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SPIRULINA CHIA SEED PUDDING

Chia seeds are a staple in my kitchen. I throw them on salads, oatmeal, in smoothies and make a super simple and delicious pudding with them. Chia pudding is such a versatile dish. You can eat it with fruit, nuts, seeds, top it with granola, coconut yogurt or layer it "parfait style" with berries or fruit purees just to name a few of it's endless possibilities.

For this recipe I topped it with a chia, hemp and buckwheat cereal, some fresh berries and added some Spirulina powder to the basic chia pudding recipe to get this beautiful turquoise color.

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MATCHA SMOOTHIE BOWL

Hello everyone! I was feeling a little tired this morning (late night) and needed a boost so instead of reaching for coffee I whipped up this delicious and vibrant Matcha smoothie bowl! It not only gave me some much needed energy but it also filled me up and got me through a hectic morning!

I like to describe Matcha as green tea with super hero abilities! It's more nutritionally dense and it has substantially more potent antioxidant properties than regular brewed green tea. It's important to incorporate antioxidant rich foods into your diet because they fight free radical damage. Matcha also has anti-inflammatory and metabolism boosting properties as well.

Matcha contains caffeine but it's a more balanced dose of caffeine that gives an even energy and not a rush like you sometimes get with coffee.

The thing I love most about making smoothie bowls is that you can really let your creativity soar when choosing and placing your toppings.

Today I added some dried mulberries (l…

FOOD DIARY - What I Ate Today

Hello everyone! So today I thought I'd change it up a bit and do a "what I ate today" style post. I love these kinds of posts! It's so much fun seeing what healthy foods people are eating throughout the day. I find it really interesting and it's a great way to get inspired and try new things!

BREAKFAST

So for breakfast this morning I kept it simple and had a bowl of oatmeal topped with walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, dried apricots and some fresh raspberries. I also added some almond milk and a drizzle of honey before eating to add some moisture and a bit more sweetness.

I also had a tall glass of water with lemon before eating and a coffee to enjoy with my oatmeal.


LUNCH

I've been making an effort lately to increase my veggie intake. I find the easiest way to do that is to have a nice big salad for lunch. Today I just had a variety of veggies and a couple of Sesame flavored Ryvita crackers but on most days I'll add some sort of protein like tuna, …

SPINACH AND MUSHROOM COUSCOUS

Hello hello! Today I wanted to share with you a quick and delicious couscous dish that could be eaten as a main or side. It's light but satisfying, packed full of nutrients and can be easily adapted to whatever you have on hand.

Couscous is a simple staple that I always make sure to have in my pantry. It's one of those ingredients that's quick and easy to make. It's also quite versatile as well as being inexpensive...bonus!

Sometimes when cooking couscous I'll double the batch and keep the extra in the fridge and add it to salads, mix it with some fresh fruit and yogurt and eat it for breakfast or saute some veggies like I did today and eat it for lunch or as a side dish to accompany whatever I've made for supper.

Couscous is a good source of protein, approximately 1 cup gives around 6 grams! It's also a good source of fiber, B vitamins and minerals like selenium and manganese.

Today I added some lightly sauteed baby spinach, cremini mushrooms, shallots, g…

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE WITH OATS

Hello there! Even though we are entering Fall I still love to indulge in a thick and creamy tropical smoothie. For today's blend I included oats which gives the smoothie more body and lots of fiber. I was craving something sweet this afternoon so instead of reaching for junk food I had this as a snack and it did the trick!

This smoothie is packed with nutritious ingredients that are healthy and satisfying. Pineapple (my favorite) contains a high amount of vitamin C and is a good source of dietary fiber and the enzyme bromelain. It's also a great source of manganese and thiamin which is a B vitamin.

The fiber in mango can help improve digestion and because they contain allot of vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as carotenoids they can help to boost the immune system and are great for skin health. The mighty mango is also a good source of  vitamin B, potassium and magnesium.

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE WITH OATS

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 banana
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut cream
3/4…

DRIED MULBERRIES - A HIGH PROTEIN, NUTRIENT DENSE SNACK!

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you my new favorite snack! Dried mulberries are packed full of nutrients and are an excellent source of protein and iron. (1/3 cup contains approx. 4 grams of protein)!!!
These antioxidant rich berries are also a good source of calcium, Vitamin A, C, E and K, folate, B vitamins and fiber. They can help improve digestion, enhance appetite and balance blood sugar. Mulberries can be consumed fresh, dried or in tea form.
Dried mulberries have a delicate sweet taste and an interesting texture. They are slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Once I start snacking on them I find it hard to stop! I like to eat these on their own or I throw a few into my oatmeal, on salads, on smoothie bowls or on my chia seed pudding. They are a great tasting, nutrient dense, healthy snack! Have you tried them?
Thanks for reading!
CHELSEA

STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE BOWL

Smoothie bowls have quickly become a morning staple for me! They are such a great way to get a variety of nutrients in one simple blend. I especially love how quick and effortless they are...and filling!

I've been finding some really nice, beautifully ripe strawberries at the grocery store lately so I really wanted to use them in a smoothie bowl. I topped this luscious pink blend with some sliced kiwi, shredded unsweetened coconut, chia seeds and cacao nibs for a little crunch.