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Chocolate Zuchini Muffins

Chocolate zuchini muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins As a food blogger, I like to check out other blogs and try a bunch of recipes. I love cooking or baking with fruits and vegetables that are in season and right now as there is an abundance of zucchini available. What better way to use them, then to add them into muffins with chocolate. I adapted this recipe from Oh She Glows, because sometimes you just don’t have all the ingredients on hand or you want to add an ingredient that you like. These muffins are nice and moist with no added oil. I added millet which creates a nice crunchy texture. Some use it for bird food, although it contains plenty of nutrients including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Recipe…

Vegan Protein Chocolate Truffles

Vegan protein chocolate treats

Vegan and protein rich dessert and…. HEALTHY?! Yes! Rich in fiber from the black beans and dates with no added refined sugars (excluding the chocolate topping). This is a healthy treat you can enjoy without the guilt.  The protein powder I used in this recipe is called Garden of Life Vanilla Organic Raw Protein Powder, although if you want an extra chocolatey taste use the chocolate variety. Please note that each protein powder brand will have a slightly different flavour and texture. Genuine Health Fermented Protein Powder and Iron Vegan Sprouted Vegan Protein Powder are other brands I also recommend. Pumpkin seed butter is used in this recipe for a nut-free option but you can also replace with almond or peanut butter if you can…

Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad

Strawberry Feta Pasta

Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad This refreshing salad will have you feeling cool in no time! Delicious sweetness from the strawberries pair well with the tangy taste of the feta cheese. You will have no excuses to not eat healthy as this recipe takes less than 20 minutes to create. Prep time: 15-20 minutes Yields 2 servings, or 4 sides    Ingredients 2 servings gluten free pasta (or pasta of choice) 1 cup chopped strawberries 4 cups spinach 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds or walnut halves (for those without nut allergies) 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (or vegan cheese of choice) hemp seeds for garnish   Dressing 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey    …

Paleo Apple Pie Pancakes

Paleo Apple Pie Pancakes

Here is a paleo, grain free recipe that turned out amazing. No sugar added apple pie paleo pancakes! Since coconut flour is high in fibre, it helps slow the glucose intake and regulate the blood glucose from the natural sugar in apples, and cinnamon. Coconut flour makes a great addition to any meal, especially for diabetics. Paleo Apple Pie Pancakes Recipe Yields 16 3-inch Pancakes Ingredients 3 Eggs 3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or Coconut Milk 3/4 Lemon, juiced and divided 1 medium Banana, mashed 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1/2 cup Coconut Flour 1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder + 1 tablespoon 1/2 tablespoon Baking Powder 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil 2 Apples (cored and diced) 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon Method 1.       In…

Roasted Asparagus & Quinoa Salad

Roasted Asparagus and Quinoa Salad

With spring comes fresh local asparagus and I couldn’t be more excited! Local asparagus is far superior in taste and is an excellent source of folate, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as several minerals. A few facts about asparagus: • alkaline food which is relatively low in calories and carbohydrates (only has 22 calories for 100g). • fresh spears provide an excellent source of antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, carotenes, lutein and cryptoxanthins. • a rich source of the amino acid called asparagine, that plays a role in the process of removing waste from the body. • a very good source of minerals especially iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. This salad is filled with probiotic rich foods like miso, and sauerkraut. There…

Coconut Matcha Smoothie

Coconut Matcha Smoothie

Coconut Matcha Smoothie Coconut matcha smoothie fuelled with healthy fats to keep you satiated until your next meal! Matcha green tea is a great superfood to incorporate into your day as it is high in antioxidants, increases energy levels, boosts memory and concentration plus it helps to burn calories by increasing the metabolism.   Recipe Serves 1 Ingredients 1 frozen banana 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1 tablespoon Matcha powder 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (vegan) 1/2 cup packed baby spinach   Method Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!   * I make mine with the Harmonic Arts Mucuna Matcha-ta as it is a Superfood Upgrade containing mucuna extract, green tea pollen and incan spirulina! Mucuna Extract has been shown…

Yam Latkes

Yam Latkes

Yams are an excellent source of vitamin C and B, potassium, and fibre. Alternatively, you can also substitute yams with sweet potatoes in this recipe. So what’s the actual difference between yams and sweet potatoes? I get asked this all the time when clients are shopping. Sweet potatoes are not a type of yam, and yams are not a type of sweet potato. Confused yet? True yams are hard to find and grown in Africa and Asia and not typically found in your everyday grocery store. True yams have a cylindrical shape with blackish or brown, bark-like skin and white, purple or reddish flesh. What is a sweet potato? There are two popular kinds of sweet potatoes that are commonly found in grocery stores. One has a golden skin and…

Lentil Masala Soup

Lentil Masala Soup

Lentil Masala Soup I always try to go a day without eating meat as eliminating meat from your day allows you to opt for other sources of proteins. There are plenty of options like eggs, cheese, yogurt, seeds, tempeh, legumes and lentils. Lentils and legumes are a good source of protein and an excellent source of fiber! Fiber helps us stay full for longer periods of time and maintains a healthy digestive tract by moving things along thus keeping you regular. This soup is rich in cancer-fighting turmeric powder. Combined with a pinch of black pepper, it increases the absorbability by 1000%! With your first bite, your tastebuds will explode with excitement from the abundance of flavour, you will not miss the meat in this…

Tropical Envy Juice

Tropical Envy Juice

Tropical Envy Juice Last night I was up late looking at vacation packages to Mexico for a cousin’s wedding which got me into a tropical mood! Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C which is great for the skin, hair and nails. They also contain bromeliad which is a digestive enzyme, manganese for antioxidant defenses, and have high levels of thiamin (B vitamin) which is involved in energy production. Beets, cucumbers, celery and parsley are all very detoxifying and cooling whereas the ginger in this recipe helps warms things up.   Recipe 2 celery stalks 1 medium beet 2 carrots 2 mini cucumbers 4 strips of pineapple handful of parsley 1 inch cube ginger   1. Wash and trim all ingredients to fit into your juicer. 2. Run…

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Sun-dried tomato hummus

I love hummus. It’s so easy to make your own and then you are able to avoid refined canola and soy oils. All you need is a food processor or a high-speed blender and you have a healthy snack. I like to make individual portion sizes that can be put into convenient to-go containers. No excuses to eat healthy now!   Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus  Recipe Yields 6 servings Ingredients 1-14 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (source BPA-free brands like Yves or Eden Organic) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 5 sun-dried tomato halves- in oil 1 tablespoon tahini 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt 2 tablespoons water- to help blend   Method Add all ingredients…

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