Healthy Lunchbox Makeover!

Healthy Lunchbox Makeover!

How Can We Make Our Kids' Lunches Healthier? And while we're at it, can we teach our kids to enjoy healthy eating? I say, YES, we can! Kids (heck, adults, too) can be resistant to change of any kind. Changes in eating habits can seem traumatic to children, so start with small changes. Brace yourself for resistance at first. Kids may not react kindly to aberrations in their lunch box regulars. Food might come home un-eaten at first. Don't give up! Kids may need to eat a new food over 20 times to…Read more
Homemade  Vegan Chocolates

Homemade Vegan Chocolates

So, homemade chocolates. I'd say I just make these for special occasions, but I'd be lying. I make these alllllll the time. They're delish. And they're vegan, and dairy-free!  Not that you need to be either of those things. But if you are, these are for you. Even if you're not, these are for you. Now you may be thinking, uh, Shaina, this is a healthy living site, why are you telling me to eat chocolate? And didn't you recently write a three-part series on all the ways sugar is bad for you?…Read more
Homemade Granola Bars + Is Sugar Bad For You? Part 3: Sweeteners

Homemade Granola Bars + Is Sugar Bad For You? Part 3: Sweeteners

 We have reached the final segment of my three part "Is Sugar Bad For You?" series. For parts one and two click here: Is Sugar Bad For You? and here: Is Sugar Bad For You? Part 2: Glycemically Balanced Eating . In my first post, I told you I was going to talk about this in two parts... then I got to the second part and realized I had soooooo much to say that I needed a third. So here I am again! I often get asked which sweetener is the best one to bake with. I've…Read more
Green Mango Smoothie

Green Mango Smoothie

This is my go-to green smoothie! It's smooth, creamy, and a touch fruity. Plus, it's packed with vitamins, protein and fiber. I drink it for lunch or in the morning to fuel me for the day. Start by crushing 4-5 ice cubes in your blender. Then add: 1 frozen banana (pre-sliced) 1 big handful of spinach (about a cup) 1/2 cup of diced, ripe mango 1/4 cup avocado (I usually just chop the top off a big avaocado, peel it, and throw it in) 1 heaping teaspoon of almond or natural peanut butter…Read more
Not-for-Date-Night Kale Chips

Not-for-Date-Night Kale Chips

This is me snatching the bowl of kale chips and not giving them back. Believe it or not, kale chips are a hot commodity in our house. Each and every one of us wants to hoard the bowl. Manners fall to the wayside. When we're done, I am forever cleaning bits of stray kale flakes off the floor. Is it worth it? I would hazard to say it is. They satisfy that salty, crunchy, chippy craving without the fat and artificial flavours found in store bought potato chips. I should also warn you…Read more
Harvest Meal – Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas

Harvest Meal – Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas

What do we all need more of in our lives? Veggies. More veggies. (Was that not your answer? I'm shocked). Specifically, more roasted veggies. Roasting is the best. It brings out the sweetness in the veggies it cooks, and it is super easy to do. This healthy, vegetarian, high-fibre recipe is inspired by the Gwyneth Paltrow one in her cookbook It's All Good. (Whatever your opinion of Gywneth, it's a fabulous cookbook). You need: One head cauliflower One can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 3 tbsp, plus 1/4 a cup olive oil 2 tbsp…Read more
Marinated Kale Salad

Marinated Kale Salad

So I recently attended a health and wellness conference, and one of my sessions was a nutrition talk. I plan to write a more detailed post about all the golden nuggets of information that I tucked away from that, but the main thing that stuck with me was that, for optimal health, we should all be eating 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetable a day. Every day. Knowing that in theory is a little different from doing it in practice. Not gonna lie, that involves a lot of fruits and veg. A lot.…Read more
Cocoa Energy Bites

Cocoa Energy Bites

Chocolate, check. Peanut butter, check. Coconut, check. The gang`s all here. I like all these things separately, but I like they so much more when they are all together. One big chocolate-y peanut buttery, coconut-y family. These bites are delish, and are full of protein, with no added sugars to boot. The dates provide the sweetness, while the almonds and cacao nibs add just the right amount of crunch. It brings me great comfort to know that at any given time, I have these bad boys hanging out in the fridge, waiting for…Read more
Creamy Avocado Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing

One of the best ways to cut sneaky fats and calories from your diet is to stop using store bought salad dressings. This homemade one is extra healthy, creamy, and can be used as a dip or a dressing. I also love the fact that the dressing going onto my veggies is full of veggies. It's like a salad, on a salad. A 2 for 1 salad. A veggie explosion. I am way too excited about this. In a food processor, pulse until smooth: 1 clove of garlic 1/4 cup parsley 1 avocado…Read more