I love gardening, but I have to admit that I haven’t always been very good at it. Growing up, I watched as my grandmothers planted flowers every year and tended to them lovingly. As a child, I visited many farms belonging to close friends or family, in order to help out and watch their tasty veggies grow. But then I would head back to my little basement city apartment where just my mother and I lived. We would then grab a can of something or some store-bought veggies from the fridge for dinner. I never really put two and two together on where any my food came from or on the importance of what you put into your body. I wanted to learn, but never knew where to start.
Okay, so we need to talk about quinoa for a hot minute. By now, most of you at least know what it is or have consumed it in some form or another. Mostly in salads. It’s always in a fricken salad. But, eating healthy doesn’t mean only eating salads all of the time. You can still get in your daily intake of nutrients, while actually enjoying the food you’re eating. What a concept, right?!
When summer rolls around, I crave fresh fruits and veggies. The more colours, the better. But why do we want to eat so many colourful foods? Well, they contain lots of phytonutrients! “Phyto” is the Greek word for plant – so, plant nutrients! Plant-based foods contain tons of natural chemicals – not to be confused with minerals and essential vitamins that keep your body running on a daily basis. Phytonutrients can help to prevent disease by protecting you from threatening pathogens such as germs, bugs and fungi.
*By Sofia da Silva*
When I think about why I love being a Holistic Nutritionist, one of the reasons that sticks out the most is that I get to meet some pretty amazing people. Whether it be clients, colleagues or strangers with fantastic stories to tell – I am continually honoured to meet every single one of them. Recently, I was fortune enough to meet a group of students studying to become Holistic Nutritionists at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Ottawa.
Those who know me, have a deep understanding of my love for corn chips and salsa. Why? Well, I’m not proud of it, but I used to be able to polish off a whole bag of chips and a whole jar of salsa in one sitting. Not anymore, folks. Since becoming a nutritionist, I’ve given up on those days of shovelling piles of junk food into my face hole.
With the holidays in full swing, it can be a little hard to get organized sometimes. And trust me, I get it. But one thing we can’t forget to sort out is our health! That’s why I’ve come up with 3 simple side dishes that bridge the gap between naughty and nice, while keeping your tummy happy and your mind clear.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, actually, apples have been found to help relieve oxidative stress on the body due to being rich in a group of plant chemicals called flavonoids.
Combo that with lots of fibre and you’re looking at a balanced treat that’s fantastic for your blood sugar and for feeding the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Ever heard of the gut-brain connection? You need good bacteria to help balance your mood and nourish your nervous system.
I eat a lot of hummus. Seriously, a lot. Legumes, like chickpeas, are a fantastic and clean source of protein for fuel, a healthy carb and great source of fibre. Add that to some powerful good-fat-packed sesame seeds and you’ve got a killer combo. Here’s the problem, though. What’s in that store bought hummus? Let’s take a quick sneak peak at some of the most common offenders.
I love sauce. If I could, I would sauce everything up. So why not try a healthy homemade version that doesn’t contain any sugar or chemical crapola? Marinara sauce originated in Naples and usually requires a dash of red wine added to the mix. Well, not this time folks (although it would still be quite delicious)! This one uses fresh tomatoes, not canned, as I wanted to ensure that the cancer-fighting lycopene contained within was invited to your mouth party.
This fresh detoxing dish is chock full of healthy enzymes, colourful phytonutrients, chelating greens and energy boosting vitamins! I encourage you not to just detox but to live a detoxifying lifestyle!
Great as a side dish or even as a solo main. Try experimenting a little by letting cabbage be your friend.
This recipe is raw, GF and fresshhh!