Is tracking calories necessary?

The debate is big on this one, and has been for years — should you track calories? For the most part, no. It’s not necessary if you eat a mostly whole foods diet with lots of vegetables, leafy greens and fruit, nuts and seeds. However, having said that, I do track my calories, lightly. Using…

Tip Tuesday: Simple Meals

I pride myself in making healthy well-rounded meals for my family. However, through my Holistic Nutrition course, I’m learning all kinds of tips and I’m slowly incorporating them into our family meals. Once I wrapped my head around the concept, learning about simplifying meals was music to my ears. But at first I thought, “how…

Tip Tuesday: Mixing veggies

At New Year’s Eve dinner my mom served mashed yams. I love mashed yams. I love yams, period. However, these had an interesting flavour to them, that I really liked, but couldn’t place. “Turnip,” Mom said. I was dumbfounded. Turnip! “Well, congratulations, Mom. You just got me to eat a turnip for first time in decades.”…

Easy Swap: Ketchup

I don’t use a lot of ketchup, but I was feeling guilty about the sugar when I did use it. I had looked up recipes to make my own, but there’s a shelf life to homemade ketchup of just a few days. I don’t use it up fast enough and felt I’d be wasting food….

Tip Tuesday: The power punch of spinach

Have you noticed that spinach takes on the flavour of whatever you cook it with? That’s my tip this Tuesday. I put spinach into every sauce or meal that I can to up our intake of greens. The kids never complain about spinach. Sure, they won’t eat sauteed spinach, but mix it into spaghetti sauce…

Tip Tuesday: “But, water is boring.”

“I hate water.” “Water is boring.” “Water has no flavour.” Is this how you feel about water? I used to. Now, for the most part, all I drink is water. When I’m thirsty, my body craves water and it’s my first go-to. For me, switching to drinking water wasn’t a slow change. Years ago, I…

Easy Swap: Salt

Many people ask how to get started making healthier choices. Making slow changes is always recommended. For people looking for simple ways to get healthier, I’m starting a segment called “easy swap.” I’ll be giving examples of products I have personally replaced with healthier options. And I’ll also explain why these options are better for…

Natural sugar substitutes

It’s Sugar Awareness Week. Obviously, I don’t use sugar, so I thought I’d look at different natural sugar substitutes and share how I use them in my home. Stevia – a natural product from the stevia plant. It doesn’t affect my blood sugar. It’s highly concentrated so only a few drops are needed. It has…

2 steps to meet 2019 goals

In order to stick with my goals, and maybe help you stick with yours, I wanted to explore a bit how I plan to follow through this year. I learned a lot about taking micro-steps in 2018, I’ve put them into practice over the past several months, and they really do work. I’ve learned a…

Sprouting in 5 Easy Steps.

I’ve been making my own sprouts for the last little while and love how easy it is, and of course how healthy they are. I purchased a sprouting jar at my local health food store. A sprouting jar is a glass vessel with a mesh lid. You can also use a glass jar and cheese…