Healthy Nutella

Confession time: I used to be a Nutella addict. I seriously would go through about jar per week by eating it directly out of the jar with a spoon. I knew it wasn’t the best for me but I didn’t realize how bad! Well I guess I should have known, given suagr is the first ingredient! Two tablespoons of Nutella contain 21 grams of sugar, the equivalent of 5 teaspoons of sugar! I was just blinded by love for the chocolatey goodness! Well good news is, you can enjoy the chocolately hazelnut goodness with this healthified version!

 
 

Healthy Nutella

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup – ½ cup almond (or milk of choice) to thin out

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Roast hazelnuts for 6-8 minutes. Watch them closely so they do not burn
  3. Let them cool slightly and rub them together in a paper towel to get the skins off
  4. Place nuts in food processor and blend until becomes a smooth butter
  5. Add all other ingredients and blend until all combined
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Warming Turmeric Ginger Latte

I have been drinking this latte all winter. It is super warming due to the spices and turmeric and ginger are super healing anti-inflammatory foods. 

 
 

Warming Turmeric Ginger Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups of boiling water
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder or 1 inch piece of fresh turmeric root
  • 1 tsp ground ginger or 1-2 inch piece of ginger root
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil or coconut butter (for extra creaminess)
  • 1 tsp raw honey

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except for the honey in a high speed blender and blend until frothy (about 1 minute)
  2. Pour into your favourite mug and add honey to taste once water has cooled down slightly*

*raw honey should never be put directly into boiling water as it denatures it and therefore all the amazing antibacterial, antioxidant, immune boosting benefits you get from it being raw are lost

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Simple Kale Chips

As I wrote in my blog post "10 Ways to Eat More Greens (that aren't eating salad)" Kale Chips are a great snack and also a way to get your daily boost of greens! This is a simple recipe but you can change it up with any flavours you like! 

 

Simple Kale Chips

Ingredients: 

  • 1 big bunch of kale 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • sea salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Wash the kale thoroughly, drain and pat it dry.
  3. Cut the stems off of the kale leaves and cut the leaves to obtain chips of similar size.
  4. Place the kale in a bowl and massage the oil into them.
  5. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 
  6. Place the kale in a single layer on a baking sheet bake for about 30 minutes, until crispy. Check on the chips about every 10 minutes and toss them to make sure none of them overcook.
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Chia Seed Pudding (3 Ways)

I love chia seed pudding. Its such and easy, grab and go snack or breakfast and chia seeds are an amazing source of fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids! Three flavours for everyone's taste so pick your favourite or make all three! 

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Chia Seed Pudding (3 Ways) 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  •  ¼ cup whole chia seeds
  •  1.5 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey

Chocolate flavour: Add 1.5 tbsp of cocoa powder 

Vanilla flavour: Add 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract 

Chai flavour: Add 1 tsp of pure vanilla extra, 1 tsp of cinnamon powder and a pinch of cardommon powder

+ toppings of choice (fresh or frozen fruit, coconut, cocoa nibs etc.  

Directions: 

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl or shake up in a mason jar
  2. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight (or for at least 1 hour).
  3. Top with toppings of choice before serving 

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I love pizza! When I was in Italy, I ate it (and gelato) almost every day! For someone who is sensitive to dairy and gluten it is funny that pizza and gelato are two of my favourite foods. But in Italy for some reason, I had no problem eating them… I guess fresh ingredients can really make a difference.

Anyways, the actual point here is, I love pizza but it’s not the best thing for you so I like finding healthier versions of pizza to make at home. I have tried many cauliflower crust recipes that I found online but a lot of them contain cheese in the crust to hold the cauliflower together but adding cheese in the crust AND as a topping can really add on the fat and calories (and make it too much for those of us who are dairy sensitive). So I have adapted this recipe to only include cheese if you choose to top your pizza with it (use can use dairy free cheese or I used goat's milk mozzarella which is easier to digest than regular mozzarella). Also with the crust being made of cauliflower, it is really high in fibre and vitamin C so you don't really need to add extra veggies on top (unless you want to!).

 
 

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (about 8 cups of small florets)
  • 2/3 cup almond or oat flour
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Toppings of choice

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Chop cauliflower into small florets, then steam until fall-apart soft. Drain fully.
  3. In a medium sized bowl stir the almond flour with the oregano, garlic, and salt.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 F. Once cauliflower cools a little, place it in a clean dish towel or cheesecloth over a sink or bowl, and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. At least 1 cup of water should come out – You want it as dry as possible.
  5. Place the squeezed-out cauliflower into a medium bowl and add in two whisked eggs. Mash cauliflower and stir well.
  6. Then stir in the flour mixture. Form into a ball (or two for smaller pizzas), and place on top of the parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat into a circle and spread the circle to about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Bake 25 minutes, or until lightly browned with crispy edges.
  8. Remove and add toppings of choice. Bake an additional 8 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and enjoy!
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Healthy Apple Crisp

I have wrote about this before, but I truly believe in eating what is in season and now that the weather is cooler, that is a lot of squash, pumpkin and APPLES! We went apple picking a couple weeks ago and I made this delicious and healthy apple crisp from the apples we picked :) 

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Healthy Apple Crisp

Ingredients: 

For the apple filling

  • 2 pounds apples, thinly sliced (about 5-6 large or 9-10 small apples)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon

 For the crumble topping:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coconut oil 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly oil a 9x13 baking dish
  2. Combine all filling ingredients in a medium bowl and transfer baking dish
  3. Bake apple filling for 10 minutes
  4. While apples are baking mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl
  5. After baking the apples for 10 minutes remove them from the oven. Sprinkle and spread the topping mixture over the apples.
  6. Place back in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown
  7. Serve warm and with vanilla ice cream or coconut ice cream (my favourite), if desired
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Paleo Peach Muffins

 

Paleo Peach Muffins

Makes 12

Ingredients:  

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup diced peaches (about 1 large peach) 

Cinnamon Nut Topping:

  • 1/3 cup diced peaches
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (or nuts of choice) 
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place paper liners in muffin tin
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, coconut oil, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract until well blended. Add in the coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt and mix until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of diced peaches.
  3. Fill muffin liners ¾ full with your peach batter and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. While baking, make the cinnamon nut topping: Mix together diced peaches, chopped nuts, maple syrup and cinnamon. Set aside.
  5. Once the 15-minute timer goes off, take the muffins out of the oven (they won't be fully cooked yet!) and add a heaping teaspoon or two of topping over each muffin.
  6. Put back in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until muffins are golden brown and cooked throughout. Let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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Watermelon Mint Summer Salad

This recipe was originally posted on my blog Keys to Keeping Hydrated because it contains so many hydrating foods, making it the perfect summer salad! 

 
 

Watermelon Mint Summer Salad 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • half an English cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup handful fresh mint, finely chopped
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta (goat is my favourite - and is easier to digest!) 
  • drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil (optional)

Instructions :

Toss all ingredients in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil if desired and serve! 

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Green Tropical Dream Smoothie

This recipe is from my blog post "The Perfect Smoothie Formula" - be sure to take a read to understand why I have included all these ingredients in this smoothie to make it perfect! 


Green Tropical Dream Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 handful Swiss chard
  • 3 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

Blend all ingredients with a high speed blender and enjoy! 

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Black Forest Smoothie

This recipe is from my blog post "The Perfect Smoothie Formula" - be sure to take a read to understand why I have included all these ingredients in this smoothie to make it perfect! 

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Black Forest Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 handful kale
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. cacao nibs

Blend all ingredients with a high speed blender and enjoy! 

 

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