Autumn lentil salad

Autumn lentil salad

   Lentils are hugely underrated.  Earthy, hearty, nutritious and inexpensive, lentils are the definition of bang-for-buck nutrition.  Each 3/4 cup serving packs more potassium than a banana, more folate than any other plant food, 13g of protein and the list of reasons to love your lentils goes on and on. Plus, lentils are a cinch…

Kale, Squash and Tahini Salad Bowl

Kale, Squash and Tahini Salad Bowl

Is salad your go-to meal option or do you avoid it because the word salad just screams “DIET FOOD” to you? Does it satisfy your hunger and keep your energy levels steady all afternoon or are you hungry within two hours of your last bite? Salads are a very convenient way to load up on nutrient-dense foods. However, don’t be mislead into…

Video: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Bowl

Video: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Bowl

Salad is usually thought of as the light and refreshing meal you turn to when you’re trying to keep on track. But why can’t it also be the hearty and satisfying meal you long for at the end of a hard day? Take the salad prepared in today’s Balanced Bowls episode: it’s hearty, filling, FULL of flavour…

Black bean lettuce tacos

Black bean lettuce tacos

Is it just me, or do foods taste better when they’re wrapped? Spring rolls, sushi, tacos…maybe it’s because the wrapping gives you all the goods in a single bite or maybe it’s the messiness factor that for some reason, also makes foods that much more flavourful. In any case, I’ve been on a serious wrapping…

Summer Kale Salad

Summer Kale Salad

I love kale salad. But I would be lying if I told you it was love at first bite. It was a long while ago, but I remember my first kale salad. I had always eaten it cooked, blended or juiced, but never as a raw base for a salad. I treated it as I would…

Video Blog: How to cook quinoa + Salad in a jar

Video Blog: How to cook quinoa + Salad in a jar

I love good food. But I love it even more when it’s convenient. So in the spirit of making good food convenient, today’s video will show you one of the things I’ve been crushing on lately: Salads in jars. They’re easy to make, can be prepped days in advance, are gorgeous to look at and allow…

Video blog: Roasted beet and apple salad

Video blog: Roasted beet and apple salad

I’m excited. Today, the Motive Nutrition blog turns 1 year old. Woot! One year ago, I set out into unknown territory when I started this blog and although I wasn’t sure what would come of it, I did have a mission in mind: to provide content that would motivate people to get back to basics…

Herbed quinoa salad with pomegranate and hazelnuts

Herbed quinoa salad with pomegranate and hazelnuts

  Can you believe it’s already December? I hardly can. The Christmas tree went up yesterday and my counselling sessions are already buzzing with questions about how to “survive” the holiday season. While I’ll touch on this topic in another post, it’s important to note that the holiday season shouldn’t be survivable, it should be enjoyable…

Potato salad with tuna, chickpeas and balsamic vinaigrette

Potato salad with tuna, chickpeas and balsamic vinaigrette

Potato salads are real crowd-pleasers aren’t they? It is time however, to rethink the creamy, mayo-laden version and turn it into a balanced, healthful and delicious version of the old favourite. This particular recipe is no side dish; it is a complete meal on its own and one of my personal lunchtime favourites.  First, most…