Archive for February 2014

I Can’t Believe it’s Black Bean Brownies

I Can't Believe it's Black Bean Brownies
The healthiest brownies that no one will guess are healthy. I often modify recipes to make them my own, but with baking, modifications are a bit trickier for me, so this is very close to the original.
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  1. 2 cups black beans (I used canned, drained and rinsed)
  2. 1 ripe banana
  3. 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  4. ½ cup date paste* (see recipe below) *allow 1 hour soaking time for date paste
  5. 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  6. ½ cup raw cacao powder
  7. 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  8. 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  9. ¼ tsp sea salt
  10. ¼ cup oat or almond flour (I used almond)
  11. 1 tsp baking powder
  12. ¼ tsp baking soda
  13. ½ cup dark chocolate chips
To make date paste
  1. Pour 2/3 cup of hot water over 1 cup pitted dates and then soak for about an hour. Throw all ingredients into a powerful blender or food processor and process until a smooth, thick paste is formed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Grease mini muffin tins with coconut oil.
  3. In a food processor with S-blade (I used my Vitamix with regular blade; it was iffy, but did the job), mix black beans, banana, maple syrup, date paste, coconut oil, cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt until well-combined and smooth.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Fill mini muffin tins about 2/3 full and bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes and transfer to a wire rack.
  1. High fibre and protein with no processed sugar.
Adapted from Karma Chow
Adapted from Karma Chow
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC

Acupuncture: Getting back to basics

Connect HealthThe first question I can normally anticipate about acupuncture is, “Does it hurt?” Since Connect Health has started to ask its practitioners to write articles for their newsletters, I covered this topic.

To read that article, click here: Acupuncture–Does it hurt?

I used to keep a book where patients could write in their own words about what acupuncture felt like to them. Some of my favourite descriptions include, “gingerale slippers,” “like a marshmallow in a microwave,” “spa-like,” and “like the transition in Wayne’s World.” I don’t expect all of those narratives to speak to you, so if you have your own depiction, I’d love to hear it! 


24 Hours Article about Making New Habits

24 Hours logoIt’s the end of February. Did you set goals, intentions, or–the foreboding word–resolutions about your health this year? I used to work in a gym, signing people up for memberships and teaching them how to use the equipment. But my most important role was to help with motivation to keep members coming in. It takes almost no effort to sign up for a membership, pay a nutritionist, or buy a treadmill. The more challenging part is usually keeping up with those desired changes. And that involves creating new healthy habits. 

This article I wrote for 24 Hours discusses some simple steps to take to create your new healthy habits. And, of course, I’m here to help you set your health goals and keep up with making them come to fruition.

To read the article, click here to view the PDF or here for the link to the 24 Hours site.


Excited to Announce!

LogoColorTextBelowFebruary 14th is the re-launch date for Active Life Mobile Acupuncture, chosen because we want to show our love for Traditional Chinese Medicine and for your health. 

Active Life Mobile Acupuncture is a business that I started a number of years ago because I was often asked by patients if I could treat them at their location. I’ve since hired a small team of amazing acupuncturists who will go to you.

We offer acupuncture at:

  • Your workplace
  • Your retirement home or long-term care facility
  • Your hospital

We also offer Lunch ‘n Learn lectures, health seminars, and wellness lectures at your location. The topics I have found to be in highest demand include:

  • Don’t let stress stress you out
  • Healthy and easy meals
  • What element are you?
  • Will acupuncture help you?

To find out more about our mobile acupuncture services, check out



Hawaiian Hula Shake Recipe

Hawaiian Hula Shake Recipe
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When I came back from Hawaii, I wanted to bring back a piece of that beautiful place with me. When I saw frozen pineapple at the grocery store, I knew I could make a Hawaiian-feel shake.
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  1. Frozen (or fresh) pineapple
  2. 2-3 leaves of kale
  3. 1 apple
  4. High quality vanilla protein powder
  5. Greens powder
  6. Dash of cinnamon powder
  1. Krisda stevia powder (cane sugar may be grown in Hawaii, but I don't need more sugar)
  2. 6-8 drops vitamin D (a bit of liquid sunshine)
  3. Immune booster tincture (just because I could and because it's cold and flu season)
  1. Blend it all together and enjoy!
  2. If it starts to separate, hula with it until it remixes. 🙂
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC
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