Wednesday, 10 February 2016 19:11

Almond Date Bars

Valentine's Day is right behind Halloween on the unhealthy holiday list. This year, whether you're celebrating with friends, family, or that special someone, treat your loved ones to something equally delicious that won't lead to a leaden stomach. This healthy recipe has you covered and they're far more original than cliché box of chocolate and red wine.

You can make these simple energy bars with only two ingredients (nuts and dates) but feel free to doctor them with chocolate chips, shredded coconut and other goodies as you like.

This simple dish boasts extra health benefits thanks to tahini!

Tahini gives butternut squash a delicate nutty flavor, and a variety of nutrition benefits.Tahini is a thick paste made from toasted sesame seeds that are ground and mixed with a high quality olive oil, such as extra virgin olive oil. The resulting spread can taste nutty or bitter, depending upon the processing used. You can make your own tahini or purchase it in well stocked grocery stores or Middle Eastern specialty stores. This ground sesame paste is agreat source of calcium and packs more protein than most nuts!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 11:44

Cocoa Bliss Smoothie

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This smoothie from Mark Hyman, MD new book, Eat Fat, Get Thin is power packed with creamy, healthy fat. Cacao not only adds great flavor, but is a good source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 12:26

Peanut Butter Fudge (only two ingredients!)

This recipe is from Laura Marquis at Naturally Healthy Desserts.

I simply love how delicious and easy this recipe is and nobody who taste it will guess that it's healthy. With only two ingredients, this is my go to recipe when a craving hits me or when you are entertaining and need a quick and quilt free dessert.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:34

Warming Spiced Pear Smoothie

Sip on this smoothie for a sweet, healthy power-up! This smoothie also includes one of my favorite milk alternatives, Brazil nut milk. Brazil nuts contain healthy fats and selenium, a trace mineral essential to immune and thyroid function. Healthy and delicious!

Monday, 14 December 2015 13:50

A New Flu Vaccine Approved - Oy Veh!

Health Canada and the FDA has approved a new flu vaccine—Fluad.  Should we say, “hooray,” or “oy veh”.  I will let you decide.

Fluad is the first seasonal influenza vaccine containing an adjuvant called squalene.  Adjuvants in vaccines, such as aluminum, are used to cause a greater immune system response as compared to vaccines used without an adjuvant.  This increased immune system response is hypothesized to result in an enhanced efficacy of the vaccine–in other words; it should make the vaccine more effective.  Therefore, you would think that a flu vaccine with an adjuvant such as squalene would result in a more robust antibody response when it is compared to the regular flu vaccine that is adjuvant-free.

Monday, 14 December 2015 12:33

Amazingly Good for you Eggnog

For some of us, the holiday season means it’s time to break out the eggnog. Combining yolks, cream, unhealthy amounts of sugar, and possibly alcohol, I wouldn’t exactly call traditional eggnog a heart attack in a cup, but I would say that it’s definitely going to wreak havoc with your waistline and your blood sugar.

Monday, 07 December 2015 16:47

Shrimp a la Mediterrane

Shrimp is an excellent carbohydrate-free, low calorie protein. One of its most desirable benefits is high omega-3 and omega-6 fat content, which is important for cardiovascular and nervous system health. 

This sea protein is packed full of many vitamins and minerals including the cancer reducing mineral selenium. Selenium helps protect against the damaging effects of free radicals and boosts the immune system preventing cancer tumour growth. 

You don't need to compromise good health to enjoy good food this holiday season! 

Thursday, 03 December 2015 19:31

Crazy Good For You Coconut Chocolate Bark

This homemade chocolate is made with just a few essential ingredients - virgin coconut oil, cocoa or cacao powder, and pure maple syrup. (Feel free to use whichever liquid sweetener you prefer). The virgin coconut oil replaces the cocoa butter found in traditional chocolate so while it needs to be kept in the freezer, it’s a great way to sneak some coconut oil into your day. You can also use any toppings you'd like - dried fruit, nuts, and seeds all work lovely. It melts much faster than regular chocolate, so be sure to keep it chilled until ready to enjoy. I prefer it straight from the freezer.

You’ll appreciate this refreshing, sweet-tart salad from Andrew Weil, author of the new cookbook "Fast Food, Good Food". The different colours and textures make it a real eye-catcher. The dressing, which pairs orange juice and zest with a dash of cinnamon, softens the raw Tuscan kale without wilting it- so you can toss it ahead of time.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:04

Pumpkin Pie Spice Smoothie

This Pumpkin Pie Spice smoothie is packed with vitamin A, potassium and fiber and tastes like the real thing. It's totally tasty and this recipe is from Kris Carr's new book, Crazy Sexy Juice.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 12:41

Asparagus & Salmon Spring Rolls

These spring rolls are filled with smoked salmon, tender-crisp asparagus and plenty of fresh herbs. Spring rolls look impressive when you put them out for a party, but they are actually easy to make. To simplify the process, lay out all the ingredients you need to make the rolls near your work surface before you begin.