Hey there chocolate lovers. With Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I wanted to share my favorite no-bake chocolate cookies that are both delicious and pretty healthy as far as desserts go. They’re gluten free, dairy free, high in omega 3 fatty acids and taste like heaven!Continue reading
Overnight oats provide magnesium, fiber, plant-based protein, potassium, essential fatty-acids, and they contain absolutely no sugar. They’re also an excellent prebiotic, meaning it feeds the good bacteria and helps maintain healthy gut flora. This makes them a solid go-to for healthy morning meals and they’re super affordable. Soaking them overnight breaks down their starches which improves digestibility, and their natural phytic acid (which all plants contain) is greatly reduced which makes them more easily absorbed by your body.
Plus, they’re sooooo versatile. You can soak them in plain water, coconut cream, yogurt, coffee, combine them with fruit, chia hemp or flax seed, nut butters, coconut cream, pumpkin & top them with cinnamon or maca powder, cocoa powder, vanilla bean..the list goes on and on. This makes for limitless breakfast ideas, even for every single day of the year. See how many different variations you can come up with!
Remember to choose organic, old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free options are great too) when you can. Rolled oats are higher in fiber than instant or quick cook oats and will provide you with sustained energy for longer. Organic oats are a smart choice to reduce pesticide and other chemicals sprayed on crops, and gluten-free oats are great for sensitive digesters that don’t tolerate gluten very well.
Easy Overnight Oats Recipe:
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup water or nut milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- cinnamon (optional)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
- Toppings of choice (mashed banana plus coconut flour makes it taste like cake – just sayin’)
Place all your ingredients in a jar or bowl, give them a stir, and soak covered overnight. Enjoy int he morning. Simple.
Try some overnight oats at home and let me know what fun flavor combos you come up with!
This chickpea salad is one of the first recipes I learnt in my 20’s and it continues to me one of my top 5 go-to foods to bring to a potluck. It’s vegan, gluten free, and dairy free so most people are able to enjoy some. The flavor combination is really cool; every bite is a bit different.
Chickpeas are are an excellent source of plant-based protein, fiber, iron, zinc, phosphorus & B vitamins.
Goji berries are high in antioxidants, contain a wide range of phytonutrients (plant chemicals that have various benefits like reducing oxidative damage to our cells that can lead to various diseases) and contain a solid amount of iron, vitamin C and protein (18/20 amino acids).
- 1 19 oz can chickpeas, rinsed well
- 1 or 2 clementines or mandarins, cut into pieces
- ⅓ cup sliced almonds, dry roasted
- ⅓ cup dried goji berries
- ½ cup red onion, chopped fine
- ½ cup parsley, chopped
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- In a dry skillet, quickly dry roast the almonds in a saucepan until golden.
- In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients.
- In a separate small bowl, mix together all the dressing ingredients with a fork and pour over salad.
- Mix well and store in fridge overnight.
- Enjoy 🙂
I don’t know what took me so long to try this.
I guess a big part of it was that I never realized how simple it was.Continue reading
Confession, I have a pretty serious sweet tooth. I love dark chocolate and sometimes when i avoid it for too long, I end up making poor decisions (aka quick decisions that typically involve junk ingredients). I found this recipe for black bean brownies, tweaked it a little, and love it!Continue reading
I hear you, canned beans are quick and easy. Dried beans need to be soaked for 8 hours, then cooked 40 minutes or longer. That takes time and commitment. But considering that canned beans contain about 100 times the sodium, are more expensive, not as fresh, and could have absorbed endocrine-disrupting properties from the lining of the can, and add to landfills, I like to cook them from scratch.
You can eat them throughout the week, or even freeze some for future use.Continue reading
A friend of mine who loves reading the old fashioned newspaper often saves me cut-outs of interesting food and/or nutrition articles. He’ll also forward me emails that land in his inbox from other news subscriptions. Recently he sent me a link to 19 Burgers You Really Need to Make This Summer – it’s an older article, and not nutrition focused, but I found a few that looked worth modifying and trying out. One of them was this Smoky Sweet Potato Burger which I modified a little and enjoyed the results!Continue reading
This is the weather I live for. The bright sunshine, the heat that slows you down..it’s my favorite. Once of my challenges however, is appetite. Less options appeal to me in the summer; I like to keep meals light and refreshing. I tried this recipe the other day from Anne Boroch’s cookbook and I think it’s going to be one of my staples this summer. These tacos are spicy yet cool and refreshing; light but also substantial in protein and healthy fats. Perfect for those hot days (like today), and elimination diet friendly (in other words, does not contain commonly irritating foods like gluten, dairy, eggs, soy). Try them out – they’re honestly amazing!Continue reading
If you follow my blog posts, you’ll know that I recently had some allergy testing done over at Life Labs on O’Connor. One of the foods I scored high for was corn (which surprised me) and left me wondering how I would manage my love of nachos. I also scored moderately high for wheat so basically all nacho chips are off limits for me.
Luckily, I figured out a pretty delicious (and healthy) substitute – sweet potato chips!Continue reading
I’ve been really feeling Mexican food lately. I always have a soft spot for fresh salsa and guacamole, but sometimes the cravings get more intense. I think in this case it’s the sunshine and warmer weather.Continue reading