Food For Your Eyes

I’ve teamed up with IRIS Visual Group to share some of my favourite recipes made up of ingredients that are good for your eyes. Taking good care of your vision is something that we often overlook until it becomes a problem, but being proactive with our eye health can be something we’ll be so thankful for down the road.
There are a handful of foods that benefit your eyes health and can help reduce the risk of cataracts with age. Dark leafy greens, like kale, help your detailed vision, more foods for your eyes also include grapefruit, egg yolks, butternut squash, apples, carrots, chickpeas & lemons - All used in these 3 favourite recipes I often make for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast

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SAUTEED GARLIC KALE WITH SCRAMBLED EGGS

Handful of Cut Kale

½ Tbs Coconut Oil

1 tsp Garlic Powder

Salt

2 Eggs

Hot Sauce

Whisk eggs and set aside. On medium low heat melt Coconut Oil in a pan, once melted sprinkle with garlic powder and add Kale, toss in Coconut oil. While Kale cooks, scramble eggs in a separate pan. Top Kale with Scrambled eggs add salt and Hot Sauce.

Lunch

MASHED CHICKPEA SALAD

1 Can Chickpeas

2 Tbs mayo

1 Tbs Mustard

2 Pickles diced

Juice of half a lemon

2 tsp Turmeric

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

Salt to taste

With a potato masher or the bottom of a clean can, mash chickpeas in a bowl. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Serve on Toast with Kale, or a rice cake.

Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows.

Dinner

CROCKPOT BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

1 Butternut Squash - peeled, seeded, cubed

2 Carrots peeled and diced

1 Apple cored and diced

1 Onion sliced

1 Clove Garlic diced

2 Cups Vegetable Broth

1 Can Coconut Milk

Salt & Pepper to taste

½ tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Sprig Fresh Sage

Add all ingredients minus the coconut milk to the slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Once cooked, and squash + carrots are tender, remove fresh sage, add coconut milk. Blend with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve topped with coconut milk & paprika.

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven.

Winter favourites with IRIS

This winter we headed up to the beautiful and snowy Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada to shoot some of my favourite IRIS frames for Winter. Over the past year, I have teamed up with IRIS Visual Group to share my frame & sunglass collection with you, and I’m excited to announce that I will be an IRIS Ambassador for 2017! This year I’ll be sharing the importance of caring for your eyes and how to keep them healthy, along with my favourite frame and style inspiration throughout the changing seasons

For this shoot, most of the styles I’m wearing are oversized, rounded & rectangle. I love the bold look of brown frames, and there is something so special about thick dark frames that feel extra cozy and pair perfectly with a big knit sweater in the Winter. I love almost all of the frames that Michael Kors creates; you can see a couple of them in the flat lay images. Above I am wearing a bold rectangle frame by SPY which is just the right amount of oversized for my face - since it’s so petite, I have to find the right balance.

Poppy had so much fun playing around in the snow during our time in Lake Louise. She liked to call it “Snowy Mountain” (the name of a Peppa book, of course). Here I am wearing frames by Spine, a great in-between frame, not too big & bold, but they still stand out.

Lastly I’m wearing these frames by Seraphin, they are a softer look for everyday. I love the dark on top and light on the bottom, it definitely gives off that classic wayfarer look.

How to Prepare Placenta Smoothies

It's not as scary as you think. After giving birth to Poppy I had my placenta encapsulated and really loved the benefits; I felt happy, energized, my milk came in really fast & strong and my hormones were very stable. So I knew I wanted to consume my placenta again but honestly I didn't want to spend the $300 on it. But thennnnn I remembered that eating it was free... I just had to man up a little.

I looked into different ways that people consumed it - turning it into different dinner dishes, one of my twisted girlfriends suggested Pulled-Placenta Tacos ;) and as appetizing as that sounds, smoothies seemed like the right way to go. 

My #sisteroftheyear did the deed of bringing my placenta home from the hospital and preparing it for me. I didn't want to let it sit in the fridge because I didn't know how long we would be there and being the lover of all things au-natural she gladly accepted the challenge. 

You guys, drinking the smoothies was seriously no big deal, the truth is I loved it! They just tasted like a fruit smoothie with a hint of metallic (I've included the recipe I used below). The benefits were even better this time around. The day before I started the smoothies those crazy postpartum hormones started flooding in so the next morning I started the smoothies - and the results were everything I hoped for. 

If you still think I'm crazy and slightly full of crap here are some of the benefits of consuming your placenta (source) : 

Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone,
Prolactin: promotes lactation,
Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; produced during breastfeeding to facilitate bonding of mother and infant. In pharmaceutical form this is a very addictive drug because it promotes a feeling of connectedness with others,
Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events,
Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores,
Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections,
Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition,
Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing,
Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections.

Preparing the placenta

This is the method my sister used to prepare the placenta. It involves removing the membranes, blood clots, slicing, and flash freezing. I asked her if she had any notes from the chef that I should include for you and she passed along: 1. Have a really sharp knife 2. Wear an apron - it will be messy 3. If you want to keepsake the cord start by cutting it off with maximum length

Before I left for the hospital I put a plastic cutting board, lined cookie sheet, instructions and latex gloves in my kitchen for the prep. She texted me after it was complete and said "You better not go missing because they will use the blue light & I will 100% get blamed for murdering you." 

Smoothie Recipe

1 - 2 Chunks Thawed Placenta (I did 2 in each smoothie, which equalled approx 1/3 cup) 
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
1/4 Cup Water
Half of a Banana
1/2 Cup Frozen Raspberries
1/4 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1/4 Cup Frozen Pineapple
 

Place ingredients in the blender starting with the liquid on the bottom, and frozen items on top. 
(In this post I made a half serving because I only had 1 piece of placenta left, but this recipe usually made a large 3-4 Cup smoothie) and Enjoy, Weirdo!