Healthy Living

Blood Sugar Balancing Banana Bread

Try this healthier version of banana bread.  Dense and delicous! 1 1/2 cups ripe mashed bananas 2 eggs 1/4 cup coconut oil or organic butter 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1 cup brown rice flour or spelt flour 1/4 cup ground flax seeds 1/3 cup oats ...

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The Power of Probiotics

Probiotics.   We’ve been inundated by this word through television ads for yogurt products.  What exactly are probiotics?  Are they simply a new healthy nutrient found only in yogurt? Not at all.  The word probiotic is derived from the Greek meaning “for life”.  Probiotics are the healthy...

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Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a highly nutritious food that are a great addition to your daily menu.Why? Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants. The whole seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for longer periods without becoming...

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Aloe GI Support Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 cup of coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk 1 medium aloe vera leaf, filleted (approximately 1/2 cup) or 1 tbsp aloe juice 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks optional - 1 handful of fresh basil A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia...

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Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

My boys are hungry all the time!   Must be a constant growth spurt because I honestly can't keep up with their appetites!  This presents a challenge for me because they eat gluten and dairy free and are sometimes a little picky to begin with.  And...

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Drop the “weight” from the holidays and get back on track

The Clear Change™ Program is designed to support energy metabolism and overall health by aiding your body's natural cleansing processes.   Happy New You The new year is a great time to do the Clear Change Program. This program will help you clear out all the extra "junk" you may...

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Sam’s Detox – the vegan way!

When Dave asked if anyone in the office would like to join him in doing a nine-day metabolic detox I initially thought that it would be pointless for me to join in.  After all I'm vegan, I eat a good balanced diet and I take...

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Immune Boosting Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This is a nice breakfast option for the fall to begin building your immune system and it tastes just like pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin is high in immune promoting Vitamin A.  Try to increase the amount of bright orange fruits and veggies in your diet to keep...

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10 tips to healthier skin

1. Drink your requirement of pure, filtered water! What is your requirement you ask?  Simply divide your weight by 2 and there you have it.  If you weigh 140 lbs, you will need 70 ounces of water a day.  You can add freshly squeezed lemon, lime,...

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Gluten free Pumpkin Spice Muffin

This recipe was inspired by a recipe I found by Dianne Steeper.  It tastes great and has a good texture for a gluten free muffin. 2 eggs 1/4 cup grapeseed oil 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup unrefined (platation) raw brown sugar (or xylo-sweet for...

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Kale, Cranberry and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients 1 cup quinoa 1/2 cup dried cranberries (rinsed if not using organic) 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp sea salt 5 cups chopped kale, about 1/2 small bunch 1/2 cup diced red onion 1 yellow pepper, diced Directions Rinse quinoa....

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Warming Squash Soup

This soup is perfect for fall when flu and cold season begins.  In addition to warming your insides and satisfying your taste buds, this soup will provide a boost to your immune system in preparation for the winter months.  This recipe was provided by our...

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Pumpkin Protein Power Muffins

Ideally, the ‘healthiest’ muffin is high in protein, fiber and contains only the healthiest fats.  A healthy diet aims at keeping insulin levels (and sugar levels) balanced throughout the day and this means eating more protein and fiber to keep you feeling full, longer. (doesn’t...

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Protein Packed Vegan Smoothie

Ingredients: 2 cups almond milk or water 1 cup frozen berries 1/2 cup banana 1 tbsp almond, cashew, or peanut butter 1 tbsp hemp seeds 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 handful spinach 1 tbsp flax oil optional Directions: With a hand blender or in a blender, combine all...

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Featured Recipe

Omega 3 Power Oatmeal This is a super way to get extra omega-3 fatty acids in your diet (from the walnuts and flax seeds), not to mention fiber, vitamins and minerals! Ingredients: 1/2 cup whole *oats (or steel cut) 1 tbsp ground flax or chia seeds 1 tbsp chopped nuts...

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Black Bean Peppermint Brownies

  What a perfect healthy conscious holiday treat!  Who knew beans could taste so great?  Why are these so great? high in fiber - balanced blood sugar and moods low in saturated fats coconut oil is fantastic for energy levels high in protein to keep you...

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Gooey Gluten Free Brownies

Ingredients: 1/2 cup sweet potato puree (steamed then mashed or pureed) 1/3 cup raw agave syrup or raw honey 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or Enjoy Life’s semi-sweet chocolate chips (free of dairy, nuts, gluten and soy) [melted with 1 tbsp coconut oil) 1/3 cup cocoa...

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Minty Raw Chocolate Power Balls

These Power Balls make a nice mid afternoon snack that will provide you with a boost of energy and brain power you sometimes need to get through until dinner.  They will not spike your blood sugar levels because of the high fiber and essential fatty...

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Better alternatives to our favourite treats…

No one needs or wants to eat perfectly all the time.  The 90/10 rule is a more realistic 'guideline' to live by.  If you are eating healthy most of the time, there is nothing wrong with the occasional splurge.  It's all about balance! We all have those moments...

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Buckeyes – recipe revamp

As a holistic nutritionist, I always encourage clients to eat in a balanced way and that includes treats!  By why not create a healthier alternative to your favourites? You can still feel like you are indulging this Chrismtas with this all time favourite treat!  You just can't...

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Healthy Through the Holidays…

Article by holistic nutritionist and health coach, Linda Ljucovic, RHN, Oakville Over the holidays, some of us find ourselves saying, "my diet starts in January", just a little too often. This comment comes from a mindset we have about life, food and joy. I am here...

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Tis the season to be jolly?

Tis the Season to be Jolly? Tis’ the season to be jolly….yeah right…you can tell that little 'tune' was written about a hundred years ago, or before the advent of giant adrenal gland wrecking coffees, Blackberries, and computers that keep us plugged in 24/7. Perhaps when...

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Nuts for Clean Laundry?!

If you’re like me and you have extra sensitive skin you already know how hard it is to find a good laundry detergent that doesn’t leave you feeling irritated for hours on end.  I often find myself questioning the use of chemically loaded detergents found in...

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What’s for lunch?

Begin September with some fresh ideas on what to pack in your lunch or for 'nutrition' breaks for the kids.  Your food choices mean everything as they fuel your brain and provide the energy needed for a balanced, successful and happy day. A healthy lunch consists...

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Osteopathic Commentary – Flip Flop Fiasco!

Flip flop sandals are an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner's worst enemy, or closest friend, depending how you look at it!  I remind my patients on a regular basis how harmful flip flops can be on their bodies, not just their feet. I know fip flops, especially the thong sandal, are comfortable,...

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Quick and Easy Gluten Free Bread

Gluten free recipes are becoming more popular as people realize the benefits of eliminating this ingredient from their diets. You don't need an official diagnosis of Celiac to realize how good your gut feels after removing gluten containing grains. Gluten is found in grains like wheat, rye,...

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Electrodermal Screening Now available

Electrodermal Screening NOW Available in our Office with Dr. Jennifer Kaster N.D.!! Q:  What is Electrodermal Screening? A:  Electordermal Screening (EDS) is a tool which allows Dr. Jennifer to evaluate the body from a different perspective.  It is not an instrument used to diagnose disease. It does...

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Osteopathy Case Study – Jaw Pain

A 45 year old woman came in for Manual Osteopathic Treatment - her main complaint was severe left jaw pain.  She had been experiencing pain for 5 years around the back of her jaw and also near her ear.  The pain was constant and debilitating....

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Healthy Tan in the Summertime Sun

Once I had kids, everything was different. I became much more concerned about everything we ate and put on our skin.  When it came to sunscreens, it became more difficult to decide on the best option because of the many differing opinions out there. First, the sun is very...

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Sports Drinks or Water?

Commercial sports drinks can be very expensive and may not be the most healthy choice.  They are loaded with sugar and food dyes! Who cares? I'll tell you why you should care through a situation I observed a couple years ago. During my son's baseball game...

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Nutrition 101

There is so much information out there right now on what to do and what not to do in regards to nutrition.  If you aren't at home to catch Dr. Oz and/or if you don't have time to sift through the gazillions of articles on...

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Fighting the Mucus Monster

Winter is a great season for many things – skating, tobogganing, snow ball fights, but for most of us it can also be a season of sickness, during which our body transforms into a mucous producing factory. Do you ever wonder where all this mucous is...

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Coping Tips for Holiday Stress

Take care of yourself and your many obligations over the holidays in a more balanced or ‘yogic’ way.  Please find below, 5 suggestions for finding more balance and joy this year’s holiday season. 1. Breathe - When you feel yourself getting tense or pressured, just notice...

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