This recipe for Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta is classic and simple. The Greek yogurt provides a thick and creamy texture, as well as some protein, calcium, and much needed vitamin D. Remember to check the label of your Greek yogurt for calcium content, as some brands fall short as compared to regular yogurt. Remember, 15% or more of any nutrient on the panel is considered a ‘good source’. Topped with a cherry sauce for sweetness and coconut almond crumble for crunch, this panna cotta is reminiscent of a perfectly rich cherry cheesecake.
There’s no reason why baked goods can’t be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. But by baking your morning muffin at home instead of picking one up at the drive thru on your way to work or popping into your favourite cafe, you control the nutritional value and portion size. Loading up your homemade baking with whole grains, healthy fats, and keeping the sugar content in check can really boost the nutritional value and make your treat more of a nutrition powerhouse than a guilty pleasure. If you missed it, check out my post on Healthy Baking Hacks for all the details!
Tofu definitely has some haters. I was one of them not too long ago. After an unsuccessful first attempt at cooking it for myself at home, and an equally traumatizing experience giving it a second try at a sushi restaurant, I was close to giving up hope and accepting that it just wasn’t my thing. There are lots of other plant-based proteins, right! I really am glad I gave it another try and figured out how to prepare it in a more appetizing way. If my tofu struggles resonate with you, you’re in the right place! I’m sharing my tips for how to cook with tofu for those of you who may be wanting to incorporate more plant-based eating into your lifestyle.
Pay attention to what you are eating. Be present.
No, I don’t just mean paying attention to your food choices – opting for lean proteins, whole grains, and lots of veggies. What’s on your plate should demand your attention. We have become mindless eaters. We absently scroll through our newsfeeds while we sit down to eat, we eat on the go – on trains, in cars, walking down the hallway in between meetings – failing to acknowledge or even notice the food in front of us. It’s no wonder we are constantly fighting cravings to snack. Our bodies are missing an important sensory aspect of eating when we consume without really paying attention.
I’ve been learning a whole lot about the gut, digestive health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and the low FODMAP diet as of late. It’s fascinating stuff! The low FODMAP diet is a relatively new protocol for managing symptoms of IBS, and research has proven it to be successful in relieving the symptoms of 75% of people dealing with IBS and digestive health issues. Diet is an obvious factor when it comes to our digestive health, but other factors like gut bacteria, stress, caffeine consumption, exercise, hydration, and eating patterns can also have a significant impact on how well our bodies absorb nutrients and whether or not the digestive process causes us uncomfortable symptoms like gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and abnormal bowel movements. These things can really impact your day to day life, and prevent you from living fully and confidently. Sometimes, the only advice given to people with digestive health issues (diagnosed or not) is to eat more fiber and drink more water, which usually doesn’t help. The low FODMAP diet is a welcome addition to IBS and digestive health symptom management, and it’s seeing real results!