Art House Cafe Ottawa – Art Gallery or Coffee Shop

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I love supporting local businesses, especially when they support local artists and help the community grow. Not only does it help our spirits, but it improves the local economy. In a huge city like Ottawa, if each of us spent an extra dollar at a small business instead of a corporation each month, that’s almost a million dollars into the local economy every single month. Talk about an amazing investment! Need a suggestion on where to spend that dollar? Try The Art House Cafe, in the heart of Chinatown, which is a two-in-one establishment: an art gallery & coffee shop — best of both worlds!

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Vegan Low Carb Butternut Squash Soup | Keto Recipe

While I am an omnivore, I have found that I am eating more and more meat-free meals these days because they are just so delicious! This delectably tasting wonder is a vegan low carb butternut squash soup, which has all of the traits of an amazing keto-friendly meal, plus the added bonus of being nut-free AND vegan, which is a hard combination to come by. Enjoy!

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Cajun Low Carb Slow Cooker Gumbo | Keto Recipe

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This cajun slow cooker gumbo is sure to get your taste buds fired up, in the best and most flavourful way. It can easily be made on a stovetop, but it was designed for an easy ‘throw everything in’ crockpot recipe. I can’t wait to indulge in this keto-friendly twist on a southern inspired favourite!

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Keto Friendly Low Carb Oatmeal | Noatmeal

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Eating keto means you miss out on a lot of breakfast foods. No toast, no cereal, no oatmeal, no fruit. Which pretty much leaves you with eggs & bacon, yogourt, and bulletproof drinks which can get old and boring really fast. Enter ‘NOATMEAL’. A combination of keto-friendly grains and such that form a well balanced breakfast to accompany your morning coffee that can be flavoured any way you want. You can add matcha, berries, vanilla, pumpkin seeds, nuts, cream, ect. and make each day a different variety. Yumm!

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Low Carb Stuffed Peppers | Keto Recipe

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These varieties of low carb stuffed peppers are sure to get your taste buds fired up. I like to make the full recipe and take leftovers for lunch the next day to work since they are super yummy, self-contained, and easy to pack-up. This is a keto friendly twist on an old family favourite, with some fun adventurous tweaks along the way. Enjoy!

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Top 7 Ottawa Stores Selling Keto-Friendly Products

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Before I get into the nitty gritty, I want to point out the obvious that the majority of the ketogenic diet is made up of fresh foods that you can find at any supermarket or grocery store: vegetables, meat & fish, seeds, select fruits. Dairy products like cream and butter are also readily available–the trick is to find the ideal ones with less chemicals or additives. As for the other more special or unique products that allow you to hack your way through a keto dessert recipe or experiment with flavors and textures, I’ve got you covered. This is a non exhaustive list of my favourite local Ottawa shops where gather all of my supplies, and a few others that I have yet to try. I would LOVE your input on other hidden gems! View Full Post “Top 7 Ottawa Stores Selling Keto-Friendly Products”

Vegan Low Carb Asparagus Soup | Keto Recipe

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While I am an omnivore, I have found that I am eating more and more meat-free meals these days because they are just so delicious and I am not in need of so much protein. This one in particular is a vegan low carb asparagus soup, which has all of the traits of an amazing keto-friendly meal, plus the added bonus of being nut-free AND vegan, which is a hard combination to come by. Enjoy!

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365 Days of Happy | April 2017

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If you haven’t already heard about my special project for this year, you’re missing out! Every day, for the entire year, no matter what, I will write about something that makes me happy: 365 DAYS OF HAPPY. I invite you to join me in creating the happiest year for yourself! It is never too late to start 🙂 #sdemontigny365daysofhappy2017
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Low Carb Salisbury Steak | Keto Recipe

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This low carb dish is the perfect combination of beef and veggies to feel super full, yet not bogged down. And oh my is it delicious! That being said, prepare yourself: it’s a glorified hamburger with mushroom sauce on cauliflower mash..not a steak. I’ve tweaked it a few times here and there to better reflect my taste buds, preferences, and allergies, but the original inspiration goes to Melissa from “I Breathe, I’m Hungry”.
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Low Carb Palak Paneer | Vegetarian Keto Recipe

This vegetarian dish is the perfect meal to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day due to its delectably green hue, and the Indian spices give it some well flavoured heat. Needless to say this is not the last time I will be scarfing down this amazing meal! Low Carb Palak Paneer is here to stay.
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Citrus Avocado Vegan Mayo | Keto Recipe

Following the ketogenic lifestyle means giving up a lot of store-bought mayonnaise options, salad dressings and sauces because of how much sugar they contain. That certainly doesn’t mean we can’t have any. This amazing avocado mayo is so versatile, I use it on almost anything! It goes great as a salad dressing, fantastic as a sauce for salmon or chicken, and is a perfect eggless vegan mayo. Heck, I eat it as-is with a spoon a lot too! View Full Post “Citrus Avocado Vegan Mayo | Keto Recipe”

365 Days of Happy | March 2017

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If you haven’t already heard about my special project for this year, you’re missing out! Every day, for the entire year, no matter what, I will write about something that makes me happy: 365 DAYS OF HAPPY. I invite you to join me in creating the happiest year for yourself! It is never too late to start 🙂 #sdemontigny365daysofhappy2017
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Date Night In is the new Anniversary Splurge

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The first time it was suggested to me to hire a personal chef for a date night in, my initial reaction was something alone the lines of “Right; cause I’m just made of money..!” and I didn’t give it a second thought. The thing is, now that I have experienced it first hand, it was one of the best date-night experiences I have had in a long time! Let me tell you why. View Full Post “Date Night In is the new Anniversary Splurge”

Is Valentine’s Day all it’s cracked up to be?

Valentine's Day card heart pink renewed with love bridal Ottawa gift Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about sharing the love, whether with your partner, spouse, besties, or your family. Singles typically loathe the glorified holiday since it is essentially designed to guilt-trip you into pondering why you are alone, and technically so do many couples since it has been socially twisted and marketed to get those in relationships to drop a ton of cash or be accused of not loving the other enough.
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Hollandaise Sauce | Low Carb High Fat Keto Recipe

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When I first started keto and they told me I couldn’t have fruit or pasta, knowing that I could still have my beloved alfredo and hollandaise sauce got me through the shock. I adapted the standard recipe to be even more keto, and it is devine!

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Low Carb Matcha Raspberry Smoothie | Keto Recipe

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On the keto diet, smoothies are few and between the rate at which I used to enjoy them, so I’ve been getting creative and coming up with a few low carb smoothies for me to indulge in. The goal was to keep them above 80% fat, and below 10g of carbs. This keto-friendly low carb Matcha raspberry smoothie does not disappoint! It’s the perfectly drinkable consistency too!
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Keto-Friendly Stuffed Chicken Breast | Recipe

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I’m not the biggest fan of chicken, especially the breast part because it seems to be dry and bland. I take it back. Every single word! The minute this meal touched my lips, I was in heaven! The swooning noises coming from my boyfriend across the table confirmed that he agreed. Inspired by the lovely Jo Cooks, this keto-friendly stuffed chicken breast is worth the extra fuss it takes to prepare, twice over! Not kidding: Must. Make. Now!
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Keto-Friendly Chocolate Mug Cake | Recipe

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Following the ketogenic lifestyle really involves some serious willpower to stay away from sugar, and the easiest way to do that is to steer clear of the concept of dessert. As you become fat adapted, it is completely acceptable to treat yourself to a dessert every once in a while on special occasions, as long as it doesn’t have any processed sugar and the least natural sugars possible. By the time you are fat adapted, your sweet tooth is gone anyway so you enjoy it that much more without sugar. I put together a keto-friendly chocolate mug cake, and it was delicious!

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365 Days of Happy | February 2017

Day 2, 365 Project, 365 Days of Happy, Welcome to 2017

If you haven’t already heard about my special project for this year, you’re missing out! Every day, for the entire year, no matter what, I will write about something that makes me happy: 365 DAYS OF HAPPY. I invite you to join me in creating the happiest year for yourself! It is never too late to start 🙂 #sdemontigny365daysofhappy2017 View Full Post “365 Days of Happy | February 2017”

RTS Styled Photoshoot – Handmade Bride, Ottawa

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It was an absolute pleasure to participate in the Rising Tide Society styled bridal photoshoot with two other photographers who are stunning inside and out, and two fabulous hair & makeup artists from the Ottawa area. It was a very unconventional shoot considering we were all wearing bridal gowns from, even while we were photographing the rest of the group. Definitely a once in a lifetime thing! The wedding dresses were stunning, as expected from THB, and I felt like a million bucks!  View Full Post “RTS Styled Photoshoot – Handmade Bride, Ottawa”