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New Year, New You? Why You Don't Need Another Diet Resolution!

Another year, another sweet promise to lose weight and get healthy. “New year, new you!” - I hate this tag line, as though the ‘old you’ isn’t good enough, fit enough, successful enough or pretty enough. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that people can and should work towards positive change, for example, to become more active, save money, start meditating, and even improve one’s health. However, the “new year, new you” mantra merely allows dieting schemes to take advantage of the guilt-ridden and vulnerable after an over-indulgent time of year. The idea of a weight loss diet certainly brings promise and hope, but lurking behind every diet are unsustainable methods, strict rules, less than appetizing...

Wholesome Chicken Vegetable Soup

One of the top food and nutrition trends that I think is worth making a habit of in 2017 - soup! I have huge love for soup and one pot meals in general. It's an easy way to load up on vegetables and get 2 or 3 food groups in a bowl. Soup is also a great way to minimize waste by using veggie scraps to make stock and to clean out the crisper using up fresh produce before it goes bad. With so much nutrition in one pot and the option to batch cook and freeze for later meals, soup is a no-brainer. This basic chicken soup recipe can easily be adjusted by adding any of your favourite vegetables to the mix. The recipe uses whole food forms for maximal flavour and nutrition density. I truly hope you come to love making and eating soup as much as I do!   Ingredients:...

Smokey Vegan Split Pea Soup

As part of The International Year of Pulses, I took the Pulse Pledge to cook one pulse-based meal per week for 10 weeks! The first feature pulse for the challenge was split peas. So naturally, split pea soup came to mind - a childhood favourite! I was looking to deliver the smokey flavour that comes with using ham or ham hocks, without actually having to use the animal source (because I am lazy and feel it's easier without meat, I too enjoy vegetarian meals, and so many of my clients are vegetarian). The key ingredient? Smoked paprika! We discovered this a few years ago, and it is a must-have on any spice rack. This recipe is simple, flavourful, and loaded with nutrients like fibre, folate, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and protein. Ingredients:...

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