Healthy Eating Articles

These healthy eating articles are here to help you get on track with a balanced healthy eating plan, and showing you how to have fun while maintaining it.

Peanut Butter: Allergen? Comfort Food?

Peanut Butter

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With all the peanut allergies, a lot of people ask me about whether it's healthy to eat on a regular basis.

Normally, I'd think of peanut butter as just another food and nothing special, but a while back, I read this incredible article by Ginny Messina.

That made me realize how important peanut butter actually is, and that it's worth a closer look.

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Finding Balance And Listening To Intuition

Finding Balance And Listening To Intuition

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I'm a big believer in balance and intuition, and this year I've been learning a lot about myself and how I integrate those things into my life.

I've started trying to work outside sometimes, getting away from the computer and using paper and pen to write articles and sketch out recipe ideas. It's nice to be in the sunshine.

I also got a big shiny ring (made from an old silver spoon by a wonderful artist named Adam who has a stand in the Byward Market in Ottawa) that shines at me while I type to remind myself that my intellect and my emotions aren't the ones in charge.

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Healthy Smoothie Ideas To Spice Up Your Blender

Healthy Smoothie Ideas

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I love making my own smoothies because it's so fun to play with different flavor combinations, and add various little bits of extra healthiness.

I also love getting smoothies when I'm out, but they can be expensive and sometimes involve syrups rather than just pure fresh fruit.

There are some components to a good smoothie, and if you think of the various potential ingredients in categories it can give you a base from which to experiment.

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What Is Tempeh?

What Is Tempeh?

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I don't post a lot of recipes using tempeh because I know it can be tough to find sometimes, but I love it and eat it often when I have a chance.

What is tempeh, you ask? Well, it's a fermented soy patty. I know that doesn't sound terribly appealing, but it's wonderful.

The next question is usually whether it's like tofu. It's not at all. It originated in Indonesia, and is a totally different process from tofu.

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Does Your Vinegar Have A Mother? Types And Uses Of Vinegars

Does Your Vinegar Have A Mother?

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There are a few main vinegars that I use in my recipes, and some that I don't. Here's a quick run down of what I look for, and what I use them for.

I generally look for vinegars made by natural fermentation and without any unnecessary additives.

Naturally fermented vinegars take weeks or months, whereas the faster fermentations take 1-3 days.

If I can't find one that's 'perfect' I don't worry too much because I don't use very much vinegar in a dish.

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Kombucha, Probiotics And Love

Kombucha - Vegan Probiotics

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Sometimes I think I live in a bubble. A bubble where things like tempeh, chlorella, kombucha and chia seeds are common parts of life.

Then someone will ask me what kombucha is and I'll remember that they're not as common as I think they are.

Ok so kombucha is a drink, that's naturally fermented and has probiotic cultures in it. It's started with juice and/or tea - something with sugars to feed the probiotics.

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How Much Avocado Is Too Much Avocado?

How Much Avocado Is Too Much Avocado?

Someone asked me the other day how much avocado would be too much avocado. I thought it was an interesting question, and one that I never really think about.

(Side note: do you know how to get the pit out really easily? I'm sometimes reminded that not everyone knows how... When I did it in this video my friend watching went crazy.)

I know some people who eat a whole avocado every single day, and others who only eat a half or quarter in a day, and only have them occasionally.

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Salad Ideas To Create A Vegtastic Masterpiece

Salad Ideas To Create A Vegtastic Masterpiece

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When it's warm out, I love having salad-ish meals to keep me cool and to not create too much heat in the kitchen by cooking.

People often have a view of salads being boring - some lettuce, a bit of cucumber and maybe some shreds of carrots. But salads definitely do not have to be that boring!

I have a pretty broad definition of 'salad' - I use it to describe any meal that is primarily vegetables all mixed together and has a dressing.

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What Is Nutritional Yeast?

What Is Nutritional Yeast?

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I get a lot of questions about nutritional yeast - what it is, whether it's actually healthy, what I use it for - so here is my answer.

First of all, nutritional yeast is different from the kind of yeast you bake with. It's yellow and flaky and has a savory flavor, but doesn't have any action of making things rise.

For the most part, people who have issues with yeast imbalances shouldn't have a problem with nutritional yeast because it's a different thing altogether.

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Summer BBQ Recipes

Summer BBQ Recipes

It's summer! Time to get outside instead of spending too much time in the kitchen. I like to make simple fresh meals and BBQ when I can in the warm sunny weather.

Since people sometimes have trouble coming up with ideas for plant-based summer grilling and light meal options, I thought I would put together a round up of some of my favorites.

Hope you're having a great summer so far!

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