Category: Holidays

Nutty Gingerbread Chews

These scrumptious cookies have just the right amount of sugar and spice to make them the perfect festive holiday treat. Not only are these little gems safe for those who cannot stomach gluten, but the traditional holiday spice cinnamon has been shown to help to keep blood glucose levels in check. Make sure to keep a batch of these on had in case of unexpected holiday guests or as a reward with a cup of antioxidant rich green tea once all the gift wrapping is done.

Lawren MonetaBy Lawren Moneta

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Tempeh

I usually for butternut squash with a long neck and a small bulb so that you get the most squash and the least amount of seeds. For this recipe, I want the opposite—a larger cavity for filling and just a little squash to add to my stuffing.

Terry WaltersBy Terry Walters

Healthy Caramel Apples

Apples can help balance blood sugar with their rich content of nutrients, including soluble fibre like pectin.

"These apples are perfect treat for children, but adults also allowed in this snack club!" - Dreena

Dreena BurtonBy Dreena Burton

Vegan Black Bean and Millet Stuffed Peppers

I discovered a traditional Mexican dish while living abroad in the Yucatan called Chilies En Nogada. It is typically served during the month of September in honor of Mexican Independence Day because the colors of the food in the dish mirror those in the Mexican flag: red, white & green. It is also popular over the Christmas holiday. Back home I created a vegan version packed with nutrients and healthy enough to be eaten every day and not just on special occasions. This rendition is high in protein, blood sugar balancing and makes use of millet, an often overlooked whole grain.

Nicole Gimmillaro, Certified Natural ChefBy Nicole Gimmillaro, Certified Natural Chef

Apple and Kale Stuffed Turkey Breast

Looking for an alternative to cooking a whole turkey, try stuffing a turkey breast roast with local seasonal apples and nutrition rich kale.

Turkey is an excellent source of protein, which will help to prevent dessert induced blood-sugar crashes. Kale promotes regular digestion, lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating, and the pectin in apples lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol. So enjoy this healthy alternative with your family and friends this Thanksgiving weekend.

Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic NutritionistBy Ryan Angel, Red Seal Chef & Holistic Nutritionist

Maple Nut Granola

Homemade granola is my go-to gift of choice. I fill it with super-nutritionals like high-protein nuts and seeds, plus heart and brain-healthy virgin coconut oil. I packaged it in a mason jar, tie it with raffia and voila! It’s delicious on its own or with rice or almond milk, sprinkled over hot cereal or turned into a treat for the holidays by coating it with dark chocolate and breaking it into bark.

Terry WaltersBy Terry Walters

Happy Hanukkah Wheat-Free Rosemary Latkes

For those of you who have been following our blog regularly, you know by now that we don’t stop at healthy food. At myWholeLife we only settle for delicious food that just happens to be amazingly healthy for us as well. This latke recipe is a great example — with a few simple substitutions, we have turned this classic into a meal you can feel good about eating during Hanukah, or anytime of the year. It's so good you may just forget about the classic version altogether.

Sweet potatoes are loaded with important vitamins like A, D, and C, all of which help support the immune system. As well, they contain important minerals like iron and magnesium. Since sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, their sugars release slowly into our blood stream, helping manage our blood sugar. What's more, these complex carbs curb cravings and prevent overeating — things many of us struggle with during the holidays. The eggs, a terrific source or protein, also help to control our blood sugar. And finally, topping off all that goodness with a dollop of yogurt, rich in probiotics, you have a meal to boost your immunity and give you steady energy to keep you going this holiday season!

Justine StengerBy Justine Stenger, B.Ed, CHC