Cranberry Chai Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a wonderful option for an on-the-go breakfast. Technically, our bodies work best at digesting, absorbing and utilizing food when we are in a calm environment with little distraction from the process of eating. However, sometimes we are just too busy to take that much time to focus on every meal. When that happens, simple and easy to digest meals made from whole foods and not too many ingredients can be a way to get nourished without giving the body too much work. Continue Reading →

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

Smoothies are a great option for healthy treats. With the right ingredients they can taste sweet and decadent but still be filled with important and beneficial nutrients. This version has raw cacao powder and chocolate protein powder to make it very chocolaty and some hazelnut butter to create a nutritious nutella-inspired flavour. A few Medjool dates add in lots of natural sweetness along with fiber, minerals and vitamins while some cashew milk blends it all together into a thick and creamy smoothie. Continue Reading →

Peanut Chia Pudding

Layering peanut chia pudding with fresh strawberries makes for a PB and J inspired healthy treat. They contain a very healthy amount of fiber, good fats and protein which make chia pudding both satiating and satisfying. Some Medjool dates make it naturally sweet and add in some extra nutrients while a combination of peanut powder and peanut butter give it a strong peanut flavour and variety of textures. Continue Reading →

Nectarine Energy Balls

Energy balls can be made with any combination of dried fruits, nut butters, seeds, nuts and whole grain flakes or puffs. They are basically trail mix in another form, though they are just as portable and convenient. I find that they can even be a bit easier to digest because everything is chopped finely. Generally, we do not chew our food enough, putting more stress on the rest of the digestive system to break down each bite. Continue Reading →

Peanut, Date and Hemp Energy Balls

Energy balls are basically round, very healthy cookies. They are easy to prepare because they do not require any baking time in the oven, although they could be flattened with a fork and called cookies instead. Their ingredients are all very nutrient dense- making them a potent source of energy. They are really versatile and can be a good way to use up bits of dried fruit, nuts and seeds leftover in the pantry. Generally I use a mixture of dates, nut butter and some kind of nut flour or oats as the base. Continue Reading →

Meyer Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

Energy balls are perfect for a healthy dessert or snack or they can be added to a bowl of oatmeal or yogurt to bulk it up a little. Their name describes them perfectly- energy balls, a.k.a. power balls, are filled with nutrient dense ingredients. Each component itself is filled with nutrients, including the macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). When they come together they create a great option for fuelling or recovering from intense workouts or for getting through afternoon energy slumps. Continue Reading →

Cherry Spelt Muffins

These muffins are quick and easy to prepare and clean up. All the ingredients go into a blender to create a smooth batter then the cherries get folded in and it all goes straight into lined muffin tins. The trick is just to work quickly and then get it into the oven right away, if left out for too long the batter can get too thick. The muffins are not too sweet so a bit of butter and cherry jam can make them more decadent. Continue Reading →

Sourdough with Marscapone and Honeycomb

A simple, healthy piece of bread can be transformed into a treat with some creamy marscapone and sweet honeycomb. Any kind of whole grain bread is going to be a nutritious choice but it is extra beneficial if the grains are sprouted or if the loaf is a sourdough one. Both of these types have an extra step in the processing that makes the bread easier for us to digest. Continue Reading →

Strawberry Mango Chia Pudding with Kiwi Berries

Chia pudding can be flavoured as simply or as intricately as desired. This is a really simple version that just utilizes fruit and a bit of unsweetened vanilla cashew milk to take chia seeds and plump them up into a flavourful, vibrant pudding. Here I used frozen strawberries and mango defrosted and blended with the milk. I like to use frozen fruit, especially this time of year when fruit isn’t really in season because the frozen option should have been picked and immediately frozen at its peak of ripeness. Therefore it is at its highest in nutrient content, which is preserved through the freezing, as well as at its most flavourful. Plus, I find that unthawed frozen fruit is often a little sweeter than in its completely fresh, unadulterated form. Maximum flavour and sweetness means that we don’t have to add in refined sugars to have a sweet, enjoyable treat. Continue Reading →

Chunky Monkey Chia Pudding

Peanut butter, chocolate and banana is a combination that screams dessert time- but they each bring several nutrients to the table. Here I paired them with an ultra nutritious and popular superfood, chia seeds. These little seeds were carried by Aztec warriors on long trips because they give a large return on investment. They are small and light but provide good, well-sustained energy and they are one of the best plant-based sources of essential omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient we often under consume.  Continue Reading →