BEST Dairy-Free Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

Seriously?  Why is it that every time I type the words “broccoli cauliflower recipe” into the search bar, all that Google or Bing spews out is “cheesy cauliflower” this and “creamy broccoli” that.  So then I throw the word “healthy” into the search with hope of turning up something that isn’t another broccoli cauliflower casserole or soup. Still no luck.  However, I was under time constraints so I picked the first recipe that piqued my interest.  When I stumbled on this one, the words written at the top of the page were: “best vegan cauliflower cheese in the universe“ With a statement like this, how could I walk away and decide to make something else!   So I put faith into a new (and clearly very talented) recipe creator. Best. Decision. Ever. This is a healthier spin on your traditional creamy cauliflower casserole.   Many kids (and moms) I work with have dairy sensitivities that show up as skin issues (like eczema) or digestive discomfort, hence why I love that the creaminess in this casserole is 100% dairy-free. Nutritional Bonuses:  This dish is nutrient-dense for so many reasons. Coconut milk: Healthy fats and calories for our little ones Cruciferous Veggies: Fiber and a long list of nutrients Turmeric:  High antioxidant value and known to boost the immune system.  Sure, I’ll take fewer snotty noses and winter colds! Now I’m a bit of a turmeric snob - or rather a spice snob and that’s why I use My Spice Box. The idea behind My Spice Box is to offer high quality, organic spices in the quantities that you’ll use within 6 months, after which time spices can lose their flavour and nutritional benefits....

My Birth Story

Some of you know that my love for nutrition and food came to life with my first blog called Me, Myself, and Food.   Every now and again I get the urge to go back and read one of my old posts.   Yesterday was one of those days, except there was nothing but an error message for me to read. The hosting company explained that my site renewal had expired (somehow I missed the email warnings) and ALL of my content was gone. I balled my eyes out as the guy on the other end of the line stayed awkwardly silent.  I didn’t care – my blog wasn’t just a blog.  It was my baby before having real little humans to love.  It was my journal and creative outlet for my love of food and nutrition.  It was where I spent my weeknights for 3+ years, writing hundreds of posts, along with many others from my guest writers (naturopath, chiropractor, and yogi).  This blog was where I shared the finer details of my life story including my engagement, wedding, pregnancy, and birth to my first daughter.   Yet I never thought to back it up. My husband must have heard me whimpering while watching the Super Bowl and came to the rescue. He told me about a website called Wayback Machine that takes snapshots of webpages over time.  I wanted to kiss him (and I did) as a page of my old site emerged.  I will be going into hibernation this week as I capture any salvaged content, but there’s some relief having saved a few important posts like this one… I wrote this back in 2012, nine weeks after having my...

New research: mercury toxicity in kids

When I scan my inbox every morning for newsletters and updates from other websites, I often hit the “delete” button.  But today, as a mother and someone who works with other little ones daily, you’ll understand why this subject line caught my eye: Mercury Toxicity, Kids & Fish Consumption  Chris Kresser (One of my favourites sources of research-based nutrition and health info) published this lengthy yet informative post on mercury toxicity in children.  If you have a few minutes, definitely read the article here.  At the very least, you’ll have the gist of his post with my coles notes below.   The takeaway: New research illustrates that mercury may be toxic in children at levels MUCH LOWER than previously assumed.   A study with kids aged 9 to 11 revealed new insights around levels of mercury toxicity in children. “Harmful effects were observed at blood mercury levels far below the current safe limit of 5.8 μg/dL established by the WHO and the US National Academy of Sciences and National Research Center. The kids in this study had an average mercury level in the blood of 0.77 μg/dL,  and, with one exception, all affected kids had a mercury level below 3.27 μg/dL. The side effects of mercury toxicity are long, but we know there’s a connection to ADHD, learning delays, insomnia, headaches, and many more.   Should you give your children fish? Yes!  The benefits of the healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients outweigh the risk (assuming you are choosing the best sources of fish).   Which fish should they/we avoid and consume? Focus on LOW mercury sources:  anchovies, sardines, clams, North Atlantic mackerel, herring, and salmon. Conveniently, many...

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