Preserving the Harvest - Dehydration

Preserving the Harvest - Dehydration

Dehydrating foods and herbs is a simple way to preserve the harvest that retains most of the nutrients. Move over fruit leather and jerky, there's so much more that you can dry! I regularly dry herbs for teas and infusing into oils for skincare. I forage most of my own herbs for teas and tinctures. I dehydrate ferments to turn into spice blends and make super-light camping snacks and meals. Here's some tips for where to begin if you're new to drying, what to consider for equipment and an easy recipe for Apple Chips to get you started!

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September Snacks – 3 Autumn Inspired Chia Puddings

September Snacks – 3 Autumn Inspired Chia Puddings

Chia pudding recipes have been all the rage lately - and with good reason. These tasty puddings are easy to make, easy to take on the go and are packed with health benefits. Today, I'll share 3 of my favourite chia pudding recipes that use the flavours of late summer and fall. Vanilla Chia Pudding with Peach Jam, Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding and Chai Chia Pudding!

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September Snacks – Real Food 'Jello' and Granola Bars

September Snacks – Real Food 'Jello' and Granola Bars

It's that time of year - the time for busy! Whether you're headed back to school, you have kids who are, or if it's just time to hunker down after a lazy summer, this September I'll be sharing snacks that are easy to whip up and will keep you energized and healthy! Here are two simple and nutrient dense recipes that offer a healthy twist on conventional snack favourites - Jello and Granola Bars.  

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Cocoa Almond Energy Balls

Cocoa Almond Energy Balls

 was recently asked if I would like to provide a healthy snack for an event to celebrate International Women's Day at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre. I wanted to make something that tasted great, but that would be just right for all the women in the audience.  When I thought about the yoginis in my life, I started thinking about their commonalities.  Many of them are very active, very busy and don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

So, I decided to make Energy Balls.  These are such a fantastic treat for a few different reasons.  One is that they taste great.  Let's be honest, it's pretty hard to go wrong with nut butters and cocoa.   But all those nuts and seeds provide healthy fats, which means they'll provide sustained energy.  Fats take longer to digest, so these little balls will keep you going for hours, where a sugary treat or a caffeine filled beverage might perk you up quickly, but make you crash back down just as fast.  Another reason I love these balls is they are easy to make and to store.  You can whip up a batch in under 15 minutes, store them in the freezer and take them out during the week as needed.  No baking, no big clean up. 

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