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5-Minute Homemade Hummus

5-Minute Homemade Hummus Recipe😋🌿

Ingredients:
-1 can chickpeas, rinsed
-1 clove garlic
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice🍋
-2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste – optional)
-1 tsp ground cumin
-Sea salt
-1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions:
In a food processor, purée the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and 3/4 tsp salt until smooth & creamy. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika before serving. Yum!

What’s Trending – Four Sigmatic

Four Sigmatic specializes in super foods, functional mushrooms, and adaptogenic herbs. This brand makes drinking mushrooms delicious and easy to do with their wide variety of super food beverages! From Mushroom Coffees, to Matchas and Hot Cacao with multi-mushroom blends, Four Sigmatic covers all of your warm beverage needs. Our favorite products include their Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi. This hot chocolate is organic, vegan, paleo, and decaf. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy day with its special reishi mushroom blend. An upgrade on guilt-free hot chocolate, this product also supports occasional stress and restful sleeps. Check out their website for more awesome (and tasty) products.

https://us.foursigmatic.com/

What’s Trending – Essential Oils

If your beauty sleep is in need of a serious overhaul, we’ve compiled a list of the best essential oils to catch up on some extra Z’s. Not only do essential oils promote a restful sleep, they can also diminish anxiety, relieve stress, and provide a sense of relaxation. Our favourite way to utilize essential oils is through a diffuser. We’ve included a link to Saje’s diffuser, or a more affordable option from Amazon. 

Saje Diffuser – https://www.saje.com/ca/diffusers/aromaom-AROMCA01.html?cgid=diffusers&dwvar_AROMCA01_color=WHITE#start=2&cgid=diffusers

Amazon Diffuser – https://www.amazon.ca/VicTsing-Essential-Diffuser-Ultrasonic-Waterless/dp/B07DPC723Z/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1546971945&sr=8-19&keywords=diffuser

We recommend Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Chamomile, and Marjoram. These essential oils can be found at your local health food store, at Saje Natural Wellness, or even online through Amazon.

Lavender is well-known for its calming effects on the body and is safe to use on all-ages. It’s also a great way to freshen up your laundry. Ylang Ylang helps balance male and female energies, supports focus, and restores peace within. Cedarwood supports healthy function of the pineal gland which releases melatonin, the body’s natural sleep hormone. Chamomile is perfect for restlessness and anxious feelings, and has been used for centuries by mothers to help calm their children. Marjoram is extremely soothing and relaxes nerves. It’s been known as, “the herb of happiness.” Cheers to catching some extra Z’s and sleeping in!

Sourced from: https://thethirty.byrdie.com/best-essential-oils-for-sleep

https://themilitarywifeandmom.com/essential-oils-for-sleep/

What’s Trending – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar🍎 has been growing as the most popular type of vinegar in the natural health community for great reasons. Many of its benefits are supported with science including aiding in weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, killing bacteria, and promoting clear skin. Several studies show that the vinegar provides increased feelings of fullness, resulting in eating fewer calories per day. It also can lead to metabolic changes that support weight loss and curb your sweet tooth! 🍬

ACV lowers blood sugar levels by increasing the efficiency of insulin in breaking down sugar, even during a higher carb meal. The vinegar has powerful antibacterial properties that can kill harmful viruses and even improve facial and body acne. We recommend 1-2 tbsp daily.

Sourced from: Rd.com

Thyroid Hormones

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about the importance of Thyroid Hormone Testing.

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Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

These delicious and simple (dairy and gluten-free!) pancakes are best enjoyed right after cooking. With no added sugar, these pancakes are a guilt-free breakfast option. Serve them with maple syrup, yogurt, or ricotta cheese to add in some protein.

Ingredients:

-2 large eggs

-1 medium banana

Instructions:

Puree eggs and banana in a blender until smooth. Lightly oil a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium. Using 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake, drop 4 mounds of batter into the skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look dry, (2 to 4 minutes.) Using a thin spatula, gently flip the pancakes and cook until browned on the bottom, another 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a plate. Lightly oil the skillet again and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with your choice of toppings; we recommend vanilla Greek yogurt and raspberries!

Sourced from: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/268783/two-ingredient-banana-pancakes/

No Sugar January – Sneaky Sugar Filled Foods

We are nine days in to our No Sugar January Challenge!

Our team has compiled a list of foods you may not realize can be high in sneaky sugars. 🚫🍰

-Fruit flavored yogurt
-Sauces and condiments
-Instant food
-Salad dressing
-Fruit juices
-Digestive biscuits
-“Fat-free” foods
-Granola bars
-Sports drinks
-Frozen yogurt
-Tomato sauce

Gluten-Free Chicken Strips

Easy, baked, gluten-free chicken strips. This recipe is crispy and delicious on its own, or dipped in a homemade sauce.
Kids (and adults) will absolutely love these healthy chicken strips!
INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 chicken breast tenders
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rice flour
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • Splash non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups gluten-free rice cereal
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Take out 3 shallow, flat-bottomed containers. (Rectangular glass Tupperware works great.)
  3. In the first bowl, add the rice flour.
  4. The eggs and non-dairy milk go in the second bowl. Whisk to combine well.
  5. In the bowl of a food processor, add the cereal and spices. Pulse multiple times until it resembles bread crumbs. Add this mixture to the third bowl.
  6. Take a chicken tender and dip into the rice flour, making sure it’s completely coated. Add the tender to the egg mixture and let any excess drip off into the container. Lastly, dip the tender into the cereal-herb mixture, making sure that is completely coated well with no bare spots at all.
  7. Transfer the covered chicken tender to the baking sheet, and repeat this process with the remaining chicken.
  8. If you have some sort of cooking spray, be sure to spray the top of the tenders. If you do not, don’t worry about it; it will just help them brown a bit more.
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes on the top rack. Turn the oven to a high broil for 3 minutes. Flip them over and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Sourced from: https://themovementmenu.com/recipes/crispy-gluten-free-chicken-strips/

Colds and Flus

Dr. James R. Conway discussing the differences between a common cold and the flu.

Dr. Conway also shares his top five tips to combat colds and the flu. 🤧

 

No Sugar January Challenge

Join our team at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic for our January No Sugar Challenge. 🚫🍰🍭

Our staff will be avoiding all added sugars (honey and fruit are allowed!) Benefits include increased immune function, decreased inflammation, can help regulate hormones, and less brain fog.