2 09, 2015

Why You Should Make Breakfast Your First Priority

September 2nd, 2015|Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

I get asked questions about breakfast all the time – Why is it so important? What’s the BEST breakfast? how much should I have? What is the best time to eat it? I could […]

17 03, 2015

Recipe: Bacon sautéed kale with shrimp & roasted cauliflower

March 17th, 2015|Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

Wow that’s a mouthful.. oh and I’d like to add LOTS of garlic, and mushrooms to that title!

If you’re looking for a nutrition powerhouse of a meal then look no further. On top of it, this recipe is so incredibly tasty! It’s loaded with veggies (who knew kale could ever taste this good!) and protein with the right balance of fat to create a well rounded meal- perfect as a post-workout lunch or dinner! I used to always add pasta to this dish but after making it without I realized how delicious it is on it’s own. There are tons of textures, flavours and richness that you don’t even need the pasta. But if you’d like to stretch this dish out and perhaps serve to a few more guests it goes great with tagliatelle or wide egg noodles as they hold up well against all the ingredients.

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1 12, 2014

Holiday Dish: Goat cheese & Walnut Sweet Potato Canapés

December 1st, 2014|Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

The holidays are upon us.. yes we must admit this fact. And it’s never to early to get ready for holiday entertaining. Simplicity is a key for me when planning a menu for guests, especially if I plan to actually be able to enjoy the evening and food myself.. I would imagine many of you feel the same way I do. So, this is why this recipe is perfect for starting your guests off on a night of deliciousness… Finger foods, canapés! Always a hit.
Check this out though – Sweet potato is used here as the canape base,  instead of the traditional refined toast or crackers. And YES it works great as a healthier, tastier substitution. There is something about the smooth sweet taste which makes this ideal as an appetizer for your next holiday party, or just to impress loved ones at any occasion.
Trust me – IT”S A WINNER!

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31 03, 2014

Raw Food 101

March 31st, 2014|Blog, Nutrition, Q & A, Recipes|

Many of you have asked me about the raw food diet so I thought I’d take a little time to explain this healthy lifestyle choice. While there are many variations on Raw Foodism, the most common approach is to eat 80% raw, plant-based food that has not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit.  Leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fruit and a world of vegetables are the basis of this very earth-friendly eating style. The emphasis on plants and whole foods makes this lifestyle an extremely healthy one, although some may find it too restrictive.  By simply eliminating processed foods, you are putting yourself so far ahead of the game. If you think this way of eating might be for you, a good place to start is making one raw meal a day, whether that be a salad, raw soup or something more complicated like a dehydrated pizza or Cashew “Cheese” Beet Raw-viloli. For those of us in Toronto, we are very lucky our city is home to a number of great raw food restaurants like LIVE Organic Food Bar, Rawlicious and our own East End Belmonte Raw.

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10 02, 2014

Power Foods: Almond Butter

February 10th, 2014|Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

Buying new healthy ingredients is such an important step to improving your health- but once you’ve stocked your pantry with healthy basics, what next? It’s great to have a couple staple recipes for each new ingredient- so let’s start with one of my favorites- Almond Butter!

Almond butter is made up mostly of healthy unsaturated fats, i.e. the healthy fats that don’t raise blood cholesterol. I give it quite and edge over peanut butter for several reasons. Almond butter has a higher amount of several key vitamins and minerals including vitamin E- which acts as a powerful antioxidant for the body, as well as calcium and magnesium- both essential for bone & muscle health, which makes it ideal as a post workout recovery snack.
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21 01, 2014

Tempeh vs Tofu + Recipe: Orange Ginger Tempeh

January 21st, 2014|Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

Instead of making tofu (unfermented soy) for your next veggie dinner, cook up TEMPEH- the healthier (fermented and much tastier in my opinon) form of soy.. Unfermented soy products, such as tofu, contain “anti-nutrients” which block the absorption of the nutritive compounds of soy, and contain goitrogens-  substances that supress thyroid function.  The process of fermentation destroys these dangerous substances allowing us to take in all the health benefits of soy, including preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and various types of cancer.

Try this great recipe for  a vegetarian weeknight meal..

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18 11, 2013

3 Tips for Choosing a Healthy(ier) Breakfast **Recipe**

November 18th, 2013|Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

I share 3 key tips to help clear up some questions you may have on “the most important meal of the day” And a yummy recipe!!

**Check out this video blog I did with LifestyleVideos.com on how to make my recipe below

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2 10, 2013

Seems Popeye was pretty smart after all – 5 Quick Facts About Spinach + RECIPE

October 2nd, 2013|Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

I love love spinach. Spinach salad, spinach in my pasta, or spinach steamed with garlic and lemon… mmm all these flavours come together so well. Besides the great taste, spinach is also a nutritional powerhouse. Here are just a few health benefits it offers to our bodies, minds and lifespan (followed by a tasty recipe for you guys to try at home)
Now go get your spinach on! –
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11 09, 2013

Antioxidant Packed Beet & Blueberry Salad

September 11th, 2013|Blog, Featured, Nutrition, Recipes|

I love to cook with local Ontario produce. There’s nothing like using what’s from our soil.. Beets and blueberries are some of my favorites. Firstly, they both add a ton of flavour to anything you add them to. But even more importantly they are nutritionally loaded with antioxidants which help everything from eye, skin and heart health, as a result extending our lifespan. Can’t go wrong with that eh? Let’s break them all down before I get into sharing the yummy recipe I have for you guys…

Why I think this is a perfect antioxidant salad…

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15 08, 2013

Mexican Turkey Lettuce “Tacos”

August 15th, 2013|Blog, Nutrition, Recipes|

I love me some tacos.. Mostly I love any spice related to mexican food. Cumin, chilli powder, paprika, garlic , cilantro… I can go on and on. There is so much flavour in all these spices so I used them A LOT to enhance many of my dishes without having to douse everything in a tone of butter or oil. Not to mention all the killer health benefits all these spices hold. Together they are antioxidant loaded, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, cholesterol lowering.. I can go on and on.
Here is a super simple and flavour packed recipe to try out soon. Instead of using the traditional white corn or flour tortillas, I used romaine lettuce as the taco wraps. They are the perfect size and shape to hold the filling, ad a nice light crunch, and allow us to eat more of the good stuff. This works great for a dinner party with friends as it’s very simple to put together. People can even make their own and top with their condiments of choice. Everyone’s happy!

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