Mid-August Instagram Round Up

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA (what’s new, thanks for sticking around). I have a few post on the way, one is a video post I’m having trouble loading so stay tuned for that. And one I will post tomorrow! 

So to keep you all entertained in the mean time I thought I would do another Instagram round up!

  
In the words of Drake “started from the bottom now we’re here!” 

Bottom row (left to right) 

Counting days till trailer views| vegan zucchini chocolate shake at the farmers market|wicked stormy nights 

Second row from the bottom 

A for Australia and Ashley (gift for a friend) | ladies night belini | oat and mill toast and jam (and wow butter) ice cream 

Third row 

Me and Other enjoying vacation | camp fires | trailer bound 

Top row 

Modern Renaissance Beauty| it’s here!| boat times 

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Eats and Exploration

Last weekend I met a friend from work who I hadn’t seen in a few months. We had a lot to catch up on and we’ve been talking about going down to the “hip” part of town. She lives downtown and I live in the country so we met it the middle and she showed me some of her favourite places. 

We partially became good friends because we both have a slew of allergies. So she took me to a couple vegan/gluten free bakeries and then went out for lunch at one of our favourite vegan restaurants. 

Neither of us our true vegans but we are both dairy free. I still eat meat (can’t live without bacon!) but I gravitate to vegan food because it is certified to not have dairy and therefore not make me sick. 

Our first stop was a little bakery that offers vegan, gluten free and nut free treats. I had looked up their website and was excited to try their cheese cake but they didn’t have any that day. So instead I opted for a brownie which was AMAZING, and a Queen Anne cake which is basically  similar to a coffee cake with syrup and coconuts on it (I found it a bit dry). 

 Our next stop was a little vegan coffee shop. I was familiar with this shop because one of the local dairy free ice creams I’ve been wanting to try is offered there. So we went in and chatted with the owner and then decided to come back later and get some ice cream (I wanted a pint obviously). 

The ice cream is called oat and mill and it’s a dairy and gluten free ice cream derived from locally grown oats. It’s super delicious and a little healthier then the alternative, even if your not dairy free. They deliver ice cream right to your door! (If in the Ottawa or Montreal area!) 

Next,we started to walk down to the little vegan restaurant we both love, we realized we were about ten blocks away and decided to go and get my car.  

A true representation of our similarity and friendship is that we both got the exact same thing to eat, with the exception of a gluten free collards wrap for her.

We enjoyed pineapple mimosas, “blt” with tempeh bacon and avocados and kale caesar salad (don’t get me started on how delicious this is, I’m obsessed).  

   
Then we went back to the coffee shop for ice cream! We got a scoop to share of chocolate and salted caramel! It was so delicious! And I bought a pint of the salted caramel! I enjoyed some of it the next day with the brownie from the bakery.  

   
Overall, it was a great day and I want to go back and get a bunch more treats. It’s so exciting to explore new areas in the city you live in. So many gems that I never knew existed. 

*If you are from Ottawa or in the Ottawa area and want to know more about any of these amazing spots let me know and I’ll give you the deets. 

Dairy free cheesecake 

Dairy free, gluten free,nut free and vegan, cheesecake lovers rejoice! The heavens have opened up! I found a dairy free cheese cake that I can eat, that actually taste like cheesecake!  

 I was at my local grocery store and was about to leave because I was so mad that they didn’t have the cheese I like or any pizza I could eat… Then I looked up and my dreams came true … There staring down at me was Daiya Cheezecake. If you read my post about Daiya Mac and cheese you know that in the past I haven’t been a big Daiya fan (particularly their cream cheese) but lately I’ve been changing my mind. 

I did some research to see what people had to say about the Cheezecake and the reviews were pretty good. They have four flavours, I’ve seen 3 of the 4 in my health food store (chocolate, New York style and key lime). I’ve only tried the New York style but it’s great because you can put your own spin on it!  

The first thing I tried was just the cake by itself. The flavour is spot on, the consistency is the only thing that is a bit off but if you haven’t had cheesecake in three years that’s the least of your issues. 

  The next thing I tried was putting blueberry jam on it. Blueberry cheesecake is like my favourite thing ever and I’m pretty sure it always has been, their is a home video of me as a two year old with blueberry cheesecake all over my face. 

   

 I used crofters organic jam cause it’s amazing and it was the perfect sweetness for the cheesecake. 

The next thing I tried was salted caramel, I had some caramel sauce left over from these and then added some kosher salt on top!! Soooo good. 

Lastly I put some fresh raspberries on top and that was just as good as anything else. 

  (In all seriousness this is how I ate it!) 

I recommend this 100% as you can tell, I’m really excited to try the chocolate one! 

Have you tried this?? Why did it take me so long to discover this!!

Thanks for reading! 

   
 

Health Food Haul 

I have three posts lined up for you this week, whether or not I actually get them all out this week is something else. I have a pretty important interview on the weekend that I really need to prep for as well as a few assignments due for my online course so we will see how everything adds up. 

Anyways…. In addition to all that I’m trying to keep track of eating better and going to the gym more since I have a dress fitting in a couple of weeks and I’m no where close to where I wanted to be at this point. I have a really hard time not snacking so I decided to go to the health food store and pick up a few things that’s might be better to snack on than chips and cookies. 

We have two health food store in a 20 minute radius from where I live and I’ve actually been going to one over the other because the customer service is so much better. My last two visits have been super informative and not in a pushy way.  

 Here’s what I got : 

Daiya Mac and cheese: I’ve been dying to try this and wrote a small review on the Alfredo one here, I’ll let you know what I think about this one! 

Hemp heart bites: there are great for on the go! They are little bite size crunchy pieces packed with protein! 8 pieces is 10 grams of protein! They are high in fat but I like that you can eat one or two and really feel full for a while! They are great before a work out! 

Coconut cocoa chips: these are amazing! I mostly crave crunchy and sweet food so this hits the nail on the hard! They also have other more savoury flavours I’m excited to try. 

Digestive detox tea: this doesn’t taste awful which is a plus, I don’t think you want me to keep you posted on this one 😉 

Blue monkey coconut water: this was recommended to me by the last because it is 100% coconut water. I add it to my smoothies in the morning. Coconut water has amazing health benefits and putting it in your smoothie is a good way to get it into your body if you don’t love the taste. 

Tofutti sour cream: my mom made delicious tortilla soup and it just isn’t the same without sour cream.  

 The best part of all this is that I left there and only spent 27$! That’s a steal for all this stuff! What are your favourite healthy snacks?? 

Daiying for some Mac and Cheese 

I’m all about the puns lately (and anyone that’s knows be know I hate puns so I don’t know what’s happening). I’ve been craving gross Kraft dinner (with hotdogs and ketchup) for what feels like an eternity, but since I’m lactose free this isn’t as easy to come by. So I decided I would try the Daiya Mac and cheese but the health food store has been sold out forever. Instead I caved and bought the Alfredo version (plus it was on sale).  

 Previously I have not been a huge fan of Daiya, the one product I’ve tried is their cream cheese and it’s god awful. But last week a friend of mine convinced me to try their pizza and I was fairly content with it. So I was partially skeptical and partially excited to try the Mac and cheese. It didn’t quite hit the spot like I Kraft dinner and hotdogs would, but I’m glad I tried it.  

 VERDICT: I’d buy it again. I don’t know if it’s something I will crave but if it’s on sale and it’s there I will buy it. 

I am pretty good at making an Alfredo sauce I can eat but this is way quicker and way easier. 

The lady at the store told me not to use all the sauce because she says it’s way too much. I took her advice and I’m glad I did because I used maybe 3 tablespoons of the sauce at the most and now I have enough for at least 2 if not 3 more meals. I added some of my organic cheese and cracked pepper on top and it was pretty decent.  

 Stay tuned for my feelings on the orange cheddar version (which I requested be held for me at the store so it will happen!!)  

Have you tried daiya products? What do you think?