Where to get locally-grown grains

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This past weekend, I experienced one of the best day trips ever. My husband, Josh, and I drove out to Agassiz to tour Cedar Isle Farm – a family-run farm that grows organic grains. It was such a special experience that I had to share it with you here…

Up until recently I didn’t think it was possible to purchase local grains – oats, wheat, barley, rice, etc. from our part of the world. But I learned that Cedar Isle Farm is doing this very thing when I read Claire Livia Lassam’s story in Edible Magazine. I was super excited to learn more about them, so when I heard of the opportunity to tour their farm, I jumped on it – and took Josh with me, too.

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My recipe for homemade yoghurt

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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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Upcoming pregnancy workshop with Crowning Glory Doula

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Two major factors that can improve pregnancy outcomes are the nutritional status of the mother, and the emotional and social support she receives. The World Health Organization recommends that people who are pregnant receive nutritional education and counseling, as well as ongoing and consistent care from a qualified health practitioner in order to achieve positive outcomes in pregnancy.

Michelle Tyliakos of Crowning Glory Doula and I have teamed up to offer a four-part series that provides parents-to-be (and those preparing for pregnancy!) with social, emotional and nutritional information to support the mother and growing baby – all the way from pre-conception to post-partum.

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Where to find Winter Farmers Markets in and around Vancouver

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It’s that time of the year when farmers market shoppers stock up on as much fresh, local produce as they can and start saying goodbye to their favourite vendors as they pack up for Winter.

But it’s not all bad news. Winter farmers markets are popping up – and sticking around – more and more! They usually run until the following Spring, when the Summer markets tend to kick off again.

Here’s a list of Winter Farmers Markets in and around Vancouver:

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My article in Edible Magazine

edible-magazine-website-feature-triptychThis past Spring/Summer I had the great pleasure of writing for Edible Magazine and getting to know Rocky Point Ice Cream. Edible Magazine is by far my favourite magazine, and I fell in love with Rocky Point Ice Cream years ago after I stumbled upon their parlour and tasted the most delicious ice cream that I’d ever had (seriously). Every visit there, with their ice cream truck Scooper parked outside, felt like a return to childhood. And that nostalgia inspired me to write the article.

Super ironic, I know, that my first credit as a Nutritionist is writing about of all things ice cream! But I couldn’t help it :[

If you missed the article and would like to take a read (and look! the images are also mine) you can find an online copy here.