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Mandy King | Holistic Nutritionist and the Founder of HEAL (Healthy Eating And Living) Tis the season for holiday parties and celebrating! With this time of year often comes a bit of overindulging, whether with rich foods or sugary cocktails. Completely abstaining is no fun either though and as a Holistic Nutritionist, I think you should get to enjoy yourself during the Holidays, without being left in a sugar coma or with an uncomfortable stomach. That’s why I created these three mocktail recipes that can easily be converted into cocktails. Each recipe serves two and can be enjoyed with or without booze. Enjoy! Apple Ginger Fizz - Serves 2 1 cup apple cider 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup ginger beer (could sub ginger kombucha) 1/2 cup carbonated water 2 ice cube Make it alcoholic 12 dashes angostura bitters 2-4 oz vodka Optional garnishes Fresh cranberries Instructions: Mix all ingredients together. Pour into two chilled cocktail glasses. Hot Toddy – Serves...

Fall is here, and before we know it, Winter will be too. That means it’s time for lots of tea, candles, and everything pumpkin. In between jumping in the leaves and baking a pumpkin pie, take an afternoon to whip up some festive body care treats. You can treat yourself to a cozy spa evening or make them for your friends! These recipes are intentionally simple so you won’t need to spend a lot of time or money getting everything together. You will need some tools to get started. You’ll want measuring cups, measuring spoons, mixing bowls, and either a double boiler or a pot and a heat safe bowl. A food scale is very handy as well, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry, you can easily work around it. Before we get started, I’m going to give the usual disclaimer. Please be careful when you’re creating your lotions and...

Marni Wasserman | Real Food & Real Life Nutritionist Christmas dinner should be something to look forward to, not something to be feared because it’s a big heavy meal or the same meal year after year. It’s about reframing and potentially re-working your meal to create something you are excited about creating. What I am a big fan of, is working with the potential of lots of sides. Whether your main meal is turkey, fish, chicken, beef or tofu – that shouldn’t be the central focus. Instead, consider that all your sides together could make up an amazing meal. Better yet, consider that your meal could be entirely plant-based just for something different. Whatever you choose, think outside the ham and turkey for your next holiday meal and give other foods a chance to shine at the table. The focus should always be on a balance of colour, texture and different flavor...

Mandy King | Holistic Nutritionist and the Founder of HEAL (Healthy Eating And Living) While I’ll never give up my turmeric, the superfood moringa has worked its way into my daily routine and for good reason! In case you haven’t heard of it, Moringa oleifera is a tree that’s native to parts of the Middle East, India, South America and even parts of Africa. Though it’s a tree and most parts of the plant are edible, it’s typically the leaves that are consumed whole or as a powder. The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant. The Health Benefits Of Moringa  Moringa is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It contains compounds structurally similar to sulforaphane (another potent antioxidant) and appears to be protective when orally ingested. One study showed that women taking 1.5 tsp of the powder had elevated antioxidant levels in their blood after consumption. Moringa is also touted for its ability to...

Sponsored by SmartSweets Please meet Tara Bosch, the 23 yr old founder of SmartSweets. The first candy to kick sugar! How and why did SmartSweets get started? Growing up, I had an unhealthy relationship with food, which affected my self-esteem and body image. As I got older, it became apparent that healthy relationships in all aspects of life come from smaller, smarter choices. In a conversation with my grandmother, I learned that she regretted consuming so much excess sugar over the years, especially from one of our favorite treats, candy. She shared how the effects of sugar on her health have impacted her quality of life. It was this conversation, coupled with my personal journey, that sparked my exploration into the shocking reality of sugar and how it’s affecting society in a dramatic way. Equipped with my belief that we should feel good about enjoying the foods we love, I bought a gummy bear...