300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix - Book Review

For those of you who are blessed enough to own a vitamin you know that you can do so much more than make smoothies. Even picky eaters can learn to consume healthy foods when they are blended. Making your own gives you control over what goes into your body!

Vitamix is one of if not the most versatile mixer/blender that exists right now. Its powerful, fast and is incredibly easy to use. You can make smoothies, bread, pancakes or even muffins with flour!

The author Robin Abel has created an extensive collection of innovative recipes that will help you get the most out of your vitamix. There are tons of healthy recipes for delicious dishes from breakfasts to sauces, dips, spreads, nut butters, dressings, ice creams, milkshakes, cocktails, spice blends, dips, baby foods and even desserts. The bet part? There is even a bonus chapter on skin treatments, scrubs, masks and lotions.

Robin the author also includes useful information about your appliance, from the differences a month the different series to tips and techniques that demonstrate how you can turn your vitamix into an invaluable workhorse in your home kitchen.

So far I have only had the chance to try a few of the recipes because I am about to start prep again from provincials. I also don't have a vitamix so I had to use the ninja that I have. So obviously I didn't get the full effect. However I loved the mixed berry probiotic blast on page 228. Probiotics are very important for health and your digestive tract (if you didn't know).

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Juice Guru - Transform Your Life By Adding One juice A Day - Book Review

I know we have all had our fair share of juices. But buying in a store can be fairly expensive. If you have the luxury of your own juicer or you happen to have gotten gifted one for Christmas even better. Did you know that almost 90% of us don't get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in our diet? With busy lifestyles these days its often hard to eat the right amount of veggies. Juicing definitely makes it easier.

I would highly recommend the Juice Guru book by Steve & Julie Prusssack if you are new to juicing and want to have a book on hand to use.  By following the straightforward guidelines in the book, you will take a huge step in transforming your health. It will also help you learn how to apply the science of habit so that juicing becomes an enjoyable practice you adopt for life rather than a short term experiment.

This book demystifies juicing and will help you incorporate this regimen into your daily lifestyle. It includes a 21 day plan that will help you get started that has 100 flavourful fruit and vegetable juices.

Ive tried quite a few of the recipes in this book. Mostly the veggie ones as I don't eat a lot of fruit on prep. One of my favs was the Nothin' But Greens which can be found on page 119 in the power greens section of the book! Give it a try and let me know how you liked it!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 7 pm – 10 pm | Roy Thomson Hall


Toronto, Ontario – October 17, 2016 – A mecca for urban foodies to experience the best Ontario’s culinary scene has to offer, the 21st annual Eat to the Beat presented by KitchenAid® is a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and features 60 female chefs supporting people living with breast cancer on Tuesday, November 1 from 7 pm – 10 pm at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street). General Admission Tickets are $189 (a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount). For tickets or to see the line-up of chefs and beverage participants, please visit www.eattothebeat.ca or call 1 (800) 387-9816.


Eat to the Beat guests have the opportunity to enjoy specially prepared savoury and sweet dishes at 60 stations, along with wine, beer and a selection of non alcoholic beverages set up around Roy Thomson Hall’s outer lobby.


“We are so grateful to our participating chefs, sponsors and supporters who have helped to make Eat to the Beat Toronto’s must-attend culinary event and fundraiser over the years,” says Cathy Park, co-chair, Eat to the Beat.


In addition to food and drink, colourful and whimsical one-of-a-kind corsets, inspired by food and created and modelled by breast cancer survivors, have become an integral part of Eat to the Beat.


“A fun, colourful and cheeky tradition at Eat to the Beat, breast cancer survivors will be adding class with a bit of sass, modeling original food-inspired corsets that they have created,” adds Joanne Brophy, co-chair, Eat to the Beat.


Started 21 years ago by sisters Lisa and Abby Slater, Eat to the Beat has raised more than $3.9 million since its inception. Funds raised at Eat to the Beat will support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – dedicated to funding relevant and innovative research, supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community, and providing credible, unbiased information to help empower those affected by breast cancer or at increased genetic risk of developing the disease.


“Just like Lisa and Abby, we’re inspired by the strength of breast cancer survivors and those who are affected by this disease,” says Karen Malone, VP, Research & Programs, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, “Thanks to fundraising events like Eat to the Beat, we can continue to offer emotional support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer.”


Eat to the Beat at a Glance:

DATE:              Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TIME:                7 pm – 10 pm

VENUE:            Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto (St. Andrew subway station)

COST:              Tickets include savoury and sweet dishes at 60 stations along with wine, beer and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages.

General Admission Ticket: $189 (a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount)

DRESS:            Smart Casual

CONTACT:        eattothebeat@cbcf.org or call 1 (800) 387-9816

FACEBOOK:     www.facebook.com/cbcf.ettb

TWITTER:          @EattotheBeat_TO

HASHTAG:        #EattotheBeat


Participating chefs and select menu items that will be featured at this year’s Eat to the Beat include:

  • Sandra Abballe, Succulent Chocolates and Sweets
  • Vanessa Baudanza and Isabelle Loiacono, The Rolling Pin
  • Wanda Beaver, Wanda's Pie in the Sky- Grand Marnier Nanaimo bars
  • Renee Bellefeuille, Art Gallery of Ontario- cured whitefish, rye toast, tarragon crème fraiche and pickled caperberry goat cheese and artichoke puff
  • Cathy Beneway, CreativeCatering by Cathy
  • Emma Beqaj, Emma's Eatery Catering- lobster grilled cheese
  • Arvinda Chauhan and Preena Chauhan, Arvinda’s -spicy curry leaf infused chick pea dip with tomato purée served on cucumber and zucchini rounds and garnished with savoury noodles and curry leaf
  • Tiiu Christie and Tysa Christie, Marigolds and Onions
  • Felicia Derose Colette Grand Café
  • Donna Dooher and Michael Leary, Mildred's Temple Kitchen
  • Kyla Eaglesham, Madeleines
  • Rossy Earle, SupiCucu
  • Michelle Edgar, TheSweet Escape Patisserie
  • Alison Ferland, Byblos
  • Mali Fernandez, Xola Mexican Food
  • Alexandra Feswick, The Drake Hotel- Adobo pulled pork steam buns with daikon pickle
  • Trish Gill, The Emmet Ray
  • Bonnie Gordon, Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts- Macaron in a variety of flavours, homemade chocolates, and langues de chat
  • Tamara Green, The Living Kitchen
  • Kimberly Humby, East & Main Bistro 
  • Anna Janes, Cocomira Confections
  • Vanessa Le Page, Cake Lady - Edible Art - The Shortbread
  • Tara Lee, Bar Hop- mini pork and ricotta meatballs with a tomato cream sauce
  • Jacqueline Lo, Ruelo Patisserie
  • Erin Marcus, Ace Bakery
  • Lynn Mendelson, Lynn Mendelson Catering- million $ bars
  • Joan Monfaredi, Park Hyatt Hotel- tuna tartar wonton tacos with pea shoots, chili rice vinegar and scallion
  • Jennifer Mooers and Chris Brown, Citizen Catering
  • Lauren Mozer, Elle Cuisine
  • Catherine O’Donnell, WillowCakes and Pastries
  • Christine Ostiguy, YorkshirePudding Catering
  • Angela Panigas, The Sultan's Tent & Café Moroc
  • Chef Véronique Perez, Crêpes à GoGo Spadinaand Limonana
  • Jennifer Perusini, BerBer Social
  • Andrea Poirier, Inn on the Twenty
  • Karen Rachlin, Bite Catering
  • Regular Nuit, Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar and Sukhothai Restaurant - "Mee kra ti" – stir fried rice vermicelli with coconut milk and tofu
  • Caroline Reid, Scaramouche- house-cured duck pastrami with celery root salad, hazelnut purée and vincotto
  • Emily Richards, Professional Home Economist- balsamic roasted pear wedges wrapped in prosciutto with gorgonzola dip
  • Dufflet Rosenberg, Dufflet Pastries- cookie bar
  • Barbara Rotberg, Lollicakes
  • Gauravi Shah, Tilde- chorizo meatballs with lime aioli and grilled pineapple salsa, bean vegballs with roasted tomato salsa and cilantro gremolata
  • Trista Sheen, Bar Begonia
  • Alida Solomon, Tutti Matti
  • Lili Sullivan, Waupoos Winery- cider braised lamb in a filo cup with spiked apple
  • Meghan Van Horne, Public Schoolhouse @ Jackson’s Falls- polenta crisp with smoked trout, chèvre, wild spinach and walnut pesto
  • Karen Viva-Haynes, VivaTastings
  • Elaine Wong, The Omni King Edward Hotel
  • Winlai Wong, The Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto
  • Jeanne Da Silva, George Brown College Chef School- edamame falafels with a cultured vegetable slaw on whole wheat tortilla cups and vegetarian BLT with coconut bacon, roasted tomatoes and a spicy avocado purée on whole grain baguette
  • Vanessa Yeung, Aphrodite Cooks
  • Eden Hertzog, New Moon Kitchen
  • Leyla Kizilirmak, Art Square Gallery and Café- organic and fair trade dark chocolate boobs
  • Carmen Jeffrey, President’s Choice Cooking School


About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation:

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is a national community-driven charity. As the largest charitable funder of breast cancer research in Canada, CBCF’s vision is to create a future without breast cancer. Since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has invested over $360 million in breast cancer research, funding more than 1,400 scientific and community grants. CBCF’s investments in vital research, education, health promotion, support and information programs have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. For more information, visit cbcf.org.


Charitable Registration No. 12799 3608 RR0001


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Your 21-Day Guide to Sustainable Weight Loss and Optimal Health

by Cat Smiley
January 2016

2016 will be off to a great start as readers begin a journey to optimum health with a unique, all-inclusive program for a greener, healthier lifestyle based on responsible dietary choices. They will be able lose weight, feel great, and minimize the impact of their eating habits on the environment with leading body-transformation expert Cat Smiley and her simple step-by-step program for a complete detox and reboot which can all be found in her new book.

THE PLANET FRIENDLY DIET [January 2016, $29.95 US / $29.95 CAN] motivates, educates and empowers readers to kick start their change with clean eating and easy-to-follow recipes. Targeted specifically to those who know it’s time to make a change but unsure where to start, the book opens with an all-inclusive 21-day meal plan which enables readers to dramatically cut back on meat and animal by-products while working towards a leaner, healthier self. They will then be able apply all they learned during the program to everyday life using the accompanying nutrition guide to transform short-term success into sustainable, lifelong results. The diet is meat, dairy, wheat and gluten-free, and comes with a weekly shopping list to ensure zero-waste. The book includes all single-portion recipes and every meal shares the following benchmarks:

  • Designed to eliminate food waste
  • Fresh, every day ingredients
  • Costs less than $5
  • Is under 500 calories
  • Takes no more than 20 minutes to prepare
  • All meals fit a variety of healthy lifestyles including diabetic, kosher and halal dietary needs

Fully illustrated with mouthwatering images of each internationally inspired recipe, it's like having a dedicated nutrition coach and a personal chef while you not just learn how to cook, but also how to understand the science behind your food choices. Whether readers are looking to give their eating patterns a complete makeover or start a change towards a healthier life, THE PLANET FRIENDLY DIET will help them lose weight, get fit and feel great – while contributing to the wider good of our delicate planet as well!

About the Author
Cat Smiley, is an award-winning body transformation specialist and owner of Canada's popular weight-loss retreat for women, Whistler Fitness Vacations (The Planet Friendly Diet is the official nutrition plan for her retreat). A former world-class skier, Cat has been named as Canada's top trainer three times by the International Sport Science Association, and is a renowned body transformation specialist. She is a popular fitness and weight loss expert for many publications, and her fitness column Kick Start was nationally syndicated across Canadian community newspapers. Her goal is to inspire and educate people to find their happy size and live a healthier life through empowering them to make their own nutrition choices. Please visit Cat’s website, www.catsmiley.com for blog posts and videos about lifestyle, recipes and nutrition, fitness workouts and travel.

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Your 21-Day Guide to Sustainable Weight Loss and Optimal Health
by Cat Smiley
New Society Publishers
January 2016
$29.95 US / CAN
Original Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-86571-811-1