Fusion Noodles

Another leftover creation that turned out so delish, that I will just make it on purpose and not wait for leftovers!  A little Italian, a little Asian – win win!

So I had sprinkled everything on top really pretty to take an appetizing Insta-pic but then I stirred it and started eating it before I remembered to take the PICTURE!!

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We like the really think spaghettini or vermicelli noodles when we are eating pasta.  I  love to have just a little taste of noodle and mostly taste the veggies and sauce that I’ve dressed it with.

Since, I was starting with leftover spaghettini that had been in the fridge, it was cold and I decided to roll with it and make a cold noodle ‘salad’.

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I added my seed mix. This SUPERFOOD mix I’m trying for the first time.  Usually I just add hemp hearts and the “salad topper” from Costco that has pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries in it.  Either way these seeds are a healthy source of fat, great fibre and add a nice crunch.  I also sprinkled some chili powder, S&P and chopped up fresh basil.  For a little moisture and some salty asian flavour (because that is what I love, give me heat and salt and I’m a happy girl!) I added a splash of tamari. Tamari is fermented soy sauce.  Because of the fermentation, the salt doesn’t effect your blood pressure the same way that it would with other salty products and it is gluten-free if you need that.

 

If you decide to give it a try I hope you like it as much as I did!

Nutritional Yeast – not really yeast

It feels like everyone has the spring cold, let the wiping of runny noses begin again… or maybe not!  We have some serious science showing that you can boost your immune system significantly with just just 1/2 a teaspoon of nutritional yeast daily.  Actually one of the studies done on CHILDREN showed a 50% decrease in colds and flu. (We all know how germy that little mini-me can be with daycare and school)  The beta-glucan in the yeast raises the immune response, even just 1/8 of a teaspoon of nutritional yeast daily over a 12 week period not only reduced the incidence of colds and flu but in the kids that did get sick, they were sick for less than half of the time!  On average the kids eating the nutritional yeast either didn’t get sick or were sick for only 3 or 4 days as opposed to the kids who did not eat any were sick an average of 9 or 10 days!

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Let’s be honest it does look a bit like fish flakes but thank goodness it doesn’t taste like them!  (At least I think it doesn’t, I’ve never tried fish flakes)  It has a nutty, cheesy flavour and can be added to loads of different meals.  We add it to our spaghetti sauce and then again on top like parmesan, I add it to my guacamole, to the mashed potatoes, to the baked potatoes, I sprinkle it on onions and mushrooms when I’m frying them to add to supper, I dump some into the curry, sprinkle it on tacos…sooooo many uses! 

Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast so it wont cause any inflammation in the gut or contribute to candida. It is very beneficial for lowering cholesterol, is an antioxidant and is often fortified with vitamin B12 (something most of us, vegan or not, just aren’t getting enough of anymore…our food is too clean!)  

 

Pancakes… fluffy make your kids smile pancakes :)

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I’ve been committed to putting oats into my pancakes for a while now and full disclosure – oats makes them very heavy.  The kids were thankful for pancakes but have been wishing for light fluffy – like I used to make when I cooked with eggs – pancakes.  So here you go!   Now you’ll have to just risk it like I do each time since I don’t measure the amount of water that I put in. I just add little by little until I get a good consistency that drips off the whisk (you’re going for thicker than a crepe batter but not clumpy or lumpy)

Fluffy Vegan Pancakes (with no oats – kind of)

  • 3 pureed bananas – the riper the sweeter so those black bananas that you save for baking will do just fine!
  • 3 cups stone ground flour – it also works with 2 cups stone ground flour and 1 cup oat flour (which I make by blending my oats in the blender until they are like flour!)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts (optional)
  • 1 cup plant milk (we use cashew milk)
  • 1 tbsp baking soda & some apple cider or coconut vinegar (now what you want to do is get your tbsp of baking soda onto the spoon, hold it over your mixture and pour the vinegar in small amounts onto the baking soda to make it bubble and activate. I use 2 or 3 splashes of vinegar (you wont even taste it in the pancakes)
  • Whisk it all together and start adding your water, a little at a time until you achieve that drippy but not runny pancake consistency

That’s it, heat the pan with a little avocado oil and pour the batter into whatever size pancakes your family likes – or you have the skills to flip!

ENJOY 🙂

The Devil’s in the Hairy Details

What can you even tell from a hair mineral analysis?  EVERYTHING!  Here is a list of just 12 of the insights that a hair mineral analysis can provide.   This easy and accurate test is the WHAT and the WHY and I am the HOW 🙂  Once you get your sample taken it is important to get it accurately interpreted so that you can get the full picture of what is happening in your body and how to best approach rebalancing.

  1. Heavy Metal Toxicityhormones
  2. Mineral Deficiencies and Imbalances
  3. Metabolic Rate (fast or slow)
  4. Adrenal Fatigue
  5. Thyroid Function
  6. Nervous System Imbalances
  7. Protein Synthesis
  8. Inflammation
  9. Energy Levels
  10. Mental Health Issues
  11. Liver & Kidney Stress
  12. Carbohydrate Tolerance & Blood Sugar Imbalances like Diabetes and Insulin resistance

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Easy Ramen and Kale

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This was just a quick lunch with my favourite kind of noodle…ramen!

Ingredients:

  • ginger
  • garlic
  • chili peppers
  • soya sauce
  • 1 cup bouillon (or 1 cup water and 1/2 tsp bouillon paste)
  • button mushrooms (because that is what I had on hand but shiitake would have been ideal)
  • kale
  • ramen noodles
  • toasted sesame oil (gives it the asian flavour)

I put the oil in the pan and heated it up a little with the garlic, ginger and mushrooms. I let it fry for a couple mins while I washed and tore up the kale. Then I just dumped everything else in the frying pan, kept the heat on medium low and put the lid on until the noodles were cooked.  Since I wasn’t in the mood for soup today 1 cup of water was enough to cook the noodles and have a bit of sauce from the noddle starch and spices.

Fun Facts about my lunch!

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable making it a powerful antioxidant able to help fight off free radicals.  It is also full of vitamin C and lowers cholesterol.  Mushrooms are fantastically anti-inflammatory in your body and your blood vessels and heart will thank you with every serving!   Ginger is great for digestion and of course garlic boosts immunity. 

Bowtie Pasta

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Sometimes my kids want crazy shaped noodles… part of being a kid I guess.  They picked this bowtie pasta out at the grocery store and I thought…what the heck am I going to make with this?!  This adorable shape made me start dreaming of pesto but I didn’t like the ingredients in anything from the store… so I thought, I’ll just make it myself.

Let’s say this is a loose interpretation of pesto since it’s very basic and quite clean tasting …really I just wanted that sweet fresh basil flavour!

Green ‘Pesto’ Sauce: handful of fresh basil, handful x2 of spinach, 1 avocado, a splash of coconut vinegar, a splash of water and a squeeze of lime.  A dash of pink Himalayan salt to bring out the flavours and into the blender it went.  It was bright green perfection!   I put the leftovers in the fridge and it was even better the next day after the flavours had time to marinate with each other.  I did choose to skip the garlic in the sauce since I knew we wouldn’t use it all up at once and I find that fresh garlic the next day is super overpowering and I wanted to enjoy the clean flavours of the fresh greens and herbs.  

The Veg: I fried up some mushrooms, onions, garlic and canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed) in a little avocado oil, S&P, and nutritional yeast. The nutritional yeast gives it the wow factor, a salty – cheesy flavour without the actual salt and cheese.

In the end, kids got their cute pasta and mom got her fresh ‘pesto’ sauce!  WIN WIN 🙂

Some Nutritional Facts:

  • chickpeas are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and an excellent source of plant based protein.
  • mushrooms are anti-inflammatory making them great for your heart and blood vessels.  There is also new research showing their benefits in improving cognitive function.
  • onions and garlic are a no brainer! Immune boosting, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory along with providing many vitamins and nutrients such as B1, B6 and vitamin C.
  • spinach is a great source of vitamins namely vitamin K, important for bone health.
  • basil is a good source of magnesium and vitamin A, promoting healthy blood flow.

 

Tiny Tacos

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This one was quick and easy since jackfruit comes in the can and doesn’t really need to be cooked.  I just pulled apart the jackfruit and fried it a little in some sweet and tangy BBQ sauce with a handful of smashed black beans.  To boost the flavour even more I added some onions, garlic and mushrooms to the frying pan.  Onions and garlic are not only great for the immune system but are also powerful anti-inflammatories, lowering inflammation in your gut and throughout your body.

DID YOU KNOW: Mushrooms relax your arteries lowering your blood pressure!

We love our homemade guacamole! Avocado is rich in oleic acid – a healthy fat – and we try to consume it as much as possible  — our guac is just squished avocado with some S&P, a splash of pickle juice and scoop of nutritional yeast —  For the rice I always cook it in broth and often will add some cumin or coriander for added flavour.  If you add the spices to the water then the rice (or any grain you cook) takes on the flavours as it’s cooking and soaking it all in.

We topped it all off with a little salsa and some fresh cilantro — cilantro is great at soaking up and naturally removing any extra heavy metals from our body. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • rice
  • guacamole – avocado, pickle juice, nutritional yeast
  • jackfruit
  • black beans
  • onions
  • mushrooms
  • garlic
  • salsa
  • BBQ sauce

My Road to PEMF

A fellow nutritionist introduced me to the science of Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Frequency and it just clicked for me.  Our cells are responsible for our health and our energy. Healthy cellular activity is the foundation our bodies need to keep things running smoothly.    As much as it made sense I didn’t really jump on board until I had my own experience.
…let’s rewind to last winter…
January 2018, I fell on an icy hill in Kyiv pulling my kids on their sled. My body tried to go down the hill and my arm and shoulder stayed attached to the sled a the top. I experienced some tiny tears in the muscle and tendons in the shoulder joint resulting in a lot of fluid build up and restricted movement…oh and PAIN!!!  Despite resting, icing, heating, massaging, doctor administered injections, physiotherapy and anything else I could think of… a year later I just wasn’t gaining mobility back and would wake each night with the throbbing pain.
I JUST WANTED MY ARM BACK!
Once I heard about PEMF Therapy I literally had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Since there are no negative side effects and it is 100% safe I thought why not give it a go.  Worst case scenario is I feel nothing and am in equal amount of pain but my cells are oxygenated and re-centered to the earth’s magnetic field giving them the chance to release toxins and better absorb the nutrients from my awesome diet (WFPB 😉
Now everyone’s road to recovery or pain management is different but for my personal story my life was changed in just 3 short days, yup DAYS!  It had been over a year of pain and limited movement and here I was 3 days later, sleeping through the night, putting the plates on the shelf they belong and numerous other things that we all take for granted when we can use both arms freely as we choose.  I did use the PEMF mat and therapy pad 3 times per day during that time as I only had a limited rental window to test it out for myself.  But that was enough for me to know that not only was I not going to live without it, I wanted to be able to offer this kind of pain free rehabilitation to anyone I know or would meet.
The results of using the PEMF Therapy are cumulative so I am just getting stronger and stronger the more I am able to use it, and since having it in my home I have been able to let the rest of my family benefit from it. My son in particular has been really benefiting from the nerve calming that the therapy provides. We have noticed such a positive difference (and almost elimination) of his twitches, ticks and emotional anxiety.
There is a lot of smog out there, as a “civilized” society we are getting further and further removed from what nature has to offer us in both our food and our connection to the earth. 
stay nourished, stay tuned 🙂 

Our Hair is our Story

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Hair Mineral Analysis is often underestimated as a powerful source of information. It measures the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a comprehensive metabolic profile of the human body.  As hair grows it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses.  High levels of toxic metals inhibit the body’s ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health and have a proven link to many types of diseases.  By correcting tissue mineral levels and ratios with proper diet, supplementary nutrients and lifestyle modifications, many physical and behavioural health conditions can be prevented or reversed.

Toxic metal screening includes lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum.

Minerals screened include:                          Trace Minerals include: 

  • electrolytes                                              •  copper                •   molybdenum
  • calcium                                                     •   manganese      •   lithium
  • magnesium                                              •   chromium        •   cobalt
  • sodium                                                      •   selenium          •   zinc
  • potassium                                                 •   iron
  • phosphorus 

Contact me today to book your Hair Mineral Analysis!

Announcement!!

I’m really excited to announce that I am now able to offer PEMF Therapy to my clients!

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Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Frequency Therapy is FDA and Health Canada approved and has been used for over 20 years in a hospital setting primarily to fuse bone fractures, reduce inflammation speeding up post operative healing time and reduce pain. Thanks to Swiss Bionic manufacturing the Omnium1  mat, pad and spot system, this tried and tested method of healing and pain management is available to the public at an affordable cost and without the hospital wait list.

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This technology is developed and engineered in Switzerland by Swiss Bionic Solutions and is used by NASA to bring the astronauts bodies back into balance with the Earth’s magnetic field once they have returned from space.  Using tightly wound copper coils created by Tesla in conjunction with unique software on an Android based unit that controls the frequency and intensity of electro-magnetic waves, the Omnium1 mat is the only one to deliver a triple saw tooth wave that can activate the trillions of cells in your body.  By using the full range of human cell frequencies (.5-25 Hz) to stimulate ion movement within a cell, PEMF technology is able to recharge and rehabilitate all 75 trillion cells in the body, increasing cell permeability, and maximizing action potential.

We are only as healthy as our cells, so by optimizing our many cell functions such as transporting nutrients, oxygen, and minerals, and expelling waste, the body is able to do what it was made to do, heal and regenerate.

Daily PEMF Therapy Sessions can:

  • Combat pain & inflammation naturally
  • Initiate healing & regeneration
  • Promote deep rejuvenating sleep
  • Increase energy & vitality
  • Feel younger, stronger, healthier
  • Optimize cellular function
  • Keep your bones strong and healthy
  • Reduce depression & anxiety
  • Improve circulation & cardiovascular health
  • Boost hydration & nutrient absorption

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