Five Steps to a Healthier, Happier Gut

Karen is a prairie girl now residing on the East Coast of Canada. She’s an active outdoorswoman, community builder and supporter of local food goodness… and a fabulous raw-food chef! Join In Balance consultant Karen Toews to find out how five simple steps can create a healthier, happier and more BALANCEd gut! For some people (other than holistic nutritionists!), talking about “the gut” can be...
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The “Short and Sweet” on Smoothies

Smoothies are great! They can be big on benefits for a minimal investment of time and effort. Here are three healthy options to add to your collection. Superfoodie Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup blueberries, frozen 1 Tbsp. raw cacao or cocoa powder 1 Tbsp. ground or whole chia seeds 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds 2 cups unsweetened (2% fat) coconut milk or almond milk 2 Tbsp. unsweetened peanut butter or almond...
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Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

At a time of the year where “joy” is supposed to be an integral part of the season, it is a commodity found in surprisingly small amounts some days. In fact joy – in In Balance terms, Laughter and Play – is an essential component to the wellness journey. The health benefits of incorporating laughter and play in our lives are numerous, and include increased endorphin production as...
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Have a Healthy Halloween!

In Balance RHN, Karen, loved Halloween as a kid – especially trick or treating! Her generous stash of sweet treats from relatively few houses was made to last until Christmas. Like many homes 50-plus years ago, candy was a treat, and not on the daily diet plan. Her childhood habits and “need for sweet” extended to her adult years: until five years ago. Learning, applying, and now teaching...
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From the In Balance Kitchen: Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Chocolate is easily a favourite ingredient in the In Balance kitchen. Now add in some VEGGIES (can you say beets, please?) and we’ve got a winner dessert for your family table. Enjoy!   Chocolate “Didn’t-Even-Know-It-Was-Beets” Cake! ____________________________________ From: Karen Toews  Makes: 9×9 pan ____________________________________ Filling 3/4 cup...
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From the In Balance Kitchen: Raw Apple Pie

This dessert makes a healthy alternative to a Thanksgiving feast (one that doesn’t beg to have a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream like traditional apple pie!). Because this recipe is so satisfying and nutrient dense it isn’t limited to dessert – with a scoop of plain yogurt on the side it’s great for breakfast! Like they say – “start with dessert”!   “Just Like...
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