Coconut Oil: Refined vs. Unrefined

I’m in love with the Coco(nut Oil)! Coconut Oil’s fat makeup is very unique in comparison to other oils. As with other oils, coconut oil is 100% fat. The difference between coconut oil and other oils is that it’s fat content is made up of ~60% medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and 40% long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). InContinue reading “Coconut Oil: Refined vs. Unrefined”

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Combine in a lidded container: 2 cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk 6 tbsp chia seeds 2.5 tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract Mix with a spoon. Store covered in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before consumption (the longer you wait, the thicker it will become). The chia will soak up the almond milk,Continue reading “Vanilla Chia Pudding”

Toasted Coconut Cocoa Bars

Bar Ingredients: 3/4 cup ground pecans 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 1 cup quick cooking oats 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp chia seeds 1/4 cup honey 1 tbsp egg whites 2 tbsp almond butter chocolate chips as desired For the top: 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tbsp creamed coconut, melted Directions: 1.Preheat oven toContinue reading “Toasted Coconut Cocoa Bars”

The lowdown on Quinoa

Quinoa is an ancient grain with substantial nutritional content, which is why I prefer to choose quinoa over rice and other grain products. Quinoa contains all 11 essential amino acids therefore, it is a complete protein source (Perfect for vegetarians!). This is rare for plant-based foods. 1/4 cup Quinoa (uncooked) contains 6g of protein versus whiteContinue reading “The lowdown on Quinoa”

Carrot Ginger Soup

Ingredients: 8 large carrots, skinned, chopped 3.5 cups chicken broth (or vegetable) 2 white onions, chopped 1.5 tbsp minced ginger 1 clove garlic, crushed Pinch of nutmeg Ground pepper and salt to taste. Directions: 1. Put chopped carrots in a small pot with water and bring to a boil. Allow to cook thoroughly until softContinue reading “Carrot Ginger Soup”

Facts on Popcorn! (MY all-time favourite snack)

I am addicted to popcorn.. and it’s not so bad of a snack after all! (if you make it at home). I have an air pop popper to make my popcorn at home which I strongly recommend if you love popcorn too! Facts on air-popped popcorn:  It has only ~30 calories per cup It isContinue reading “Facts on Popcorn! (MY all-time favourite snack)”

Veggie Noodle Pad Thai in an Almond Sauce

Chicken: 2 chicken breasts 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp chili pepper flakes 1 clove garlic 2 tsp soy sauce Noodles: 1 large zucchini, grated/spiraled 2 large carrots, grated/spiraled (and other veggies of choice e.g. red cabbage, bean sprouts, etc). ***I picked up a cool grater that spirals your vegetables from Wal-Mart. It’s called aContinue reading “Veggie Noodle Pad Thai in an Almond Sauce”

Chicken Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

Spicy Tomato Sauce: 1 can (796 mL) diced tomatoes 1/2 tbsp Frank’s Hot Sauce (you can add more to taste if you are daring) 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp oregano 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1/4 tsp chili powderContinue reading “Chicken Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce”

Nutrition Tips to Combat Stress

Eat regularly (every 3-4 hours) & plan for meals Choose foods high in B vitamins, vitamin C, and Calcium: Vitamin C: Fruits and vegetables (e.g. citrus fruits, yellow peppers, brussel sprouts, broccoli) B Vitamins: lean red meats, liver, fortified products, milk products Calcium:Milk products, fish/seafood, vegetables (e.g. collards & spinach) Avoid refined foods: fast foods, candy bars,Continue reading “Nutrition Tips to Combat Stress”