recently had a client who was allergic to gluten and nuts, plus she was a diabetic and wanted to stay away from any added sugars. When we were creating recipes together, I asked her what was the one food she most missed with her recently diagnosed food restrictions? “Yogurt with Granola,” she said. What I found was that granola was also something terribly missed by mom’s that wanted to send granola and yogurt to school but they could not due to nut-allergies in the school, and then my Keto clients… well they could not find granola to eat due to the gluten and sugars in most of them. So this sent me on a mission!
After discovering the severity of food security needs in our city, I wanted to do more than just raise awareness and provide a donation guide. I wanted to pack as much nutritious food as I could into the Food Bank this season. Learn how to get involved.
We have all been there. There are still a couple of hours until bedtime, dinner is most definitely over, and yet… you are hungry. Not starving or anything, but just peckish enough that you would not be able to sleep, and if you tried you know you’d be heading downstairs in the wee small hours to help yourself to whatever sinful treats can be found… A lot of the most common go-to snacks such as chocolate, ice cream, and cereal contain high levels of caffeine which will keep you awake. So instead head off that path immediately by deliberately choosing to have a small but satisfying snack that will pinch off any cravings without breaking your diet. Pop your pajamas on and see which of these guilt-free snacks is the one for you:
Some of us are morning people that jump out of bed and are ready to take on whatever the day has in store for us, while others, maybe need a little more motivation to get out of bed. Whichever type of morning person you are a beautiful breakfast can fuel you and also mentally get you ready to take on the day. Beets are not often classified as a superfood but they absolutely should be. Their gorgeous red-violet pigment comes from phytonutrients known as Betacyanins. Betalains are known to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules. Beets are also heart healthy thanks to being rich in folate and vitamin B’s, which also support cellular metabolism. Beets are a good source of fiber and 1 cup of cooked beets has only 75 calories.
Why does food always taste better when it’s cooked over an open fire? There is something primal to me about cooking over fire that makes me feel like I am a great explorer in the wilderness, even if I only am 45 minutes from the city at a public campsite! LOL. Now, if you work all week long and want to slip away for the long-weekend you don’t always have a ton of time to prep and cook things before hand. This is where I want to provide you some simple healthy recipes for all your camping meals, plus easy portable snacks. I have 5 breakfasts, 5 Mains, 5 Sides, 5 Snacks, and 5 Drink recipes for you below. I have given you a range of recipes that take less than 5-minutes to throw together, foods you can make or buy based on your time, and then recipes that take a little more prep but are well worth it. You can mix and match based on how much time you want to dedicate to camping food so its flexible.
Whenever I see lemon lavender lemonade, cookies, or ice cream I cannot pass by, I have to buy some. The sweet citrus of the lemons paired with the earthy, floral undertones of mint in lavender is one of the most perfectly paired culinary flavour duos in my opinion. It also makes this naturally gluten-free cake a light and refreshing dessert at the end of your summer meal or a delightful accompaniment to an afternoon ice tea with friends. The pound cake can also be made ahead of time and it freezes well. This means that if you have unexpected guests or are invited to a potluck you can take one out to thaw and decorate as desired. You can also make this cake Keto or sugar-free friendly but using an alternative sweetener and it can be dairy-free with coconut yogurt. These simple variations allows the cake to adapt to a variety of dietary needs.
Hey, I’m Jo! A Whole-Living Educator, Mental Health Practitioner, Mindful Eating Coach, Chef, Life Coach, & Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant that is passionate in helping busy people make peace with food and body to OWN their everyday.
I love creating simple, whole-food recipes & sharing holistic lifestyle habits that easily fit into your everyday life to bring you joy. I am committed to empowering you with tangible tools to nourish your body, mind, and soul to rejoice in the most vibrant life possible.
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