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By now, most of us have heard about the ketogenic diet. This high-fat and low-carb diet has become one of the hottest diets of the year, thanks to emerging research that suggests eating fat can actually help burn fat. So fats are officially back IN! Whether you’re new to the keto diet, are a keto enthusiast or are simply curious about what ingredients go in “keto-friendly” foods, it always helps to have more healthy recipes to choose from. Keep reading for our favourite keto friendly recipes that are healthy, easy to cook, low-carb and (most importantly) high flavour!

Marni Wasserman | Real Food & Real Life Nutritionist
The ketogenic diet is among the most widely searched-for diets online these days. It’s gaining so much momentum which is great, but I fear that people may be approaching “keto” for the wrong reasons. There are definitely some things to consider before you choose to go on such an extreme diet. Don’t get me wrong, there are many benefits and you will see some results in the short term. But long term, you may want to reconsider. Just know what you’re getting into and you may find ways to incorporate keto principles without going full on. So let’s start with the basics.

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If you’re looking for a simple and easy way to boost the nutrition factor in your meals, then hemp is the superfood you need. Just three tablespoons (30 grams) of hemp hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 12 grams of omegas 3 and 6! That’s 2x more protein and 25% more omegas than an equal 30g serving of chia or flax! And if that wasn’t enough, hemp also contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), iron, magnesium, fibre, iron, zinc and phosphorus.

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Mandy King | Holistic Nutritionist | Healthy Eating and Living
You wake up and your stomach feels good, comfortable and flat. But as the day goes on, it feels like you could be six months pregnant because you’re so bloated! This is a really common complaint I get from clients. It’s super uncomfortable, especially if you’re not able to just switch into sweatpants and lie on the couch. When I help my clients with digestion, the most important part is to figure out WHY they’re experiencing the symptom so that we can fix the root cause (like food sensitivities, lack of enzymes, stress, or an imbalance of bacteria to name a few).

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!