A new beginning.

A little under two weeks ago I joined the Juice Plus Company to create an alternate income source for myself in addition to the services I offer as the Clean Eating Chef.  Juice Plus+ has two product lines I really love.  The first is a whole food nutritional supplement which you can take in capsules or chews and goes by the name Juice Plus+ and the second is the Tower Garden, which is an in-home aeroponic tower for growing your own heirloom organic fruits and vegetables without the use of harmful pesticides.

Tower-Garden I’m so excited about the Tower Garden.  For just $51.42 plus shipping and taxes per month (for 12 months) you can grow your own greens, herbs, tomatoes, and so much more in your home or outdoors on your patio.  Imagine the benefits!  Fresh greens for juicing, smoothies and salads, pesticide free fruit and vegetables for your family, improved indoor air quality, and the versatility of moving the unit outside in the warmer months.  The Tower Garden is the future of gardening without the dirt and the sore back.

Juice PlusJuice Plus+ is a system of juicing ripe, organic fruits and vegetables and dehydrating them in a way that protects nutrients (vitamins, minerals, and enzymes).  Available in capsules for older children and adults, and in delicious fruit chews for younger children or the elderly who have trouble swallowing.  These supplements are different from vitamins as Juice Plus+ is a whole food supplement, it is FOOD.  In fact, two caps from each of the three varieties available provides your body with the nutrients from 20 fruits and vegetables. What I like about Juice Plus+ is that it bridges the gap between what you SHOULD be eating and what you ARE eating.  Believe me, even as a diehard health nut I cannot always get in my 12 servings of fruits and vegetables and my children rarely do either.


Now speaking of children, Juice Plus+ offers a fantastic plan for kids called the Children’s Health Study.  For every adult taking Juice Plus+ he or she can sponsor a child who will participate in the study and get Juice Plus+ for free.  Right now I am taking the Juice Plus+ capsules and sponsoring my son with the chews and my friend’s husband is sponsoring my other son who takes the capsules.  My kids will receive Juice Plus+ free for a maximum of three years and their only contribution is a few surveys to be completed in the beginning, middle, and end of their participation in the study.  So far we have seen children increase their intake of fruits and vegetables, drink more water, visit the doctor less, and miss fewer days of school since taking Juice Plus+.  Very exciting.

Juice plus complete bars and shakesJuice Plus+ also carries a shake line in two delicious flavours, French Vanilla and Dutch chocolate.  These protein beverage powders mix easily with water or milk or can be added to your favourite smoothie blend.  We also carry a protein bar that is handy for a quick meal on the go.

If you would like more information about any of these products I’ve discussed here or if you would like a sample of the chews for your kids, please contact me at 613-921-3558 and I’ll be happy to come and see you.

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Breakfast on the Go!

On Monday, November 18th, I met with Sean Kelly and Orlena Cain, local radio announcers on Mix97 Quinte’s Best Variety.  Orlena had called me the previous week, after a brief meeting at Revitalize & Energize, and asked me to come into the studio to discuss healthy breakfast options for people on the go during the cold winter months.  I usually shy away from such things, as I run my business quietly and modestly, and get new customers by word of mouth.  Well, there is no bigger mouth than radio, and it was time to step outside my comfort zone, so I said yes.

I made three breakfast selections – a superfood smoothie, creamy rice porridge, and overnight oats.  I think Orlena and the crew were most taken with the Apple cinnamon overnight oats and Almond butter chocolate overnight oats from mywholefoodlife.com.  Melissa has a great vegan recipe blog that I use a lot.  (I must remember to add her blog to my links page.)  The creamy porridge is a real hit with my kids and the Superfood smoothie is enjoyed by many of my clients.   Here is the porridge recipe:

Creamy Rice Porridge

2 cups leftover cooked short grain brown rice

1 cup nut milk

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

applesauce, granola, cinnamon

Cook porridge over medium heat, stirring often until it reaches a consistency you like.  Divide into bowls, top with a couple spoonfuls applesauce, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a tablespoon of Primal Crunch granola. Enjoy! (Side note, you don’t need to make your own Primal Crunch granola, you can buy it at many local retailers, including Off the Hook  and Lolly Lodge in Trenton, Campbell’s Orchard in Rednersville, Sunflower Health Shop & Services in Brighton, and Revitalize & Energize in Belleville. WARNING: It is very addictive!)

Anyway, enough rambling on, here is the clip.

Photos to come shortly!!

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Korean Scallion Pancakes

Clean Eating Chef Korean Scallion Pancakes









Adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking

1 cup flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white)

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 – 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk

2 tbsp. oil

1 bunch scallions (green onions) sliced thin

Mix dry ingredients together; mix wet ingredients together.  Combine and stir in chopped scallions.  If the batter is too thick, add the extra 1/2 cup of milk. Heat a frying pan or electric skillet and cook pancakes as you normally would.’  Serve with sweet and hot sauce for dipping.

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June 20 Plant-based cooking class

Hello everyone!  Today is the first day of summer and it’s absolutely gorgeous out here on my patio.  My dog Lucy is lying at my feet waiting for me to throw her stick for the 30th time this hour. :-)

Last night I had the pleasure of facilitating another sold out cooking class at the Quinte Naturopathic Centre in Belleville.  My assistant Karen and I demo’ed three meals:  a raw “cream” of tomato soup, a marinated mushroom and raw kale rice bowl, and a refreshingly sweet blueberry orange smoothie to round out the meal.

We had a great discussion throughout the 90-minute workshop and everyone sampled the food and (I hope) enjoyed themselves, too.

The Clean Eating Chef June 20The Clean Eating Chef June 202








Now for the recipes:


Raw cream of tomato soup









The Clean Eating Chef Kale and Marinated Mushroom Bowl









Topped it with a fried egg later on that night for supper!


Blueberry smoothie

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June 6, 2013 Cooking Class

Once again I had a cooking class at the Quinte Naturopathic Centre and forgot to take pictures. {sigh} Oh well…. at least I have the recipes for you.  Here is the menu I presented:


From Kitchen Parade I made Cardamom Pea Soup which costs $8.00 or so to make and feeds 3-6 people depending on the portion size.  I followed this with Collard Wraps made with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus instead of the sunflower seed pate in the recipe and Avocado Kale Salad which costs $14 to make and feeds six people.  There is enough kale salad leftover to eat for lunch the next day with hummus on the side that goes great with Blue Corn Chips with Flax, my personal favourite.  For dessert I made Raspberry Bliss Bars which were amazing as always!  These cost $9.00 for nine servings, so not something you make every day. Delicious though.Vegan Faery Roasted Red Pepper HummusVegan Faery Raspberry Bliss Bars

Clean Eating Chef Collard Wraps

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