Herbal Teas Everyone Should Have!

Ah! It’s Fall! How glorious is that? I’m so ready for some colder temperatures, if only because it means I can cozy up with some warm tea in bed with a good book. If you know me, you will know that I’ve been on a tea-buying ban for two years now because my tea collection has gotten out of hand. Yeah. I haven’t bought any tea in two years, and I’d say I still have enough for 3 maybe 4 years… My tea collection has warranted comissioning my boyfriend for a special tea shelf to save room for food and plates in our cupboards. Seriously, if I don’t open up my own tea room someday, I’ll be shocked!

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The only exception to my tea-buying ban has been herbal teas. Free of caffeine, I drink these every day as a gentle healing ritual. Medicinal herbal teas are very potent for small, daily aches, and so they don’t really count as tea, right?

I usually prepare a tea pot mixing a few herbs and spices. I love adding crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves or peppercorns as these spices help me stay warm in the colder months. Over the years, I’ve come to know what I like, and so I gravitate around the same herbs, but really, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few of my most favourite herbal teas.

  1. Oatstraw: Yes, I know. Not only do I have a slight addiction to my morning oatmeal, I also drink oatstraw! Well, what can I say? This plant is wonderful! I like to drink oatstraw herbal tea because it is soothing and calming. Perfect if you are feeling like a buzzball! As it has a very mild taste, it’s a perfect base for all of your herbal tea mixes.
  2. Holy Basil or Tulsi: Another great one if you feel like you need to be more grounded, holy basil supports the nervous system and helps releave stress and anxiety. Plus, it is really yummy!
  3. Nettle: Super rich in nutrients and minerals, stingy nettle is delicious! It has a really “green” taste, and I think it’s one of the best plants for anyone, but especially for women and vegans who are always on the hunt for extra nutrients! Extra points to this one to help releave seasonal allergy symptoms!
  4. Rasberry leaves: Girls, if you have any, and I mean any, issue with your periods, this is the BOMB! It releaves PMS (crazy peach alert, be gone!), cramps, bloathing, heavy flow, and even the length of the period. It’s seriously a magical plant. It’s also very astringent, so I suppose it’s good for everyone, but really a must-have for all women.
  5. Calendula flowers: This one is so pretty! Bright yellow or explosive orange, I love adding these to my teapots as it makes everything more beautiful! These flowers are also very soothing and healing for the digestive track.
  6. Lavender buds: One of my favourite plants ever, lavender buds are so relaxing! I love how they add a touch of Provence to my teas. Plus, they are also great for your immune system. Be careful with this one: a little goes a long way!
  7. Thyme: A stapple in my house since I’ve been a kid, thyme is great for your immune system. Mix in a bit of honey or maple syrup, and you are in business!
  8. Verbena: A classic for a reason, this beautiful herb is lemony and fresh. Also a great one to drink to relax before going to bed or after a heavy meal to aid diggestion.

I hope this will encourage you to explore the facinating world of herbal teas! I easily find my herbs in health food stores and at my local herbalist (I’m very grateful to have such a good one so close by!), but you can also find them online. Be sure to by organic teas! A great option is also to grow them yourself! Calendula are super easy, and so is thyme. Have fun mixing and matching the different herbs and spices to create your own perfect cup of tea! Let me know what your favourites are and if you’d like me to share my favourite mixes!

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Remember that I’m not a doctor or a healthcare specialist. Please consult a doctor before adding these herbal teas into your life if you have any concerns or conditions.

 

Turmeric paste: where were you before?!?

I love golden milk or turmeric lattes, and I’m all for adding more turmeric and its anti-inflammatory goodness to my life. However, I have to admit that preparing this delicious drink from scratch every day is too much for me. I was about to give up, when I stumbled upon an instand drink I had in my tea shelf. This gave me an idea, and I decided to try to make my own turmeric paste. After all, mixing turmeric powder, spices and coconut oil should work, right?

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Well it does. The result is a thick cream that I keep in my fridge, that is ready to go with a “just add water” quality to it. This is perfect for busy nights as I just use one teaspoon of this golden paste in a teacup of hot water or milk. Instant turmeric latte. Yup.

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This clearcly is the answer to all of you lazy cooks (welcome to my corner!) and busy people who need a little bit of TLC (turmeric loving care) in their life. This recipe makes enough for about 2 weeks of daily turmeric drinks and takes 10 minutes to prepare.

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Cheers to that!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of whole black pepper grains
  • 1 quill of true cinnamon
  • 5 tbs coconut oil
  • optional: 1/4 cup of maple syrup or sweetener of choice

Here is what you do:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Mix well. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to keep a soft simmer going. Let sit on the stove for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and transwer your paste to a glass container with an air-tight lid. Keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  3. To make your golden milk: Heat up the milk of your choice or water and dissolve 1 tsp of the turmeric paste into it. Enjoy!

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Because this paste has everything to enhance the availability of the turmeric active agents (fat and pepper), it’s full proof! Adding just warm liquid to this makes it so convenient. It really is the best way I have found to make sure that I drink all of that golden magic. Let me know if you try it out!

Coconut yogurt: this time it worked!

I have been trying out different ways to make vegan yogurt, but so far all of my attempts have failed horribly. There is nothing fun about waking up to a weird and pungeant smell and realizing that it is the soy yogurt experiment that has gone wrong… really wrong!

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Last week however, I realized that I had some boxes of coconut milk in my pantry and that they were about to go bad. I decided that this was the perfect excuse to try making vegan yogurt again.

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Now, my budget this summer is pretty tight, so there was no way I was going to spend 50$ (and maybe more) on probiotic pills. I know that these little pills would mean that I would be able to make hundreds of batches of vegan yogurt, but no. I went to my trusted local health food store, and realized that they didn’t even have those pills. So, double no. They did have already made coconut yougurt however. After checking the ingredients and seeing the “live cultures” listed as part of the ingredients, I decided that I could spare this 6$ for my experiment.

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The process of making yogurt is fairly simple. You mix live cultures with your milk, stir everything well, let this sit overnight in a warm place, move everything to the fridge, and voila! I used to love making goat’s milk yogurt and kefir before going vegan, so my hopes were up on this coconut yogurt.

Here is what I used:

  • 1L coconut milk
  • 350g plain store-bought coconut yogurt (I used the one from Silk)

Here is what I did:

  1. In a large container, I mixed the coconut milk and the yogurt with a wisk until everything was homogenous.
  2. I covered the top of my container with a paper towel tied with a rubber band and placed it in my oven (with the light turned on).
  3. 12 hours later I moved the container to the fridge and let the yogurt set for 8 more hours.

The result? Well, you have two options here. The fattier part of the coconut milk yogurt will gatter to the top of your container and give you this incredibly thick and rich yogurt. The bottom part will be more liquid and perfect to add to smoothies. The first option is to keep these two phases separate and to enjoy the great diversity that this recipe gives you. The second option is to take out your trusty wisk and to wisk everything together. The result will be a smooth drinkable yogurt that is perfect for parfaits and smoothies. I have to say I did both and can’t believe how thick and creamy the top layer is.

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The taste of this yogurt is tangy with the slightest coconut aftertaste. It really is super smooth and so delicious. Now, for the next batch, just remember to keep 1 cup of already made yogurt that you will use as a starter. Infinite vegan yogurt, here we come!

Tips and tricks to be more green \\\ Petits trucs écolos

In the last few weeks months, I have been thinking a lot about my impact on the environment. It’s not easy staying positive when environmental groups predict the end of the world while it feels like politics look the other way.

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So, what is one to do? As I asked myself this question, I realized that the power I really had was quite small, but, at the same time, quite significant. I have no money to give to environmental groups, no will to pursue a political career, but I do have my every day decisions. These decisions can seem small and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, but they are still so important. I really believe that it is through individual and grassroot efforts that change will happen. Here are a few things I’m trying to do to help our beautiful planet.

  1. Use a reusable bottle: I’m in love with my S’well bottle, and so it’s not a chore to lug it around everywhere with me. It keeps my water fresh and my teas warm for several hours as it is insulated. It looks really nice, and it forces me to drink more water every day. By using this water bottle, I’m not using any plastic ones, and that is a big step in the right direction.
  2. Invest in reusable straws and containers: Plastic straws are a huge problem for marine life when more often then not they aren’t even necessary. I found some metal straws that are great for when I really want to be fancy and have a straw in my drink. As for reusable containers, they are so much more better than using cling-film or plastic bags. You can use them over and over and over and over again! Plus, they really help to keep my fridge organized. I also found some really cute ones made out of ceramic, and I just love using them!
  3. Cook my own beans and legumes instead of buying cans: This one is a bit more time consuming, and I’m still working on a system to make my life easier. A neat trick is to cook big batch of beans and to freeze individual portions in containers. That way, it’s as easy as pulling out a can of beans, but without the waste!
  4. Using clothe bags instead of plastic: Get creative! Use old t-shirts, throw blankets or curtains to make yourself some beautiful reusable grocery and produce bags. If you are not the crafty type, you can buy some beautiful ones all over the internet and in local stores. Really, I don’t go anywhere without mine!
  5. Walk as much as possible and combine stops when you need to take the car: When I lived in the city, I used to go pretty much everywhere by foot or by public transportation. Now that I’m in a more rural area, it’s a bit more difficult not to use a car. That’s why I really think it through when I drive to make sure that I will be  making only one car journey and hit multiple stops in the same journey. And when I have more time, it’s by foot for sure! It’s so refreshing to walk around and it gives me much necessary time to think and relax.
  6. Buy local foods and encourage local stores whenever possible: Again, this is not always possible, but I really try to make an effort when I have to buy things. I like shopping in our local coop for food, visit a local farm from fresh and organic produce, and buy books from the local bookstore instead of ordering them online. More than supporting the environment by choosing proximity, it also makes me feel like I’m part of a community. It’s always nice to know who grows your food and to be a familiar face in local shops.
  7. Eat vegan (of course!): Eating a plant-based diet is a more environmentally friendly choice because you eat, well, plants “directly”. What I mean by this is that you don’t need to grow plants that are then fed to animals, nor do you have to use various techinques to fish. There are plenty of resources online, so I encourage you to do some research and get informed on where and how our food is produced.
  8. Buy smart: To reduce waste, I tend to do a lot some of research before I buy anything. I do this for clothes, books and electronics. Usually, what happens is that after I have researched a product, asked myself if I really need it, and waited for a couple of days, I often don’t even buy the product. I often realize that I just wanted to spend money, that I was bored or that I was influenced by commercials or offers. The up-side is that when I do end up buying something, I’m really happy and I have something that is really useful.

I hope these tips will be useful to some of you and will encourage you to reflect on your own environmental impact. Let me know what your tricks are!

(psst, if you want weekly inspiration, a friend just started her own blog where she posts zero-waste challenges! Go check Lau out!)


Dans les dernières semaines, j’ai beaucoup réfléchi à mon impact sur l’environnement. Il n’est pas facile de rester positif quand les groupes environnementaux prédisent la fin du monde pendant que les dirigeants semblent occupés à regarder dans l’autre direction.

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Que faire alors? En me posant cette question, je me suis rendue compte que le pouvoir que j’avais d’influencer les choses était assez restreint, mais en même temps tellement important. Je n’ai pas d’argent à donner à mes organisations préférées, ni d’ambitions politiques, mais je fais des choix tous les jours. Ces décisions peuvent sembler limitées ou sans importance, mais c’est tout le contraire! Je suis convaincue que c’est par des efforts individuels et communautaires que le changement peut arriver. Voici quelques petites décisions que je fais pour aider notre belle planète.

  1. Utiliser une bouteille réutilisable: J’adore ma bouteille S’well, donc ce n’est pas une corvée de la trainer avec moi partout. Elle garde mon eau fraîche et mon thé chaud puisqu’elle est isolée. J’aime bien son look aussi, et l’avoir avec moi me rappelle de boire de l’eau régulièrement. En l’utilisant, je n’utilise pas de bouteille en plastique jettable, et ça c’est vraiment chouette.
  2. Investir dans des pailles et contenants réutilisables: Les pailles en plastique causent de graves problèmes aux populations marines alors qu’elles ne nous sont généralement pas indispensables. J’ai trouvé des pailles en métal, donc réutilisables, pour quand je me sens vraiment “prout-prout” et que j’ai besoin d’une paille pour boire. Quant aux contenants réutilisables, ils sont une belle alternative au film et aux sacs de plastique. On peut les réutiliser encore et encore et encore et encore! Ils m’aident aussi à garder mon frigo organisé, et j’en ai trouvé des trop mignons en céramique que j’adore utiliser.
  3. Cuire mes propres haricotes au lieu d’acheter des conserves: Ce truc demande un peu plus de temps, et je suis encore en train de travailler sur son implantation. Un bon truc est de cuire de grosses quantités de légumineuses et de les congeler en portions individuelles dans des contenants pour avoir des “conserves” faites maison et zero-déchet!
  4. Utiliser des sacs en tissus au lieu du plastique: Soyez créatifs! Utilisez de vieux t-shirts, jetées ou rideaux pour vous faire de jolis sacs réutilisables pour vos légumes, pains et courses. Si les travaux manuels ce n’est pas votre truc, il existe une panoplie d’options que vous pouvez trouver localement ou sur internet.
  5. Marcher autant que possible et combiner les arrêts en voiture: Lorsque je vivais en ville, je me deplaçais principalement à pied ou en transport en commun. Maintenant que je suis dans une région plus rurale, il est un peu plus difficile de se passer d’une voiture. C’est pour ça que je planifie mes déplacements de façon intelligente: je ne prend jamais la voiture que pour un seul arrêt et je m’assure de maximiser au maximum mes voyage en voiture. Et lorsque j’ai plus de temps, c’est à pied! C’est tellement agréable de vagabonder et ça me donne le temps de réfléchir et de relaxer.
  6. Acheter de la nourriture locale et encourager les commerces de proximité lorsque possible: Encore une fois ce n’est pas toujours possible, mais j’essaye vraiment de faire un effort lors de mes achats. J’aime acheter notre nourriture dans notre coop locale, visiter la ferme pour des légumes super frais, et acheter mes livres chez la libraire d’à côté. Plus que de limiter mon impact sur l’environnement en gardant mes courses à proximité, j’encouraget aussi ma communauté. Il est toujours sympa de savoir qui fait pousser ma nourriture et d’être un visage familier dans les commerces du coin.
  7. Manger végan (bien sur!): Manger un régime végétalien est un choix environnementalement plus conscient car on mange les plantes “directement”. Au lieu de faire pousser des plantes que l’on transporte par la suite jusqu’aux animaux pour les nourrir, ou d’utiliser des techniques de pêche plus ou moins complexes, on mange simplement les plantes. La quantité d’information disponible sur internet est simplement incroyable alors je vous encourage fortement à vous questionner sur comment et où votre nourriture est produite.
  8. Acheter intelligent: Pour limiter ma production de déchets, je fais généralement vraiment beaucoup de recherches avant d’acheter quoi que ce soit: vêtements, livres et appareils électroniques. Habituellement, après avoir fait mes recherches, je me demande si j’ai vraiment besoin de l’article en question, puis j’attend quelques jours et je finis par ne même pas l’acheter! En évitant les achats impulsifs, je me rends souvent compte que j’avais simplement envie de dépenser de l’argent, que je m’ennuyais ou que j’avais été influencée par des publicités. Le plus, c’est que lorsque j’achète quelque chose, ça me fais vraiment plaisir et j’ai quelque chose de vraiment utile!

J’espère que ces petits trucs vous seront utiles et qu’ils vous encourageront à faire le point sur votre propre impact environnemental. Partagez vos trucs en commentaires!

(psst, si vous manquez d’inspiration, une amie à commencé son propre blog où elle partage ses trucs zero-déchet sous la forme de défis! Allez rendre visite à Lau!)

 

What I’ve been eating for the last 2 months!

When I work on my blog, I like to experiment with new recipes, try out new products, invent new ways to eat ordinary foods. This worked for me for the last year or so. However, about two months ago, I started craving the same dish. Over and over again. So much in fact, that it’s starting to be a running gag in our house. My boyfriend will come home from work and say things like: “Can’t wait for my quinoa-tofu-broccoli tonight!” Yeah. That’s what I have been craving every day for two months now. Not chocolate cake (although I’ve had my days), not fancy and exotic fruits, not my mom’s food. Nope. Just quinoa, tofu and some kind of grilled veggies (it’s not my fault broccoli is so cheap), or salad greens if I want something fresh.

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Now, here’s the issue. I have been feeling completely satisfied eating those quinoa bowls every day. There is something reassuring and structuring in preparing big batches of food and just having to plate your daily servings. No fuss, no rush. However, it’s difficult to blog about the exact same bowl you’ve been having. Now that the temperatures have been going up (finally), I’m hoping to crave something else and to hopefully have some variety back in my kitchen. I’m sure grilled broccoli, tofu and quinoa will stay in my heart for long though! Here’s a few tips if you are stuck in the same rut as me.

For your grilled veggies:

  1. I’ve been loving using infused olive oils to add an extra kick of flavour. Try lemon or rosemary infused oils for a fresh taste, or go for the classic chili oil. I usually rub about 1 tbs onto the vegetables before placing them in the oven. Yum!
  2. I’ve also like sprinkling some freshly ground pepper on the baked veggies. I know, it’s nothing groundbreaking (you see what I’ve done here, right?), but it’s a classic for a reason. Why not go crazy and try different types of peppers? I love white pepper for its spiciness, but pink pepper brings a whole different range of flavours. Experiment with kitchen staples!
  3. Add some lemon juice and lemon zest! Fresh lemon zest gives such a nice aroma to the most simple dishes. Plus, it makes me feel like a fancy chef when I zest lemons. You zest have to try it out!

For your tofu:

  1. Vary the type and bite size: I tend to go for extra firm tofu because I like how it crips up when you pan fry it. The smaller the pieces, the crispier they will be. If you feel like having some bacon, you can cut your tofu into small cubes and add a few drops of liquid smoke to your marinade or sauce. Soft tofu can also be a great option to mix things up a little. I love to gently cooking soft tofu in some soy sauce. Very simple, but so good.
  2. If you really don’t feel like cooking, you can simple cube your firm tofu and mix it with the vegetables. Put everything in the oven, and that’s it! Bing, bang, boom.
  3. If you really, really don’t feel like cooking, you can also substitute the tofu for canned beans. Rinse them well, and they are ready to go, but you can also cook them in some tomato sauce or curry spices for something a bit more elaborate.

For your quinoa:

  1. Make sure that you cook it in enough water. I usually use 4.5 cups of water for 2 cups of quinoa. I place everything in a pot on high heat. I then reduce the heat to medium once it starts boiling. I put a lid on the pot and let everything simmer for 15 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and let it sit until you are ready to eat. The result: light and fluffy quinoa! Yum.
  2. Add some stuff: I like adding some corn, chopped carrots or peas to the quinoa as it is cooking. It adds some bite to it and makes it extra yummy. Plus it adds a touch of colour to the mix.
  3. Make sure that you don’t add salt to the cooking water as it will harden the quinoa.

That’s it! This is perfect for meal prepping because you can prepare big quantities of everything and save your food in the fridge. It’s so quick to plate up and makes for great lunches to bring at work. Plus, you can add fresh veggies or sauces according to your daily cravings. So, yeah, that’s what has been going on in my kitchen lately. And guess what? I’m now heating up some quinoa, broccoli and tofu for lunch. Cannot wait!

Abstract: My new Netlfix obsession\\\ Abstract: Ma nouvelle obsession Netflix

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A few days ago, Netflix launched a new show called Abstract: The Art of Design. It is taking me all my willpower not to binge watch all the episodes at once, so I thought I would share it with you in case you are wondering what to do this week.

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Abstract is made on the same model as Chef’s Table (another Netflix obsession). Each episode follows a designer and goes over how they became designers, what challenges they faced and what important events molded their careers. I find it so inspiring to see how great contemporary designers came to be so great. As each episode also covers different types of designers (graphic, shoes, scenography, architecture, and many others), it’s really interesting to see how each discipline works.

One of the things that I find to be incredibly fascinating is to see the work process of each designer. I feel like it’s a good reminder to see how much work, reflection, and trials there are before an idea comes to life.

I really recommend this show to anyone who is looking for some inspiration, hope or to learn about daily objects. I’m pretty sure anyone can learn something from this show, or at least be amazed by how different artists work. I’m certainly smitten.

(For those of you who are wondering where the recipes are, some new things are coming up really soon; I have just been a very lazy and busy cook this week!)


Il y a quelques jours, Netflix a lancé une nouvelle émission: Abstract: The Art of Design. Il m’a fallu rassembler toute ma volonté pour ne pas regarder tous les épisodes d’un coup, alors je me suis dit que je partagerais ma nouvelle obsession au cas où vous chercheriez quelque chose à voir cette semaine.

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Abstract fonctionne comme la géniale émission Netflix Chef’s Table (une autre obsession). Chaque épisode présente un designer et explique comment cette personne en est venue au design, quelles difficultés ont été surmontées et quels évènements importants ont modelé leurs carrières. Je trouve ça tellement inspirant de voir comment les designers contemporains célèbres en sont venus à être les grands designers de notre époque. Chaque épisode couvre aussi différentes disciplines de design (graphisme, chaussures, scénographie, architectures et plusieurs autres) ce qui permet aux spectateurs de voir differents aspects artistiques.

Une des choses que j’aime le plus de cette émission, et qui est vraiment fascinant, c’est de voir le processus créatif de chaque designer. Je trouve que c’est une bonne façon de se souvenir combien de travail, de temps, de réflection et d’essais sont requis avant qu’une idée ne prenne vie.

Je vous recommende vraiment Abstract, surtout si vous cherchez un peu d’inspiration ou si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur des objets de tous les jours. Je suis certaine que vous apprendrez quelque chose ou que vous serez fascinés par le travail fabuleux de ces artistes. Je suis vraiment sous le charme!

(Pour ceux qui se demandent où sont les recettes, plusieurs arrivent: j’ai simplement été une cuisinière un peu débordée cette semaine!)

 

 

 

Planning a fun date for Valentine’s Day \\\ Planifier une journée spéciale pour la Saint-Valentin

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Valentine’s Day is coming! Probably the cheesiest holiday in the year, it’s still a great excuse to treat yourself and to tell people you love that you love them. That’s great in my book. Because I’m in major saving mode since the New Year’s, my Valentine’s day budget is pretty much set at 0$. And that is really exciting! Indeed, very exciting because it means that I’ll need to use my creativity and think outside of the box. So, here are a few ideas that you can put in place if you don’t want to go all red and pink, chocolate, roses and still share some love.

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  1. For your special lady or gentleman friend: What can be more romantic than some time spent in nature with your significant other? Bringing a hot beverage along! Granted, the weather needs to cooperate for this to be enjoyable, but considering that it’s not too cold, pouring rain or a complete blizzard outside, why not pack some hot chocolate, tea or coffee in a thermos, some mugs and go outside! The walk in itself can be a great occasion to talk and reconnect if you have been busy bees. Why not discuss your relationship, reminisce about your first dates, and just celebrate the time that you have spent together.
  2. For your special, significant friend: With time, most of my friends have moved too far away countries, got busy, and occasions to spend time together in person are harder to organize and far apart. Why not take some time to write them a handwritten letter? Go all out: use colors and get creative! Celebrate the important times in your relationship and take some time to say why your friend is so important and great.
  3. For your much-loved family members: Spend some time together! Why not organize a baking afternoon or make bath bombs with your parent or sibling? Put some music on, get making, and just talk. Time spent with family members is precious but really doesn’t need to be expensive. It can be a great occasion to try out something that your mom, dad, sister or brother enjoys doing: tag along to the gym, the workshop or in the kitchen.

Of course, these are three ideas that can be personalized to anyone. They were inspired by the important people in my life, but why not go on a walk’n’tea with your friends? I really hope you take Valentine’s Day as an occasion to be together and to make memories. Just be together and enjoy each other’s company! Happy Valentine’s Day!


La Saint-Valentin est là! C’est probablement la fête la plus quétaine de toutes les fêtes, mais c’est aussi une occasion de se faire plaisir et de dire aux gens qu’on aime, qu’on les aime. Et ça, c’est plutôt sympa! Parce que je suis en mode «super-economies» depuis le nouvel an, mon budget Saint-Valentin gravite autour de 0$. Et ça, c’est exitant! Premièrement parce que ça implique zero magasinage, et aussi parce que c’est le moment d’être créatif et de faire quelque chose d’unique. Voici quelques idées que vous pouvez facilement planifier si vous aussi vous voulez éviter de dépenser tout l’argent du monde, devenir rose et rouge, et être malade d’avoir mangé trop de chocolat.

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  1. Walk’n’tea: Qu’est-ce qui est plus romantique que du temps passé en nature avec votre moitié? Apportez une boisson chaude avec vous! Bon, c’est sur que s’il fait -20 000C, qu’il pleut des cordes ou que c’est le blizzard dehors, c’est peut-être pas la meilleure option. Si la température coopère, cependant, pourquoi pas mettre du chocolat chaud, du thé ou du café dans un thermos avec des petites tasses et aller dehors? La marche vous donnera l’occasion de vous parler, de vous souvenir de vos débuts et de célébrer le temps que vous avez passé ensemble.
  2. À vos crayons: Avec le temps, la majeure partie de mes amis a déménagé, est très occupée et les occasions de se voir sont rares et difficiles à planifier. Pourquoi ne pas prendre du temps pour écrire une lettre manuscrite? Sortez vos crayons de couleurs et soyez créatifs! Célébrez les moments importants de votre amitié et prenez le temps de leur dire pourquoi ils sont importants.
  3. Passer du temps ensemble: Pourquoi ne pas organiser une après-midi à cuisiner ou à faire des bombes de bain avec un parent ou une soeur? Mettez de la musique, gardez vos mains occupées, et parlez-vous! Le temps passé avec les membres de sa famille est précieux, mais n’a pas à être dispendieux. Ça peut aussi être une occasion d’explorer et d’essayer les passe-temps préférés de vos proches: suivez-les au gym, à l’atelier ou dans leur cuisine.

Bien entendu, ces idées peuvent être personalisées à toute personne. Pourquoi ne pas prendre une walk’n’tea avec une amie? J’espère que vous prendrez la Saint-Valentin comme une occasion de vous faire des nouveaux souvenirs avec les gens importants de votre vie. Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!

Chocolate Cake Protein Balls \\\ Boule Protéinée au chocolat

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In the last few weeks, I have been tracking down how much protein I ate. I started including some protein powder to help me get enough each day, but I have to say that most of them taste like chalk. Well, once incorporated in this recipe, they make everything taste like chocolate cake. Yeah, pretty great.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 tbs raw cocoa powder
  • 4 scoops of vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 4 tbs slivered almonds
  • 1 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp marmalade or any other jam you enjoy
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

To roll in: 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.

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Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the peanut butter, vanilla extract, marmalade and almond milk in a small saucepan. Stire over medium heat until everything is well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients on top and mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Form balls with 1/2 cup of the mix and roll them in the coconut flakes to avoid them being too sticky. If you have trouble forming balls that hold their shape, add a little bit of milk at a time. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

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These are so good! I made them thinking that they would be great after gym sessions, but I have to say I’m going to have a lot of trouble not eating them all at once. The texture is very soft, and the rice cereal adds a nice touch of crispiness. The protein powder really adds a caky side to these, which really makes them irresistible. With around 13 grams of protein in each ball, this will give you a nice boost of energy. Let me know if you try them out!


Depuis quelques semaines, je note les protéines que je mange. J’ai commencé à inclure des poudres protéinées pour m’aider à atteindre les apports recommendés, mais je dois dire, que la plupart de ces poudres goûtent la craie. Incorporées dans cette recette, elles sont délicieuses et goûtent comme du gateau au chocolat. Ouais, c’est plutôt génial.

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Voici ce dont vous avez besoin:

  • 1 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1 tass de céréales de riz soufflé
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre de cacao
  • 4 scoops de poudre protéinée végane au chocolat
  • 4 c. à soupe d’amandes éffilées
  • 1 c. à soupe de flocons de coco non-sucrés
  • 1 c. à soupe de graines de chia
  • 1 c. à thé de cannelle en poudre
  • 2 c. à soupe de beurre d’arachide
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 2 c. à thé de marmelade ou de confiture de votre choix
  • 3/4 de tasse de lait d’amande

Pour rouler: 1/2 tasse de flocons de coco non-sucrés

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Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger le beurre d’arachide, la vanille, la marmelade, et le lait d’amande dans une petite casserole. Remuer sur feu doux jusqu’à ce que le tout soit bien mélangé. Réserver.
  2. Dans un grand bol, mélanger le reste des ingrédients. Verser les ingrédients liquides, et mélanger le tout jusqu’à l’obtention d’une pâte homogène.
  3. Former des boules à l’aide d’une demie tasse du mélange et les rouler dans la noix de coco pour les rendre moins collantes. Si votre mélange est trop sec pour se tenir, ajouter un peu de lait. Conserver ces boules dans un contenant hermétique au frigo et savourez!

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C’est tellement bon! J’ai préparé ces collations en me disant qu’elles seraient parfaites pour après les entraînements, mais je dois dire qu’il va être difficile de ne pas les manger toutes d’un coup! La texture est tendre, et les céréales de riz ajoutent un petit croquant très agréable. Le goût de chocolate est intense et gourmant. La poudre de protéine ajoute un côté vraiment «gateau» et irresistible. Avec environs 13 grammes de protéines par boule, ces petites merveilles vous donneront plein d’énergie! Dites-moi si vous les essayez!

Simple tricks for better sleep \\\ Petits trucs pour mieux dormir

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I love sleeping. In fact, it has become a running joke that I take sleeping very seriously. For my defense, I just want to say that first, sleeping is awesome. It is also great for you. It gives your body a chance to recover, relax and regenerate. I find that sleeping well is also a great way to ensure that I am in a good mood, patient and creative. So, yeah, sleeping is pretty serious! Here are my few tips to help you get plenty of Z’s.

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  1. Set a routine. Having a regular sleeping pattern will help your body fall asleep quicker. This is probably the most difficult thing to set up. However, having a clear time when you know you need to stop working, cleaning up or watching TV will really help make your nights longer. I like to stop all fussing around at around 10 pm. I know that at that time, my computer will be switched off, I will be in my pj’s and getting ready for bed.
  2. Put your devices outside of your room. This has been a tremendous help in sleeping more and better. I used to use my phone as my alarm, but I also found myself spending way too much time on Instagram instead of sleeping. Now, I let my phone charge outside of my bedroom. This helps me stay away from the internet when I should be sleeping but also reduces light interference in my bedroom.
  3. Create a sleeping routine. I find that giving myself 30 minutes of reading or quiet time really helps me settle down from my day and fall asleep quicker. I make sure that this 30 minute is unconnected and quiet: I read, I talk with my boyfriend or I just relax. That way, when I turn off the lights, I’m ready to fall asleep.
  4. Use soothing smells. Lavender is your friend for this. I love using lavender essential oil to create a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. I like to put a few drops on my pillow case or right under my nose when I feel like I might be getting a cold.
  5. Get comfortable. This might sound obvious, but I feel that many people don’t take the time to set up a good assortment of pillows and covers. My boyfriend knows that my pillows are a serious affair and that they all have a different role. Well, taking the time to make sure that your pillows give you the right support will really help you sleep deeper and also make sure that you don’t wake up with sore muscles.

I hope these little tricks will help you get plenty of sleep and make your sleep better. Let me know if you have any other tricks. Happy sleeping!


J’adore dormir. En fait, c’est une blague récurrente dans ma famille que je prends mon sommeil très sérieusement. Pour ma défense, je veux simplement dire que dormir, c’est génial. Ça permet au corps de se régénérer, de relaxer et de se remettre de longues journées. Je trouve que bien dormir m’aide également à être de meilleure humeur, plus patiente, et aussi plus créative. Donc, oui, dormir c’est sérieux! Voici mes trucs pour vous aidez à bien dormir.

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  1. Créez une routine. Avoir un horaire de sommeil régulier aide vraiment à s’endormir rapidement. C’est probablement aussi la chose la plus difficile à mettre en place. Cependant, avoir une heure fixe où je sais que je dois arrêter de travailler, de ranger, ou de regarder des vidéos sur YouTube m’aide vraiment à rendre mes nuits plus longues. J’aime arrêter de m’agiter vers 10h. Je sais qu’à cette heure-là, mon ordinateur sera éteint, je serai en pyjama et prête à aller dormir.
  2. Laissez vos appareils électroniques hors de votre chambre. Ce petit truc simple m’a vraiment aidé à améliorer mon sommeil. J’utilisais mon téléphone comme de mon réveil, mais en fait, je passais beaucoup trop de temps sur Instagram au lieu de dormir. Maintenant, je charge mon téléphone à l’extérieure de ma chambre et cela m’aide beaucoup à m’endormir plus tôt tout en réduisant la quantité de lumière dans ma chambre.
  3. Créez une routine pré-nuit. Je trouve que me donner 30 minutes de calme avant de me coucher m’aide à me calmer et à me remettre de ma journée. Une fois bien relaxée je m’endors également plus vite. Je m’assure que ces 30 minutes sont déconnectées et calmes: je lis, je parle à mon copain, j’essaye de communiquer avec mon chat: bref, je relaxe. Comme ça lorsque j’éteins les lumières, je suis prête à m’endormir.
  4. Utilisez des odeurs apaisantes. La lavande est votre amie! J’adore utiliser de l’huile essentielle de lavande pour créer une atmosphère douce et relaxante. Je place quelques gouttes sur ma taie d’oreiller ou juste sous mon nez lorsque je me sens tomber malade. C’est juste magique.
  5. Soyez confortable. Ce dernier truc est peut-être évident, mais plusieurs personnes l’oublient. Mon copain sait que mes oreillers ont chacun un rôle important à jouer et un endroit précis où être. Prendre le temps de s’assurer que vos oreillers vous donne un bon support vous aidera à dormir plus profondément et aussi à vous réveiller sans douleurs dans le dos ou dans le cou.

Voilà! J’espère que ces petits trucs vous aideront à mieux dormir. Partagez vos trucs sommeil dans les commentaires! Bonne nuit!

 

Tips to stay positive \\\ Trucs pour rester positifs

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It’s this time of year again: the winter seems to drag on, Christmas is over, the next holidays are miles away, and everything seems a little bit grey and mush. As the news are not helping, I find myself having trouble staying positive. I wanted to share my tips on how to stick to the positive side of things and get going when things are hard.

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  1. Take care of your body: I find that when I’m in a sad or negative mood, the first thing that goes away is my self-care routine. I don’t want to cook, I don’t want to sleep, and I don’t want to exercise. I basically just want to binge watch shows and eat popcorn. By pushing myself to eat whole foods, to have a regular sleep schedule and to stick to my exercise routine, I generally find that my mood gets better.
  2. Stay informed but don’t dwell on the news: Like for many people, the news have been a giant source of anxiety and frustration for me in recent weeks. That’s why I have limited my intake of news. I strongly believe that it is important to stay informed and to know what exactly is going on. However, I also don’t see the value in dwelling and spending extended periods of time on the news. That’s why I just give myself 10 minutes in the morning or in the car to read the papers or listen to the radio and that’s it.
  3. Invest in yourself: Particularly when things are difficult, I think it’s a good habit to go back to our personal passions. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently picked up my calligraphy again. Giving myself time to do things that I truly enjoy are a great way to bring joy into my life.
  4. Go back to books or movies you enjoy: By this, I mean Harry Potter! For me, reading the Harry Potter books is like going back to a safe and warm place. Going through all the books again is giving my mind a rest while also lifting my mood up.
  5. Remember that you are not alone: It sometimes is really hard to remember that other people share the same positive, hopeful, compassionate and constructive ideals and values than me. If this is your case, I have two documentaries to help you see the positive sides of things, get you inspired and let you know about other people who are working to make a positive change. A Quest for Meaning and Tomorrow are amazing films. Both teams are looking for solutions and present amazing role models. I have a soft spot for Tomorrow as it really covers many spheres of society and brings alternatives for every single one. Now, that’s encouraging. Every time I watch these movies, I feel energized and ready to keep going.

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I really hope these tips help you get some positive vibes back in. Let me know if you have any tips and share them in the comments bellow. Be patient with yourself, and know that things will get better. Good luck!


C’est ce moment de l’année : l’hiver semble interminable, Noël est fini, les prochaines vacances sont vraiment loin, et tout semble un peu trop gris. Comme l’actualité n’aide vraiment pas, il peut être difficile de rester positif. Je voulais partager mes trucs pour se concentrer sur le côté positif des choses et continuer à avancer lorsque les choses sont difficiles.

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  1. Prendre soins de votre corps : Je trouve que lorsque je suis d’humeur morose ou négative, la première chose qui disparaît est ma routine bien-être. Je ne veux pas cuisiner, je ne veux pas dormir et je ne veux pas faire de l’exercice. En fait, je me contenterais bien de regarder des films toute la journée et de manger du maïs soufflé. En me poussant à manger de la nourriture de qualité, à avoir un horaire de sommeil régulier et à aller au gym, mon humeur se porte beaucoup mieux.
  2. Rester informé, sans plus : Comme pour beaucoup de gens, l’actualité des dernières semaines est une source de stress et de frustration. C’est pourquoi je limite maintenant le temps que je passe sur les nouvelles. Je suis convaincue qu’il est important de rester informé et de savoir ce qui se passe, mais sans plus. Je limite maintenant mon apport quotidien en nouvelles à une dizaine de minutes pour lire des articles ou écouter la radio, mais c’est tout.
  3. Investir en soi-même : Particulièrement lorsque les choses sont un peu plus difficiles, je pense qu’il est important de se recentrer sur nos passions. Si vous me suivez sur Instagram, vous savez que j’ai récemment recommencé à faire de la calligraphie. Me donner du temps pour faire des choses que j’aime est un moyen certain d’apporter de la joie dans ma vie.
  4. Retourner à ses livres et films préférés : Harry Potter! Pour moi, relire encore une fois cette série me ramène dans un espace réconfortant et confortable. Repasser à travers ces livres donne une pause à mon esprit et me met de bonne humeur.
  5. Se souvenir que l’on n’est pas seul : Il m’est parfois vraiment difficile de se souvenir que d’autres personnes partagent les mêmes valeurs de positivisme, d’espoir, de compassion et de changement que moi. Si c’est aussi votre cas, j’ai deux documentaires à vous proposer pour vous aider à voir le côté positif des choses, vous inspirer et vous faire rencontrer des gens qui travaillent au changement. En quête de Sens et Demain sont des films à voir. Ces deux équipes ont cherché et trouvés des solutions et nous présentent des modèles incroyables. À chaque fois que je regarde ces films, je me sens énergisée et prête à continuer.

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J’espère vraiment que ces petits trucs vous aideront à retrouver des ondes positives. Partagez vos trucs dans les commentaires et soyez patients avec vous-même. Bonne chance!