Tanya Smith Acupuncturist Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Category: Recipes

Nettle is the green juice of the wintertime

Where I live, in Toronto, it's cold in the wintertime. While we CAN get fresh greens in the wintertime, they are often coming from a long way away. To then take those greens and squeeze the juice out of them and throw away the pulp seems like an incredibly unsustainable enterprise. It may be "healthy" for you, but not for our planet.

Happily, nature always provides a better alternative!

Stinging nettle, picked and dried at it's most vigorous (in the spring) is a rich source of many minerals that you would find in...

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Natural Ways to Combat Sugar Cravings

Guest post with Allison Martineau of Sweetpea Nutrition!

I am so pleased to be able to share the advice of my friend Allison.

Allison has been working as a nutritionist with new families for over 10 years and is a mom of two. This lady has so many nutritional tricks up her sleeves!

This post is all about what to do about sugar! Here's Allison:

One of the questions I ask when meeting new clients is which foods, if any, they are craving. Without fail, the majority of people highlight...

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Deconstructed Nicoise Salad

This salad is so satisfying! I could eat it everyday!

It's quick and easy to throw together, whether you are making a few ahead for lunches for the week or you need a quick dinner idea.


The ingredients for this salad are purposely vague, you can change the ratios to suit your tastes. I used:
2 handfuls of green beans
3 small baked potatoes (you can also use boiled)
1 small package of plum tomatoes, halved
2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved
1 can of tuna, drained (click here...

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Sweet Potato Hash

I love a huevos rancheros type breakfast, with black beans and eggs. But since starting the Whole 30, I have been giving my guts a little break from legumes.

This morning, in a fit of inspiration, I cooked up this sweet potato hash that is almost as good as the real thing!


1 tbsp cooking fat (I used bacon grease)
1 small sweet potato
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp dulse flakes (optional)
salt to taste


    1. Grate the sweet...
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My Winter Salad Blueprint

Eating seasonally means making the best meals I can from the food that is available where I live (in Toronto). There are not many leafy greens growing around here this time of year!! I grow some sprouts on my kitchen counter (more on that another time), but that's the only homegrown greens I can do when the garden is covered in ice and snow!

I refuse to buy imported leafy greens that come in plastic tubs. First off, the greens lose most of their nutrition on their way to me from...

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