Holiday Mixed Tape.
True to the spirit of Christmas, this mixed tape has one for everyone in the family! Grab a glass of eggnog, put a log on the fire, and cuddle up to your holiday favourites. 
Also check out my Holiday Gift Guide.

Holiday Mixed Tape.

True to the spirit of Christmas, this mixed tape has one for everyone in the family! Grab a glass of eggnog, put a log on the fire, and cuddle up to your holiday favourites. 

Also check out my Holiday Gift Guide.


Holiday Gift Guide 2013.

Gifts for Mom, the brother, Auntie, the girls, Dad, older sister, and that guy in the office you picked for secret santa!

Plus a twist on three classic baking recipes: cardamom-ginger molasses cookies, eggnog florentines (!!!???!!!!), and cranberry bliss bars (a vegan version).


Hand Crafted Popsicles.

Full recipe for both Mango-Lassi & Carrot Cake-Almond Butter popsicles on the blog. Plus links to other creative popsicle recipes to check out this summer. Happy long weekend!


Coconut Maca Pancakes.

Also known as Peruvian ginseng, maca is an adaptogen. Adaptogens balance and stabilize the body’s glandular-hormonal system, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. Rather than addressing a specific symptom, adaptogens improve the overall adaptability of the whole body to challenging situations and stress. Maca is also known to increase energy and endurance, support healthy hormone production, and boost libido! Full recipe and more information here.


The Fig’s Heart is hosting a summer full of flavour! Stay tuned as I share how to use edible flowers, make quinoa sushi, juice fruits/vegetables, and enhance recipes with herbs, spices, and dried teas. 

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Oatmeal Rhubarb Muffins with Chia Seeds & Cranberries

These muffins are the best. I’ve made them several times now and I know I will continue to make them again and again. They are gluten and dairy free and contain no artificial sugar. These little power muffins are packed full of nutrients so go ahead and enjoy them guilt free! Follow link for full recipe. 


How to Responsibly Soak Up the Sun.
1. Use coconut oil as a natural sunscreen to block 20 percent of harsh UV rays. By reapplying often and limiting your sun exposure to the ‘safe hours’, you can avoid lathering all that chemical cream on your skin entirely.
2. Only sunbathe during safe hours (before 11:00 am and after 4:00 pm).
3. If you know you’ll be exposed to the sun during peak hours, wear light clothing that covers your skin, and a hat. If you have to put sunscreen on to avoid burning your face, make sure you choose a natural brand that uses organic ingredients like Beaver.
4. Stay hydrated and consume plenty of fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats!) found in fish oils have been shown to effectively reduce to risk of skin cancer.
5. Boost your antioxidant levels and prevent free radical damage caused by sun exposure while quenching your thirst. Sarah Britton of My New Roots(one of my favourite individuals) created this amazing goji berry lemonade recipe that she refers to as ‘drink-able sunblock‘. Full recipe here.

How to Responsibly Soak Up the Sun.

1. Use coconut oil as a natural sunscreen to block 20 percent of harsh UV rays. By reapplying often and limiting your sun exposure to the ‘safe hours’, you can avoid lathering all that chemical cream on your skin entirely.

2. Only sunbathe during safe hours (before 11:00 am and after 4:00 pm).

3. If you know you’ll be exposed to the sun during peak hours, wear light clothing that covers your skin, and a hat. If you have to put sunscreen on to avoid burning your face, make sure you choose a natural brand that uses organic ingredients like Beaver.

4. Stay hydrated and consume plenty of fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats!) found in fish oils have been shown to effectively reduce to risk of skin cancer.

5. Boost your antioxidant levels and prevent free radical damage caused by sun exposure while quenching your thirst. Sarah Britton of My New Roots(one of my favourite individuals) created this amazing goji berry lemonade recipe that she refers to as ‘drink-able sunblock‘. Full recipe here.


Zucchini Oatmeal Bread with Walnuts & Cranberries.

This hearty loaf sweetened with honey and cinnamon is a great homemade gift for any Mom this Mother’s Day. A gluten and dairy free alternative (contains eggs) that pairs well with almond butter. Spread the love!


April: A Pledge to the Kitchen.

This month I’ve shared how to make homemade salad dressingsfresh almond milk, and a green goddess smoothie, but I wanted to share one more recipe with you. Eating natural foods doesn’t mean you can’t have dessert. I tried a raw vegan chocolate mousse recipe from the Crazy Sexy Kris Carr that I can’t get enough of! It’s so good and it leaves me glowing from the inside out. Make it for your friends and they won’t know any difference. Full recipe here


Ganesh’s Green Goddess Smoothie.

This nutrient-packed breakfast will leave you shining for the rest of the day! Kale, cucumber, mint leaves, and more. Full recipe here.


Earth Day 2013.

As North Americans, we are consumers. We buy stuff everyday. This is hard on our environment, our bank accounts, and our selves (psychologically). After coming home from grocery shopping today with a brown paper bag full of rich nourishing food, I started thinking…What if people start to feel more rewarded and fulfilled on their way home from the grocery store? What if shopping for food had the same effect on people as shopping for material goods? Will we less likely feel the need to spend the afternoon in the mall? Will we start to think about the earth more when we are cooking and eating meals? Will we find happiness in fruits and vegetables? Full post here.


Homemade Almond Milk.

The options are endless when it comes to making nut milks. You can use almonds, walnuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, cashews, hemp seeds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, or any else you have in your pantry. The recipe can be as simple as two ingredients: the nut of choice and water. Or you can make it a little more personal by adding subtle flavours like vanilla bean, ground cinnamon, maple syrup, or anything else you fancy. I chose to start with a classic almond milk and added a few flavours to sweeten the recipe. Follow the link for full recipe and instructions.