27 Apr
  You don’t need to be trekking through the forest to enjoy a good trail mix. It is a great snack to have on hand any time you need an energy boost, whether you are on the go in the city or on a hike in the woods. The main recipe for this trail mix, from my book Slimming Meals That Heal, is savory, with the anti-inflammatory spices turmeric, coriander and cumin. The variation is a sweet one, with cinnamon, cacao and coconut sugar.    Ingredients: 2 tbsp  ...
26 Apr
  Sweet and creamy cashews! The world loves them but few people realize that they are in fact a seed that grows at the end of the cashew apple. The cashew tree is a fruit bearing, tropical evergreen that thrives in hot moist climates. The fruit of the cashew tree is the cashew apple, a light red to yellow fruit, which is often used to produce a sweet and astringent fruit drink that is fermented into wine.      Cashew Apple Fruit With Seed At The...
25 Apr
  If you are overweight there is a very good chance you are eating extra food for comfort or out of boredom but your cravings are not just an emotional issue. Hunger isn’t all in your head. There is a very physical reality occurring that creates a “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” phenomenon. Emotional Eating is the root cause of many health problems. When we go overboard on refined food, we create nutritional imbalances that create hormonal havoc.     Are...
24 Apr
  Lyme Disease is a growing issue in North America (and the rest of the world!) that is creating a significant health crisis for many people across this huge continent. If you follow my social media platforms, you know that I am an advocate of organic food and natural approaches to health and wellbeing. I also speak out against products that contain harmful ingredients and the companies that produce them. But today I am going to talk about a small and potentially dangerous...
21 Apr
  Arugula is a flavourful, oak-shaped leaf with a peppery taste. Known as rocket in some parts of the world, arugula adds a powerful health boost to any menu choice. Easily grown at home, this leafy green contains about 5 calories per cup meaning it would take 20 cups of arugula to get the same calories in just a ¼ cup of granola.   The fibre in arugula helps promote digestive regularity, keeps your tummy happy and leaves you feeling full longer so you resist other fatty...
20 Apr
  I have been practicing yoga for 16 years. In all my years, Yogi Shambu has been the best teacher. He is deep and wise but also has an incredible sense of humour. I like that he believes in sticking closely to the authentic Hatha yoga practices in India. He teaches me WHY I am doing a pose. How each posture helps to balance hormones and strengthens our nervous system.   I want to share one of the greatest tools I use daily to stay happy and calm. Yoga Nidra...
19 Apr
For many people across North America allergy season is just around the corner. Symptoms of an airborne allergy range from mild irritation of the eyes and a runny nose to complete congestion of the sinuses, sneezing, itchy eyes and mouth, asthma symptoms, throat and sleeping problems, accompanied by fatigue and irritability. Given the diverse nature of the North American continent, from desert to coastal, from tropical to arctic, pollen season can occur all year round. You can...
19 Apr
One true sign of spring is when the fronds of the ostrich fern show their heads. Appropriately called a fiddlehead (the spiral shape resembles the head of a fiddle), this green vegetable is a nutritional wonder. Andrea Mlinarevic from Norcliff Farms says it perfectly: “Fiddleheads grow so quickly that they must be picked the day after they sprout; otherwise they will blossom into beautiful ferns. Fiddleheads grow wild across Canada, but most abundantly along the east coast....
18 Apr
There is nothing that tastes quite like the promise of spring than sap straight from a tapped maple tree. The cool, refreshing and slightly sweet taste can cleanse the palate and awaken the mind from months of hibernation. Filled with minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron and zinc this low calorie beverage can provide energy without spiking your blood sugar. 
The First Nations people harvested maple sap for thousands of years before the settlers landed...
13 Apr
This recipe was developed by my nephew Kaydn as a special holiday treat. It is a cross between a frozen chocolate ice-cream and a dark fudge brownie. Everyone raves about it at our parties. Keep it frozen and allow it to thaw for about 5 minutes just prior to serving. This will make the slicing easier.   Ingredients: 398ml can     coconut milk, full-fat 1 tsp              pink sea salt 1 tbs              organic vanilla extract 1/2 cup          raw...

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