As a nutritionist, some of the most common questions I get are about what to eat for snacks and the best way to get in a healthy breakfast. Here in North America, breakfast is generally synonymous with what I like to call “beige food.” We’re talking breads, cakes in many forms, sweetened yogurts and sugary cereals – just processed carbs upon carbs, with an extra side of unhealthy carbs. And listen, I’m not knocking carbohydrates, we need them to function. But we need the right kinds and amounts, like complex carbohydrates and also not in abundance. We really need to round out the nutrients within our meals, especially if it’s our first one of the day.
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.
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!