Make your own anti-inflammatory capsules

Herbal medicine doesn't have to bust your budget. Even if you don't like the idea of sipping medicinal tea or drinking your herbs, you can still craft your own herbal anti-inflammatory capsules. Here's how.  Get yourself a capsule maker. I use one that fits '00' size capsules. Follow the instructions provided with your capsule maker [...]

By | January 1st, 2017|Herbal Medicine, Home Treatments, Recipes|0 Comments

Perfect Pancakes (GF and vegan)

Stereotypically for a naturopath, my family has some specific dietary restrictions.  Between the four of us, we don't eat gluten, dairy or eggs.  For the most part, this is very easy to accommodate.  There are tons of gluten-free grains and dairy-free options out there (and a good reminder that I should post my cashew cheese lasagna [...]

By | January 6th, 2016|Recipes|0 Comments

What a naturopath eats

Last week, my Facebook newsfeed was plastered with posts and comments about this Business Insider article, featuring a day in the diet of a registered dietitian nutritionist.  Curious what all the fuss and sarcasm was about, I read in shock that her "healthy" diet included a big glass of juice, 3-4 mocha lattes, popcorn, and [...]

By | October 23rd, 2015|In My Garden, Recipes|0 Comments

Gluten-free granola goodness

I started making granola at home after becoming disillusioned with the cost of healthy cereal options for my kids.  I'm a savoury breakfast kind of person so I had never tried it before, but I knew I could make a granola that was gluten-free, high in fibre, and low in sugar. Here's my recipe.  It's a [...]

By | July 3rd, 2015|Kids, Recipes|0 Comments

Kale & Apple Slaw

Spring is the perfect time to focus on liver cleansing foods and detoxification after hibernating during the winter months. According to Chinese medicine spring is associated with the functions of the liver – spreading Qi (energy) smoothly throughout the body, storing and releasing blood as needed to the muscles and tendons in increased physical activity, as well as for the purposes of menstruation. During the spring, when most people begin to spend more time outside, and generally increase their levels of physical activity, the liver can benefit from additional support in order to optimize its functions. Foods such as dark leafy greens, beets, and small amounts of citrus and olive oil help to move liver Qi. Raw and sprouted foods mirror the renewal happening in the external environment. […]

By | March 25th, 2013|Recipes, Traditional Chinese Medicine|0 Comments

Black Bean Soup

This recipe has always been a hit in our house. The vegan version, pictured here, can be adapted for those who eat dairy to include a dollop of sour cream, crumbled queso fresco, or shredded cheese of any kind. I'm not a big supporter of "hiding" vegetables in food (I believe that kids and adults [...]

By | November 27th, 2012|Recipes|1 Comment

Coconut Curry Vegetables

This recipe, very slightly adapted from Vij’s: Elegant & Inspired Indian Cuisine, one of two excellent cookbooks courtesy of Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver, is a staple in our house. It is also a great way to incorporate tofu into your diet, as this recipe capitalizes on tofu’s ability to absorb other flavours. […]

By | August 25th, 2012|Recipes|0 Comments

Gluten-free, Sugar-free Zucchini Loaf

Before I had kids, I never gave much thought to sugar-free baking. I rarely baked anyways, and sugar-free was a temporary lifestyle change I only associated with my twice yearly detoxes. All that changed after kids, as I resolved to provide them with a completely sugar-free existence until they were at least 1 year old. During that first year, I experimented, transforming the recipes I had previously loved with sugar into sugar-free favourites. Nowadays I’m more relaxed about sugar ingestion, letting the kids self-moderate at events where sugar is served, primarily at birthday parties and at other people’s houses. Not that they don’t over indulge when given the chance. But they are also the first to declare, “My tummy hurts. I think I ate too much sugar.” […]

By | May 8th, 2012|Health Research, Kids, Recipes|0 Comments

Vegetable Soup

Earlier this week while shopping at Fiesta Farms, my kids declared themselves chefs and started gathering vegetables for their version of “Red Pepper Soup.” Nevermind that they have always disliked all bell peppers, which I have long suspected is actually a food intolerance to Solanaceae, or nightshade, family vegetables (peppers, tomato, potato, eggplant). Regardless, they began dumping a variety of vegetables in the cart and teaching me how to make their recipe. I confess I made a few adjustments. I wasn’t convinced that sardines were a good idea, although I reserve the right to be wrong. Maybe they would have made the soup extra delicious. Anyways, I present to you my version of K & E’s recipe. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture. Dinner at our house is often both busy and delicious. Instead, I offer you the cover of the book that likely inspired it all: Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert) […]

By | March 9th, 2012|Kids, Recipes|0 Comments

Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Four years old is a big milestone. First it was finding out from his friends that Halloween actually involved candy, and not just parading through the neighbourhood in costume. The following week, K declared that a birthday party was all about friends bringing you presents (It’s ok, kids are supposed to be this narcissistic.) and cupcakes. His specific request was chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing and sprinkles. You can’t blame a kid for having a vision. Being both a naturopath and a mother, I revised some recipes to create a (relatively) whole food and gluten-free version of what he wanted. Two weeks later, K’s birthday has come and gone, and he’s still talking about when I’m going to make them again. I can safely say that my gluten-free chocolate cupcakes were a huge success. Here’s the recipe so you can make them too. […]

By | November 17th, 2011|Recipes|0 Comments