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Healthy Recipe – Black Bean Avocado Coconut Cupcakes. Low Carb, High Protein, Flour-Free and Delicious!

Here’s a recipe for yummy, chocolaty-yet-healthy cupcakes that are Low Carb, High Protein, Flour-Free and Delicious! They’re a perfect, small and balanced meal that fits in your bag. A great pre- or post-workout snack! 1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained 2 eggs 1/2 a large ripe avocado 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon… Read More »Healthy Recipe – Black Bean Avocado Coconut Cupcakes. Low Carb, High Protein, Flour-Free and Delicious!

Healthy Recipe: Sugar Free Whole Grain Pancakes New Year's Brunch Doesn't Have To Derail Your Healthy Diet!

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Brunch, whether it’s on New Year’s Day or any other time of year, doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Trouble is, your typical restaurant brunch can be a dietary minefield: orange juice? Pure sugar. Pancakes? Filler with no fiber. Serving size? Way too big; a typical restaurant portion is two, three, sometimes four serving sizes. Here’s a healthy, quick, easy, delicious alternative – with no flour, sugar or gluten, but plenty… Read More »Healthy Recipe: Sugar Free Whole Grain Pancakes New Year’s Brunch Doesn’t Have To Derail Your Healthy Diet!

Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup Warms You Up On A Cold Autumn Night!

It’s the end of October and it’s blustery and chilly on the west coast. For a healthful foodie this means just one thing: homemade soup! And nothing says autumn like sweet potato pumpkin soup. My most recent soup making adventure began with the onset of Halloween. Gently discouraged by my neighbours from handing out healthy treats (how was I to know kids wouldn’t like hard boiled eggs and tofu pops?)… Read More »Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup Warms You Up On A Cold Autumn Night!

Five Simple Travel Health Tips How To Go On Vacation And Not Leave Your Health At Home

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There’s nothing more rejuvenating than taking a well-deserved vacation. But going on a holiday shouldn’t mean leaving your healthy lifestyle at home. In fact, taking a break from your healthy habits can seriously hijack the fitness goals you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Vacationing doesn’t have to equal weight gain. Believe it or not, by trying these five simple travel health tips, you might even find the scale tipping in your favour… Read More »Five Simple Travel Health Tips How To Go On Vacation And Not Leave Your Health At Home

5 Reasons NOT To Do A Juice Cleanse

Ah, the juice cleanse. Many people swear by them, believing they can rid their body of “toxins,” give their organs a rest and kick-start a weight-loss program. But scientists, nutritionists and doctors are generally much more sceptical of the benefits of juice fasting. Some even consider them dangerous. So before trying one yourself, consider these 5 reasons not to do a juice cleanse.   1. A juice cleanse will slow down your metabolism Most juice… Read More »5 Reasons NOT To Do A Juice Cleanse

Taking Our Pulses: Lose Weight And Save Money By Adding This One Food To Your Diet

Eating healthy on a budget can seem like a challenge. But one of nature’s most nutritious foods is also one of the supermarket’s least expensive: dried legumes. Legumes, or pulses — the family of grain seeds that includes lentils, beans, peas and peanuts — are so healthful they’ve been nicknamed The Perfect Food. High in fibre and packed with vitamins and minerals, pulses are also a great plant-based source of protein at… Read More »Taking Our Pulses: Lose Weight And Save Money By Adding This One Food To Your Diet

Don’t Be A Turkey! 4 Tips To Help You Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Eat, Drink and Be Mindful

Santa cookies croppedThe holiday season comes with all kinds of stress, from gift-giving anxiety to dealing with difficult relatives. But the biggest stress-causer of the season, for me anyway, is the parties: all those appetizers; all those chocolates; all that wine; all those calories! An entire month’s worth of mindful eating wrecked in just one evening – and there’s another party tomorrow!

A single serving of eggnog is like drinking three Mars bars!
santa nogI must confess that when it comes to delicious food I don’t have great impulse control. I never buy junk food and you’ll rarely find processed or high-sugar food in my kitchen. But offer me some dark chocolate at a Christmas party and I. Just. Can’t. Resist! After I’ve had a glass of wine or two, that buffet table looks irresistible. And that bandage dress I’ve starved myself into is starting to feel uncomfortably snug.
So here are 4 tips to help you avoid holiday weight gain.

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Fat Is Not Your Enemy: 4 High-Fat Foods That Could Help You Lose Weight Things You Probably Didn't Know About Fat

In the late 1970’s, rising rates of obesity, heart disease and some cancers were blamed on dietary fat. A few early studies linked fat consumption with higher blood cholesterol levels, and suddenly fat was a new enemy. It seemed so simple: eat fat, get fat. So everyone went on low-fat diets. By the 1990’s, low-fat food products were everywhere. Butter and eggs were banished from the breakfast table; muffins the… Read More »Fat Is Not Your Enemy: 4 High-Fat Foods That Could Help You Lose Weight Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Fat

Healthy Recipe: Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Sorry Starbucks, Your PSL Doesn't Hold A Candle To This!

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It’s autumn, and here in Vancouver you can’t walk a block without passing a cafe offering delicious Pumpkin Spice coffee drinks. The creamy, spicy aromas waft out onto the sidewalk to tempt you with their sweet, warming flavours. Yum! Reality check to the rescue A Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks bulges with 350 calories and overflows with 50 (!) grams of sugar. That’s the sugar equivalent of more than 3 Twinkies… Read More »Healthy Recipe: Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Sorry Starbucks, Your PSL Doesn’t Hold A Candle To This!

Healthy Recipe: Country Kitchen Blueberry Pie A Tasty Treat Without Too Much Added Sugar

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Vancouver’s July heatwave brought out the blueberries earlier than usual and in abundance. At last weekend’s West End Farmers Market I bought a huge bag of them — ripe, delicious and far too many to eat before they spoil. What better reason to make a pie! Try this easy, healthy recipe for Country Kitchen Blueberry Pie.Read More »Healthy Recipe: Country Kitchen Blueberry Pie A Tasty Treat Without Too Much Added Sugar