Multi-Grain Pancakes

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Multi-Grain Pancakes

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

In our house weekends are all about breakfast, or at the time we usually eat, brunch. With my new training regiment I hit the gym first thing in the morning when it is still quiet. Continue reading

Protein Parfait

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Protein Parfait

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

Oh how I love this parfait! Seriously, words cannot express how much I enjoy sitting down with one of these bowls. In fact, I make these 4-5 times per week. They’re great for breakfast because they can be made ahead of time, but they’re also super fast to throw together, making them a great afternoon snack or post workout meal. Ideal for those days where I’m craving something sweet after the gym. Continue reading

Healthy & Delicious Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondes

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondes

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

I made these blondes for a dessert to bring to my parents last weekend. I was worried these would be an epic fail as I threw them together on the spot, but they turned out great! They’re moist, dense, and slightly sweet with a wonderfully nutty flavor. Oh, did I mention these are gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free, and of course vegan? You really can’t feel quilty about eating these! They have about the same calorie impact as a large banana… maybe I should have lead with that… Continue reading

Tempeh-Chorizo Burrito Bowl

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Tempeh Chorizo Burrito Bowl

© David James Di Pardo – 2015

Everything on social media last week about Chipotle’s sofritas, have left me dreaming about burritos and burrito bowls. If you haven’t tried their sofritas burrito or burrito bowl, I highly recommend it! Unfortunately there are no Chipotle’s restaurants in the Montreal area, and the closest is about an hour away. Continue reading

Gingerbread Protein Pancakes

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© David James Di Pardo – 2014

Every Sunday as I stumble out of bed, the first question I usually utter it “what do you want for breakfast?” Nine times out of ten, the response is pancakes. Sundays are usually out rest day from the gym which means I’m not jumping out of bed to grab a protein shake before rushing out the door. Continue reading

Gingerbread Snowflakes

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© David James Di Pardo – 2014

These gingerbread snowflakes are a staple in our home come the holidays, and always make their way onto the cookie platters I bring to get-togethers this time of year. According to my hubby these are “Christmas in a cookie”, although his opinion may be biased as these are his absolute favorite and the first cookie he requests every year. Continue reading

Toffee Zucchini Oat Squares

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© David James Di Pardo – 2014

Going through my camera these past few days I’ve come across numerous recipes that have yet to make their way onto the blog. This is the first of many to pop up in the next few weeks. Concocted a few weeks back, after a grueling 2 hour workout at the gym and a major calorie depletion, I was in desperate need of some sort of sweet treat. Sugar and carbs tend to be my biggest splurges on weekends to refuel my body after intense workouts. Continue reading

Creamy Mexican Corn Dip

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Creamy Mexican Corn Dip
© David James Di Pardo – 2014

This creamy corn dip has had quite a few repeat performances during this summer’s BBQ parties, although I don’t think anyone would object to a rustic platter of dip and warm bread. Fresh corn, cilantro, cream cheese, and a touch of spice served over grilled flatbreads, its the perfect appetizer for a summer party. So invite some friends over, grab a drink and enjoy what we have left of these hot summer days. Continue reading

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