The Best Dairy Milk Alternatives

The Best Dairy Milk Alternatives

In recent years, there has been an explosion of non-dairy products on the market as dairy intolerance has become increasingly prevalent. Today, dairy is considered one of the top 10 most allergenic foods making it a real problem some. The symptoms of dairy intolerance can vary widely from simple digestive issue to chronic bodily inflammation. It has been reported that 1 in 6 Canadians show signs of dairy intolerance characterized by symptoms such as cramps, bloating, abdominal pai […]

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are a popular restaurant choice, and although I’ve ordered them many a times myself, it’s so easy to make a healthier version at home. Although restaurant versions might seem like an ideal option, they can actually still be a little troublesome. How, you ask? The sauce, it always comes down to the sauce. Whether it’s the restaurant’s sauce, or the sauce found in the grocery store, those little guys are too often loaded with sodium and a ton of added sugar. Despite the fact it might […]

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

​”If at first you don’t succeed. Dust yourself off and try again. You can dust it off and try again.” Now, I am not a baker, but after a total of 4 attempts at this recipe I think I’ve finally nailed it! I really wanted to create a recipe that was gluten-free and free of refined sugars, to make it a healthier option for everyone, which is why I probably took me so many tries to nail.If you have never heard of or used buckwheat, well today is your lucky day! Although often referre […]

Simple Chimichurri Sauce

Simple Chimichurri Sauce

A I think there are two common misconceptions when it comes to healthy eating; 1) eating clean means no flavour, and 2) creating flavour is really complicated.Of course, slow-cooked, marinated and braised dishes are an amazing way to pack a lot of flavour into meals, but truth be told, we don’t always have time for that. And most of the time, we just need to get things on the table. I am not unlike anyone else; my life can get busy and hectic and making elaborate meals every night is a […]

The Best Dairy Milk Alternatives

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

With the increase of dairy allergies and intolerances, the need for milk alternatives has become increasingly common. Fortunately, there are now so many alternatives available on the market from almond milk to hemp milk, oat milk, soy milk, rice milk, and coconut milk. With that being said, like most pre-made foods, most store-bought milk alternatives have many additives and preservatives that make them less than ideal choices.Fortunately, making almond milk (or any nut milk) at home is so simpl […]

huevos rancheros

Red’s Huevos Rancheros

Brunch is my absolute favourite meal of the day, and my favourite meal to dine out for. There is something about the morning and endless cups of coffee that always keeps me coming back for more. I am totally a sweet over savoury person when it comes to breakfast, so eggs always seem to be on the menu for me, especially when they are Mexican. Add salsa and avocado to basically anything and you can count me in. A classic Mexican breakfast, huevos rancheros are fried eggs served on corn t […]

Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilled Romaine Salad

In case you couldn’t tell, I am currently addicted to the BBQ. I’m basically grilling anything I can get my hands on – enter this grilled romaine salad. I know it might seem a little “fancy”, but I can assure you it’s actually quite basic. Romaine lettuce has taken the back burner lately with the popularity of spinach and kale, but it is not to be forgotten! Romaine lettuce not only adds some great texture, but is a rich source of vitamin A and K. So why not give it a little grill at your next B […]

All About Soy

There are few foods that divide the nutrition camp as much as soy. In recent years, soy has become popular in North American diets as it has been recognized as a plant food that, when compared with other plants, is relatively high in protein. Soy has become a staple among vegan, vegetarian and plant-based enthusiasts, consumed in the form of soy milk, tofu, faux cheeses or veggie burgers. However, like many foods in today’s world, soy has a “love it” or “hate it” following. Soy has rec […]

Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake: Two Ways

Sometimes you just need a little treat, and although I’m not necessarily one to support using the microwave all the time, these 90 second mug cakes are a far better choice than a McCain Deep & Delicious or that bag of Two-Bite Brownies. I’ve created two versions of this recipe, a more traditional method and a gluten-free method, using all natural ingredients because you are always better off making your treats at home rather than buying them in a store. So when your next sweet crav […]

Pre & Post Workout Snacks

5 Pre and Post Workout Snacks

Whether you are hitting the gym, a kickboxing class, spin class or a simple jog around the block, what you eat before and after your workout can significantly impact your fitness goals. Although, as a casual exerciser you don’t necessarily need all sorts of fancy shakes and supplements to support your workout, a simple snack of real food is often all you need. By eating the right types of foods, at the right times, you’ll have more energy, be able to workout at a higher intensity and recovery fa […]

peaches & cream smoothie

Peaches & Cream Smoothie

Peaches are my favourite summer fruit. Fresh, plump, juicy and sweet, they are perfect summer ingredient for a sweet or savoury recipe. I love to buy them when they are ripe and in season, slice them up and freeze them for a later use. This recipe works equally well with fresh or frozen fruit. Peaches & Cream SmoothiePaleo, Vegetarian, VeganServes 2Ingredients2 ripe peaches, fresh or […]

32 Simple Healthy Snack Ideas

32 Simple Healthy Snack Ideas

Life can get a little hectic and schedules can get a little busy, but that is certainly not a reason to miss mealtime. Skipping meals can throw the body out of balance affecting blood sugar balance, which can lead to increase food cravings later on in the day. It’s at that moment, when your blood sugar is low, that you enter the temporary rage of wanting to eat whatever you can get your hands.Hello, hangry!Remembering to pack snacks, and keeping them simple, can help keep you out of that danger […]

truLOCAL

Red’s Recommendations: truLOCAL

If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you’ll know that I am passionate about shopping local. Not only do I think that it is important to support local businesses, but when it come to your food, I think it is vitally important that you know it’s story, and I think that is even more important when it comes to our meat.If you’ve watched a documentary, opened a newspaper or read an article online, you’ve surely seen some of the scary things going on behind the scenes in the meat indust […]

11 Foods to Keep You Hydrated

As the temperature rises during the summer so does our need for hydration. Although it’s always important to drink water, there are plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables that can help quench your thirst as well.  Mother Nature is a clever lady, and she knows exactly what to give us and when. As the seasons change, so do our nutrition needs and the foods available to us actually follow suit. Here are 11 hydrating foods you can incorporate into your diet to help keep you […]

Why Butter is Better

Why Butter is Better

There is so much confusion around dietary fat. Butter has been demonized for years; we’ve been told it’s a source of bad saturated fat, a source of cholesterol and to be limited in our diets. We’ve been taught to limit butter and replace it with “heart healthy” alternatives like margarine and aerosol cooking sprays because they are lower in calories.I write a lot about food, and provide a lot of suggestions, but when you truly break it all down I only recommend one thing: to eat real f […]