Cream of Mushroom Soup

Of the Earth

Mushrooms have been a staple in the diet since ancient times. They are neither fruit nor vegetable, but actually a fungus that is self-sufficient in nutritional development as mushrooms gain their nutrients from metabolizing non-living organic matter. Mushrooms are the perfect food due to their naturally low sodium levels, zero fat, and cholesterol, and are they’re gluten-free.

White button mushrooms are the most popular because of their very mild flavor; these are found mostly in salads, pizza toppings, and mushroom sauces. Crimini, or “baby bellas” are small brown mushrooms that offer a deeper flavor and usually accompany a pork or beef dish. They are also often found in Asian dishes. Shiitake mushrooms are on the opposite end of the spectrum of white buttons; they offer a deep woodsy flavor and are often used as a meat substitute in vegetarian dishes.

Broccoli Cakes & Sweet Carrot Dip

A delicious way to get your greens

These crispy broccoli cakes are a great way to sneak more vegetables into your diet – perfect for children or grown ups who aren’t keen on their greens! Just throw everything in a food processor, fry, then bake. Enjoy these with a salad for lunch, as a starter at dinner, or as a perfect party snack.

Cashew Cream Of Kale Over Rice

Plan Ahead to Stay Healthy

Planning ahead can be the deciding factor between success and failure. What happens when you get hungry? You want food and you want it NOW. If you didn’t already have a plan or food prepared ahead of time, you may abandon all desires for health and stuff the nearest edible object into your mouth, whether it be stale doughnuts in the coffee room or the 2-year-old Halloween candies on the secretary’s desk.

Strawberry and Honey Overnight Oats

Endless options for an easy breakfast

Overnight oats have become really popular recently, and for good reason – they’re delicious, satisfying, healthy and super quick to make! What’s more, the flavor combinations are endless!

This strawberry and honey overnight oats recipe is a summer breakfast delight. Taking only take a few minutes to put together, you can pop this in the fridge overnight, and by morning, voila! You’ll have a perfect breakfast to grab and go. Alternatively, overnight oats also make a great post-gym snack or afternoon treat. You can make life even easier by preparing a big batch in a larger jar or tub, and keep it in the fridge for a few days to enjoy as needed.

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheesy Polenta

Go meatless with this delicious veggie lunch

Eating a diet that is mostly plant-based is becoming increasingly common; reducing the amount of meat and increasing the amount of vegetables we eat are thought to lead to many positive health and environmental benefits. If you’re interested in experimenting with a more plant-based diet, you could try a meat-free day once a week or simply incorporate a few more meatless meals throughout the week.

Simply Roasted Carrots

Roasted Vegetables

The bottom line is on veggies is VARIETY; variety is the best way to make sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive. Too much of anything might be a bad thing, even kale or blueberries. So why not try different cooking methods to increase the variety of vegetables in your diet? If there’s a vegetable you don’t like then try roasting it with a bit of oil, salt, and spices. You can roast broccoli, zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, onions, garlic, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, eggplant, and so many other kinds of vegetables. You can even try making your own French fries or kale chips!

Mint Bramble Cocktail

A healthier twist on a classic cocktail

Think following a healthy diet means saying goodbye to your favorite cocktails? Think again! Here is a delicious yet nourishing twist on an old favorite, the gin bramble. Instead of blackberry liqueur, this recipe uses a natural blackberry juice that you can whip up in just a few minutes. With the innate sweetness of the blackberries and some local honey, there’s no need for any processed sugary syrups. Swapping the gin for sparkling water or freshly squeezed apple juice makes for an equally delicious alcohol-free version. With either option, you can enjoy a cocktail or two and get a nutritional kick at the same time.

Simple Berry Overnight Oats

Quick, Easy, Affordable

Eating healthy can seem hard to do when you are not quite sure how to go about doing it. Sometimes it feels like all healthy recipes take too long to prepare or that the ingredients are far too expensive. This simple recipe can be thrown together in less than 3 minutes and either eaten immediately or stored in the fridge for quick breakfasts throughout the week; it’s not only affordable, but also fast and easy to prepare. To save money always make sure to utilize the bulk-bin section of your local grocery store, wait for sales, shop in season, check the prices at warehouse stores (like Costco or Sam’s Club) or discount markets, and use frozen berries over fresh.

Zucchini & Brown Rice Stuffed Peppers

A vegetarian light lunch

Stuffed peppers are a classic vegetarian meal and it’s no wonder they’re popular with so many variations available! In this version, the sweet peppers are filled with brown rice, zucchini, and tomatoes, spiced up with fiery chili and topped with melted cheese. The options for stuffing peppers are endless – just take care not to over stuff them!

Super Cherry Breakfast Smoothie

Quick and easy breakfast

Smoothies are a wonderful breakfast option because they are very quick to make, they can pack in a ton of nutrients, and ingredients can be mixed and matched to create delicious flavor combinations. Depending on what you include, they’re also really filling, especially compared to juices which have all the fiber removed. You’re unlikely to need anything else for breakfast.