Fresh Taste Recipes

Peppers, Sun Dried Tomato, Basil, & Goat Cheese Whole Grain Pizza

Everyone loves Pizza! I know I sure do. But first there was the challenge of high fat and highly processed toppings. Then there was the challenge of highly refined crusts. What could we do for that food we love so dearly? The restaurants don’t often offer choices with much health value in them. Same for take out/delivery and frozen food versions. So what about going home made? Here is a good step in the right direction towards a healthier pizza that tastes great too! I’d certainly still classify it as a treat to enjoy occasionally but when doing so experiment …

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Cookie Recipe

As a naturopathic doctor, I help a lot of patients dealing with digestive issues. One of the biggest causes of digestive issues is an intolerance to various foods – gluten, dairy, and egg being common culprits. I’ve learned over the years to bake without these central ingredients and still make things taste good. Using coconut sugar gives it a rich flavour, but also makes them healthier – it doesn’t have the same strong effect on blood sugar as white or brown sugar. Dry Ingredients 1 cup sorghum flour 1 cup brown rice flour (or chickpea flour) 1/4cup + 1Tbsp arrowroot …

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Natural Blueberry Iced Tea

Looking for something tasty, sweet, refreshing… and healthy? As the temperature rises every year in the spring it’s natural to look to a drink to refresh, stay hydrated, and cool off. But, as the old Thriving Health adage goes… don’t drink your calories! It’s a challenge with coffee variations (double – doubles, lattes, americanos, etc.) to not have added fat, sugar or an artificial sweetener. In shifting to iced versions of coffees or blender versions both fat and sugar are still there, perhaps even more! Switching to soft drinks, flavoured waters, sport drinks, juices and the myriad of other options tends to …

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Orange, Roasted Beet, and Goat Cheese Salad

Beets are not only delicious, they are low in calories and rich in nutrients.  Roasting beets really intensifies their flavour and they are perfectly paired with the flavours of the oranges, pecans and goat cheese in this tasty and refreshing salad adapted from a recipe by Martha Stewart.  The beets can be roasted in advance to be used to prepare this salad for a quick, colourful, and fulfilling meal.       Ingredients  2 large beets 2 navel oranges  1/2 cup pecans (optional) 1 tablespoon olive oil  1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar  1 teaspoon Dijon mustard  Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper  2 …

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Jamaican Coconut Banana Treats

Just came back from a wonderful vacation to Jamaica and my daughter and I were watching one of her shows when they shared a simple yet tasty recipe for a healthy treat. It’ll take all of 5 minutes to prepare. Ingredients 1 banana 2 tbsp of cocoa powder 1 dash of cinnamon (optional) 1/2 cup of fresh shredded coconut Directions Get a coconut (if not available from your grocery store then buy pre-shredded but be mindful of added artificial ingredients), break it open and shred 1/2 cup. Spread cocoa powder on a plate and mix in cinnamon to taste if …

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