ITS 🌱ASPARAGUS 🌱SEASON. Let's party. 🌱⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ I am so passionate about eating seasonly! Why?!⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ We all want food that tastes great right? Well food tastes the BEST when its ripe and grown locally! Asparagus in season is a buttery earthy dream vegetable! Asparagus in the middle of winter flown halfway around the world tastes like literal nothing. CRUNCHY AIR. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Seasonal food is also bursting with nutrients as it gets to ripen as Mother Nature intended it to! ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Mother nature IS SO SMART and she ripens foods during the seasons that our bodies need them. Berries are ready in the summer because they are full of antioxidants that help our bodies fight off the UV rays from our favourite ball of fire in the sky. Melons are full of water to keep us cool. Squashes in the FALL are full of nutrients to boost our immune systems since its flu season! BRILLIANT hey?!⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ It's so tricky to know whats in season at a normal grocery store these days. So head over to to your local farmers market and enjoy the good food vibes! @calgaryfarmersmarket⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Whats your fave summer fruit or vegetable?!
Banana ✨ Energy ✨ Bites. These are a ten! ⠀ ⠀⠀ I quite literally cant keep these in my kitchen for more than 4 hours after making them! Get in my belly you crispy banana chips! Yup they are meant for workout boosts of energy, and would be perfect for that!! They are also perfect for “I want banana chews 🤷♀️”⠀ ⠀⠀ From #runfasteatslow Cookbook by⠀⠀ @shalaneflanagan and @elysekopecky Thank you ladies for the deliciousness!! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
STUFFED & SAUCED SWEET POTATOES ⠀ These delights are from the fabulous @minimalistbaker cookbook. I stumbled upon them thanks to @thefirstmess ☺⠀ ◊⠀ Can someone tell me if the orange potatoes are sweet potatoes or yams? Guys I went to culinary school an I'm not afraid to say...I still have no freaking clue. 🤦♀️I was at the grocery store this week and it was labelled : yams/sweet potatoes! Every person I've ever asked has a different opinion. Hit me with some knowledge below if you have it puh-lease ⠀
I ✨love ✨oatmeal ✨raisin ✨cookies! ⠀⠀ These energy balls were inspired by its cookie cousin except these tasty little balls of snack heaven are full of healthy omega 3 rich fats to support your nervous system and brain!!⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ 1 cup dry oats⠀⠀ 1/4 cup raisins⠀⠀ 1/4 cup chopped pecans⠀⠀ 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut⠀⠀ 1/4 cup almond butter⠀⠀ 1/4 cup honey⠀⠀ 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon⠀⠀ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract⠀⠀ Pinch of salt⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀⠀ In a medium bowl combine oats, raisins, chopped pecans and coconut. In a separate medium bowl combine almond butter, honey (may need to melt if crystallized), cinnamon, vanilla and⠀⠀ salt. Stir to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. The mixture should be sticky! Refrigerate for 30 minutes, Scoop Scoop Scoop it up and roll it in your hands to make balls whatever size your heart desires! Honestly, double or triple this recipe. TRUST ME. ◊⠀⠀ Now The best part: ENJOY. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Give me a 🙌 if oatmeal raisin cookies are your fave too!
Do you crave a sweets in the evenings? I do. Like clockwork. ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ Do you want something that will take you 5 mins to make and be waiting for you in your freezer? Heck yes!⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ I'm limited on energy these days, so I am drawn towards easy simple recipes! This is my current fave. ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ Dual use. To my athlete friends out there this is the perfect snack to keep your energy up during workouts! ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ Here we go: ⠀⠀ Pit your dates. ⠀⠀ Fill with nut butter of choice (I like almond hazelnut). ⠀⠀ Sprinkle with cinnamon.⠀⠀ Store in the freezer and when you eat them they taste like caramels! ⠀⠀ BAM! 🙌⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ This is a winner. Tag me and let me know if you make them! I love happy faces enjoying happy guilt free treats that make you feel epic!
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This✨Moment ✨Was ✨Magic ✨⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ We drank morning coffee that was STEAMING in the cold morning air. We sat in silence and watched the sun rise over mountains that were so gorgeous and imposing they cant help but make you reflect and go inwards. There was no service here, which meant that no cellphones were taking our attention. Nothing was dinging notifications at us. There was nothing to do but sit here and breathe. How beautiful. How important for our bodies and minds. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Throwing it back to our last Sister adventure @noellekjones two years ago! ACK We are overdue to eat snacks in the outdoors! ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ What small moments of magic have you experienced recently?
A story from the archives! ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Two years ago while @noellekjones and I were camping in the BC backcountry we met a man named Yuki from Switzerland. Yuki had been travelling the world solo for the last TWO YEARS paragliding off cliff faces! We swapped stories of travel adventures over wine in camping mugs and late night crickets chirping. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ The next morning we were standing in the water early morning, sipping on lukewarm tea, watching the sun rise and taking in the moment. Yuki said "you guys look like an add for Canada, you need a photo of this".⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ I loved that. I am so proud of this country, its people and its beauty and the freedoms that it provides me. I hope that everywhere I travel around the world I exude a little bit of Canada, of our countries awesomeness and charm.⠀⠀
Stars on ice needed an extra this weekend, so I offered my extreme skating talents, one on-ice sport should transfer to another seamlessly right? @starsonice debut! 😂🤣⠀ ◊⠀⠀ I love these humans from my @teamcanada family. Their hearts make my heart feel full and happy and whole and they give the best hugs. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ It's important for you to go watch my story and watch me and @apoje in action for a laugh! ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ @cbc.sports @olympicchannel I strongly feel we should do a series of team canada athletes trying each others sports. Im in to host and take a few tumbles. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
This is what the morning after an episode looks like for me. See last post for context. ⠀ •⠀ Potion one: charcoal to bind to the toxins. ⠀ •⠀ Potion too: Kombucha to try and fill my body with good fermented probiotics. 70% of your immune system lives in your gut. Thanks @tru_buch ⠀ •⠀ Potion three: fresh green juice to try and fuel my body with critical nutrients that my immune system needs to function, when I am too nauseous to eat. ⠀ •⠀ The real hero, my knight in shining armour, Jeffers. Who spends the entire night holding my hand and carrying me into the bath and sitting by my side. Who wakes up and make all of the drinks for me when I can barely move. Thats love. ⠀ • ⠀ #lymedontkillmyvibe #whenlifegivesyoulyme #yycliving
What the hell is on my tongue!? ⠀ ∆⠀ Real life isn't all swimsuits on the beach. This is real life too. This what real life looked like three weeks ago after I'd spent the entire night shaking sobbing harder than I've ever cried before, out of fear and out of pain. Because my body hurt so badly it felt like my spine was breaking again. Because it felt like my heart was going to beat right out of my chest or maybe stop altogether. Because I couldn't get a full breathe and felt like I was drowning. My hair is in frazzles because I was drenched in sweat all night as my body went into full fever panic mode. I am wearing a silk robe because I can't bare to have clothes touching my skin where my nerves feel like they are on fire. ⠀ ∆⠀ What the hell is on my tongue? When the lyme is dying it releases bio-toxins into your body and my body cannot detox them fast enough and I literally feel TOXIC. It feels like my insides are swollen and my blood is sludgy. One of the techniques that helps is to drink activated coconut charcoal which helps to bind to the toxins and pull them out of your body. It also makes you look like this. ∆⠀ To the person living in the trenches of pain right now. Physical pain, emotional pain, spiritual pain. You will get through this. You will crawl your way out. Your body will have good days again where you feel in control. But if you are deep in the throws of despair, this is your reminder to give yourself all the self love and compassion you have. You deserve it. We can do hard things. #lymedontkillmyvibe #whenlifegivesyoulymes⠀
This is not your typical bath wellness selfie. This bath is my survival. ⠀ •⠀ This is the real life side of Lyme right now. Some days I honestly spend the majority of my day living in the bath. ⠀ •⠀ Right now life flips like a switch. I can have a string of good days, where I can cook up a storm in my kitchen trialing recipes, cooking for NHL players and planning nutrition courses and them BAM just like that an episode will hit. It's like being hit by a train. Lyme doesn't care if I have plans. Lyme doesn't care if I have deadlines to meet. It stops me right in my tracks. My energy is GONE and all I can do with my brain fog and my painful achy body that feels like my bones are breaking is sit in the bath and focus on breathing. ⠀ •⠀ I am someone who's brain is ALWAYS going 100 miles a minute with ideas, plans, reading, writing, listening to podcasts, thinking of the world works. ⠀ •⠀ When I get an lyme episode the brain fog is so bad I completely loose track of time. Jeff came home and asked me how long I'd been in the bath for; I asked him "what time is it"? Turns out I'd been there for 3 hours. I didn't read. I didn't listen to a podcast. I had been starring at the tiles in nothingness and periodically falling asleep and adding more hot water. This is my sometimes reality. •⠀ Shoutout to @rockymountainsoapco for making the most luxurious bath bombs full of calming essential oils and real ingredients like oats and seaweed. To @barefootvenus who's bath salts smell like pure heaven and it's real powerful spices help my body detox the scary biotoxins coursing through my body. ⠀ •⠀ Random fact, just because something marketed as healthy or "natural" doesn’t mean it’s true. Most bath bombs out there are full of chemical additives, food colouring and toxins that you are just absorbing into your skin. Ew no. ⠀
"Life Changing Loaf of Bread" from @mynewroots . I adore this bread!! Its GF/DF and reminds me of the more dense European rye breads I used to devour while travelling. ⠀ •⠀ I think life is more fun outside the box, so I baked it in small circle loaves instead and topped with @spreadem_kitchen herb and garlic cashew cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil! NOM. ⠀ ⠀
This is not what you think. ⠀ I bet you thought this was a weekly meal prep shot. Wrong. •⠀ What would be 3 fabulous meals for me, is literally one single meal for a NHL player to take on the plane with him! Combined with me not having any to go containers big enough sooooo here ya go! 😂 •⠀ Shout out to the girls at @raweateryandmarket for hooking me up with some compostable to go containers in a pinch!! ⠀ •⠀ While we're at it, anyone have any fave bento box lunch TO GO containers they adore and recommend? ⠀
Because even big tough NHL players deserve beautiful plating! ⠀ •⠀ I had a blast cooking for some NHL guys the last few weeks and testing out my arsenal of recipes! I love recipes that are passed on through generations. This egg salad is not the gross picnic egg salad of your childhood. ⠀ •⠀ This recipe is from my Godmother, and potato/egg salad is practically a religion in Denmark. Made from local potatoes, organic eggs which are high in Omega 3s for your brain and vitamin D. ⠀ •⠀ Fun fact, you can tell if eggs have more vitamin D if the yolks are bright yellow/orange, they get this way from the chickens absorbing sunlight through their eyes while roaming around OUTSIDE! ⠀ ⠀
Aloha! Heading to #hawaii? This is for YOU! Part 2: ⠀ ≈⠀ Listen up. This is what you need to do on a Saturday. Surf, or at least go for a dip! What better way to start your day than an early morning dip in the healing salt water?? Then get your butt to the @upcountryfarmersmarket !It is my literal heart happy place. This food HAS GOOD VIBES YALL.⠀ Ask Dave how his chickens are doing, it'll warm your heart. You know your food is local, seasonal, fresh and organic when you're egg farmers tells you he's got less eggs this week since the chickens didn't much like the rain! ⠀ ≈⠀ Take your fresh coconut water, rambutans and fresh mango muffins from the market and head back to Baldwin beach. On Saturday mornings they have kids boogie board contests and it is literally SO impressive! ⠀ ≈⠀ More of my life is spent eating than shopping BUT... while you're in Paia go visit @fafaloha she crafts the most gorgeous black pearl jewelry I've EVER seen. ⠀ ≈⠀ I spend most of my time in #Maui cooking fresh dinners from the market BUT if I am going to go for dinner, you've got to hit up Chef Sheldon Simeon (@chefwonder ) @lineagemaui and experience a modern day twist on Hawaiian cultural foods and #eatdrinktalkstory! Ironically, I first tasted his Hawaiian creations on the opposite coast in NYC at the @saveurmag test kitchen! ⠀ ≈⠀ Lastly head to @ripcurl_women for bathing suits. I can only speak for myself and my body type but I adore @ripcurl_canada bathing suits. Jeff and I both exclusively buy our suits here as soon as we arrive! I am not the lay in the sun and chill girl. I'm the "rolled around in the sand, snorkelled, surfed and adventured into the forest bathing suit wearer". I don't need to re-live the "playing in the big waves on a public beach and coming up for air and realizing I'm naked" again! I want bathing suits that are cute, can live up to my every adventure, stay ON while surfing and can live through the sun, sand and sunscreen life. For me, they are the only ones that have lived up to my high expectations! ⠀ ≈⠀ I love new adventures, so if you've got some insider knowledge to add to my Maui list, please please please tell me below! ≈⠀ Mahalo
Aloha! You're going to want to save this post! People heading to Maui always ask me for my to do's, so here we go... ⠀ ≈⠀ I feel so fortunate to have spent so much time in Hawaii and I'm not going to lie to you, I've scoped out a lot of gems! If you're headed to Maui anytime in the future...this is for you! ⠀ ≈⠀ I'll go far out of my way to eat good food, these are a must hit up! Most of my food focused faves are in Paia and Makawao...⠀ ≈⠀ Secret back patios ARE MY JAM. @paiabowls is the best little outdoor spot in the shade with smoothie bowls of your dreams! @paiabaycoffee secret patio is a must hit up for their modern cocktails and live music! ⠀ ≈⠀ If you want epic foods, snacks, local produce and fresh local fish caught that morning hit up @manafoods ! This seems odd to recommend a grocery store, but for someone that visits A LOT of them, this one is hidden, unassuming and the best one I've ever been to. ALL THE BESSSST FOOOOOODS! ⠀ ≈⠀ Lunch at @choicehealthbar for veg burrito bowls, acai bowls, hibiscus tacos and swoon-worthy passionfruit coconut desserts.⠀ ≈⠀ If you're up to explore a little further, or on your way to Hana, stop in Haiku at @mauikombucha and give your belly the love it deserves with some REAL LOCAL booch baby. Did I mention booch flights? heck yes. ⠀ ≈⠀ I'm not going to lie to you, you're going to need more than one day to eat all this food. And you're worth it! ⠀ ≈⠀ Stay tuned for part two...⠀ ⠀
I spent years in the gym doing workouts that I didn’t particularly love. They all held their place in working towards that Olympic goal--but that doesn't mean they're weren't were some workouts I certainly disliked more than others. ⠀ •⠀ I recently started asking myself what kind of movement do I just love? When you exercise by doing an activity that you love, it no longer seems like work, it’s play!⠀ •⠀ I realized I just ADORE swimming! Swimming is very meditative to me. It’s quiet, all you hear is the sound of water splashing and your breathing, counting strokes in your head. I also love swimming ALONE. Sharing is caring and all that, but I don’t like sharing my lanes 🙊😂 and for the month I was in Hawaii, there was NO ONE in this pool besides me, winning!! Look how freaking gorgeous it is. ⠀ •⠀ So beyond grateful for this. ⠀ •⠀ What activities do you love, that feel like pure play to you!? ⠀ ⠀
She's one of the smallest humans (in stature) I know, with one of the biggest most radiant personalities. Her laughter is PURE CONTAGIOUS: @paigehlawrence •⠀ She is one of my YES friends. When I say things like "Can we go climb a tree and have a snack in it?" Her answer is a "Yes of course! You bring the snacks!" without any second thought to how crazy that sounds! We are currently planning our sleep in a tree night... anyone with suggestions is very much appreciated, we honestly have no idea what were doing here!⠀ •⠀ Even though it meant I was the first one to bed every night, I wouldn't have missed hopping a plane to Phoenix to celebrate her for the world! ⠀ •⠀ ALSO, why don't more bars/restaurants have tire SWINGS in them!? ⠀
I have no idea why, but it seems like the lymies in my body love the heat! Every time I'm in the heat my symptoms tend to dissipate! I have no idea why. What I do know is that I think you can tell how happy I am here by the look of PURE CONTENT on my face to have escaped Calgary Winter a few weeks ago for a quick Phoenix heat blast! ⠀ ⠀ I think all this pool needs is a fewwwww MORE FLOATIES 😂, amiright!?⠀ ⠀ #champcamp
In 2017, it was estimated that Americans throw away 500 million plastic straws PER DAY and that if this alarming rate continues, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. I am super passionate about living a #zerowaste life and have been making slow and steady changes in my home/kitchen/lifestyle to create zero waste, toxin free living, usin’ reusables in every direction over here! The first and easiest way to start? STOP USING PLASTIC STRAWS. Enough already. If you need more motivation watch the horrific video of the sea turtle with a plastic straw up his nose. ⠀ • SO, it's time to either quit straws altogether (#StopSucking), or jump on the reusable straw bandwagon. I wrote an article for @saveurmag and featured my favourite reusable straws crafted from stainless steel (@kleankanteen _finalstraw_), glass (@simplystraws), silicone (@koffiestraw), or bamboo (@buluhlove). ⠀• Check the link in bio! What are your fave reusable kitchen items?? #SuckResponsibly! 🎉 #BreakFreeFromPlastic #TimeForChange, it’s our #PlanetOrPlastic, and let’s face it, #PlasticSucks⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Yupp I missed posting this on earth day. Why? Because I wasn’t concerned with posting on social media and I was concerned with BEING outside. Earth day should be every damn day. Thank you Mother Nature for everything you have taught me. ⠀ ⠀ #earthdayeveryday ⠀
“I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.⠀ ⠀ It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.” ⠀ ⠀ ― Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See⠀ ⠀ 📸 @johannagouw
More things people didn’t know about me... I love waterfalls SO much. ⠀ •⠀ They make me brilliantly happy. I love swimming in them. Laughing by them. Kissing @christieluge near them☺️. And I truly feel that snacks taste better when enjoyed at the base of them. ⠀ •⠀ Maybe it’s always been a part of me? I have this crystal clear memory of being a child of maybe 8 years old, being in the backseat of the car and asking my mom to keep replaying the song "don’t go chasing waterfalls". Not because I was actually listening to the lyrics AT ALL. But I liked sitting in the car day dreaming of chasing waterfalls. ⠀ •⠀ This is Waimoku falls. Such a beautiful name right? Not so fast. ⠀ •⠀ That’s what I thought too, until I read a small plaque near the falls with it's definition: Waimoku can mean water that cuts, severs, amputates or breaks in two as this stream does after heavy rain. 😬 •⠀ Well that will certainly get you to take a waterfall seriously!! ⠀ •⠀ What are your funny/brave waterfall stories, waterfall adventure recommendations, favourite around the world falls locations? Go... ⠀
⠀ Part deux. It’s taken 1035 days for me to understand why my body is rebelling against me. I found out two weeks ago, I have Lyme. ⠀ •⠀ I am taking this huge scary leap of faith and sharing this vulnerable side. Do you know how high my HR went while pressing post to this? Full Fear. Sharing fun places I’ve been travelling to and delicious food I’m cooking is easy. This is hard. ⠀ •⠀ Why have I decided to share this? We share out lives in these 9 little squares at a time. I think social media has the ability to empower, inspire and connect people OR the ability to alienate each other where we all think everyones lives look perfect, feel down on ourselves, lower our self-confidence and start down the deep hole of the compare and judge game. I am in a full fledged effort to use the squares for good. To be as real and authentic I can.⠀ •⠀ I feel that one of my best qualities is that I am the eternal optimist. I can find the silver lining, a new direction and an inspired motivation in most bad situations. Which is why my favourite book is @ryanholiday The Obstacle Is The Way. However, the last three years of this lyme journey is the very first time in my life that I have garnered no positives out of it. It's been hell. It ended my sport career. It made people think I was crazy while I was in so much pain. Every day I feel intense loneliness, fear and panic at some point in the day. In the blink of an eye I lost the ability to workout and move and explore the world in the ways that makes me happiest. So far I haven’t been able to find much good. So here goes a try. I hope by sharing my story I can help others struggling through..chronic illness, pain, disease, life in general...find some hope, inspiration, support or connection. If my story and journey can help anyone maybe that will be the good that comes out of it. 🍈 #lymedontkillmyvibe #whenlifegivesyoulymes #Lyme⠀