Welcome to your new addiction I picked these up at Community Natural Foods on a whim – I needed a little (crunchy!) snack before hitting the road to Canmore and it took every ounce of willpower to not down the whole bag in one sitting. They are SO good. Finally! A decent kale chip that tastes good and isn’t $9 per bag. I’m still recovering from my last unpleasant kale chip experience – I tried mango habanero (not this brand) and they were seriously the grossest thing I’ve ever tasted. The kind of gross that makes you wonder why they even bothered making it in the first place.
2. Watermelon everything
The best way to eat watermelon: squeeze fresh lime juice in, add some chopped mint, and a dash of sea salt.
The second best way to enjoy watermelon: pour some vodka and soda water over the salad. YUM.
I have no words. My girlfriend Corlee is obsessed with hazelnut butter, and I love almond. If we had a baby….
People have been asking me what brand this is, and the company is, ”Nuts To You Nut Butter“. Yeah, I don’t get it either.
4. Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Avocado bar
When it comes to beauty products, I like to keep it simple. As I’ve gotten older, it seems like I have less tolerance for overly “processed” soaps, makeup, haircare, detergents, etc. I blame it on my teenage years of Cover Girl white eyeshadow, glitter eye pencils and Wet & Wild mascara. :D My typical skincare routine is either tea tree oil bar soap (it’s $2 at Bulk Barn) or a mixture of olive oil and castor oil (the oil cleansing method). Sometimes I’ll tone my face with filtered water and apple cider vinegar.
This facial bar is infused with avocado oil, so it doesn’t have a drying effect. It’s like washing your face with oily soap! I bought it in Canmore. Next time you’re there, be sure to stop in and use their hand washing station – they let you sample hand scrubs, soap and lotion.
5. The return of light, fresh, summery meals and…plantains!
Aside from plantain chips, I’ve never tried a fresh one. We had mahi mahi fish tacos the other night, and a sauteed plantain made the perfect summery side dish. I sauteed it in coconut oil with a dash of cinnamon, salt & pepper. If you haven’t tried a plantain, it’s like a starchier, denser, less sweet banana. Basically, if you like bananas and/or sweet potatoes, give em a try!
6. “Gratitude Runs”
I’ve started playing this ‘game’ when I run or walk where I collect little ‘nature tokens’ along my route. Lilacs coming into bloom, people working in their yards, birds digging worms out of the ground, tulip petals scattered along the sidewalks. At the end of my run, I have a giant ‘gratitude bouquet’ of sights, sounds and smells. The best part about it is it takes my mind off of running – my body just turns to auto pilot, my mind relaxes, and before I know it, I’m home!
Today, I focused mostly on smells – fresh cut grass, camp fire smoke, cedar, pine, grape Kool Aid. I was most excited about the Kool Aid, hahaha.
Side note – this post run stretch feels incredible on the quads & hip flexors. I slowly work my way as deep into the stretch as I can.
7. Green Smoothies
A green smoothie a day keeps the Dr. away. Seriously though. I NEVER get sick. Actually, that’s not true – I contracted that deathly norovirus around Christmas, but other than that, I maybe get one mild cold once a year – and it only lasts a day or two. My immune system is solid. It’s built on a foundation of plants (and almond butter).
My go-to/never fail smoothie is: massive handfuls of baby kale and spinach, 1 small frozen banana, ice, cinnamon, a scoop of almond butter and unsweetened coconut milk. Sometimes I’ll add an extra handful of mild-tasting fruit (like blueberries) and, if I’m really feeling wild, I might add some spirulina and camu camu berry powder.
8/9. Nike Blazers (High Tops)
With a matching hoodie!
10. Alba Kukui Nut body lotion
It smells heavenly and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy.
-Name 3 spring/summer things you’re loving lately!
-What do you think of the retro Nike gear?
-Have you tried a plantain? Did you like it/how do you prepare it?
-Super random – Have you ever tried a java blue (ice cream) banana? Don’t!!!