The Battle of the Milks

The interest in non-dairy milks has sky rocketed. This is for a variety of reasons. Choosing the best milk or plant-based milk can be challenging, with the wide variety of options on the market. While all types of milk are equivalent when it comes to calcium and vitamin D, let me help you compare their nutritional content and outline their respective controversies.

How to Expertly Navigate the Yogurt Aisle

The yogurt aisle is the most confusing and overwhelming aisle to navigate at the grocery store! It’s definitely the section I spend the longest time in. The yogurt aisle isn’t what it used to be – greek yogurt has recently taken over a sizeable chuck of the refrigerator case, leaving non-greeks to compete for the remaining real estate. Meanwhile, both greek and non-greek yogurts are branching out with new claims, nutrient content, flavours, ect.

Modern Wheat and Gluten Intolerance

An increasingly larger percentage of the general population are reporting problems caused by gluten ingestion, whether it is due to celiac disease or gluten intolerance. What is the cause of this? Experts believe that human modification to wheat has made it better, more robust crop. However, could this modification to the wheat crop be accountable for the rise in celiac disease and gluten intolerance?

Choosing the Right Fluids Post-Exercise

Hydration is critical to athletic performance – dehydration is one of the most common reasons for early fatigue during exercise. It takes as little as losing 2 % of your body weight for the performance to suffer. Fluids such as coconut water, chocolate milk, sports drinks and plain ol water have been featured for recovery post-exercise. What type of fluid should we be drinking and when?

4 Delicious Mocktails for Gut Health

Happy Victoria Day Weekend Everyone!

In Canada, this weekend in known as the May 2-4 long weekend. With most long weekends, comes friends and family getting together. Most of these get-togethers, are centred around lots of foods and drinks.

How do we normally feel after consuming the food and drinks available at these long-weekend events? Bloated. Guilty. Overall, usually not great. You may feel like you’re set back against your healthy eating goals.

What if I were to tell you that you can actually mix in some great-for-you and delicious tasting drinks to help heal your gut and boost your GI health?

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Well, you can! 🙂

Going along with this months Recipe Redux theme ‘Cocktails and Mocktails for May Celebrations’, I’m excited to share with you my favourite Mocktails for Gut Health!

Pineapple Chia Colada Kefir

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 5 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This creamy tropical drink also packs a probiotic punch, while delivering anti-inflammatory healthy fats.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup plain Kefir
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into two glasses and enjoy.

Sparkling Apple Kombucha Cocktail

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 5 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A cocktail full of bubbly comfort, you'll forget how soothing it is for your gut.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ginger kombucha (I like GTS Kombucha in Gingerade)
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • a few splashes of apple juice
  • ice
  • apple wedges

Directions

  1. Combine the kombucha, sparkling water and apple juice in a large container. Pour over ice in two glasses. Add apple wedges to glasses.

Pumpkin Spice Kefir

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 5 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This creamy pumpkin drink is not just for the fall! Your gut will thank you for enjoying it today.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup plain Kefir
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into two glasses and enjoy.

Cherry Chia Kombucha

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 5 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A wonder drink! The cherry juice is rich in anti-oxidants, the kombucha provides probiotics, while the chia seeds will help you feel full and promotes regularity.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 100% tart cherry juice
  • 1 cup ginger kombucha (I like GTS Kombucha in Gingerade)
  • a few splashes of orange juice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

Directions

  1. Combine the cherry juice, kombucha, orange juice and chia seeds in a large container. Divide into two glasses and stir. Let sit for 10 minutes before enjoying.

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What Am I Missing? Common Nutrient Deficiencies Across the Lifespan

We are fortunate that in this day and age, as we have so many options to obtain missing nutrients.  Look at all of your options when you’re in a health food store, or when you’re walking down a pharmacy supplement aisle!

However, as the same time, so many options can lead to feeling overwhelmed and confused.