As I’ve mentioned before, becoming a mom pushed me to new limits of flexibility. I try to keep structure wherever I can, but there are days and situations where I must surrender to the situation at hand. A very recent … Continue reading
Hummus has to be one of my favourite all time snacks. Chickpeas are an high in fibre, an great source of protein and also full of zinc and iron. They are so versatile and so have become a staple in my household.
While travelling in London, UK this summer we stumbled upon this hummus restaurant in the Soho district. Yes, a restaurant dedicated to hummus! All dishes where created to compliment this delicious dip. I’ve had many dreams of their delicious hummus since then, so I’ve become pretty creative and have whipped up my own version of their lemony, garlic, goodness.
What you’ll need:
1 can of chickpeas (or you can soak and cook a cup of your own)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic bulb
2 tablespoons of pinenuts (or you can use 2 tablespoons of tahini)
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons of olive oil
bowl of water
salt and pepper to taste
Use a garlic press to crush the garlic into the juice of 1 lemon, mix, and set aside.
In a food processor (I am a huge fan of the Vitamix) add the chickpeas, the pinenuts (or tahini), and olive oil. Pulse slowly until ingredients start mixing around and slowly add half the lemon juice. If your mixture is still too thick, add a bit of water tablespoon by tablespoon. You want a nice thick consistency so don’t add too much water too quickly.
Once you have a nice paste add in the cumin, salt and pepper to taste and mix again. Keep the remaining garlic-lemon juice and add to taste when serving.
It goes really well with chopped vegetables or as a spread on crackers or toast.
PS- You may want to save those kisses for long after having the hummus!
If someone would have told me that I would have travelled more right after having a baby than any other point in my life I would have laughed in their face. I mean, aren’t babies a whole lot of work? Don’t they need stability and familiarity? What about doctors and family around to help? Yup…these are all the thoughts that ran through my head the first time my husband brought up the idea to take our first trip. That was last November and my little munchkin was just over 2 months old. Destination? Maui.
Ok, so definitely NOT the toughest decision to make. I mean, hot sunny weather at a time where it is dreary almost every day in Vancouver, Canada. However it was the unknown of travelling with a baby that little that freaked me right out. However in that moment I realized that one of my greatest limitations was not doing something because of the fear of what might happen. In that same moment, I also made the decision to change. So we booked our flights. Don’t get me wrong, I still get that feeling almost each time I do something new, the only difference is now I stop, recognize the feeling, and make the choice to do otherwise. It’s not easy, but it’s one of those “once you know, you can’t unknow” situations.
Needless to say, Hawaii was INCREDIBLE . It of course was not the same kind of trip we would have taken pre-baby, but it was an amazing, soul-inspiring, adventure. And the best part of all, we travelled with two of our friends who made it that much more beautiful. We stayed at the lovely Aina Nalu, a gorgeous condo-complex in Lahaina which was perfect as a home base. We even rented a swing which little Naomi appreciated (she definitely loved her swing as a little one). One of the qualities I learned really quickly as a parent was flexibility. I think travelling definitely helped in that regard. I definitely learned that things will not always go as planned, but with no attachment to a specific outcome, there is space to create an unforgettable experience. So of course, the success of this trip only catapulted the many more that followed.
By the time my maternity leave was over (it’s 1 year in Canada) we had been on 15 flights, 2 continents, 6 countries, 16 cities and countless hotel rooms. Each time we picked up for the next place I had to remind my inner voice that all was good, it was ok to leap. Now, I realize that leaping is the first step to great adventure and so here I leap again. Except this time it’s not across an physical ocean, but a personal one. I will be starting the RHN program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition soon and have also started training for a 1/2 marathon next year. These are both two huge challenges I probably would not have taken on prior to having my daughter. Now, feeling empowered I say…bring it on…
I can’t remember when or where I first heard the term Pura Vida, but I do know I instantly connected with its most basic meaning: Real Living. Its such a simple term to describe something so beautiful and complex. It wouldn’t be a while though, until I understood it what it really meant and connected with it in a spiritual kind of way. This way of life has inspired a type of journey for my family and I that has been/is so magical. It has inspired me to seek a life that is somewhat unconventional and intentional.
My whole world shifted when my husband and I welcomed our daughter into this world. Now responsible for raising another human and shaping her view of the world, each day is not only full of intention, love and gratitude but also the tenacity to give her the best start possible. To me this means teaching her to live fully, love deeply, and nourish with real, wholesome food.