Our Team. You Amaze Me…

After having back-to-back- to-back crazy holidays (Easter, Mother’s Day, Victoria Day)  at Lettuce Love and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, I’ve begun to acquire a deeper respect and admiration for our team. Well, I’ve always had such gratitude for everyone who works with us, but  last weekend in particular set me over the edge (in a good way!).

Over Easter Weekend, we broke all previous records at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and Lettuce Love for the busiest weekend EVER, and the next holiday, Mother’s Day was no different. On Mother’s Day Sunday,  in the midst of a full house at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, I ran down to Lettuce Love to make sure everything was running smoothly (because I could see on my phone that we were in the middle of having our busiest Sunday EVER at Both locations…”ahhhh!” I thought, “I hope everyone’s O.K!”). I walked in to Lettuce Love, and the place was just hopping. Our customers we’re busy gabbing with friends, drinking mimosas and enjoying blueberry pancakes! “Phewww, was that a relief”, I thought to myself.  At that point, I went back up to Kelly’s to make sure everything was A OK, and guess what? It was. Our girls were buzzing around serving customers, taking orders, and chatting with customers.

But then I just sat in that moment for a minute and thought about where I was and how amazing these two businesses have become that we’ve built from the ground up. Working 14 plus hour days back in the Kindfood days baking, cooking, and trying to figure out what exactly our businesses would blossom into has really paid off…I’ll admit I had a bit of a teary moment,  because I’ve never really taken a step back from “LIFE” to truly understand how quickly we’ve grown our two companies, the impact we’ve had on the planet and people, and how many amazing people want to work with us every day. It was a pretty big ah-ha moment for me….

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Where would we be without the over 25 amazing team members at Lettuce Love Cafe and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (I know…can you believe our team has grown to be this big?) ? You’re our foundation and the most integral part of our businesses. I’m sending you ALL the warmest THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You make our business what it is on a daily basis, and help us take our two businesses to the next level.

Your efforts don’t go unnoticed. You’re the most incredible people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. 

Love,

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Overnight Gluten-Free Vegan Oats in a Jar

It seems like Oats in a Jar are the newest trend with food recently. Well I’m all for it! They’re very nourishing, and simple to make. All you need is a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.

The best thing about having oats for breakfast is that they’re super high in fibre, which means you’ll stay fuller longer! They slowly release energy into your system, therefore making them a great satisfying way to start your day! One cup of oats provides 6 g of protein and 4 g of fibre. Among all grains, oats have the highest proportion of soluble fibre. This gel-like fibre travels through your intestinal tract and helps to trap substances associated with high blood cholesterol. Studies show that people with high blood cholesterol who eat just 3 g of soluble fibre per day can reduce their total cholesterol by 8% to 23%. Crazy eh?

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Here’s what you’ll need for your homemade Oats in a Jar!

12-16 oz Mason Jar (or jar with a sealable lid)

1 Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened vanilla, Blue Diamond Brand)

½ Cup Gluten Free Oats (Bob’s Red Mill is the BEST)

¼ Cacao Nibs (RAW)

1 Tbsp Cacao Powder (RAW)

2 tbsp Coconut Sugar (or sucanat or agave)

½ Mashed Banana

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a mason jar, screw on the lid
  2. Shake until all ingredients are combined
  3. Refrigerate overnight
  4. Add more milk if necessary 🙂
  5. Enjoy your delicious breakfast!

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xo

Erinn

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RAW Chocolate Pudding!

My RAW Chocolate Pudding!!

Well, yesterday I was seriously craving chocolate…so I decided to make my favourite RAW chocolate pudding! I think I may have a slight obsession with it. It’s so satisfying on so many different levels!! The best part is that it actually has amazing health benefits, tastes great, and it takes less than 5 minutes to make! Last night, Mike and I had it as our evening snack. It was so good, I thought I’d share the recipe with all of you!!!

You might be wondering how you make a raw vegan chocolate pudding. Well, the secret is….avocadoes!!! Yes Avocadoes!!!  Did you know…Avocadoes contain amazingly healthy fats, making them one of the best foods you can eat!?! Many people are scared of the “high fat content” of avocadoes… but the truth is, that the fat in avocadoes is plant based, and therefore your body uses it right away as energy, and doesn’t store it on your body like other saturated fats from animal based foods. They are also a great source of lutein,  an antioxidant which helps protect your eyes, and guard against cancer.  Avocadoes also help fuel you for the whole day, and can also help keep you regular (which is one of the millions of benefits of going vegan, and eating healthy!!). Half an avocado contains 4 grams of fibre, including soluble and insoluble, both of which your body needs to keep the digestive system running smoothly. Plus, soluble fibre slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in your body, helping you feel fuller longer, and stabilizing your blood sugar levels. Avocadoes can also help lower your cholesterol. The last reason to love avocadoes is simple—avocadoes are a healthy way to boost the flavour and texture of your meals, and in this case make this pudding AMAZING!!!

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Another main component of this pudding is RAW chocolate. There’s none of that refined processed stuff in this pudding…. this is the real deal! It’s called Cacao. Cacao is RAW, meaning it hasn’t been heated and refined over 115F. With it being raw, all of the amazing health benefits are preserved!!! One of the main health benefits of cacao is its high concentration of antioxidants (400x the antioxidants of cocoa..crazy right??), which can help in the prevention of cancer and other diseases.  However, the processing (adding new ingredients and mixing them together) of raw cacao seed lowers that naturally high amount of antioxidants to become virtually non-existant. This processed version is what you normally see in grocery store shelves in the form of chocolate bars. If you want the best health benefits of chocolate and the high antioxidant power of cacao beans/powder, then you will want to get it in its natural raw state – nothing added, nothing taken away. Cacao is also loaded with fibre, protein, and tons of trace minerals! This allows your body to maintain a healthy weight, and in most cases, shed extra pounds!! You can purchase cacao at any local health food stores, and some grocery stores.

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Enough talking…HERE it is!!!

Erinn’s RAW Vegan Chocolate Pudding!!

1 Pitted Medjool Date

2 Tbsp sweetener of your choice, I used agave, but Maple syrup or coconut syrup will work just as well! (Wholesome Sweetener’s)

1 ½ Avocadoes, pitted, peeled.

2 1/2  Tbsp Cacao Powder

1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (Simply Organic)

2-3 Tbsp Non Dairy Milk, I used almond milk (Almond Breeze)

Put everything in your Vitamix blender, and start on low speed, and blend up to high, until everything is incorporated and mixed thoroughly. About 1 ½ minutes. You may need to use a spatula around the sides of the blender and swish everything around until it’s blended beautifully.

Sprinkle with cacao nibs…they add a delicious CRUNCH!!

Makes 2 generous servings

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There you have it! A satisfying treat that won’t increase your waistline!

Well, I hope you enjoy (and maybe become slightly addicted to) this delicious pudding as much as I do. It’s great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and also fares well in kids’ lunches!

Until next time….put your health first!!!

Erinn

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