Thursday Treats


Recipes: Pumpkin Treats

Before I share a couple of pumpkin recipes, I thought I might give you some historical tidbits about pumpkins and Thanksgiving. In the US, pilgrims and Thanksgiving are synonymous with pumpkins.  However, many of us link pumpkins with the Halloween tradition of jack-o-lanterns.  It is noted that many early settlers to the Americas relied on pumpkins for survival — check…


Beet Recipes

When I say beet, what do you think of?  That’s right, those red-purple roots that stain your fingers red and everything else they come in contact with.  Some people may have a scare when they pass “bloody-looking” stools or see red urine.  In fact, beets are an excellent way of measuring intestinal transit time.  Elson Haas, author of Staying Healthy With…


Maca Choco Flax Balls

This recipe is all about balancing hormones and feeling great. There are three key ingredients that work together and taste great too: maca powder, cocoa powder and ground flaxseeds. Maca has a way of using cues from the body to balance hormones, this makes it an “adaptogen”. For women, maca is all about improving testosterone and boosting the libido. Cocoa…


Kombucha Lemon Berry Sangria

Why is this cocktail considered a healthy choice? Kombucha is a fermented drink that is naturally effervescent. Some of its claims to fame are: detoxification, aiding digestion and boosting the immune system. The berries contain antioxidants and the alcohol has both antioxidants and pro-oxidants, so they potentially balance out. White wine has two strong antioxidants of its own, tyrosol and…


BBQ Fun

GRILLING VEGETABLES Grilling vegetables is easy and makes adding vegetables to your plate colourful and easy. Hard veggies are best, such as potatoes and sweet potatoes (leave the skin on), carrots, squash, parsnips, onions for grilling.  Combine 1 tbsp olive oil, crushed garlic and your favourite herb such as oregano.  Add cut veggies strips, and coat with the oil, garlic and herb.…