January 2012

It's Friday the 13th, but I'm not that superstitious so I have already decided that today will be a fabulous day. These falafels might help make it a little bit more fabulous...it is after all, Day 8 of my 12-day cleanse, so I'm 2/3 of the way through and these delicious falafel babies are going to get me through the home stretch! If you had a favourite falafel recipe already, I warn you that this one might overtake it! Vegan, gluten-free, cleanse-friendly...huh? I tweaked the recipe for falafels provided in the Wild Rose Cookbook, meaning that yes, this recipe is cleanse-friendly!

How's your week going peeps? It's Thursday so it's nearly TGIF - just hang in there! That photo has nothing to do with this post except to show you that I'm having fun with my new camera - and to show you how cute Ben, one of my 3 ginger boys, is! As part of my cleanse I've been really revamping my fitness routine. I wanted to go all out for this cleanse and my regime was due for an overhaul anyway - your body gets used to the same exercise really fast, so it is essential to keep switching things up! It was a goal of mine for this month and I achieved it - yay! Rather than doing a ton of yoga interspersed with some gym cardio/weight circuits, I've taken on some dance classes (an old goal of mine that I finally completed!)

As I showed you earlier this week, one of my goals for this year is to increase the amount of protein in my diet and to keep my diet ultra clean. As a vegetarian who limits my gluten and dairy consumption, it can be tough for me to get all of my nutrients and although my diet is healthy, the starch-to-protein ratio is a bit off. Protein powders are one of my best friends. Traditionally I've used Kaizen's vanilla ice cream flavoured natural whey protein because it's the first one I tried that really tasted good, but now that I'm trying to avoid dairy I've been looking into some other options.

If you've been a part of the blogosphere for a while - either as a blogger or as a reader - you've no doubt heard of oats in a jar. If you haven't, you'll be so glad you read this post, because now you have! Oats in a jar basically refers to a neat trick to make yourself the yummiest oats ever. When your nut butter is nearly out (i.e. you have to scrape the sides of the jar to get any goodness), just pour your breakfast oats into the jar and eat straight from there. The heat from the oats will melt the remaining butter and mix it in with your oatmeal and - trust me - it tastes AMAZING.