This recipe is quick, healthy and most importantly delicious! I found the recipe on Pinterest and made a few modifications along the way.

RECIPE serves 2

  • 2 carrots, grated
  • half a zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cups of spinach (I chop mine up finely)
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 2 bunches of rice noodles

SAUCE

  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon of soy chilli sauce

Boil a pot of water and cook rice noodles. In a frying pan, saute the onions, zucchini, and peas. While this is cooking blend the sauce ingredients in your blender of choice. Drain the noodles and distribute between two bowls. Add the raw spinach, carrots, and fried onions zucchini & peas. Top with sauce.

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I’ve been meaning to make this post for a few months but for whatever reason I never got around to it. 6.5 years ago I moved to Vancouver and unfortunately and had to leave my two little yorkies behind (RIP Molly & Nellie). Bringing the yorkies out weren’t an option because I was renting in buildings that were never pet friendly and to be frank I wasn’t at a time in my life where I could have handled the responsibility.

Fast forward to fall of 2015 and Jacky-Poo came into my life! I know this sounds so cliche but the little scruff ball brings so much joy to my life. There is nothing better than coming home to a dog with a wagging tale jumping to get your attention because he’s so happy to see you!

6 Reasons to #AdoptDontShop

  1. You’re saving a dogs life and for this reason alone, the dog will love you more and you’re basically a hero. Yes, I’m calling myself a hero. I’m pretty sure Jack has imprinted on me because I was the one who picked him up from the shelter and he spent 6 hours on my lap while I drove back to Vancouver.
  2.  You can adopt a dog that is already house trained.
  3. Adopting is wayyyy cheaper than buying from a breeder. While breeders range from $700 – $1500+ you can adopt a dog for as little as $200 (depending which rescue you go to)
  4. You have an idea of what the dogs personality is like because the rescue/ shelter will assess their behaviour.
  5. Petfinder.com is a centralized system where all rescues & shelters list available dogs making it easy for you to search location, breed, sex, etc!
  6. Okay, I left this one to #6 because it’s a pretty shallow reason….but you know how ALL PUPPIES ARE CUTE? Obviously, a baby of anything is cute for gods sake. When you’re adopting an adult dog you already know what it looks like fully grown so you can guaranteed it meets your standards.

I’d highly recommend adopting from Adams County Pet Rescue in Washington, even if you’re a Vancourite. (See why in this post on adopting Jack.)

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Everything in moderation” my mom said after I told her I was now eating a plant-based diet. Sarah doesn’t do moderation, I’m either on one end of the spectrum or the other, resulting in zero balance. (Not trying to convert anyone to go plant-based here, just sharing my story on why I chose to go plant based :D )

On May 1st Bobo and I had come home from a trip from the Sunshine Coast. We took Jack to several beaches before getting on the ferry and he was a muddy mess, so when we got back to New Westminster we took him to Royal City Paws Centre self-wash dog station. In the reception area, there was a scale there and out of curiosity Bobo and I weighed ourselves since we’re never around scales. I was the heaviest I had ever been. I usually don’t focus much on the number on the scale but combine that with how tight all my clothes were, my low energy and the lack of self-confidence I felt the need for a change. I’m usually a pretty healthy eater but had been on a bit of a binger since my trip to Vegas in April, so it wasn’t too surprising. I’m telling you, it’s a slippery slope for Sarah.

That Sunday night after getting unpacked I decided to watch the documentaries “Forks Over Knives” and “Cowspiracy” on Netflix back to back. While “Forks Over Knives” focuses on the health impacts of humans eating meat & dairy, “Cowspiracy” focuses on the environmental impact of animal agriculture. The two were very eye opening. The clip below was (was delete the extra way)the “final straw” for me if you will:

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I can’t say that these documentaries would have had the same impact had I watched them on different days and I hadn’t felt like I was at absolute low with my health/weight that day. Since that day I have been mostly plant-based. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had a few Doritos chips here and there but 95% of the time I’m eating grains, veggies, fruit & nuts!  I’m pretty proud and to be honest surprised this has lasted 2 months. I have no idea if this will last another week let alone a lifetime, I’m just taking it day by day trying to be creative with recipes and hopefully not shoving my views down other people’s throats too much, haha. Though….may I recommend watching those documentaries? (trailers at the bottom of this article) lol.

So far I’ve noticed THREE MAJOR CHANGES:

  • My sleeps have been IMPECCABLE. I wake up feeling ready to start the day. I’ve never been one to jump out of bed in the mornings….maybe I’m exaggerating a little here… but it has definitely been easier to get up in the mornings and I don’t feel groggy.
  • My skin is the clearest it’s ever been. I’ve always noticed vegans have GLOWING skin and although mine isn’t at a “glowing” point just yet, I get blemishes significantly less now.
  • MORE ENERGY!!! No explanation needed.

Biggest Challenge so far:

Eating out is a bitch, unless you’re going to some East Van vegetarian hipster joint. So far my most memorable eating out experience was at the Keg for a friends birthday. I actually love the Keg and usually go any time I’m home with the family and on my birthday. MMMM….Steak. I know it was my choice to go plant based and going to a steak house in retrospect wouldn’t provide a plethora of dish options for plant-based eaters. My dinner consisted of a pathetic side dish of unseasoned steamed veggies (mostly green beans) with a side of fries. BLAHHH. My food was SO boring compared to the delicious steaks everybody else was eating (boo-hoo, right Sarah?). The struggle is real folks.

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Can I just tell you that I am having SO MUCH FUN with my new drone? I’ve never been so excited to edit footage before in my life! Last weekend Bobo, Jack and I travelled a hop, skip and jump over to Saltery Bay Provincial campground, just south of Powell River. We had it booked from Friday-Sunday but since it was raining on the Friday, we couldn’t leave until Bobo was done work AND we had to take two ferries we decided to just get an early start on Saturday morning. When I booked the campsite I thought it was just north of Gibsons and not two ferries away….oops! haha. It was a long an expensive trip for camping for 1 night but….was still worth it (HASHTAG NO REGRETS)! If you’re thinking of heading to Saltery Bay area, I would highly recommend at least a two night stay to make the trip worth while.

Check out the video and all the locations featured in the video below :)
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Saltery Bay Campground | Map | Make a Reservation 
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If you’re popping by my blog to check hear about the conditions of the trail for Joffre lakes with the snow because you’re interested in doing it, I have two pieces of advice for you: 1. DO IT 2. BRING BOOTS OR SHOES WITH GRIP. I did the hike my nike runners with zero grip and was either skiing down in my runners or bailing, exactly 14 times on the way on the way down to be precise (surprisingly no bruising today, weeooooop!). It took us 4 hours round trip to get to upper Joffre lake which was still 90% frozen over. We passed a few people on the way up who warned us about the lake and they had fallen in (to their knees), so just be careful on how far out you go out, it was really warm up top so the snow is melting fast. If you plan to hike this only once this year I’d recommend doing it later in the season is you want to see the Kool-Aid blue water. The snow is stunning but that glacier water is something else. 

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Not sure why, but whenever I hiked the chief in the past I always bypassed the first peak and went to either the second or third peak. I wasn’t sure if my dog Jack could handle the obstacles required to get to second and third peak so played it safe and did the first peak. As you can see, the views are just as incredible. :)

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