let’s catch up over some tea (and gf tea & date quick bread)

tea and date quick bread (vegan and gf) - the veggie nook

It’s been a while eh?

This past summer was both difficult and wonderful all at the same time and it left me with little time to blog. It started as an accident and became a conscious decision to take time for myself.

I won’t bore you with all the details of my absence, but I will certainly highlight some of the more wonderful things: Continue reading

healthy fun dip {rhubarb + coconut sugar}

rhubarb + coconut sugar Fun Dip

Remember those Fun Dip candies they used to have (or still have for all I know). If came with a candy stick that you licked and then dipped into candy powder? It was definitely one of my favourite candies but I now cringe at the fact that it was basically sugar on top of sugar. With artificial colours and flavours to round it all out!

This post isn’t a recipe, more of a fun idea that I’m sure most of you have done at some point in your life. But I had completely forgotten about it until the rhubarb made an appearance at the market a few weeks ago. So just in case you have all forgotten about it too or have never tried it before, I thought I’d post it here. If you’ve never tried it, I demand you go buy rhubarb before it goes out of season and do it.

The idea is simple: dip rhubarb in sugar. Eat. Repeat. Reminiscent of Fun Dips but so so SO much better for you.

rhubarb + coconut sugar Fun Dip

I remember doing this a lot as a kid. Going out and picking rhubarb from the garden (whilst also catching butterflies and caterpillars- yes I had a sheltered upbringing), running to the kitchen while tracking dirt everywhere. I would spread rhubarb out all over the table and frantically try to reach the jar of sugar. You see, dipping rhubarb in sugar was about as close as I was ever allowed to get to eating pure sugar. And since rhubarb season is short, I couldn’t waste a single second. And I would eat until every stalk was done.

But  now that I’m older, I realize how truly delicious this snack is and not just because it’s sugar-dipped fruit. Sugar is the perfect compliment to tart rhubarb. These days, I use coconut sugar, or even sometimes maple sugar for a special treat. Coconut sugar is low-glycemic so it won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar and maple sugar retains more nutrients than a refined cane sugar. However, you could use any sugar you wanted here!

rhubarb + coconut sugar Fun Dip

Now since I’m a nutritionist, I couldn’t share this idea without looking up the nutritional stats of rhubarb. Turns out it’s pretty damn good for you! It is lower in calories and sugar than most fruits. It’s packed with fibre to help delay the absorption of the sugar into your blood stream. It is also rich in antioxidants (disease fighters!), B-vitamins (energy!), vitamin A (skin and vision), and vitamin K (bone health and blood clotting)! However beware- the leaves are high in oxalic acid which can be toxic! You are unlikely to suffer sever consequences from a few leaves, but best be safe and not sorry.

Healthy Fun Dip
 
Sort of like that fun dip garbage you used to eat as a kid, but healthier!
Author:
Recipe type: dessert, snack
Cuisine: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, raw
Ingredients
  • Rhubard
  • Sugar of choice (I like coconut or maple)
Instructions
  1. Cut off funky bits of the rhubarb.
  2. Dip end in sugar.
  3. Bite end off.
  4. Repeat.

 

pizza quinoa

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Hello all! Yes I’m back and I do apologize for taking an unannounced vacation from blogging. I was just having a little crisis of spirit coupled with looking for another job AND wanting to spend every second outside because it’s so nice out. All of those conditions are not conducive to blogging. Taking a step back from this aspect of my life though helped me sort through all my weird thoughts and find solutions in the real world so it was well worth the break! But what do I know? Maybe none of you even noticed! If that is the case let’s forget I said any of this and get onto today’s post.

Lately, my food has been simple. Eating simple foods is something I have started to do because 1- it’s easier on digestion, 2- it’s fast and easy and 3- it allows you to really taste the food you’re eating instead of masking it with other flavours. And since I’m no great culinary genius, simple food has a much greater chance of tasting good than trying to get complicated.  Continue reading

strawberry banana green tea smoothie

Isn’t it strange how you can be wandering through life, totally secure with who you are and where you’re at, then in a single moment it can all come crashing down? Suddenly you are not who you thought you are and the things that you thought, aren’t true. How is it that the world can shift so suddenly and completely?


strawberry banana green tea smoothie #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

Spring has sprung and that means more smoothies. I am such a fan of this blended meal, but in the winter I just can’t stomach the cold, rawness of them. But I’ve missed their convenience, fruity creaminess and all the different superfoods and flavours you can toss in.

So when I was asked to try out Kiss Me Organics matcha, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. Smoothies, smoothie and more smoothies. I was pleasantly surprised by this matcha- usually the less expensive ones are bitter and lack the real green tea flavour I love. I can’t say this was the best matcha I ever had. But was it a killer balance of quality and price? Hells yes. My friends, if you are looking for a matcha that is readily available online (on Amazon, in Canada too!) and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, I’ve solved all your problems. Continue reading

detox salad

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I’m sure you all know this, but this winter was ROUGH. Long, harsh and cold. I honestly never thought we’d see spring weather let alone the patio appropriate weather we’ve had lately! It’s truly a relief to be walking outside and be too warm!

Long, cold winters usually result in the eating of a lot of comfort food. And maybe a little less exercise. If this sounds like you, it’s nothing to beat yourself up over! We are conditioned to crave heavier foods and conserve energy in those circumstances.

That being said, once the warmer weather comes along, I really like to lighten up a bit. Eat lighter and feel lighter! A detox this time of year is a wonderful thing to do. The temperatures are warm which is extremely helpful. Have you ever tried to do a detox in winter? Talk about shivering x 1208348. Spring is also a time of new beginnings and detoxing to release toxins built up in the winter will ensure you start off this season on the right foot! Continue reading