GUILTY INDULGENCES...THAT AREN'T SO GUILTY!

FROM THE FIELDS- ISSUE # 45

We know that December is a month filled with indulging...on well everything.  Going cold turkey in January and quitting all of the sweets makes January even more difficult. As it turns out, there are some foods and drinks that, while thought to be unhealthy, are actually quite good for your health. Here are some unlikely ‘junk’ foods and drinks that contribute to a well-balanced lifestyle, so put down that bag of carrots & hummus and snack away!

Shockingly Healthy

The name of these desserts says it all - shockingly healthy!  While being “free” of a bunch of things, the desserts are focused on what the products are FILLED WITH —wholesome, beneficial, superfoods! The founder of this great company is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.  She started her bakery to create the healthiest desserts on the planet, that meet the standards of any dessert lover; health-enthusiast or not. The top selling brownie is made with chickpeas, dates, cocoa, coconut oil & flaxseed.  So you can now get a brownie that is high in fibre, gluten free, a source of protein, refined sugar free, vegan AND delicious.  You can check out where to buy these amazing products here:  http://shockinglyhealthy.com/where-to-buy/

Michelle Nutrition’s Blog

Some of you may prefer to bake at home & that way you get to enjoy your home being filled with aroma of baking.  Need a little inspiration: meet www.michellenutrition.ca .  Her theory is using wholesome, nourishing ingredients and adjust to new styles of nutrients that will preserve all the good things in the treats.   Not only does she tell you what ingredients to use to substitute for sugar, dairy and white flour she tells you WHY.  We reached out to her, and we have a special breakfast recipe just for From The Fields readers:

Recipe:

  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened coconut flakes • 1/2 cup chunky almond butter
  • 1/3 Cup chia seeds + 4 Tbsp water • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts (I used Manitoba Harvest) • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup • 2 Tbsp cranberries
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Add chia seeds and water to a small bowl and set aside

2. Melt coconut oil on low heat and stir in coconut flakes and remove from heat

3. Add all remaining ingredients to the coconut (including the chia) and mix in a bowl or food processor (food processor works better)

4. Mix in food processor and form the mixture in to cookie patties

5. Refrigerate breakfast cookies and enjoy!

Gardenheart Holistic

Hosting a Sunday Brunch, but want to keep it fresh, healthy but still a little indulgent.  Look no further than www.garden-heart.com for your complete recipe guide with styling and photography that will have you drooling.  Where do we begin? Golden Berry Quinoa Porridge, Pancakes with Berries & Warm Maple Glaze, Fig Chia Pudding...I know it’s too good, we need to stop.

Elena the owner of this blog is a Holistic Nutritionist who has a passion for fresh and nourishing foods.  She has had an incredible journey where she has healed herself through food on a quest for health and well being. Visit her blog for not only the brunch recipes listed above, but where you can find seasonal recipes using whole foods and healing nourishing ingredients, stories of gatherings with friends, as well culinary inspirations from garden to table.