Immune Boosting Garlic Soup

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Cold and flu season. Ugh. Many of us fall victim to it at some point or another. I have had a cold for the past week now, and it is the first time I have been sick since last November. I used to get sick several times a year, so this is quite an improvement.

I happened to come across this garlic soup recipe last week. I was not looking for a particular recipe to boost my immune system, but the timing couldn’t have been better. I found the recipe in Annemarie Colbin’s book Food and Healing. Food and Healing is probably my all time favourite book that I have read on nutrition. If you are interested in learning more about nutrition, this book is really interesting and informative.

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Coconut Cashew Apricot Energy Bar Recipe

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When I am hungry, really hungry, I need to eat ASAP. When we get to this point when we absolutely need to eat something, we tend to go for whatever is easiest and closest. This is often when we grab something less than ideal health wise just to satisfy our hunger.

A very common solution while at work is to head over to the vending machine around 3 pm for a little pick me up to get through the rest of the day. I know I used to do this when I worked in an office.

This energy bar recipe or others like it are a great way to avoid falling into that trap. When you are prepared for the hunger you can reach for something healthy that is still delicious! And I promise you that these coconut cashew apricot energy bars are just that.

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Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

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You may be asking yourself “a Jerusalem what?” Or maybe “a what kind of artichoke?” Not the most well known vegetable, but let me tell you that roasted Jerusalem artichokes are the bomb! Sweet and sticky goodness.

Based on the picture below you may be very confused because they look nothing like artichokes. And yes you are right, they are nothing like artichokes. Continue reading

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Sweet Root Vegetable Mash

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It’s that time of year again. The time for hearty comforting food. A sweet root vegetable mash is just the thing.

It is a great alternative to mashed potatoes. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some mashed potatoes. Who doesn’t?

I also love this root vegetable mash. And I mean love. It just makes me feel good inside, especially on a cold fall or winter’s night. Continue reading

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12 Benefits of Hot Yoga

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Yoga has been an important part of my life for the past 3 years now. I began regularly in October of 2010 and have been hooked ever since. Although I have been practising several times a week (most weeks) I am still a beginner, all things considered. There is so much to learn and so much to discover. It truly is a lifelong practice, and I think it’s amazing.

How I feel when I come out of class truly is something special, a natural high that I will admit is a little addictive. I am so thankful for everything that yoga has brought to my life and want to share what I believe to be the benefits of a regular yoga practice based on my personal experience.

Note: Although I have practiced at many studios around the city, most of my practice has been at Moksha Yoga NDG and Moksha Yoga Montreal which is HOT YOGA. Most of the benefits listed below apply to both hot yoga as well as yoga practiced in a non heated room. However I do believe that some of the benefits are enhanced due to the heat.

The hot room is not for everyone. You have to try it to know, and be sure to listen to your body and be hydrated.

Another important note is that to truly experience these benefits one must give yoga a chance. I did not experience all these things the first few times I practiced in the hot room. It takes time. So, if you are interested in any of these benefits, be patient and stick with it.

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Vegetables for Breakfast? – Sautéed Breakfast Veggies

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Vegetables for breakfast? Why not?!  Breakfast doesn’t have to be toast or cereal. It can be real food! Like a whole bunch of vegetables.

We have been conditioned to think that we must eat certain foods for breakfast. If it’s not toast or cereal, it’s probably bacon and eggs. It doesn’t have to be!

My go to quick breakfast, especially when I am short on time, is a green smoothie. Give this Kale, Peach and Mango Smoothie a try for yourself. Continue reading

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Sweet Roasted Tomatoes with Spaghetti Squash

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Roasted Tomatoes

This simple dish of sweet roasted tomatoes with spaghetti squash is a perfect marriage of summer and fall. It represents the transition of the seasons, the fresh tomatoes marking the end of summer. This is the same time of year when the farmer’s markets are flooded with a vast array of different kinds of squashes, marking the arrival of the cold weather.

The sweet tastes of summer joining together with the comforting taste of fall. Both sweet and even sweeter together, flavoured very simply with garlic, a little thyme, salt and pepper.

This dish is very easy to make, but roasting the tomatoes does take a couple of hours. This is the perfect time for reading a book, watching a movie, or going for a refreshing fall walk. Use the time to do something you really enjoy doing. Take a break! We don’t always need to be rushing around. Continue reading


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REVITALIZE – 30 Day Cleanse Program (Guest Post)

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A friend of mine, Melissa, is launching an awesome 30 Day Cleanse program for the month of November and I thought everyone should know about it. If you are ready to make a major shift towards a healthier lifestyle, her program could be just the thing for you.

Have you ever looked at someone radiant with health and fit as hell while the voice in the back of your mind said “why isn’t that me?”

Have you felt bloated? Struggled to lose those extra pounds?  Embarrassed about those unpredictable breakouts? Un-motivated to get back to taking care of yourself but crave change at the same time.

I have. But things have changed over the last few years that allow me to be here today feeling excited about my life, feeling healthy, and needing to spread the love all around. Continue reading

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Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Crisp

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Apple crisp is a classic fall dessert. Incredibly easy to make and loved by the masses! A great way to use up some apples after going apple picking. This gluten-free and vegan apple crisp is a healthier way to make the famed dessert.

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Avoiding Wintery Sickness & How to Start Juicing

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Most of you know I am big on smoothies. I have featured a lot of smoothie recipes here, as well as leading the Health is Happiness 30 Day Smoothie Challenge. I have been asked lots of questions about juicing in the past year.

Today I am happy to have Alison Smith, of, to share some info on How To Start Juicing. Hopefully this helps answer any questions you have about juicing and inspires you to start juicing.

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