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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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Up to speed…

I’m back again! …Again!  The past several months have flown and it’s exciting to see what’s changed, and what’s to come.

Before I update you on what I’ve been up to, I will note that I don’t consider myself a blogger (power to you ladies and gents who rock theirs on the daily!), so I don’t know how consistent I will be updating the site moving forward, but I will be as much as time allows.

When I used to blog (a LONG time ago) it was very inconsistent, mostly because I never felt fully fulfilled with the content I wrote about – don’t get me wrong, it was fun, but I wanted to write about more – just didn’t know what.

Now I found my niche.

I love sharing my work, discussing relevant news and sharing my passions/hobbies – and talking about what the Best Coast Vancouver has to offer.

You’ll see what I mean as time goes on – lets get to the now.

I’m so happy to share that I am part of the Corus Entertainment family with AM730 as a Traffic Anchor (follow on Twitter @AM730Traffic).  I can’t even put in words how rewarding it is to work with my awesome team and to be reporting here in Vancouver.
I am extremely fortunate to be in the same building to work alongside the talented reporters/announcers at CKNW, CFOX and Rock 101.

Then this happened – Guest Co-Hosting #SWSTV with my buddy Adam Baldwin (@fatandbrown) from the The Jeff O’Neil Show!

You guys need to watch these videos – HILARious and Adam drops them every Friday with Silly, Weird, Strange, Trending, Viral stories! For more – go to The Jeff O’Neil Show’s page (@JeffONeilShow).

Here is a couple videos we shot:

The new pizza app for your smartphone:

annnnnnd…

Working for Netflix as an Instagrammer:

In September I joined the City Lights roster at Novus TV (@NovusNow) where I mostly produce/report fitness, nutrition and a little bit of entertainment. The very talented team is an absolute pleasure to work with; they’re open to ideas and creating eccentric content.

Here are a few of my favourite segments, and of course for more, go to Novus TV’s YouTube channel.

Novus TV goes to Vega Headquarters to learn all about making the perfect smoothie:

Keeping our fitness on ‘track’ with Eastwood Cycle:

Turning up the heat at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness Yaletown:

In a couple weeks I will be sharing some more exciting ‘news,’ so stay tuned!

MMXO

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XPOCITY VANCOUVER

Photo Courtesy @XpocityVan

Photo Courtesy @XpocityVan

Vancouver has an exciting side that I’ve been fortunate to experience by attending events; From elaborate evenings attracting glamour at fashion happenings to grand openings of new restaurants; they get the city buzzing.

While events are always exciting, an element I love is meeting new and inspiring guests that also attend. With that said, I’m happy to share I learned that tomorrow there will be an opportunity for women of Metro Vancouver to unite, celebrate and become inspired by one another!

The Socialettes are hosting the launch of a Women’s Lifestyle Expo, XpoCity from 4 – 10pm at the Four Seasons Hotel to celebrate female leaders in a variety of fields. With a focus of Brand Strategy, Social Media and Business Startups, to name a few. Founders Prianka Dhir and Sonal Haria wanted to host an evening of discovery and, of course, shopping!

When I spoke with co-chair, Prianka Dhir, she said they learned of “American Business Women’s Day” on September 22, however, no celebrations similar in Canada. Dhir and Haria created Xpocity to inspire canadian women of all professional backgrounds.

At the beginning of the event there will be a networking session to provide guests with the opportunity to meet each other and make connections, followed by an evening of pampering, a book signing and complimentary beauty services by vendors.

Also in attendance, will be health and fitness professionals, beauty experts, fashion bloggers and dining experts. For a full list of vendors and tickets, click here!

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