Nutritional Yeast…I put that shit on everything!

Are you using nutritional yeast yet in your cooking? You should! It’s delicious and nutritious and you will feel so righteous using it too;) You’ll be all like ‘Would you like some nutritional yeast with that?’ And your friends will say ‘What’s nutritional yeast?’ And then you’ll be all like, ‘You don’t know about nutritional yeast? Well, let me tell you!’ Also, if you want to be totally cool, call it ‘nooch’. So what is nutritional yeast? It’s similar to the yeast used for bread, but it won’t make dough rise because it’s inactive. Nutritional yeast is pasteurized and dehydrated saccharomyces cerevisiae — the strain also known as baker’s yeast. I use Bob Mills brand which you can find in pretty much every grocery store now but to make it super easy, you can buy it right here through Amazon.ca. (Don’t you love Amazon? Delivered right to your door!) Not only is the cheesy flavour of nutritional yeast is delicious, it’s really healthy for you too.  It has a decent source of protein and is fortified with vitamin B12. This is perfect if you are vegan/vegetarian and are trying to get enough B12 into your daily diet. So, how does one use nutritional yeast? Well, if you’re my teen-aged daughter, you liberally sprinkle it on every single thing you eat for a cheesy flavour. Or, try this amazing dressing that you will literally not be able to stop eating. This dressing is delicious on roasted veggies and all salads as well as chicken, fish, baked tofu, etc. etc. It’s from the Hollyhock Centre on Cortes Island. You can get their cookbook here. Okay…here...

4 Myths That Are Keeping You FAT!

Are you working your butt off but still fat? I hear so many people complain about doing all the right things but not losing weight. This all leads to major frustration and overwhelm and eventually the whole ‘fuck this’ attitude that then leads to eating the whole bag of chips.  Sound familiar? If so then maybe you’re buying into these four myths. Myth #1:  If I eat fat, I’ll get fat. Truth:  Incorporating healthy fats into your diet will actually help you lose fat. Eating fat from sources like avocados, olives and coconuts can actually help you increase your metabolism, keep you full longer and teach your body how to burn fat when you remove sugar from your diet.  Choose fats like nuts, seeds, fatty fish, eggs, full-fat yogurt and grass-fed beef. Remember, that non-fat foods actually have crazy high level of sugars and it’s sugar that makes you fat. Myth #2: I need to do tons of cardio to burn fat. Truth: While cardio burns calories, if you want to burn fat, choose HIIT (high-intensity interval training).  Incorporating HIIT into your workouts will make your body and metabolism function at a higher rate of burned calories for hours and hours afterward. So yes, you could be reading AND burning fat at the same time! Lifting weights will also help you increase your resting metabolism. When you have more lean muscle on your body, your metabolism increases. This basically means you could be burning fat while sitting and watching Netflix:) Myth #3: I need to significantly reduce my calorie intake. Truth: This is actually partially true. The reality is, we eat...

Greens & Beans Recipe to Keep You Lean

You know that I’m a huge fan of simple recipes. I love the ones that don’t call for ‘out there’ ingredients or ones that I have to travel forever to find. I like to keep it simple, nutritious and delicious. That should not be much to ask, right? This Greens & Beans is all that and a bag of chips. LOL! I don’t think that’s the ‘in’ way to say it’s amazing anymore. My teens now say ‘it’s extra’ when something is super cool so I guess you could say, Greens & Beans is extra. I’m so friggin hip! Ha ha. Any who, here is the recipe. It’s adaptable too. Oh, and did I mention affordable? Greens & Beans Ingredients: 1 small yellow onion, diced 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped red chilli pepper flakes, to taste 1 tbsp olive oil 1 bunch of kale, washed, stemmed & chopped 1 can white beans, rinsed & drained Directions: Heat up a pan & sauté the onion in olive oil until fragrant & soft. Add in the pepper flakes & garlic & saute another 3-5 mins. Throw in the chopped up kale and saute until soft. Then, throw in the beans , sauté until warm and voila! Greens & Beans! I seasoned mine with salt and pepper, served it with hot sauce and it was perfect. This is a very versatile recipe. You can use whatever beans you want, but the softer ones work better. Breakfast hint: The next day I made poached eggs and served them on top of Greens & Beans warmed up. Perfection! Enjoy:) Fawn PS – Attn: Women 40+...

3 Myths about Female Fat Loss after 40

The most common complaint I get from women over 40 is how hard it is to lose fat and weight as we age. Sure, there is a bit of truth to that because our metabolisms do slow down BUT it does not have to be that way. First things first, is you have to stop bullying your body into fat loss. It’s another thing I see all the time is women start HATING their body. I’ll tell you right now that will screw with your head in the worst way. You don’t want to hate your body as it ages! We are so lucky we get to age, we must LOVE the changes and love our body for it. It’s time to treat your body better than you ever have! The reality is, you can lose weight and burn fat even after age 40! So let’s get to it and bust some myths about fat loss after age 40! 1. I have to do hours of cardio to burn fat Yes, the body requires cardio to keep fit and healthy but copius amounts of steady state cardio won’t be an effective fat-loss tool. Ladies, if you are on the elliptical for hours or walking on the treadmill for hours, you are wasting your time. AND if you can carry on a conversation while doing cardio….forget about it! Not only is it boring AF, it just won’t get at those stubborn fat stores you so badly want. What you need to focus on is HIIT – high intensity interval training. Adding short bursts of intense sprints into your workout will...

3 Tips on Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Eating season is upon us! You know of what I speak;)  Tis the time of year when we indulge our senses in a barrage of sweet & savoury flavours. Actually, I don’t think it’s a terrible thing to do, especially if you only do it 1-2x a year. After all, food should be celebrated and the sharing of food with loved ones should also be celebrated. And we should NEVER be made to feel guilty about enjoying a shortbread cookie here or there. I can’t wait to make that first batch of shortbread with the kids! I look forward to it because it’s a tradition in our family and I have to say, I make some pretty damn good shortbread. The problem comes when we don’t balance our meals out with healthy stuff. Or we give up all together and eat all of the food. Here are 3 tips to get you through this ‘Eating Season’ without feeling guilty. 1. Health Up Traditional Meals A lot of the traditional holiday meals can be ‘healthed up’. Opt for olive oil instead of butter for the stuffing. Don’t put marshmallows in your veggie dishes (who does that anyway?). Increase the amount of veggie dishes. Make a vegan lasagna instead of the regular cheesy one. You get it right? There are so many healthy versions of our favourites out there, it’s almost silly to not try them. In our home, whipped potatoes with butter and milk is a fan favourite. But this year, I ‘healthed it up’ since there are now some vegans in my home. And I have to tell you, a...

5 Strategies to Beat The 3 O’Clock Sugar Craving

Yesterday one of my amazing class participants asked me how to beat that sugar craving she gets every day between 3 & 4. That’s when the chocolate is calling to her like crazy! Can you relate to that? Do you have that afternoon ‘crash’ where all you want is something sugary? Reply to me here if you do and what you usually reach for. Now, you all know me. I believe in living a balanced life, so my first response was ‘eat the chocolate!’. But then as talked more, I realized that is not the best answer in this case. See, if you’re trying to cut sugar from your diet or you’re trying to kick that chocolate habit or keep your energy up in the afternoon, that’s not the best idea. It got me thinking of ways you can beat that afternoon sugar craving (aka ‘energy crash) and stick to your goals of no sugar and healthy eating. Here are 5 few strategies you can implement right away if you can total relate to the afternoon SUGAR craving. Eat fat when the sugar craving kicks in. The majority of us do not get enough healthy fats in our daily diet so when the body yells ‘sugar’ it actually wants fat. A small amount of nuts & seeds would be a great little snack in the afternoon. And by small, I mean a flat layer that equals the size of your palm. Yep. That’s it. A proper portion serving of nuts and seeds. Or have 1/2 an avocado with a squeeze of lemon on it with some pepper. Yummy! Eat a...