This recipe looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. It is one of my favorites for a power breakfast, and it comes together quite easily.
🍅It’s even quicker to prepare if you pre-chop your veggies on the weekend.
🥑Have you tried frozen avocado yet? It’s definitely worth checking out. The night before you make this, I recommend taking your avocado out of the freezer, wrap it in cling wrap so it doesn’t brown, and putting it in the refrigerator to thaw.
🥚😋 Starting your day with a dose of protein, veggies, and healthy fat will keep you feeling full and satisfied! Adding a side dish of a half-cup of berries is an optional healthy boost. 🍓
If you prefer the vegan option, you can switch the eggs for sweet potatoes and cheese for non-dairy cheese of your choice. Although I am not vegan, I like to substitute for sweet potatoes and cashew cheese.
(Makes 2 burritos)
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onions and peppers until soft and slightly caramelized. Add beans and pepper flakes and cook until warmed through 3-4 minutes.
While the veggies are cooking, in a medium bowl whisk the eggs and egg whites, and then add the cheese.
When the veggies are heated through, transfer to a dish and if necessary, spray the skillet with non-stick spray. Pour in the eggs and scramble, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
To serve, spread each tortilla or lettuce leaf with some salsa, and then layer each with half of the black bean mixture, half the eggs or cooked crushed sweet potatoes, and half the tomato and avocado. Season with hot sauce. Roll up your tortilla or lettuce leaf like a burrito and enjoy!
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Not only is asparagus low in fat and calories, but it can do so much more, like help you beat bloat and lose weight, thanks to its diuretic properties and high fiber content. The veggie is packed with other nutrients, too, including vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as folate, iron, copper, calcium,and protein. Plus, it’s a rich source of antioxidants. Asparagus season is here! Pack on the asparagus!
1. Snap ends off asparagus. Shave 3 spears with a vegetable peeler to create ribbons, set aside. Chop remaining asparagus.
2. In a large pot over medium heat, sauté onion in oil until translucent. Add chopped asparagus and cauliflower and cook for about 3 more minutes.
3. Add stock and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes until cauliflower is very tender.
4. Puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, and serve garnished with shaved raw asparagus and fresh pepper.
This month, we've got an AMAZING recipe that is SO GOOD for your gut health (and also your “everything” health!).
If you’re not a tea drinker already, you might become one after reading this.
We keep hearing about how healthy it is to eat a plant-based diet (or at least more of one)!
Well one reason is because of special plant compounds called polyphenols, which can have a huge positive impact on your health.
The good news is, you don’t have to go full-on vegan to get their benefits.
Researchers are still learning more about exactly HOW polyphenols work, but one thing is for sure: they are antioxidants that fight inflammation in your body.
You can find polyphenols in everything from wine, grapes and turmeric to coffee, chili peppers and berries!
… and, you guessed it, also TEA! Especially black tea.
The polyphenols in tea appear to promote the growth of the good bacteria in your gut AND make it harder for bad bacteria (like salmonella) to grow.
Plus, black tea contains properties that help repair the lining of your digestive tract.
This recipe also contains other gut-friendly ingredients like cloves, turmeric, peppercorns, and ginger.
Makes 2 servings
1 cup (235 ml) non-dairy milk (carrageenan-free)
1 cup (235 ml) water
2 whole cloves
1 cardamom pod, crushed
1-2 peppercorns, crushed
½ cinnamon stick ½ tsp turmeric
¼ inch piece fresh ginger, grated
2 tsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp black tea leaves
Splash of pure vanilla extract
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, water, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn heat to medium low if it gets too hot.
Stir in the coconut sugar, tea, and vanilla, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Strain mixture into cups and enjoy!
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This lentil soup recipe is so easy, comforting and so good for you! It’s a perfect option for lunch, and it tastes even better the next day.
Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein … plus this soup packs a whopping 13 grams of fiber into one serving (which will keep you going!). And it’ll keep you feeling full for hours!
Easy Lentil Soup 🥣🍅🥕
(Makes 6 to 8 servings)
Over medium heat, drizzle the olive oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot. When it’s hot, add the onion, carrot and celery and cook for about 8 minutes, until the onions are soft and translucent.
Add the garlic cloves and saute for about 1 minute. Next add the lentils, chopped tomatoes, broth and spices, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, and cook until the lentils are done, about 40 minutes.
You can serve as-is, or if you want a smoother consistency, use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Optional: Serve topped with a splash of fresh lemon juice and your choice of fresh herb.
Now that the peak of New Year's resolution season has come and gone, many of us have abandoned our grand visions for 2020. Big-picture goals, which are often vague and too ambitious, sometimes fall by the wayside as life inevitably gets in the way.
But that's no reason to give up on better health this year. In fact, February – also known as Heart Month – is the perfect time to focus on improving your heart health. The key is structuring that goal in a way that keeps you motivated throughout the year.
Now, we know what you're thinking: So, you just want me to lose weight, eat right, exercise regularly, quit smoking and keep my blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar down? Fat chance!
But the truth is, each objective really is attainable through manageable behavioral changes. The first step is to find out where you stand. Go to the AHA's website and complete the simple assessment to find out what areas you already excel in, where you need to make improvements and what information you may want to ask your doctor about. For example, if you don't smoke, you've already achieved one of your seven big-picture goals. Don't know your blood sugar levels? That's something you should probably discuss with your doctor. In addition, the assessment will reveal areas where you can improve your diet, how much exercise you need to add to your day and where you stand in terms of body weight and other variables.
Now that you know your long-term goals, it's time to incorporate behaviour changes throughout your day and week to help you progress. Need to get moving? Consider joining us for a gym membership and/or trying some of our fitness classes. Or start with a commitment to walking a 2 km loop in your neighbourhood several days a week. Short on fruits and veggies? Start by adding one piece of fruit to your breakfast each day and eat a salad as part of your dinner three days each week. You can also boost your vegetable content with VegeGreens super food powder, which is availble at the club. Is your blood pressure too high? Talk to your doctor about ways to control it - there are many natural ways to do this. As those new behaviours become habits, you can modify them as needed.
Eventually, small behaviour tweaks will become big changes. They'll also provide frequent successes that keep you motivated throughout the year. Every time you join a fitness class or walk that 2 km loop, for instance, you've achieved another goal!
Remember, lifestyle change is not an all-or-nothing proposition. It may be quite some time before you meet every aspect of the dietary recommendations, or achieve every one of the 7 steps – if ever. But every improvement counts, as does every pound lost. For instance, losing 50 pounds to get back down to your college weight may not be achievable right now, but losing 10 percent of your body weight could lead to dramatic improvements in your health. Likewise, you may not be able to exercise every day, but every moment of physical activity counts. The successes will accumulate and become their own type of habit. It's all about perspective and acknowledging your achievements along the way. You CAN do it!
This salad requires no cooking and is made with just a few healthy ingredients. This crunchy broccoli salad with lemon tahini (sesame paste) dressing is a simple healthy twist on a classic dish! This simple salad only has 9 ingredients and takes 5 minutes to make! It's plant-based, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, low in carbohydrates, and keto- friendly. It's perfect for weeknight dinners, and meal prep.
To make this a full meal, add your favourite protein! You can easily mix in your favourite protein, like:
This healthy broccoli and lemon winter salad is the perfect nourishing bowl for winter. Roasted broccoli and cauliflower drizzled with a lemon garlic dressing and topped with the winter essentials; pomegranate and toasted almonds.
Winter salads are such a great way to get a nutrition kick and to use up some veggies you probably already have in your crisper drawer. Use what you have available! This is an easy salad that whips up pretty quick, but is loaded with taste and nutrition. YUM!
With all the celebrations and family gatherings this holiday season, are you concerned about maintaining your current weight? If you think about your energy balance (energy in vs. energy out) it is very easy to see how over the holidays you eat a little more and move a little less, which leads to some weight gain.
During the holiday season, the average person gains 5-12 lbs! Fortunately, though, you don’t have to fall victim to excess holiday bulge with these fitness tips...
Tip #1 – Write it down
Create a plan during the holiday season and write down your goals. For most people, the act of actually sitting down and writing out a plan of action, helps them to stay focused and increases their chances of following through. Make sure your goals are realistic and plan out some daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Make sure your plan contains some of the following tips in it as well.
Tip #2 – Get moving and make exercise a priority
During the holidays, most people cut out exercise because they say that they “don’t have the time.” Wrong–you do have the time! You don’t have to exercise an hour every day to get the benefits of exercise. If you are pressed for time, try some interval training which can burn more calories than an hour of steady-state cardio and can be done in only 20 minutes. Another way to burn extra calories in a shorter period of time is to perform some strength training workouts. Interval training and strength training both create an exercise-after burn which allows your body to continue burning additional calories even while you rest for up to 36 hours or more.
Tip #3 – Drink water
This really isn’t anything new, we all know that we need water to stay hydrated, but it’s more than just hydration. Sometimes the lack of adequate amounts of water in our diet can cause us to feel hungry when we are really not. Many people end up packing on extra calories because they think that they are hungry when really all they need is some water. Water helps keep our metabolism running at peak performance and aids in the digestion of foods so, drink up!
Tip #4 – Don’t skip meals
Holiday season means huge meals and huge appetites. On these days people generally tend to skip breakfast or lunch in anticipation of that big holiday dinner. The problem is that this tends to cause people to overeat and really pack on the pounds. Skipping meals slows the metabolism and aids in fat storage. Make sure to eat a few small meals before your holiday dinner to help minimize overeating and save yourself a 1,000 calories.
Tip #5 – Moderation
Watching what you eat and losing weight doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself every now and then. The problem is that when most people go to treat themselves, they over-do it. Go ahead and grab a small piece of the pie, but remember to think in moderation and avoid going for seconds on dessert. Eating a few small meals and a small salad before your holiday dinner can help you avoid those cravings for sweets and help keep you feeling full.
Tip #6 – Minimize alcohol
One gram of alcohol contains 7 calories which is nearly double the amount contained in one gram of carbohydrate (4 calories) and is only two calories shy of a gram of fat (9 calories). These 7 calories per gram don’t even include all the calories and sugar you may take it if you mix your alcohol with something else. Drinking alcohol is a quick way to pack on excess calories and weight. If you plan on drinking, just remember moderation.
Tip #7 – Get some sleep
Lack of sleep has been shown to aid in the accumulation of belly fat which can be very dangerous to your health. Make sure, even though holidays are a busy time of the year, that you are getting enough sleep.
Roasted Butternut Squash – three ways! Try this quick and healthy weeknight dinner with roasted butternut squash as the base. Vegan adaptable and gluten-free!
The filling is made while the butternut squash roasts in the oven, which takes about 30 minutes. Not too bad for a weeknight dinner, made entirely from scratch, based on seasonal produce… our favourite kind of meal!
Roasted Butternut Squash with Persian Lentils
Roasted Butternut Persian Style:
Perfect for Fall, this one pot pumpkin curry is a home run in the flavour department and comes together quickly. Mix and match with veggies and proteins on hand, and enjoy this hearty meal that's also naturally gluten-free. Try this for your next family gathering or get-together! Thanksgiving is just around the corner :)
Remaining pumpkin curry ingredients:
VEGETABLES: Mix and match this one pot pumpkin curry with other veggies such as cauliflower, asparagus, kale or collard greens (added when the broccoli is added), regular or sweet potato (added with the red curry paste), spinach or bok choy (wilted in toward the end of cooking). Baked or fried tofu can also be substituted for the chickpeas. Get creative and have fun with it! Enjoy :)
I'm Natatia Gemmell. No matter how busy life gets, eating well and exercising is always a priority! I LOVE fitness, and I share my passion for exercising and clean eating with my friends and family, And I want to share with you too! Let me know how your next recipe turns out!