3 Ways To Strike A Homerun With Homemade Pizza

Golden, flavourful and highly addictive, these effortlessly healthy pizzas are guaranteed to knock it out of the ballpark!

 

homemade pizza

Much like myself, cheering on both teams at the recent baseball game,  this is pizza that plays the field as both a holistically healthy meal and sinfully addictive dish.

Before we take a swing at this one, however, there were a few lessons learned in the name of striking out at a sports game…

  • Firstly: do not to attempt to attend the Blue Jays game in Toronto as a New York Yankees fan (more accurately a New York Yankees logo fan with the desire to sport a baseball cap at a baseball game).
    • For the record, I assure you I’m team Toronto Maple Leafs, if only to create a loving family rivalry with my uncle’s team being the Ottawa Senators!
Needless to say I was now left with three goals:
  1. Catch a Yankees game.
  2. Avoid getting beaten up by Jays fans before making it to Yankees game.
  3. Spot a fellow Yankees fans in the sold out crowd of white and blue. (we spotted 7 between the concession stands, walking from the stadium and standing at the train station… 8 if you want to include me!).

Baseball game

So I struck out on that one but we did come fully prepared for our final goal as we stashed a couple double chocolate chip vegan protein bars as an easily packable, filling treat to offset the tempting scents wafting their way through the stands.

  • Goal #4: remain unseduced by the alluring aromas that had us craving our latest obsession of make-your-own-pizzas.

Seeing as hotdogs that warranted their own seat by the size of them, greasy pizzas more slippery than the batter’s hard hats, and trails of butter popcorn, strike out faster than you can say Yankees fan, I waited to satisfy my craving until I was in the comfort of my own kitchen…

Genuine health
 Fresh, wholesome pizza on golden, crispy thin crust! These take minimal time to make, are loaded with vegetables (it’s basically salad), effortless and in no need of cheese (but I will still give you options!).

With this, allow me to pitch to you my top 3 tips to hit a home run  on your next pizza!

1: First – Base

The Strike Out:
  • Classic pizza crusts consist of  processed grains, devoid of fibre, which break down to sugar in the body, thus promoting unstable blood sugar and insulin levels, and encourage inflammation.
  • Whole grain pizza crusts and pita breads are no better as these, too, contain glutenous grains which have been heavily refined.

The Holistic Swap:

  • Opt for wraps as the perfect base to your thin crust pizza! Choose between gluten-free brown rice wraps or Ezekiel (a sprouted grain) if you can tolerate gluten.
  • They become soft in the middle from the sauce and crispy around the edges. Being thin and mild in flavour, you will taste more of the toppings rather than the starchy breads and have my full nutritionist-approved-permission to eat the whole pizza!
 

2. Second base- the sauces

The Strike Out
  • Have a look at the ingredients of your favourite tomato sauce. Many are loaded with added sugars, dairy, soy and preservatives.
  • One cup of tomato sauce can add up to 20 grams of sugar!

The Holistic Swap:

  • Ideally we would be making our own pizza sauces. I do this year round by freezing our excess of homegrown tomatoes in the freezer to defrost and make sauces through the winter. By making your own, you control the quality of ingredients and can ensure that there are no added sugars being incorporated.
  • Alternative options:
    • Use tomato paste as the base. Look for tomato paste that comes in a glass jar instead of a can which leaches BPA’s and other harmful chemicals.
    • Use pasta sauces. Look carefully at the label. These sauces will be more flavourful but should be mixed with tomato paste/puree to reduce the sugar content.
    • Create a pesto pizza using a dairy-free pesto spread across the crust.

3. Top it off

The Strike Out
  • Greasy pools of pepperoni and cheese are about as far out in left field as we can come with low-grade meat and dairy.

The Holistic Swap:

  • For toppings:
    • Veggie overload: lightly stir-fry the vegetables first to soften them as the pizza won’t be in the oven for long.
    • My favourites: red pepper, artichokes, broccoli, green olives, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.
  • Creamy cheese substitutes:
    • If you are adamant on cheese, look for goat’s or sheep cheese which are more easily digestible and use sparingly.
    • Avocado is my favourite swap being creamy in texture, mild and complimentary in flavour.
    • Nutritional yeast: This adds a nutty, almost cheesy flavour when sprinkled on top and melts over your freshly baked pizza.
  • Additional:
    • I’m slightly obsessed with garlic powder and it gets sprinkled generously over my pizzas creating a 3 foot radius between myself and fellow diners. It adds a delicious boost of flavour without overpowering the slice.
    • Add fresh leaves of basil, tabasco for heat, etc. Get creative!
The switch up: making these with kids? Remember that they are wraps and you can roll them into pizza wraps to avoid a mess of toppling toppings.
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 I have been obsessed with pizzas in all different varieties. Having long texting conversations of the copious amount of combinations we could try (Mexican, Mediterranean, sushi pizza), I’ll admit I’ve even dreamt about them and I would love to hear what you cook up!
Though the Yankees won that night 6-4 (and you can bet I sported that hat in pride the whole game through),  the Blue Jays played an incredible game and might have officially swung me to their side… and yes, that Blue Jay logo is pretty darn cute too 😉
Be-it baseball or our upcoming hockey season, no matter the team you’re cheering on, this pizza is sure to score you a homerun even if your team strikes out!
Stepping up to the holistic plate,
Suzanne Eden

 

 

The Autumn Issue // Turning Over A New Leaf With October’s Sneak Peak

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”

~ F. Scott. Fitzgerald

Summer stretched its way well into September this year, but with picnics transforming into festive feasts, fruit stands to farmers markets and the last harvest of our heirloom tomatoes giving way to crisp green apples on our tree, autumn has officially arrived!

transformation

With fall’s striking colour palate and vibrant superfoods, it is the embodiment of transformation, intensified by the weekend’s blood moon and is the perfect time for us to undergo a personal renewal in health.

  • Whether you follow astrology or not, the message in the overturn of seasons and recent lunar eclipse is this: changing, shifting, transforming.  Something that I couldn’t deny if I tried, as I concluded one job the day of the eclipse and began a fresh one the day after. If there can be one thing for sure: October is calling for change!
This season we’re inspired by the comforts of fall as we revive our cozy sweaters, steep warming teas and venture along the escarpment as it transforms itself into an easel of energetic reds, yellows and greens. This is your sneak peek into what’s to come!
fall hike

While fall is a favourite month for many, those of us who would thrive in an eternal summer, may need a little boost as we embrace this season which is precisely what I’ve set out to do. To soothe our summer spirits with true comfort foods that nourish the soul AND body with plenty served up through the coming weeks. From thin crust pizzas to hearty soups and rustic sweet potato fries, we’ll fall in love with fall all over again. I guarantee it!

pumpkin muffins

As a taste of the fall flavours to come, I whipped up these pumpkin spice muffins for a morning indulgence to welcome the first day of autumn. Topped with coconut oil and spread with pumpkin seed butter, these aromatic muffins filled the kitchen with an intoxicating scent of the season.

I adapted Jesse Lane’s recipe to make it gluten-free using a mixture of oat and brown rice flour, swapping the honey for its more heat stable counterpart; maple syrup and adding cloves and nutmeg to spice them up. For the topping I sprinkled raw, unsalted sunflower and pumpkin seeds and dusted them in cinnamon. As baked goods are a treat (especially for breakfast) I made just half the recipe to enjoy through the week and you can find it all here:

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Of course, we can’t forego all of the festivities as we celebrate the season by dishing up a healthy dose of Thanksgiving and Halloween posts and all things autumn inspired!

Whether you’re clinging to every last bite of summer or are graciously welcoming in the new season of plump pumpkins and sizzling ciders, embrace the change both in season and your own diet and lifestyle! It’s change, after all, that creates transformation.
Falling for our first day of autumn,
Suzanne Eden

4 Gluten Free Treats & Exotic Fruit Trees From A Week In Review

Aaaaand were off!

It’s the last family gathering of the summer, but first, we’re playing a little catchup from open houses to family parties to filming, as last week was stuffed with tasty treats and inspiration.

 

filming

This post serves up 3 simple purposes:

  1. To introduce you to a “sweet” cookbook that you can check out at home or your local library with healthier entertaining recipes for oatmeal cookies, marshmallow squares and chocolate cupcakes.
  2. To  plant the idea of ordering exotic trees that can survive in most Canadian climates such as gogi berry trees, asian pears and chums (a cross between an apple and a plum!).
  3. To fill you up on loads of tempting food pictures along the way (But of course!).

 

apple a day

Sunday’s Apple A Day

  • Business cards tied to 60 apples, 80 recipe cards designed and printed, 80 Raw Chocolate Cranberry Macaroons later and we were packed and ready for the road trip to Cambridge. My aunt, a naturopathic doctor whom I collaborate with, was transferring her Kitchener office to her home in Cambridge, commencing with an open house. It was a chance to meet and greet with many of my clients one on one for the first time and to share refreshing watermelon popsicles, unsweetened iced brewed tea and lots of tasty treats!

open house

Our inevitable first stop upon our arrival? The kitchen! Armed with the excuse to help prepare the food I nibbled on the outer edges of the freshly baked banana loaf. As Anna Olsen always said: “the outer edges are zero calories”, but you didn’t hear that from me 😉
  • Through all of the sweetness, these apples were a light and juicy treat. Naturally sweet and loaded with pectin and antioxidants, apples are a superfood and the perfect pairing for a refreshing snack in the mid afternoon’s heat.

 The Tempting Treats

 

Raw Cranberry Chocolate Macaroons

  • No books needed, you can find my recipe for these right here:

https://lifeofeden.com/2014/07/11/raw-cranberry-chocolate-macaroons/

raw macaroons

 

The rest of these recipes were baked by my aunt from the cookbook series: Nourishing Meals and The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook . I have both of these books and love them. Filled with desserts to main courses and helpful nutritional guides, some recipes I rework for proper food combing etc. but I have found them to be wonderfully handy books to have in the kitchen. Here’s what was made from them:

oatmeal cookies

Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies

  • The shape says it all. We loved them!  And so did the other guests. Golden, crunchy and tasted just like an oatmeal cookie should. They were the favourite of the three cookies shared.
 rice squares
Marshmallow Squares
  • These were my personal treat of choice. What’s used instead of marshmallows? Nutbutter! The crisp comes from an all natural puffed brown rice.

chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • One cousin’s favourite and the other cousin’s least favourite. My personal opinion; the frosting was delicious but the cupcakes were on the drier side. For me the frosting was a keeper.
  • Tip: Making them bite sized in miniature pans to create a good proportion of cupcake to frosting which will help to moisten it up.

 

rice bars

Birthdays & Exotic Fruit Trees

 

Every week I teach yoga classes in my backyard and every week gives way to talk of the vegetation that surrounds our mats. It’s a small property but plentiful with apple and cherry trees, vegetable gardens overrun with ripe tomatoes, Echinacea flowers and grape vines that scale the neighbouring fence. With our family birthday party celebrations came talk of my uncle’s Asian pear tree ripe with fruit and the flavour of pear and the crisp, juicy texture of an apple (one of my favourites come Christmas time).

asian pears

We are ordering in these exotic trees NOW to come in for the spring and I highly suggest you do as well. This means that you are on the distributor’s radar come spring so you are more likely to get first pickings and avoid the trees selling out.

 

Here’s where to look: http://www.greenbarnnursery.ca/

baking

Behind The Lens

 

Last week concluded behind the lens with a project that will be released in the next couple of weeks! Can you guess? We filmed one of my favourite go-to recipes in there too and hint? It may or may not be featured above) . . .

 

Until then, give these cookbooks a try and consider planting an exotic fruit tree, sure to attract the attention of your friends and family.  Just be prepared to share 🙂

Off to savour more holistic family gatherings,

Suzanne Eden

 

 

 

 

5 Trail Approved Snacks To Raise The (Granola) Bar

You never know when hiking hunger might strike and if you are anything like myself, direction impairment and the longing for new paths may find you stranded in the woods for hours. Though foraging is a breeze in the season of black caps, whose bushes line our local trails, with these berries gone for another year, scavenging in the wilderness may not be as easy and so we never hit the paths without a few stashed snacks!
Mounstburg
Yesterday my mother and brother and I packed up a lunch and hit the road for a day trip to Mountsberg conservation area. Home to wilderness walks, raptor shows and my favourite birds; Bald Eagles!! Approximately 80% of the birds found in the sanctuary are rescued from across Ontario and well looked after in captivity as they can no longer survive in the wild. It was just our luck that as I had to sneak another peek at these majestic creatures before we flew the grounds, it was their feeding time and we watched as they ran and flew around their spacious cages and feasted on the fresh meat.
bald eagle
We, ourselves, feasted on a picnic of egg salad sandwiches. I made mine using avocado instead of mayo and wrapped it with fresh spinach in a gluten-free rice wrap. For dessert we had my Raw  Cranberry Chocolate Macaroons: https://lifeofeden.com/2014/07/11/raw-cranberry-chocolate-macaroons/
dessert
And then came the snacks!
  • The criteria; quick, light, easy and energizing.
  • The common contender; grab and go granola bars. But is this the healthiest option?
The next time you go to grab a box of these from your local market, give the nutrition a once over. What has long been promoted as a healthy food option sporting refined oats and roasted (oxidized) nuts and seeds may have a little more unwrapping to do behind its shiny, enticing packaging. Conventional granola bars are hidden sources of sneaky sugars, preservatives and other less than ideal ingredients that counteract much of the beneficial health properties a walk in nature provides.
Instead? Take a cue from nature’s finest and come back to 5 real, whole foods that meet all of our hiking needs; quick, light, easy and energizing!
1) Trail mix / Nuts / Seeds
  • Pack raw, unsalted nuts and seeds which provide high nutrient density, protein, complex carbohydrates and energizing fats to keep you satiated and boost your stamina. Yesterday I packed a few raw brazil nuts, a more expensive option but one of my favourites with the selenium being praised for giving you a subtle skin glow and improving its elasticity. Though high in calories, you will only need a few to reap the selenium benefits and satisfy you for the remainder of your hike.
  •  Always combine your own trail mix to control what goes into it. To do so, simply mix nuts and seeds together with dried, crunchy coconut chunks and perhaps a few pieces of dark chocolate or gogi berries for a sweeter treat.
Brail nuts 
2) Veggies
  • Carrot sticks, sweet red peppers, snap peas etc. Eat plain or pack a mini container with humus or pure nutbutters for a more satiating snack.
  • NOTE: Support organic as much as possible here. One of the major factors responsible for the decline in Bald Eagle populations was the use of pesticides such as DDT. Since the use of these pesticides has been banned and/or restricted, the populations are recovering but they are still a concern for these birds and supporting organic growers helps to ensure these chemicals aren’t used to grow your fruits and vegetables and that equates to happy birds 🙂
3) Fruit
  • Locally grown grapes were my personal favourite yesterday! Fruit is both hydrating on long hikes and hot summer days (though yesterday was anything but hot). Bananas, apples, pears, etc. are all fantastic grab-and-go options.
grape snacks

4) Crunchy crackers & kale chips

  • Craving a crunchy snack? Look for gluten-free brown rice crackers or nut and seed crackers such as Mary’s brand.
    • Holistic Life Hacks: depending on where you go, one box of Mary’s crackers averages around $6-9, which is a bit of a pricy snack to munch on. However, packed with fibre and wholesome, less refined ingredients, these are my go to and can be much cheaper when bought from bulk food stores.
5) Granola
  • The typical graNOla packs around 15-20 grams of sugar in the average bag and is mixed with gluten and preservatives. Unlike granola bars that use sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, dates etc.) as partial binding agents, granola can go without it, the key is to find the right brand. Look for one that’s unsweetened or very lightly sweetened and made with all wholesome ingredients. You’ll be able to bypass much of the sugars this way and can add your own fixings of nuts, seeds or coconut chunks as you please. Better yet? Make your own!

granola lotus

Healthy snacks are wickedly simple, delicious and leave you energized rather than depleted for the hike ahead! Finding out that this conservation area offers private tours for those who want a closer encounter with the birds, may just have me taking another trip back if Bald Eagles are involved. 🙂 And may I point out that with their bird adoptions from Pip the Kestral or Echo, Jazz and Chomper the owls, the Bald Eagle I want to adopt has to be named: Pawgwashiing Migizi! So while I wrap my tongue around that mouthful, I’ll be packing up the last of my brazil nuts to head out for another rejuvenating hike tonight.

Happy snacking!

Suzanne Eden

 

Seven Ingredient Chunky Monkey Superfood Cookies

Craving a cookie after all of the sweet treat teasing we’ve been through this week?

In the name of guilt free and bakery’s, these cookies can be whipped up in minutes, are soft, chewy and naturally sweet.

  • With cookies, chocolate chip in particular, being one of the all time most popular desserts, these Chunky Monkey Cookies forego all of the classic wheat, sugars, corn starch and dairy so that I can give you full, nutritionist approved permission to go right ahead and even eat the batter!

In  conclusion to a week of sweet talking, these are your bite sized, guilt free indulgences to treat yourself to today.

 chunky monkey

3 Reasons To Go Banana’s

1. Flour free & refined sugar-free
  • Completely free of refined flours and sugars which are devoid of nutrients and spike our blood sugar with a subsequent crash. Ever felt the sudden rise of energy directly after eating sweets, only to be caught snoozing with you head on the table the next? That’s your blood sugar talking!
  • Instead of refined sugars, we owe this cookies sweetness to the whole food; bananas. Where 12 grams of of sugar are in just one tablespoon of table sugar, a quarter cup of mashed banana contains less than 7 grams!
  • Quick tip: making sure they are brown and spotted is to ensure that they are more alkaline to the body and make a sweeter cookie.
2) Makes just 4 a batch
  • Portion control at its finest! Most cookie recipes make around 2-3 dozen cookies, a lot of temptation to have hanging around in reuseable food containers on the countertops. 4 cookies makes just enough for you to enjoy without going overboard.
3) 7 Wholefood ingredients
  • All of which you are more than likely to have as staples in your holistic cabinet. With just seven, wholesome ingredients and minimal time to make, these are easy to whip up whenever you have a craving for a sweet treat.

Chunky Monkey Superfood Cookies

Adventure level: 2/5

Yields 4 cookies per batch

Ingredients:

  • 1 mashed banana
    • Making sure its ripe and spotted brown to ensure sweetness!
  • 1/4 C gluten-free rolled oats (I like Bob Redmills)
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes
    • Also look for sulphite free
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Sprinkling of sea salt
  • Handful of gogi berries, dark chocolate chips or crushed pecans (I used a combo of all three!)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Combine all ingredients together, mixing well
  • Spoon onto a baking sheet forming cookie shapes and gently flatten the top
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, let cool 10 minutes

Cookies that aren’t monkeying around on taste or nutrition, enjoy!

Suzanne Eden

3 Hacks Of Holistic Independence & Canada Day’s Crowd Pleasing Summer Aspargus Salad

From cooking all of our own meals since we were freshmen, to reading nutrition books over novels and being the ones to eat salads out of mason jars, stick fruit in our BPA-free water bottles and ask for salt lamps and aloe plants for our birthdays, as holistic junkies, we all know a little something about independence!

 

canada day

American or not, independence is something we can all celebrate! And when adopting a unique lifestyle, there’s almost guaranteed to be encounters with some negative feedback from others now and again. HECK, that’s just fine! Anyone else’s opinion has nothing to do with you and whether they keep it to themselves or are overtly open in voicing their opinions, it is your right to choose the lifestyle that suits you! And for the record, I’m behind you 110% 🙂

But it’s also important to mention the other side of the coin. It can be all too easy when you are feeling amazing, to wish this lifestyle on others, but everyone’s path is theirs to follow and they have as much right to live their life as they choose, as we have the right to live ours. So while we wait for our friends and family to all hop aboard the holistic lifestyle with us (or they may never get there and that’s okay too!) celebrations can get tricky. What can we eat when navigating BBQ’s strewn with mayo potato salads, unknown sources of meat burning on the grill, beers over kombuchas and dairy desserts?!

 

Here are 3 hacks to holistic independence:

1. Bring your own holistic swaps that mimic the standard dishes

  • Try to mimic dishes as much as possible which serves several purposes:
    • It allows you to avoid feelings of deprivation. Ever been to a BBQ and watched everyone else savouring a juicy burger and felt the cravings sink in? Bringing your own allows you to feel included in what everyone else is eating while knowing that the quality of your beef is something you can feel good about.
    • I also come with my own condiments such as mustard that are easy to stick in my purse and are free of sugars and food dyes.
    • As for dessert? Dark chocholate is an easy treat to stick in your purse and enjoy later.

2. Know the secret phrase that works for every question

  • This phrase is dynamite. You may have all of the scientific “facts” in the world backing you up but there will always be people who have other ideas. Afterall, nutrition in itself, is always changing and evolving and I’m sure you’ve been lead astray at some point too. But there is one thing that no-one can argue with and that’s how you feel. 
  • So when others question you, simply, happily and firmly state that you eat what you enjoy and what makes you feel good.

3. Share your food

  • Of course, you can pack your own food that may be completely different from others, but I find that this can too often upset the host/hostess. They want everyone to enjoy the food, too! Though I pack my own mustard and bring my own beef, I do so discreetly, explaining ahead of time what I’m doing and quietly sneaking it to them in the kitchen so that it doesn’t draw much attention. Unless someone asks, I certainly don’t feel this the time to make a statement about nutrition. So while I do bring some of my own things, I also bring a large dish that everyone can enjoy! This is usually a salad, and lots of it, to fill up on.
    • Holistic life hacks: worried that there won’t be enough for you to fill up on? Sneak your own serving into your bag. No one will notice but you won’t have to worry about everyone loving it so much that you have nothing to eat.

 

Now the question that arises! What does a holistic foodie bring that everyone can enjoy?

SALAD!

Always  a go to, salads are bound to show up at any event, but creative salads are the ones that will be more than just a side dish and asked for time and time again.

crowd pleaser

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Summer Asparagus Salad

Adventure level: 1/5

Serving size: 4 (multiply for the crowd)

Light and fresh with local, in season asparagus, oven roasted for big flavour (as opposed to grilling) and rich in nutrients, this salad was our Canada Day crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 1  1/2 pounds asparagus (cut in half or 3/4s)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil (or more olive oil)
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP Balsamic vinegar
  • Himalayan salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small garlic, minced
  • 4 large roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1/3 cup organic olives (green or black), sliced and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Toss asparagus & onion in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (for higher heat stability) with salt and pepper to taste and roast for 6-8 minutes until they begin to go tender.
  • Remove from oven adding the minced garlic, 2 TBSPs of the balsamic vinegar and return to the oven for 4 minutes or until the vinegar is no longer runny.
  • Toss in a bowl with capers, olives, olive oil, and a little more balsamic if needed.
  • Stir in basil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let it chill for 30 minutes in the fridge before serving.

Simple and delicious, this one is sure to go over well and is extremely versatile. You can add soon to be in season cherry tomatoes, quinoa for a more filling salad, mint leaves for additional flavour, chicken so that you can take a pass on the BBQ’d meat, you name it!

With a delicious and nutritious day to celebrate all the glory of your holistic independence,

Suzanne Eden

Canada Days & Camp Fires // The Holistic Swap In The Roast Of The Marshmallow 

Happy Canada Day friends!

From my birthday and that of nearly every member of my family, June has been a busy month of Gemini’s and tonight’s birthday celebrations kick-start July with fireworks over the beach and bonfires over fire pits.

When you think of campfire food, is a marshmallow one of the first things to make a “pit” stop in your mind?

If so, I have the perfect swap for you!

Pineapple.
Superior to marshmallows in just about every way.

The case? They are naturally tart and sweet (without being a slap to your sweet sensing taste buds),  caramelize in the hot embers of your fire pit (without turning into a dangerous flaming ball of sticky sugar) and retain their juicy interior so as not to leave a chalky taste in your mouth that warrants a gulping jug of water before you can proceed to speak again.

pineapple

We devoured this pineapple Friday night at the first bonfire of the season to commence the time of BBQs, campfires and today’s Canada Day celebration where this is the perfect holistic swap for a sweet and healthy treat.

So why do we have such a strong association with these sweets? Tradition. When it comes to kids and nutrition, I’m a big marshmallow and many of the things we do with food come from habits that we develop as children. In developmental psychology we call this the critical period. This is a time when development is rapid and where what we are taught is critical to forming habits we often carry through our life. This follows closely in the development of our children’s bodies and though we often think kids can get away with eating more junk food during this time (signs of nutritional deficiencies don’t show as prominently until later years) this is a period of rapid growth and development of their bones, organs etc. The early years are when we want to focus on developing healthy bodies and healthy habits alike.

 camping

I, personally, have so many fond memories being gathered around a fire in our campsites and roasting marshmallows to eat off a stick or squash between graham crackers and chocolate for s’mores. But the pineapple we roasted over Friday night was  soft, sticky and sweet but also juicy and I can only imagine that if I was brought up eating this around a campfire, I wouldn’t have wanted anything else. It’s a simple change for a new tradition and with Canadians consuming an estimated 51-53 g of sugar per person per day, according to the 2014 nutrients study, it’s a needed change.

 

 Marshmallow Vs Pineapple

  • Every 100grams of the average marshmallow contains around 58 g’s of sugar!
    • 100 g’s of pineapple contains around 10g
  • The ingredients for marshmallows include: sugar, glucose syrup (more sugar), invert sugar (even MORE sugar), artificial flavourings, colourings, dustings of corn starch (often GMOs and one of the top food allergens)
    • Pineapples are a whole food with no need for an ingredient list.

 

Random FACTS of kindness; does your tongue go numb from eating pineapple?

  • Though it’s important to rule out a food allergy, pineapple contain the natural digestive enzyme bromelain which breaks down proteins and is used in many digestive supplements. This powerful enzyme is what makes pineapple easily digestible but may also be responsible for irritating your tongue and mouth.
  • Cooking and heating deactivates these enzymes to reduce or alleviate this side effect.

 

Whether youre kids are doing the roasting or you are, instead of getting stuck with gooey fingers and crumby graham crackers,  “stick” to this new, sweet tradition for the summer with 100% pure pineapple!

 

Roasting tonight over beaches and bonfires,

Suzanne Eden

 

 

 

Suzanne Eden