As a Holistic Nutritionist I always recommend adding in spices to your diet. Why? Spices have amazing medicinal properties that can do everything from boosting your metabolism (paprika) to fighting inflammation (turmeric, cinnamon). They also add flavour to your food without drowning it in sauces full of hidden sugars and calories. The problem is all spices are not created equal. This is one of the cases where you think you are making healthy choices by purchasing spices to incorporate into your diet but there is nothing healthy about conventional spices on your grocery store shelves. It is so frustrating to spend money on products that you think are beneficial to your health but can be harmful. Conventional spices contain harmful ingredients, chemical additives, GMO’s and have reduced medicinal properties. Up to 60% of the spices you see on the shelves have been imported and are required to be fumigated, irradiated or steamed.
- Fumigation- (Sterilization) is the most common and cheapest method to sterilize spices. The USDA allows harmful and hazardous chemicals to be used in the fumigation process and is not required to be labelled as such. These chemicals are actually banned in Europe.
- Irradiation- this is the process of using radiation to kill bacteria and other contaminants. After being irradiated the finish product reduces the flavour of the spices and changes the chemical composition of the spice.
- Steaming-is the only sterilization process approved for certified organic spices. A dry steam (hot water) is used to kill bacteria while retaining the flavour of the spices. NO Chemicals are used in this process!
Conventional spices also contain anti-caking agents that keep your spices from clumping together, artificial colours and flavours as well as preservatives. The FDA does not require spice manufacturers to put on the label if there has been other ingredients like rice, sugar, salt, flour and artificial colours added into the spices. This is why I ALWAYS recommend buying certified organic spices. My go to brand for all my high quality Organic spices is Spicely Organics. Why choose Spicely? They are:
- USDA 100% Organic
- Non GMO Project Verified
- Fair Trade Certified
- Certified Gluten Free
- Kosher Certified
- 100% Vegan
- Uses Steam sterilization, no chemicals or hazardous materials used!
- Free Shipping
Here at Nutritionist Now we want to provide our reader’s and clients with the tools to live the best and healthiest life possible. Part of this is to help guide consumers to products that are good for you and the environment.I am so happy to be working with Spicely Organics because they are a company that I trust has the highest quality of products. Not only do they have an amazing selection of spices, teas and chocolate and accessories, Spicely also has fabulous gift sets perfect for that foodie in your life! (Pictured above is the American Gift Set) In future blog posts and recipes I will be showing you how to make easy, delicious and nutritious food using Spicely Organics products.
I finally broke down and bought a Spiralizer! I’m loving how easy it is to use and clean, definitely worth the $30 I spent on it. It’s also great for trying vegetables that you normally wouldn’t eat, for me it’s zucchini. In under a minute it turns a zucchini into noodles, perfect for a pasta substitute. If your children are picky eaters or don’t like vegetables but love pasta this is an amazing way to get them to eat vegetables and get a nice dose of vitamins and nutrients. Just lightly sauté the zucchini noodles and pour your favourite pasta sauce on top. I will be doing a blog on zucchini pasta in the near future so stay tuned! I was craving something spicy so I decided to try one of my favourite dishes pad thai. This recipe from start to finish only took 10 minutes and is a total nutrition powerhouse. If you don’t have the ingredients on hand or the time to make your own sauce from scratch then just use your go to thai peanut sauce.
- 1 green zucchini
- 1 yellow zucchini
- 2 large carrots
- 1 cup of thinly sliced purple cabbage
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1 egg
- ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro and basil
- ½ cup bean sprouts
- ½ cup chopped peanuts
- 1 lime
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil.
- PEANUT SAUCE
- - ¼ cup natural Peanut Butter
- -2 Tablespoons sriracha sauce
- -2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- -1/4 cup water
- -1 teaspoon of red chilli flakes
- Spiralize zucchini's and carrots. Thinly slice purple cabbage, onion and red pepper. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add in onions and red pepper sauté for a minute. Next add in all spiralized zucchini, purple cabbage and carrots, sauté for 2 minutes just until you feel them soften. Drain the pan of any water and make room to scramble the egg. Pour egg in pan and cook, mix with the rest of ingredients. Combine all ingredients for the peanut sauce in a small bowl, mix well. Top with peanut sauce, herbs and sprouts and mix until all is fully coated. Remove from heat, serve with freshly squeezed lime and top with chopped peanuts.
This juice recipe is perfect to flush out toxins built up in your body and give you glowing, healthy skin. If you ever feel like you are not consuming enough fruits and vegetable’s then juicing is the answer. Fresh organic juice goes straight into your system without having to be broken down and digested providing your body with nutrients and giving your Digestive system a much needed rest. Healthy skin starts from within and juicing can provide detoxification and cleansing as well as Liver regeneration to heal and nourish the skin. The Liver performs hundreds of functions one of which is to process and eliminate an ongoing stream of chemicals and toxins. If the Liver is not properly breaking down toxins efficiently skin problems can develop. An overworked Liver becomes sluggish and can cause skin inflammation resulting in acne, rosacea, eczema and premature aging. The ingredients that I have used to make this recipe have many powerful health benefits:
- Red Grapefruit: Pink and Red grapefruit contain the antioxidant Lycopene, that helps fight free radicals that damage cells and caused premature aging. Grapefruit assists in elimination of toxins, purifies the blood and cleanses the kidneys. Even the smell of grapefruit is an appetite suppressant and reduces the feeling of hunger. Grapefruit is also a great source of Vitamin C that stimulates the production of collagen.
- Beets: are a unique source of Betaine, a nutrient that protects cells from environmental stress, premature aging and has a rejuvenating effect on your Liver cells. Beets can cleanse the blood and Liver which is key to promoting healthy skin.
- Ginger: is one of the best digestive aids that money can buy, but why is that good for your skin? The digestive tract plays a huge role in how our skin looks (both in regards to wrinkles and acne, among other things). Because ginger aids digestion, it helps speed up the removal of toxins as well as promotes our circulation.
- Carrots: a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. High in Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene a powerful antioxidant that prevents cells from degenerating and gives you a youthful glow. Carrots are also a great source of Vitamin C that helps the body to produce Collagen which is essential for skin elasticity, prevention of wrinkles and slows the signs of aging.
- 3 red organic grapefruits
- 2 beets
- 3 carrots
- 2 inch chunk of organic ginger
- If you are not using organic grapefruits, carrots, beets and ginger make sure to wash and peel before juicing.
*Note:Consuming Grapefruit may interfere with pharmaceutical drugs. If you are on any medications consult with your Physician.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts are one of my favourite Canadian Super foods, they are so easy to incorporate into your daily diet and they are nutrition powerhouses! The one huge misconception about hemp hearts and hemp products is that they will cause a psychoactive effect. Manitoba Harvest products only contain under 10 parts per million Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) so it’s not possible to feel the effects. These hemp hearts are grown, harvested and packaged all in Canada and are Non-GMO verified. Manitoba Harvest goes to great lengths to produce the highest quality of hemp products by testing throughout the process from harvest to packaging and even x-ray’s the final product. There is no additives and preservatives added and all come with a packaged on and best before date to ensure freshness.
I know what you’re thinking beets in a smoothie? But beets blend together perfectly with the tartness of berries and the sweetness from frozen bananas, you won’t even taste them! I am obsessed with smoothie bowls and how easy it is to cram as many super foods as possible into one meal. I also love foods that nourish my skin from within so I combined the two and created a “Beauty Bowl”. Your skin is an outward reflection of your inward health so a healthy diet is a huge part of maintaining a youthful glow. With this Beet and Berry Beauty Bowl I have used some of the BEST foods to nourish and repair your skin:
I’m excited to share with you my new recipe for the perfect and healthy iced Mocha! When the warm summer weather arrives iced coffee drinks are the go to beverage to beat the heat. The problem is, they are one of the WORST for your overall health. In a recent review in the U.S. the average iced coffee drink from your favourite coffee shops had a whopping 561 calories and up to 80 grams of sugar per drink! If you consume an iced coffee drink only 3 days per week that can add up to 20 pounds of weight gain per year. These drinks are usually filled with added sweeteners, dairy, artificial flavours and colours. So I have created a recipe that has NO added sugar, No dairy and no artificial flavours. Better yet it is made with Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake that contains:
This Summer Salad is eating healthy made easy. Made from only 5 ingredients and it only takes minutes to create. I love using Arugula in salads especially in Summer because it is composed of 90% water which hydrates and cools the body. Not to mention it is delicious and filled with antioxidants, fiber, protein and Vitamin K for bone health. Arugula is a member of the cruciferous family so it is a powerful detoxifier and cleanses the Liver. Strawberries add a punch of sweetness to this salad and contain more Vitamin C than an orange. Feta cheese, made from Goat’s milk, is a great option for people with lactose intolerances or sensitivities because it is easier to digest than cow’s milk. I topped this salad with raw pumpkin seeds, a great source of plant based protein, magnesium, zinc and Omega 3 fatty acids. If you don’t have pumpkin seeds on hand you could also use pecans, walnuts or almonds. No heavy dressing is required for this salad, just a good quality Balsamic Vinegar.
- 6 cups of Arugula
- 3 cups of sliced Strawberries
- 1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
- ½ Cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ½ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- Wash and pat dry Arugula. Place in a large bowl. Wash and quarter strawberries, add to bowl with arugula. Crumble feta cheese add to arugula and strawberries. Top with raw pumpkin seeds and drizzle Balsamic Vinegar over top of salad.
Looks can be deceiving when it comes to coleslaw. A side dish staple for Summer barbecues and meals made usually with cabbage and mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is made with unhealthy fats and offers very little nutrition. It is made usually with soybean oil or corn oil, is high in sugar and filled with artificial ingredients, preservatives and additives. So I have created a healthy version of coleslaw without any mayonnaise. This zesty, vibrant slaw makes a delicious filling in wraps or sandwiches or as a fresh crunchy side salad.
It doesn’t get more seasonal than this delicious salad made with quintessential spring ingredients radishes, peas and fresh mint. The flavours are bright and fresh, especially enhanced by lemon juice and fresh mint. Being that these ingredients are in season they are also an affordable option to pick up at your local farmer’s market. This Easy Peasy Spring Salad is a nutrition powerhouse and perfect for anyone looking to detox, following an elimination diet free from dairy or gluten or Candida. Here are a few of the health and nutrition benefits of some of the ingredients in this salad: