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Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn

I love this recipe for it’s simplicity, ease, and the fact that it includes one of my favourite, fibre-rich snacks - popcorn! Indulgent but not heavy; a suitable option for those with a gluten allergy or sensitivity.   Ingredients: ~12 cups of air-popped or stovetop popcorn (~ 1/2 to 2/3 cup popcorn seeds) 5 large candy canes, crushed using a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin 1 - 226 gram bag of white chocolate chips (or 7 ounces of white chocolate wafers) Sea salt   Directions: 1) Pop the popcorn and set aside to cool. 2) Crush the candy canes and set aside. 3) Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips. Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn, add the crushed candy cane and mix well. While stirring, add a...

No Bake Protein Bites

One of the key ingredients in these protein balls are chia seeds - an edible seed that originates from a desert plant, salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fibre, and calcium. Just 2 tbsp of chia contains the same amount of calcium as 100 grams of yogurt and almost double the amount of omega 3 fats in 1/4 cup walnuts. This Omega Protein bite makes a great, low sugar granola bar alternative for on-the-go breakfast or snacks. Ingredients: 1 cup whole oats, dried 2 tbsp pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds), chopped into pieces OR 1.5 tbsp hemp seeds 1/4 cup almonds, chopped into pieces 1/4 cup soaked chia seeds (take ~2 tbsp chia seeds and add ~1/2 cup water. Let soak until the chia absorbes the...

Baked Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

As we prepare for another winter, be sure to star this comfort food for that snowy, nose-in-a-book, Sunday afternoon. It is no surprise to anyone that macaroni and cheese is rich (in other words, calorie dense). But with our "all foods fit" philosophy, yes, even calorie-rich dishes make it into my recipes a few times a year. This dish may be calorie dense but it's also nutrient dense. The pureed pumpkin creates a rich and creamy texture, while boosting fibre, potassium, vitamin A, and folate! Using real, aged cheddar cheese boosts calcium and protein. To reduce the temptation of over-indulging, serve with a side salad or steamed green vegetable. Have a happy winter! Pre-heat oven to 375F Ingredients: 2 cups whole grain macaroni, dried 2...

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