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Veggie Burgers

I have to say my meal prep game has been strong and consistent for a few years now. I’ve mastered the act of big batch cooking and it typically sets me up for a successful week.  However, while my prep work does allow me to throw together easy meals, I still do wish I was better at making recipes.

The problem with making recipes for me is that it changes my whole grocery shop and cooking routine. Right now I can mindlessly shop a grocery store getting exactly what I need for the week. But if I am shopping for a specific recipe, for some reason I will be in the grocery store for twice as long, looking for ingredients I don’t normally cook with. 

Therefore, any type of home cooking for me always means the same thing: baked chicken, roasted veggies, cooked grains and hard boiled eggs. Throw them altogether in a bowl and that’s as close to a recipe as I’ll get.

Yet now that I work from home, I feel like my beautiful, dust-covered cookbooks are just staring at me, begging me to open them and try a recipe. So the other day I picked up the Oh She Glows cookbook by vegan master chef Angela Liddon and browsed the picture perfect pages for a recipe that didn’t require me buying a whole new pantry.  

I decided to go for her veggie burgers and changed up the recipe to incorporate what I already had at home. This meant substituting breadcrumbs with my all time favourite snack, Mary’s Organic Crackers. A long with a few other tweaks, the recipe turned out delicious and at the end of the day, it wasn’t too much of a hassle to change up my grocery shopping routine. 

Veggie Burgers
Serves 8
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Prep Time
25 min
Prep Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  2. 1 cup chickpeas
  3. 1 cup red kidney beans
  4. 1 cup grated carrots
  5. 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
  6. 2 garlic cloves
  7. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  8. 3/4 cups gluten free rolled oats processed into flour
  9. 3/4 cups Mary's Organic Crackers (or other crackers of choice) processed into "bread crumbs"
  10. 2 tablespoons tamari
  11. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  13. 1 teaspoon cumin
  14. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flaxseed with 1/3 cup warm water and set aside until thickened.
  3. In large bowl combine all ingredients with flaxseed mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Form 8 patties out of the mixture with wet hands to avoid stickiness.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown, flip and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes.
Adapted from Oh She Glows "Our Perfect Veggie Burger"
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January Favourites

I’m back with a new installment of my monthly favourites and I’m so excited to share more about the products that I picked for January! 

I always feel compelled to reiterate that I am not paid to write any of this and I would never promote a product that I don’t actually love or use. Every now and then some of the products are gifted but I will point out which ones and I just want to say I am so grateful to be able to try out new things and share them with you. 

This month has been all about lifestyle changes for me, as I transitioned from working corporate, to traveling for a month, to becoming self-employed. I’ve now somewhat settled into a new routine – or at least I have a better idea of what I want that routine to look like – and I’ve come to rely on some of the products below.

Favourite On-The-Go Snack

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+ Bar 

    

When I pictured myself working from home, I always got excited about the idea of having more time to whip up delicious meals in my kitchen however that is just not the reality of my new situation. I am always on the go, traveling from the studio, to a client’s home, to a lunch meeting. Often times this means my next meal or snack is usually eaten in the car. I’ve come to rely on Genuine Health‘s fermented protein bars, which I had the opportunity to first try at a fitness class they hosted in November. I find them extremely filling which is my number one criteria for an on-the-go snack plus they are GMO free and the fermented protein supports digestive health. They are also delicious and do not have that dense, chalky protein taste to them. I would highly recommend if you are looking to change up your snack bar game.

Favourite Health Food Beauty Hack

Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

I have two jars of coconut oil at home. One in my pantry, one in my bathroom and I definitely use the one in the bathroom way more often. Let’s forget cooking and just focus on the reason this jar takes up prime real estate in the ensuite. First of all, it is the only product that properly takes off my eye makeup. Until I started using coconut oil as makeup remover, I found my eyeliner and mascara would never properly come off and I would still get black streaks after washing my face the second time that day or night. Just dip a Q-tip in the jar –  you don’t need very much to get every last bit of black off your eyes. I also use my coconut oil for my cuticles. Coming back to this freezing winter after 4 weeks in a hot climate didn’t exactly do wonders for my skin or nails so I have been lathering the oil on my cuticles before bed every night. It has been making such a difference and I’m getting less and less of those annoying and painful little cuts around the nail beds.

Favourite Read 

Breaking Vegan by Jordan Younger 

I had been following “The Blonde Vegan” and then subsequently “The Balanced Blonde,” Jordan Younger’s handle,  on Instagram for a while when I saw this book came out. I felt compelled to buy it not because I was ever a vegan or even a vegetarian but because the concept of Orthorexia fascinated me. Orthorexia is defined as “an obsession with eating foods that are healthy.” It is essentially a disordered way of eating when an individual becomes so obsessed with only eating things they consider healthy, that they become afraid to eat most foods. This is what happened to Jordan who realized veganism was not only controlling her  life but causing her to develop a negative relationship to food. Her struggle and successful overcoming of orthorexia was interesting but what really drew me into the book was how she found a balanced approach to eating. Balance is something I struggle with every day and I know will continue to be a challenge for me. Jordan also goes into great detail about how she started her website and pursued blogging full time so this was definitely the perfect book for me.

Favourite Winter Workout Gear

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew

Probably my favourite part of pursuing fitness full time is I get to dress in activewear all day. Seriously, nothing makes me happier! I normally teach my spin classes in a sports bra and tights but when I am personal training, or doing my own workouts, I thankfully don’t get nearly as sweaty and can cover up a bit more.  This Lululemon long sleeve has been perfect for training clients in the winter as it keeps me warm but is still tight enough to show my muscles and proper form in exercises. I have one in grey and one in black and I always feel chic pairing it with long running tights and sneakers. And now that I am doing this full time I think I have an excuse to buy a third colour, right?

Favourite Clean Beauty Product 

Bamboo Makeup Remover Wipes

As I mentioned I have been so lucky to receive new and exciting products from some amazing companies. Prior to my month-long trip, Boo Bamboo, a Toronto-based company that sells all natural, personal care products reached out to me about sending me off with some of their items to try while I was away. Strapped for space and in need of a good travel face cleanser, I opted to take a few packs of their makeup remover wipes with me. To be completely honest I did not wear makeup while I was away so I cannot fully speak to their makeup removing abilities, however I used the wipes daily to cleanse my face. Whether I was on the beach or in an airport, I felt so good knowing I was using an all natural product that contained vitamin E antioxidants. I was super impressed with how the packaging held up –  the reusable container actually kept the wipes moist the entire time. Since I have been home, I continue to use the face wipes after I teach spin classes, to quickly get rid of the sweat. I have also started using their all natural shower gel and am happy with it so far. 

Since I love supporting local brands, especially one’s who promote a clean and healthy lifestyle, I have partnered up with Boo Bamboo for the chance to give one lucky Instagram follower a package of their best products, including: Shampoo, Conditioner, Revitalizing Hair Treatment, Face Wash, Face Lotion, & Makeup Remover Wipes. All you have to do is head on over to my Instagram, follow @kale_and_krunches and @boobambooproducts and tag 3 friends in the comments. All of these products could be yours! Giveaway closes Friday. 

A New York Minute with Old Navy

When I transitioned from my corporate job in real estate to full-time fitness instructing, personal training and health coaching, there were some lifestyle changes that came with the territory of pursuing my passion, which I expected, and other changes that I was simply unprepared for.

Working longer hours, expected. A smaller paycheque, expected.
 
But the amount of times I have to change my clothes in one day? Well for some reason, I just never seemed to consider that. And let me tell you, when you go from training a client, to a business meeting, to teaching a super sweaty spin class…let’s just say, I am changing in and out of workout clothes a lot
 
While there are some cons to this, such as my actively growing laundry pile, there are also many pros, like having a good excuse to buy lots and lots of activewear. 
 
But that smaller paycheque and buying new workout gear don’t always mesh well. So when Old Navy approached me to try out their new activewear line, I jumped (both figuratively and literally) on the opportunity. 
 
I’ve always been a fan of Old Navy‘s classic, comfortable and most importantly affordable styles so I knew this invitation could not have come at a better time. 
 
The cherry on top was that we were celebrating the launch of #oldnavyactive in New York, so off I went with fellow blogger Meghan Yuri Young to try out Old Navy‘s new gear in the Big Apple.
 
  As a full-time spinning instructor, I know the ultimate test to any workout gear is a spin class because I get just as sweaty on the bike as most people do in hot yoga! So when we went to Soul Cycle on our first night in New York I knew I would be putting my new Old Navy outfit to work.
 
I chose to wear the Go-Dry High-Rise Mesh-Panel Compression Tights as I prefer a high waist band while I ride and the Go-Dry Seamless Light Support Sports Bra on top – in cute, bright colours of course. Aside from feeling good walking into the studio, I was incredibly happy with how the fabric held up during class as well. I felt comfortable on the bike and the sweat absorption was on point. 

Wearing: Old Navy Active Go-Dry High-Rise Mesh-Panel Compression Tights for Women and Go-Dry Loose-Fit Hooded Tunic for Women

Wearing: Go-Dry Seamless Light Support Sports Bra for Women

 The following day we attended the official launch of #oldnavyactive which was like Disneyland for fitness! Complete with a trampoline, hula hoops, workout equipment, cold pressed juices and a glam bar, I was seriously in heaven. 

Wearing: Go-Dry Mid-Rise Fitted Running Tights for Women and Go-Dry Performance 1/4 Zip Pullover for Women

 As if the activities and food were not enough, there was also an adorable “pop-up shop” showcasing all of the current and upcoming pieces in the Old Navy Active collection. From inspirational quotes to pink and purple florals, the clothing in the spring-inspired line was not only beautiful but extremely motivational.
 
In addition to the price, my favourite thing about Old Navy Active is the functionality of the clothes, which can transition me from workout class to lunch date to business meeting. For example I love that I can throw on my Go-Warm Front-Wrap Fleece Hoodie over my leggings and a sports bra for a simple but cute look that serves my fitness training and the rest of my day-to-day activities. 
When asked who the ultimate Old Navy Active customer is,  Lauren Guthrie, General Manager of Old Navy Performance Active says

” Our shopper is someone who’s always on-the-go and is fully committed to a healthy lifestyle by keeping active.  She looks for functional pieces that are stylish enough to extend beyond the gym, and that can easily mix with the rest of her wardrobe.”

That is exactly what the new gear embodies and why the brand resonates with me. It also helps that the colours and designs are both beautiful and inspirational. And after all, what is more motivating to get you active than new workout gear?
 
Thank you Old Navy for the incredible New York minute and I look forward to continuing to run around and sweat it out in my #oldnavyactive gear. Be sure to check out the new line at your local Old Navy or online