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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Mushroom Crostini


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Well 2016, is almost over, "FINALLY!" I'm sure some of you are saying. Between the drama of the year, and finally getting over the holiday festivities it's time to start fresh.

Speaking of fresh, I wanted to make sure everyone had a great, light and healthy appetizer to bring to their NYE parties or something you can make in the future for a dinner party year round.

The big bonus of this one, is that I used a lot of leftovers from the holiday meals, including a baguette that was starting to get a wee bit hard.

Have a safe and happy NYE, and we'll see you in 2017 for the New Year, New You Challenge!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Multigrain or whole wheat baguette is great for this dish, esp as the slices are so thin. Also, you can find yourself some great vegan nut cheese for this one, or skip it all together and toast the baguette slices with a bit of olive oil. The mushroom mixture is savoury enough to stand on its own.

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower with Truffle Oil


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

It's not always easy to eat your veggies, or get other people to eat them, esp. around the holidays where you know there is some great dessert coming up.

This recipe is insanely easy, quick, and really really tasty. On top of that, your kitchen is going to smell heavenly. You can make this for a meal for yourself, or as a side dish for a dinner - excellent for the holidays.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

You can likely pick up all of these items at your local farmers market, but if not, go organic and aim for local!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Homemade Sparkling Drinks (with the Bonne O System)


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I really wanted to multi-task this week and come up with a party-season-is-upon-us type drink, but keep it healthy, and think of something that could also be a holiday gift...enter the Bonne O Sparkling Water System!

This is a Canadian owned/based company (Toronto), and you can get the machines at stores all over town. The system uses this carbonation disk instead of a CO2 tank, and you can infuse all kinds of fruits (and veg) directly into the water.

For todays recipes, I've made a great sparkling green tea, a turmeric lemonade for post-workout re-fueling, and a sugar-free cocktail that you can use for parties, or go alcohol free and its just as tasty!

If your goal for the new year is to drink less sugary beverages, this is an awesome idea, and can also help get your fruit intake up!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Avoid the sugar whenever possible. Bonne O has its own syrup infusions, but you can make your own at home, and either cut the sugar down, or eliminate it, or only use half of the recommendations!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe Ideas with Blue Heron Creamery's Nut Cheeses!


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

This week we're bringing some recipe ideas to you, all made with Blue Heron Creamery's nut cheeses! Chef Karen McAthy is a wizard when it comes to creating really tasty cheese out of nuts, and if you're dairy free, vegan or just love nut cheese, you can sign yourself up to the monthly cheese subscriptions.

Chef was kind enough to send me some cheese and come up with some really awesome recipe ideas for them. Read on, but be warned, your mouth might water. - For more info on Blue Heron Creamery, and the subscription service CLICK HERE.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

If you're working with pasta or bread, go for the whole grains instead of just white. Making a cheese board? Add some fruit! Nachos? Use black beans!

The cheese board above features: Ashed Cashew Camembert, Hot Pepper Gouda, Apricot Wenslydale, and Fig and Saffron Kefir Cheese! Below is a close up of the Camenbert (my fav of the bunch), and it all paired really well with fruit, and also, look how pretty! Definitely great for a holiday party!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Baked Apple with Oats


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Are you sick of this rain too? I just want to hide in bed all day where it's warm and dry, but recipes like that actually make getting up for breakfast enjoyable.

Rolled oats and apples (in season now, and there are some great local varieties), baked in the oven? Yes please. You can also make a lot at the same time, so it would be great for holiday brunches with the family or friends!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Make it dairy free and use your favourite nut or soy milk, and skip the sugar by using maple syrup (or honey).

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Persimmon Smoothie


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

What even IS a persimmon? This is what I asked myself, as I was placing the two different kinds into my basket (they were on sale and I'm adventurous for this blog okay?).

Turns out, yes, they are a fruit, and there are two main kinds (pictured below). One, the smaller of the two, you can eat like a peach, pealed, or bite right in. The other one (bigger in size) needs to sit and ripen or else it apparently tastes way too astringent. This second kind is the one that I used for the smoothie, after I let them sit on the window sill for several days until they were very squishy. (Here are some tips.)

I decided to go with a smoothie, because blending felt the safest route for a fruit I've never had before.

I looked at at few recipes and decided on some other ingredients, and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Somewhere between a pumpkin smoothie and an orange julius.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

There are always so many things you can add into smoothies that blend in without being detected. Hemp seeds, coconut oil, protein mix. The world is your oyster, just keep it balanced and nutritious!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Roasted Broccoli Pasta


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I really really really just wanted some roasted broccoli this week, I could have eaten it on it's own as a snack, but I decided to wait for dinner and try and make it into a meal...

Was feeling like pasta and I had some leftover brown rice spaghetti on hand so I trolled around the internet for inspiration and after also realizing I had a red pepper in my fridge decided to throw that into the mix too. You can basically make this with any veggies you have lying around, cauliflower, zucchini, you name it.


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Wilting some spinach into the pasta is a super easy way to get more greens into the dish, you almost don't even need the pasta (you can take it out and have an awesome roast veggie salad or appy dish! The sauce will change slightly but that's okay!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Veggie Chili


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

How is it November? How is it so dark and cold? And to make matters worse, it's Daylight Savings on Sunday. While we get an extra hour of sleep, I'm not looking forward to the 4:30pm sunsets.
That's it...I need chili.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

More beans! Different kinds! Use veggie ground if you want to mimic meat. Top it with avocado instead of sour cream. Throw some carrots and celery in there if you're feeling crazy. Load it up with the good stuff, it's hard to go wrong. If you're putting it on rice, make sure it's brown rice!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Black Bean Hummus


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Happy Halloween! Well, almost! I wanted to find a healthy party snack that was tasty but spooky, and the internet delivered this idea! Make yourself some black bean hummus with it's own spider and web and it's sure to be a hit at your halloween party.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Throw some good stuff into the blender while you make this dip. Maybe some protein powder or hemp hearts!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Pumpkin Muffins


It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I don't drink coffee so I haven't gotten into the pumpkin spice craze as much as the rest, but I do love spice cupcakes and they make me think of fall, so I decided to try a healthy muffin alternative with no sugar, and try and make them vegan, which is pretty simple with this one as you can make flax eggs instead of regular ones. If you don't mind eggs, by all means switch it back. I'll make a note.

Either way, cozy up with some spice muffins and tea this weekend! Or grab one on the go on the way to class.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Add in some dried fruit or frozen berries left over from the summer. Or some nuts or cacao nibs. The world is your oyster...just don't add oysters.

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