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Raw vegan chocolate ice cream

I've moved! Visit my new blog La Belle Vie for more recipes and healthy living tips. Don't forget to update your bookmarks. xo
I've been meaning to do a detox for a while now. I've been feeling less than awesome - the state of limbo I'm in with waiting to travel and dragging my feet and the season change toward cold cold cold and wet have not been helping. I've been tired, unmotivated, anxious, and a bit down. Add to this a weekend of eating almost nothing but processed soy, and a switch flipped and I was suddenly ready. 

I've been on the detox for about a week now and have felt great about the foods I've been eating. It's been about 95% raw, tons of veggies and fruits, with some seeds and nuts for protein and healthy fats. I've steered clear of concentrated sweeteners and anything processed or refined. I've had no cravings, which is great. I was experiencing detox symptoms, but they seem to be on their way out. 

One thing I've done to ens…

Ultimate Fall Smoothie: Pumpkin pie edition

It's officially fall! So so officially. As with any weather change time in Toronto, I am constantly confused about what I should be wearing. On the day these photos were taken, I ended up on one of my fave cafe patios (Moonbean in kensington) lounging in a tank top. The next day I lost feeling in my hands and feet because it was so cold and had to huddle around a cup of tea at said cafe to regain sensation! I'm trying to bike everywhere as well, which adds to the challenge. My hands have aged ten years from the cold!

One of the things I love love love about fall are all the amazing fall flavours: spaghetti squash, apple pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, butternut squash soup, and pumpkin pie all come to mind! In celebration of the beautiful colours and flavours of the season, and to warm you up on a crisp fall day, here's the Ultimate Fall Smoothie (spoiler alert: think pumpkin pie meets apple cider).

The recipe
1/2c pumpkin puree
3 small carrots (not baby carrots, just small…

Guest Post: Eat and Run by Scott Jurek - a review

My friends are absolutely amazing. Marianne is one of them. One of the most driven people I know, she decided like a year ago she wanted to be a triathlete, trained hard and now is one! What! When I was offered the chance to review Eat and Run by Scott Jurek, a veggie athlete, on veganlicious, I knew Marianne was the perfect person for the job. Enjoy! xo Selene
Marianne Vander Dussen is a triathlete, a cycling advocate, and bibliophile. She is attempting to slowly convert from omnivore to herbivore while maintaining a very active lifestyle. Her recent obsession is writing about developments in sustainable urban infrastructure. She currently lives in T.O.
I first discovered Scott Jurek in Christopher McDougall’s bestseller, Born to Run. I had taken the book out of the library on a whim, and within the week I had devoured his epic story of ultrarunning. Though Scott Jurek was hardly the focus of the book, his presence in the Copper Canyons presented a true challenger for the Tarahumara…

Spiced stuffed baked apples - now that's how you welcome fall!

Terrible picture, I know. I can't find my camera, so this was taken on my cousin's cell phone. This is a super easy fall time dessert I made for thanksgiving dinner with the family and some friends who don't have family in Canada. It tastes just like apple pie!
My parents always travel in the fall, and I was in Vancouver with my best friend last year, so we've missed the past three years of Thanksgiving. So this year it was kind of a big deal. And we ended up with ten (!!) people - the four of us, my sister's boyfriend and friend, my couch surfer from France, my cousin who is visiting from India, and his two roommates who are also from India. Overall, it was an amazing Thanksgiving weekend and gave me so much to be thankful for - I spent all my time doing amazing things with amazing people including some very close friends and some new friends. 
One negative thing about the whole weekend was around someone who I thought was close to me. I tend to take my personal …

A little game of catch up...

I know, I know, I'm the suckiest blogger ever. Here's a little summary of what's been going on...
1. I finished school (yay!) and am now a holistic nutritional consultant (double yay!)
2. While biking, a car hit me. I'm fine, just covered in bruises. I love biking and will never stop, but Toronto really is like the least friendly place to bike. Passerbys (sp?) were amazing and sooo many people stopped to help me and check on me (love this city!) but many drivers are terrible and don't pay attention or really even know what to do when there's a bike on the road.
3. I was featured on Raw Food Recipes as a featured chef!!!! Check it out! Soooo exciting!
4. I'm up and moving to South America! I leave on November 27 (which means I'll be spending my birthday - Nov 28 - there) and will be landing in Ecuador. I'm kind of freaking out. I have sooo much to do, so much to pack, buy, etc etc. I'm going for six months, but we'll see what happens after th…