Balanced Living

Curried Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potato & Swiss Chard

Posted by Arja on April 22 in Soups and Stews

The sun is shining as I write this, and this may (or may not!) be my last soup post for a while.  No promises, but the warmer weather and promise of fresh produce from farmers will probably lure me towards other culinary endeavors.  But for now, I want to talk to you about how much I love red lentils, especially when combines with curry flavouring!  For me, this has become the ultimate in comfort food.

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Why Choose a Plant-Based Diet?  Plus a Kale and Bean Stew Recipe!

Posted by Arja on January 15 in Main Dishes, Meatless, Soups and Stews

Whether you’ve made this the year that you take control of your life and health again, or you’re already on your way down the path towards better health, trying to make sense of all the different diet types out there can be daunting.  Should you be vegetarian, or vegan?  What about going gluten-free?  Or maybe you should try following Paleo for a month?  Though we say we’re not looking for the next “quick fix”, it’s tempting to make a choice based on the idea that it will make losing weight easier.  Whatever your ultimate reason is for choosing one diet style over another, be it politically, medically, or emotionally driven, you should know that you don’t have to put a label on it if you don’t want to.

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Get Your Broccoli Fix

Posted by Arja on November 14 in Soups and Stews

Did I get your attention?  I bet you didn’t even know that you needed a broccoli fix!  The truth is, whether you love it or not, broccoli is super good for you.  It’s a nutritional star, and paired with a small amount of sharp cheese and some beans for protein, you’ll find it so delicious that you may even forget that you’re eating something that is really good for you.

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Soup, Soup, and More Soup!

Posted by Arja on October 23 in Soups and Stews

It’s a cool, rainy day and I’ve got soup on my mind.  Summer is lovely, but fall makes me want to get back into my kitchen and cook up steaming pots of deliciousness.  I think one of the best things about soup is that it’s so easy to batch cook and have extra for lunches, other dinners, or to stash in your freezer for easy meals another day.  The other great thing about soup is that it’s an easy way to get a whole lot of vegetables in you in one sitting!  Whether it’s meat-based or vegetable-based, it’s easy to create something hearty, and satisfying that’s still really good for you.

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Kale and White Bean Soup

Posted by Arja on February 12 in Soups and Stews

Weeknights are busy for most people, whether you have children or not.  There are late nights at the office, extracurricular activities, dogs that need to be walked and the list goes on.  Sometimes, the idea of trying to pull together a quick, healthy meal seems impossible.  We have many of those nights around here and our 2 year old son and 2 year old Beagle make every night a busy night whether anything else happens or not!

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arja pennanen lytle c.n.p. n.n.c.p certified nutritional practitioner

Arja is a Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for balanced living. She loves to help people sleep better, think better, feel sexier, and just generally feel better by putting the focus on eating foods that make you feel good. Arja uses whole foods, lifestyle adjustments, herbs, and some supplements to help people feel their best and achieve their health and wellness goals.