A simple weekday/anytime vegetarian wrap made with spinach, chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, olives and feta tossed into a hummus slathered tortilla.

Spinach, Chickpea and Feta Veggie Wrap

Hey friends! I’ve got a simple, easy “non-recipe” for you today. One that I love to eat as a pre-run dinner and one that fits perfectly into my packed lunch bag! I love a good healthy wrap stuffed with veggies!

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Tart and undeniably delicious, this Citrus Sangria is made with craft IPA and is absolutely delicious. Switch up your traditional Sangria for this one – it’ll for certain be a huge hit!

Citrus IPA Sangria

Coming up with beer cocktails like it’s my job! With cheap growler fills, I’m finding it’s a fun way to enjoy cocktails on a Sunday afternoon. I’ll go for a long run in the morning, start cooking something fabulous, take my pup for a walk, and sip on something like this right before dinner. Date night is what you make it, no?

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Move over for a second cinnamon rolls! We’ve got some soft and sweet blueberry lemon rolls filled with blueberries and topped with a lemony glaze. These sweet yeast rolls are perfect for breakfast or brunch.

Blueberry Lemon Rolls

I ran my first race of the year this past weekend. It was a 25km trail race through the Diez Vistas in Port Moody, BC, and it was to date, the hardest race I’ve done. Being a “marathon runner”, I never thought a 25km run would steal the breath from me and make my lungs feel like they’d been squeezed by the hand of Zeus, but this race was up a mountain with ice crusted roots and boy, did it get me! I ended up finishing pretty well and better than I expected (11th female overall) and it was a great kick in the butt for the big training season to come (I’m training for my first 50 km trail race in August).

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A little twist on the classic margarita – a limey drink mixed with some delicious craft Pale Ale!

Pale Ale Margaritas

My love for the classic margarita runs deep. The salty rim, the tart fresh squeezed lime juice, the tequila….ohhhhh the tequila! A good margarita is one of my favourite things, no matter the season. And when it’s paired with some rich Mexican food?!? Yes! Just yes.

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Whether you’re hitting the trail for a hike or run, these bite-sized snacks are the perfect healthy fuel to pop along the way. They are made with only 5-6 ingredients, sweetened with dates, are no-bake, vegan, and gluten-free! I like adding chocolate chips to mine but feel free to add dried fruit/seeds as well.

"Hit the Trail" Energy Bites

I am in big time training mode. This year began with my friend and I cutting out refined sugar in January and then I started marking my calendar with training races for my first 50 km trail run in August. I’m also running a trail clinic here in Chilliwack for intermediate and advanced runners, so my entire summer will be spent in the mountains!

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This is my version of the very best granola. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, protein-packed and healthy with nuts and seeds and kept clumpy + crisp with the perfect amount of coconut oil. Enjoy it on top of yogurt or with a splash of milk – it’s addicting!

The Very Best Granola

Crispy, crunchy, clumpy, perfect granola right here. This stuff is THE BEST. And OK, I’ve totally said that before with my Honey Almond Granola but that was before I played with and tweaked THIS recipe. Favourites can change! This is proof.

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A refined sugar-free and whole wheat version of classic banana bread. This bread is sweetened with maple syrup, is amazingly moist, and is absolutely delicious!

Whole Wheat Maple Banana Bread

Ahhh, the illustrious banana bread. I could write a love letter to the stuff.

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A light and fluffy buttermilk lemon cornmeal cake with a zesty lemon glaze.

Lemon Cornmeal Cake

I love a good lemon cake. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, it’s going to be a solid, tasty choice. I believe my love of lemon cake stems from both my Great Gran’s Lemon Poppy Seed cake (mental note: that needs to appear on the blog!) and the Starbucks lemon cake that I ate way too much of during my Undergrad degree. How could you not love something that’s sliceable, soft, tart, and sweet?!

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These baked oats are studded with chopped walnuts, fresh apple, and pear. They are sweetened with maple syrup and completely vegan for a nutritious balanced breakfast.

Maple, Apple, and Pear Baked Oatmeal

I am just over a week in this whole “refined sugar-free” month and all is well! I’d like to say that a week without sugar has me cured, and I never want the stuff again, but I still have cravings. On the plus side, I have really come to enjoy my coffee without sugar in it and I do “feel” better. I’ll let you know my progress after week 2…these things get easier they tell me.

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Recipe for Banoffee Pie made with a classic McVities cookie crust, homemade caramel toffee, and pillowy whipped cream. This post was originally published on August 30, 2010

Banoffee Pie

Bringing back an oldie from the recipe archives here (from 2010)! A pie I first heard about and made while I was living in Switzerland, and one that I can’t seem to stop obsessing about over 6 years later.

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