Most of us think of Vitamin C as a cold and flu preventative. But what if I told you that having optimal amounts of dietary Vitamin C is crucial to maintaining healthy and youthful skin? It’s true! Vitamin C doesn’t just bolster immunity, it also makes us beautiful! An important role of vitamin C is its action as a co-factor in the formation and maintenance of collagen. Collagen is the structural protein that forms the connective tissues of the body, including the skin. Think
Did you know that dry sinuses dramatically increase the likelihood of attracting the bacteria responsible for sinusitis. Additionally, having dry sinuses may result in thicker mucous that is less effective in trapping and removing airborne allergens. When these allergens stay in the sinuses they may contribute to inflammation and sinus pain. While a doctor’s visit may be necessary there is also much that can be done with diet, supplementation and lifestyle. If you have a sinu
Asparagus. The sight and taste of this pungent dark green vegetable brings back so many memories. When I was a child I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house in Southern Ontario. My cousins, sister and I would spend all day, every day, outside playing and exploring. Of all the wonderful ways we spent our time, one of my favorite activities was scouring the road side for wild asparagus. If we looked carefully we could search out a precious stalk or two. We would snap th
I actually added up the number of holiday feasts that my family and I attended last year and … get ready for this … it totaled seven! Seven giant tables loaded salty, fatty and sugary, albeit delicious, holiday food. No wonder most of us put on weight and experience digestive distress though out and following Christmas. My pants feel tight just thinking about all that food!! Many of my clients ask if there is anything that can be done to avoid weight gain and eat healthily ov
A versatile vegetable stock that works with any recipe. Makes about 10 cups of stock.
2 large onions roughly chopped
2 celery stalks roughly chopped
2 large carrots roughly chopped
And whatever other odds and ends from vegetables you have collected during the week. I add pepper ends, broccoli and cauliflower stems, mushroom stocks, tomato ends, potato peels, parsnip peels … you name it, toss it in!
2 bay leaves
Fresh herbs (I love a handful of fresh parsley and
One of the most common excuses that working mothers give me for not eating well is that they have no time.
They run from daycare to work to daycare to home. They manage to scrape together a decent meal in a reasonable amount of time. After dinner there is clean up, putting the kids to bed and a few minutes of television or reading before sleep takes over. It is remarkable that working mothers find time to eat at all let alone eat well! If anyone understands the business of i
A single dietary change that will make a HUGE impact on your health and well-being is to eat real food.
It sounds simple enough. But what is “real” food? Holistic Nutrition classifies real food as whole, live and natural. Whole foods are foods that have been processed and refined as little as possible. Whole foods are extremely close to the form that you would find them in nature. These are foods that your great-grandparents would recognize, grow, and eat. An example of a wh
What spice makes you think of warm drinks and baking more than the sweet taste and incredible fragrance of cinnamon?! Cinnamon tops my charts when it comes to spicing up fall and winter recipes! But there is more to this delicious spice than its terrific taste. Cinnamon has some secrets. Cinnamon spice is actually derived from the inner bark of the Cinnamon tree. Over 80% of the world’s cinnamon comes from the country of Sri Lanka. There are roughly a dozen different varietie
Looking for a delicious side for dinner tonight?
Winter squash is rich in antioxidants (especially carotenoids) and vitamin C, both which support healthy immunity. It is also a very good source of fibre which plays a role in blood sugar regulation. Kabocha Squash Baked Spiced Squash Ingredients: 1 acorn or kabocha squash
2 tsp melted coconut oil
1/8 tsp garam masala
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 tsp maple syrup
¼ cup of chopped almonds (optional) Di
If you want to know why you should try this powerhouse breakfast food read my post on Muesli – What is it? Why eat it? Muesli is fast and easy to make and stores well. Best Ever Muesli
Ingredients 2 cups rolled oats
1 cup walnut halves or pieces
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup gluten-free breakfast cereal flakes Directions Stir thoroughly and store in an airtight container To eat – pour 1 cup muesli mix into a
Maximilian Bircher-Benner Muesli is a breakfast food made of uncooked rolled oats, fruit and nuts. It was first introduced by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner who is famous for discovering the benefits of a diet of raw vegetables and fruit. Here is the Original Bircher-Benner Recipe. One serving consists approximately of: 1 tablespoon rolled oats, soaked in 2–3 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon cream 200 grams apple (about one large, preferably