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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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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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The Best Apple Granola Sandwich You’ll Ever Eat

August 17, 2015

My green friends are back in action!

Introducing yet another granny smith apple snack recipe. I really enjoy green apples for it’s crispy, zesty tartness that red apples just don’t compare. Also maybe because I prefer sour over sweet things, green apples have become a core staple in my pantry.

Apple Granola Sandwich with Almond Butter | Rosy Cheeks Project Apple Granola Sandwich with Almond Butter | Rosy Cheeks Project

Apple granola sandwiches are so easy to make. And the best part is, you can be as creative as you’d like with it. Add some sprouts, or even chili peppers if you’re brave enough! The possibilities are endless. With this granola sandwich creation, I made sure I added some greens, a bit of crunchiness and chewiness for an all encompassing combination of textures in one bite!

The Best Apple Granola Sandwich You'll Ever Eat
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  • Green Apple
  • Almond Butter
  • Ginger Granola
  • Alfafa Sprouts
  • Hemp Seed
  • Goji Berries
  1. Slice apple horizontally
  2. Spread almond butter on the apple slices like you would on a piece of bread
  3. Add the "sandwich" fillings on a slice of apple
  4. Place another slice of apple on top to complete your apple granola sandwich


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Granny Smith Apples with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

June 28, 2015

Granny smith apples always bring back cheerful childhood memories.
Memories of the sour candied apples I used to treat myself to with my week’s worth of allowance, or the Allan sour keys my 6th grade teacher handed out to us when we “behaved”. It is without fail that the crisp, tarty sweetness of granny smiths always brings back good feels and good memories.

A light, simple snack for a hot summer day, add a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg to spice up your granny smith and you’ve got yourself a healthy snack ready to go!

Healthy Snacks | Granny Smith Apples with Cinnamon | Rosy Cheeks Project
Cinnamon for Healthy Digestion

If you have weak digestion, raw apples can be hard to break down and cause flatulence. Eating apples with cinnamon will help relieve abdominal discomfort from indigestion because cinnamon contains an agent that helps break down intestinal gas. Try incorporating cinnamon into your diet like your morning smoothie or your quinoa salad to promote healthy digestion.


+ granny smith apple
+ sprinkles of cinnamon
+ sprinkles of nutmeg
+ topped with roasted pecans or walnuts (optional)Healthy Snacks | Granny Smith Apples with Cinnamon | Rosy Cheeks Project

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Tangy, Refreshing Radish, Cucumber Rainbow Salad

April 4, 2015

I am the notorious salad queen amongst my friends. Always experimenting with different variations of greens and salad toppings. My usual salads comprise of earthy leafy greens topped with a mixture of seeds and nuts. But today, I decided to do something a little different.

Inspired by William Sonoma’s Radish-Cucumber Salad recipe. I whipped up a beautiful rainbow colored radish cucumber salad drizzled with a rich and tangy anchovy-mustard dressing. It serves as a nice refreshing snack on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Or as a nice side dish at lunch or dinner.

Radish, Cucumber, Rainbow Salad | Rosy Cheeks Project



1 small shallot, diced
1 tbsp dijon mustand
4 anchovy fillets soaked in olive oil
juice from ¼ of a lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp sugar
pinches of salt and pepper


3 hard-boiled eggs, cut into 1/2 inch wide slices
1/2 cucumber, julienned
8 small radish, julienned
1 small yellow pepper, julienned


1. Add all dressing ingredients except olive oil into a blender. Puree until smooth.
2. While motor is running, slowly pour olive oil in a steady stream and process until blended.
3. In a large mixing bowl, add in cucumber, radish and yellow pepper.
4. Drizzle salad dressing and toss to coat.
5. Transfer to a platter and mix in eggs.
6. Drizzle some dressing to eggs.
7. Sprinkle salad with a pinch of salt and pepper.

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Heart Healthy, Antioxidizing, Omegalicious Power Balls

April 4, 2015

Whenever I make almond milk, I always have a lot of almond meal leftover to make some delicious, raw power balls!

These raw, super power balls will rock your world!

They’re simple and quick to make. Takes no time to blend everything together and squish them into snack balls. They’re awesome as mid-afternoon picker uppers and are perfect energy boosters!

Almond Flour, Pomegranate Bliss Balls | Rosy Cheeks Project

Almond Flour, Pomegranate Bliss Balls | Rosy Cheeks Project

Did you know?

Heart-healthy almonds are high in good fats that help lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and raise HDL or “good cholesterol” . It is also antioxidant rich in Vitamin E that protects the skin from harmful free-radicals. Not to mention a high source of calcium, magnesium and potassium, needed for proper nerve and muscle function and healthy bones.


2 cups Almond meal
1 apple (peeled and diced)
1/2 cup Pomegranate
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
3 tbsp Water
1 cup Coconut Chips (sweetened or unsweetened)
1/2 cup Coconut oil
1/8 cup Agave


1. Soak chia seeds with water. Place on the side for chia seeds to expand to gelly, glutinous form
2. Wash, peel, and dice apple
3. Add almond meal, diced apple, soaked chia seeds, coconut oil and agave into a blender
4. Blend until everything is mixed thoroughly
5. Scoop out blended almond meal into a big bowl
6. Mix coconut shreds and pomegranates into mixture
7. Use a spoon to scoop out balls to your desired size.
8. Place in the fridge and cover with saran wrap to allow the balls to stay in shape
9. Ready to eat and devour in 10 mins!