Oven Roasted Chickpeas

Okay people! The secret is out. Those canned chickpeas that have been hanging out in your cupboard are your new favourite snack. Yes, you read correctly. We have talked about the great nutritional qualities of these magical chickpeas before. Packed with protein and fibre, they make a great addition to so many meals. We most recently highlighted them in our cumin-spiced hummus, perfect as a dip or a spread. Okay, back to this new magical snack that lives in your cupboard. Oven Roasted Chickpeas. The best part is this snack is extremely simple to make. They are perfect to snack on, add to salads for a crunch or a special addition to a trail mix. Okay, enough talk, read on to find out how to prepare this uber healthy and tasty snack. You Will Need… 1 540 mL can of chickpeas 2-3 Tbsp. olive oil (garlic infused makes for a flavourful punch) ½ tsp. salt 2-4 tsp. spices of choice (little or a lot based on your palette) Some spice suggestions are cumin, paprika, chilli powder, curry powder and oregano Prepare the Chickpeas Preheat your oven to 400°F. Remove chickpeas from the can and rinse thoroughly under running water. Place chickpeas between clean dishtowels and pat them dry completely. Remove any skins that have come off while drying. It is important thatchickpeas are completely dry before roasting. Once chickpeas are dry place on a baking sheet. Drizzle heavily with olive oil, ensuring all the chickpeas are coated. Place baking sheet in the oven and allow to bake for 20 – 30 minutes. Stir or toss the chickpeas every 10 minutes....

Gluten & Dairy Free Vegan Chocolate Cake

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Cake. Need we say more? Didn’t think so. This cake is so deliciously decedent; you won’t be able to get enough. Try this no fuss recipe that allows you to whip up a chocolate cake for any special occasion. You will need… 1 ½ cups gluten free flour 1 cup organic sugar ½ cup coca 1 tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. white vinegar 1 cup cold water Prepare the Batter 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan, or a 12 set cupcake pan. 2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. 3. Add in the coconut oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Combine until smooth. 4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. 5. Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool. Prepare the Icing 1. In a large bowl add ½ cup plant based butter spread (ex. Earth Balance Spread), 1 cup organic powdered sugar and 1-2 drops vanilla extract. Combine all the ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Once the cake is cooled, top with frosting and...

Cumin Spiced Hummus

Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern spread made from cooked chickpeas. It is low in fat while high in protein and fibre. It is perfect to dip vegetable sticks and crackers, or to use as a spread for wraps and sandwiches.               You Will Need…  1 540 mL can of chickpeas Juice of 2 lemons 1/2 cup olive oil  1-2 large cloves of garlic – minced 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)   Salt to taste  1 tsp cumin Prepare the Hummus In a food processor add the tahini and lemon juice, blend until completely smooth. Peel and mince garlic and add to the food processor, blend for 1 minute. Remove chickpeas from the can and rinse well under cold water. Then add half of the chickpeas into the food processor with the olive oil. Pulse to let the beans start to blend. Add in the rest of the black beans and cumin, blend until smooth. Add more olive oil if needed. Add a large pinch of salt and blend for 30 seconds. Taste the hummus and add more salt or lemon juice to your preferred...

The Perfect Detox Diet

The holidays are over and we are faced with a brand new year. Often at this time we find ourselves looking for a new nutrition or training program as a reset to better habits. Detoxing continues to be an option many people turn to. Detox diets often come in the form of teas, pills and powders and promise increased energy and weight loss. These detox diets are costly, have limited research behind them and often provide temporary (if any) changes. Lucky for us we can actually get a full body detox totally free! Our bodies have the amazing ability to detox from the inside out with the liver, kidneys and colon playing a big role in this. A well balanced diet and consistent exercise program support a healthy body that allows these organs to function optimally. When it comes to detox diets, they often claim to offer drastic results in a short period of time. This is a big warning sign to stay away. Lasting change comes with a ‘slow and steady’ approach. Yes, dropping 10 pounds in 7 days can be appealing, but the other side of the story is regaining that 10 pounds, and then some, once the detox has ended. So what is the perfect detox diet? My advice is to save the money on the costly detox products, and put that into a customized training program and whole foods to support a healthy body. Click here to get your training program today. Whole foods are the way to go when trying to get your body to work with you and feel better. Think of eating foods as close...

The Holiday Survival Guide!

The holiday season is upon us! This time of year has always created a unique barrier for my clients. Whether it is a work party, a best friend’s holiday get together, a family dinner, or a New Year’s party; holiday parties tend to get in the way the routine you have built for healthy eating and active living. This barrier is also not short lived as some holiday parties start as early as mid November and carry on into the New Year, which is at the very least, 6 weeks of holiday merriment! Now there’s nothing wrong with a good holiday party, but often people can feel derailed when presented with treats and “once in a while” foods at every corner. It can feel impossible to stick to your nutrition plan and also challenging to find time to keep up with fitness goals. In this guide you will find helpful tips that you can use to help maintain (key word moving forward!) the progress you have made so far. 1. Nix the idea of a weight loss goal during the holidays! Say what? Yes, you read correct. Instead set a goal to maintain your current weight during the holidays. This first guideline sets the tone for a happy holiday season. Here’s the hard truth. Losing weight during the holidays is really hard! Weight loss can continue once the hustle and bustle of the holidays is done, and when daily structure to your life has returned. Use this time to relax, and enjoy family and friends, and reflect on all the hard work you have already done. 2. Maintain physical activity up to Christmas Day...

Tropical Burst Smoothie

Smoothies are a great option for breakfast, a snack or as a way to get in those oh so important veggies and fruits. This one has a bright and delicious flavour, sure to please any palette. Ingredients  1 chopped banana  1 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)  1/2 fresh orange 2 basil leaves  1/2 cup Greek or Coconut yogurt  3/4  cup coconut milk (or liquid of choice)  ** A few ice cubes if fruit is all fresh and you prefer your smoothie a little colder** Directions Mix all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Pour, sip and...