Healthy Homemade Granola

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Stuck on what to have for breakfast? Try this easy homemade granola that comes loaded with many great benefits!

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  • Almonds– Vitamin E, cardio-protective, blood sugar balancing,
  • Walnuts– excellent source of omega-3, cardiovascular benefits, anti-inflammatory, bone health
  • Pumpkin seeds– Zinc, vitamin E, antioxidant, diabetic benefits, antimicrobial
  • Sesame seeds– Calcium! Copper, magnesium, zinc, and cholesterol lowering effects
  • Sunflower seeds – Vitamin E (cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits), muscle and nerve relaxing magnesium, antioxidant selenium
  • Coconut– healthy fat
  • Cinnamon– blood sugar control
  • Raw Cacao Nibs– antioxidant, good for your heart, magnesium
  • Goji berries– High in vitamin C, A and a great antioxidantsuperfood

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Cream of Green Vegetable Soup – Ricardo Cuisine

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Christmas is right around the corner. I usually have my Christmas tree up and presents bought and wrapped by now (I know, I’m one of those…) but this year has been extremely busy! I have had time to sneak in a couple Christmas movies and have definitely started getting into the Christmas spirit.

I finished school last month (yippy) and have jumped right into my internship with the Region of Durham. I have been shadowing a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and have already gained so much knowledge from her. In a couple of weeks, I will be giving a health talk to the employees on my favourite subject, gut health. So even though classes are out, I have still managed to keep busy and even had the chance to try a new recipe.

I recently tried this Cream of Green Vegetable Soup by Ricardo Cuisine. This soup is perfect for the chilly days ahead and fits in perfectly for Christmas! I’ve been planning a Christmas party with my girlfriends and will be making this soup again for our potluck! I couldn’t believe how simple and delicious this soup was. If you have a busy schedule and are looking for something that is quick and easy, this is definitely a recipe worth trying! I adapted the recipe slightly since I know a lot of my followers are dairy intolerant. The recipe was already gluten-free so no adjustments were needed to be made! My mission over the next couple of months is to try to slow down and enjoy the season, the festivities and trying out some new recipes! Continue reading

Turmeric Tea “Golden Milk”

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It’s that time of year where everyone around you has some sort of illness. I find it almost impossible to avoid. My household has had it pretty rough the past couple of weeks and I know others who are struggling with a cough and cold too.

We have been drinking “golden milk” or turmeric tea as it has beneficial properties which helps to boost immune function and aids in digestion.

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Sun Safety with Clean Sunscreen!

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I have to admit, I love the sun! Doesn’t your mood completely change when the sun in shining?

There are many amazing benefits the sun provides for us! In this post, I want to share the benefits of the sun, but also on how we need to take caution when exposed for long durations.

Sun protection is something we are taught to do very early in life. Yet, with this information skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada. Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, has risen 2% per year in Canada alone. Canadian individuals age 16 to 24-years-old are the least likely to use any form of sun protection but yet these are incredibly crucial years where your skin needs the protection from the sun. A single severe sunburn sustained in childhood or adolescence can more than double the chances of melanoma. These are scary statistics but are the regular sunscreens being advertised what we really need to protect us?

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My Favourite Health Documentaries




Over the past couple of years I have been enjoying watching and learning from health documentaries. I decided to compile a list of my favourite documentaries to share with others who are concerned about their health too! I will leave this blog post as an evolving list of health documentaries. Please feel free to share your favourites and I will add it to the list for others to see!

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Spicy Jerky

Living with many food restrictions can be difficult especially when traveling or having an on-the-go lifestyle. I am always trying to find new healthy recipes for myself to take when I am needing a quick snack. It does take some prep work, but having snacks like this beef jerky will help you from eating processed junk.

You may also notice in the recipe below, I have suggested using organic grass-fed beef. By eating organic meat you are avoiding hormones, antibiotics and GMOs.

Organic grass-fed meat contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA exhibits potent antioxidant activity and research is showing it may be beneficial for lowering body fat, reducing inflammation, helping with cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure and so much more! According to Dr. Mercola, “When [cattle are] left to feed on grass-only diets, levels of CLA are three to five times more than those fed grain-based diets.”

You can read more on CLA and grass-fed beef here, here and here.

PS. If you live in the Durham Region there are farmers who sell organic and grass-fed meat. Check out your local farmers market this spring/summer! Feel free to leave information in the comments of where you purchase your meat for others to see and I will add them to the list below.

Healthy Meats – Whitby

Snowden Farms – Enniskillen (They also come to the Newcastle farmers market)

Gallery on the Farm – Enniskillen

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Lemon Squares – Paleo/Vegan

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I’ve always loved lemons! Even when I was little, I would cut the lemon in quarters and shove the whole thing in my mouth.

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Gluten-Free Pancakes

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In honour of National Pancake Day, lets celebrate with a pancake recipe!

These pancakes are light, fluffy and you would never be able to tell they are gluten-free.

The best part is that they take very little time to make.

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