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

lemon poppyseed truffles for a very special baby shower

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Today is a very special post. You see, the lovely and wonderful Ella of Pure Ella is having a baby (and very soon!). Since we can’t all be physically together but we wanted to celebrate this wonderful occasion, myself and other bloggers have decided to come together and throw her a virtual baby shower!

If you don’t know Ella, well shame on you, head over to her blog right this second! The recipes are delicious, simple, accessible and gorgeously photographed. Ella is also one of the kindest most beautiful souls you will ever come across. Is it any wonder we had to celebrate her?

lemon poppyseed truffles #vegan #glutenfree #paleo

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tempeh portobello sloppy joes

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A few weeks back i went to a new vegetarian restaurant in town called Grasshopper. I always struggle when going to vegetarian restaurants because when faced with a menu where I have multiple options (something I have gotten used to NOT having), I freeze. I just don’t know how to choose anymore. But for some reason, at this place, what I wanted jumped off the page. Tempeh Sloppy Joes. While the rest of the menu items sounded delicious, I am a firm believer in trusting your gut instinct, so I went for it.

Fast forward 30 minutes to me wiping sloppy joe off my clothes, table, hair (how??) and trying to convince myself that I in fact, did not need that slice of blueberry cheesecake. Despite the fact that I probably ruined the shirt I was wearing, I was completely smitten with this little restaurant and the concept of the Tempeh Sloppy Joe. So much so in fact, that I decided I needed to recreate this in my kitchen. I also made a mental note to wear a bib whenever consuming this dish in the future. Continue reading

strawberry avocado breakfast “ice cream”

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now i’m going to continue being the canadian i am today by talking about the weather. spring has come finally!! baseball games have been attended, skirts with no tights have been worn, the parka has been put away and fresh strawberries have been eaten! all that’s left is to eat a meal on a patio and it’s official. 

to celebrate the arrival of warm temperatures i’m sharing an “ice cream” recipe over at the north coast naturals blog that’s actually a breakfast. that means it’s high in protein, fibre, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, quick and easy to make but also completely delicious.

psssst, i’ll let you in on a little secret: this is actually little more than a super thick smoothie, but it’s way more fun to call it ice cream isn’t it??

head on over to the ncn blog for the recipe!

I'm sharing this recipe on Raw Foods Thursdays and Healthy Vegan Friday!