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Joy McCarthy, registered holistic nutritionist and health coach of Joyous Health, loves to inspire others to eat well and live well. She also teaches an array of wellness workshops and co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well, a six-week nutrition and yoga course in Toronto. Joy welcomes your questions or comments.

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Go Local With Joy McCarthy's Roasted Beet Salad With Blue Cheese (RECIPE)

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 9:54 AM

If you're looking for the perfect fall side dish, this local, timely recipe has to be it. Not only are beets in season, their slippery texture pairs fantastically with creamy, rich blue cheese.

Beets are also incredibly good for you. Here are some tips on selecting and storing them.

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Turkey Chili Recipe: Healthy Thanksgiving Comfort Food

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 7:00 AM

Comfort food does not have to weigh us down. In fact, there are many healthy substitutions you can make to traditional recipes without sacrificing taste. This dish is the perfect, crowd-pleasing example. Not only does it taste good, but the addition of curry powder makes it an anti-inflammatory meal.

Curry...

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Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe: A Healthy Thanksgiving Side

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 7:00 AM

Even if you're not a fan of veggies, you'll love this recipe as the heat of the oven caramelizes the natural sugars of the root vegetables. This recipe will taste even better if you invest in local, organic produce -- they're much more nutrient-dense than veggies that have travelled long...

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Sweet Potato Side Dish: How To Cook The Perfect Yam (RECIPE)

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 7:00 AM

Sweet potatoes are nature's absolute perfect comfort food. They're naturally sweet and require very little prep to make them delicious. They also rank extremely high on my list of health-promoting foods. Here are the reasons why you should add them to your grocery list!

Nutritional Highlights

Antioxidants: The sweet potato...

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Baked Apples Recipe: Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 1:02 PM

If you like the idea of making a dessert for your family that smells delicious and tastes just as good, then this recipe is for you. Add the fact it's kind to your waistline and nutritionist-approved, and it doesn't get any better than that. Forget exotic fruits and vegetables, this...

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Thanksgiving Day Dessert: No-Bake Apple Nut Tart Recipe

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 12:44 PM

If you like easy, tasty and healthy dishes then you'll love this one. The crust of this tart is raw and the apples inside are slightly cooked. This recipe is also great because it only takes 15 minutes to prepare. So in the spirit of Canadian Thanksgiving, why not whip...

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Whole Wheat Lasagna: Nutritionist Joy McCarthy's Healthier Take (RECIPE)

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 12:07 PM

This healthy and delicious recipe for lasagna can be made in a snap and can then be heated in the oven for 15 minutes.

For added health benefits, this recipe is made with whole wheat flour pasta instead of white flour pasta. When flour is refined, the fibre, nutrients...

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Homemade Hazelnut Spread Recipe

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 7:15 AM

When you start reading food labels, instead of obsessing over nutrition panels (i.e. fat/carb/protein content), you learn about what you're actually putting into your body and can then get back to the basics of eating real food (instead of eating "food-like-substances").

Which is how this Nutella-esque recipe came to be....

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4 Superfoods to Power Up Your Smoothie

(10) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 1:29 PM

Even though there is no official definition of a superfood, they are generally regarded as foods that have therapeutic benefits due to their nutrient status. Superfoods may contain a high concentration of phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, enzymes or they may be high in good fats and protein.

Adding superfoods to...

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Goji And Cacao Super Snack Recipe

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Can you imagine if you had superpowers? I can. That's because I eat superfoods that deliver megawatt nutrition in bite-sized amounts. While I exaggerate here a little about the superpowers, I'm not leading you on about the amazing health benefits of making sure your snacks are packed with nutrition and...

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Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie: The Healthy Alternative To Store-Bought (RECIPE)

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 5:00 PM

Oatmeal raisin cookies are probably one of North America's favourite comfort foods -- along with apple pie and ice cream. Unfortunately, most cookies bought at the grocery store are loaded with trans fats and include far too many ingredients.

This cookie recipe is easy to make, creates chewy cookies...

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Healthy Snacks: Satisfy Your Sweet Cravings With Berries, Apples, Nut Butter And More

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 2:18 PM

Processed foods such as candy, chocolate bars, ice cream, cakes, cookies and pies are like sludge for your digestive tract. Any ingredient your body doesn't recognize is not going to move very quickly through your system; It will only be adding to your toxic load and can promote digestive problems,...

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Rice Pudding: A Healthier Way To Whip Up This Dessert (RECIPE)

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 1:32 PM

Rice pudding is one of the most delicious desserts (if you haven't tried it, what are you waiting for!?). The only problem is most recipes built around this sweet stuff contain a ton of fat and calories.

Which is where this recipe revamp comes in. Here is one way...

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Superfood Smoothie Recipe: Chocolate Maca Raspberry

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 4:10 PM

Maca, also known as nature's Viagra, is loved by healthy foodies and nutritionists for more than just its libido-boosting benefits. If you haven't already included it in your diet, then today might just be the day!

It's not an overnight miracle cure, but it's been used, historically, for a variety...

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Top 5 Smoothie Fixes

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 4:47 PM

For every amazing smoothie recipe I've created, I've had a least two flops. Meaning, I tried a little of this and a little of that, only to choke it back because I went overboard on something. All my experiments will help you, because I'm going to share my top five...

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Kale Chips Recipe: Try This Healthy Alternative To Potato Chips

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 5:26 PM

I was riding the streetcar home the other day and couldn't help but notice a 20-something guy sitting a little too close for comfort crunching away on a bag of salty potato chips. I had a brief moment where I thought, 'Oh my goodness, those must taste soooo good!' But...

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Gluten-Free Recipe: Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 4:52 PM

Now, more than ever, people realize eliminating gluten from their diet -- even for a week or two -- can lead to some positive health changes (no more bloating, eczema or acne!). A great example of some delicious gluten-free fare is this lemon poppy seed loaf -- starring quinoa!

Quinoa...

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Healthy Burger Recipe: A Favourite Gets A Makeover From Nutritionist Joy McCarthy

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 3:08 PM

All too often, when I review my clients' food journals, I see these "food-like" items on their have-eaten list. They admit to indulging in them after having a bad day -- they wanted something quick and easy. Which, not surprisingly, means a stressful day can cause us to crave comfort...

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Dinner Recipe: Butternut Squash Quinoa Bowl

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 6:19 PM

After you've worked all day, possibly driven the kids here, there and everywhere, the last thing you feel like doing is slaving in the kitchen for an hour prepping dinner. But you don't have to resort to takeout -- make this recipe to satisfy your belly and delight your senses...

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