dark chocolate hazelnut butter

chocolate hazelnut butter

why this dark chocolate hazelnut butter is a smart choice This is not your everyday nut butter.  It’s your “Sunday nut butter.”  My mom only let us eat sweet cereals on Sundays, so would call them “Sunday cereals.” Similarly, this recipe is good as a treat. This is my only nut butter recipe that contains a sugar source.  However, compared to commercial chocolate hazelnut spread, it’s still a nutritional saint! The first two ingredients in commercial chocolate hazelnut spread is sugar and palm oil.  Hazelnuts and cocoa only come in third and fourth. In this recipe, hazelnuts take the first place prize! If you give … Read More

lemon pistachio butter

lemon pistachio butter

Why It’s A Smart Choice Nut and seed butters are a great alternative to peanut butter. I love peanut butter and it does have nutritional benefits but it is high in omega 6 fatty acids. For most people the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in their diets is too high. This imbalance can lead to inflammation in the body.  So, change things up occasionally with some other butters! Heart Healthy Eating nuts on a daily basis is associated with heart health and the prevention of diabetes.  This study gave participants pistachios along with commonly eaten high carb foods like white … Read More

coconut cashew butter

coconut cashew butter

Why It’s A Smart Choice Nut and seed butters are a great alternative to peanut butter. I love peanut butter and it does have nutritional benefits but it is high in omega 6 fatty acids. For most people the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in their diets is too high. This imbalance can lead to inflammation in the body.  So, change things up occasionally with some other butters! Coconuts for Weight Loss? 65% of the fats in coconut are medium chain saturated fats. The research showing that saturated fats are bad for cardiovascular health have primarily looked at long … Read More

5 nut and seed butters to boost your health

5 nut and seed butters

Nuts and Seeds: Nature’s Multivitamin Think of nuts and seeds as nature’s multivitamin. These mighty little foods are filled with minerals, healthy fats, plant protein, anti-oxidants, and more. They’re the complete package. Observation studies show that people who consume nuts everyday are less likely to develop diabetes or heart disease, which are two of the leading causes of death and morbidity in North America.  To see health benefits, you only need to eat 1/4 cup of nuts/seeds or 2 tablespoons of nut/seed butter each day! Portion control is important because they are high in calories.  The recipes linked below taste great on … Read More

7 Layer Dip – Healthy enough for dinner

7 Layer Dip (healthy, easy, crowd favourite or eat for dinner!)

A 7 layer dip so healthy you can enjoy it for dinner! This TexMex dip is healthier with cottage cheese, black beans, salsa, & lotsa veggies! I’ll admit it; sometimes we eat dip for dinner. This 7 layer dip. This amazing, delicious, balanced, healthy 7 layer dip. This is a dinner worthy dip. You can be extra healthy and use toasted pita wedges but again, I’ll admit it; we eat this with tortilla chips. I aim for a balanced approach in our household. We rarely eat tortilla chips. Tips for Making 7 Layer Dip For the saucy layers, the best … Read More

Chipotle Salsa (fresh or canned)

chipotle salsa

I’ve found the secret to a happy, successful marriage: Chipotle peppers. You heard me right, folks. Get your hands on some of these bad boys. They will help you weather the storms of life. They’re essential to a good marriage. Or is that just mine? My husband adores chipotles,  and I don’t blame him; they are incredibly tasty. I love how they add a sweet, smoky, kick. He’s happy. I’m happy. We’re all happy.  Unless… I can no longer find the chipotle peppers at my grocery store. Then I’m not happy. I’m not happy when I spend half an hour combing … Read More

caramelized onion hummus

Caramelized Onion Hummus

I am obsessed with perfecting my basic hummus recipe. I’ve figured out the key to perfectly smooth, creamy, whipped hummus but the flavour isn’t quite there. Texture? Check. Flavour? Still working on it. I read the ingredients on some of my favourite hummus brands and try to replicate their recipes but it never ends up tasting quite the same. Don’t get me wrong; my hummus is good, just not amazing. I won’t settle for anything less than amazing. But I’ve hit the mark on several hummus variations. Like this caramelized onion hummus. Sooo delicious. It’s amazing, either with crackers or … Read More