Coffee: the good, the bad, and the basic

What's the deal with coffee? Is it good for me, is it bad for me, why do I drink it? People are sometimes shocked seeing a holistic nutritionist with a cup of coffee. I get it, coffee has had it's ups and downs (literally), but here are some things to consider when drinking coffee. First being, it depends on YOU! Let's begin with why you should drink coffee. Coffee has some amazing health benefits. It is a mild stimulant which helps reduce fatigue and drowsiness. It is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help combat free radicals from forming in the body and these antioxidants can help reduce the risk of cancer. Growing research suggests people who drink coffee are less likely to develop Park

So what exactly IS carb loading?

Carb loading: a strategy used by endurance athletes to maximize the storage of glycogen (energy) in the muscles and liver (according to Wikipedia). Wikipedia is exactly right. Carb loading saturates your glycogen stores within the liver to improve endurance performance. It is a strategy that involves eating high amounts of carbohydrates prior to an event or competition while tapering off training. Do you need to carb load? The answer is, it depends. Every person is unique, so some questions I would consider would be: Are you fueling with carbs already? Can you eat during your race or event? Do you get faint or dizzy during training? Have you competed in a similar event before without carb lo

Feel Good Morning Porridge

This recipe was inspired by @anna.culina and @kathyissmart. I adapted this recipe to be gluten free based on my own allergies and intolerances. I added some extra spices for a bit of added flavour and some protein! I added a scoop of protein powder because I like having a source of protein in the mornings to keep me feeling more full longer. It is absolutely delicious and SO easy to make! Give it a try for breakfast! Recipe makes 2 servings so you can store in the fridge and reheat the next day! INGREDIENTS - 1/4 cup oats (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free oats) - 1/4 cup millet (OR quinoa, OR couscous; use what you've got!) - 1/2 cup frozen berries - 1/2 tsp cinnamon - 1 tsp cardamom - 1 tb

This Turmeric Latte: Not available at a Starbucks near you

I love my coffee and drink espresso once almost every day. I admit, I am somewhat of a Starbucks or Bridgehead lover, but have been really trying to shy away from those places and make a delicious latte of my own right at home. I have finally found a latte you won't find at a Starbucks or Bridgehead coffee shop near you. It is so easy to make and tastes delicious! If you don't drink coffee simply leave the espresso out of the recipe! BONUS: there are a few nutrional perks to this latte, like being an excellent source of iron! INGREDIENTS - 2 tsp turmeric - 2 tsp cinnamon - 1 tsp cardamom - 1 tsp ginger - 2 cups your choice of milk (I used unsweetened coconut or almond milk, both worked great

Protein Packed Pancakes

In light of Fat Tuesday, or Pancake Eating Day (February 28th), I thought it would be a great idea (and excuse) to make some pancakes! I love making pancakes and have many intolerances so I need to make my own from scratch. It took A LOT of experimenting (my roommates know what I mean), but I finally came up with a recipe that rocks and will wow you, your friends, and family! I have tried different versions so I will stick with the most popular. Feel good and enjoy! NOTE: not my picture but the pancakes will be similar in size and colour! DRY INGREDIENTS - 1 cup brown rice flour (gluten-free substitute) - 2 scoops of protein powder (I use THB's Staterra New Zealand Whey or Brown Rice protein

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