Apple Cinnamon Pancakes With Fresh Figs & Ginger Rhubarb Compote

Currently: no phone, but LOADS of pancakes!

… and that just about evens out right? 😉

 rhubarb compotw

Ahhh.. it turns out water isn’t nearly as good for our iPhones as it is for us, but I’ve got my device stewing in a trusty container of basmati rice (sorry about your dinner mom), and in the meantime, I have a replacement phone and it’s pink at that! Afterall, the only reason I really needed my cell was for three things: the notes I wrote (most of my future blogs all get written on there), the photos and videos I took (especially from this past weekend at the farm… there was a robin hatching!), annnd… INSTAGRAM.

And though I have my notes and instagram, my photos and videos still need to be recovered, and while we are pending on that one, this is a pancake recipe spurred on by my need to create a breakfast worthy of my grandparents’ homegrown rhubarb. With a naturally tart taste, I took on the challenge of cutting the sourness without the use of any refined sugars whatsoever. This compote is a simple blend of apple, rhubarb and the sweetness of our own pressed apple cider… with a splash of vanilla in there too!

But what’s a sweet, tart compote without a tasty companion? With bananas and oats, but no berries or non-dairy milk, these apple cinnamon pancakes were sizzling on the skillet and just in time for your Sunday brunch!

Ginger Rhubarb Compote

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Stalks of Rhubarb (diced)
  • 1/2 Diced apple
  • 1 Chunk of ginger
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Dash of himalayan sea salt
  • Apple cider as needed

DIRECTIONS

  • Trim and discard the leaves of your rhubarb (these are poisonous)
  • Dice the stems into inch long pieces or less
  • Add your rhubarb, diced apple and nob of ginger into a saucepan and pour in just enough apple cider to coat the bottom.
  • Simmer about ten minutes. The apple should be soft and the rhubarb looks as though it’s melted at the bottom of your pan, totally normal!
  • Now? Remove the ginger and mash or blend and use part of the knob of ginger to taste.

You can use it over banana ice cream, coconut yogurt, as a spread instead of jam, you name it! I blended mine with half the knob of ginger in the Vitamix to made an applesauce consistency which you can eat as such or spread over your favourite pancakes….

 

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

As pancakes have got to be one of the most versatile foods ever, this is a version of the Banana Pancakes found HERE.

Switch ups:

I used:

  • Apple chunks instead of berries.
  • Apple cider instead of milk. This kept the batter sweet (extra sweet in fact) to make up for the lack of natural juices from the berries.
  • And ceylon cinnamon to taste.

Topped with fresh figs, sprinkled with cinnamon and slathered with steaming compote inspired by seasonal produce, they’ll have you hooked! But do note this compote recipe is one that I only made once (thus far) with no exact recipe, but you can easily adjust the flavours to your fancy. Rhubarb strawberry compote… blackberry pancakes… cherry toppings.. you name it. When you do give these a try, make sure to leave me your combination below 🙂

To our sweetly stacked Sun-days,

Suzanne Eden

The Best Holistic Health Advice Our Mothers Ever Gave Us

Moms, we love you!

And though the celebratory Mother’s day is behind us, we know that your duties have you working around the clock, 365 (or 366) days a year and for that, we appreciate you everyday!

sprouted quinoa burgers

Whether it’s sharing sprouted quinoa burgers amongst the dandelions, binge watching Will And Grace with you on Sunday mornings, or dancing through the kitchen to the likes of Prince while roasting vegetable dishes from chef Micheal Smith’s cookbook. Yes, everyday is an adventure (and on the rare occasion, one that may even find us at the Eiffel Tower)!

mothers advice

And though not all of your adventurous advice may be tried and true, with these, you were onto a good thing.

In other words, these are 3 reasons (of millions) we thank you!

ADVICE #1: An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

  • My personal favourite! Thank you moms for solidifying our love of nature’s perfect, nutritious snack on the go.
    • Benefits: Contains immune boosting vitamin C and soluble fibre in the form of pectin for stable blood sugar levels and a healthy digestive system.
    • What mom didn’t tell you: fruit needs to be consumed on an empty stomach, away from most other foods, for proper digestion. Otherwise you may be going to your doctor with complaints of excessive bloating and indigestion. Pairing this fruit with a little spread of pure almond butter, however, is both digestion friendly and equipped with satiating fats and protein to make this a well-rounded snack.

ADVICE #2: Eat Your Carrots For Good Eye Sight

  • Not just an old wives tale! As a part of the doctrine of signatures, a sliced carrot’s resemblance to the human eye, including the pupil and iris, is an indicator of one of its primary functions. How so?
    • Benefits: Carrots are packed with beta-carotene (the component which also gives them their bright colour). This antioxidant is converted into vitamin A in the body and according to The World’s Healthiest Foods, 1 cup of raw carrots translates to 113% of our daily recommended intake of vitamin A!
    • What mom didn’t tell you: Though eating an abundance of carrots may not restore your vision to 20/20, a deficiency of vitamin A may cause symptoms such as: dry/itchy eyes, blurred vision, and difficulty seeing at night. Tip: dip your carrots in avocado for a strangely delicious combo!

ADVICE #3: Have Soup For The Soul (And A Common Cold)

  • Turns out, these comforting soups are medicinal bowls beyond just soup for the soul!
    • Benefits: The warmth of soup can ease congestion to reduce blocked sinuses while the liquids help to clear the congestion and bacteria from the body. You simply can’t drink enough when sick and this is the way to boost it!
    • What your mother didn’t tell you: While your body requires nutrients to support the immune system during this time, it also needs easily digestible foods as digestion drains your body’s energy needed to fight the virus. Highly nutritious broths, such as fermented miso or bone broth, offer both nutrients and involves very little digesting, leaving you more energy to heal!

stone house

Whether she’s dishing out health advice, homemade dinners from Michael Smith, or exploiting her love of fine dinning with Mother’s day lunches at the Stone House (for candied pecan & cranberry salad with carmelized mushrooms, toasted leeks & balsamic reduction!), we’re all along for an appetizing ride ❤

 

Moms: for all of your wise and worldly advice, we thank you!

Suzanne Eden

My Top 10 Effortless Ways To Embrace Your Daily ACTIVE-ist

“Natural selection shaped the human genome not to run marathons or exclusively lift extremely heavy weights but rather to survive and thrive as very active outdoor generalists in the wild.”

-Mercola

daily ACTIVEist

In sequel to yesterdays post, these are my top ten ways to take your daily ACTIVE-ist by stride:

1. Consistent Movement

  • This is the staple of an ACTIVE-ist: to simply be active all day, every day!

2. Step It Up

  • There may not be 1776 of them, but any amount of stairs over elevators will carry you closer to your goal.
  • In an office building? Running up and down the stairs on break is the perfect way to boost the oxygen to your brain for energy and mental clarity.

3. Take Your Pedometer For A Test Run

  • Handy and inexpensive, having a pedometer routinely secured to your pant pockets will help you to track your progress through the day and keep you accountable and motivated.
  • Start slow by setting the goal to achieve 500-1000 more steps each day to gradually work your way up to 10,000.

garden berries

4. Plant Your Plants!

  • The exact opposite of everything this month’s book is about! But considering the fact that I feel my recommendations to forage the woods for food would fall flat, instead I recommend rummaging through the bushes for berries of your local trails and planting your own vegetable garden.
  • Not only does this bring you more in touch with your food and the natural cultivation of plants, but it’s a great activity for arms, legs and stress reduction. Just watch your posture!

5. Walk For Groceries

  • When you do need groceries, walk there!
  • It is the ultimate portion control as you will be conscious of how much food you have to haul home, thus minimising impulse purchases and the dreaded waste of spoiled produce.

WWF bag

7. But When You Do Drive: Park Like My Mother

  • Always parking in the farthest possible space from the desired door, this has helped us to reap the benefits of additional pedometer steps and the added arm strength from hauling heavy grocery bags.

8. COOK!

  • A no brainer to anyone skilled in the kitchen! The act of chopping and stirring etc. works the upper body and stairs are incorporated every time you inevitably forget something in the cellar.
  • Bonus points for kitchen tangos a la Modern Family.

9.  Pace While You Talk On The Phone

  •  All the better if you do so outdoors for fresh air, sunshine and the added benefit of “earthing” of course!

ACTIVEism

10. Embrace Your Wild Side

  • Optimising vitamin D levels, oxygen and the release of mood enhancing endorphins, rough terrain engages muscles we are not accustomed to working and improves our balance and co-ordination.

Activating our daily ACTIVEists,

Suzanne Eden

The Ancestral Case To Being An ACTIVEist Over An Exerciser

April was a “wild” month in more ways than one!

Harbour

 

From the CN tower climb in support of the World Wildlife Fund, to the Total Health Show and Green Living Expo in Toronto, week-long 40th anniversary celebrations for our health food store, formal events in Cambridge, family birthday gatherings in Burlington and everything in between… this past month as accurately summarized by breakfast? :

Blended on turbo and packed with Maca!

Maca smoothies

CN Tower climb time: 23:54!

With the mantra of “slow and steady,” I think WWF could use a new mascot, no?

But while we wait for next year’s ambitious trek, how does one go about raking up the optimal 8-10,000+ steps a day in activities without the boost of 1776 steps up a skyscraper? And in accordance with my book of choice this month: Spencer Wells’ Pandora’s Seed; The Unforeseen Cost Of Civilization, why is daily activity so superior to exercise? Do we really need the long runs and fancy Fitbits?

For this, we take a few steps back to our hunter-gatherer roots!

fresh smoothie

The Daily ACTIVE-ist

Have you ever been guilty of working out for an hour and lounging the remainder of the day?

  As human beings, we are designed for consistent movement as opposed to strenuous exercise followed by a predominantly sedentary lifestyle. Think of our ancestors who were habitually active with intermittent periods of demanding exercise when hunting (or being hunted). In this way, even your highly fit individual may very likely be sitting too much as temporary bouts of vigorous exercise simply cannot make up for a day of prolonged sitting.

The trick?

GET MOVING!

maca

 Movement As An Ancestral Superfood

Movement is most definitely a superfood! It charges our body’s energy, detoxification, metabolism, digestion, lymphatic drainage and stimulates our brain.

But if you asked our hunter-gatherer ancestors about their exercise routine, they would have found this concept downright ludicrous!

In fact, their daily goal was to conserve the energy they expended as every calorie utilized had to be replenished by finding more food. Certainly not as easy an endeavor as it is now with Fresh Restaurants scattered conveniently throughout the city!

fresh bowl

As Katy Bowman put it:

“People have not exercised throughout history. Exercise is the modern man’s equivalent to nutritional supplements. In the same way supplements should not be the bulk of your diet, exercise should not be the bulk of your movement profile.”

When it comes to superfoods, opt for sweet potatoes over the household couch potato. But if you think you need fancy Fitbits, expensive trainers and fully equipped gyms? Think again!

An inexpensive pedometer, a good pair of footwear (this is one to invest in), your own body weight and some local trails to hike are all you’ll need to take your daily ACTIVE-ist by stride!

 

Tomorrow I’ll share with you my 10 favourite ways to effortlessly add more ACTIVE-ity to your day and until then, I’m off to enjoy another day of sunshine on the trails 🙂

Happy SUNday wellness enthusiasts,

Suzanne Eden