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Planting the seed

I try to live a very active lifestyle, but the summer can be hard! There is always so much going on. Some weeks are great; out hiking and eating well – and then there are other times with the ‘vacation mode’ mentality… deciding to just slack off and indulge.

So it comes down to balance. As much FUN as the summer has been, and I hate to say it, I’m sort of ready for the fall and to get back a bit of a routine.

Give me 3 months and I’ll be singing a different tune.

Getting back to balance – like most of you, I like to know what I’m eating, read labels, know where my food is from etc. Since I don’t eat animal products (meat, dairy, gelatin, fish etc). I need to make sure I’m getting all the nutrients I need, especially to be fuelled for all that I do.

That said, I’ve been a fan of Vega for years; vegan and a local company – are just a couple of reasons why I dig them. I’ve been lucky to meet the Vega team and to collaborate on projects with them too.

READ MORE: Fit for the holidays with Vega, Smoothies with Vega on Novus TV, Surfing in Tofino #MMxLB

That’s how I met rock star nutritionist – Bridgette Clare! Let me tell you a little bit about B…

Bridgette Clare

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Bridgette is a nutritionist and instructor at Spin Society in Vancouver.  As a nutritionist and an indoor cycling instructor, she ensures that people are heard and encouraged to be their best self. Bridgette has an outstanding background in nutrition, she attended CSNN where she graduated as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and went on to be a Product Specialist. Now she’s the Customer Experience Team Lead at Vega.

Teaming up again, we’re chatting all plant-based tips!

MICHELLE MORTON:  Let’s start with some myth busting! So often I hear vegans don’t get enough iron, calcium, protein, or become low on energy. With that said, what are the most common concerns you’ve heard from people wanting to cut dairy and meat from their diet?

BRIDGETTE CLARE: I love myth busting! A concern I often hear is “will I get enough protein?” With a balanced diet, you get the protein you’re looking for. There’s a world of protein options out there. I love plant-based protein because it has what you’re looking for – the amino acids needed to help support muscles, without compromise.  If you’re looking to up your protein game I love Vega Sport Protein with 30 grams of plant-based protein coming from a blend of pea, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and alfalfa.

MM:  How do you track if you are getting enough nutrients? Do you have any apps that you prefer to use? 

BC: My app space is reserved for Instagram so I don’t use any food tracking apps. I’m a believer in eating a balanced diet loaded with fruits like cotton candy grapes (yes – cotton candy grapes! You can find them at Whole Foods. They’re honestly the best grapes I’ve ever had) and veggies like broccoli.  If you have specific nutrient concerns, I recommend that they work with their health care practitioner, a nutritionist or a dietitian to create a plan that works for you.

MM: What are the benefits of living a plant-based lifestyle? 

BC: Variety is the spice of life and there’s so much variety with plant-based foods.  The biggest benefit is enjoying delicious plant-based foods every day.

MM: How do you transition your diet to plant-based?

BC: Start with one plant-based meal a day!  Starting your day with a smoothie made with real whole food ingredients can be a great way to get started. If you’re feeling up for a challenge — Take this 7 day smoothie challenge. 

MM: What are some key foods you always have stocked in the kitchen? 

BC: Oh man, there are so many. My husband loves coconut water so that’s always in the fridge. I’m a huge Mexican food fan so I always have beans, corn tortillas, shredded cabbage, cilantro and fresh salsa on hand.

MM: Being vegan really is more than whipping up yummy smoothies and flavourful salads – and I always see you posting a variety of fun meals and recipes on myvega.ca, where do you get your cooking inspiration from?

BC: I get my inspiration from Instagram (Erin Ireland is a source of constant inspiration), my friends and fellow Vega recipe creators like Sarah Skalzub. Speaking of, if you’re looking for a dish to make for your next potluck or even for dinner tonight check out her Savory Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

MM: Summer is coming to an end, and now that we are getting to our regular routine again, how do you stay on track preparing healthy meals with a busy schedule?

BC: I always take a step back and look at my week ahead before planning my meals for the week. If you have a lunchtime meeting on Tuesday and a big family dinner out on Friday, incorporate those into you plan. Knowing what you’ve got going on will help you decide how much you need to prep for the week.

MM: For those days you’re in a crunch, do you have any favourite on the go snacks you like to take with you?

BC: Yes! I always have chopped veggies, olives and washed fruit in my fridge so that a snack is never too far away. I grab something out of the fridge before I head out the door.

MM: Where is your favourite restaurant for a vegan dish? 

BC: I love, I mean love smoothie bowls. My all-time fave dish is the Dessert Sunrise Bowl from Choice Health Bar on Maui. If you can’t get to Maui there are loads of places to pick up a smoothie bowl in Vancouver and you can easily make them at home too.

MM: Now let’s be real, it’s hard be 100% on your healthy game 365 days a year – so how do you satisfy your sweet tooth when you want to cave?

BC: Two words: Smoothie Bowl (what can I say – I love them)

And a BIG Thank you, Bridgette!!

You can find Bridgette online too: Twitter/Instagram @Bridgettelclare and find more of her recipes and tips at myvega.ca/blog

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Favorites, Lifestyle, Products

Summer Favourites: Photo Diary

This weekend my best-friend, Jessica and I, had the ultimate Summer day;  Woke up at sunrise and was Tofino bound with coffees in hand to surf the waves!  My absolute favourite thing to do in the warm sunshine is hit the beach to go surfing and lounge in the sand.  The ultimate escape.  The only outfit to rock is a bikini or Roxy Wetsuit, the only beauty product to be worn is sunscreen and accessorized with a surfboard.  Here’s a few of my favourite shots!

Be sure to follow more photos on Instagram @msmichellemorton and Twitter @MichelleEMorton

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This picture sums up my weekend beach attire: L*Space Bikini Fringe Top, Social Experiment Salt Water Series Necklace and American Eagle High Waisted Denim Shorts… and sprinkled with Tofino sand.

tofino4Currently obsessing over these go-to products, I never leave the house without them;  Effortless beauty products and accessories.

1.  Talula Straw Fedora Hat
2.  Toms Sunglasses
3.  Essie Nail Polish (Chinchilly)
4.  Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (Champagne)
5.  Benefit BADgal Waterproof Mascara
6.  Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Oil

These products are always great to have with you, especially when you’re in a hurry for another Summer adventure!

MMXO

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My Favourite Hair Products

Fashion is my forté, with that said I find styling my hair can be quite challenging.  Since attending the re-release of John Freida & Luxurious Volume Event with Christie Lohr of Style Nine to Five at the Shangri-La Xi Shi Lounge, I have been hooked to my new products!  I love the natural look of hair, not “texas hair,” that most women complain about, and these products truly deliver.  Opposite to what I thought, you don’t need very much, giving much life from these bottles, I use them practically every time I style my hair and each time I am happy with the results, which is fuller voluminous hair.

I have been using the expert tips given by John Freida’s Canadian Creative Consultant himself, Alain Larivée, and you don’t need to be a hairstylist to achieve what you want from your hair.  I have been using the entire line starting with the Shampoo and Conditioner to the final touches of the Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray, and I notice a significant difference with my tresses.  This line is one of my favourites, comparing to many brands starting from inexpensive drug store brands to high end salons.  I now consider the Blow-Out Spray my secret weapon (don’t tell anyone!).

Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR

Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR

John Freida Canadian Creative Consultant Alain Larivée.  Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR/ Ellen Ho Photography

John Freida Canadian Creative Consultant Alain Larivée. Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR/ Ellen Ho Photography

John Freida Canadian Creative Consultant Alain Larivée. Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR/ Ellen Ho Photography

John Freida Canadian Creative Consultant Alain Larivée. Photo Courtesy of Citizen Optimum PR/ Ellen Ho Photography

I highly recommend you try it, here are some expert tips from Larivée that I now use to help achieve visibly naturally fuller hair:

(1) Thoroughly spray your hair close to the roots, blow dry hair lifting away from your roots using the beak of your hair dryer and a large barrel brush to curl with. Once you reach the end of your locks, hold the heat for a moment and then twist hair to let it fall.

(2) When you would like to curl your hair, he suggests hot rollers (remember those? they’re back!), take big sections of hair and smaller rollers, curling them not too close to the roots and then leave them in until they cool down. Once you take your curlers out, tilt your head back and run your fingers through to loosen curls up.

(3) Using your hairspray, hold the bottle an arm length away from your head and lift a few sections of hair up at a time for a light mist and let it fall.

Just a few easy tweaks doesn’t make desirable hair seem so far away! And for those days you don’t have time to wash your hair, all you need to do is spray some water onto your hair to reactivate the ingredients and repeat as desired.

MMXO

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