All posts filed under: Food

Enjoy Food. Don’t avoid food.

Over the course of the last decade plus, I’ve experimented with countless of different eating styles and diets – Atkins, Vegan, Vegetarian, Octo-Lacto, Pescetarian, Macrobiotic, Paleo, Juicing, Cleansing, high fat, low fat, Intermittent Fasting, Bulletproof, etc. To this day I continue to try new things and research how I feel and how it applies to my life. Each eating style certainly has their benefits but, in my opinion, there is NO PERFECT WAY TO EAT because each and every single person on this planet is unique. There are different body types, people have different goals, different lifestyles, food sensitivities, live in different climates, geography and food availability could be an issue, age requires different nutrients, and even weather play a part in our food needs. Having countless food options increases your chances to achieve optimal health, vibrancy, and your own fitness goals. Whether it’s too much of a particular type of food or too little of certain nutrients, the best way to harmonize the body is by creating balance but as many of us know …

Do We Really Need to Eat Organic?

This is a question that comes up very often. My clients are more concerned over the price of organic foods and if it’s really worth investing in. There is so much discussion about the pros and cons of organic food and whether organic food is better than non-organic food. As a Nutritionist and Mom I personally believe organic is important. I’ve also done a lot of my own research and know there is scientific evidence to show that organic food is better in quality than conventional food. I believer we should know how our food is grown and harvested and more importantly where it comes from. So Why Organic? 1. Organic Food Tastes Better Organic food is more flavorful and studies have actually been conducted that confirm this belief. The chemicals that are used in the production of non-organic food definitely affect flavor. 2. Organic Food is Better for the Body The United States Environmental Protection Agency now lists many of the chemicals used in the production of pesticides and fungicides as potential cancer-causing components. …

Why Soaking In A Little Sunshine Can Be A Good Thing

Take a little time out in nature to soak in the rays. Studies have found that exposure to sunlight naturally boosts your mood. Sunlight triggers the release of hormones in your brain releasing a hormone called serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. Ultraviolet-B radiation in the sun’s rays also causes a person’s skin to create vitamin D. Generally, an hour per week is more than enough, but surprisingly, many people are still not exposed to enough sun to produce beneficial amounts of vitamin D. This could be because of our hectic sedentary lives, spending most of our time either in the car or at a desk during the peak hours of sunlight. Vitamin D is an important part of a healthy diet. New benefits of this vitamin are being discovered every day, but many people still do not receive enough vitamin D to reap the wonderful benefits it can provide to their health. Vitamin D is most famous for its contribution to joint and bone health …

SMILE

So what’s with all of my smiling posts lately? Well here’s the news. I’m so excited to announce my partnership with Smile Natural Foods (which is a division of Kii Naturals) as their Global Nutritionist. Smile is a proactive brand of superfoods, unique blends, cereals, and quality pantry foods that provide added health benefits with value and convenience to make nutrition…simple. Our first product launch is an All-In-One organic whole food blend consisting of superfoods such as flax, chia, hemp, goji berry, cranberry, cacao, coconut, pumpkin seeds, maca powder, oat bran, and cinnamon…just to name a few…you know…all the good stuff. Each spoonful packs extra fibre, protein, and omega fats into your yogurt, cereal, salads, and smoothies. Organic certified, Non-GMO certified, vegan friendly, and no sugar added. Even better we are the first to market a product of this kind around the world so there’s no need to purchase these ingredients individually anymore. I will begin adding these into my nutrition programs ASAP and will announce the launch of these products at retail which will …

NON GMO, Yes or No?

There is a lot of information out there when it comes to nutrition and some just darn right confusing. I often hear people say “if we listen to all the food that is bad for us, we won’t be able to eat anything!”. In my opinion that statement is being a little over-dramatic but since there is so much bad information out there I can understand why people feel that way. So lets unwrap one statement/label that we’re seeing a lot of lately. NON GMO. What are GMOs? GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. In short, fake food. Are GMOs safe? Surprisingly but no so surprisingly, most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world (the smart ones!), including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European …

A Quick & Healthy Snack

When you’re on the go. Don’t have your food prepared. Hungry. And just not sure what to have but know you want to stick to healthy choices. This is the snack for you! What you will need: 1 can of salmon – I use Wild Pacific Pink Salmon by Clover Leaf  1 tbsp Mayo 1 tbsp vinegar Sea sale and black pepper to taste cucumber Your favorite Kii Crisps  How to make it: mash salmon with a fork a add mayo, vinegar, sea salt and pepper and mix until combined slice cucumber top crisps with salmon spread and a slice of cucumber Enjoy!  

Turkey Chili and Spaghetti Squash

Meal Prep made EASY, HEALTHY and DELICIOUS for the entire family! Ingredients: 100 g Ground Extra Lean (Organic) Turkey 1.5 cup Tomato Sauce 1/4 cup diced Onion 1 tbsp minced garlic A pinch of dried basil, oregano, parsley, sea salt and black pepper A dash of ketch-up (organic), soy sauce and worcestershire Sauce 1 tbsp Olive Oil 100 g Spaghetti Squash 3 tbsp feta cheese 1/4 chopped fresh green onion Kii Crips  How to make: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush the inside of each half with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place cut sides down on a rimmed baking sheet and put sheet into the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork. Brown Turkey in a non-stick frying pan on medium to high heat heat olive oil on medium heat and saute garlic and onion until transparent Add tomato sauce to onion and garlic and all dry and wet spices/sauces Let bubble and then bring down to low …

Shrimp Avocado Bites!

Sharing is caring! I love when my Strong Girls come up with their own creations. My clients Celine Saki created this mouth watering appetizer that is tasty, healthy and easy to prepare. These Shrimp and Avocado Bites are the perfect appetizer for parties or if you’re like me have 6 bites as a meal. What you will need:   Rosemary Pistachio Kii Crisps Medium pre-cooked Frozen Shrimp Avocado Olive Oil Chili Pepper Flakes Sea Salt Lemon Garlic Rosemary How to Make:  Heat skillet on med heat, add one tsp. of olive oil, about ¼ clove garlic sliced, Chili Pepper Flakes and a sprig of Rosemary leaves finely chopped.  Run cold water on frozen shrimp for a few minutes until they are thawed (a couple of minutes) Turn up the heat a little, add shrimp to skillet. Fry for 2 minutes and flip the shrimp for another 2-3 minutes. Remove garlic Press down on each a little and move around Mash 40 g Ripe Avocado and divide into 6 and drop on each Pistachio and Rosemary Crisp Salt shrimp …

Healthy Holiday Hors d’oeuvres

There are many indulgences leading up to the holidays so why not pick healthy foods that are still full of flavor that everyone will love, even the kids! One of my favorite appetizers to serve guests is my Hummus Avocado Lemon Dip paired with Kii Naturals Rosemary Pistachio Artisan Crisps  What you need: 1 box of Rosemary Pistachio Artisan Crisps  1/2 a ripe avocado 3/4 cup chickpeas 1/2 cup green peas (I love to hide green vegetables where I can…the kids haven’t noticed yet (hehe!)) 1 clove of garlic (minced) Half a lemon juiced 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt  fresh ground black pepper to taste How to make: Throw all ingredients (except crisps) into a strong blender or food processor Blend until a smooth consistency or the consistency of your choice – I like to leave in a few chunks for texture Serve the spread in a bowl surrounded with crisps Garnish with a lemon This paring goes great with a crisp fruity pinot grigio or even cold glass of bubbly! Stay tuned for more …

Holiday Pairings with Kii

It is mid November and Christmas is slowly creeping up. Holiday music is playing and the weekend hustle and bustle has already begun. With all the festivities starting you may be planning a holiday party or have been invited to a few. Soooo what is on the menu? As a nutritionist I love offering high quality food choices without comprising taste!  My go-to appetizer is Kii Naturals Artisan Crisps paired with a variety of organic cheeses, meats and spreads. They are sweet, savory and they go perfectly with spirits or vino, which I’m sure us Mommies will be indulging in just a little (hehe!). As the holidays approach I will be taste testing and creating many different pairings from my kitchen to yours. Please give them a try, I would love your feedback and any creations you come up with using these mouth watering Artisan Crisps. Today I am featuring The Gogi Berry and Pistachio Artisan Crisps topped with double cream brie, walnuts, and a drizzle of honey. Here are some retailers where you can find Kii …