Apple Berry Crisp

Apple Berry Crisp

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

Whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests, enjoy a sweet treat yourself, or bake up a special weekend breakfast – this apple berry crisp is sure to do the trick!

Satisfying your sweet tooth while avoiding refined sugars can be challenging, but this crisp is an excellent option as it uses maple syrup in place of refined sugar.

It is, however, important to remember that foods high in naturally occurring sugar such as maple syrup need not be added to the diet, but can be used as a healthier alternative to refined sugars to replace your current sugar intake.

But why is avoiding refined sugar so important?

Well, for one reason, refined sugar can have a big impact on our mood. Consuming refined sugars, such as cane sugar, leads to large peaks and dips in our blood sugar levels. Evidence suggests that these fluctuating levels impacts our mood, including symptoms of depression and anxiety. In fact, research shows that individuals with diabetes are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety compared to healthy controls (1). For more on replacing refined sugars in your diet, check out our article on sugar alternatives.

However, when we consume natural sugars, such as those found in fruits, we do not get the same fluctuations in our blood sugar. Additionally, when eating fruit, we also get fibre, vitamins, and other nutrients not found in sources of refined sugar. For example, raspberries are filled with many antioxidants which fight oxidative stress in our body (2). Fighting oxidative stress is important to prevent cellular damage that leads to disease.

This recipe also contains almonds, which is a good ingredient for modulating blood sugar. Almonds are high in magnesium which, when used as a supplement, has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin function (3). Plus, the contain healthy fats, protein, and fibre – all of which assist with blood sugar balance, and helping you feel satisfied by your meal!

Extra tip: If you want to boost the protein in this dish, you can add a bit of vanilla protein powder or an unflavoured collagen powder, along with a little extra coconut oil to avoid the crisp becoming too dry.

References: 
1. Li, C., Barker, L., Ford, E., Zhang, X., Strine, T., & Mokdad, A. (2008). Diabetes and anxiety in US adults: findings from the 2006 behavioural risk facto surveillance system. Diabetic Medicine, 25(7), 878-881. doi: 10.111/j.1464-5491.2008.02477.x

2. Skrovankova, S., Sumczynski, D., Micek, J., Jurikova, T., & Sochor, J. (2015). Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Activity in Different Types of Berries. International Journal of Molecular Science, 16(10), 24673-24706. doi: 10.3390/ijms161024673

3. Guerrero-Romero, F., & Rodriguez-Moran, M. (2011). Magnesium improves the beta-cell functioni to compensate cariatioin of insulin sensitivity: double-blind, randomized clinical trial. European Journal of Clinical Investigations, 41(4), 405-410. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2362.2010.02422.x.

 

Apple Berry Crisp

Whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests, enjoy a sweet treat yourself, or bake up a special weekend breakfast – this apple berry crisp is sure to do the trick!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup Raspberries or berry of choice
  • 1 Tart Apple chopped
  • 2 tsps Cinnamon divided
  • pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Pecans chopped
  • ¼ cup Almonds slivered or chopped
  • 3 tbsps Almond Flour
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Flaked Coconut to garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC).
  • Combine apples and berries in a small baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon and top with coconut oil. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl add the nuts, almond flour, maple syrup, nutmeg and the rest of the cinnamon. Mix with a fork or whisk together until well combined. Spread this crumble mixture evenly over the fruit. Place in the oven.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Add flaked coconut, if using, for the last 5 minutes of baking to lightly toast. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
  • Divide evenly between bowls and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 426
Carbs: 32g
Fibre: 10g
Sugar: 17g
Protein: 8g
Fat: 32g

Green Tea Banana Ice Cream

Green Tea Banana Ice Cream

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

Have you been searching for a sweet treat you can enjoy without any guilt? Hear your sweet tooth calling but don’t want to derail your nutrition and health goals?

This Green Tea Banana Ice Cream comes to the rescue! With only two ingredients, and in less than five minutes in the kitchen, this creamy dessert can be in your bowl.

Did you know bananas are a good source of potassium? An imbalance of potassium can cause many different symptoms, including weakness, fatigue, muscle cramps, and mood changes such as anxiety. Low levels of potassium can increase mental fatigue and reduce your body’s ability to handle stress.

Green tea is known for it’s antioxidant effect, but it is also a great source of amino acid theanine. According to the research, theanine can increase feelings of relaxation and calm. One study found that participants who drank green tea showed “improvements in mood, cognition and a reduction of stress and anxiety-like symptoms”.

If you are like most folks and have a bunch of frozen bananas in the freezer for that banana bread you’ve been meaning to make, try this instead! It’s way fewer dishes too!

 

 References

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31758301/

 

Green Tea Banana Ice Cream

Green Tea Banana Ice Cream to the rescue! With only two ingredients, and in less than five minutes in the kitchen, this creamy dessert can be in your bowl.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Banana sliced and frozen
  • tsps Matcha Green Tea Powder

Instructions
 

  • Add frozen bananas and Matcha green tea powder to the bowl of a food processor with an S-blade and process. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure even processing. Continue to process until smooth approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • For soft serve consistency: Scoop into serving bowls and enjoy.
  • For firmer ice cream consistency: Place in an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.

Notes

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 110
Carbs: 27g
Fibre: 3g
Sugar: 15g
Protein: 3g
Fat: 0.5g

Chia Oat Parfait with Kiwi

Chia Oat Parfait with Kiwi

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast

This Chia Oats with Kiwi can not only be a great breakfast, but also a great dessert, or bedtime snack to promote healthy sleep.

This is a great recipe to meal prep in advance. If you aren’t yet convinced, another bonus is… it only takes 10 minutes to make! This recipe is easy and delicious.

Believe it or not kiwis can help with sleep. In a 4-week study, 24 adults consumed two kiwifruits one hour before going to bed each night. At the end of the study, participants fell asleep 42% more quickly than when they didn’t eat the fruit before bedtime. Additionally, their ability to sleep through the night without waking improved by 5%, while their total sleep time increased by 13% (1).

The sleep-promoting effects of kiwis might be attributed to serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical that helps regulate your sleep cycle (1,2,3). It has also been suggested that the anti-inflammatory antioxidants in kiwis, such as vitamin C and carotenoids, may also be partly responsible for their sleep-promoting effects (1,4).

Chia seeds for their little size chia seeds pack a big nutritional punch. A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains: 11 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein and 9 grams of fat 5 of which are those healthy anti-inflammatory omega 3’s. They are loaded with antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals. It also contains 18% of RDI for calcium and 30% of RDI for magnesium which are also important minerals to reduce anxiety, stress and promote sleep. The word “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

Oatmeal is high in fibre and has been reported to induce drowsiness when consumed before bed. Additionally, oats are a known source of melatonin (5).

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to four days. For best results, reheat with additional liquid over the stove or in the microwave.

 

References:

  1. http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/APJCN/20/2/169.pdf
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5015038/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22652369/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4629050/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5409706/

Chia Oats Parfait With Kiwi

This Chia Oats with Kiwi can not only be a great breakfast, but also a great dessert, or bedtime snack to promote healthy sleep.
Prep Time 10 mins
Setting Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • ½ cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup Oats rolled
  • ½ cup Almonds chopped
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Kiwi chopped

Instructions
 

  • Combine almond milk and chia seeds in a mason jar, or a bowl, cover and refrigerate a few hours or overnight.
  • In a dry pan, over medium heat, add oats and almonds. Stir frequently until fragrant, approximately 5-7 minutes. Add cinnamon and maple syrup, and stir for another 1-2 minutes. This step can be made ahead, or in the morning. If making ahead, allow to cool, then store covered at room temperature.
  • In serving dish, layer the granola, chia pudding, then top with kiwi. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 312
Carbs: 35g
Fibre: 12g
Sugar: 8g
Protein: 10g
Fat: 16g

Nut-Free Chickpea Blondies

Nut-Free Chickpea Blondies

Coconut Chicken Curry with Zoodles

A “blondie” might not seem like a healthy snack, but when you take a peek at these ingredients, you may be surprised to see how nutrient dense, yet decadent, they really are! This recipe makes a great snack for kids’ lunch boxes or a healthy dessert for the whole family to enjoy!

Chock full of nutrients, the star of this blondie is the nutty, buttery chickpeas. With both soluble and insoluble fibre they really pack a digestive punch. The soluble fibre, raffinose in chickpeas, gets broken down by the good bacteria in your gut – which means easier and more regular bowel movements. This is great news for all of us, but especially for kids returning to school, as the added stress and change in routine can often lead to constipation in children.

Sunflower seeds are the perfect pairing, providing plant-based protein and fat to keep energy up and blood sugar levels balanced. Sunflower seeds are also a great source of vitamin E, which helps keep hair, skin and nails looking good while protecting your cells from free radical damage. Unfortunately, approximately 60% of North American’s are not consuming adequate amounts of vitamin E daily. Emerging research suggests vitamin E may have a role in regulating allergic airway disease (like asthma)(1) , so adequate vitamin E consumption may be an important preventative in pediatric nutrition.

Lastly, coconut oil provides more healthy fats. The type of saturated fat in coconut oil, medium chain fatty acids, is shuttled to the liver to provide a quick and useable energy source. For adults, eating coconut oil regularly has been shown to support increased metabolism and help promote fat burning, as well as raise HDL (good) cholesterol, which lowers the risk of heart disease. In children, coconut oil provides fuel for the brain to help keep them focused during learning.

This blondie recipe combines good fats with fibre and protein all while keeping the sugars low! There’s just 1 tsp of maple syrup in each blondie making these a solid lunch box addition or a super after school snack and best of all they’re NUT FREE!!

They’re quick and easy to mix together in the food processor, and lining your pan with parchment will make clean up a snap! And because it is so easy to make your kids can make it with you.

 

  1. Joan M. Cook-Millsand Christine A. McCary. Feb 3 2012. Isoforms of Vitamin E Differentially Regulate Inflammation. PMC3271790.

Nut-free Chickpea Blondies

A “blondie” might not seem like a healthy snack, but when you take a peek at these ingredients, you may be surprised to see how nutrient dense, yet decadent, they really are!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil plus more for greasing pan
  • 2 cups Chickpeas cooked
  • ½ cup Sunflower Seed Butter
  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Exctract
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish with coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor with an S-blade. Process until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure even processing.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the pan. Bake for 20 -25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out clean.
  • Once cooked, remove from oven and let cool for 20-30 minutes. Cut into 16 equal squares and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 112
Carbs: 9g
Fibre: 2g
Sugar: 4g
Protein: 3g
Fat: 7g

Green Monster Muffins

Green Monster Muffins

Coconut Chicken Curry with Zoodles

Do you ever have trouble convincing your kiddies to eat their vegetables? Do they turn their noses up at vegetables?

Then these muffins are your new best friend! They’ll help to get some greens into your kids’ diet.

Spinach was a superfood before superfoods were cool, providing too many health benefits to list. Most people have heard that spinach is good for the eyes, and muscles, but did you know it’s also good for your immune system? Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamin K which acts as a cofactor for some proteins used in immune response, including Natural Killer cells – the ones that help fight viruses.

Whole grain oats contain a soluble fibre called beta-glucan. This slowly digesting fibre also make you feel fuller, longer by delaying stomach emptying. Beta-glucan fibre only partially dissolves in the gut making a thick, gel like solution that is a friend to your good gut bacteria – and we all need as much immune support as we can find these days! For the adults in the house, oats can reduce LDL (bad cholesterol), reduce blood sugar, and may also improve insulin sensitivity.

Naturally sweetened with both dates and bananas, these muffins provide a solid dose of the essential mineral potassium. In one Canadian study potassium intakes were far below the “adequate Intake” level for all age groups. The European Respiratory Journal found that bananas could decrease wheezing and improve lung function in children with asthma, possibly due to their antioxidant and potassium content. What a simple way to support our respiratory system!

We understand busy families need something quick to prepare. If you’re feeling really keen add some eyes and a smile with a few stevia-sweetened chocolate chips before serving. You can now watch your kids eat their veggies while munching on this delicious Green Monster Muffin.

 

Green Monster Muffins

Do you ever have trouble convincing your kiddies to eat their vegetables? Do they turn their noses up at vegetables?
Then these muffins are your new best friend! They'll help to get some greens into your kids' diet.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 Banana ripe
  • ½ Avocado
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 4 Medjool Dates
  • ¾ cup Organic Coconut Milk
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 2.5 cups Oats rolled
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Line 12 regular muffin holes with parchment paper liners.
  • In a blender container, add coconut oil, baby spinach, banana, avocado, protein powder, dates, and coconut milk. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the eggs, oats, baking powder and baking soda to the blender container. Blend again until a batter is formed. Quickly blitz in lemon juice.
  • Scoop the muffin batter into the lined muffin holes. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven. Remove muffins from muffin holes while still warm to prevent sticking. Let cool and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 157
Carbs: 22g
Fibre: 3g
Sugar: 7g
Protein: 6g
Fat: 6g