Whole Foods

Wild Blueberry Cashew ‘Cheesecake’. A Healthy Dessert.

This vibrant, vitamin and mineral-rich, dairy-free dessert is packed with nutrients and deliciousness! While it may taste luxurious, it is made from entirely nourishing, wholesome ingredients – without any added refined sugars or oils. Being winter in Canada, we have limited fresh local fruits available – so frozen berries are a flavorful option. Wild blueberries are especially rich in anthocyanin, a potent flavonoid antioxidant – responsible for the dark purple pigment of this fruit. The good unsaturated fats found in cashews, provides a natural thick and creamy texture – creating a cheesecake-like consistency. Adding lemon zest to the crust and topping of this tart, provides a slightly acidic tang – resembling the ‘cheese’ in standard cheesecake. While this is a healthy dessert recipe, it is still rich, and satisfying! Allowing you to enjoy the eating experience, while still feeling good afterwards!

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Smoked Carrot ‘Lox’ & Silken Tofu ‘Cream Cheese’ on Seedy Crackers.

My whole food plant-based version of smoked salmon and cream cheese, featuring carrots and silken tofu! This light and tasty healthy snack, or appetizer provides a balance of fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is also simple and easy to prepare! The shaved carrot ‘lox’ requires a quick marinade, using hickory liquid smoke, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. This mixture tenderizes the root vegetable, and provides a smoky, briny flavor. The soft silken tofu is blended in a food processor with ‘cheesy’ nutritional-yeast, and umami-rich white miso – offering a smooth and savory schmear. Mary’s crackers serves as the base of this recipe, made from a handful of wholesome, nutritious ingredients – this is one of the few packaged products I recommend. However, one can also use another whole grain, unrefined cracker or bread instead. Classically paired with ‘smoked salmon’, the fresh dill is an important component to this recipe (not just garnish), as it brightens the dish and brings all the flavors together!

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Cashew Butter, Maple & Lemon Glazed Raw ‘Donuts’

While not actually made with traditional ‘dough’, these whole food, plant-based ‘donuts’ are a delicious AND nutritious treat! Using nuts and dates as a base, one can create many different raw sweets – of all shapes and flavors. As a lover of lemon, I was inspired to make a lemon-infused dessert, that would bring brightness and tang to the almonds and dried fruit. Including fresh ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa, also makes these ‘donuts’ more flavorful. With no refined sugars or oils, you can feel good about enjoying this no-bake healthy dessert!

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Oat & Carrot Baked Donuts With Tahini, Maple Glaze & Hemp Seeds.

These whole food, plant-based delicious donuts (or muffins) are composed of only real, nutritious ingredients – with no added sugars or oils. They are packed with fiber-rich complex carbohydrates – offering steady energy! The applesauce acts as an oil replacer, making it a low fat recipe. The applesauce and carrots also add natural sweetness, so you don’t have to use much maple syrup – a minimally processed, lower glycemic option. The tahini and hemp seeds are a source of protein, minerals, and Omega 3’s. The whole family will enjoy these satisfying, healthy baked goods for breakfast, snack, or dessert! Also a nutrient-dense pre-workout option, instead of processed granola bars for example.

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Healthy Skin Care from the Inside Out. Featuring Province Apothecary.

Skin health is a major concern among many people I work with, from acne, to eczema, and rosacea – these conditions that are typically connected to diet and lifestyle factors, including hydration, nutrition, stress levels and hormone balance. As the largest organ of the body, the skin can be sensitive to both internal and external factors, and often reflects a person’s state […]

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Focus on Farro. A Nutritious & Delicious Ancient Whole Grain.

Farro is an original wheat variety, along with spelt, emmer, and einkorn, other types of unprocessed or modified wheat. Farro may also be called Emmer, which is grown in Tuscany, and is traditional to the Italian diet. While farro is less commonly consumed in North America, it is slowly becoming more popular as people move back to eating whole foods. Farro is packed with protein, which is why I consider it a ‘pseudo-grains’, like quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth. In fact, 1/2 cup of dried farro has about 12 grams of complete protein, iron (15% RDA), and B vitamins. It is also lower glycemic (less sugars/starch) compared to other grains like brown rice, which means it keeps your blood sugar and energy levels steady. Look out for this delicious and nutritious grain at your local health food store, and ask your grocer to carry it if they don’t already. The more variety we can bring into your diet, the healthier!

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