Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend full of warmth unlike what we had in Winnipeg. As I write this blog post it’s Monday and it’s Victoria Day in Canada which granted us a long weekend! My husband and I decided to go on a small one night getaway to Fargo in North Dakota which is about a three and a half hour drive headed south for us. It had been a long time since I had stayed in Fargo; usually we drive through on the way to Minneapolis in Minnesota. To my surprise, there was a lot to explore and they are pretty advanced in the health and wellness scene.
I find traveling so much fun now that my idea of what I find fun has shifted so drastically compared to when I traveled in my teens and early twenties. I used to only be focused on shopping for clothes and partying like a rock star while eating at fast food chain restaurants all in between. Never did I care to visit the small local businesses unique to the city. Never did I care about where to eat or which spots were raved about. And now, oh my how the times have changed. Now I research and prioritize my travels around hitting up all the little gems hidden in cities. Unfortunately, we missed out on quite a bit on our Fargo trip since Sunday is the full day we had available to explore and on Sundays most of the spots I wanted to visit were closed. We did eat at a café called "People’s Organic" and I loved it! As soon as I saw the menu my eyes literally lit up as if I were in Wonderland. The amount of specialty beverages including lattes and mochas warmed my heart instantly. The best part was they offered soy, almond, coconut, AND even hemp milk as substitutes for dairy. They used organic and local produce in their restaurant and the atmosphere was so bright and light. The décor was light lavender purple and a green a smidgen paler than lime. I felt like I was frolicking through a lavender field while indulging in amazing health conscious food.
We also came across a grocery store called “Natural Grocer’s” and it advertised 100% organic produce and ethically raised meats. I was about to go in and explore when I was informed that they are opening June 1st, 2015 so I was a couple of weeks too early. Across that street from this market I noticed a smoothie and juice bar. There was a banner up that read “Now Open.” Things like this make me so overjoyed. It proves that we are changing and that we are in fact placing our health and wellness at the top of our list of priorities. The fact that very small cities are opening up such influential businesses mean that the demand is high. This is exactly where we want to be.
That is quote that comes to mind when I come across exciting growth such as Fargo’s.
We will have to go back sooner rather than later to fully explore everywhere that we wished to. We did end up buying two gorgeous wicker chairs and a matching table for our balcony. I also found some cute string lights. I actually cannot wait to liven up my balcony with colourful plants, and inviting weather appropriate décor. Winnipeg’s weather is a little frustrating as I just want to get this project up and running but we had a wee bit of a storm this past weekend. The wind was unbelievable and we even got some snow (which really isn’t surprising to me). It has melted already and we are expected to reach +20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday (bipolar weather here) so I know the time is approaching. Winnipeg usually isn’t in the clear for our beautiful summer weather until after this May long weekend. I’m hopeful that the higher temperatures we are expecting this week are here to stay. A beautiful and colourful balcony means somewhere comfortable for me to work where I don’t spend $5 a day on coffee (yes, I’m referring to Starbucks). It also means I will have a new favourite place. Somewhere where my cats and my husband and I can all bond and enjoy the warmth of the sun on our backs.
Until then, there is always Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes to make me feel happy and fulfilled.
Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes
*makes 6 pancakes
- 1 tbsp. coconut flour
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used About Time’s vegan chocolate powder)
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tbsp. coconut milk (use water or any milk/milk alternative)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 mashed banana
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1.5 tbsp. coconut milk (or any milk/milk alternative)
- 2 drops of liquid stevia (or 1 tsp. alternative sweetener)
- Make Coconut Sauteed Banana with the leftover banana.
- Blend all the pancake ingredients together in a food processor or blender until thoroughly combined.
- Cook the batter in a skillet with coconut oil over medium heat.
- While the pancakes are cooking, combine the chocolate sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Once the pancakes are cooked, pour the sauce over top and garnish with the sautéed bananas.
Canadians, what did you do this past weekend!? Americans, what are you guys up to this coming Memorial Day long weekend?