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Danica Trapara | Holistic Nutritionist | Nakd Health
Whether you’re looking for a quick but healthy breakfast, a decadent treat, or just a way to squeeze in more greens in your diet, a smoothie is the perfect option. While smoothies have gotten a bad rap in the past for being sugar laden and anything but healthy, as long as you make them at home and pick the right mixture of fruits and veggies, you can make a nutrient dense and delicious smoothie.

Ever wonder what health professionals eat in a day? We did, so we convinced a Nutritionist, a Naturopath, and a Former Pro Athlete to write a food diary and let us publish it—can’t hurt to adopt bits and pieces from each, right? After all, they’re the experts! Read on to find out what they eat in a day (supplements not included – we’ll save that for another day!).

MANDY KING | HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST | FOUNDER OF HEAL (HEALTHY EATING AND LIVING)
Sugar is addictive. It tastes delicious and, when you eat it, your brain actually releases dopamine—a neurotransmitter that is part of your brain’s reward centre. If you’ve ever thought to yourself that you must just have less willpower than someone else without sugar cravings, there’s actually way more to it. In fact, relying on willpower alone to kick sugar will be a struggle. Instead, your dietary choices, how many hours and how well you sleep, along with your stress levels play much larger roles. The other remarkable thing about sugar is that as you eat less of it, you crave less of it (at least once you’ve kicked that initial few days of cravings). Today, I’m sharing 10 ways to eat less of the sweet stuff.

Danica Trapara | Holistic Nutritionist | Nakd Health
This time of year, grocery stores and drug stores are stocked with an abundance of sweet bunny-shaped treats that are loaded with refined sugars, artificial colours and flavours, preservatives, and hard-to-pronounce ingredients. While it’s no secret that these chocolatey treats are full of sugar, sometimes it takes a quick reminder just to hammer home how much you’re consuming. A quick glance at the nutrition label of the Cadbury Creme Egg for example, shows that it contains 26 grams of sugar which is equivalent to about six teaspoons of sugar. Besides having no nutritional value, this amount of sugar will cause your blood sugar to spike then drop, leaving you sluggish and grumpy an hour or so after eating one. While I’m not an advocate of restriction, it is possible to make healthier choices by making your own sweet treats. Need ideas for where to get started? Keep reading below for my 3 favourite healthy Easter desserts. Unlike grocery store chocolates, these treats are made with nutrient dense ingredients, plus they’re easy to make and really delicious. I know you’re going to love them!

KAITLYN MARSHALL | WELL.CA BUYER FOR VITAMINS AND HEALTH
I love love love smoothies! Cool, refreshing and the combinations are endless. They’re pretty much my go-to breakfast or snack. And as the buyer for supplements at Well.ca, I’m always sampling something new in my blended concoctions. Endless options are mostly a blessing but can be a curse – because where do you start? Here are my top 11 picks to upgrade your smoothie:

MANDY KING | HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST | FOUNDER OF HEAL (HEALTHY EATING AND LIVING)
The perfect charcuterie board has an unexplained power to wow any guests that you have over for dinner. Luckily, it’s also a surprisingly easy appetizer to throw together! There’s usually no cooking involved – really, you just need to buy some delicious ingredients, place them nicely on a pretty cutting board, and you’re good to go! A bit of inspiration never hurts, so I’ve put together two options to guide you in building the perfect “wow-worthy” charcuterie board: an omnivore board and a vegan version.