Zucchini Fennel Fritters (AIP, Paleo, Vegan)

zucchini fennel fritters, salad, lime

Searching high and low for a pumpkin-spice-free recipe? I gotcha covered! In this loose take on the traditional latke, mild fennel pairs deliciously with zucchini and herbs in this veggie-packed fritter. The ingredients are easily customizable, and easily made vegan or AIP (see notes), so go ahead and get creative! Tasty served hot or cold, with guacamole or a little squeeze of lime juice, these Zucchini Fennel Fritters can be fried in a pan or baked in the oven – your choice!

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Autoimmune Makeover Guide – Review

ipad, autoimmune makeover guide

Happy Sunday! I wanted to do a little positive review today for a great new AIP resource! One of the top AIP food bloggers, Michelle of Unbound Wellness, has released the “30 Day Autoimmune Makeover Guide.”  I’ve had a look, and I gotta say, I love it! It’s absolutely gorgeous, has delicious and uncomplicated recipes, and includes 30 days of meal plans and shopping lists. The Autoimmune Makeover Guide approaches the AIP in a Whole30 style, while breaking down into understandable terms everything you need to know about the who/what/where/when/and how of implementing the Autoimmune Protocol. Whew!

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Hayley’s Favourite Veggie Dips (Paleo, AIP-option, Dairy-free, Vegan)

veggies and dip, dairy free

The lovely Hayley of Inner Pass Acu and I Eat Real Food has a knack for recipe development, and today is no exception! Read on to find two of Hayley’s Favourite Veggie Dips for the summer season!

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AIP Hot Cross Buns

hot cross bun, aip

Spring is finally upon us here on the West Coast, and signs of it are starting to creep up in other parts of the country. Spring flowers are my absolute favourite delight because they are the first pop of colour since Autumn leaves, and the light pink, yellow, purple and white complement the bright glow of fresh greenery oh so well – Mother Nature certainly has her colour coordinating on point! Read more

Armpit Adventures + Detox Mask

I’ve been struggling with detoxing lately due to some thyroid chaos and who knows what else (I’ll post about this later as I’m still trying to figure it out), which means I’ve been stinking pretty bad and NOTHING will touch it – not any deodorant or essential oil, and baking soda is giving me MAJOR rashes. This may be TMI for most conversations, but I KNOW that some of you out there are struggling with this too. Even “healthy” people can smell bad! Read more

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Hummus (AIP,Vegan)

I was never a cauliflower person. Not when I was a kid, and not now as an adult. But I was raised to eat at least some of everything on my plate, so I have eaten my fair share in my life thus far. I remember one very unfortunate soup that my grandmother made (and then my Mom made again at home, much to my chagrin!) which contained three of my least favourite vegetables: cauliflower, corn and mushrooms. It was like eating a bowl of dirty socks, while everyone around me exclaimed on the delicious depth of flavour and nourishing heaviness. I thought I might die, but I ate it until I finally felt comfortable enough (or was it desperate enough?) to tell my mother just how much I hated it! Read more

Green Ginger Energy Balls (Paleo)

***This recipe was recently featured on Live Well Collective! Check it out!***

In true Fall fashion, I’m heading back to school this week along with millions of other students. Though I technically took classes all summer, I feel ready for a fresh semester with new classes, new insights, and new inspiration. I truly love this time of year, with its changing colours and cooler temperatures, but I have a really rough time with the darkness that is creeping in all to quickly. A lack of sunshine paired with a more stationary body and a massive need for brain energy calls for always having an energy-boosting snack on hand for emergencies. Read more

AIP Pesto Flatbread

In case you hadn’t figured out from my multiple pesto recipes and variations, I seriously love basil! Seriously. But I’ll be brief so you can get to the recipe!

Nutritionally, basil is a pretty good source of Vitamin A (beta-carotene), potassium, and even calcium, while containing smaller amounts of many other vitamins and minerals integral to good health. But basil is more than a culinary delight. Read more

Seasonal Fruit + Coconut Cream Roundup

Before beginning the Autoimmune Protocol in 2014, I ate a lot of yoghurt. I preferred the tartness of plain, and I loved how light a breakfast or snack it created combined with fresh or cooked fruit and home-made granola or simply with wheat germ sprinkled on top. But since yoghurt in the traditional sense is no longer an option for me, the search was on for a comparable substitute for those days when cravings for past flavours and textures invaded the corners of my mind and vegetables simply would not do! Read more

Blood Building + Strawberry Beet Cacao Smoothie (Paleo)

If you ever have problems with scanty periods, iron deficiency, pallor and low energy, or you have a chronic illness that depletes everything you’ve got, blood building may be a good dietary goal for you. This doesn’t mean scarfing all the red meat (though this is incredibly helpful for getting heme-iron into your system). Plenty of plant foods can help build blood by deeply nourishing your cells and providing you the right building blocks for creating the essentials – like your blood! Read more