The 2019 In Season Agenda is on its way…

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I have been receiving lots of inquiries regarding a 2019 In Season Agenda so I thought I should quickly announce that YES it will be available again this year! Please keep checking this post for updates, and keep your eye out for the agenda in stores in the beginning of December. You will also be able to place an order online here.

Like other years, the In Season Agenda is the perfect companion for living slow: eating local, growing your own food and savouring all the joys that each season brings. But what’s new is that it now covers the growing and what’s in season info for the entire province of British Columbia!

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The summer markets begin this weekend!

2017-CAD- Fe Laan by Josh Asselstine - 72-lo resThis is most definitely one of my favourite times of year…the summer farmers market near my home opens this weekend. While I adore the winter market that is located just down the hill from where I live (especially for picking up special gifts for the holiday season!), the summer ones have a very special energy. They’re bursting with people, farmers and a variety of produce – and the sun always seems to be shining. Even the fruits and veggies seem more chipper!

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The perfect companion for 2018 – my “In Season” agenda is now available

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It’s out! My 2018 In Season Agenda is now available in bookstores and boutique shops all over Metro Vancouver! While it feels like another year is coming to a close all too soon, I do look forward to ushering in a new year with a new day planner! If you’re anything like me read on…

The In Season Agenda is the perfect companion for living slow: eating local, growing your own food and savouring all the joys that each season brings.

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My summer berry smoothie (or frozen yoghurt)

Natasha Asselstine Nutrition | Summer Berry Smoothie or Frozen YoghurtWhen I was younger, my mom, sister and I would go shopping and get super excited about having frozen yoghurt as a “healthy” treat from the food court. I absolutely loved it, but now learning about how much sugar and chemicals are in there, I definitely don’t consider it to be a healthy option anymore.

So when I accidentally made a smoothie that tasted just like these frozen yoghurts, I went nuts! It was so reminiscent of the taste that I immediately jotted down my recipe and am sharing it with you here.

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Where to get locally-grown grains

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This past weekend, I experienced one of the best day trips ever. My husband, Josh, and I drove out to Agassiz to tour Cedar Isle Farm – a family-run farm that grows organic grains. It was such a special experience that I had to share it with you here…

Up until recently I didn’t think it was possible to purchase local grains – oats, wheat, barley, rice, etc. from our part of the world. But I learned that Cedar Isle Farm is doing this very thing when I read Claire Livia Lassam’s story in Edible Magazine. I was super excited to learn more about them, so when I heard of the opportunity to tour their farm, I jumped on it – and took Josh with me, too.

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Upcoming pregnancy workshop with Crowning Glory Doula

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Two major factors that can improve pregnancy outcomes are the nutritional status of the mother, and the emotional and social support she receives. The World Health Organization recommends that people who are pregnant receive nutritional education and counseling, as well as ongoing and consistent care from a qualified health practitioner in order to achieve positive outcomes in pregnancy.

Michelle Tyliakos of Crowning Glory Doula and I have teamed up to offer a four-part series that provides parents-to-be (and those preparing for pregnancy!) with social, emotional and nutritional information to support the mother and growing baby – all the way from pre-conception to post-partum.

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My latest cover feature in Edible Magazine

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Despite what feels like an endless Winter in Vancouver this year (which I, admittedly, enjoy to the core) Spring is on its way. Edible Magazine‘s Almost Spring issue is now out on news stands, and I am honoured to have another feature on the cover – especially as it’s a photo of my mother’s hands.

My mom is the source of my wellness inspiration, and has taught me the value of good food and health since I was little (advice that I regrettably didn’t put into practice until later years!). My article is all about how she expresses her love for her family through food, the traditional Persian meals she prepares (that are bursting with essential nutrients at this time of the year), and why Persian New Year – celebrated on the first day of Spring – is my preferred time to start a new chapter.

You can find the hard copy all over town, and the digital version here.