Baked Goods, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Snacks, Soy Free

Crunchy Toasted Pumpkin Seed Granola

October 29, 2016


On World Food Day, I was honored to be invited to work alongside Elaine Cheng, founder of Food Connections, at Science World for a food waste engagement event with Metro Vancouver – Love Food Hate Waste. She’s a passionate food waste advocate who spearheaded Vancouver’s very first Feeding the 5000, a city-wide campaign that served 5000 free lunches to the public, all made from rescued food.

As a proud representative of her team at Food Connections, I helped her prepare a few zero waste goodies for sampling at the event. Inspiring people to whip up recipes and get creative in the kitchen with ingredients that would normally be thrown out.

As Halloween is creeping around the corner, pumpkin seed granola seemed like the perfect seasonal recipe to create for this event.

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Travel & Delectable Afterthoughts

Why I stopped blogging for 6 months.

October 11, 2016

It’s been several months since I’ve been on RCP.
It’s been several months since I’ve talked about health, nutrition and food.

The reason.
Not because I got lazy.
Not because I lost interest in health, nutrition, nor food.
The reason was because I got sick.

Sick to the point where I felt it was inappropriate of me to advocate any of these things that I was passionate about. Because I felt like I had no right to talk about health when my own health was plummeting.

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#YVRFoodies Meetup Group at Fortune House BC. Food, Camera, Action.

February 28, 2016


The experience of moving to a new city can be ever so exciting, nerve-racking and outrageously adventurous. On the other hand, the experience of moving back to the city that I once called home, returning to the familiar yet unfamiliar, can be ever so dull, uninteresting, and blah.

6 months ago when I decided to move back to Vancouver after living in Toronto for 8 years, I didn’t expect it to take so long for me to get accustomed to this place I considered “home”. Sometimes I feel lonely here in my “home town”. Most of the time, I just feel like I need to make an effort to rebuild a solid group of friends that share the same interests and hobbies as I do now.

And so I’ve heard Meetups are a pretty good way to meet like-minded people in a new city. Which brought me to my first #YVRFoodie event at Fortune House BC.

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Allergy Free, Baked Goods, Condiments, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Recipes, Snacks, Soy Free

Jalapeno Chili Cauliflower Popcorn

February 1, 2016

Jalapeno Cauliflower Popcorn | Rosy Cheeks Project
I started my Candida Cleanse two weeks ago and I’ve seriously been deprived of snacks and munchies.

What is Candida Overgrowth? 

Candida, short form for Candida Albicans, is a fungus infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast. Common symptoms of Candida include fatigue, brain fog, chronic intestinal discomfort – gas & bloating, joint pains, weight gain. The Candida Albicans yeast is a part of the gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your mouth and intestine. When the Candida Albicans population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and releasing its toxic byproducts throughout the body. Find out more about Candida here.

On a restricted diet of only clean animal protein, non-starchy vegetables, and good fats, one can only hope to get a bit of a break and eat something more enticing to the palette. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love popcorn. I love the intense burst of flavours, the crunchiness, and the fun of eating out of what seems like a bottomless container, reminiscent of date nights at the movie theatre.

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Travel & Delectable Afterthoughts

Digging Deeper on East Hastings, Vancouver

February 1, 2016

One of my 2016 New Years Resolution is to actively participate in a selfless act once per month. Last week was the first time I’ve ever prepared and handed out food for the homeless. I arrived at 257 Hastings on a sunny Sunday afternoon where the Hungry Hearts team and I bagged up sandwiches, cookies, and sweets to give to the homeless.

Digging Deeper on East Hastings, Vancouver | rosy cheeks project

The Forbidden Streets of Vancouver East Hastings?

I remember as a young child, every time my Mom and I drove past this part of Hastings between Gore and Pender Street, my mom would double-check to see if the car doors were locked. My perception of East Hastings has always been, “this part of town is very unsafe”, “you must stay alert at all times”, “lock your doors or someone will pounce at you and pull you out of your car.” But when I was there today, I didn’t feel any of those things at all.

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Allergy Free, Dairy Free, Digestion 101, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Main, Nut Free, Soy Free

Sweet Kabocha Squash Congee

November 23, 2015

Japanese Kabocha Congee | Rosy Cheeks ProjectYou know you’re in trouble when your foodie friend comes to visit you in Vancouver, the city of amazing food, beautiful people. and more amazing food. We put our food hats on and last weekend consisted of nonstop feasts, seafood, seafood and, did I mention seafood? But heck, YOLO.

But overindulgence comes with a price.

Stomach poisoning may just be one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life. After a full day of kindling with my dear friend, Mr. Toilet, I knew I had to restore my gut with healing herbs and easy to digest nutrients.

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Digestion 101

Got Acid Reflux? Why You Should Stop Taking Antacids for Heartburn.

October 26, 2015

Do you have “too much stomach acid” or have “acid reflux” after meals?
You might think this is a cause of too much acid in the stomach, however, contrary to this common misconception. heartburn is actually a cause of too little stomach acid.

“But I feel a burning sensation in my chest and up my esophagus! Isn’t that because there’s too much stomach acid?”

Reverse Psychology? Ditch Your Antacids!
Why You Need More Stomach Acid and Less Antacids to Reduce Heartburn.

Without enough Hydrochloric acid (HCl), aka stomach acid, food cannot be digested properly.
When food stays in the stomach for prolonged periods, it starts to ferment and produce increased amounts of gas.

What an antacid (eg. TUMS) does is alkalizes the stomach contents, causing the chyme to release into the small intestine. There, the food continues to ferment and produce even more gas. The situation hasn’t gotten any better. If anything it’s gotten worse, exchanging stomach gas for intestinal gas.

Digestion is further deterred because the small intestines require a certain degree of acidity to trigger the release of bile and pancreatic enzymes. However, antacids reduce the acidity of the chyme, which inhibits the sufficient amount of these crucial enzymes to break down food molecules.

What happens when you have Low Stomach Acid?

With low HCl, stomach emptying is delayed for so long that the bile is regurgitated backwards from the duodenum (upper portion of small intestine) into the stomach. Bile is very irritating to the stomach lining which causes a reflex secretion of stomach acid to neutralize it. At this point, you are likely to experience that burning sensation.

If you have enough HCl to begin with, which would avoid the prolonged digestion time of food in the stomach, bile would not be regurgitated back into the stomach which causes the reflex secretion of stomach acid.

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Travel & Delectable Afterthoughts

Restaurant for Change, Vancouver | Healthy Food is a Basic Human Right

October 23, 2015

Healthy Food is a Basic Human Right | Rosy Cheeks Project

This Wednesday was a little different from my usual Wednesday nights.
I took a few of my girlfriends out to a cute, local Lebanese restaurant called Jam Jar to take part in the annual fundraising event #restaurantforchange to provide healthy food to low-income families across Canada.

Some of Canada’s best restaurants come together to create change in our food system. Proceeds from dinner service will be donated to support healthy food access and empowering food programs in low-income communities across Canada, and push for a fairer and healthier food system.

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