Guilt Free Christmas Shortbread

Guilt Free Christmas Shortbread

This shortbread recipe is very similar to traditional recipes, but with a healthy twist. It is sugar free (sweetened with xylitol), gluten free and nut free. It contains quinoa flour, amaranth flour and chickpea flour, which all have protein and fiber. These cookies are diabetic friendly because they don’t contain sugar. Enjoy! Prep time: 10 minutes Refrigeration time: 30 to …read more

Craving Nuts? Almonds Are Amazing!

Craving Nuts? Almonds Are Amazing!

  There are many different nuts and they all make quick, healthy snacks. One particular nut, the almond, seems to be gaining popularity these days. Not only are almonds versatile and delicious, but they have an incredible list of health benefits! So here’s the scoop on almonds… Almonds are considered a nut by almost everyone, …read more

Chocolate Almond Shortbread, Gluten Free

Chocolate Almond Shortbread, Gluten Free

This is a modern, gluten free and healthier version of a shortbread cookie my Mother used to make. They are sugar free (sweetened with xylitol), which makes them diabetic friendly. The main flours are almond flour and quinoa flour – both have fiber and protein.   Enjoy!   Prep time: 10 minutes Refrigeration time: 30 to …read more

How to Avoid the Dreaded 'After Christmas Hangover'!

How to Avoid the Dreaded ‘After Christmas Hangover’!

Many people thoroughly enjoy the Christmas season – the parties, the social connections, the festive drinks and the food – only to end up with an ‘after Christmas hangover’ in January. This ‘hangover’ can include feeling bloated and overweight, having headaches or even brain fog, digestive issues, low energy and sluggishness, feeling run down, and …read more

How Oxidative Stress Can Affect Your Health

How Oxidative Stress Can Affect Your Health

Lately I have noticed a lot of publicity about antioxidants, free radicals and oxidative stress. But what exactly is oxidative stress? How is oxidative stress related to antioxidants and free radicals? How do these three things affect our overall health? And what effect do they have on our health as we age? These are very …read more

Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie

Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie

  Pumpkin is chock full of vitamins and minerals. This healthy and yummy smoothie contains fiber, protein and healthy carbohydrates – so it is balanced and won’t cause blood sugar issues. This smoothie incorporates Pumpkin Dip – the recipe can be found here.   Prep time: 3 minutes Servings: 1   Ingredients: ½ banana ¼ …read more

Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin Dip

This dip is both healthy and delicious – with flavour reminiscent of pumpkin pie! Pumpkin is low calorie and is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains some protein. The fiber and protein in this recipe help to reduce the glycemic impact, so it won’t mess with blood sugars. The following is an …read more

The ORAC Scale - Is it an Accurate Measurement of Antioxidants?

The ORAC Scale – Is it an Accurate Measurement of Antioxidants?

Many people know about the value of antioxidants, and have probably heard the term ‘ORAC scale’ used in conjunction with antioxidants. But what exactly is the ORAC scale? What does the word ORAC actually stand for? Is the ORAC scale an accurate measurement of antioxidants? How many antioxidants does a person need every day to maintain optimal …read more

The Hidden Nutritional Value of Pumpkin

The Hidden Nutritional Value of Pumpkin

Pumpkins are plentiful every autumn, and they are mostly used for pumpkin pie or for carving Jack-o-Lanterns at Halloween. But there is far more to a pumpkin than meets the eye! Pumpkins have amazing nutritional value! Pumpkin is a member of the cucurbitaceae family of vegetables (although some categorize pumpkins as fruit), which grow on …read more

Yin Yang and Cravings - What is the Connection?

Yin Yang and Cravings – What is the Connection?

Cravings are something that most people have experienced or struggled with at some time in their life. There are many theories about the reason for cravings, particularly food cravings. When thinking about cravings, I wondered about the concept of yin yang and whether or not there is a connection between this concept and cravings. The …read more