It is back to school time, which is extra exciting for me because I am headed back to school both as a teacher AND a student! This week I’ll be starting my 2nd, and final, year as a student of holistic nutrition (!!!); and I’m also headed back to school as a kindergarten teacher 🙂 I’ve decided to combine my passions for nutrition and helping children through a little series about packing healthy lunches for kids!
Packing a lunch can sometimes feel like a tedious chore, but it’s really important because children need to eat healthy snacks at school to provide them with energy, helping them to concentrate and do their best. Unfortunately, not all foods provide this desirable effect, and can in fact result in hyperactivity, fatigue, or distracting stomach aches.
Spaghetti squash is a staple in my kitchen as you can use it as a pasta replacement in any dish you please! When cooked, it comes out in strands that resemble spaghetti noodles. It is a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and also contains vitamin C and other antioxidants; therefore it has much more nutritional value then regular pasta.
There are many different ways to cook spaghetti squash, but I now have my favourite as it consistently comes out with the perfect texture, not too hard or too mushy!
Cut squash in half lengthwise
Put squash cut side down in a baking dish
Add up to a cup of water to the dish so that it’s base is fully covered
Bake at 375 F for about 40 minutes, or until tender
When ready, use a fork to rake the squash into “pasta”
Once cooked, you can top it with anything that would would put on regular spaghetti noodles!
It is harvested early in the fall season, so you’ll be seeing them in your grocery stores soon!
If you’re on the hunt for a delicious one bowl meal, look no further. This recipe is so simple and it takes nearly no time at all to make (under 30 minutes). Plus, you are getting a complete protein from the quinoa and extra protein from the chickpeas. Read on for the full recipe!
With the hot summer weather, I find that I don’t crave heavy meals, like pasta as much. However, I can still enjoy my favourite pasta dishes by using a great pasta alternative that is much lighter: zucchini noodles, aka zoodles!
Zoodles are also great way to get more veggies into your diet because after you smother them in all your delicious toppings, you can’t even tell that they aren’t real noodles! So if you have a picky eater in your family, test out some zoodles to sneak some extra nutrients in 🙂
I’ve been using food to help balance my hormones in order to clear up the hormonal acne that I was getting on my chin. One of the things included in my hormone balancing meal plan is getting 2 tsp of turmeric into me every day! Luckily I really like turmeric and consume it often, making turmeric tea and sprinkling it on everything. My new favourite way to enjoy turmeric is Golden Milk – I drink it every evening!
I get asked what all natural beauty/skin care products I use quite a bit by friends and family, so I thought I would quickly post about one of the websites that has helped me as I transition to all natural skincare and make up, please say hello to…
No More Dirty Looks (NMDL) is a website that launched in 2010, it’s also a book and a community for people who are passionate about natural beauty, wellness and healthy living. Founded by co-authors Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, these ladies are queens of green beauty in my eyes. Their book, posts and the website community helped me personally deal with a dermatitis flare a few winters ago (more on that soon…) so I feel like it’s my duty to support and share my love of their site.