Summer may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your ice cold drinks! A stop at the local coffee shop for an iced beverage may be a part of your summer routine. Or maybe you stock up on juices at home for a thirst-quenching option for the family.
Left to right: Iced Cardamom Chai, Orange Ginger Iced Tea, Iced Masala Chai, and Lemon Iced Tea
As refreshing as these ice cold drinks may be, they can quickly add up in calories and sugar. Iced tea, iced coffee, juices, and pop can pack in anywhere from 5-10 teaspoons of sugar per serving! Rather than giving up these flavourful beverages completely, making your own can help cut down on the sugar while allowing you and your family to enjoy an iced cold beverage on a hot summer day.
One of my favourite ice cold beverages is iced tea so I teamed up with Tea India and created four refreshing iced teas you need to try before the summer is over! Whether you prefer a classic iced tea or are looking for a South Asian twis...
This week, as a part of the 'Get Fit with Me' Series, I decided to make Nour sweat it out! If you haven't seen the last two videos and are looking for healthy recipe ideas, you can check out our breakfast video here and our lunch video here.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not only about what you eat but also about how often you move your body. You may be spending most of your day sitting, whether that is because of your commute, school, work, or just don't seem to find time to be active.
Time - it is one of the biggest obstacles I hear most of my clients tell me when it comes to including physical activity in their daily life. Here's the thing though, if you spend 30 minutes out of your day exercising, you are only using up ~2% of your day! So I want you to re-frame your biggest obstacle. As they say, old habits die hard. The biggest obstacle to being more active may not actually be time, it is most likely that you are not in the habit of being active. My advice? Just start. Even if you...
Whether you eat it as a sandwich or as toast for breakfast, bread is staple in almost all households. You may eat bread almost every day and with so many different types of bread available today, it can be hard to choose a healthy one. Many breads may seem like they are healthy with lots of seeds and grains but that is not always the case. The bread aisle in the grocery store is HUGE and can be very overwhelming. This edition of “Simple Swaps” will show you how to choose the healthiest bread and what to look for next time you are at the grocery store.
Nutrition Benefits of Bread
You may think bread is bad for you because carbs are bad for you, right? Wrong. If you want to eat a healthy, balanced diet, carbs better be on your plate. To get the lowdown on carbs, check out my previous post here. If you choose the right type of bread, you can enjoy it as a part of a healthy, balanced diet especially since it is high in:
As a part of the "Get Fit with Me" Series with Nour Kaiss (Founder of Souqina App), we are sharing another healthy recipe this week!
Nour was looking for a lunch idea that is healthy but also simple and something she can make ahead. Like many people, Nour has a busy schedule and doesn't always have time to prepare lunch everyday. The solution? Salad in a jar.
A salad in a jar is exactly like it sounds. This is far from your basic salad...it is a mixture of delicious ingredients to provide you with a filling lunch. In order to get the most out of your lunch, you want to make sure you are getting a good amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
This salad in a jar is:
High in plant based protein
High in fibre
Good source of complex, whole grain carbohydrates
High in Folate, Vitamin C, K, and B vitamins
This recipe is an excellent source of plant based protein, as most of the protein in this recipe comes from the quinoa and chickpeas. Protein is essential...
My Farmer's Market visits have been a source of weekly inspiration when it comes to recipe development. After I came home with a variety of sweet, local fresh fruit, I started experimenting in the kitchen. The result was the most refreshing Fresh Fruit Rolls wrapped in rice paper with a side of Peach Sauce. As fancy as they look, they are super easy to make and sure to wow anyone, from kids to adults!
These Fresh Fruit Rolls start with a variety of fresh fruit. You can really use any type that you prefer, but I recommend choosing fruit that is in season since it will be a lot sweeter and more flavourful. I used strawberries, blueberries, and cherries. The fruit is then wrapped in rice paper. Rice paper can be purchased at most grocery stores in the International section. Rice paper must be soaked for about 30 seconds so that it can softened and used as a wrap.
I paired the Fresh Fruit Rolls with a Peach Sauce. The peach is cooked and pureed for a simple sauce. This is the only part...
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were walking in the park with our daughter and we were reminiscing about our favourite treats to get from the ice cream truck. My favourite was a classic soft serve twist in a cone, while my husband's was a rocket popsicle. I immediately retracted my statement! There is something about the red, white, and blue popsicle that just screams summer and every child LOVES!
As my daughter (referred to as K) grows up, I want her to have summer-kissed memories to look back on. While I will treat her to ice cream and popsicles when I go out, I won't necessarily stock up on these treats at home. Having a freezer full of sugar is not my kind of thing (sorry not sorry). K loves anything cold, whether it is ice cream, a popsicle, or simply an ice cube! I knew I had to re-create the classic rocket popsicle for K to enjoy without the ++ sugar and additives!
As we were walking through the Farmer's Market, I was inspired by all of the local fresh frui...
Eating healthy doesn’t always have to consist of salad, dry chicken breast, or plain steamed veggies. In fact, healthy food doesn’t have to be bland, flavourless, or boring! As a Registered Dietitian, I know the importance and benefits of a healthy meal. As a Masalamomma, I definitely know the importance of a delicious meal infused with South Asian flavour!
Regardless of you either loving summer or complaining about the scorching heat, there is one thing we can all agree on during these months: ice cream. If there is anything that brings together a perfect summer day, it is always ice cream. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy a nice cup of ice cream throughout the summer. However, the calories, fat, and sugar can quickly add up when you indulge in ice cream multiple times throughout the week.
Well guess what? I am here to tell you that you can enjoy your ice cream guilt-free with this simple ice cream made with only 3 ingredients! This ice cream is made with frozen bananas, which is blended to make a creamy base that resembles the texture of ice cream. Keep a batch of sliced bananas in your freezer all summer long for a quick treat when you are craving some ice cream. Although I have made the most basic form of this ice cream with just sliced bananas in the past, I wanted something more, maybe something with a little bit of caramel...