The Healthy Snack Formula

Most people (including myself) enjoy snacking. In fact, research has suggested that 24% of all food consumed amongst Canadians come from snack meals. In addition, recent research based out of the University of Guelph found that one third of young children's total daily energy intake came from snacks. When we hear the word snack we often think of chips, cookies, or other high energy 'snacky' foods. In fact, when asking Canadians their primary reason for snacking, the majority of people responded with enjoyment, indulgence, and convenience. The most common snacks being reported as, fruit, yogurt, potato chips, chocolate, cookies, snack bars, and nuts. When asked about the most common times fo

Simple Pesto Recipe

The sunny warm weather is finally making it feel like spring and there are no complaints over here! Whenever the weather gets warmer I feel the urge to make some fresh pesto. Pesto is loaded with fresh herbs and makes for the perfect spring time dish. What I love most about pesto is its versatility. You can use it on meat, fish, beans, in pasta dishes, or even on rice. Pesto originated in Genoa, the capital of Liguria Italy. Liguria is in Northwest Italy on the Mediterranean coastline (aka Italian Rivera). A couple of summers ago I had the pleasure of visiting Cinque Terre (in the Liguria region) and had the opportunity to enjoy fresh pesto from it's originating spot. There is something so

Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies

Having an ice storm in the middle of April is the perfect opportunity to bake and keep cozy (especially on a Sunday). I am completely obsessed with these cookies....let's just say they didn't last very long in my house. These chewy oatmeal cookies are not only tasty but filled with healthy fats and fibre. The best part is they have very little added sugar. Makes 10-12 cookies Ingredients 1 cup quick oats ½ cup spelt flour or whole wheat flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. cinnamon Sprinkle of salt 3 tbsp. hemp seeds 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla extract ¼ cup maple syrup ½ cup dark chocolate chips ½ cup raspberries (or blueberries), mashed Note: I used frozen raspberries, le

Body Composition and Why Weight isn't the Most Important Measure

Body composition is a complicated subject, so complicated that I spent 3 years studying about it in graduate school. But the most important thing to know is that the number on the scale doesn't tell us everything! When talking about health, weight does not indicate how healthy a person is – you need complex forms of measurement to learn more and properly assess health. The most important thing to recognize is there are many different parts of our bodies that make up our body composition – with the main two being body fat and lean mass (or muscle). These two types of tissue (body fat and muscle mass) play a key role in health. In addition, the amount of each we have in our bodies will grea

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