MSG Free

I’ve been learning a lot about MSG lately and none of it is good. Did you know that MSG is an excito-toxin that does a bunch of terrible things to our bodies? First, it contributes to ADD, mood disorders and the “dumbing down” of our society by causing neurons in our brain to fire too quickly. It also exacerbates Alzheimer’s disease when eaten in excess (and, since it’s in everything, it’s very easy to unknowingly eat in excess). And, as an explanation of why North Americans are getting bigger and bigger as time goes on, it suppresses the mechanism in our brain that tells us when we’ve had enough food. Oh, and to top it all off, this cheap little flavour enhancer is addictive too. Clearly big food corporations aren’t interested in our health and well-being – only their profits – by adding MSG to literally every processed item in our food supply.

So, after reading all of this, I’ve decided to eliminate MSG from my diet and I’m discovering that it’s literally everywhere, hidden behind some very sneaky labeling in a lot of cases. It was even in my toothpaste, vitamins, vegan protein powder and “healthy” granola. Basically, if a food is processed and packaged, it’s got MSG in it. So I’ve realized that the only way to avoid this nasty little toxin is to make my own food for every meal.

I’ve been doing just that and it’s been a wonderful experience the past few days. Time consuming for sure, but the food I end up with is wholesome, yummy and, most importantly, real. It tastes like the food I ate as a child when we picked our own veggies out of the garden, added butter and salt and chowed down. No health-robbing chemicals needed.

I’m looking forward to sharing all of my healthiest and prettiest raw, MSG free recipes here as well as any changes I notice as I go along.

There’s nothing more important than nourishing our bodies with delicious, healthy food made with love. I’m excited to be on this journey and to share it with you.

Happy Valentines Day ❤

Chocolate & Blueberry Chia Pudding a Deux

chia puddingAre you looking for something sweet, dark and delicious to serve your Valentine in a few days?

How about a delicious chia pudding to share?

This easy parfait consists of the following two recipes layered with frozen blueberries and a little dusting of coconut flakes to top things off. It’s a yummy, healthy and energizing dish. Perfect for Valentines. 

Blueberry Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 bananas
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup organic nut butter
  • 3 T raw cacao

chia pudding

Here’s to a happy, healthy Valentine’s Day xo

Dark and Rich

 

It’s Valentine’s Day and I have a sweet treat that would be perfect to make for your special someone or your fab friends.

Chocolate dipped strawberries! The first ingredient is organic, dark chocolate containing phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical your brain creates when you’re falling in love! What could be more perfect for Valentines? Dark chocolate is also full of health-giving anti-oxidants and strawberries are pure goodness, containing fibre, vitamins and anti-oxidants too. And these two nutritional and feel-good powerhouses are the only things you’ll find in the recipe below. Pure and simple.

Dark and Rich Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces organic, dark chocolate
  • 12 organic strawberries

Preparation

  • Place chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.
  • Dip strawberries in the melted chocolate.
  • Place upside down on wax paper.
  • Let cool.

chocolate

Whether you’re curling up with your sweetie, getting together with good friends to celebrate your fabulous single selves or having a mellow day treating yourself to a bit of chocolate, I hope everyone has a Valentine’s Day full of love (and that includes self love) xo L