If you follow my Julia Davie Nutrition Facebook or Instagram page you already know that I drink a lot of smoothies. For a few years now, most of my mornings start with the loud roar of my Vitamix blending up some concoction of protein, fruits, veggies and superfoods. This is often followed by excited shrieks from my children wanting to try the latest creation. Smoothies are great fun. They can be a healthy and balanced breakfast for someone needing to race out the door (as I
Nothing says summer like a weekend camping trip! My family and I go on at least one weekend camping adventure every summer. We chose a location that isn’t too distant. (I don’t like to spend most of the weekend driving), load up the car with all of the camping necessities, and pack a cooler full of delicious (and healthy) camping food! Getting out of the city and into nature is so important. It gives us a chance to slow down, turn off cell phones, computers and our busy minds
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
As a yoga instructor I spend lots of time talking about awareness or mindfulness. During a yoga practice it is essential to draw your attention inside, tune into strong and subtle sensations in your body, notice the language of breath and adjust your practice based upon the specific needs of yourself. One of the most powerful aspects of yoga is that the lessons learned on the yoga mat often weave themselves into our lives. Mindful eating is one of these examples. What does ea
Summer is finally here! Most of us are looking forward to long, hot, sunny days. Picnics, parties and pitta will be in full swing over the next few months. During this time of growth and activity it is important both nutritionally and energetically to enjoy a healthy quantity of raw produce. Nothing says summer like a big fresh salad. Whether a main dish, side, or snack, salad is where it’s at! Arugula, escarole, baby greens and romaine, red leaf, butter crunch, mesclun mix a
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
Get up early. Open the back door and tip toe through the chilly wet grass to the edge of my small but fruitful garden. Watch quietly as a goldfinch sweeps down for a bite to eat at the feeder. Soak up the beauty that is red and yellow ripening tomatoes, long dark green cucumbers, slowly climbing pole beans, long stretches of red and curly kale, round crispy heads of cabbage and fragrant basil and oregano. There is nothing quite like a healthy garden at the peak of productivit
I have a confession to make. I love a good cup of coffee! And not the responsible “no cream, no sugar and just a hint of almond milk” type of coffee. I’ll take it sweet and creamy, thanks. While there are some excellent benefits of the occasional cup of (hopefully organic) brewed coffee, most people consume far too much. Tim Horton’s is even putting out commercials that suggest our love of (Tim’s) coffee is part of our Canadian identity! As a nutritionist, I am aware of the n
Want a healthy alternative to your morning cup of coffee? There are many ways to enjoy Matcha Tea. This is a simple and delicious way (and my favourite!) to prepare it.
To read about the many benefits of drinking this antioxidant rich tea check out Mad About Matcha! Matcha Tea Ingredients 1/2 tsp matcha
3 tbsp boiled water
1 cup milk or dairy alternative Directions Boil a small amount of water and let sit for 5 minutes In you favourite coffee mug stir 1/2 tsp of matcha into
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