Power Protein Salad with Quinoa, Mango, Cashews, and Chickpeas

power protein salad

A few weeks ago I enjoyed supper at The Root Cellar, a wonderful gem of a cafe and eatery in London, Ontario. They have such a wealth of delicious, inventive food options that include locally-sourced foods with a focus on sustainable and seasonal options. I ordered the Power Protein Salad and then knew I had to […]

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The Glow and Revive Green Juice

glow and revive green juice

These days, everybody and their brother has a recipe for green juice. I know. So why am I offering one more to the mix? Well, because green juice is Just. That. Good. That’s why. Bodies work differently and thrive on different things, but for most people, juicing is a wonderful means of boosting nutrition and consuming […]

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Late Summer Vegetable Soup with Lentils and Barley

  Corn. Red potatoes. Fresh green beans. Cherry tomatoes. Kale. All of these vegetable gems are in season now, and all of them are in this soup. Sometimes it can be hard to a) figure out how to make use of all of the fresh produce available in late August/early September and b) figure out […]

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Crunchy Homemade Oat & Buckwheat Granola (vegan, gf)

As part of my quest to reduce food packaging, I’ve been experimenting with new breakfast recipes. Raw buckwheat porridge was one, and this fabulous buckwheat granola is the other. I feel like buckwheat has always been on the periphery of my food consciousness, but never had a starring role. I knew about it in flour […]

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Life is Short, Why Not… 5 tips for inspired living

It’s time for another edition of Life is Short, in which Backyard Owl provides you with 5 easy tips and practices for more inspired, energetic, and vital living. Laugh until your stomach hurts at this lip sync battle – Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Stephen Merchant. Need I say more? Just looking at Stephen Merchant’s face makes me […]

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Reducing Inflammation – Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about inflammation lately. Inflammation has been suggested as the underlying factor for most diseases and health concerns. (Chronic) inflammation has been linked to any number of ailments, including arthritis, gastritis, skin disorders (like acne, eczema, and psoriasis) and dermatitis, heart disease, cancer, obesity, Alzheimers, infections, allergic conditions, bowel and […]

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The How of Happiness – 12 strategies for improving your happiness

According to science-y studies, 40% of our total happiness allotment in life is directly within our control. That means nearly half (after all, 40% is the new 50%) of how happy we are on a regular basis can be changed. By following certain activities and putting into place specific practices and habits, we can actually become […]

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Easy Twice-Baked Oat & Raisin Granola Bars with Dark Chocolate (vegan, gf)

The standard granola bar is, pardon my language, kind of a tricky bastard to create in the homemade healthy kitchen. Why? Well, I suppose it is partly because we are all used to the ubiquitous store-bought granola bar, which is either the supremely sugary chewy kind that sticks to your teeth or the super crunchy […]

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