Happy February! January flew by didn't it? Twas a busy busy month on my end! How are all your resolutions holding up? I'm sure you're smashing them ou


Happy February! January flew by didn't it? Twas a busy busy month on my end! How are all your resolutions holding up? I'm sure you're smashing them out of the park! I've been a busy bee getting a number of talks and workshops lined up for the upcoming months. I'm really excited about my Super Foods workshop (scroll down for more info) and hope you'll all rush to EventBrite to sign up and join me. Ladies: there will be chocolate. The good-for-you, no guilt kind of chocolate! And, men, um well there will be ladies. Everyone wins!

What's happening this month...

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Consonant Skincare: Healthy Aging
Next Monday (13th) I'll be up at Yonge & Eg speaking to a lovely group of ladies about how to keep your skin looking and feeling great through food! Just one teensy problem: it's sold out! I'm sorry! I wish everyone could come! But I promise to keep you posted on other upcoming talks that the lovely people at Consonant are hosting.


Nour-ish is going on holiday
That's right folks! From the 15th to the 22nd of February I will be incommunicado. My man and I are off to Jamaica to catch up on some vitamin D and give our adrenals a break. In other words, lots of sun and relaxing. I promise to come back revitalized, re-energized and ready to rock the socks (and all other additional items of clothing) off the rest of 2012.


Super Foods Workshop

Have you heard? I'm running a workshop of super duper proportions and it's on SUPER FOODS! Foods that go above and beyond the call of duty, just 'cause they can. They don't just do one thing, they do a kajillion things. They've got so much bang for your buck it feels too good to be true. Foods like raw cacao, kombucha, blue-green algae, acai berries, maca, Goji berries, and so on are guilty of this amount of awesomeness. And I want to tell you all about them - why they're so good for us, what they do and how to use them. But what I really want to do is create delicious concoctions and eat them with you!

So if you're down with food and fun then join me at The Extension Room on February 26th from 2:00 to 3:00pm for a super time.

For more details or to register at Eventbrite HERE

P.S We're SUPER lucky because the people at Navitas Naturals are sending us a bunch of Super Foods that we can play with and eat!

CRAVE Chat: Bring on the Balance

quinoa salad

A few weeks ago I was asked to participate in one of CRAVE Toronto's "Chats" along with Myrlene Sundberg of Urban Mode and Christine Hart of Your Date Coach. The topic was about creating and maintaining balance in your life and I spoke about the food side of things, goal-setting, how to incorporate small changes into your lifestyle, etc. And since there's no way to better demonstrate food & balance than with food, I brought along the ingredients of my most favourite salad. It was inspired by my sister, Amanda. I just made a couple of changes and - BAM - it's nour-ish approved!

Since it would be selfish to keep this deliciousness all to myself (and the lovely ladies who attended the chat) I have decided to share it with you. It makes a great meal, snack or side dish. I like to make a giant batch so I can keep it my fridge to munch on all week.

Serves 4
1 cup quinoa, preferably sprouted
1 ½ cups organic chicken stock
1 red pepper, finely diced
1 cucumber, quartered and chopped
2 avocados, cubed
4 ounces raw cheese (feta or goat - I used a raw sheep's milk cheese from France and OMG was it ever tasty!)
Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar (3:1 ratio)

1. Cook the quinoa and let cool in the fridge.
2. Chop veggies and mix (except avocado) into salad.
3. Drizzle with EVOO and balsamic.
4. Add avocado only when ready to serve and crumble cheese over top.

Cooking Quinoa: Add 1 cup quinoa to 1 ½ cups boiling water or organic, free-range chicken stock. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let quinoa stand (covered) for 5 minutes. Fluff and serve.

I love to talk!

If you have an event coming up, a long meeting that you'd like broken up by a food demo, or you just want to smother your employees with health and food then nour-ish would love to help you out! Please inquire via email (marina@nour-ish.ca) or look online HERE for more details on corporate chats and how you can bring health into the workplace.

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