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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Chickpea Salad - NYE Appies!

 

 

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 HOLIDAYS!
It's Christmas today, and New Years Eve is coming up fast and I'm sure it feels even faster those those planning parties!

How about starting the new year off right with a healthy, SUPER easy, and delicious hors d'oeuvre that is bound to be a hit.
This chickpea salad (thanks to The Vegan Project for this recipe, from their cookbook: "Vegan Cooking At Home") can be serves on the side, or like above, made into easy to eat finger food.
The prep is quick and you can make it ahead of time, making party planning a breeze.

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

The Vegan Project says: "Chickpeas are high in fibre and also have a great amino acid profile. When eaten with rice, you have a complete protein. You don't need to eat the rice at the same time - on the same day is just fine." Awesome!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Fiddlehead Pesto Pasta

 

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 made it my mission to find some fiddleheads before they went out of season so that you too could make these recipes! They're both vegan, super tasty, and the pasta is excellent both hot and cold, so you should make a batch for dinner and leftovers for lunch!

 

I'm going to take you through how to make the pesto, and then a recipe for the pasta. 

 

NOTE: *** YOU MUST COOK THE FIDDLEHEADS BEFORE YOU EAT THEM! Do not eat them raw. ***

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

A lot of the recipes I looked at for inspiration had cheese in the ingredients, but nutritional yeast the the job well! If you want to make some vegan parm, this is a great recipe for that.

Also, for the pasta, go for enriched, or whole wheat to make it healthier!

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Protein Pancakes with Lemon, Chia & Blueberries - #PancakeTuesday

 

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 Pancake Tuesday!

I'd been looking into protein pancakes as a good pre-workout breakfast, and found a variety of recipes. I'm not into heavy pancakes (my dad used to call them "sinkers"), but the banana in these made them pretty light.

 

They don't require a lot of flour, so you could make them gluten free easily, and I'm sure you could sub in some flax eggs to make them vegan.

 

I like the lemon and blueberry combo (esp. with the banana), and I used plain protein powder, but feel free to try it with vanilla flavoured. Basically if you take the core ingredients you can sub in the different flavours with different fruits, but this combo is sweet enough naturally that you don't need to add sugar (and only need a little maple syrup)!

 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

 

You could probably sneak more good stuff into the pancakes, depending on what you like...hemp hearts, more flax, other powders (like TruMarine Collagen powder).  And try cooking the blueberries right into the pancake on the skillet (or eat more on the side!).

 

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Red Quinoa & Carrot Salad


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!

Sometimes you just want a warm winter salad when the temperature drops. The red quinoa is a nice pop, and reminds me of fall, but you can use any kind of quinoa you might have on hand.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Add in more good stuff! Pepitas, nuts of various kinds, dried fruit, hemp hearts. You can hide a lot in this salad!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Avocado Toasts, 3 Ways!


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 sure by now you've heard the (ridiculous) claim about millennials not being able to own homes because they're buying avocado toasts... Besides rolling my eyes at all the articles around this, it made me REALLY want to eat avocado toast. Just for fun I decided to make a few fancy versions that would be good for any meal, but especially breakfast. I ate most of these out on the patio in the sunshine, and it was great.

What's your favourite way to do avocado toast? Let us know in the comment section!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

You can eliminate dairy from these (but I didn't smother them in it), swap egg salad for tofu scramble, or load up on even more veggies. The sky is the limit with avocado toast!

Oh, and go for multigrain or whole wheat bread for the base!

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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 - 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 - Strawberry, Spinach & Quinoa Salad


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!

Strawberry season! It's so nice to get to stroll up to a farmers market and pick up some fresh (and very juicy) local strawberries. It's tempting to just pick straight up strawberries as the 'recipe' because I definitely ate a LOT before I even got around to making this salad. Much you can make with them, but this salad is light and tasty, and can easily be made as a meal, or a side salad.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Not too much to be done here, but if you're feeling it, sprinkle some hemp seeds on it as well! You can make it nut-free by switching out the almonds for sunflower seeds too, or just add them in too. Skip the cheese to make it vegan!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Lemon Risotto w/ Asparagus, Morel Mushrooms & Peas


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 pretty excited that all of the farmer's markers are back, and some really delicious foods are coming into season. There's some overlap right now, which means asparagus is still coming in, and morel mushrooms are just being foraged! Which means it's time for one of my favourite recipes: Lemon Risotto, from The SoBo Cookbook from Tofino!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

This dish is great as just a side to a main dish like the Herb-Crusted Halibut recipe that the cookbook also features. The recipe calls for veggie stock, so obviously I used the homemade version I keep in my freezer (far less salt!). You can make it vegan by using vegan butter to fry up the shallots and garlic, and skip the added pecorino cheese. It's pretty darn creamy as is!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Lemon & Asparagus Pasta with Cauliflower Alfredo


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!

One of the main veggies I think about when I think Spring is asparagus. That said, it's not everyone's favourite (though it should be, check out these health benefits), so if you're not feeling it, substitute fresh and local peas. No matter what, as a base you're going to love this dish and the sauce is dairy free, but you'd never know it. Plus it's super easy!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

As always, you can substitute pasta for green noodles like zucchini, but if you are craving the actual thing, like I was, pick a brown rice one, enriched wheat ones, or gluten free. 

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