Long Weekend Rebel Survival Guide!

Long Weekend Rebel Survival Guide!

Canadian’s love long weekends. After all, our summer is like 5 seconds long.  Living healthy doesn’t mean we won’t revel in good times.  What does set us apart is that we’ll be among the few people who don’t feel like total sh!t Monday night - who’s with us? THE HURDLES Knowing what our challenges will be before the weekend rolls up means we’re better prepared to crush. We asked Revvers for their top reasons for falling off the goal train: Peer Pressure: Kids aren’t the only ones who crumble…this was actually the top answer by a landslide.  “I feel lame having a soda water or a single cocktail when everyone else is indulging around the campfire. I don’t want to feel like the odd man out.”  Feel familiar? Temptation: If you’re cottage-bound, odds are friends and family will be firing up the barbecue and with cocktails flowing dock-side.  Hard to resist?  “My brother in law makes the world’s best ribs every May 24, I can’t imagine saying no.” Manners:  No one wants to feel like the annoying health fiend at the party, munching on carrot sticks and seed mix.  “It feels rude bringing my own meals when I’m a guest at someone’s cottage for the weekend.” THE STRATEGY   Get Real: We’re not here to tell you that you can let it rip all weekend long then press the Reset button Tuesday morning.  While it’s true that we can always choose a fresh start when we need one, part of being hardcore is making tough choices and going the extra mile.  We already know that success comes with hard work and dedication, there’s no getting...
Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet Potato Toast Recipe by Lavinia Todor Ingredients: Sweet potatoes MAKE IT HAPPEN: OPTION 1: Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. Add to the toaster like you would bread and toast on high. It took me 2 rounds to get it cooked how I like with a little bit a browning on both sides. OPTION 2: Preheat the oven to 400F. On a baking sheet, lay a lightly greased sheet of parchment for easy removal. Slice sweet potatoes about 1/4″ thick and lay them flat on the sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes TOPPING SUGGESTIONS: TUNA Mix a bit of tuna with a smidge of mayo and top with spring onions/scallions for a pop of flavour and crunch OR; 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon relish and 1 tablespoon of diced red onion to a small can of tuna. Scoop tuna onto toast. EGGS Hard boiled eggs, chopped and mixed with a teaspoon of mayo, a pinch of Himalayan salt and a liberal sprinkle of curry powder. BERRIES + COCONUT Spread some coconut cream or coconut butter on toast with ripe berries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. AVOCADO Remove skin from avocado and slice. Add to toast and sprinkle with salt, pepper and some lemon zest. OR; Add sliced avocado,lettuce, tomato, Frank’s hot sauce to toast and a side of falafels. ALMOND BUTTER Spread some almond butter on toast and add sliced banana and a bit of cinnamon....
Spicy Chicken Dip

Spicy Chicken Dip

Spicy Chicken Dip Recipe from Lavinia Todor Ingredients: 4 cups pulled or chopped chicken breast(cooked) ½ cup home-made mayo ½ cup Frank’s hot sauce ½ cup organic ranch sauce 1tbs sriracha hot sauce 1tbs nutritional yeast 1tsp garlic powder MAKE IT HAPPEN: In a small bowl combine mayo, ranch, hot sauce, nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Add to slow cooker along with leftover roasted or grilled chicken and combine well. Set slow cooker for 2-3 hours on LOW. Serve as a dip with veggies, chips or as a topping on quinoa, rice, or baked potatoes....
Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies Recipe from Lavinia Todor Ingredients: 1 cup mashed sweet potato ½ cup smooth almond butter (or preferred nut butter) 2 tbsp pure maple syrup ¼ cup cocoa powder (I used half dark cocoa powder, half standard cocoa powder) ½ cup almonds (optional) Handful of chocolate chips (optional) Frosting (optional): 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk MAKE IT HAPPEN: Preheat the oven the 350. Coat a small baking pan or loaf pan with coconut oil spray or parchment paper. Set aside. On stovetop, melt your nut butter over low heat with pure maple syrup. In a large mixing bowl, add the mashed sweet potato, nut butter, maple syrup and cocoa powder and mix very well. (If using chocolate chips and almonds, stir them in). Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for around 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into pieces. Frosting: Over stovetop melt chocolate and half of the coconut milk on low heat.  Whisk until smooth.  Add in the remaining 1/4 cup coconut milk and whisk until smooth. Let set at room temperature for 30-45 minutes, or until cooled and thickened.  Frost the brownies and cut into squares. Store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator....
Crush snacks.

Crush snacks.

It’s human nature to make things more complicated than they are. When it comes to food, sometimes simple tastes better, and it’s always easier for busy Rebels on the go. We share a little photo here of the least fancy snack in town, just to remind us that eating clean and getting the energy and recovery that we need doesn’t need to cost us hours of food-prepping around the clock. As any Revkor Bandit (instructor) what’s in their back and odds are you’ll find a chicken breast in a baggie, a stash of veggies and nuts, and seriously hot coffee in hand. Keep it simple crew - let’s get back to loving food whole!  Keeping food easy means we’re far better set up for serious crushing, anyway....
Erin’s Power Pancakes

Erin’s Power Pancakes

Ange and I are both obsessed with having a serious breakfast, and if it involves real maple syrup - how can the rest of the day not be awesome? Ange’s hardcore, 2-ingredient Power Pancake recipe is here, and here’s my personal fave: MAKE IT HAPPEN: In a blender: One banana - ripe or not, doesn’t matter 1/3 cup rolled oats 1 egg 1.4 tsp baking powder Vanilla Dash sea salt Fry up in little rounds and serve with maple syrup.  I like putting my maple syrup on the side in a little dish and dipping, I feel like I get more maple flavour-action and need less of the sweet stuff.  Serve with fruit or veggies…greens for breakfast is for serious superheroes! WABAM....