Guilt-Free Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

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Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

Beans…turns out they are not just for burritos and salads like I once believed! I am always on the hunt for guilt free treats to satisfy my infamous sweet tooth and my friend Chef Adrian Forte thankfully introduced me to his Guilt-Free Chocolate Chickpea Brownie recipe, which I highly suggest you try making at home over the holidays.  Never in my wildest dreams would I think garbanzo beans would yield some of the most fudgy, rich and healthy brownies I’ve ever had – and highly addicting may I add. And if you’re wondering if these brownies taste like beans, they most certainly do not.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 large organic, free range eggs
  • 5 cups of Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of unsweetened chocolate – melted
  • 1 cup of shredded almonds (optional)

 

Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

Pre-heat your oven and set it to 350 degrees. Start by placing the almond flour and brown sugar into a large bowl and whisk together.  In your blender or Vitaminx, blend the chickpeas and coconut oil and puree until smooth. Combine the pureed chickpea to flour and brown sugar mixture, then add the eggs and whisk aggressively to mix. Once smooth, add in the melted raw chocolate and blend until the mixture is lump free. In a parchment lined baking pan or individual mini baking cups and bake for 15 mins. Remove brownies from the oven, drizzle 1/2 cup of melted unsweetened chocolate and top with shredded almonds.

Chocolate Chickpea BrowniesPhotos by Nathalia Allen www.amillionminds.com (@amillionminds)

Looking for other inspiring dishes to serve during the holidays? In case you missed it, check out this Tiger Shrimp Ceviche with Red Beet Hummus recipe also from Chef Adrian Forte.  For more information on Chef Forte’s personal chef services, culinary consulting and catering, head to AdrianForte.com.

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Love it & Lyst It on Fashion’s Social Shopping Site Lyst.com

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Lyst.com

I have developed a bit of a substance abuse problem and it’s called Lyst. Every morning between 6:30 and 7:30am for the past week I have been on my computer in bed – not working, but rather “Lysting”. I will admit, although I spend tons of time on my laptop, I haven’t really been an avid online shopper but that looks like it’s about to change.  Looking to quickly learn the ins and outs of the site, I spent a few hours last week dissecting it and quickly discovered I was in a dangerous place where this could potentially trump my Netflix obsession.

Lyst

What is Lyst exactly? It’s basically a virtual pin board you can actually shop from (think of it as a mashup between Pinterest and Shop Style in the format of Twitter).  You can follow the designers and brands you like, the bloggers you love (ahem…hopefully me!) and if you stumble on items you like on their lists, you can 1) add those picks to your own personal lists and 2) purchase them by clicking “Buy on Store”, which leads you to the brand’s site to buy.  Not looking for anything in particular and just need some inspiration? Lyst has you covered there too. The homepage has an inspiring selection of lists curated by the site’s editors, their fave brands and fashion influencers where you can discover new trends. Case in point, the Left Bank scarf trend made popular by everyone’s fave gal Leandra Medine (the Man Repeller).

Lyst

For those of you that are a bit impatient like I am, rather than aimlessly cruising the site, you can browse for a specific type of item querying by designer, colour, price or even “Holiday Offers”. If you stumble on something that’s a bit too pricey (#StoryOfMyLife), simply flag it and Lyst will notify you if the same item is going on sale or even better available cheaper at another store. With all the buzz about the 2015 Pantone colour of the year, Marsala, I’ve created a list featuring some extremely lust-worthy pieces. You can preview my entire list here.

Lyst Sasha Exeter

Have I convinced you to try it out? It’s totally free and addicting may I add, but it definitely makes online shopping more fun. I will be using the site as another source of inspiration and a way to share my fashion and fitness must-haves with my Lyst and social media followers. Head to Lyst.com to get started and check them out on Instagram and Twitter. Once you’re up and running and, be sure to follow my lists here.

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Equinox. It’s Not Fitness. It’s Life!

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Equinox Toronto

It’s been ages since I’ve been a member of a gym. With the exception of yoga/pilates and NTC sessions, majority of my workouts are done outside all year round. However, after spending some time in Equinox, which is pretty much the Rolls Royce of fitness spaces, I had a change of heart. With clubs in most major U.S. cities and the UK, this luxury fitness brand opened it’s doors to it’s first Toronto location back in 2013 within the city’s high powered financial district. The sophisticated and sleek space nestled high in the sky inside the Commerce Court tower is fully equipped with studio rooms, yoga/pilates practice spaces, a boxing gym, combatants room, enough cardio machines that you never have to sign up or wait to get , state-of-the-art equipment, and the best trainers the country has to offer. Not to mention a full service food and juice bar where you can get pre-workout juices and snacks and nutritious prepped and made to order meals. The company’s branding includes the tagline, “It’s not fitness, it’s life!” which has been my thoughts on exercise for as long as I can remember. If I was asked to create the dream fitness space that would bring that theory to life, it would look exactly like Equinox.  Therefore, I am pleased to announce that I’ve been recently named one of Equinox Toronto’s Brand Ambassador and really excited to turn my training up a notch with the help of their amazing staff and classes.

Equinox Toronto

Equinox Toronto

Exercise isn’t just an activity you do from time to time or to lose weight before a vacation. It has to be apart of your lifestyle, which should be accompanied by good eating and proper hydration. During the next few months I will be prepping my body for the 2015 half marathon season and plan to take full advantage of the amazing classes Equinox has to offer, which will act as the perfect compliment to my running training. So stay tuned as I will be sharing my experiences with some of the classes – I literally can’t wait to get my hands into some boxing gloves! What can you expect to see on the class schedule? the infamous Eva Redpath’s Barre Burn, METCON3 (the toughest strength conditioning class I’ve done to date), Tabata, Studio Cycling, Boxing, Shockwave, Hardcore Conditoning, Pilates, various types of Yoga and much more. Not really into group classes? No problem. Equinox’s highly skilled trainers will match your current fitness level with your goals in order to create a bespoke training program that will both inspire and transform you.

Equinox Toronto

Equinox Toronto

Equinox Toronto

Service and Amenities

Calling Equinox a gym makes me feel as if I’m discrediting it in some way. Amenities such as; a full service spa, sauna & steam rooms, lounge areas, and luxe locker rooms stocked with covetable Kiehl’s products, make it feel like a country club. With complimentary wifi throughout the space, Equinox makes it easy to stream your fave videos, music and workout apps.

Equinox Toronto

Equinox Toronto

Equinox Toronto

What I’m Wearing: Exclusive Hamsa Spiritual Gangsta x Equinox Muscle Tank c/o (found exclusively at) Equinox *Spiritual Gangster donates a meal to a person in need for every item sold // Legendary Wave Capri Tights c/o Nike // Free Flyknit 4.0 Running Shoes c/o Nike 

Stay tuned as I will be reporting back on my favourite group classes, spa services, amenities, and how Equinox has pushed me to achieve my personal fitness goals over the next few months. As we close in on the end of the year my friends at Equinox are offering an exclusive invitation offer until December 23rd, 2014 – which is a great way to get a jump start on your fitness goals for the new year.  For more information on the promotion, to learn more what Equinox has to offer or to find a location near you, head to Equinox.com.

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2014 So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Him

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Men

Coming up with your own personal wish list is always easy and fun, however not so much when you need to buy for someone else – especially when it’s for your beau who has everything. I have carefully curated a small list of  items from my favourite stores and online shops that will no doubt make your man extremely happy (and very stylish!)

1. Aether Cone Wireless Speakers ($399).  Wireless speakers are nothing new but Cone’s capabilities will blow you away. It learns what, when and how someone likes to listen to music. When it’s turned on, it will automatically play what the listener loves with amazing sound quality. Small enough that it can be brought anywhere. Simple to use. Beautifully crafted and if that’s not enough, it even responds to voice commands.

Aether Cone Speaker2. Rag & Bone Cashmere Beanie ($135).  Crafted from extra soft ribbed cashmere, this grey beanie from cult contemporary brand Rag & Bone is a fall/winter wardrobe essential. Both comfy and snug, you will have to beg him to take it off.

3. Nike Flystepper 2K3 ($125). Whether he’s a lover of basketball or simply likes the swag and off court fashion of a ball player, there is no doubt he will be into this street wear sneaker inspired by the basketball shoe with the same name.  The Nike Flystepper also comes in a Black/White/Grey colour way but the all black version is classic and can be dressed up or down.

Nike Flystepper 2K3

4. Rimowa Topas Multiwheel 55cm Carry-On Case ($875). Perfect for the savvy traveller who believes that style should still exist when traveling, Rimowa’s compact rigged aluminum carry-on case is the ideal hand luggage choice. It’s spacious, light, has 360 swivel wheels and an extendible handle for easy  manoeuvring. Crafted to the German company’s high standards, it makes an outstanding gift for any man with a case of wanderlust.

5. RW&Co Reversible Puffer Jacket ($140). Not every single day during winter calls for a parka. Some days call for a lighter jacket that your guy can layer over his go-to cashmere sweaters for a casual yet chic look. And the bonus, this topper from RW&Co is reversible, so it’s basically two jackets for the price of one!

RW&Co Reversible Puffer Jacket

6. Byredo Sunday Cologne ($250). I am not sure why Byredo called this scent Sunday Cologne because I am pretty damn sure he will want to wear it every day of the week. Buying a scent for someone else other than yourself can be a bit challenging but this one is so versatile and timeless, anyone can easily make it their signature scent.  With a patchouli base and mixed notes of incense, lavender, cardamon and bold bergamot, it’s the type of cologne you want to spray on your clothes as a reminder of your guy when he’s not around.

7. RW&Co’s Canvas Knapsack ($70). This versatile backpack from RW&Co is ideal for both weekdays and weekend getaways with tons of room. For those who have a laid back office style, it could even be used as a computer bag. The canvas and vegan leather details on the exterior will be sure to grab some attention but not to be out down by the unique paisley print interior.

Men's-Blue-Theme-BackPack-

8. Leica x “Edition Moncler” Camera ($2,950). The ideal gift for your gadget loving dude or fashionable friend who prefers to capture images with a real camera instead of his iPhone. With a leatherette stripped cladding in the classic Moncler logo colours, 16.5 megapixels , this cam also includes a special edition white leather carrying case.

Leica x Moncler Camera

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5 Tips On How To Survive Outdoor Running This Winter

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Nike Running HyperWarm

Thanks to Nike’s latest campaign, #ChooseYourWinter, fair-weather athletes are being encouraged to not get intimidated by the season’s elements but rather embrace it. I have jumped on this bandwagon as well this winter and doing my part to motivate those around me to do the same. However, I do think it’s important that people stay safe and take the necessary precautions when training and running outdoors during these frigid months.

1. Stay Seen. Be Visible. With limited daylight during this time of the year, chances are you’ll be running in the dark, therefore it’s important to wear gear that is highly reflective – and the brighter, the better. Don’t be afraid to resemble a Christmas tree. This year, my go-to for winter running attire is Nike’s Flashpack Collectionwhich includes outerwear, footwear, tights and gloves. The extensive collection provides incredible comfort, visibility and protection from all “Old Man Winter’s” elements.

2. Hydrate. Sure, it’s easy to gulp down water during the hot and humid months, especially when you’re sweating profusely due to the heat, but what about during the winter months? It’s just as important to stay hydrated during this time of the year. Even if you’re not running, other outdoor activities like shovelling snow or skiing requires proper hydration. I have a finicky tummy so I can’t drink too much too soon before a run. If I plan to run first thing in the morning, I start hydrating from the night before. When taking to the streets during the day or evening, I stop liquid consumption approximately 30 minutes prior to heading out. People often tell me they find it difficult to stay hydrated because they genuinely don’t like the taste of water, and neither do I do be honest so I’ve had to come up with some tricks to help me stay on track:

  • I turn to zero calorie flavoured beverages. I’m a huge fan of VitaminWater Zero products. Naturally sweetened with stevia, a plant based sweetener, the brand’s Zero lineup has four amazing tasting flavours that I rotate to keep my tastebuds happy; Go-Go (Mixed Berry), Squeezed (Lemonade), XOXOX (Acai-Bluebrry-Pomegranate) and Rise (Orange).
  • Keep large bottles of Smartwater close by at all times throughout the day to increase water consumption
  • Infuse water with lemon, cucumbers or strawberries for natural flavour

3. Layer Up. The general rule of thumb when running outdoors is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer, meaning you should be slightly cool when you first start but then warm shortly into the run but not sweating so much that you catch a chill. The best way to achieve this is by using technical fabrics like DryFit HyperWarm base layers underneath appropriate outerwear to wick sweat away from your skin. Wearing layers allow you to easily control your body temperature by adding or removing clothing as needed.  Post run, to avoid a lingering case of the chills change out of your damp clothes immediately and warm up with a coffee or tea.

Nike Running HypeWarm

4. Warm Up Pre Run. Although runners should always do some sort of warm up, I highly suggest you get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat prior to hitting the streets. Pre run, try some dynamic stretching exercises, skipping rope or running up and down your stairs.

Nike Running HyperWarmPhotography by Nathalia Allen www.amillionminds.com (@amillionminds)

5. Deal With The Wind. One of the most valuable pieces of advice I’ve received about winter running is how to deal with the wind. Gusting winds can make you much colder and your run far less enjoyable. A great way to tackle this is by starting your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn’t blast you to much after you break a sweat. To avoid long periods of nagging wind at your face you can alternate running into the wind for 10 minutes and then turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, then repeating.  Other helpful tips; wear a balaclava or apply Vaseline (warning, this can get messy) or Kiehl’s All-Sport Non-Freeze Face Protector to your face to shield you from the elements.

What I’m Wearing: Pro HyperWarm Embossed Tights // Pro HyperWarm Infinity Turtleneck // Aeroloft 800 Vest // Air Zoom Structure 18  Courtesy of Nike Canada – All items can be purchased in Canadian Nike retail stores, Sport Chek and Sporting Life locations

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Nutrient Packed “Beets By Dre” Smoothie

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Beets By Dre Smoothie

With the holidays coming up soon I am doing what I can to take it easy on my caloric intake and give my digestive system a bit of a break before things get hectic. Sundays are always a great day for me to stick to juices, smoothies and raw food as my schedule resembles that of a sloth…and it’s my only day off from strenuous exercise. Lately I’ve been giving my healthy recipes kitchy names based on pop culture and fashion (you can check out my Kale Lagerfeld salad here) and couldn’t help but use a play on words from Dr. Dre’s “Beats by Dre” headphones for this beet and blueberry blended smoothie.

Beet root is one of my favourite veggies. Its delicious raw, steamed, picked, or juiced and contains a naturally occurring compound that converts to nitrate during digestion and then begins to circulate through your blood stream. During times when oxygen availability is low, for example during intense exercise or a race, nitrate can be converted into nitric oxide which enhances vascular function. Most people ditch the leafy green stems of fresh beets, but this is a huge mistake as they are full of nutrients as well. Beet greens are rich in vitamin A & C, both super powerful antioxidants and are a good source of potassium and magnesium (the latter are two key electrolytes for cardiovascular function).

Beets By Dre Smoothie

3 ideal times to consume my Beets By Dre smoothie are:

  1. During the day for a plant based boost
  2. A minimum of 90 mins prior to exercise/training.  Ideally 2-3 hours before due to the high protein content
  3. Thirty minutes after a work

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of coconut water (I like to use Jax Coco or Coco Libre)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 medium raw  beet root (or two small beets) , diced into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup of beet greens
  • 1 serving of Progressive VegEssential All-In-One Natural Berry Flavour (or your choice of protein/performance powder)
  • 2 tablespoons of dried or flaked unsweetened coconut (optional)

Add the liquid ingredients into the blender first, followed by protein powder and dry ingredients. Mix in your blender or Vitamin on high until blended smooth. I like to add 1-2 handfuls of ice cubes as well. *Makes 4 servings.

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Make Up For Ever Holiday Beauty Giveaway

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Make Up For Ever Beauty Pack

Every single item in my “2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Her”, is either an item I currently have and love or one that is on my own wish list this season. I have been recently testing out some products from Make Up For Ever in preparation for the holidays and have religiously been using some of the products that come in the gift set pictured above. To help you achieve your festive beauty look this season, I am giving away one Make Up For Ever “Beauty Kit” to a lucky follower. To be eligible, you must follow both me (@SashaExeter) and Make Up For Ever (@MakeUpForEverCA) on Twitter and tweet the following, “@SashaExeter I want to achieve my festive beauty look with @MakeUpForeverCA’s Beauty Kit! #SoSashaxMakeUpForEver“. Contest begins Monday December 1st, 2014 at noon EST and ends on Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 at 10pm EST. *Contest open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

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2014 So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her

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So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her 2014

Another holiday season is upon us and during this time it’s easy to get sidetracked by year end work deadlines and an obscene amount of  seasonal parties. So where does this leave the task of purchasing gifts for your loved ones? I think it’s safe to say that it falls pretty low on the list of things “to-do” and when left for last minute, it can lead to a lot of anxiety. Although I can’t physically go out and buy the gifts for your loved ones, I can certainly help out with some gift ideas that may be helpful when you begin your shopping. I’ve rounded up a lust list of items that would make perfect gifts for the gals in your life and perhaps you will even find something you want to add to your own wish list!

1. LITTLE BLACK DRESS  A crucial part of getting through the holidays is having the right pieces in your wardrobe and the perfect “LBD” can be a lifesaver. Although you may be a busy bee in the coming weeks shopping for family and friends, I am a big advocate of buying a little something for yourself  along the way…it’s harmless.  Whether it’s a work holiday party, cocktails with girlfriends, a chic Christmas Day dinner or a New Year’s Eve fete, the  textured dress with plunging neckline I’m wearing above from the Elle by RW&Co Limited Edition ($169.99) collection is perfect for any festivity and can be worn for seasons to come. View the entire fashion forward capsule dress collection here.

So Sasha Holiday Gift Guide For Her

2 & 3. FOR THE BEAUTY OBSESSED Every beauty obsessed babe has a fave scent and “go-to” beauty makeup products that can make them smell and look fabulous in a pinch. My adoration for Diptyque candles has now turned into love for the brand’s perfume. Eau Duelle Parfum by Diptyqye ($165) is currently my favourite and has rich and deep notes featuring a sensuous bourbon vanilla scent. Makeup is a great as a stocking stuffer and Make Up For Ever’s “Beauty Kit” ($45) offers 6 of the brand’s iconic products that can create the perfect holiday look. Enclosed is the Mini HD Microperfecting Primer, Mini HD Microfinish Powder, Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Mini Aqua Eye and Lip Pencils and the perfect red lippy.

4. CAN’T GO WRONG I don’t think it matters whether a woman lives in a city with four seasons or it’s hot all year round, if she’s seriously into fashion then she will need a statement leather jacket. And seriously who does moto’s better than Scandinavian brand Acne? Their Shearling Trimmed Leather Biker Jacket   ($1,950) is a modern classic. It comes with a detachable shearling collar, luxe oversized hardware and premium lambskin leather. It will no doubt bring a smile to whomever receives it and they will be set to start the new year in style.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her Luxe City Guides

5. FOR THE HOSTESS OR SAVVY TRAVELER The ideal gift for a hostess, co-worker or a fashionista who is a well heeled traveler. This LUXE City Guides gift set ($60) will assist in navigating the fashion capital cities of the world; London, Paris, Milan, New York and Sydney. These pocket (or clutch) sized guide books advise on the best shopping, eats and drinks each city has to offer.

6. FOR THE COOL DOWNTOWN GIRL The right pair of sunnies sometimes is just the thing you need to transform an outfit and it’s better than any beauty secret when you want to cover bags under your eyes or go makeup free.  Sure, traditional black sunglasses are cool, but nothing is cooler than The Row’s Tortoiseshell Round Framed Acetate Sunglasses ($400).

Bathnogg Holiday Bath Bomb Gift Set

7. BATHROOM BLISS There is undoubtedly items that we don’t necessarily buy for ourselves but would LOVE to receive them or would definitely purchase for someone else. Bath Bomb’s products are my latest obsession and I couldn’t think of a more thoughtful gift for someone you know is in desperate need of R&R during the holiday season.  Dense in essential oils, butters and other rejuvenating components, adding one of their bombs will transport you to a beautifully smelling parallel universe. BathNogg Holiday Gift Set ($25.95).

8. SPORTY SPICE There is not much of a separation between fitness apparel and street fashion these days. For the “Sporty Spice” in your life, Nike’s Tech Pack Butterfly Hoodie ($160) is the perfect gift. It can be worn to exercise in or can be a transitional piece to take you throughout the day paired with her regular street wear. *Can be found in Nike Retail Stores, Sport Chek, and Sporting Life locations in Canada.

9.  SECRET SANTA Always get stuck with when it comes to Secret Santa gifts? I will be honest, it can be tricky to find something chic to give to someone for under $20. RW&Co has come to my rescue this season with their extensive accessories collection with luxe looking jewelry. These Vintage Inspired Button Earrings ($16) has a stunning faceted center stone flanked by a micro pave rhinestone hailo border.

Make sure to stay tuned as I will be launching a contest to give away one of these amazing gifts to a lucky follower. The giveaway will be announced on Monday December 1st at noon.

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Haute Pan Recipe | Tiger Shrimp Ceviche with Red Beet Hummus

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Tiger Shrimp Ceviche with Red Beet Hummus

By no means would I call myself an amazing cook, but this year I’ve been dabbling in the kitchen a bit learning a thing or two about healthy cooking. Last week I joined a group of gals at Haute Pan, an intimate event in Toronto where women, like myself, can learn to make delicious meals at home rather than make “reservations” – which I used to do four nights a week. The event’s concept was created by my pals Chef Adrian Forte and Jennifer Lau Founder of Fit Squad Training and the focus of the evening was on three healthy dishes, which was prepared in front of us by Chef Forte, so we could learn how to easily replicate the dishes at home. The stand out of the evening was the tasty Tiger Shrimp Ceviche with homemade Red Beet Hummus served as an appetizer. It is incredible how easy it is to prepare, making it a perfect starter to share with your guests during the holiday season.

Tiger Shrimp Ceviche with Red Beet Hummus

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of tiger shrimp (raw, peeled and deveined)
  • 2 fresh lemons (juiced)
  • 3 fresh limes (juiced)
  • 5 medium red beets (sliced)
  • 2.5 cups of chickpeas
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium red onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cracked pepper
  • 3 teaspoon of sea salt (for hummus) and 2 teaspoons of kosher salt (for ceviche)
  • micro greens (as a garnish, optional)

Start by removing the shrimp’s shells, rinse and chop each shrimp into quarter inch pieces. In a glass, stainless steel or enamel coated bowl add diced onions, shrimp, chopped cilantro followed by the citrus juice and 2 tablespoons of kosher salt. Mix well and refrigerate for 45 mins to an hour. *The citrus juice actually marinates the shrimp, so it’s crucial to not leave the mixture in the fridge for longer than 60 minutes or else you will end up with shrimp with a rubbery like texture. While the ceviche is chilling and marinating in the fridge, you can create the beet hummus. Take the chickpeas, beets, sea salt, pepper and garlic cloves, then add them to your blender, food processor or Vitamix and pulse while pouring in coconut oil. Add brown sugar and continue to pulse until mixture is lump free and smooth. Once complete, spread the hummus mixture on your choice of corn or rice based chip. Chef Forte is super fancy so he made homemade tostadas but store bought ones or tortilla chips also work fine and is definitely a faster alternative. Spread hummus mixture on the chip, add a spoonful of ceviche and top with micro greens to garnish and serve.

Tiger Shrimp Ceviche with Red Beet Hummus

Tiger Shrimp Ceviche with Red Beet HummusPhotography by Nathalia Allen – AMillionMinds.ca (@amillionminds)

For more information on Fit Squad’s personal training services, nutritional consultation, food delivery service and future Haute Pan events, head to FitSquad.ca

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Staying Cozy in the Nike Tech Pack Butterfly Fleece

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Nike Tech Butterfly

Since it’s launch 2007, the Nike Tech Pack collection has expertly blended both fashion and function together and last year the brand stepped it up with the release of the Nike Tech Fleece. The Tech Fleece collection quickly became a staple for athletes and those fashion savvy individuals who similar to myself, like to incorporate sportswear into their everyday street style.

Nike Tech Butterfly

Nike Tech Butterfly

When the promo video for the collection dropped late August (which includes my fave tennis players; Serena Williams and Genie Bouchard), I was immediately drawn to the focal piece of the women’s line, the Nike Tech Butterfly hoodie. I own a couple and I’ve had them in HIGH rotation as of late.  It’s thermal construction combined with the comfiest cotton blend makes it perfect for this time of the year. Thanks to Vanessa Borovicka, Nike Women’s Global Apparel Designer known specifically for her tech pack and tech fleece creations, this sweater can take you from the gym, to dinner and everywhere in between.

Nike Tech Butterfly

Nike Zoom Agility

Nike Tech Butterfly

The cross crossed detail in the back along with the dolman sleeves makes this topper both flattering and functional, plus the asymmetrical front zip and colour contrast zip is sure to make you stand out in a crowd. Here, I’ve paired the infamous “Butterfly” with a pair of printed leggings from Nike’s sportswear collection and the latest cross training shoe called the Zoom Agility. For additional information on Nike’s cult fave Tech Pack collection, head to Nike.com/TechPack

Nike Tech ButterflyPhotography by Nathalia Allan AMillionMinds.ca (@amillionminds)

What I’m Wearing: Tech Butterfly Women’s Hoodie  also available in 5 other colours // Printed Leggings  // Zoom Agility Training Shoes  // Pro Classic Sports Bra (old) similar here // Nike+ Sportswatch with GPS 

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