Black Bean & Charred Corn Salad

The bounty of the harvest season is FINALLY upon us. Right now in southern Ontario, many fruits, vegetables and grains are ready for eating including corn, apples, and squash to name a few. Not only are these foods delicious with their natural sweetness, but they are at their prime nutritional peak! This is why it's always a great idea to eat in season. This recipe features one of the most abundant crops fall has to offer: fresh corn! Corn is a source of minerals like magnesium, zinc and selenium, and a source of fibre as well. Pair that with the great source of protein in the black beans and the antioxidants like lycopene from your tomatoes, you almost forgot how something this healthy can [...]

Triple Hummus Treat

We know that hummus is delicious and easy to make, but all too often we blend our chickpeas with lemon, tahini, olive oil, garlic and salt and call it a day. This foundational food deserves to be taken to the next level and I've discovered three new ways to do just that. Chickpeas are high in fibre and protein, and when you combined that with the nutrients in tahini (mainly calcium and iron) and the heart healthy polyunsaturated fats in olive oil, it's practically a superfood. But what would happen if we added even more nutrients along with absolute flavour power houses? The results are three uniquely flavoured hummuses (is that how your pluralize hummus?) that can be enjoyed with pita pieces, veggie slices [...]

Greek Spiced Lamb Meatballs

This is a super easy and delicious high protein dish that pairs well with any vegetable or fresh salad and are perfect for a brunch dish (as pictured with poached eggs) . These meatballs are full of herbs and spices that are Greek inspired and can be baked in the oven or sautéed in a pan. Unlike traditional meatball recipes, this one is egg free, dairy free and gluten free as well and literally bursting with savoury flavor! Ingredients: 900 grams (approx. 2 lbs) ground lamb2 onions (one red and one white), finely minced8 cloves of garlic, finely minced¼ cup white wine2 tbsp parsley, chopped3 tsp Himalayan salt3 tsp garlic powder3 tsp paprika2 tsp groud black pepper2 tsp chili flakes How to make it: [...]

From Snowing to Glowing: How to Transition Winter Skincare for Spring

Canadian winters recently seem to be harsher on our skin than our spirits. We are likely nearing the end of this cold season and should be thinking about changing our skin care, just like we would change our clothes, to best prepare for the upcoming spring. Here are a few modifications to consider for your own personal regimes: Winter: Cream/Body Butter Spring Switch: Lotion Creams and body butters have a high oil to water ratio in their formulations, with some butters being up to 100% oil based. These products are thicker in texture and are incredibly moisturizing to the skin. Because of their consistencies, they have longer staying power on the surface of the skin, which is what make them excellent for using in [...]

Crunchy Summer Salad

Summer is basically here and we need juicy, fresh and (most importantly) filling salads to keep our beach bodies fuelled! This quick chopped salad is easy to prep and can be eaten as is, or as an awesome lettuce boat/sandwich/wrap filling. It even tastes perfect paired with crackers or ahem chips. This dish has a great balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats to keep you satiated and nourished as well as a healthy dose of micronutrients like vitamin K and calcium. Not to mention antioxidants like vitamin C, which is one key part of protecting your skin this summer from harsh elements. As if this wasn't enough, this dish serves up a sweet dose of fibre as well to keep your insides clean and running smoothly! [...]

A Story of Blood, Sweat and Bath Bombs

After nearly bursting from excitement I can FINALLY release the amazing news! Several months ago I was one of the 70 applicants to be accepted from dozens of individuals for the Business Accelerator Program through the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre. The end goal of this program is to provide young entrepreneurs with the education and confidence to pursue their careers, and for those that who scored high enough, a $5000 grant to grow their business from the city of Brampton! Over the course of three months, each applicant had to complete weekly lectures, quizzes and assignments in order to progress to the next stage. After successful completion of the course, I was qualified to participate in the next part of the program. This involved submitting [...]

Basil Almond Pesto

Basil is one of my favourite herbs to eat, and pesto is definitely my favourite way to enjoy it. Basil is not only delicious but also great for you. It is a great anti inflammatory and also full of antioxidants like Vitamin A and Vitamin K. Pesto is so versatile and can easily be used on vegetables, pasta, pizza and bread, salads and even as a marinade! This recipe will only take minutes to make and can be enjoyed immediately after. Ingredients 2 cups of Basil 1/3 cup - 1/2 cup Olive Oil, depending on how thick you prefer 6 small cloves of Garlic 1 tbsp Lemon juice 1/4 cup of Almonds Himalayan salt to taste How To Make It: Add almonds to food [...]

5 Ways to Prolong That Hard Earned Tan

Written by Allanah Canal, CNP. Summer may be slipping away a lot faster than we’d like, but that doesn’t mean your beautiful bronzed skin has to go with it! Lets get real – the sun has been limited and after your diligent efforts to absorb as much of those rays as possible, the last thing you want is for it to quickly fade. Not to worry, here are 5 ways you can make that golden glow stick around for as long as possible Exfoliate! Give those pigments the best foundation possible by getting rid of any dead skin cells on your epidermis, which is the outermost layer of skin. This can be done all over the body simply by using a loofa or washcloth. [...]

Toasted Coconut and Honey Colada

Bring the tropics to you with this sweet and creamy treat! This smoothie is not only high in antioxidants like Vitamin C, it is also a great source of minerals like potassium and magnesium. The typical colada is high in processed sugar and alcohol which are definitely not the ideal fuel source, but the coconut milk in this beverage is high in MCT's (medium chain triglycerides) which is a healthy fat your body uses for energy. Because fat provides more calories per gram than carbohydrates, certain fats (like MCT's) are actually a better fuel source! Oh! Almost forgot to mention that the pineapple contains bromelain - a powerful enzyme that is beneficial for digestion, and don't even get me started on the taste or [...]

Strawberry Coconut Milkshake

Summer is well on its way and that means its high time to do away with hot beverages. Break out the blender because its a perfect time to whip up a cool and sweet treat. What you will taste is a creamy, strawberry concoction, but what you are actually drinking is a great source of healthy fats, antioxidants, fibre and enzymes! Coconut milk is a great source of MCT's (medium chain triglycerides) which do not have to be digested like long chain fatty acids, and provide an instant fuel source for your body to burn! Berries, like strawberries, are so concentrated with nutrients like Vitamin C, Potassium and Fibre, and are a great addition to any diet. Ingredients 1 can full fat Coconut Milk [...]