Grain-free Banana Berry & Coconut Pancakes

Grain-free Banana Berry & Coconut Pancakes

Sometimes (I’m learning most times) when we get back to the simple, foundational tasks of life, it is then we are brought back to the moment and truly able to appreciate being alive.  This is what food has done for me, for I’m not a very grounded person.  I spend a lot of time in my head - dreaming, imagining, considering endless possibilities.  This is another gift.  But to be really present, to loving what is NOW, to tasting and truly experiencing life in the moment, there is no easier way to do this than with food.  The rhythmic actions of chopping, mixing, peeling, stirring, tasting, smelling are a type of therapy.  And when it finishes with a nourishing meal (and great company), well, this is life at it’s finest, friends.
So, today I share a recipe with you that is great for a weekend.  It’s a grain-free, high fat, high protein pancake recipe that is simply delicious!

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can probably tell by now that I love 'healthifying' baking recipes.  I just love baked goods.  Nothing is more comforting than a delicious baked good and a hot drink - especially one that won't boost your blood sugar to unholy levels, have you craving more sugar throughout the day and keeping energy levels a bit maniacal, to say the least.  No, you know you've won in life when you can manage a bit of both indulgence and health.  Here it is, folks.  Again, you're welcome! :)

The high protein and quality fat content of this cookie, namely, the chickpeas, nut butter, coconut oil and hemp seeds help lower the impacts of the sugar.  

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Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Having a few favourite smoothie recipes in your repertoire is perfect.  They are nutrient dense, easy to make and versatile.  I used to drink a smoothie a day, and to be honest, have them much more irregularly.  I find that I prefer them in the warmer months or specifically when I'm sick or around my workouts.  But they can also make great easy breakfasts and snacks too.  My biggest tips when experimenting with smoothie creations are - Make sure you include quality fat and protein (coconut oil, avocado, nut butter, nuts, quality protein powder) and more veggies than fruit.  We're not looking for a high sugar fruit juice here, we want some sustaining nutrient dense energy!

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Freezer Fudge

Freezer Fudge

Friends, today I give you the gift of chocolate - homemade chocolate, healthy chocolate, chocolate you can indulge in, and just in time for Valentine’s.  You’re welcome! 

I talk about quality chocolate a lot with clients as chocolate is a treat I recommend indulging in (in moderation).  Cacao is rich in the mineral magnesium - a mineral deficient in many andresponsible for bone health, muscle relaxation and blood sugar modulation.

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Power Cereal

Power Cereal

For me, there is nothing quite better than a good breakfast.  Waking up having given myself time for my morning routine and then sitting to eat a nutritious breakfast is heaven to me.  And honestly, I don’t think you can do much better for yourself than simply changing your mornings.  You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - and nutritionally speaking, this is largely true.  The food you choose to eat in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the choices you make throughout the day.  This doesn’t look like one specific meal, but it should always be focused on quality fat and protein over carbohydrates..

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Pumpkin & Spice White Chia Pudding

Pumpkin & Spice White Chia Pudding

Chia is very nutritious and as delicious as you want it to be!  Because these tiny seeds have hardly any taste on their own, they are fabulous to add to your salads, smoothies, porridges or to make delicious puddings, like this one!  In the spirit of autumn and what is abundant locally right now I created a pumpkin pudding, but you can really add whatever you want which is what makes chia so great.

Not only is it so versatile, chia can be very beneficial for colon health and function - meaning, great poops to follow!

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Coconut Goji Berry Amaranth Porridge

Coconut Goji Berry Amaranth Porridge

Nothing is more comforting on a cold winter’s morning than a warm bowl of porridge.  I love waking up slowly on a wintery weekend and taking my time to make a delicious porridge.  At the moment, this one is my favourite – it is absolutely delicious.

I'm using amaranth in this recipe instead of oats which is a nutritious pseudo-grain and great alternative for those who are gluten-free.  It's also a great option to mix up our nutrient intake.

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Creamy Ginger Yam & Spinach Soup

Creamy Ginger Yam & Spinach Soup

Sometimes the right instrument changes everything.  Here is an example of the easiest most delicious impromptu soup!  I find that tools are often quite helpful when eating a healthful diet.  The right tool can make meal making very quick and easy.  So dear, friends, this winter, purchase a hand blender, if you haven't one already.  Creamy, healthful and delicious soups are on their way to you in abundance if you do!

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DIY Almond Milk

DIY Almond Milk

Those of us who are avoiding or reducing dairy products - or those who simply want to add alternatives and variety to their diet, making your own nut milk is for you!  I have to say, it doesn’t get much better than ‘milking’ your own nut bag of delicious whipped almonds.  This recipe is super simple to make, cheap and versatile.  Add any sweetener to taste stevia, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, cacao, lavender, cinnamon, coconut, rooibos, etc. for your own spin on this basic recipe.  You might also want to try any nut, seed or grain you have on hand - pumpkin seed, sesame seed, oat, hemp, amaranth, quinoa, etc. will make a great nutrient dense milk!

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