Healthy snacks: lemon coconut goji berry bliss balls

Healthy snacks: lemon coconut goji berry bliss balls Something I'm always asked about are ideas for healthy snacks. One of the first things I did when faced with the scary prospect of changing my eating habits, was figure out in advance what foods I could snack on with abandon. Personally I feel very comforted when I know I have food waiting in the wings that I can eat whenever I like. It's a psychological tool I find useful that invites feelings of abundance and plenty into the day. It also can help ward off uneasy feelings, like scarcity or denial, that commonly will arrive when [...]

Risotto of buckwheat groats with beets and garlic porcini mushrooms

Risotto of buckwheat groats with beets and garlic porcini mushrooms Quinoa is normally on my grain speed-dial, but lately I've been experimenting with Buckwheat Groats (also called Kasha). Though kind of saddled with an unfortunate name, Buckwheat Groats  are actually delightfully nutty, gluten-free seeds that rate low on the glycemic scales (no wheat or gluten in sight). On the healthfulness front Buckwheat is great, surpassing rice, wheat and corn on many levels. Because those three are especially  high on the glycemic scale, they provoke a quick spike in blood sugar levels and promote systemic inflammation. I try to avoid rice, wheat and [...]

Smoky cauliflower soup with turmeric sweet potatoes and red peppers

Smoky cauliflower soup with turmeric sweet potatoes and red peppers This cauliflower soup is the warming equivalent of a great big exotic hug. Roasting cauliflower until it's a smoky, caramelised hot mess really makes my day. It's a simple enough process. You throw some plain old cauliflower in a roasting pan with oil and spices, not really expecting much, but what pops back out of the oven after 30 minutes is a wondrous thing. Apart from the roasted cauliflower, the cinnamon, cumin, and turmeric work together to bring out the savoury goodness in the vegetables and the sweet potato and [...]

Moist blackberry pumpkin bread with amazing banana coconut frosting

Moist blackberry pumpkin bread with amazing banana coconut frosting Who wouldn't want to eat cake that doesn't cause your waistline to expand like the usual suspects do? This cake has zero added sugar and no flour either yet it tastes amazing. It's full of the pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, clove and nutmeg which mix with the pumpkin to give you that lovely autumnal mix of flavours. The sweetness of the dates, pumpkin, and banana in the frosting (which I am addicted to) serve to make it taste very sweet, but the secret is pairing this natural sweetness with some superhero health [...]

Divine banana pancake recipe for all day energy

Divine banana pancake recipe for all day energy Sunday is pancake day at my house and I love slathering a rich fruity topping over the hotcakes as soon as they're flipped from the pan. You are going to love these. They are hearty, filling, tasty and very satisfying. You only need 1 or 2 to feel full and unlike a typical pancake they won't spike your blood sugar and make you sleepy very soon after eating them! Most pancakes tend to pack on the pounds because they're full of flour and sugar. These ones do the opposite and taste even better! Full of bananas, [...]

Healthy breakfast recipe: coconut raspberry oatmeal

Healthy breakfast recipe: coconut raspberry oatmeal Breakfast can be a tricky meal for most of us. While I am so pleased that the word is spreading around the world that grains are generally terrible for our health, I worry that we can't reach enough people in time. I was really impressed that after doing a thorough review of the medical literature, Sweden made the first move to develop low-carb national dietary guidelines. But many people don't have time to wait for their country to catch up to Sweden. If each of us let our loved ones know that that the grains in their morning bagel, toast, [...]

Nutty cranberry cake with zesty lime frosting (gluten free)

Nutty cranberry cake with zesty lime frosting (gluten free) Happy boxing day! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a few cranberries kicking around because I know exactly what you're going to want to do with them! MAIN BENEFITS / WHY EAT THIS? Helps you avoid dangerous wheat and sugar while still giving you a  lovely, familiar breakfast or "coffee" cake treat Packed with heart healthy almonds, pecans, coconut oil, oranges, omega 3's (chia), cinnamon, and antioxidant laden cranberries Cranberries are a superfood that you should enjoy year round. As in this recipe, aim to eat the whole [...]