Posts in Nutrition
Which Diet Type Is Right For You?

I usually get asked quite often about whether various diet types and eating patterns - like keto, paleo and intermittent fasting - ACTUALLY work to help you achieve your weight loss/fat loss goals.

The short answer? It depends.

Some (not all!) of these diet types can work, but they don’t necessarily work for everyone. To be honest, it all boils down to your lifestyle and whether this way of eating can be sustainable in the long-term. (Because we all know that the “quick fixes” never truly last.)

And while I know that many of them are backed by scientific research and can give you some sort of “structure” to follow, there’s truly SO MUCH INFORMATION OUT THERE that it’s difficult (& frankly, pretty overwhelming!) to have to trudge through all of the journals, articles and research papers in order to figure out which one actually works for you.

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Confessions of a Chocoholic

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Sometimes I struggle to understand people who prefer savoury things (do they know how good dessert is?!) But I realized a few months ago that I don’t actually have a sweet tooth — I have a “chocolate tooth.” Case in point: if I’m out to dinner with my husband or friends and we share a dessert that doesn’t have chocolate in it, nine times out of ten I will still want chocolate when I get home. The struggle is real, people!

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DIY Protein Snack Box

Ever made your own version of Starbucks' bistro box at home?

This is one of my favourite ways to bring a variety of healthy snacks along with me wherever I go! Not only will it be faster, fresher & cheaper, but you can also add whatever ingredients you're feeling (or whatever you have available) for an endless amount of variety.

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Spicing up the soup game with African-fusion flavours and a love for sharing

Is there any food more universally comforting than a bowl of soup?

If you ask Lola Adeyemi, founder of It’s Souper, she’ll kindly tell you probably not and offer up one of her four Afro-Fusion gourmet soups to put the debate to rest. With an accomplished background in IT and no food industry experience, apart from her love of cooking, Adeyemi was craving to share something with the world that would not only fuel her entrepreneurial spirit but also appeal to a diverse community, something everyone could share in.

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What I Eat in a Day, Healthy Tips & Tricks!

What does your breakfast look like? What do you have for lunch? Is dinner your favourite time of the day? Today I’m letting you all in my kitchen to take your through what I eat in a day. On an average day, I have 3 BIG meals and probably anywhere from 3-5 snack breaks throughout the day. In this post, I am breaking down what I eat, what I cook, when I (usually) eat, and all that fun stuff (who doesn’t love talking about food?), so here we go!

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Easiest Weeknight Chicken Dinner

You know the phrase “winner winner chicken dinner”? Well, it repeats in my mind whenever I cook this dish because everyone I have made it for loves it. Plus the recipe is so simple. Delicious + easy = a win in my book!

I typically make this dish for my husband and I as a post-workout meal during the week. It’s also a great option if you’re having friends over for dinner because you prep it the night before, leaving you free to socialize with your guests (because who wants to be cooped up in the kitchen the entire night?). And clean up is a breeze because it’s just one pan. I wasn’t kidding when I said this was such a win!

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Nicole's Recipes: Easy & Healthy Spaghetti

So last weekend, I was home alone for dinner and didn’t really know what to make. My parents were out for dinner so I didn’t have a lot of leftovers, and I didn’t feel like ordering in. It was a pretty chilly night, and I wanted something that would give me all the warm feels I needed to stay comfy and cozy! I really felt like pasta, but we had no pasta sauce on hand. So I looked at the ingredients I had in the kitchen, and whipped up this delicious and easy lemon shrimp pasta recipe that I can’t even believe I made myself! It turned out so well, it was so good and pretty healthy if I say so myself!

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PB & J Protein Shake Recipe

Protein shakes are one of the easiest and most versatile snacks (or meals!) ever. Just throw a few of your favourite, nutrient-rich ingredients into a blender, add a scoop of protein powder, and bam - you’ve got yourself a delicious protein shake. Not only are these bad boys super easy-to-pack and take with you on the go, but the flavour combinations are absolutely endless!

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Q & A with CEDAR Juice

This feature is a favourite of mine! CEDAR Juice is a product I discovered after my hot pilates class at a Loblaws just across the road, since then I have been enjoying their products as pre and post workouts. My personal favourite at the moment is their Activated Charcoal Lemon+Aide, it's a perfect detox. I hope after taking a look at this Q&A with responses from Calvin and Vipin from CEDAR Juice that you too enjoy their yummy and energizing juices, kombuchas and spreads. 

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Why is protein so important?

Let’s talk about protein. It doesn’t really need an introduction. most of us know that it is one of the three major macronutrients that make up your diet (the other two being fat and carbohydrates).

From supplements to energy bars, there are hundreds of products where we can get our protein from. there are even diets completely based on upping your protein game, such a the paleo diet.

We also get protein from meats, such as chicken, pork, etc. This is my least favourite kind of way to get protein. I like meat, but i’m not a big meat eater. I basically have cut red meat, and lean more towards fish and seafood. The problem with that, well, is sometimes I feel like my body isn’t getting enough fuel to properly function throughout my day.

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Kelly’s Vegan & Gluten-Free Oatmeal Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies

Winter is the perfect time for getting busy in the kitchen & baking healthy treats! Take it from me when I say that this recipe is the place to start! What’s better than a mouthwatering, warm, chocolatey, crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside cookie that’s filling, satisfying, nutritious & absolutely DELICIOUS?

These cookies are made with simple real food ingredients, vegan, gluten, dairy, refined sugar, dairy, egg & nut-free! They’re full of plant-based protein, fibre, good carbs, healthy fats & naturally sweet flavour… basically, what I’m trying to say is that you can’t go wrong with them! The best part? You can feel totally awesome about eating these because they’re actually good for you & won’t give you the same spike & crash in blood sugar as store-bought oatmeal cookies.

Without further ado, let’s get right to the recipe. I’d hate to make you wait any longer!

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High Protein Carrot Cake Recipe

Behold, my High Protein Carrot Cake.

This is the kind of cake you can bring over to your Valentine’s house for a romantic night in and they’d NEVER EVEN GUESS that it’s actually healthy, too. (Like, 14g of protein per slice healthy…) It tastes so delicious, especially right out of the oven, and is the perfect combination of nutty, spicy and carrot-y. (Is carrot-y even a word?)

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Tried and True Ways to Eat Less Sugar

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that we are all aware how bad sugar is for us. I’m sure that some of you may have even set yourself the goal of ‘cutting down on sugar’ as part of your new year’s resolutions. Well, unfortunately for us, removing sugar completely from our diets is an uphill battle. From granola, to tomato sauce, to salad dressings, to smoothies - sugar has a sneaky way of creeping into our diet, even if we are trying everything we can to avoid it.

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A Guide to Protein Bars

For my first post, I thought I would tackle a subject that is near and dear to my heart: protein bars (without 100 ingredients and ones you can actually pronounce!) While I’m a big advocate of choosing foods in their natural and whole state whenever possible, sometimes we have to turn to alternative options when work, school, family (aka LIFE) gets in the way and disrupts our best laid plans. With that said, here’s a guide to some of the most popular bars on the market. I hope you find this information helpful in your quest to eat healthier, no matter what life throws your way!

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