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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl (No Added Sugar)

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all having a great weekend? I actually have an extra long weekend. It’s a long weekend in New Brunswick, plus I went to a nutrition symposium on Thursday morning, so I only worked three days this week. The symposium was SO interesting! They talked about trendy diets (paleo, gluten-free), superfoods, the link between cardiovascular health and dairy products, saturated fats and the DASH diet. It made me love my field even more! Since the symposium was in my hometown, I took the opportunity to visit my family Thursday and Friday before driving back to Saint John. I also went Christmas shopping and ended up buying only a book and tea for me… I always have a hard time Christmas shopping. I have so many gift ideas, but I can…

Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie

This was an unexpected recipe. I made this Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie earlier this week with no intention of taking pictures. When I blended the ingredients (without measuring the ingredients of course), I discovered this beautiful mermaid color! I knew I had to share it with you guys! The only problem, like I said, is that I didn’t measure the ingredients… I did try to recreate the recipe as much as I could and I think I came up with a similar result after two tries! I just had to find the right proportion of frozen bananas, kale, blueberries, milk and spirulina. What is spirulina? It’s a blue-green algae powder that’s high in protein, iron and other nutrients. Although it’s promoted for many health benefits (don’t trust everything…

Healthy Caramel Frappuccino with Coconut Whipped Cream

When you stop eating added sugar, you soon realize that there is a lot of food you can’t eat anymore. Just think about it. People seem to associate sugar with desserts, but the truth is, pretty much everything that’s processed contains sugar. Some granola bars and breakfast cereals should even be considered a dessert. Then there’s the even less obvious sources of added sugar. Think mayonnaise, ketchup, some breads, salad dressings and even chips! So when I first stopped eating sugar, you can imagine that I was overwhelmed. I went to the extreme and cut out every single source of added sugar. Now, after 2 years sugar-free, I’m a little more flexible. I know that eating ketchup or white bread at the restaurant won’t give me uncontrollable cravings. What…

Healthy Digestion Smoothie

I have the most refreshing drink for you to enjoy this summer! I created this recipe when I was at the end of the low FODMAP diet a few weeks ago and I’ve been enjoying it ever since! For those of you who don’t know, the low FODMAP diet is a “diet” recommended for those who have irritable bowel syndrome. You simply avoid or limit certain foods high in FODMAPs (sugars that may not be digested or absorbed well and could be fermented by bacteria in the intestines when eaten in excess.) You follow this for a few weeks and then reintroduce them one at a time to determine if they worsen your symptoms or not. It’s not a long term diet, but rather a method to identify what triggers your symptoms. You should be guided by…