All Natural Protein Packed Berry Banana Smoothie

All Natural Protein Packed Berry Banana Smoothie featuring high protein Greek Yogurt and hemp seeds @ The Conscious Dietitian

Earlier this year, the answer to the age old question Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? was answered in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Although the study was small, it concluded that there is no major differences between breakfast eaters and breakfast non-eaters in terms of metabolic profile – though, the breakfast eaters did have more stable blood sugar levels throughout the day. Does this change anything in the world of nutrition? No, not really. Read more »

5 Reasons You Should Be Eating Lentils PLUS A Simple Prep Guide

Mixed Bean Winter Warming Soup
Last week I had the pleasure of dining at the notorious Lentils As Anything Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Since I got wind of this eatery’s concept some 10 years ago, I dreamed of one day dining there and finally got my wish. It was amazing. The philosophy behind Lentils As Anything is that you pay what you feel the food is worth, and with this you are given the opportunity to contribute towards a world where respect, generosity, trust, equality, freedom and kindness rule. This not-for-profit organization has been successfully working for over 13 years; when diners such as myself can afford to pay the proper price of the meal plus a few dollars more, it allows those that are less fortunate to be able to dine out and be social, regardless of their financial situation. Lentils are in my opinion the superfood of all superfoods. Now let me tell you why lentils should be allowed centre stage at your next meal, and I’ve included a simple prep guide to make it all the less daunting.
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No Bake 100 Calorie Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Simple Energy Snack Size Peanut Butter Balls

Sounds to good to be true doesn’t it. Peanut butter… no bake… less than 100 calories. We live in a world of convenience, and all too often we choose to reach for the sugar packed granola bars or trans-fat laden potato chips when looking for a quick fix. What if I told you that a healthy and tasty treat may only require 15 minutes of your time? Put ingredients into a bowl and roll into balls, easy right? And in return you will get 3 weeks worth of these healthy and convenient peanut butter energy balls!
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Overnight Oats with Dehydrated Summer Fruits and Hemp Seeds

Overnight Oats with Dehydrated Summer Fruits and Hemp Seeds

Towards the end of spring a crazy, extroverted, bundle of energy entered our lives. He came with the intention of not hanging around the city for long, but ended up coming back again and again and again. After spending a few short weeks biking down the West Coast of America, surviving off porridge, wild berries, and other peoples generosity, he came back to Victoria with crazy tales and a thirst for life. He loved this city and the city loved him.
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Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Hemp Seeds – Which One Is For You?

Flaxseeds are grown in the Okanogan, BC

Mother and Daughter near the Okanogan, where Flaxseeds are now grown.

Superfoods are big money. With their promises of everlasting youth and renewed vitality, consumers will happily spend the big bucks without further question. Some really are super, some are flops (ie. noni juice). We have always known that seeds hold a high nutritional value, but we’ve moved past the common sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seed and are now looking for something new and edgy. Chia seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds have all made their mainstream supermarket debut over the last few years. As super as they all are, each of them has individual health properties that are as unique as their consumers are. Some are better suited to certain individuals, and some consumers like to factor in their environmental standpoint. Which one is better for you…?
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Japanese Salad Bowls with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice

Summer Japanese Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Miso Tahini Dressing

Best Summer Of Our Lives

As summer comes to an end, those around me have declare this as the the best summer of our lives. Big statements coming from those of us with 28 summer’s under our belts. But memories were made and miracles did happen. What may have kept our stamina going (in my household anyway) was our multiple renditions of our nutrient packed salad bowls. I’ve already shared Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Savoury Dressing, and then followed that up with a lower sodium alternative Light Summer Salad with a Garlic and Tahini Dressing. Now my love of Asian food has inspired this Japanese Salad Bowl served with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice, just in time to see summer to it’s end.
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Light Summer Salad with a Creamy Garlic and Tahini Dressing

Simple Salad with Cheery Tomatoes and Beets and a Tahini Dressing

A few weeks ago I posted our favourite salad recipe Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Savoury Dressing. The recipe was featured on Finding Vegan and brought in over 1,400 unique visitors to my site in one day. This salad has since extended itself past a Monday night deal, and has been accompanying us on our numerous weekend camping trips this summer. As much as we love it, we Dietitians (yes Sami is a Dietitian too) were feeling a little bit guilty about the amount of tamari we were going through (think one bottle a week!). So a thirsty and slightly bloated Dietitian created a less salty alternative – This Simple Summer Salad with Creamy garlic and Tahini Dressing is just as delicious and has over 80% less salt!
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Simple Summer Beetroot, Green Beans and Goat Cheese Salad

Healthy Summer Beetroot, Green Beans and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

There is nothing that compares to a Canadian summer. As soon as the sun comes out, so do the people. And everyone is racing to get out in nature. From the first sighting of June, the weekends bring endless camping trips, festivals, hikes and exploring. This years summer kicked off with a trip to stunning Tofino, with new and old friends. My beautiful soul sister Sage served up an amazing Beetroot Asparagus and Goat Cheese Salad. The simple 5 ingredient dish has stuck in my mind ever since. As asparagus is no longer in season I’ve adapted the recipe to suite the available summer produce.
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Almond Milk. Is It Worth Going Nuts For?

What are the health benefits of drinking almond milk

Last week Tom Philpott of Mother Jones wrote a piece titled Lay Off The Almond Milk, You Ignorant Hipsters. Boy-oh-boy did that post get some heat. He quickly responded with a follow up post Boy, Hipsters Sure Are Defensive About Their Almond Milk. It seems that some people are pretty defensive when it comes to their plant-based milk of choice. And maybe for good reason. What’s wrong with good ol’ almond milk anyway? If not almond milk, than what?
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Vegetarian Greek Lentil Soup with Lemon and Feta

Greek Lentil Soup with Feta and Lemon

The internet can be a scary world. There is misinformation galore and pseudoscience being promoted as fact to millions of users everyday. New fad diets and superfoods are reaching consumers at lightning speed and unfortunately there is no filter.
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