healthy recipes

Recipe: Black bean and quinoa fiesta bowl (vegan, gluten-free)

black bean quinoa bowlRaise your hand if you like easy-to-make, healthy and delicious one-pot meals!

This recipe is a staple in my Sunday meal prep rotation. Black beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein, especially when combined with fibrous and hearty quinoa. Make a large batch to take for workday lunches or freeze some in Tupperware containers for later.

 
 
 
 
 

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Warm up this fall with this easy and healthy turkey chili recipe

I’m not the greatest cook.

Well, that’s not totally true; my meals turn out pretty tasty sometimes. It’s more that I’m a lazy cook. If something is going to take more than 10 minutes to prep and more than 30 minutes to cook for dinner, I usually end up reaching for a bowl of cereal instead. Not the most healthy nor Instagrammable of a meal choice for a fitness blogger and personal trainer, but hey — I’m human, too.

When all my other girlfriends would show up at parties and get-togethers with delicate little homemade creations (cantaloupe lollipops with prosciutto, anyone?), I’m that girl who arrives with a Dr.Oekter frozen spinach pizza in one hand and bag of pretzels in the other. Sometimes I just don’t feel like I have the time — or want to spend the time — on meal preparation. (more…)

Recipe: Quick, easy and healthy coconut prawn and veggie Pad Thai

Homemade veggie and coconut prawn pad thai... takes less than 15 minutes and is much more nutritious/healthy than the take-out version! Click here for the recipe.

Homemade veggie and coconut prawn pad thai… takes less than 15 minutes and is much more nutritious/healthy than the take-out version!

This homemade Pad Thai is a staple on most of my client meal plans. Not only is it super tasty and much more nutritious/healthy than the take-out version, but also it’s quick and easy to make. You can use either prawns, shrimp of tofu for your protein, and any vegetables you want. I like to use bell peppers, carrots, broccoli and snap peas. (more…)

Recipe: Quick and easy dairy-free kale pizza for one

pizzaWow… that blog title makes this recipe sounds incredibly bland, boring and depressing. Dairy-free kale pizza? For one? Like, why even bother, right?

I assure you it’s actually really good and a great quick and nutritious meal for people who can’t have dairy (but can have gluten) and LOVE pizza. This version is vegan, but you could add any topping you want. I love the crispy baked kale on top. I eat this for dinner at least twice a week when I need something quick and easy. (more…)

Recipe: Spicy peanut zucchini noodle saute

Spicy peanut zucchini noodle saute

Spicy peanut zucchini noodle saute

Who needs to cook pasta when you’ve got a spiralizer? I seriously love this thing.

Yesterday morning I decided to whip up this spicy peanut saute to take to work for lunch. It only took about five minutes to prep and less than 10 minutes to cook. It was amazing — the sauce was so good!

Spicy peanut zucchini noodle saute
Makes three servings

Ingredients

  • One large zucchini, spiralized
  • 1-2 cups sugar snap peas
  • Half a clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy or tamari sauce
  • 1 teaspoon stevia
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk

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Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto Sauce and Roasted Tomatoes

zuchI love pasta as much as the next endurance athlete, but sometimes all that carby, noodley goodness is just too heavy for me. I’ve been dying to try zucchini noodles since I saw various recipes for them popping up all over Pinterest, but didn’t have a spiral or julienne slicer kicking around to make them with. Instead of going out to buy the proper slicer like any good domestic diva would, I improvised like the true half-assed cook I am and used a cheese grater, which actually worked quite well.

Without further ado, here’s my recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto Sauce and Roasted Tomatoes! (more…)

Put your best food forward for Nutrition Month

Homemade veggie and coconut prawn pad thai... takes less than 15 minutes and is much more nutritious/healthy than the take-out version! Click here for the recipe.

Homemade veggie and coconut prawn pad thai… takes less than 15 minutes and is much more nutritious/healthy than the take-out version! Click here for the recipe.

Healthy eating starts at the grocery store, which is why this year’s Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month campaign is dedicated to helping you plan ahead before you hit the aisles, as well as how to navigate the grocery store like a nutritionist and prepare healthy, home-cooked meals your whole family will enjoy.

According to a survey by the Dietitians of Canada, 63 per cent of Canadians struggle when it comes to making healthier choices in the grocery store at least half of the time they shop. And it’s no wonder: we’re faced with a multitude of choices and often stop to grab groceries at times when we’re feeling tired, stressed or hungry, such as on the way home from work or while we’re out running other errands. Instead of filling your cart with frozen pizzas and granola bars on your next grocery run, set yourself up for nutritional success by following these tips based on the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month campaign.* (more…)

Day 4 of eating clean

Grilled basil and pepper chicken salad for lunch on day 1!

Grilled basil and pepper chicken salad for lunch on day 1!

Well, I made it through the weekend without any wine, coffee or chocolate. Success! I did cave and had a piece of dark chocolate tonight, and had some Shakeology as a snack today (I guess you can’t have it because it has natural chocolate flavour in it, and stevia). Three days is enough without chocolate. I decided you only live once, why not enjoy the things you love? In moderation, of course. As long as the other 95% of my day is whole foods, I figure that’s better than nothing.

Alcohol, added sugar and wheat are not going back on the menu, however. I can live without those for 21 days. I had a pretty bad caffeine-withdrawal headache yesterday, but I feel fine today. I’m probably going to add coffee back in a few days and keep it to one cup in the morning, instead of the six cups I used to drink throughout the day. I’ve been sleeping better so far this week, not sure if that has anything to do with it. (more…)

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