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My Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

Because October isn’t complete without pumpkin patch pictures! I may not be the brains behind the operation but I gotta say that I’m glad we went! Angelina talked about pumpkins the entire way there and was in heaven while running through the patch. It’s the simplicity that children love and that really makes you realize how grateful we should be. They may be small but these little people are bundles of knowledge and lessons.

Feeling grateful today!

Heart, star.
Parita xoxo

   
    
    
    

  
   

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Excuse me, what’s your name?


It hasn’t felt like it but it’s been seven months since I’ve blogged. Thanks to Facebooks friendly reminders I realized how many great moments I caught and how many I missed due to my slacking. Not going to lie, it kinda sorta really broke my heart. But better late then never, so here I am again.

If you don’t remember me, I’m Parita from PARITATIME. The extremely fabulous, fun, loving wife and momma that has a killer sense of humour! Can you say TOOT TOOT?!?! I love tooting my own horn! Hey if you don’t why would anyone else?!?

So what have we missed?!?! Lots!!!! I’m thinking the next couple of posts will be used to get us up to date! Angelina is now 20 months and 27 days old. My baby is so not a baby anymore! She talks like crazy all day errrr day! She has her own personality, she’s hilarious (with one joke in particular… Stay tuned for that!) Everyday she wakes up with a huge smile on her face asking for some sort of food. Usually debra (special indian roti with fenugreek), or cookies, or pancakes, or ice cream (banana ice cream or revellos), or pizza, or fresh juice (particularly beet juice, not so much mean green juice), or simply just ketchup. Sounds like any mommas dream come true because you assume that she must be a great eater if she’s waking up requesting food, but that’s a negative. We still have good days and bad days. Story of my life!

But one amazing accomplishment that I’m so excited to share is when Angie learnt how to say her full name this summer. Well a lot of the time it sounds like A-lina or A-lila but it’s just so darn cute! Originally we weren’t too sure when she would be able to say her whole name (after all it is a fairly long one) but she was saying Angie for a while… but then one random summer afternoon in Hawaii while playing with her Dadda it just happened! The video below was literally minutes after!!!

Enjoy!!!

Heart, star.

Parita xoxo

 

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Banana Caramel Sundae

It’s no secret that I’ve been going bananas for bananas lately! Every weekend I restock myself with a fresh couple of bunches! I love when people come over and see the mountain of bananas and wonder what the heck we do with them. Well guys, the possibilities are endless!!!!

First of all, this is very important, we do not eat them until they look like cheetahs. The spots are a sign of simple sugars that are easy to digest in comparison to hard to digest starch that makes you constipated. It’s always like Christmas morning here, I run down the stairs in hopes that my bananas are ready to go. The waiting game is always the hardest. Once it has become spotty I put them in the fridge and they are usually good to go for another 2-3 days.

Now whatever I don’t get to, I peel and freeze. I use frozen bananas for smoothies AND nice scream/nana cream/naners cream! It’s heavenly, healthy, cheap and delicious!!!!!

Today I made some delicious caramel sauce to go with it! Angelina and I devoured it and has kept us full for a good part of our day!

Wait till you see the ingredients, it’ll blow your mind!!!

And this recipe couldn’t come at a better time since it’s finally starting to warm up!

Banana Caramel Sundae

Ice Cream
4-5 Frozen bananas (that’s it)

Caramel
15 Pitted dates (I used Parnoosh but if your using Medjool 8 will do)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
A pinch of Celtic salt
Water (according to texture desired)

In a food processor mix all caramel ingredients and continue to add water until you reach desired texture.

In a high speed blender (I used a Vitamix) blend bananas until smooth.

Layer nice cream and caramel, top with some toasted coconut and fresh fruit!!! Enjoy!!!!

Heart, star.
Parita xoxo

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DIY Photoshoot ft. Angelina 



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Baked Cajun Shoestring Sweet Potatoe Fries

What a night I’ve had. Angelina and I were up very very early today. 3:15am to be exact! And she didn’t want to go back to bed until 6:45am where she then woke up a little over an hour later. Needless to say she is passed out for now. But obviously now I’m wide awake so I’m lying in bed writing to you.

Big news in my world is I am finally back to black again and I am so happy! Every time I venture out and return back I always wonder what the heck was I thinking! There’s nothing like shiny black hair. I swear once I was done, I looked like I got a hair treatment, cut, style… The works! But really I just did it in my washroom with the door closed. Really truly enjoying silence. Trust me, that was the perfect spa time for me! Total ultimate relaxation.

Now let’s get to the food!!!! Yesterday a girlfriend came to visit and I got to try this recipe for a third time and it was a hit again! She loved it. So obviously I have to share! If I haven’t convinced you already to buy a Spiralizer, you will after today.

You can do anything with these fries. You can eat a bowl just like that and not feel guilty because it’s actually good for you. You can throw it on a salad (this is my new thing, it adds an amazing crunch and flavor) or the hubby likes to add it on top of a chicken breast at dinner or in a burger or sandwich. Doesn’t that all sound delish?!?! The possibilities are endless!!! Hope you love it as much as we do!

Baked Cajun Shoestring Sweet Potatoe Fries

Ingredients:
1 large sweet potatoe
2 tbsp olive oil
Celtic sea salt to taste
Cajun seasoning to taste OR Piri Piri Seasoning

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2) Spiralize the sweet potatoe. The key to make this easy, make sure you have suctioned all four legs to the counter before starting. You can keep the skin on or off. I took mine off.
3) In a bowl mix together your spiralized sweet potato, olive oil, Celtic sea salt and whatever seasoning your heart desires. I have tried both Cajun and Piri Piri and absolutely LOVE both!
4) Spread out on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 25 mins. Make sure you do not overlap any pieces, as it will not cook properly.

Be sure to WATCH YOUR OVEN during baking, because these puppies can burn. Timing can vary between ovens. Now every time I have made this, there are some pieces that burn. But don’t get thrown off, that is okay. Mine has never tasted burnt! It just adds some extra crunch.

Lastly, when you do take it out of the oven it may not be completely crispy all the way but once you leave it out to cool it should crisp up more!

Enjoy!

Heart, star.
Parita xoxo

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A family that smoothies together, groovies together! 

For the last week and a bit Angelina has decided that she wants to have smoothies to start off our day. Miss Thing is actually pretty particular, if it isn’t green she doesn’t usually drink it. No complaining here for me! This is a Moms dream come true! 

I’ve wrote about this before, but I like to say it over and over again. The more you teach your children about fruits and vegetables at an early age, the more likely they are to incorporate them and eat them on a daily basis as they get older.
Our morning routine is the same every day! She stands by my feet like clock work while I prep the fruits and veggies for our smoothie, knowing her turn is up next. Once everything is prepped and knives are put away, she gets to do the rest. Putting everything in the Vitamix, while doing a taste lick or bite on almost everything she puts in. She needs to ensure quality people!!!
We watch it blend together, we pour it together, we clean up our mess together and then the best part… We cuddle up on the sofa and enjoy our 1 litre green smoothie as we watch Sesame Street and dance, sing, clap and snap our fingers! How fun does that sound?!?!
We’re a team, as her body is getting stronger and leaner, my body is finally going back to the way I best remember it!
A family that smoothies together groovies together! Ohhhh hayyyyyy!!!!
Heart, star.
Parita xoxo




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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Dangerous Recipe!

Happy Fri-Yay!

If you are anything like me, I am a snack person. I always need to be munching on something. Let’s be honest, sometimes water just doesn’t do the trick!

I have tried my very best to eliminate all the bad food from our fridge and pantry. My husband on the other hand still likes a couple of snacks that he ain’t willing to give up. Example: sour sugared candies and rippled chips are his weakness. So in order to have those in my house without scarfing them down, I need to have other things ready to go when hunger strikes.

I have been experimenting with raw chocolate chip cookie dough for a couple weeks now. The first batch I made, my husband claimed he did not like the texture, I on the other hand liked it. It grew on me. It did taste a little different and the texture did take some getting use to but I actually liked it. I’m still contemplating sharing that recipe, but I’ll try it again with a couple of changes first.

This time I thought I would try a whole new recipe to see if I could toddle his fancy. LET ME TELL YOU, this is the real deal! It is ridiculously delicious and tastes exactly like chocolate chip cookie dough but it is vegan and gluten free! Hello!!!!!!!!

I found this recipe on www.averiecooks.com and once I read everyone’s reviews, I knew I had to try it ASAP! Now the only thing I want to stress is the importance of buying quality products. In this case the agave nectar, the real maple syrup and vanilla extract are key! Trust me it’s worth the investment to get good quality ingredients. Your body will thank you!

Last thing, I have to say that I didn’t have raw cashews at home so I substituted roasted unsalted cashews instead! It still turned out DELICIOUS! My mouth is watering as I write this!

Here you go!

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

2/3 cup raw cashews
1/3 cups oats
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:
In a food processor or Vitamix blend both the cashews and oats to a fine powder. Be sure not to over blend!

Add in the agave nectar, maple syrup and the vanilla extract. Do a quick blend. Then add the chocolate chips and mix by hand.

Roll into balls and place in an airtight container in the fridge.

WARNING: these are highly addictive, you won’t be able to stop at one!

Heart, star.
Parita xoxo

P.S have a look at how clear my skin is and how my complexion is looking thanks to all the fruits, veggies and nuts I’ve started incorporating in my diet. There is no filter on that pic! Not only am I losing weight I feel kinda glowyish!!!! xoxo

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Raw Rainbow Pad Thai

I’m happy to say that I’m still going strong on my health kick. I’ve had a cheat day here and there, which is usually what really screws me over because thats when I decided to throw in the towel but this time I actually feel guilty when I cheat. Or if I do cheat, I follow it up with at least 2-3 glasses of herbal decaf tea. In my head, that evens it out… Don’t ask!

I have lately been using myself as a guinea pig and testing out a lot of new recipes, superfood powders, homemade body scrubs, homemade face scrubs that I can hopefully share with you soon. Right now I’m testing the powders, face and body scrubs to see if it actually works before sharing it. (Spoiler alert! The body scrub I’m using right now apparently helps reduce the look of stretch marks and cellulite… Cross your fingers!!!) Same goes with the recipes, I like to try them a couple of times to make sure I got it down before sharing it.

This recipe I have eaten many many times! In the last week alone I’ve ate this Raw Rainbow Pad Thai dish at least 5 times. It is so yummy, tasty, crunchy and spicy! What else do you need in life, really?!?!

Now if you don’t have a spiralizer yet, you need to get it! It will change your eating experience. You will be introduced to a whole new world of zoodles (zuchinni noodles), sweet potato curly fries (recipe coming soon, still tweaking a bit), perfectly spiralled crunchy carrots, honestly the list is endless. It takes your salads and your presentation to a whole new level. Where do you get this life changing zoodle maker from you ask? I got mine from Amazon for $29.99 and it was delivered to my door in 2 days! For anyone who has a Kitchen Stuff Plus near by they carry it there as well!

What I like to do is prep myself a head of time. This way in case I’m about to cheat… When I look in the fridge and see everything ready to go and have no excuses. I do enough veggies for 2-3 days.

Another easy time saving trick, if you have a food processor with the extra attachment for grating and shredding USE IT. You will be done in minutes! I use my food processor to grate my carrots and shred my cabbage. Literally two minutes and WHAMO BAMO its done!

Without further ado, here’s the recipe for the magical Raw Rainbow Pad Thai.

Ingredients: 1 serving
– I cup zoodles (spiralized zuchinni noodles)
– 1/2 cup grated carrots
– 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
– 1/3 cup edamame (I use frozen deshelled edamame, that I defrost in a bowl of water)
– 1 tsp sesame seeds
– cilantro to garnish

Sauce: 5-6 servings
– 1/2 cup of peanut butter
– juice of two limes
– 2 tbsp of tamari or soya sauce
– 2 tbsp of agave nectar or honey
– 2 tsp of grated fresh ginger
– 1 tsp Siracha sauce (add according to spice preference)
– 2-3 tbsp of water to reach desired texture.

To make the sauce simply throw everything into a bowl and mix away!

In a large salad bowl mix together the zoodles, carrots and red cabbage. Add a tbsp at a time of your sauce to coat your veggies. I find that 1.5-2 tbsp does the trick for me. Top with cilantro, edamame and sprinkle on your sesame seeds.

For all the non vegetarians out there looking for some additional protein, you can add a fried egg with an ooey gooey yolk!

Bon Appetit!

Heart, star.
Parita xoxo

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Homemade Vanilla Almond Granola

Happy Saturday!!!!

First of all thank you to all the people that have sent messages on how inspired they are from the last couple of posts. Even if I can make a difference in one persons life, I’m on cloud 9. So can you imagine how I feel right now?!?

I love getting Facebook, Instagram and blog messages with questions and comments. I really try my best to get back to you within 24 hours, especially when it comes to these new recipes. I know how excited I was to try them and I don’t want to keep your body waiting for this healthy delicious goodness!

This recipe is one of the first things I tried making and it’s been a hit in my house since. It’s perfect for breakfast, a sweet snack or a crunchy snack! Eat it in your Acai Bowl, make a yogurt parfait, chia pudding or just with milk. I promise you, you will love it! And be prepared for your house to smell MAGICAL! Drool will start falling out of your mouth as you stare through the oven window just waiting for it to finish! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Granola Recipe

Ingredients
– 3 cups rolled oats
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
– 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
– 1 cup almonds
– 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
– 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
– 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Mix together and spread over baking sheet. Bake at 325 for 35 mins, stirring at 20 mins. Remove and let chill.

Heart, star.
Parita

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Help Angelina Give

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Angelina had an amazing and memorable first Christmas! This girl is special I tell ya! She is growing up too quickly, it’s actually makes me so sad. Every morning I wake up and see this little princess staring at me with the biggest smile on her face, usually picking my nose, going through my hair, telling a very important story or sometimes just staring at the ceiling in deep thought of how she plans to make the world a better place. I honestly wake up every morning, thanking God she’s mine and eager to start the day in anticipation of what surprise she’ll share with me today. Every days a good ol’ Christmas Day for me. She’s got gifts galore to give away!

So I had a thought last night and thought I would throw it out to the Universe and to you all. Angie is one lucky girl, she’s been showered with many many gifts. I’m sure like many of you we’ve happened to get doubles of some gifts and some she is surprisingly “too big for”. This got me thinking… I do have gift receipts to get her something new but does she really need it?

Every single parent wants to give their child the world but don’t necessarily have the means to do it. Before/during Christmas a lot of people give but it kinda dwindles once Christmas is done because we all have to get back to our busy lives. But Angelina wants to see if we can help some families that maybe didn’t get too lucky during the holiday season. We are hoping this is the first of many years to come! We need to teach our kids at a young age that they can make a difference too. So I thought, why not start before Angie’s first birthday?!?! No time better then the present right?!?

So here we go! Let’s end our year and/or begin our new year on a high note. We will be doing this is both in Toronto (North York Women’s Shelter) and Winnipeg (Winnipeg Harvest). Since this is Angelina’s initiative there is a focus on children’s toys, books, and clothing but obviously the more we are able to give the better! No limitations here! And to make it even more convenient for you there will be both pick up and drop off available!!!! Any help big or small would be greatly appreciated. Once we have got everything together hampers will be made to hand out filled with lots and lots of love!

I hoping that this has got you thinking and you are on board with us!!! If you are interested, please email Angelina at HelpAngelinaGive@gmail.com and we can organize a pick up or drop off at your convenience.

Angie hopes to hear from you soon!!!

Heart, star.
Parita xoxo

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