Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Cheesy Vegetarian Quinoa Casserole

This meatless meal is sure to be a crowd pleaser in any household. It is loaded with fibre and protein from the black beans and quinoa, and packs in a good amount of vegetables! This Mexican inspired recipe can be easily customized based on likes and dislikes. Don't like zucchini? Take it out and add more bell peppers. Like spicy dishes? Choose hot salsa or amp up the quantity of chili flakes. This recipe is fairly forgiving, so feel free to play around with the specifics.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Go Green Avocado Pasta Sauce

If wearing green on St Patrick's Day is good luck, then surely eating a green meal is too! While I can't guarantee you'll find a pot of gold after eating this pasta, you will be on your way to reaching your recommended vegetable intake (I know, not quite as exciting).

Thursday, 9 March 2017

6 Dietary Changes You Can Make to Combat Inflammation

Acute inflammation occurs as a result of our bodies' healing process and is beneficial when we are trying to heal a cut, for example. Chronic inflammation on the other hand, is a long term response whereby the acute inflammatory processes fail to heal our injury or infection. This type of inflammatory process can be a risk factor for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The impact of dietary habits on inflammation are still not completely understood. However, there is evidence to suggest that some foods have the capacity to help reduce and combat inflammatory processes. There is by no means a magical food that will serve as a cure all to inflammation, although there are several dietary changes you can make that have been shown to have a positive impact on inflammation.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Magnificent Mulligatawny Soup

 This soup balances sweet, savoury, and spicy in every bite. The blend of rice, chicken, vegetables, and crisp apples, make this recipe a definite crowd pleaser. This soup is a go-to recipe of mine whenever I am sick as the spice from the curry and chill powder can really do wonders opening up your sinuses. This is also a "one pot" meal, making clean up a breeze (important to me as I unfortunately don't have a dishwasher….).

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sensible Snacking Secrets

Snacks can be nutritious and round out our diets by providing us with an extra opportunity to achieve our recommended intakes. For many individuals snacking is a great way to pack in more vegetables. There is really no hard and fast rule for snacking. Snacking can help perpetuate weight loss or hinder your efforts, depending on the approach you take. Whether you are always on the go, work from home, or are a frequent flyer, there are a few main principles everyone should apply to make the most out of their snacking. 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Guilt Free Fudge

Happy Valentine's Day! Looking for a sweet treat this Valentine's Day without the guilt? This protein packed fudge delivers just that. It is sweet and will satisfy any chocolate craving - and the best part is there is zero added sugar! Taking only 20 minutes to prepare, you still have time to whip this dessert up tonight. 

Friday, 10 February 2017

What to eat (and not eat) when you have a cold

It is that time of year again, cold and flu season. When we inevitably do catch a cold, we all would like to get back to feeling our best as soon as possible. While there is little we can do to cure our cold, there are some ways we can use food and nutrition to help strengthen our immune system to give our bodies the upper hand in fighting that nasty bug. Adding these foods to your diet can provide a variety of nutrients beneficial to your health, outside of just helping your body fight off a cold.