Healthy Recipes

Kristine Fretwell

RECIPE: A Healthier Pumpkin Scone

A traditional Pumpkin Scone from Starbucks has 480 calories, 17 g fat, 78 g of carbs, 43 g of sugar and 6 g protein. Sigh...that's like having a couple of chocolate bars. So, I wanted to create a scone that I'd eat too...and guess what...we like it even better than the original. I tested them side by side.
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The Main Ingredients Challenge #3: Soup's On (Challenger Meal)

Our mission: make a soup with a list of healthy ingredients and see if my picky eaters might prefer bok choy to their usual green vegetable of choice, -- which is broccoli -- on occasion. My plan was for a vegetable-broth-based turkey soup, also including lentils, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and squash with whole wheat pitas for dipping. What could possibly go wrong?
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The Main Ingredients Challenge #4: Smorgasbord Meal

As we head into the last of our challenges, for these 12 ingredients, no doubt you've already been inspired with some new ways to cook with all of them. For the last challenge, we have to dig deep and use every single one of the ingredients to prepare a smorgasbord (why is that word so funny?) of recipes still abiding by the same principles of nutrition and balance. Let's do this!
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The Main Ingredients Challenge: The No-Cook Meal

For my challenge meal, the main event would be a big salad. What else are you going to do with uncooked foods in the summer? I can't stand raw beets or broccoli, so I decided on carpaccio: paper-thin slices of (vegetable) flesh marinated and tenderized in olive oil and lemon juice, served on a bed of arugula, with anything else that would add vitamins and fibre, without clashing, flavour-wise.
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Berry Pancake Delight

This was very simple, easy, and fun to prepare. The kids loved watching their pancakes turn purple (from the pureed berries) and I loved watching them devour a couple of silver dollar sized servings knowing how much goodness was inside.
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Dessert: Peach and Berry Crisp

This peach and berry crisp is a super easy way to use summer berries in concert with any stone fruit like peaches, nectarines or plums. The filling is entirely sweetened by the natural sugars in the fruit. To reduce the fat and sugar, reduce the crisp topping in half so you'll have more fruit than topping.

Coco-Nutty: Are Coconuts Good for You?

If we are told to limit our intake of saturated fat, but increase our intake of coconut (which contains saturated fat), how does this make any sense? Is coconut good for us or not? Coconut is in fact a nutritious superfood that is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It's incredibly healthy, nourishing and versatile.
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What Super Tasty Superfoods Can Do for You

Superfoods are a category of foods found in nature; they are superior sources of essential, super-power nutrients -- nutrients we can't make ourselves. They are the most powerful foods on the planet, and are powerhouses for the transformation to a slender, healthier you. If you are what you eat, why not be super?
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Craving Comfort Food? Try Cooking With Millet!

Nothing says comfort food like millet. As the evenings get chillier, it's a wonderful, warming food to tuck into and is one of the most unique and wholesome grains out there. Try adding the produce you already have sitting in your fridge, and create a delicious sauce to add protein, fibre, and chlorophyll to the mix. Here is what I put together, in less than an hour!
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Your Guide to a Healthy and Delicious Thanksgiving Meal

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Having everyone over in the comfort of your home will ensure that you know exactly what is on the menu! This way you can plan a diverse meal that is hearty, healthy and delicious! Tell people what to bring, prepare food together or make it all yourself! Whatever works for you, make it happen and enjoy the perfect balanced holiday meal!