasty dish you can make with them. (Click here to see last year's recipe). 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

This is a very straight forward and simple recipe with only a few ingredients. The main thing to remember is to use brown rice for the extra healthy kick!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Peanut Butter Cranberry Protein Bites


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!

I'm so glad I decided to make these, they're such a great snack for after (or before) Barre, and are crazy easy to make...they don't even need to be cooked or baked!

Basically, you can substitute or add in some other things. If you don’t want cranberries, you can put in dried cherries or blueberries. Dates are also optional but are a good call.
Can add more maple syrup if you want it sweeter…

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Make sure you use organic peanut butter so you don't have tons of added sugar in there (can use almond butter if you want). 

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Make approx. 8-10 (can be doubled)

INGREDIENTS:

- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 2 small dates
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until combined.

Roll into balls approx. an inch in size.

Can be kept in the fridge for about a week or frozen for about a month.

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Let us know if you make this recipe by posting it on instagram or twitter and using the #LiveBarreLife hashtag! And if there are any specific meals, fruits, veggies, or meats, you'd like to see on the blog!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Mushroom, Kale & Lentil Stew


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!

Remember those couple days of sunshine that sort of proved that Spring really was here, but now we're back to grey and rain and all you want to do is eat pizza?

Instead, make this super easy and really delicious stew that you can have for lunch or dinner (or freeze the second half!). You can use whatever mushrooms you have on hand or can find, lentils are really quick to make and kale is in season all the time!


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

If you're having it with the toasts, get some multi-grain bread or whole wheat!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Spinach Hummus for St. Patrick's Day!


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!

We're at the beginning of the Barre Body Fitness Challenge, and each month I'm going to bring you a recipe for breakfast, snack time, lunch, and dinner! This week I also decided to go green for St. Patrick's day on Friday! Hummus is delicious, packed with protein and super easy to make. Throw some spinach in there for all of it's vitamins and you've got an excellent post-workout snack!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Bake your own tortillas so you can control the salt ratio (I used spinach ones to keep it consistent), and you don't have to limit your veggies to just green. Get some rainbow carrots from the farmers market this weekend and brighten it up!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Matcha Muffins


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!

Hello 2017! Hello New Year New You!

It's the start of the fitness challenge at Barre, so I'm starting you off with breakfast and delicious green (tea) matcha muffins. Super simple, no sugar, no dairy, no eggs, whole wheat? Yup. This recipe is a keeper.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

I didn't add them in (I may have forgot) but you can totally add some fruit (blueberries or blackberries maybe) or some cacao nibs if you want a bit more of a kick!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Homemade Sparkling Drinks (with the Bonne O System)


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!

I really wanted to multi-task this week and come up with a party-season-is-upon-us type drink, but keep it healthy, and think of something that could also be a holiday gift...enter the Bonne O Sparkling Water System!

This is a Canadian owned/based company (Toronto), and you can get the machines at stores all over town. The system uses this carbonation disk instead of a CO2 tank, and you can infuse all kinds of fruits (and veg) directly into the water.

For todays recipes, I've made a great sparkling green tea, a turmeric lemonade for post-workout re-fueling, and a sugar-free cocktail that you can use for parties, or go alcohol free and its just as tasty!

If your goal for the new year is to drink less sugary beverages, this is an awesome idea, and can also help get your fruit intake up!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Avoid the sugar whenever possible. Bonne O has its own syrup infusions, but you can make your own at home, and either cut the sugar down, or eliminate it, or only use half of the recommendations!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Lemon Raspberry Whole Wheat Muffins


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!

It's prime time at the markets these days, between the early summer fruits still kicking around, and the late summer harvest starting to roll in, you can have fresh local veggies every day.

I decided I wanted to make something with raspberries (and freeze a bunch of them for the winter too), and that I needed to make some portable breakfast foods to take on road trips, to the beach, or just on the go. I went searching and found these awesome muffins from Cookie + Kate, but removed the sugar option to make them as healthy as possible, and they turned out great!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

We've already eliminated the added sugar (so now the muffins are sugar-free!), but if you want to make them gluten free, try an alternative flour, and if you're looking for vegan muffins, go for flax eggs and vegan yogurt. They might not rise as much with the alterations so be wary/accurate with the measurements and substitutions. Also, hot tip: freeze some if you can't eat them all (or share them, like I did).

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Ginger Flax Halibut with Sautéed Spinach


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!

I'm eating this right now as I type and let me tell you, it's definitely Tasty Tuesday over here! I borrowed this recipe from Nourished.ca (which has tons of great ideas for meals!) and made it for one person, but it's super easy to double, triple etc.



Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

If you're seeing this outside of Halibut season, it would go great with most white fish, but right now is the time for fresh halibut and it's a great treat. You should be able to pick some up at most farmers markets right now, as well as a good chunk of the rest of the fresh ingredients also needed. Eat local my friends!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Rhubarb & Almond Chia Pudding Bowl


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!

Rhubarb season! This delicious plant is at farmers markets, and grocery stores everywhere no, so no excuses. I made this into a breakfast bowl, but you could totally put it in a to-go container like a mason jar and eat it on the run. Again, no excuses. Much of the prep is done ahead of time and you could easily double it to make more for the week to come.

I mixed a few recipes together to get this one, eliminating a lot of unnecessary sugar from the mix, but the compote is a breezy and the pudding is basically shake it up and let it sit! So don't be intimidated.


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Those bits you see aren't just garnish to make the photo look pretty, they're super healthy. But, don't have hemp hearts on hand? Toss some pepitas on there. No cacao nibs? Try coconut flakes. Or just toss some more fresh fruit on top.

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