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Bringing Balance: Torta Rustica

I first had this dish on a midsummer getaway to Maine. A lazy brunch “sans kids” and several coffees later I had rough notes on how to create a healthier, simplified, yet equally delicious version. Here’s my best shot, which opened to rave reviews with the whole family! Ingredients: 2 c. packed spinach, chopped 1/2 cup packed fresh basil, chopped ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: To Chai For Muffins

We love a good spicy chai tea around these parts, so I thought, why not create a healthy muffin to go with my cuppa? Entirely whole grain, no added fat and only 1/3 cup of maple syrup to sweeten the batch, these fit the bill. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1.5 c. spelt or whole wheat flour 1.5 c. slow-cook rolled oats 1 ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Kids in the Kitchen

March is Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is “Kids in the Kitchen”, a topic near and dear to my heart. I help families working to improve the quality of their food get back in their kitchens and develop practical strategies and habits to allow them to eat more real food. The problem with our increasingly processed & convenient industrial ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Black Bean Soup

One of our favourite “pre-kid” memories is our low-budget trip to Costa Rica. We backpacked, took the rickety bus through the mountains, rode horses with a friendly rastafarian guide named “Mr. Joseph” to a hidden waterfall, and drank cold beer on the beach. We also ate a whole lot of “Sopa Negro” or Black Bean Soup. Here’s my best attempt ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: A Fun & Healthly March Break

Can you believe that March Break is just a few weeks away?  If you’re staying in town this year, here are some fun ideas you can do as a family while providing your kids with a little healthy food education. Give a couple of them a try if you’re looking for something new to do! Daily Family Smoothies: There are ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Coconut Lime Love Balls

Here’s a delicious, simple take on a homemade truffle for Valentine’s Day.  Perfect as a sweet treat with a glass of milk or a cup of tea, these balls are free of added sugars, dairy and gluten and full of my favourite secret ingredient, love. Ingredients: 1.5 cup cashews or almonds (raw or roasted) 1.5 cup whole dates (soaked in ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Thai This Soup

This deliciously warming soup was inspired by a viciously cold snap in Eastern Canada, a jar of red curry paste and a bunch of fresh cilantro. Thai This Soup, you won’t regret it! Ingredients: 2 tsp coconut oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tbsp + 1 tsp red curry paste 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Real Resolutions

  How many years in a row have you made the same resolution?   If the answer is more than one, then your goal was probably never realistically attainable. I am a huge believer in slow, steady, & consistent change. Imagine how different your life would be now if you had just made one or two small, yet realistic, positive ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Holiday Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is truly classic holiday comfort food. Warm, gooey, sweet & satisfying, it’s a nostalgic holiday dessert.  Unfortunately, traditional bread puddings are usually made with loads of not-so-healthy white bread, sugar, butter, and cream.  This delicious, perfectly-spiced, lighter version is 100% wholegrain, low-sugar, and dairy-free. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly gooey, sweet and tangy too, and will warm your holiday ... Read More »

Bringing Balance: Getting to the Root of Root Veggies

  If you’re trying to eat more locally-grown produce, root veggies are a must in the Maritimes. We’re very good at growing these hearty, starchy veggies, but a lot of us struggle with creative tasty ways to use them. Not to worry! I’ve got some great tips for storage, preparation and cooking that will help you make them favourites in ... Read More »