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Mexican Black Bean & Avocado Salsa!

Mexican Black Bean & Avocado Salsa: This is a delicious salsa recipe that your guests will without a doubt love! I served my salsa with corn chips. If you are accommodating gluten free guests, this appetizer is a great option but you will have to ensure the chips do not contain hidden wheat ingredients. Mexican Black Bean & Avocado Salsa Recipe: Prep time: 12 minutes Serves: 15 Ingredients: 1 can black beans (19 oz), drained and rinsed 2 medium fresh tomatoes, diced 1 cup corn, frozen ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped 1 avocado, peeled and diced ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 whole lime, juiced pinch salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Instructions:...

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Easiest Fruit Salad – Perfect Snack or Dessert

This is an exceptionally simple recipe and a great way to encourage fruit consumption. Having homemade fruit salad ready to eat in the fridge will serve as the perfect snack or dessert for the whole family. It is great to add more fruits to your salads to make them yummy, experiment with flavors and add great vitamins and minerals :) This recipe is a only a guideline, so feel free to include whichever fruits or juices you like to your fruit salad. Fruit Salad: Serves: 12 Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 can (796mL) of pears or peaches (juice-packed, undrained) 1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into small sections 2 oranges, peeled and cut into small sections 2 red apples, with...

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Baked Carrot Chips

Looking for a fun way to introduce veggies as a snack or appetizer?   Might I suggest trying Baked Carrot Chips?  This is an extremely easy recipe that will be a sure hit for the whole family. Baked Carrot Chips Recipe: Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minute Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients 4 large carrots, peeled 1 Tbsp Canola oil salt & pepper to taste Directions: 1. Clean, peel then cut carrots lengthwise 2. Pre-heat oven to 450 C 3. Toss carrots with canola oil and salt and pepper to evenly coat 4. Bake chips for about 8-10 minutes until crisp. Turn carrot chips and bake other side for 8-10 minutes until crisp and golden brown. Food for Thought:  Experiment with baking other root veggies as chips too! Try using white potato, sweet potato or parsnips; however,...

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Baked Rapini Chips

If you like kale chips you will LOVE rapini chips! They are easy to make and something the whole family can enjoy. Prepare them as an appetizer, snack or side vegetable dish.   Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Serving: 4 Ingredients: Fresh rapini (about 2-3 cups) 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 clove of garlic, minced Salt to taste Directions: 1. Clean rapini leaves and flowerets and spread them on a baking sheet (do not have them overlap too much) 2. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees C 3. Drizzle vegetable oil over the rapini leaves and sprinkle with a little salt to bring out the flavour 4. Optional: Sprinkle 1 clove of minced garlic on top of the raw rapini 5. Bake in...

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Healthy ‘Popped Quinoa’ Yogurt Parfait

I was so intrigued when two fellow dietitians, mentors and friends of mine at GetReal Gurls Nutrition (getrealgurlsnutrition.com) introduced me to popped quinoa.   I never knew you could pop quinoa similar to popcorn! Popped quinoa is a crunchy, nutty flavoured health food.   It is beautifully versatile so that you can incorporate this fibre packed, vitamin and protein rich seed into your diet! How to make Popped Quinoa!~ 1. Heat a saucepan on medium heat until it is warm 2. Add one tablespoon of quinoa when the pan is warm. You will know when the pan temperature is right when the quinoa starts popping 3. Add just enough quinoa to line the bottom of the sauce pan (only one layer of...

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Healthified Granola Recipe

With the holiday right around the corner here is a last minute ‘healthified granola recipe’.   This is a 'tried and true' recipe that is made each and every Christmas.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 3/4 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted, raw) 1 1/3 cup coconut (sweetened, shredded) 3 cups large flake oats 3/4 cup whole flax seeds 1 1/3 cups red wheat bran (do not include this if you want gluten free granola!) 3/4 cup unsalted, dry roasted pumpkin seeds 1 cup slivered almonds 1/3 cup canola oil 1/2 cup honey 1 tsp vanilla 3 tbsp molasses 1 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries 1 cup chopped dried banana chips Instructions: 1. Combine all dry ingredients (except dried fruit) in a bowl, stir. 2. In a...

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