Gluten Free Tabbouleh

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Vegan Gluten Free Tabbouleh


  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Green Onions (thinly sliced)
  • 3 Tbs Lemon (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Plum Tomato
  • 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Bunch of Fresh Italian Parsley (chopped)
  • 1-2 Mint (coarsely chopped)
  • Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt (optional)


The base consists of 4 parts:

  1. In a pot cook quinoa with vegetable broth for 20 minutes (see notes below)
  2. Add onions, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and stir well. Stir in parsley, mint and tomato
  3. Season with spices and stir
  4. Cover and put in the fridge for 2 hours and serve cold

This recipe is gluten free and packed with antioxidants for the skin.

Quinoa Instructions:

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer
  2. Add low sodium veggie broth and bring to a boil
  3. Lower heat to simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes
  4. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes
  5. Fluff and eat!

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Chickpea Toss

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Vegan Chickpea Toss


  • 1-2 Cups Chickpea (Cooked or Canned) – depending on how much you want to make
  • 2 Tsp Dark Sesame Oil or Olive Oil – depending on preference of taste
  • 1/4 Cup Olives (Chopped)
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbs Curry Powder (you can substitute with Chili Powder if you choose)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 Small Red Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 Red Pepper (Chopped) *optional


In a large saucepan over medium heat sauté the onions and garlic in oil until the onions are translucent. Reduce heat and add the olives, chickpea, salt, pepper and curry powder. Simmer for 5 minutes and add fresh peppers or veggies if you see fit.

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Green Glow Dressing

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Vegan Green Glow Dressing


  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 1/2 Tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Water


Add all ingredients in a vitamix or blender. Process on high speed until smoothy and creamy.

Have a couple of tablespoons with some raw veggies or over a beautiful blend of lettuce with veggies of your choice.

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Blueberry Pie Smoothie

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Vegan Blueberry Pie Smoothie


  • 1 Serving Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder (2 scoops)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Nut Butter of your choice
  • 1 Serving Fibre Boost
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen or Fresh Blueberries
  • 2-3 Cups Unsweetened Nut Milk
  • Hemp Seeds for Garnish


Add all ingredients into the blender and blend together on high. Pour out into a cup or mason jar and enjoy!

As a preference you can also top hemp seeds.

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Unwritten Podcast Ep 05 – Manifesting and Co-Creating with Kelly Rutherford

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In this episode hosts Chloé Caroline and Shawna Patruno continue their manifestation series with special guest, actress Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, Generations). Shawna and Chloé ask Kelly to take a deep dive with them into her thoughts, tips and more as she continues to manifest in her career and life. Kelly and Chloé met as co-stars on the set of Hallmark Channel’s “Love, of Course” and bonded over their mutual love for manifestation.

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Overnight Apple Pumpkin Oats

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Vegan Taco Salad


  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Oats
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 drop Vanilla Stevia (Sweet Drops)
  • 2 tbs Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 tbs Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 1 tbs Chia Seeds
  • 1 tbs Flax/Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Green Apple Slices
  • 1/4 cup Raw Almonds


Mix all ingredients together in an enclosed jar like pictured above. Place in the fridge to sit overnight. In the morning, throw it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes if you prefer to enjoy it warm (I like this over eating them cold), but you can enjoy them either way!

As a preference you can also top it with Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Pumpkin Pie Spice.

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Vegan Taco Salad

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Vegan Taco Salad


  • 1 cup Black Beans (drained & rinsed)
  • Cole Slaw Mix (Dole)
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 Lime
  • 3-4 Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/4 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro
  • Garlic Clove (minced)
  • 1 Jalapeno (diced)
  • Salt to taste
  • Rice/Beans Chips (optional)


Add 1 can of black beans and mix well. Mix the chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and salt for the pico. For guacamole, mash the avocados, toss in some cilantro and lime juice from a wedge. Add garlic salt to taste. Layer coleslaw mix and bean mixture. The add the pico de gallo and guacamole. May snack on remaining guacamole/pico with rice or beans chips.

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Model Monday

Here are some recent photos from a shoot I did in late November. For this Editorial shoot you can see the slight changes with hand and head positions. These subtle changes can impact the way your facial features are displayed. For more modelling tips head over to my Reawakening Beauty podcast.



Photographer: Margaritaua Photography

Agency: Orange Models

Retinol 101: Do’s & Don’ts

Model: Shawna Patruno
Photographer: Margaritaua Photography
Agency: Orange Models
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Retinol, also known as Retina A, is such a hot topic for its anti aging properties, keeping pores at bay and helping you keep a clear, blemish free glowing complexion.

Dermatologists talk about it being the gold standard of anti aging ingredients. Retinol helps boost your cell turnover. It helps produce collagen, it’s important as we age to keep our collagen in tact so we can look youthful longer. Collagen depreciates for everybody at about the age of 25. In order to trick the hands of time we can add retinol into our skin care routine and encourage rapid cell turnover so your skin acts younger.

If you are using retinol you’ll need to be using a minimum SPF 30 (the higher the better up to SPF 60) be sure to apply every 3 to 4 hours to protect your new cells and prevent photo-aging (a.k.a dark spots).

Do not apply a retinol in the day time. In all my research and trainings I was told that is a big “no no”. Instead apply at night and allow it work while you sleep. Trust me you will thank me for this tip alone.

Another major tip is to start slow. Start once a week to avoid massive peeling and thinning of the skin. Less is more until you build up.

The seasons and the weather also need to be considered with retinol use. Do not start the use of retinol in the summer months to avoid unneeded sun exposure. Trust me I learned this the hard way. This simple mistake will cost you hundreds of dollars in corrective measures.

Make sure you are using the right moisturizer, you may need to switch for the duration of your retinol routine. Also you’ll need to use a great exfoliator in tandem.

Keep the basics such as a cleanser, toner, moisturizer with SPF 30 to 60 and exfoliator. It’s important to note that retinol is an added tool, not a replacement.

Be careful when applying it and avoid the eye area. The skin around your eye is way too thin and sensitive for this concentration of retinol.

Check with your doctor if you are on any medication that could make your skin thin or sensitive to burning and tell your skin advisor if you have any illness that impacts your skin.

Lastly, create a plan with a professional, don’t go in blind! Most likely you will get pink and when you increase your usage you will peel, this is completely normal.

Beauty Expert Review! OxyGeneo, the Best Facial in the Greater Toronto Area?

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My most recent beauty find was the OxyGeneo Facial at Allure Medical Spa in Hamilton Ontario. This is a three-in-one facial in which Allure uses medical grade ingredients to ensure you achieve the best results. 

Facial Assessment

When I first arrived at Allure I was treated to a skin assessment and cleansing. This process was completed to ensure they found the best beauty treatment for me. They assessed my skin under six different lighting settings allowing them to assess skin damage in all forms including; photoaging, inflammation, texture pigmentation, redness, and fine line wrinkles. 

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Skin Assessment from Allure Medical Aesthetics

OxyGeneo Facial

An OxyGeneo Facial is a treatment that uses 3 steps to renew and anti age the skin using exfoliation, infusion and adding oxygen into the skin resulting in a beautiful glow.

The ingredients in the facial are said to be vegan, natural and paraben free, which I am a large advocate for. For those who don’t know, parabens can disrupt your hormones and lead to health issues.

The best part about this facial is that it is customizable to suit your individual needs such as balancing, brightening or revitalization (this is the one that I did). It uses red algae to help reduce fine lines, improve texture and give you refreshed hydrated skin. They come in individualized pucks with unique benefits.

Facial Process

The facial is completed in three different steps which are detailed below: 

Step 1: Exfoliate

This process removes the topical layer of dead skin. It reminded me of wet microdermabrasion with a bit of a kick. It felt kind of spicy, almost like a chemical peel, which I personally do love. While it was being performed I did however wonder if I would end up looking like a tomato afterwards as I am very prone to redness. Surprisingly I did not!

Step 2: Oxygenate

This uses something called the bohr effect which results in a natural body process that oxygenates blood cells. This process will help your cells to function younger and healthier resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Step 3: Infusion of Serum

During this process things like hyaluronic acid are added for hydration, vitamin C for brightening or anti-aging ingredients like peptides to help increase collagen production. 

Facial Results

The Oxygeneo Facial will produce immediate results making your skin baby soft and glowy. As time passes you will begin to see improved texture in your skin and will notice that your products work more effectively. This is the part that I loved the most as normally my skin looks best immediately after a facial, but with the Oxygeneo Facial my skin continued to improve even two weeks after the treatment. 

I would recommend booking an appointment with Allure and having them personally assess your skin, and if you choose to do the OxyGeneo Facial ….. Get ready for the ultimate facial experience!


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