Gluten-Free Morning Glory Muffins

Gluten-Free Morning Glory Muffins

Muffins are delicious. There is no two ways around it. But one of the reasons that they are so delicious is that they are effectively cake – not so healthy. The traditional muffin recipe is loaded with white flour and lost of sugar, making it pretty poor breakfast or snack option. The Morning Glory Muffin is my absolute favourite muffin, it’s pretty much loaded with everything but the kitchen sink and makes a real satisfying snack. Legend has it, the Original Morning Glory Muffin &nbsp […]

crossfit bytown

Red’s Recommendations: CrossFit Bytown

CrossFit. One simple word, and the fitness camp divides. I’ve always been a really active person. Growing up I played a variety of competitive sports at Regional and Provincial levels, and in CEGEP and University, despite my 5’4 stature, I played basketball. During this time, there was all sorts of training involved. Most of it sports-specific drills, lots of running, and a bit of weight training here and there. It wasn’t until I graduated form University that I realized I needed to find a […]

Chia Smoothie Recipe

Banana Chai Smoothie

Chai is one of my favourite spice mixtures; spicy, rich and warming, it makes a delicious tea, latte or addition to any flavourful dessert. Unfortunately, store bought lattes and smoothies are often made with chai syrup, loaded with added sweeteners and sugars making it a unhealthy option. Fortunately, with the mixture of a few simple spices, you can create your own anti-inflammatory chai blend at home, and this creamy chai smoothie really satisfies a sweet tooth! Chai Spi […]

fueling your runs

Fueling Your Runs

Running, especially any distance greater than 5KM, requires a significant amount of time and dedication to training. With this amount of exercise comes an increased demand on your body for constant tissue repair (muscles, ligament and bone) and refuelling your energy stores.  Therefore it is important to think of yourself as an athlete not just an exerciser!What you eat before and after your training runs and your races can have a huge impact on your performanc […]

Broccoli Salad with Tahini Dressing

Summer time calls for fresh vegetables and refreshing salads, however sometimes leafy greens get a little boring. Coleslaw is always a popular summer BBQ staple, however unfortunately all that added mayonnaise dressing is not the best option for your waistline. This broccoli salad provides a nice big crunch while providing a daily dose of greens and satisfies that creamy craving. This recipe can be eaten right away or prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge all […]

Red's Recommendations: Wheelhouse Cycle

Red’s Recommendations: Wheelhouse Cycle

Great tunes, a disco ball and a sweaty workout with some of the funniest (and nicest) people you’ve ever met – what’s not to love? These are just a few of the reasons that Wheelhouse Cycle makes the #redsrecommendations list as my favourite spin studio in the city!The truth of the matter is that I never really liked spinning. In fact, I took a spinning class about 8 years ago, hated every minute of it and was pretty much scarred for life. Or at least that’s what I thought. The first time I met W […]

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Snack time can be overwhelming with all of the choices out there, however unfortunately a lot of them can be unhealthy. When I’ve had enough of snacking on nuts and seeds, I like to mix things up with this oh-so-easy-to-make snack. Chickpeas are high in protein, which helps keep you feeling full longer, and this recipe really satisfies that salty craving. Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, VeganI’ve chosen to go the spicy route on this recipe, however any flavours you […]

the red apron

Red’s Recommendations: The Red Apron

Many times on my blog and in my social media I have shared how I love, and I how important I find it, to shop local and support local suppliers. Whether I am moving to a new city, or travelling to a new country, there is nothing I love more than discovering the shops, restaurants and ‘it’ food places. When we moved to Ottawa I was a little concerned that a smaller city like this one wouldn’t have the best food scene. Luckily for me, I was happily surprised, and can confidently say that […]

Basics of Macronutrients

The Basics of Macronutrients

Food is fuel. Much like a car runs on gasoline and is held together with various nuts and bolts, our bodies run on food held together by a variety of nutrients derived from your food. Learning the basics of macronutrients is a wonderful step in the right direction to helping get your nutrition on track.  In grade school, we are taught the basics of the four food groups; fruits & vegetables, grain products, milk & alternatives, and meat & alternative. In my opinion […]

The 80/20 Rule: Getting Started

The 80/20 Nutrition Rule

Hi, my name is Stephanie, I’m a nutritionist and I don’t eat perfectly all of the time.(GASP!)Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about nutrition and eating a balanced diet; I eat real food, I shop local, I eat organic and I do my very best to make the best possible food choices whenever I can. However, there are moments when I throw a little caution to the wind. Why? Because I know I eat well, I like wine, and I want to live my life.When I really began to consider my food choices and put my dietary dec […]