November 9, 2017 By Sarah White No Comments

I'm officially all out of pumpkin puree so let's end this pumpkin theme off with my current favourite recipe. These gluten-free muffins are by far the best I've ever tasted (including those sugar-laden carbohydrate bombs found at my favourite coffee shop). It's a good thing that pumpkins are a super food since I'm pretty sure I've eaten my own weight in muffins this season. On that note ... let's quickly recap some of the health benefits of pumpkin so that we can all feel a little bit better about eating 3+ muffins in one sitting: A cup of pumpkin puree contains…


November 8, 2017 By Sarah White No Comments

Ladies & gentlemen, keep working your way through those cans of pumpkin puree with these black bean + pumpkin brownies. I typically don't eat a ton of sweets since my body is extremely sensitive to sugar (queen hangry here) but these brownies have a whopping 10g of fibre per serving and contain no refined sugars to minimize blood sugar spikes. Best enjoyed warm with a big glass of homemade almond milk. Print Black Bean + Pumpkin Brownies Gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, fibre-packed wonder treats. Enjoy. Ingredients 1 can BPA-free black beans 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 3 tbs coconut flour 1…


October 28, 2017 By Sarah White No Comments

Nothing feels more "fall" to me than snuggling up on the couch with a glass of bold red wine and a huge bowl of hot chili. This sweet potato and beef chili recipe is my absolute favourite and is perfect for this fall weather and cozy evenings at home. It strikes that balance between spicy and sweet and happens to be super simple to make, too. Lately, I've been eating a 'ketogenic' style diet during the day and saving my carbohydrates for dinner time. This strategy allows me to maintain blood sugar balance through the day while maintaining normal cortisol patterns…


October 26, 2017 By Sarah White No Comments

Today's recipe is dedicated to my partner Kyle, the man who shamelessly orders a pumpkin spice latte every time we're out for coffee together. This granola recipe makes for a perfectly healthy and festive October breakfast when paired with a bowl of homemade almond milk or coconut yoghurt. It also happens to be gluten-free, refined sugar-free and full of pumpkin seeds for a generous dose of magnesium and zinc (two very common nutritional deficiencies that I see in my clinical practice). Pumpkin seeds also contain plant compounds called phytosterols. These unique compounds are beneficial because they are structurally similar to cholesterol and…


October 6, 2017 By Sarah White No Comments

From both a Western and an Eastern perspective, sweet potatoes are considered to be a fabulously healthy vegetable. Just one sweet potato contains 400% of your daily Vitamin A intake as well as a high dose of vitamin B6 to improve hormonal health and neurotransmitter function. They are also a great dietary source of vitamin C which helps to support the immune system during the change of seasons. While sweet potatoes carry multiple well-studied health benefits from a Western perspective, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers them to be especially beneficial when eaten during the end of summer and beginning of…


September 6, 2017 By Sarah White No Comments

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine eggplants are a 'cooling' or yin food, making them an excellent dietary choice on hot summer days. The five TCM food types are cold, hot, warm, cool and neutral - this refers not to the state of the food, but the effect that it has on our bodies. In Chinese medicine theory eating with the seasons means that you are consuming more raw, cold and cool foods during hot months and eating predominantly hot, spicy and warm foods in the cold winter months in order to maintain balance within the body. Examples of other cooling…


May 19, 2017 By Sarah White No Comments

My patients often ask me, "what's the unhealthiest thing that you eat/d0?", and up until 6-months ago my answer was always wine ... and the birth control pill. I was put on the birth control pill at age 15 to 'regulate' my hormones (FYI the pill doesn't actually regulate hormones AT ALL), and spent many years willfully blind to the dangers and side effects that come with taking synthetic estrogens & progestins. Fast forward 10 years later and I could no longer ignore the symptoms of synthetic estrogen dominance that were becoming worse and worse every year since my first pack of pills; I'm talking serious…


January 6, 2017 By Sarah White No Comments

My partner Kyle and I are avid campers and live for our summer weekends in the great outdoors. While I'll always enjoy 'glamping' (car access, air mattresses & portable mini fridges), the most special times up north are the ones where I'm feeling truly connected to nature and my surroundings. This means a full day of canoeing and multiple portages to reach an untouched site. These gluten-free blueberry pancakes from this doctor's camp kitchen are healthy, delicious and most importantly ... portable for long treks in the woods. Print Blueberry Oat Pancakes Prep 5 mins Cook 10 mins Total 15 mins…