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Foodie Fridays! Carrot and Parsnip Fries

So in all honesty… how many times have you craved McDonald’s fries?

I can’t even remember the last time I had them! It must be almost 8 years ago.  

Nowadays, I’d much rather have homemade sweet potato fries, which I definitely make on occasion, but since whipping up this delicious recipe, my sweet potatoes can take a back seat!

These Carrot and Parsnip fries are amazing! They are loaded with beta-carotene (good for the eyes and heart) plus they contain a ton of fiber (good for the gut!). 

I have lots of clients currently going through my Metabolic Weight Loss Program and this is one of the many delicious recipes they get to enjoy. They all love it!

I mean, really, who would of thought to make fries out of carrots and parsnips!

It’s all about getting creative. My clients eat and lose weight by enjoying real whole foods and I like to get creative and whip up healthy and delicious recipes they can enjoy while following their meal plan. 

The best part is, if you’ve got kids, they will LOVE this recipe! Plus, having your kids watch you eat and enjoy whole foods will only set healthy examples for them. So eating fries (these fries!) is really a win-win for everyone 🙂

I’d love to hear from you! What favourite recipes have you healthified over the years? Share in the comments below. Are there any Foodie Friday recipes you’d like for me to share or create? Let me know!

Carrot and Parsnip Fries
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 medium carrots
  2. 3 medium parsnips
  3. 1 tbsp olive oil
  4. 1 tsp onion powder
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. ½ tsp sea salt
  7. ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º F with rack in center of the oven.
  2. Peel carrots and parsnips and halve crosswise. Slice lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick planks.
  3. Slice lengthwise again to make 1/4-inch-thick fries/slices.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle with seasoning and oil and toss together.
  5. Spread into a single layer and roast for 20 minutes, turning veggies once, until crisp and golden brown in places.
  6. Serve with your favourite homemade ketchup!
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Energizing Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

This smoothie contains quite the powerhouse nutrients, like calcium and magnesium from spinach, antioxidants from blueberries, heart healthy fats from chia and plant based hemp protein.

If you’re like me (and like most nutritionists out there), you’ll notice that we have a thing for our green smoothies! Honestly, I just can’t get enough of them.

I am SO happy that spring is in the air and the warmer temperatures are upon us. This really gets me into green smoothie mode! I have a hard time preparing cold smoothies in the winter. Especially with -20 temperatures, it’s hard to want to start your day with something so chilly.

I find it so interesting that my body naturally adjusts to the weather. As soon as the weather gets warmer I naturally crave more salads, raw foods and smoothies and juices. During the winter I am a sucker for soups and stews and heartier meals. Do you find this with yourself as well?

On April 13th I’ll be launching my Spring Detox and I am so excited to share with you the incredible spring menu I’ve prepared. the recipes are light, delicious and incredibly detoxifying. It’s important to give our bodies the right nutrients as we switch from winter to spring and I’ve put together the perfect plan to help you do so. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter (sign up to the right) to receive all the details as to when the detox will be launching. 

Our 21-day meal plan and recipe guide is over 70 pages! It’s full of nutritious and healthy recipes, plus I’ve put together amazing bonuses, like our Spring into Exercise Guide, our 30 page Complete Guide to Detoxing (full of detox tips and tricks and liver cleansing info) and so much more! Can you tell I’m excited 🙂 

In the meantime, whip up this delicious and detoxifying blueberry spinach smoothie and supercharge your body with nutrients.

Happy Sipping!

Energizing Blueberry Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup wild frozen blueberries
  2. Half a banana or 1/4 avocado for creaminess
  3. 2 large handfuls of organic spinach
  4. 2 cups water coconut water
  5. 1 cup almond milk
  6. 1 scoop vanilla hemp protein powder
  7. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  8. 3-4 ice cubes (optional)
  9. 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Blend together in a high speed blender.
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Samantha 🙂

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The Best Blueberry Pancakes Ever! (Gluten Free)

I am a lover of pancakes!

It’s become tradition in our house that we make pancakes every weekend and I’m always looking for a new recipe to try. Funny thing is, this recipe is always the one I end up making because my man always requests for it!

I like to experiment and try new recipes, but truthfully, nothing really compares to this recipe. It’s perfectly sweet, gluten free and has the perfect amount of fluffiness! In fact, it’s actually quite filling due to the fiber content of the oats. 

The best thing is I’ve swapped out a few of the ingredients and every time it’s worked out beautifully. You can see my swap suggestions below. 

P.S. If you’re looking for more delicious and easy recipes, come join me inside my Healthy Hormones Recipe Club! Are you confused with all the information out there about how to balance your hormones, lose weight + support your immunity? Can’t keep up with all the different diets; Paleo, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, or which one is even right for you Get a monthly meal plan + shopping list + recipes that will help you to support your body, balance your hormones, detoxify and shed some inches in the process! Each month has a different theme (CLICK HERE to read what I’ll be sharing over the next few months!) This Recipe Club is available for a super affordable price, so you can easily say YES to putting yourself first, without breaking the bank. Delicious food & zero deprivation, I promise!

Back to these pancakes!

I truly think this recipe will become one of your pancake staples. It’s just so good! We love serving it alongside breakfast sausages or bacon, or even some scrambled eggs. 

Enjoy!

Best Blueberry Pancakes
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/3 cup Oat flour, grind wheat free oats in blender to make flour
  2. 1 tbsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 1 /4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 1 tbsp olive oil
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract or ground vanilla bean
  9. 1 banana
  10. 1/2 cup blueberries
Directions
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in large bowl.
  2. Whisk milk, egg, oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add banana and mash with ingredients.
  3. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and combine. Add blueberries and mix again.
  4. Lightly grease a non stick pan with coconut oil over medium heat. When pan is hot, use 1/4 cup to pour batter into pan.
  5. Cook until bubbles form, then flip and cook on other side until lightly browned.
Ingredient swaps
  1. In place of banana, 3-4 tbsp of apple sauce works well.
  2. Replace almond milk with full fat coconut milk. Made pancakes extra fluffy when I used it!
  3. For oats - I use Bob's Red Mill wheat free rolled oats to make my own flour
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Broccoli Avocado Detox Soup

Broccoli is one vegetable that I don’t enjoy eating. It’s true. 

Serve it in a soup however, and I’ll eat it. 

With all the fiber and incredible health benefits, like supporting the liver and detoxing excess estrogen out of your system, how could you not want to eat it! This veggie is truly beneficial for health. So if your not a broccoli lover like me, please find a way to enjoy it. Maybe this soup will be the trick?

You can whip this soup up in 15 minutes. It really is a fuss-free soup to make. Its loaded with hormone balancing fats, immune supportive vitamin C, plus iron, magnesium, calcium and fiber. 

Avocado lends the perfect creaminess to this soup without having to add any cream. So for all the lactose intolerant and non-dairy drinkers out there, you can enjoy a creamy broccoli soup minus the dairy! 

So eat up and stay warm. It’s chilly out there 😉

  • Broccoli Avocado Detox Soup
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    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    15 min
    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    15 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1 Tbsp coconut oil or grass-fed butter
    2. 1 medium yellow onion, diced
    3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
    4. 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
    5. 4-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth (enough to cover the broccoli)
    6. 1 head broccoli, trimmed and chopped (about 6 cups)
    7. 2 cups baby spinach
    8. 1 avocado, chopped
    9. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Instructions
    1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add broccoli and cook, covered, until bright green and tender, about 3-5 minutes.
    2. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Remove from heat, and stir in spinach.
    4. Transfer soup to a blender and puree with avocado.
    5. Adjust seasonings and garnish with fresh pepper.
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