Month: August 2020

Plant-Based Food to Fuel Endurance Challenges!

Even as little as 10 years ago, the notion of fueling sport on plant-based nutrition alone was largely unheard of and certainly not taken seriously. A lot has changed since then and now it is much more of an accepted practice and some believe it can even be beneficial to performance as well as overall health.

Chocolate Chargers Energy Bars

With busy lives, processed foods are deemed “convenient” for a reason. Commercial energy bars are expensive per use, highly portable and are intended to fuel endurance sports. When time permits, try a healthy, plant-based alternative called Chocolate Chargers Energy Bars to serve as a snack, fuel sports, or simply sustain those intense moments!

Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

Coming across a favourite old recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Muffins from many years ago and adapting it to suit my eating preferences today was an interesting exercise. However it showed me once again how easy it is to recreate most recipes to a plant-based friendly alternative.

Chia Jams

Since commercial jams can be laden with sugar, chia jam offers a healthy alternative and can be made with a variety of fruits. Chia seeds are becoming known today as a “superfood” as they are nutrient rich and perfect for jam making because they will turn any liquid into a thick gel in under half an hour.

Tropical Vacation Granola

As the summer evenings move into fall, try this Tropical Vacation Granola to keep summer at home all year long! Not only does it taste delicious but this light and colourful granola is full of fiber, nutrients, antioxidants and heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

Mango and Date Energy Bites

When involved in endurance sports or extended periods of exertion, the body’s carbohydrate stores need replenishing. There are lots of convenient energy gels and bars on the market today but they are expensive per use and essentially processed foods. If you are looking for more natural alternatives, try these Mango and Date Energy Bites which offer a little fiber, protein, healthy fat and natural sugars for an energy boost during exercise or as mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

The Lemons of Italy

The lemon is a delicious, vibrant fruit which is extremely versatile and can add a fresh, tangy flavour to many dishes. On a recent cycling trip to a lemon grove in Italy, an area which claims to be the home of the true lemon, we learnt more about the journey of a lemon long before it reaches the supermarket shelves.