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It’s true, I’m a vegan protein powder junkie.  After years of downing whey protein powders that left me feeling heavy and bloated, plant-based were a miracle for me.

I was really excited when I was sent a tub of PlantFusion Protein Powder in Vanilla Bean to review.

I admit at first I was a bit skeptical, is there really anything I could like more then my beloved Sunwarrior

As it turns out, I like this product almost as much!

PlantFusion is a plant-based blend of pea protein isolate, artichoke powder, organic sprouted amaranth powder and organic sprouted quinoa powder with added enzymes to help with digestion.

It is soy and gluten free and ground into an almost dust-like powder which makes it blend beautifully in a smoothie.  In one scoop there is 21g of high quality protein!  The only single downsize is that it’s not raw, however I can overlook that.

Price – MSRP for 1lb is US $26.99 and 2 lb is US $42.99

Availability – available to order online, soon to be launched in Canada in the coming weeks

I would love to see the company expand into energy bars because I think they would be a great addition.

It is obvious that the PlantFusion company pride themselves on high-quality products and their protein powder is an excellent example of that.

Try PlantFusion protein powder in this smoothie:

The Pomtini Smoothie

Ingredients

1 scoop PlantFusion protein powder in Vanilla Bean
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup pomegranate arils
1/3 cup frozen cherries
juice of 1/2 lime
2 cups (or 1 small carton) of VitaCoco Coconut water with Acai and Pomegranate

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth

Sylvester Stallone, I loved you in Rambo, the Expendables and of course, Rocky.

You, at 65 remain one of Hollywood’s most charming, funny and physically fit actors and one of my personal favourites.

Until I came across this…

Stallone brand Protein Pudding.  Ugh. 

I get it, Sly I do.  You’re ripped, you want to help guys get ripped too but seriously?  Couldn’t you have just come out with a workout DVD or something?

The ingredients list is scarier then your role in Cobra.  No offense.

Milk Chocolate Ingredients: Water, calcium caseinate (a milk derivative), soy protein isolate, cocoa (processed with alkali), soybean oil, sodium chloride, dipotassium phosphate, carrageenan, dextrose, tricalcium phosphate, sucralose and acesulfame potassium.

Sorry, Sly, but I think you’re better at acting then at food preparation.  It’s cool, we all have our strengths right?

So I created a protein pudding that is easy, tasty and with whole-food ingredients you can pronounce.  It would make a perfect pre or post-workout meal.

Stallone-Styles Choco-Cado Protein Pudding

Ingredients

1 avocado
1 scoop Sunwarrior Chocolate Protein Powder
1 tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp water or non-dairy milk
pinch of cinnamon

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until thoroughly mixed.
2. Chill in refrigerator for 30 mins and serve.

 

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Hi guys! 

I am super excited to launch my new guest blogger series entitled My Favourite Vegan.  If you recall I have recently transitioned back to a vegan diet and I wanted to showcase some of the amazing and influential vegans who I find inspiring. 

I sent out a list of questions to my favourite vegans and they kindly responded with their answers.  Every Tuesday stay tuned for a new vegan guest!

My first favourite vegan is Ange of Hol : Fit.  Ange is a Personal Trainer, student of Holistic Nutrition and a vegan mommy to her beautiful daughter. 

When/how did you become vegan?

I became vegan in Jan 2010 after a year of eating vegetarian and feeling great. My daughter was 6 months old at the time & was beginning to eat more foods so I really wanted to start her off on the right track. I did a ton of research on how to raise a vegan child and felt confident about my choice. I continued to breastfeed her up to 21 months old to ensure that she received the necessary levels of supplementation that I take (such as B12, iron & vit D)

What is your favourite vegan meal?

Hands down would be Butternut Squash Mac n Cheeze with grilled tempeh mixed in. Way better than the old Kraft Dinner and so good for you!

What does "vegan" and being vegan mean to you?

It’s a compassionate, peaceful way of living not only in the effects it has on the environment & the animals, but in our digestive system. I right away felt more peaceful when I ate vegan food and didn’t have to worry about yucky hormones floating through my body!

Your favourite kitchen staples (ie ingredients, tools and gadgets etc)

Key ingredients would be: nutritional yeast for making a killer cheeze sauce, almonds for making mil & various nuts & seeds (love hemp) for sprinkling on toast, salads & main dishes. Fave gadgets are: food spiralizer for making zucchini noodles, my Blendtec Blender for daily smoothies, mandolin slicer for easy salads, a garlic press & a lemon squeezer for daily lemon water!

Top 3 favourite resources (ie books, websites, blogs, people)

I love the books & podcasts by Colleen Patrick Goudreau of Compassionate Cooks, Oh She Glows for amazing vegan baking inspiration, Brendan Brazier of the Vega Company for his amazing products & books.

Any advice to vegans or those thinking of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle?

Do your research and know that it’s not a diet all about eating processed carbs. You may experience alot of pushback by friends & fam, but just understand that it’s what they don’t know that makes them fear you’re not making a wise decision. There are many false understandings out there and at the end of the day people are going to project their own fears on you because it means they aren’t ready to make conscious choices about there eating yet.

There are so many delish ways to get your protein in, and you also have to be diligent about getting your levels of B12 & iron tested because those are 2 things that are harder to get through a vegan diet. BUT, that is all you will have to worry about and before you know it you’ll be dazzling your friends & fam with dishes they’ll never believe are vegan!

Check-out Hol : Fit’s March newsletter here:

You can also follow Ange on Twitter and Facebook.

Around these parts, February is considered heart health month.  Before I even launch into this post I want to advise that I am NOT a Medical Professional nor am I a Registered Holistic Nutritionist yet so I am not able to give out health advice. 

Instead I have a few tips on how to make small adjustments in your daily life to keep your ticker ticking optimally and keep you living a long and fruitful life!

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1. Exercise

Exercising gets your heart rate up and helps to keep your heart strong and healthy.

The new Canadian standards for exercise (according to the Public Health Agency of Canada) suggest a minimum of 150 minutes per week, that works out to about 20 minutes a day.  You can do that right?

If the idea of joining a gym scares you or you can’t can’t afford to go to boxing classes there are so many other options available that saying you can’t exercise just becomes an excuse.  Many yoga studios have karma classes where you can take a class for a small fee that usually benefits a charity, bootcamps can be motivational and you can go with a friend, workout DVDs that you can borrow from the library, check craigslist for workout equipment or simply go outside for a walk…the possibilities are endless.

2. Adopt a plant-based diet, if not full-time then part-time

On today’s episode of Oprah, she and her staff went vegan for 1 week.  Some of my co-workers are trying out vegetarianism.  This past year, Bill Clinton went on a mostly vegan diet for heart health.  A plant-based diet doesn’t mean existing on tofu and seeds.  There are so many great alternatives such as quinoa, millet, brown rice, kale, beets, sweet potatoes, walnuts, lentils…the bookstore, library and internet are full of amazing recipes to help inspire you. 

In general animal-based foods are much higher in saturated fats then plant foods and a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease.

If giving up meat all together doesn’t appeal to you, hey that’s cool.  Just make smart choices, choose organic and local meats.  The quality is better and knowing that the animals were treated humanely will make your heart feel good.  Try 1 or 2 days per week where you go meatless, you’ll save on your groceries, help the environment and your heart.

3. Regular check-ups with your Medical Professional

Please don’t be scared of the doctor’s office, a yearly physical isn’t so bad.   It’s 1 hour of your life once a year.  Sure it’s awkward and intimate but it’s better to find out where you’re at health-wise then live in the dark.  Also, be an advocate for yourself, if you have questions, ask them.  If something doesn’t sound right, never be afraid to get a second or third opinion, you  know your body the best.

4. Meditation and yoga

Having stress in your life is normal and mostly unavoidable.  But there is a huge difference between manageable stress and stress which consumes you and becomes unhealthy.  This takes a major toll on your heart.  Through meditation and yoga you create positive effects on the body by creating a calm and peaceful state of being.  Try to incorporate some form of this into your weekly routine.

I’d like to point out here that there is no such thing as being “good” at meditation and yoga.  It is a deeply personal and spiritual practice and while you might look around the room and compare yourself to the person beside you who has effortlessly folded themselves into a pretzel and you can’t touch your toes, fear not.  If you are focusing on this then this becomes stretching and not yoga.  Focus on yourself and creating peace  and harmony in your mind and body and worry about nothing else.

5. Have fun, create balance, give love

Creating balance in your life between work and play is perhaps the most important of all these points.  Revel in all life has to offer – eat a piece of dark chocolate, go to a concert with friends, nap on the couch with your kids.  Find whatever it is that warms your heart and enjoy it.

How do you keep your heart healthy?

NOTE – Please consult with your Naturopath or Medical Doctor before starting any fitness regime, altering your diet or changing your medication.

When I saw Tosca Reno on saturday, she shared some simple and easy tips to improve your health and wellness.  I wanted to pass them along:

  • Have 2 tbsp of ground flax every day to help elimination (this is a much nicer way of saying you know what)
  • Drink 2-3L of water a day
  • Identify sugars in food and know what to avoid
  • Have 1 cup of steamed broccoli (helps with sexual health)
  • Train your glutes!  This one I  loved, what she means is that your glutes are one of your biggest muscle groups so by training them you will up your metabolism and burn calories more efficiently.  And really, who doesn’t want a good butt?

She announced that soon she will be turning 51!  Amazing!

*Please note, I am not a nutrition professional.  Consult with your Naturopath or Nutritionist before making changes to your diet.

Change is as close as your refrigerator. ~Tosca Reno

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