11:46 | October 16, 2014

SKINNY BELLE GRANOLA

Food

Simple-Granola-Recipe

Skinny-Belle-Granola

Skinny-Granola

 

Okay everyone, time for a real serious topic today. GRANOLA. That’s right, I’m going there. 😛 But in all seriousness, pleaseeeee do not buy the store-bought granola that literally is worse than eating a bag of candy. Many granola brands that you buy in your local grocery store have the one of the first ingredients as refined sugar. Bad news all around.

I believe in balance. Each food item you eat throughout the day adds up to either be a healthy or unhealthy day. You should always try to have the majority of the foods you eat be as healthy as possible throughout the day, and keep that balance leaning more towards healthy. Granola IS a healthy food, but only when the proportions of ingredients are correct. Give this Skinny Belle Granola recipe a try, and see how delicious granola can be when it is filled with only wholesome natural ingredients! 

What’s in it:

  • 1 cup raw, whole rolled oats
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup dried unsweetened coconut
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup (or more if you’re feeling rebellious lol)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees farenheight. Combine all the above into a bowl, and mix it all up! Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.

I’m in love with this recipe because 1) it is SO quick and aint nobody got time to be spending hours making breakfast foods 2) the coconut and dried cranberry combo is just to die for.

Now one last thing… what should you eat your granola with?? Unsweetened (aka natural) greek yogurt is my favourite! This way you skip the gross refined sugars that are added to flavored yogurt and get 18 grams of protein per ¾ cup instead! Good stuff all around. If you want to sweeten up your plain greek yogurt, mix in some honey or maple syrup! Both are great natural sweeteners that are actually good for you!

 

x,

 

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11:43 | October 15, 2014

CASUAL LOOK

Outfits

Fall-Look

Fall-Fashion-Look

Fall-Coat-Style

Whistler-Casual-Look

 

This weekend I spent some time up in Whistler, British Columbia. For those of you who don’t know what Whistler is, it is a world class ski resort that is about an hour and an half away from Vancouver! I grew up competitive downhill ski racing so Whistler has become like my second home. Soooo you will be seeing quite a few posts from there 😀

This casual outfit was perfect to wear while checking out the farmers market this weekend. I was super comfy and warm, even in the chilly mountain weather! My jacket is from Aritzia, and I’m in love with the camel color this season. I find it matches so well with everything! My poncho I wore underneath was a gift from a small shop in Switzerland. It is wooly, warm, and magical (yes, magical) and basically is a socially acceptable version of wearing a blanket. Sign. Me. Up. LOL!

My jeans are Citizens of Humanity “Rocket” high rise skinny jeans. This is the second pair I have bought of these, in the exact same colour (I know, go wild… right?!) They are just the perfect fit for my body and are so comfortable. I have no doubt that I will soon be purchasing another pair just like these lol. Anddddd finally, these killer knee-high leather boots are from a small shop in Milan. I got them a few years ago and have worn them out pretty good!

It is so nice that fall is finally here, and we can start layering again! Let me know what you think of this cozy weekend look in the comments below. 🙂

 

x,

 

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11:43 | October 14, 2014

PINK HUMMUS

Food

Pink-Hummus

Simple-Hummus-Recipe

Pink-Hummus-Recipe

 

Things can tend to get a little bit grey and boring during the fall, especially here in Vancouver (ehem… Raincouver.) Sooo, I made this pink hummus to brighten up your afternoon snack! Also everyone knows that pink is prettier, so why not… right?!

What’s in it:

  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 large lemon
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (always use extra virgin!)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ small cooked red beet

Combine tahini and lemon juice in your blender. Add in the olive oil, garlic, and salt. Process these ingredients until smooth. Now, take those chickpeas and add them into your blender slowly (half a can at a time.) Blend as you are adding in the chickpeas so your hummus becomes nice and smooth. Finally, add in the cooked red beet until your hummus becomes as light or dark pink as you like. And voila! All done. Serve with your favourite veggies or crackers.

Chickpeas are a great source of protein, so this pretty-in-pink snack will keep you full all afternoon long. Keep in mind chickpeas are pretty high in calories so try and not crush the entire batch in one go… haha (you will want to though, trust me!)

Hope you love the recipe! Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments below. <3

 

x,

 

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1:01 | October 12, 2014

PARTY PANTS

Outfits

Vancouver-Blogger

Clothing-Blogger

Style-Blogger-Canada

Party-pants

Flare-Pants

Blogger-Girl

 

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend everyone! This is one of my favorite times of the year. We get to spend time with our loved ones, and reflect on all the things we are thankful for in our lives. Traditionally, Thanksgiving in Canada was a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest season. I have a sneaking suspicion that neither you nor I have ever actually “harvested” anything before, so how about we give thanks for all of the other great things we have in our lives. There is often much more than you think!

This outfit I wore the other day before I went for caesars at Score on Davie St. with some friends. The pants are from BCBG, and I am completely obsessed with them because 1) they are party pants YAY! 2) they have that kick ass flare/wide legged look to them that I cant get enough of right now. I paired them with a silk tank from Aritzia, and this sweet oversized blazer from Urban Outfitters. For accessories, I usually keep it really simple. I like the focus of my outfit to be the clothing and not all sorts of bits and bobbles lol. So, I always just stick to a few pieces of jewelry. Here I wore some rings I bought in a small shop in Milan.

 

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend! <3

 

x,

 

Robyn-Signature

4:56 | October 9, 2014

NEW KICKS

Training

New-Shoes

Nike-Shoes

New-Kicks

 

Replacing your running shoes isn’t something we talk about very often. But, we totally should! Running in used and worn out shoes is actually the most common cause of running injury. When your running shoes get old, the cushioning and shape of the shoe break down which makes you end up running on flat shoes. This increases the high pressure impact on your joints, which is no fun for anyone. Having high impact on your joints can cause long term problems, which can be solved in the short term by investing in a new pair of kicks! Also, working out is WAY more difficult when you are doing it in old worn out shoes. Whenever I buy a new pair I always feel like a rockstar haha… soooo new shoes = easier workouts? I’m down.

How often should you be replacing your shoes? About every 300 – 400 miles. How to track this? I like to use the Nike running app. It actually motivates me to go out because it shows you where you ran and how far. And okay, this might sound lame, but when you have a really good run there is this voice on the app that congratulates you… and its weirdly rewarding lol.

Another easy way to tell if you need new running shoes is to go and try on a brand new pair which are the same as your current pair. If they feel much more buoyant and the old ones feel flat, then that’s a sign that its time to get a new pair! Basically just use your judgement, but don’t be running around in old shoes that will hurt your joints.

I’m off to go break in these bad boys. Happy running everyone! 

 

x,

 

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