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 →

Spring Rice Bowl

Rice bowls are a grounding, nutritious meal that can be a good way to use up leftover odds and ends from the crisper. Here I went for a seasonal version with lots of detoxifying greens, a couple fortifying root vegetables, some cleansing radishes, a refreshing zucchini and a sprinkle of fragrant edible flowers. Tofu, grilled meat or seafood, avocado and creamy dressings are good add-ons to make it extra filling. 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 →

Raspberry Hazelnut Oatmeal

Steel cut oats are one of my favourite whole grains. They cook up into a really nicely dense and hearty oatmeal. Around a cup and a half, cooked according to package directions, expands into around 6-8 nourishing servings. I like to make a batch like this, with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, then reheat portions as needed throughout the coming days, with some nut milk to thin in out. Adding in fruit, nuts, seeds and yogurt makes it rich in a wide range of nutrients from fiber, protein and healthy fats to vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 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 →

Orange Asparagus Wheat Berry Salad

Eating in the summer is easy- the focus is on lots of hydrating smoothies, fruits and salads, plus some BBQ here and there to weigh the lighter options down a bit. In the fall, it gets a little heavier still and there is (ideally) pumpkin in everything. The winter is all about comfort food- thick stews and chilis, roasted meats and root vegetables, porridge and hearty breads. But what about spring? For the earth it is a time of renewal and if we eat with the seasons, as we should as much as possible, it is a season of renewal for us too. It is the best time of year to detoxify our bodies. That doesn’t mean going on cleanses or restrictive diets, it means eating more foods that support our bodies’ natural detoxification process. Continue Reading →

Banana Bread Granola

One of my favourite ways to make baking items more nutritious and less indulgent is to use their flavours in granola. The oats and nuts which form the base are full of fiber, healthy fats and protein along with several micronutrients, or vitamins and minerals. I usually try to keep the sweeteners down then serve it with fruit for natural sweetness, plus an extra dose of several more nutrients. For this banana bread inspired granola I used molasses as the sweetener, it is a robust, dark and thick syrup which is the byproduct of refined sugar. Continue Reading →