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Healthy Shamrock Smoothie

March 16, 2016

Shamrock Smoothie //

Shamrock Smoothie //

Lately, I’ve been trying to make a smoothie for breakfast before work. Usually I have breakfast at my desk; either oatmeal or homemade granola. When I’m running out the door I don’t leave myself enough time to grab smoothie ingredients and whip one up. Yeah, I know I could prep better the night before, make a smoothie bag with ingredients chopped up but I haven’t actually done that yet. 

I have been improving, however, waking up slightly earlier (than my wakeup time of 7:00), and throwing ingredients in the blender before giving it a whirl and pouring it in my to-go cup. The other morning I got to work (I’m a teacher) and was still sipping on my green smoothie when the kids came in. They were asking if I was having a ‘Shamrock Shake’ (they were obsessed with this phrase the week before spring break) – and I laughed, saying yes, but it wasn’t what they probably wanted to eat. I told them it had kale and spinach in it. Many ‘eews’ ensued from the class. They’re in grade 5, they don’t know they like vegetables yet. 

Shamrock Smoothie //

On the weekend or when I’m off, like for spring break, I’ll have a green smoothie everyday. This is my version of a ‘shamrock shake’ – healthy and green! If you’re like me and find yourself without time to prep a smoothie in the morning, chop up all the ingredients and toss it into a bowl or bag, then pour it into the blender with some ice and almond milk in the morning. 

Shamrock Smoothie //

…but if you want to indulge a little tomorrow, these chocolate stout brownies are ah-mazing. 

Have a happy, lucky & green St. Patrick’s Day!

Healthy Shamrock Smoothie
Serves 1
A healthier green version of your favourite Shamrock Shake Smoothie
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  1. Big Handful Kale
  2. Big Handful of Spinach
  3. Big Chunk Cucumber, washed & peeled
  4. 1/2 ripe banana
  5. 1-2 Tbs. Hemp Hearts
  6. Sprig of Mint
  7. Handful of Ice
  8. 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  9. Scoop Vega Proteins & Greens Powder (optional)
  10. Chia Seeds (optional)
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into big glass - top with frozen raspberries and chia seeds if desired.
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 Shamrock Smoothie //


september fifth, two-thousand fifteen

March 5, 2016

What better day to post about our wedding than on our six month anniversary.

In a way it seems like it was ages ago. We’ve settled nicely into marriage and adjusted to calling one another ‘husband and wife.’ In many ways, nothings changed. Which I suppose, is a good thing. In another way, we both feel giddily happy to be ‘married.’ Some nights we’ll say to one another, while relaxing on the couch after dinner, binge-watching Netflix and eating some wine-gums (adam’s favourite) – ‘is this what being married is?’ – haha. Safe to say, we’re definitely still in our ‘honeymoon’ stage, even after being together for 6 years, and married 6 months.

Although, it also still feels so fresh, as if it were just yesterday we were walking into the church.

I said i’d share some photos from our day, so here they are. They’re only some of the incredible moments and memories from our amazing day.




















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February 25, 2016


Next weekend, March 5th I am honoured to be a part of the IMAGINE, a fundraising event put on by SHARE Family and Community Services Society. I will be a guest judge for their main fundraising event, a cooking challenge – my favourite! I will be taking part in judging the Best Sweet and Savoury categories from 8 local restaurants and caterers. The Hamper Challenge is a Master-Chef inspired competition, where locals chefs will be paired with mayors to create a two-course meal from the contents of a SHARE food hamper. If you’ve ever watched Master-Chef on TV, you’ll love this event. One of the challenges real families face when receiving food hampers is making nutritious meals out of the typical hamper items. 

The Food Bank receives no government funding, and relies on the generosity of the community to support them, and those living in their community that use their service. Last year, SHARE distributed close to 19,000 food bank hampers and 650,000 pounds of food with a retail value of more than $1.6 million.

For many of us we are fortunate enough to not need the assistance from others, but there are many families that rely on the Food Bank to help them. A staggering 35%  of SHARE Food Bank users are under the age of 19 – It’s hard to imagine young children and youth without enough food to eat, but it’s easy to help.

As a teacher, I’ve taught in many schools and seen many families on food programs. These only help students at school, however, not at home. I can’t help but think about those weeks or months when school isn’t in session and if they are receiving enough food. Thanks to Food Banks, there are options to help those families when they need it.

IMAGINE also supports youth with developmental delays and disabilities, which is so important in our schools. This is just one of the great things they do.



The event takes place at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Theatre in Coquitlam on March 5, at 7:00pm. It’s sure to be an evening filled with delicious creative food, live entertainment, prizes, live and silent auctions, an after party, dancing and more! 

Tickets are $85 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 604-529-5105.

Want to WIN tickets to the Event? Thanks to SHARE, I am giving away TWO tickets to the event! 

Simply Comment Below telling me what items you think are most important to include in a Food Hamper. The tickets will be available at will call on March 5.

Winner will be chosen February 29th and announced March 1st.

If you can’t attend, but still want to support IMAGINE 2016, you can donate online.