Honey and rosewater tea cake

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‘Tis the season to do some baking! In a few days I’ll be turning off my computer, turning on my oven and baking a bunch of family favourites for the holiday festivities next week.

Dessert, in my opinion, is extra sweet when it’s homemade. I love to bake for my family, even though I have far from mastered the craft. I especially look forward to the warm and sweet aroma emitting from the oven, and filling the home with the smell of… home.

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My immune-boosting noodle salad

IMG_8647It looks like wetter, colder weather is finally upon us! Now’s the time to feed our bodies with warm, cooked grounding foods which Mother Nature is supplying in abundance. All the lovely squash and root vegetables will spend a great deal of time in the oven before entering our bellies.

Now’s also the time of transition. The fresh local greens, herbs, veggies, garlic, and – if you’re lucky – even ginger, are still available to nourish us with the nutrients we need to build our immune systems and prepare us for the winter days ahead.

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Sunday night supper: Kookoo Sabzi

Natasha Asselstine Nutrition | Kookoo Sabzi

For the past year, I’ve got into the habit of preparing specific meals on specific days of the week. I find it helps me stay organized, requires less thinking on the spot, and keeps my favourite meals on constant rotation.

On Mondays, I make a big pot of our favourite lentil stew (a version of this) so it’s something I can easily warm up from the fridge in a pinch. On Saturdays, we often pull out a recipe book and make something new.

Since Spring, I’ve been making kookoo sabzi (like a Persian-style frittata) every Sunday night. It’s the perfect light and delicious meal that’s super simple to make, so there isn’t much fussing during the last few hours we have left of the weekend.

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My summer berry smoothie (or frozen yoghurt)

Natasha Asselstine Nutrition | Summer Berry Smoothie or Frozen YoghurtWhen I was younger, my mom, sister and I would go shopping and get super excited about having frozen yoghurt as a “healthy” treat from the food court. I absolutely loved it, but now learning about how much sugar and chemicals are in there, I definitely don’t consider it to be a healthy option anymore.

So when I accidentally made a smoothie that tasted just like these frozen yoghurts, I went nuts! It was so reminiscent of the taste that I immediately jotted down my recipe and am sharing it with you here.

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My recipe for homemade yoghurt

How to make homemade yoghurt | Natasha Asselstine Nutrition

The more I learn about the world around me, the more I realize how important it is to become as self-sufficient as possible. I’ve been making more things from scratch, and one that I make on a regular basis is yoghurt.

When I first started making yoghurt at home, I was absolutely terrified. The idea of creating “good” bacteria rather than the “bad” seemed like something best left to the professionals. But when I learned how non-healthy the store-bought versions are and I watched my brother-in-law making it, I immediately wanted to try my hand at it, too. And so, he taught me!

Yoghurt is super nutritious because it is fermented, and therefore feeds our gut with a lot of probiotics (good bacteria). Good bacteria play many roles in the body, and one of its essential roles is to take up space so that there isn’t room for the bad guys to move in.

Imagine that you want your gut to be inhabited by a beautiful garden, rather than overgrown with a bunch of weeds…

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My kid and adult-approved Coconut Cupcakes

Natasha Asselstine Nutrition | Coconut Cupcakes #dairy free #gluten free #gaps #paleo #scdI can’t believe this is my first post since March! I’ve had so much to share but my time was taken with other things… my Spring was busy with design work (my other business is a custom cookbook design business, Heirloom Publications) and my Summer with in-person nutrition clients. All so great, but it took me away from my blog for longer than I anticipated.

Until now. I recently made these coconut cupcakes that were so delicious I knew I had to make the time to get the recipe up on here.

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Mom knows best: 7 tried and true recipes for fussy eaters (that are gluten, soy, casein and sugar-free, too)

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I recently wrote a blog post on Vitalia’s website about the possible underlying causes of fussy eating and what can be done about it. It is thought that fussy eating can be the result of nutritional deficiencies. One mom I know (actually, she’s my sister!) has fully embraced this theory and has been adding nutrients (while reducing common allergens and irritants) to her five-year-old son’s diet over the past six months. She has experimented with many different recipes and has now found several that her children absolutely love!

Here are the recipes that my sis swears by for fussy kids that are also gluten-free, soy-free, casein-free and refined sugar-free – or have the option to be! Hopefully this will save you some trial and error in the kitchen…

(And yes, in case you’re wondering, my nephew is not much of a fussy eater anymore! In fact, he lights up when presented with a delicious but healthful smoothie from Buddha-Full. So amazing!)

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