Eat for Your Health: Introduction

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Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family. I hope you indulged intentionally, ate mindfully, laughed ceaselessly and loved massively.

Let’s talk about Christmas dinner for a minute. For anyone who has ever cooked Christmas dinner, or contributed to it, you know there is a food hierarchy. Turkey and dessert are at the top, while cranberry sauce and veggies are demoted to the bottom.

Last Christmas, I was responsible for vegetables. For some reason, my family did not trust me. This Christmas, I was in charge of dessert. And, if you know me, you know I love surprising people with dessert that is actually healthy for you. So, I made two vegan pies: pumpkin and apple. I added a vegan coconut whipped cream on top.

I was pretty nervous that my traditional, meat and potatoes, Dutch family would not like it, but here’s the thing: they didn’t even know. They couldn’t tell the difference! Christmas miracle indeed.

Now, on to the thing I really want to talk about.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been alluding to some exciting things happening on Miss Epicure in 2016.

Exciting Thing #1!

I have started a new blog! I would like to introduce you all to Bourbon + Honey, my new lifestyle blog. I’m covering everything from food and fitness to fashion and fun. I am launching the blog as soon as the NYE ball drops. So, stay tuned! Check out my Instagram and Twitter for the official announcement!

Exciting Thing #2!

I want to introduce you to a new series I am working on with my lovely friend Britney, who runs the fabulous nutrition blog Savour and Shine.

This series, called Eat for Your Health, tackles some of our society’s biggest health issues, from arthritis to atherosclerosis, diabetes to dementia and obesity to osteoporosis. We will be focusing on how we can use proper nutrition to manage the symptoms of these issues.

How is this going to work?

You are going to learn about the micro and macro nutrition aspects of managing the symptoms of these diseases over at Savour and Shine. After that, you’re going to head back here for a week’s worth of meals, conveniently packaged in a beautiful meal plan.

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Let’s get 2016 started on the right foot, without the resolutions.

See you all in the New Year!

XO | miss e.

 

A Clean Christmas

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Eating healthy during the holidays sometimes seems like Mission Impossible. Temptation is strong: you’re constantly surrounded with scrumptious shortbread, savory stuffing and heavenly hors d’oeuvres.

According to food psychologist and researcher, Brian Wansink, the environment during the holidays encourages mindless over consumption and indulgence. This is largely because of social gatherings, characterized by long periods of time of eating and a myriad of distractions.

But navigating the food tables doesn’t need to be a minefield. I am entering my third holiday season as a clean eater and my first as a plant-based eater. I’ve learned some great tips and tricks to share with you to keep Christmas clean and healthy.

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Butternut Squash Bake

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It has been quite the week (or month) over here. From business trips to birthdays, it’s been non-stop.

It was my birthday last week, and I don’t know about you guys but birthday celebrations last about a month. This year was full of mountain hikes, Banff hangouts, hockey games, business trips and so much delicious food!

So, after all that fun, it’s time for a reset. So, I bring you one of the most beautifully, Christmasey dishes you will ever see.

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a little bit, or following me on Instagram, you know I am in love with Minimalist Baker. Dana’s recipes never fail to surprise and delight. They are everything I want in a recipe: healthy, simple, quick and delicious.

While furiously scrolling through my Instagram the other day, I saw these mini pumpkin pies from MB, and I thought “VEGAN PIE! Bring it on!” And, there is something about mini food. I don’t know if it’s because I grew up with a Dutch mom who thought mini cookies would make me eat fewer of them. (It didn’t.) Whatever it is, I had to try make these little bites of pumpkin heaven.

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My Top 5 Snacks for Work

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When you are busy about town, conquering a to-do list in the office, or jumping from school to work to dance or soccer, eating healthy is probably the last thing on your mind. However, eating nutrient-dense snacks throughout the day keeps your metabolism firing on all cylinders, helping you avoiding the “crash”. All it takes is a little preparation and eating healthy throughout the day is a snap.

Try out my five favorite snacks.

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Soup’s On: Four (Heart) Warming Soups

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I can’t think of anything more cozy than curling up with a bowl of soup when the weather turns frightful – other than sweaters, coffee, blankets and books, but go with me here.

Soup is one of my favorite things to make. It’s easy, never boring and one pot can last the whole week. With the colder weather coming, soup becomes a mainstay in my meal plans. I want to highlight a few favorites from my soups roster that I will definitely be making over the season.

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My Favorite Food Movies

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I love food. And I love movies. And I love movies about food.

In honor of pre-Thanksgiving anticipation and post-Thanksgiving food comas, I want to share my favorite movies about food.

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{Mis} Adventures of a Gardener: Lessons

Untitled designWe have officially wrapped up our gardening season. Over the weekend, K and I harvested the last of our veggies and herbs. Unfortunately, some plants didn’t make it through the season because of our pesky zucchini plant. I swear if you want to take over the world, strategically plant zucchinis. I didn’t expect it to grow as big as it did. Oh well, lesson learned.

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Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

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Everyone has crazy busy days. It seems like I have crazy busy weeks. I love these energy bites from Minimalist Baker. Peanut buttery. Chocolatey. Slightly sweet. In other words, the perfect burst of energy. They only have five ingredients and take 15 minutes to make.

Quick, easy and delicious for the win.

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Running Pains

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There’s nothing more uncomfortable when you are halfway through a run and things are going well, you’ve a good pace, but then you feel this intense pain in your side. This is a side stitch, also known as a side ache or side cramp.

There’s no hard and fast reason for why side stitches occur; however, they can happen when the diaphragm does not get enough oxygen. When that happens, you feel a sharp pain in your rib cage, usually the bottom right side.

So, let’s talk about what to do when you get one and how to avoid stitches altogether.

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