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We have many parents, teachers and caregivers in the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program and a persistent challenge for them is helping their kids eat well, develop a positive relationship with food, avoid picky eating and be open to trying new things. Raising kids is no easy task and food can make the lunch room and dinner table a battlefield! Our eighth episode of the Today Is The Day Podcast, “How to Raise an Adventurous Eater”, is now available on your favourite podcast platforms.

Today is the day we’re diving into the patience-testing world of feeding little ones whole and healthy food! We’re sharing our best strategies for raising adventurous eaters.

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Covered In This Episode

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Meghan and Josh have been able to achieve regular and nutritious meal times with their two-year-old.
  • How a 1939 study can help us understand how very young children develop their tastes.
  • Why making a good impression on your little one – even when they’re in the womb – is important to developing their tastes VERY early on.
  • Why the attitude you present when introducing your child to a new food affects how well they take to it.
  • The powerful anti-cancer and pro-digestion effects of herbs and spices.
  • Why it’s essential for meal time to be relaxed, organized and consistent.
  • The reason you shouldn’t put on TV or a video when your little one is eating.
  • Why “selective eater” is a better and more accurate term than “picky eater.”
  • How Josh and Meghan have fun with oatmeal.
  • How to get your kids started on cooking early! It will really pay off in the long run.
Episode Bonus: Kid-Friendly Recipes

This episode’s bonus is a downloadable pack of some of our favourite kid-friendly recipes to help you slip in nutritious ingredients in a very delicious way! Recipes include:

  • Kid-tastic Nutrition-Spiked Burgers
  • Meghan + Josh’s Superfood Topper
  • Gluten-Free Veggie Cakes
  • Superfood Jigglers for Toddlers
  • Simple Purée Ideas
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More About The Culinary Nutrition Expert Program
  1. Program Overview: Check out the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program preview video and learn more
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  6. Rave Reviews: See what our beloved grads have to say about us
Featured Culinary Nutrition Expert

Caitlin Iles

Before the Academy of Culinary Nutrition became an online school, Meghan offered the program live in downtown Toronto and Caitlin was one of the very first graduates of the program.

Caitlin has been rocking holistic wellness retreats that invite clients to slow down, nourish themselves and breathe. But that’s not all – she also works one-on-one with clients, teaches cooking classes, is a program coach for the Culinary Nutrition Expert program and posts a ton of helpful content and recipes on her blog. We also love seeing her as a guest on television programs across Canada, where she teaches cooking skills like creating fermented foods and easy breakfast recipes.

Learn More: www.caitliniles.ca

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Dairy-free cheesecake is the perfect no-bake treat. They’re luxurious, simple to make, look gorgeous and will impress family and friends at any gathering. While dairy-free cheesecakes have multiple layers with a crust and filling (and sometimes extra toppings), each layer in and of itself is easy and kitchen tools like a food processor or blender do most of the work anyway.

These Best Dairy-Free Cheesecake recipes are perfect for your next party, or when it’s too hot to cook.

27 Best Dairy-Free Cheesecake Recipes Coconut, Blue Spirulina + Raspberry Cheesecake

Coconut, Blue Spirulina + Raspberry Cheesecake by Rainbow in My Kitchen

Blue spirulina powder is used to create the vibrant top layer for this stunner, but if you can’t get your hands on it dried or fresh blueberries would work just as well.

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake by That Girl Cooks Healthy

Everyone needs a chocolate dairy-free cheesecake recipe in their back pocket. This version is also Paleo, vegan and keto-friendly to satisfy all of your allergen-friendly diet friends.

Strawberry Dairy-Free Cheesecake

Strawberry Dairy-Free Cheesecake by Feasting on Fruit

Take advantage of fresh strawberries while they are in season by blending them into this no-bake, easy, dairy-free cheesecake. This one would be lovely drizzled with dairy-free chocolate, too!

Raw Vegan Golden Milk Cheesecake

Raw Vegan Golden Milk Cheesecake by Snixy Kitchen

Brighten up your day with this golden-hued dairy-free cheesecake that is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, ginger, chia seeds, shredded coconut and coconut oil.

No Bake Vegan Berry Cheesecake

No Bake Vegan Berry Cheesecake by Olive and Mango

Bask in the sound of your guests oohing and aahing after you bring this beauty to the table.

Raspberry Raw Cheesecake Bites

Raspberry Raw Cheesecake Bites by Mindful Avocado

Use mini cupcake pans to make these adorable dairy-free cheesecakes. Bite-sized snacks for the win!

Vegan Matcha Cheesecake

Vegan Matcha Cheesecake by Pies and Tacos

With matcha and coconut filling, chocolate crust, chocolate ganache and coconut whipped cream, this dairy-free cheesecake is pure decadence.

Meyer Lemon Vegan Cheesecake

Meyer Lemon Vegan Cheesecake by My Quiet Kitchen

Luxuriate in this creamy vegan cheesecake that highlights the mellow flavour of meyer lemons. Simple and lovely.

Paleo Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Paleo Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Little Bites of Beauty

Replicate carrot cake flavours in this dairy-free cheesecake, which uses some awesome Paleo baking essentials.

Strawberry Cheesecake Sundaes

Strawberry Cheesecake Sundaes by The Cook and Him

These charming sundaes, served in small mason jars or glasses, are perfect as a make-head snack or taking with you for a tasty dessert when you’re on the go.

Vegan Mini Cheesecakes

Vegan Mini Cheesecakes by The Banana Diaries

The pastel colours in this dairy-free cheesecake recipe comes from natural sources like turmeric, raspberry, matcha and spirulina. Very elegant for a tea party, Easter, a baby shower or bridal shower.

White Chocolate, Fig + Cardamom Cheesecake

White Chocolate, Fig + Cardamom Cheesecake by The Saucy Fig

Go ahead and pile fresh figs with abandon atop this dairy-free cheesecake. You will love the look and the taste!

Wild Blueberry Peach Dairy-Free Cheesecake

Wild Blueberry Peach Dairy-Free Cheesecake by Meghan Telpner (*ACN Founder + Director)

A gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free cheesecake creation that is easily customizable with your favourite seasonal fruit.

Cherry Almond Cheesecake

Cherry Almond Cheesecake by Pretty Pies

Cherries and almonds are an awesome flavour combination and this vegan and Paleo cheesecake allows you to appreciate both!

Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake

Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake by Melissa Torio (*Culinary Nutrition Expert + ACN Program Coach)

This stunner contains only a few ingredients and we love the use of pistachios in the crust for a unique flavour and flair.

Mini Mango Turmeric Cheesecakes

Mini Mango Turmeric Cheesecakes by Mrishtanna

These simple dairy-free cheesecakes have minimal ingredients and are a kid-friendly way to introduce turmeric to little ones.

Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cheesecake

Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Cheesecake by Neurotic Mommy

Fudgy, decadent, chocolatey – what more could you ask for? Oh, hidden zucchini. This dessert is a great way to up your intake of vegetables, right?

Lemongrass Cheesecake Bites with Candied Ginger Crust

Lemongrass Cheesecake Bites with Candied Ginger Crust by Crazy Inspired Life

This unique recipe is packed with a bold citrusy filling and a slightly spicy crust. It’s a flavour explosion!

Raw Blackberry Lavender Cheesecake

Raw Blackberry Lavender Cheesecake by Food to Feel Good

Tangy berries combine with floral lavender to produce a satisfying and soothing cake. A fantastic way to eat your medicine.

Vegan Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Vegan Cookie Dough Cheesecake by 40 Aprons

There’s a chocolate chip crust, cookie dough filling and ganache topping. Stop reading about this Paleo cheesecake and just go make it.

Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake

Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake by Can Caramelo

It may be hard to believe, but this dairy-free cheesecake has fennel incorporated into the filling. You won’t even notice it.

No Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

No Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake by A Cupful of Kale

A startlingly simple dairy-free cheesecake with just six ingredients and a nutella-eque flavour. This one might become your go-to dessert.

Mini Vegan Pomegranate Cheesecakes

Mini Vegan Pomegranate Cheesecakes by Good Witch Kitchen (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

Enjoy an antioxidant boost during dessert with these delicious and easy mini, raw cheesecakes.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars by A Saucy Kitchen

When pumpkin is in season, it’s a fantastic addition to dairy-free cheesecake recipes – especially when chocolate is included, too.

Ginger Peach Cheesecake

Ginger Peach Cheesecake by Posh Little Designs

Stone fruit season is fleeing, so ensure you make the most of it by using stone fruits as much as possible. May we suggest this cheesecake?

Raw Blueberry Cheesecake

Raw Blueberry Cheesecake by Little Vegan Bear

The brilliant colours of these dairy-free mini-cheesecakes come only from blueberries. And the chia jam topping takes them to the next level for sure.

Chocolate Cashew Cheesecake

Chocolate Cashew Cheesecake by Lori Moore (*Culinary Nutrition Expert + ACN Program Coach)

You can never have too many chocolate recipes! This decadent and luscious dairy-free chocolate cashew..

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Our students in the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program ask us a lot of questions about popular diets. With so many different diets to choose from, and many falling out of favour as quickly as the seasons change, it can be difficult to determine what is best to follow in the long run. Our seventh episode of the Today Is The Day Podcast, “Is the Gluten-Free Diet a Fad?”, is now available on your favourite podcast platforms.

Today is the day we’re diving in to the contentious topic of gluten. We answer the question of whether gluten-free eating is just a passing fad, or if there is evidence to support whether this vilified little group of proteins really should be avoided.

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Covered In This Episode

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Meghan and Josh recount when they first went gluten-free and some of the obstacles gluten-sensitive people encounter.
  • What actually is gluten, where can it be found, and why is it harmful to some people?
  • The wide variety of gluten-free grains that a lot of people in the Western world are unfamiliar with.
  • How gluten – and cross-reactivity – can trip certain bells and alarms in your body.
  • Is gluten sensitivity rising, or is it just easier to detect with modern medicine?
  • Why gluten and wheat in general can be so seemingly inescapable in today’s world.
  • How Josh and Meghan learned about the extent of their gluten sensitivity the hard way.
  • The modern methods used to test for gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
  • The remarkably fast rate you can begin to experience benefits once you cut out gluten.
  • Tips to help you commit and stick to a gluten-free diet.
  • A few helpful tips for figuring out which of your local restaurants are friendly to a gluten-free diet.
Episode Bonus: Gluten-Free Flour Guide + Substitution Reference

This episode’s bonus is a printable gluten-free flour guide that helps you learn how to substitute gluten-free flours in your favourite recipes.

  • Get Your Gluten-Free Flour Guide + Substitution Reference
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More About The Culinary Nutrition Expert Program
  1. Program Overview: Check out the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program preview video and learn more
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  3. Free Training! Get instant access to a free Culinary Nutrition Mini Training
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Featured Culinary Nutrition Expert

Jessica Mitton

Jessica is an incredible recipe developer and blogger and we are grateful to have her on our team as a coach for the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program. 

Since graduating in 2015, Jessica has been very active in sharing her knowledge. She has created online courses, provided one-on-one nutritional consulting and meal planning to lots of clients, as well as speaking to broader audiences through her website and social media channels, and interviews and articles for magazines, radio, television and more. Armed with the added kitchen confidence provided to her through the Culinary Nutrition Expert program, Jessica loves creating delicious and nutritious recipes, a passion she turned into the acclaimed and award-nominated Some Good – a modern cookbook using traditional Newfoundland ingredients in innovative dishes, with a healthy, whole food twist. She also launched a new website with her husband called Some Good Living, designed to inspire healthy living habits.

Learn More: www.jessicamitton.com and www.somegoodliving.com

Join Our Weekly Challenge!

To help you take what you learn in each episode to the next level, we’re offering new Today Is The Day Podcast challenges in our community group almost every week. Once in a while, Meghan and Josh will also pop in for a post-show Q&A. Join the community here.

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One of the best parts about the Culinary Nutrition Expert program is witnessing how our grads decide to share their knowledge with the world. Our Culinary Nutrition Experts have launched a variety of businesses to help others nourish themselves and support health through good food. They’ve started home chef companies, written successful blogs, hosted retreats, worked with natural food brands, created custom menu plans for clients, and so much more.

Today, we’re highlighting 20 awesome Culinary Nutrition Expert program graduates and how they are changing the world.

Meet 20 Awesome Culinary Nutrition Experts

Name: Miya Didrichsons

Location: Toronto, ON

Class of: 2015

Why She’s Awesome: Miya is an online holistic health and lifestyle coach, and through her coaching she encourages people to live a more sustainable plant-based lifestyle. Miya has one of our favourite Instagram feeds, where she shows off all of her creative plant-based recipe creations and stunning food photography. You’ll find lots of inspiration, including a free Plant-Based Recipe E-Book, upcoming courses and workshops on her website. We are always inspired to get into the kitchen after we see what she is whipping up!

Learn More: www.betoblossom.com

Follow Her: @betoblossom

Name: Shiru Macharia

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Class of: 2017

Why She’s Awesome: Shiru teaches cooking classes, leads group programs and coaches clients to help them achieve their weight loss goals and develop healthier relationships with food – a much needed skill to learn. We love her positive attitude and often find ourselves drooling over her delicious recipe creations.

Learn More: www.myplantedkitchen.com

Follow Her: @myplantedkitchen

Name: Jessica Mitton

Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland

Class of: 2015

Why She’s Awesome: Jessica is an incredible recipe developer and blogger and we are grateful to have her on our team as a coach for the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program. 

Since her graduation, Jessica has been very active in sharing her knowledge. She has created online courses, provided one-on-one nutritional consulting and meal planning to lots of clients, as well as speaking to broader audiences through her website and social media channels, and interviews and articles for magazines, radio, television and more. Armed with the added kitchen confidence provided to her through the Culinary Nutrition Expert program, Jessica loves creating delicious and nutritious recipes, a passion she turned into the acclaimed Some Good – a modern cookbook using traditional Newfoundland ingredients in innovative dishes, with a healthy, whole food twist. She also launched a new website with her husband called Some Good Living, designed to inspire healthy living habits.

Learn More: www.jessicamitton.com and www.somegoodliving.com

Follow Her: @jessicamitton and @somegoodliving

Name: Rebecca Chin

Location: Selangor, Malaysia

Class Of: 2017

Why She’s Awesome: Rebecca lives and breathes healthy cooking (sometimes we think she lives in her kitchen!). She is constantly out in the world delivering healthy cooking classes, teaching workshop demos and inspiring people to eat well using local ingredients. Rebecca is prolific on Instagram, where she shares photos of the nutritious Malaysian cuisine she whips up and it all looks incredible. We wish we were across the world to be her taste testers!

Follow Her: @rebeccachinkp

Name: Melissa Eboli

Location: Westchester, NY

Class Of: 2016

Why She’s Awesome: If her face looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen her on television. Melissa is a sought-after Culinary Nutrition Expert who has made several appearances on the Dr. Oz Show, and been interviewed about a variety of healthy eating topics on the radio, as well as in magazines, newspapers and online publications. Melissa runs a thriving nutrition business that offers catering, private chef services, cooking classes, public speaking, custom recipe development and more.

Learn More: www.viamelissa.com

Follow Her: @chef.via.melissa

Name: Dusty Spiller

Location: Victoria, BC

Class Of: 2014

Why He’s Awesome: Dusty is a high-performance athlete and triathlon coach who helps others train for races. Conventional sports nutrition can be filled with poor advice – like gel packs and neon drinks – and we appreciate Dusty’s whole food approach to supporting fitness. He also has a very entertaining Youtube channel!

Learn More: www.dustyspillertriathlon.com

Follow Him: @dustyspiller

Name: Melissa Torio

Location: Toronto, ON

Class of: 2016

Why She’s Awesome: Fermenting food at home can be intimidating, but Melissa makes it seem so easy! She teaches fermentation and nutrition workshops, offers one-on-one culinary nutrition coaching and mentorship service, shares creative and delicious recipes on her blog and sells her own line of beeswax food wraps. If you’d like to get an online fermentation tutorial, check out her amazing guide to brewing kombucha.

Learn More: www.melissatorio.com

Follow Her: @melissa.torio

Name: Angela Simpson

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Class of: 2016

Why She’s Awesome: Angela is a prolific food blogger, recipe creator and extremely talented photographer. Since graduating as a Culinary Nutrition Expert, Angela has continued to coach her clients towards reaching their health and wellness goals. She regularly publishes content on her blog, My Fresh Perspective. This include tons of healthy recipes, workouts, subscriber-exclusives, goal setting guides and downloadable healthy meal plans. Her latest resource, Anti Inflammatory Eating 101, is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide for anyone wishing to reap the benefits of anti-inflammatory eating. 

Offline, Angela has operated a mini meal delivery service for her co-workers offering smoothies, lunches and snacks to help colleagues eat healthier at work.

Learn More: www.myfreshperspective.com

Follow Her: @myfreshperspective

Name: Trudy Stone

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Class of: 2015

Why She’s Awesome: Trudy’s positive attitude helped her transform her life after a life-threatening illness. In her business, Trudy assists clients with weight loss and food cravings, and runs a food blog full of mouth-watering recipes. She’s authored a best-selling book, Unbreakable, has been interviewed countless times by major newspapers and television outlets, and is launching a new online course called Feed a Healthy Brain in partnership with the Clean Eating Academy. We can say ‘we knew her when’!

Learn More: www.eatliveandplay.com

Follow Her: @eatliveandplay

Name: Caitlin Iles

Location: Quispamsis, New Brunswick

Class of: 2012

Why She’s Awesome: Caitlin has been rocking holistic wellness retreats that invite clients to slow down, nourish themselves and breathe. But that’s not all – she also works one-on-one with clients, teaches cooking classes, is a program coach for the Culinary Nutrition Expert program and posts a ton of helpful content and recipes on her blog (check out her awesome healthy living guides here). We also love seeing her as a guest on television programs across Canada, where she teaches cooking skills like creating fermented foods and easy breakfast recipes.

Learn More: www.caitliniles.ca

Follow Her: @nourishedbycaitlin

Name: Kathryn White

Location: St. Thomas, Ontario

Class of: 2017

Why She’s Awesome: A stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis shook Kathryn’s world, leading her to healthy changes and a desire to help others be the healthiest they can be. Since graduating, Kathryn’s been teaching up a storm in her cooking classes, delivering one-on-one consultations and creating meal plan packages. We are endlessly inspired by her dedication and strength!

Learn More: www.positivelywholesome.com

Follow Her: @positivelywholesome

Name: Maya Henry

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Class of: 2016

Why She’s Awesome: Maya is an expert menu planner whose business focuses on helping busy moms get healthy meals on the table quickly so they can have more free time. Upon graduation, Maya started doing corporate cooking demos in Pittsburgh and delivered a regular segment that focused on healthy weeknight meals on her local TV station. Maya is a certified health coach and teaches programs, such as Healthy Holidays to help women lose weight and feel energized during the holiday season, and Healthy Moms First, which encourages women to develop healthier habits. She also runs a unique wellness retreat that combines skateboarding and wellness. You can glean from Maya’s post, How to Start A Cooking Cooperative, her masterful meal planning skills.

Learn More: www.mayahenry.com

Follow Her: @mayahenryhello

Interested in learning more about how you can take your passion for health to the next level? Check out our 14-week certification program that is 100% online. Click here to learn more. 

Name: Rachel Druckenmiller

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Why She’s Awesome: Rachel is an award-winning health promotion professional who has delivered a ton of workshops about maintaining a healthful diet and lifestyle. Rachel is proof that a positive attitude and goal setting pays off: she sets her sights high, and then implements the step-by-step process that will manifest her dreams. She’s also an amazing food blogger, sharing delicious recipes on her site Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen.

Learn More: www.rachelsnourishingkitchen.com

Name: Michelle Vodrazka

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Class of: 2014

Why She’s Awesome: Michelle’s twin passions are nutrition and exercise – and she’s incredibly skilled at both! She’s the author of a couple of best-selling ACN-approved cookbooks, Smart Snacking for Sports and Help Yourself to Seconds. Plus, she just released another gem, The Bodybuilding Meal Prep Cookbook , which includes six weeks of done-for-you meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, nutritional calculations, meal prep instructions, and recipe variations and tips for fat loss, muscle gain, and/or maintenance. And we’re not the only ones who think she’s nifty – she has been featured by multiple magazines and newspapers in her area.

Learn More: www.michellevodrazka.com

Follow Her: @michellevodrazka

Name: Candi Haas + Rita Childers

Location: St. Louis, MO

Class of: 2014 & 2015

Why They’re Awesome: Candi + Rita hit the ground running after graduating from the Culinary Nutrition Expert program with a food-based business, selling cold-pressed juices, nut milks, salad dressings and other vegan treats at local farmers’ markets. They went on to refine their business and develop an exclusive line of creamy and dairy-free sauces made with whole ingredients and that suit vegan, Paleo, Whole 30 and ketogenic diets – so it’s a sauce for everyone! It took Candi and Rita a year to develop the shelf-stable recipe without additives or preservatives using organic and non-GMO ingredients, making it the only one of its kind on the market. And it’s absolutely delicious!

Learn More: www.coreandrind.com

Follow Them: @coreandrind

Name: Christian Beilke

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Class of: 2018

Why He’s Awesome: After graduating from the Culinary Nutrition Expert..

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Superfood is a word that is bandied about and used as a marketing claim on many products to the point where the concept has almost lost its meaning. Our sixth episode of the Today Is The Day Podcast, “What Are The True Superfoods?”, is now available on your favourite podcast platforms.

In this episode, we’re diving into the topic of true superfoods – not the ones that come in packages from faraway lands, but the real superheroes that are widely accessible, affordable and can easily be part of an everyday diet. 

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Covered In This Episode

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to get back to the original, accessible superfoods.
  • The unexpected environmental and economic impacts caused by the superfood movement.
  • Meghan’s philosophy for culinary nutrition, Josh’s construct of functional nutrition, and what evidence they use to back them up.
  • Why mushrooms act a little like a teacher for your body’s rowdy classroom, and the reason you shouldn’t try foraging for them on your own.
  • The surprising anti-cancer and antibiotic powers of garlic.
  • The benefits of turmeric: an anti-inflammatory that goes well with smoothies and even lattes.
  • Meghan makes a case for hemp seeds, which provide adequate fibre, fat and protein.
  • Why Josh recommends cinnamon for people who are on the blood sugar rollercoaster.
  • Hear the debut of the CINNAMON JINGLE.
  • That walnuts don’t just look like your brain: they boost your brain as well.
  • Leave Meghan and Josh a message and talk about the superfoods growing in your own backyard!
Episode Bonus: True Superfood Recipes

This episode’s bonus is a printable that includes the following superfood recipes:

  • Parsley pesto
  • Blueberry super shake
  • Simple turmeric tea
  • Stuffed portobello mushrooms
  • Hemp ‘parmesan’ topping
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Featured Culinary Nutrition Expert

Dusty Spiller

Dusty is a professional triathlete and coach. He offers coaching on triathlons, running and nutrition on his YoutTube channel – we particularly love his cooking videos. Conventional sports nutrition can be filled with poor advice – like gel packs and neon drinks – and we appreciate Dusty’s whole food approach to supporting fitness.

Learn More: www.dustyspillertriathlon.com

Join Our Weekly Challenge!

To help you take what you learn in each episode to the next level, we’re offering new Today Is The Day Podcast challenges in our community group almost every week. Once in a while, Meghan and Josh will also pop in for a post-show Q&A. Join the community here.

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Calgary is certainly a desirable destination in the heart of Western Canada! With the silhouettes of the majestic Canadian Rockies lending a picturesque scene in the distance, you’re sure to be intrigued by Calgary in more ways than one.

Home to the University of Calgary, a provincial park, diverse community events and an ever-expanding culinary and Fine Arts scene, there is truly something for everyone! With the proximity of the Rockies (including Canmore, Kananaskis Country and Banff and Jasper National Parks), if you’re an adventurer and nature enthusiast, a multitude of summer and winter pursuits await!

Here is your ACN-Approved Healthy City Guide to the best vibrant living Calgary, Alberta has to offer!

Calgary is continually experiencing growth in its health and wellness sector, including cold-pressed juice shops, farm-to-table restaurants, numerous farmers’ markets, a variety of boutique yoga and fitness studios and the always available mountain adventures. When in Calgary, the community spirit and love for the outdoors won’t cease to amaze you!

Where to Eat

The Coup. At this ethical vegetarian restaurant located in the heart of 17th Avenue (as pictured above), you can delight in a seasonal menu that largely uses local, organic, sustainably-sourced ingredients and from-scratch cooking techniques. A percentage of the income generated at this eatery is donated to Mealshare, thereby providing a meal to someone in need. Customers also receive a 5% discount for any takeaway containers they bring in with them for meal pick-ups. Become intrigued by a variety of flavorful breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts and beverages, such as the Blue-Moon Smoothie Bowl, Tandoori Cauliflower Wings, a Spring Bud Ramen, or a Beehive!

Ten Foot Henry. With a ‘fresh vegetable-anchored menu’ that you will quickly come to love, Ten Foot Henry offers family-style dining all day long, as well as weekend brunch until 2 pm. Named after a long-standing Calgary icon (the famed 1930 comic strip character, Henry), the trendy and welcoming atmosphere is hard to resist! Treat your taste buds to a variety of small and larger plates, featuring ingredients such as Asian pear, rainbow chard, broccolini and yam tortilla. As an alternative to the family-style dining experience, you may stop into their attached café – Little Henry.

Seed N Salt. This spot is rooted in supporting local farmers and building relationships, knowing where your food comes from and what ingredients are part of it, as well as a focus on today’s superfoods, and a lifestyle that emphasizes both kindness and community. Seed N Salt offers a wide range of menu items including breakfast, salads, bowls, seasonal delights, smoothies, smoothie bowls and treats. Whether it’s the Mediterranean Bowl, Kalefornia, Red Coconut Curry, Dragon bowl or Avocado Banana Loaf, you’re sure to be recharged and satiated!

Our Daily Brett. This market and catering company is committed to creating and sharing good, honest food, offering not only a casual dine-in and takeaway menu, but specialty retail products as well. Enjoy this trendy, naturally-lit spot with a breakfast bowl, tostada, avocado toast, falafel sandwich or soup-of-the-day, for example. Alternatively or additionally, enjoy checking out NHBR (NEIGHBOUR, by Our Daily Brett).

Jusu Bar. With a hand-crafted menu that is sure to have you wanting to try one of everything, JUSU is dedicated to providing food selections that “will awaken your cells and energize your life!” Offering both grab-and-go menu items as well as JUSU body care (a full line of all-natural skin, hair, and bath products), there is much goodness to be enjoyed! Look forward to 100% organic and non-GMO ingredients in a menu spanning elixirs, shakes, smoothie bowls, sandwiches, wraps, toasts, salads, bowls, elixirs, cold brew, snacks and desserts.

Raw Eatery & Market. Located in Kensington Village, this vegan menu is locally sourced and crafted with love using fresh, local and healthy ingredients. Rejuvenate with such plates as the Kale-Mary or The Garden Spaghetti. Owned and operated by nutrition practitioner Megan Pope, visitors may also choose to benefit from the Nutrition Services she provides to the public.

Veg-In YYC. This globally inspired vegan and vegetarian street food café in the heart of downtown Calgary blends Western and traditional Indian recipes. The owners are dedicated to preparing easily accessible, homemade food and support local food suppliers as much as possible. Enjoy a veggie burrito (on a garden vegetable tortilla), a burger (on dairy- and egg-free buns), one of the chef’s signature creations, or a raw, vegan dessert! Those with severe gluten allergies are advised against selecting the gluten-free menu items, due to possible cross-contamination within the facility; vegetarian menu items do contain dairy.

River Café. Situated in the heart of Prince’s Island Park along the Bow River lining the north side of the downtown core, River Café is the ultimate fine dining experience. Rated one of Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants 2018 (CANADA’S 100 BEST) and one of Calgary’s Best 25 Restaurants 2018 (Avenue Magazine), you may indulge in seasonal Canadian cuisine in a spectacular setting. The team at River Café is “dedicated to sourcing the best tasting local ingredients in season, connecting directly with growers and producers at their farms, gardens and ranches”, while upholding the value of environmental stewardship. Relax and become lost in menu items including the Heritage Greens, Pine Mushroom Roasted Eggplant or the Line Caught Pacific Halibut.

Deane House. A re-modelled Heritage Home in Inglewood, where the Elbow River meets the Bow River, Deane House is a bright, cozy, and memorable fine-dining experience (similar to that of River Café). Enjoy lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, as you explore regional Canadian cuisine. During the summer months, really satisfy your senses with their Summer Jazz Series on the patio (Sundays 12-3 pm).

Made By Marcus. By far the most popular ice cream spot in Calgary, this handcrafted ice cream uses local ingredients, including organic dairy from Vital Green Farms in southern Alberta. Made By Marcus specialties include hard ice cream and sorbet in cones/cups, sundaes, soft serve and ice cream cakes. There are always both seasonal and vegan options on their menu; past vegan options have included such flavors as Wildberry Lavender, Salted Caramel Cashew Date, and Coconut Mango. On a hot summer day or night, particularly on the weekends, be prepared to stand in a determined line-up, but rest assured that it is worth the wait!

High-Vibe Health. In Midnapore, south Calgary, this gem of a spot is Alberta’s only certified organic bone broth shop. Whether it be the chicken, turkey, pho, beef, bison, vegetable or ‘Chocobroth’ you’re after, you’re in for a real treat! Stop into the broth shop for your supply of frozen broth, a hot mug of broth or bowl of bone broth-based soup, a ‘Brothsicle’, and/or a gluten-free baked snack. Furthermore, delight in a variety of other high quality, healthy, local products.

Best Markets IN Calgary

Crossroads Market. This 30-year-old city market composed of over 150 valuable vendors (as pictured above) offers a welcoming market experience. Supporting new and local businesses, this market stands behind numerous organizations and events throughout Calgary, including fundraisers that support students in Calgary schools, extra-curricular activities and not-for-profit organizations. Catch this market experience every Friday-Sunday (9am-5pm).

Calgary Farmers’ Market. Certainly one of Calgary’s busiest markets, this market provides over 80 vendor experiences. Vendors encompass local produce, meat and poultry, international foods, jewelry/clothing/retail goods, as well as a play area for children. You might even experience some live music or other types of featured artists. Enjoy this prominent market environment every Thursday-Sunday (9am-5pm).

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market. Dedicated to growing a good food community, this market is year-round and situated in the heart of the Hillhurst Sunnyside neighbourhood of Calgary. The outdoor season spans mid-May to mid-October (3-7 pm), where you can enjoy high-quality items from a diverse group of vendors, including local farmers, food creators and artisans. Come mid-October the market may be enjoyed indoors, until mid-May.

Lions Club of Bearspaw Farmers’ Market. This bustling and spirited outdoor market operates every Sunday from late June to the end of September (10am-2pm), with over 100 vendors to learn about and enjoy. A number of vendors can also be found indoors within the Bearspaw Lions Community Hall. Sample some freshly squeezed lemonade or certified organic bone broth, or invest in some farm-fresh chicken. Regardless, there are plenty of passionately made and appealing options to explore!

Blush Lane Organic Market. With multiple locations around the city of Calgary, Blush Lane Organic Market is a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds! Voted the “Best Organic Grocery Store” (Golden Fork Awards 2018), this market is committed to sustainable agriculture, ethical practices and environmentally conscious actions, and sourcing responsibly and locally grown products. Beyond pristine, fresh produce, bulk food options and a range of packaged goods, Blush Lane Organic Market also provides visitors with natural supplement and beauty care departments.

Community Natural Foods. A longstanding health food store and market in Calgary (since 1977), its three locations can be counted on for a wide range of natural and organic products, including natural supplements, personal care products and nutritional resources, such as cookbooks and culinary tools. Community Natural Foods was Calgary’s first grocer to go single-use plastic bag free, as well as Calgary’s first retail store to go single-use plastic water bottle free, valuing various types of sustainability initiatives. The 10th Avenue Market regularly hosts public workshops/lectures that are often live-streamed to the other locations; most workshops are free to the public.

Light Cellar. A small grocery and café like no other, the Light Cellar is your go-to stop for anything and everything superfood. The highly knowledgeable staff will help you locate exactly what you are looking for, whether it be raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut and kimchi, wild-harvested/dried reishi mushroom or maca powder, for example. At their Elixir Bar, indulge in some self-care with a nutrient-dense elixir and a handcrafted snack. In their culinary classroom upstairs, they regularly host a variety of workshops, where you can learn how to make raw chocolate, gut-supportive recipes or effectively support hormonal balance in the body. Guided forages in the Calgary area are also available. The Light Cellar has recently expanded with a second location in Inglewood, being housed within Bite Grocer + Eatery.

BEST Yoga and Fitness IN Calgary

BARRE BELLE. A boutique fitness studio with three locations in Calgary (as pictured above), these 60-minute classes are led by talented and motivating instructors possessing a background in dance, fitness and other mediums. These classes combine barre exercises with cardiovascular interval training and resistance training to provide an undeniable, full-body workout. Whether it’s the Barre Belle Fit, Barre Belle Fat Burn or the other class options, you can expect to use a few types of equipment to support your workout. This may include dumbbells, resistance bands and medicine balls, all to the beat of a playlist of adrenaline-pumping tunes!

Junction 9. In the heart of Inglewood is Junction 9 Yoga and Pilates, a calming and beautiful space that represents inclusion, community and fellowship. Participants may choose from a variety of different yoga styles, including (but not limited to) Vinyasa Flow, Sunrise Flow, Hatha Flow, Yin By Candlelight and Prenatal Yoga. With the Pilates instruction, participants are required to attend a Pilates Principle Workshop prior to attending the other Pilates reformer class options. Private Pilates classes are also available!

Yoga Santosha. With locations in both Kensington and Mission, this yoga community provides a variety of yoga class styles for all levels of experience. Yoga class styles include (but are not limited to) Ashtanga, Flow, Yin/Yang, Warm Hips and Hamstrings and Warm Yin/Restorative. Authentic practice and self-realization are focal points of the instruction. Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training is also available for those desiring to pursue training in this field.

YYC Cycle. Join the “Biker gang” for a spin class like no other. With three locations in various parts of Calgary, this spin studio offers high-energy, 50-minute spin classes multiple times daily, where the lights are off, the spotlights are on and the music is pumping! Your “Motivator” (instructor extraordinaire!) is sure to take your fitness to the next level, including intervals of spin and dumbbell-based exercises to build your upper body strength, as well. YYC Cycle has certainly blazed a new trail with regards to the indoor cycling experience!

Lagree YYC. Also offering a core-strengthening, full-body workout that is sure to have you burning plenty of calories in one class, The Lagree Method is taught using the Megaformer machine. This machine is “a moving platform manipulated through a system of springs, straps and cables in combination with your own body weight to provide resistance”. Although this workout is high-intensity and set to music, the participant controls the intensity of the movements through slow, controlled exercises that minimize the impact on the joints of the body.

9Round Fitness. This unique fitness experience in multiple locations around Calgary offers participants the opportunity to drop-in at any time of day and complete a 30-minute, kickbox-based fitness circuit, complemented by the support of personal trainers and nutritional guidance. Available to all fitness levels, it’s sure to be a full-body workout that allows you to start at where you’re at and progress at a rate suitable for you. Using functional movement through interval training, cardiovascular training and an established circuit, your cardiovascular and muscular fitness are sure to be transformed!

Revive Lifestyle Fitness. This boutique fitness studio offers participants a 55-minute low-impact, heart-pumping, HIIT workout using stationary bikes, water rowers, kettlebells and TRX. If you’re looking for a well-rounded, full-body workout, then this space is the place for you. Their cycling technology (Matrix IC7) allows instructors to customize the intensity level on the bikes by using a wattage calculation and four color-coded training zones. Their Heart Rate Training provides participants with the opportunity to monitor their progress to prevent the body from reaching a plateau during training.

Natural Spas IN calgary

Clear Float Spa. Indulge in some relaxation for both your body and mind with float therapy. Well-researched and relying on the use of magnesium salts, float therapy supports chronic stress relief, relaxation, poor sleep/insomnia, heightened senses, meditation and faster healing/muscle recovery. Choose from a guided floating meditation, calming floating music or various lighting options to best suit your needs. Look forward to some complimentary tea or kombucha during your visit, as well.

Leela Eco Spa. An environmentally conscious spa and socially conscious organization, Leela Eco Spa depends on eco-friendly, organic products for its clients. Enjoy a massage, acupuncture, osteopathy and/or esthetic service that relies on natural methods and cruelty-free products, This spa has three locations in Calgary and partners with local businesses that also share a passion for environmental stewardship, including Green Start Recycle and Bull Frog Power. A paperless business, Leela Eco Spa relies on a water filtration system rather than disposable plastic bottles, as well as all-natural cleaners for facility maintenance and an enjoyable client experience.

Exige Medi Spa. Dedicated to a holistic approach to natural healing with a multi-practitioner environment, Exige Medi Spa provides opportunities for massage, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, cupping massage, reflexology and other natural remedies for the mind and body in a beautifully relaxing zen environment. Treatment plans for a client are able to take multiple practitioners’ perspectives into mind.

Inner Balance Spa. This alternative therapies spa – focused on philosophies of holistic health – will support bringing your body into a greater state of balance, whether it be via a massage, acupuncture treatment, aromatic steam or infrared sauna. A bright, clean and inviting space, the holistic team of experts at Inner Balance Spa use products that contain natural and organic ingredients that are sure to have you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated! Enjoy some complimentary, immunity-enhancing tea during your stay as well.

Hammam Retreat and Spa. If you’re looking for more of a Turkish Hammam or Moroccan Hammam experience, then this is your place! This unique spa experience aims to get rid of dead skin cells and enhance good blood flow to leave your skin feeling rejuvenated like never before! Between a visit into the sauna, laying on a heated marble slab and enjoying a full-body exfoliation, rinse and moisturizing treatment, you’ll be well looked after! Following the treatment, look forward to some light snacks and tea. As an alternative, a Moroccan clay facial or hot stone massage may be just what your body needs!

BEST HEALTH-INSPIRED ACTIVITIES IN calgary

East Village. Calgary’s “Urban Village” (as pictured above), the East Village offers a multitude of things to do! The new Calgary Central Library is a stunning site to see! Pay a visit to Studio Bell, which houses the National Music Centre, delight in the various public art installations that decorate the neighbourhood or explore some history at Fort Calgary.

The Jack and Jean Leslie Riverwalk is an award-winning pathway that can be enjoyed on foot or by bicycle. With divided lanes for pedestrians and cyclists, there is plenty of space for all to enjoy this scenic pathway along the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Spanning Centre St. to 9th Avenue SE and dotted with periodic benches, it certainly is a relaxing, scenic and enjoyable path in the city!

St. Patrick’s Island is a gem of a spot in the East Village, situated on the Bow River. It is a revitalized, 31-acre island designed for nature lovers, families and urban explorers alike. Offering a public art installation, picnic space, a Playground for kids and a fishing cove, there is much to explore! Take in a public market and live music during the summer months in Confluence Plaza, which houses an amphitheatre. Let the boardwalk and trails, amidst the natural wetlands, lead you to new destinations and a whole lot of outdoor fun!

Prince’s Island Park. Home to Calgary’s Canada Day celebrations and the Calgary Folk Music Festival, this popular and beautifully maintained park in downtown Calgary boasts numerous picnic areas, a playground, walking trails, flower gardens, the aforementioned River Café and scenic views of Calgary’s downtown core. It is also home to Shakespeare by the Bow during the summer months. Visitors may also enjoy some cross-country skiing and outdoor skating in this area, during the winter season!

Calgary Zoo. At the Calgary Zoo, animal lovers may explore 100+ types of species. The zoo’s Center for Conservation Research works with its partners to develop strategies that will benefit species-at-risk via community conservation and reintroductions. Providing special programming for its visitors, including a Safari Sunday Brunch and Zoolights (during the winter holiday season), there are plenty of opportunities for animal lovers to enjoy!

TELUS Spark. Ignite your curiosity at this playground of wonders! Explore science, technology, engineering, math and art experiences designed for a wide range of ages and interests. Explore The Brainasium, an outdoor adventure space, craft something new in the Open Studio or take in a live science demonstration.

WinSPORT. The Winter Sport Institute at Canada Olympic Park is where you may enjoy quite a thrill if you’re so inclined. Offering both summer and winter activities, including a zip line, summer bobsleigh, skyline luge, scenic chairlift, mountain biking, hockey, skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, you’re sure to have an adventure (or three)! Lessons and camps are available, in addition to single-day experiences. If you’re a lover of physical activity, this is certainly the place for you to enjoy a unique, outdoor adventure.

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There are a multitude of label claims splashed across food products and they can be confusing, luring us to believe certain items are nutritious when companies are merely capitalizing on healthy-sounding buzzwords to sell their wares. Our fifth episode of the Today Is The Day Podcast, “How To Stop Being Fooled By The Label”, is now available on your favourite podcast platforms.

In this episode, we have an important and practical conversation about food labels. We decode what all those nutrition labels and health claims really mean so that you will never again be fooled by the label.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The little ways labels can confuse you more often than educate you.
  • The definition of “healthwashing” and how companies can mislead us into thinking we’re eating healthier than we actually are.
  • The one label you really do need to focus on.
  • What does “100% natural” actually mean? And what’s the secret about natural vs. artificial flavouring?
  • That each of us burn calories at different rates, and that we should adjust for our metabolism.
  • That calorie counting is not as important as what’s actually in the ingredient list.
  • What fortified foods are and why you should skip them.
  • How to take a more skeptical look at organic food labeling.
  • Josh and Meghan’s personal hierarchy for selecting food.
  • What fair trade labels can tell us about the working conditions where food is grown.
Episode Bonus: Fooled By The Label Cheat Sheet

This episode’s bonus is a printable that offers:

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  • What the most popular health labels mean
  • The symbols you want to look out for
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Featured Culinary Nutrition Expert

Julie McLachlan, Founder of Jule’s Baskets

Julie was part of our first group of online students in 2013 and upon graduating she was out of the gate, starting a gift basket business that has since blown up! She used the skills she acquired in the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program to confidently select the brands she wanted to work with.

Jule’s Baskets is a healthy gift basket company that is thoughtfully curated with nutritious goodies, beauty care and lifestyle products that are designed to support wellness. Gift basket and box options can be catered to specialty diets, new moms, chocolate lovers, tea fanatics and more, as well as customized for special occasions (birthdays, weddings, corporate events, housewarmings) – or just because you want to send a one-of-a-kind gift! We love this approach to gift-giving because it includes products that we’ll actually use and eat.

Learn More: www.julesbaskets.com

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At the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, we teach our students that there is no singular diet that is right for everyone. Our eating habits may change as we zigzag through life – what works for us today may not be optimal four years from now. Still, one common thread that is woven throughout many therapeutic diets is the emphasis on plant-based foods, which are loaded to the brim with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre. To help people focus on eating plants, the Meatless Monday movement encourages people to forgo meat every Monday to improve their health, animal welfare and the environment.

Meatless Mondays have spread across the globe and it’s a great way to appreciate the delicious and varied flavours of plant-based meals. These 20 Best Meatless Monday recipes offer you some fantastic inspiration – and you just might want to add these to your meal plan all week long!

20 Best Meatless Monday Recipes Vegan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Vegan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca by Gastroplant

A simple and tasty pasta dish with bold flavors. We love how this Meatless Monday recipe replaces the traditional anchovies with seaweed to provide that salty sea flavour along with a boatload of nutrients.

Chickpea Coconut Curry

Chickpea Coconut Curry by Vegan Richa

An ultra creamy vegan curry recipe that you can make in a breeze using the Instant Pot or stovetop. Make it as spicy as you can handle!

Simple Harvest Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing

Simple Harvest Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing by From My Bowl

A good dinner bowl becomes next level with an amazing 4-ingredient salad dressing that will become your next go-to. With a mixture of cooked elements – tempeh, rice and beans – and fresh ingredients, this salad is satisfying for lunch, dinner and even a vegan breakfast.

Sweet Potato Noodles with Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Sweet Potato Noodles with Vegan Alfredo Sauce by Pickles ‘N Honey (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

Swapping in sweet potato noodles will help you eat more vegetables and the cream sauce is to die for. The perfect weeknight meal.

Korean BBQ Tofu Meal Prep Bowls

Korean BBQ Tofu Meal Prep Bowls by Hello Veggie

With browned tofu, stir-fried veggies, spicy sauce and handy meal prep instructions, you’ll be able to make almost the whole week into Meatless Monday.

Veggie, Hemp + Millet Nuggets

Veggie, Hemp + Millet Nuggets by The First Mess

Keep the whole family happy on Meatless Monday with these veggie nuggets, which pair perfectly with any one of these healthy French fry recipes.

Butternut Squash Kitchari

Butternut Squash Kitchari by Tending The Table

A cleansing Ayurvedic recipe that has a bright and creamy twist from mashed butternut squash. Pure comfort food in a bowl!

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Vegan Stuffed Peppers by Plant and Vine

A Mexican-inspired Meatless Monday recipe filled with quinoa, black beans, corn and salsa, and topped with avocado crema. Plus, there are recommended wine pairings for those of you who are so inclined.

Vegan Eggplant Lasagna

Vegan Eggplant Lasagna by Simple Vegan Blog

A hearty yet flexible lasagna recipe that can be made with eggplant, zucchini or gluten-free pasta noodles. Yum.

Asian-Style Noodles with Gingery Prune Sauce

Asian-Style Noodles with Gingery Prune Sauce by Jackie Newgent

Prunes are a highly underrated fruit! We love them to bits and it’s genius to use them in a sauce, which provides a natural sweetness to this veggie-packed noodle dish.

Baked Green Curry Falafels

Baked Green Curry Falafels by My Fresh Perspective (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

A fusion of Middle Eastern and Thai cuisines, this recipe is extremely versatile – throw these patties on a salad or recipe-free dinner bowl, roll them in lettuce wraps, serve with veggies or rice, or devour as a protein-rich snack.

Grilled Polenta with Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled Polenta with Marinated Portobello Mushrooms by The Grateful Plate (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

Portobello mushrooms have a meat-like texture and umami flavour that will satisfy everyone, especially when piled atop grilled polenta. Perfect for barbecue season!

Instant Pot Jackfruit Tacos

Instant Pot Jackfruit Tacos by Kara Lydon Nutrition

When cooked in the Instant Pot, jackfruit develops a melt-in-your-mouth texture and can be piled with all the toppings for a quick weeknight Mexican Meatless Monday meal.

Easy Vegan Cauliflower Wings

Easy Vegan Cauliflower Wings by The Little Plantation

These cauliflower wings are battered, baked and glazed with an Indian-inspired sauce, then dipped in vegan cucumber raita. Heaven.

Freezable Vegan Veggie Burgers

Freezable Vegan Veggie Burgers by Cotter Crunch

If you make a batch (or two) of these veggie-packed burgers ahead of time, Meatless Monday will be a snap to pull off. Want more burger inspiration? Check out these 20 Best Burger Recipes.

Chickpea, Kale + Wild Rice Casserole

Chickpea, Kale + Wild Rice Casserole by Jennifer’s Kitchen

Use leftover cooked rice and a few staple pantry items to whip up this creamy and comforting meal for dinner. You won’t regret it!

Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Pizza Crust by Meghan Telpner (*ACN Founder + Director)

A gluten-free, yeast-free and vegan pizza crust you can load with your favourite pizza toppings. Make big pies for the family to share, or roll smaller ones so everyone can choose their own adventure.

Spicy Sheet Pan Fajitas

Spicy Sheet Pan Fajitas by Inspector Gorgeous

Roast up a range of veggies in a spicy glaze and watch the magic happen. Serve in tortillas, lettuce cups or in a bowl. Mmm.

Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili by Lori Moore (*Culinary Nutrition Expert)

A Meatless Monday classic, chili is very easy to make plant-based and it’s so loaded with flavour you won’t even notice the meat is gone. We like serving ours with guac, but you can also try cashew sour cream or salsa.

Thai Basil Tempeh with Persimmon Salsa

Thai Basil Tempeh with Persimmon Salsa by Full of Plants

This recipe has many layers of flavour – the tempeh on its own is amazing, but the persimmon salsa really gives it extra punch and zing!

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Today is the day we’re tackling a big topic: autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune conditions can be challenging and debilitating, as our founder Meghan Telpner has learned from personal experience, and Josh Gitalis knows from his clinical practice. Our fourth episode, Can You Cure An Autoimmune Disease?, is now available on your favourite podcast platforms.

This episode explores autoimmune diseases and the common misconception that once diagnosed, there isn’t much we can do. 

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Covered In This Episode

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • About Meghan’s own experience, including her diagnosis with Crohn’s disease and how it changed her diet and lifestyle.
  • Why you should draft a “health resume”.
  • The genetic, environmental and dietary factors that trigger autoimmune disease.
  • That there’s no single treatment for a disease, rather an intersection of medicine, diet and fitness.
  • Why complete commitment is required to push back against an autoimmune disease.
  • What all basic healing diets have in common and what autoimmune sufferers need to cut out of theirs.
  • What it means to live in a way that’s health supportive.
  • Why you should clean up your diet, specifically focusing on dairy and gluten.
  • Why you should not burn yourself out through intense exercise, but find ways to move throughout your day.
  • A few of the activities that bring Meghan and Josh joy.
Episode Bonus: Autoimmune Protocol

This episode’s bonus is a downloadable autoimmune protocol that highlights:

  • diet
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  • the best mind-body practices
  • an essential reading list. 
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Featured Organization: Thrive (Formerly called Organics 4 Orphans)

Dale and Linda Bolton, Co-Founders of Thrive (Formerly Organics for Orphans)

We have a rare luxury that most people on the planet do not.  We are able to choose the food we eat to fuel our cells and our lives. And we want everyone else to have the same choices. We love this amazing organization that tirelessly strives to enhance food security in East Africa. They work in a variety of communities to teach people the skills to grow food in impoverished neighbourhoods, schools, and even in women’s prisons.

In 2018 alone, Thrive dug 24,403 garden beds, built 865 keyhole gardens, grew 1,767 medicinal plants, and grew food for 4,000,000 meals. Thrive has been a 4-time recipient of our annual e-cookbook for charity, From Scratch Cooking, and we are very proud to be associated with this worthy cause. You can learn more about From Scratch Cooking and how generous donations supported Thrive’s good work here.

We were thrilled to have Dale join us as an honorary Culinary Nutrition Expert in 2018, which helped enhance his nutrition knowledge and taught him some fantastic recipes.

Learn More: www.thriveforgood.org

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Today is the day we’re tackling a big topic: autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune conditions can be challenging and debilitating, as our founder Meghan Telpner has learned from personal experience, and Josh Gitalis knows from his clinical practice. Our fourth episode, Can You Cure An Autoimmune Disease?, is now available on your favourite podcast platforms.

This episode explores autoimmune diseases and the common misconception that once diagnosed, there isn’t much we can do. 

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Covered In This Episode

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • About Meghan’s own experience, including her diagnosis with Crohn’s disease and how it changed her diet and lifestyle.
  • Why you should draft a “healing resume”.
  • The genetic, environmental and dietary factors that trigger autoimmune disease.
  • That there’s no single treatment for a disease, rather an intersection of medicine, diet and fitness.
  • Why complete commitment is required to push back against an autoimmune disease.
  • What all basic healing diets have in common and what autoimmune sufferers need to cut out of theirs.
  • What it means to live in a way that’s health supportive.
  • Why you should clean up your diet, specifically focusing on dairy and gluten.
  • Why you should not burn yourself out through intense exercise, but find ways to move throughout your day.
  • A few of the activities that bring Meghan and Josh joy.
Episode Bonus: Autoimmune Protocol

This episode’s bonus is a downloadable autoimmune protocol that highlights:

  • diet
  • lifestyle
  • supplement
  • the best mind-body practices
  • an essential reading list. 
  • Get Your Autoimmune Protocol
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Additional Resources Mentioned In The Episode Connect With The Hosts Meghan Telpner Josh Gitalis

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Featured Organization: Thrive (Formerly called Organics 4 Orphans)

Dale and Linda Bolton, Co-Founders of Thrive (Formerly Organics for Orphans)

We have a rare luxury that most people on the planet do not.  We are able to choose the food we eat to fuel our cells and our lives. And we want everyone else to have the same choices. We love this amazing organization that tirelessly strives to enhance food security in East Africa. They work in a variety of communities to teach people the skills to grow food in impoverished neighbourhoods, schools, and even in women’s prisons.

In 2018 alone, Thrive dug 24,403 garden beds, built 865 keyhole gardens, grew 1,767 medicinal plants, and grew food for 4,000,000 meals. Thrive has been a 4-time recipient of our annual e-cookbook for charity, From Scratch Cooking, and we are very proud to be associated with this worthy cause. You can learn more about From Scratch Cooking and how generous donations supported Thrive’s good work here.

We were thrilled to have Dale join us as an honorary Culinary Nutrition Expert in 2018, which helped enhance his nutrition knowledge and taught him some fantastic recipes.

Learn More: www.thriveforgood.org

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To help you take what you learn in each episode to the next level, we’re offering new Today Is The Day Podcast challenges in our community group almost every week. Once in a while, Meghan and Josh will also pop in for a post-show Q&A. Join the community here.

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