healthy eating

Mint and Roasted Chickpea Salad

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Nothing says fresh like mint, right? I had some leftover mint from my Watermelon and Mint Lemonade and came up with this salad. I have a feeling it’s going to become my summer staple when I don’t have a lot of time or brainpower to come up with a meal, because it’s so fresh and light, while also filling me up.

You’re getting a big serving of greens from the salad, plus a healthy amount of fibre and protein from the chickpeas and peas. On top of all that, the fresh mint adds a lot of flavour.  Yum! (more…)

Egg Tostada

Egg Tostada

Meet, Pac-Man Tostada…

I’ve been reading a little bit about dairy (but not too much that I’m turned off from eating it) and how it can be rough on your digestion. I’m a huge cheese and yogurt lover, so I don’t know how I could live 100% without those two things, but I bought some Daiya “cheese” to test out in a couple of recipes. This one, so far has been my favourite! I wasn’t even missing the dairy.

How do you guys feel about dairy and your health/digestion? I’m ready/equally unready to learn more about it…

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Blueberry Grape Spinach Smoothie

FullSizeRenderHealthy smoothies are often sweetened with bananas, however I’ve read that bananas can increase mucus production… so when my sinus issues are really acting up I try to stay away from them. That is when I turn to grapes to help sweeten my veggie packed smoothies!

Another great benefit of using grapes is that when they are paired with blueberries, (as they are in this smoothie), they enhance each others antioxidant capacity! The antioxidant capacity of various fruits individually (apples, oranges, blueberries, grapes) has been found to be less than the same amount of a mixture of fruits.

Grapes are on the Dirty Dozen list, which means they have one of the highest concentrations of pesticide residue, so make sure you buy them organic!

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Pesto Hash with Smoked Salmon

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Last week I made this delicious Kale Walnut Almond Pesto from our book of the month, Joyous Health, by Joy McCarthy. It is so good that I have been slathering it on everything, with one of those things being this potato hash dish that I made for breakfast!

Kicking It Whole School - Kale Walnut Almond Pesto from Joyous Health

Kale Walnut Almond Pesto from Joyous Health

I love making potato hash dishes, but I often have them for dinner because I don’t usually leave myself enough time in the morning to both cook and eat at home before leaving for work. Normally I only give myself enough time to make a quick smoothie that I can bring with me and drink on my way. However, yesterday morning I knew I had some left over boiled potatoes, and I had a little bit of extra time, so I decided to cook myself a warm breakfast! Taking some time to sit and eat my breakfast instead of rushing out of the door with it was such a relaxing start to my day! I am now rethinking my usual strategy of sleeping in as long as possible and getting ready in the shortest amount of time – trading it in for waking up a bit earlier, and feeling like I have all the time in the world… *cue theme song*

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Superfood Six Layer Dip (GF, DF, V)

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This beauty is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, oh so healthy, and SO YUMMY!

SUPER FOODS

  1. Hemp Hearts
  2. Garlic
  3. Avocado
  4. Nutritional Yeast
  5. Kimchi
  6. Mango
  7. Turmeric

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Book Club – Joyous Health

IMG_7154Each month we will be focusing on a book, either featuring one that we love, or something new that we can explore with you!

For the month of March we will be focusing on the book, Joyous Health, Eat and Live Well Without Dieting by Joy McCarthy, which features many healthy and delicious recipes, as well as a great deal of easy to understand holistic health information.

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Blueberry and Banana Smoothie Recipe

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Drank it so fast, almost didn’t take a picture…

Just in case you weren’t getting enough smoothie recipes, here’s another one, this time with a kick of antioxidants from the delicious frozen blueberries. You’ll start to notice that most of my smoothies will either have spirulina or hemp seed in them. If you’re looking to experiment with smoothie making, I would suggest grabbing one or both of these ingredients. I like to think of them (and bananas…) as my base because they’re fairly tasteless– in a good way because you can add them to anything — but add an extra healthy bonus, either through additional protein, nutrients or a detoxifier.

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