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Buckwheat Surprise

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Healthy Living, Recipes


This is a great, quick, healthy, gluten-free and vegan recipe that even kids can make!

My son decided to cook for us last weekend and he wanted to try something new. So we got creative and it was sooo yummy! We called it the Buckwheat Surprise. We love buckwheat, it is such a tasty flour and it’s packed with great nutrients! Not only does it offer a great source of protein, but it has full of vitamin B6 content (the perfect vitamin for the nervous system). It also offers a huge quantity of fiber and omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. As far as minerals go, it offers 122% of manganese and 75% of magnesium per serving! No wonder it is so good for the nervous system (aka, your brain!)


Prep Time: 15 minutes (this of course is without the participating of the kids!)

Cooking Time: 10 minutes


Egg Replacer for the equivalence of two eggs (you may also want to try some grounded flax seed and water)
1.5 cups of almond milk (or the milk of your choice)
30 ml of grape seed oil
30 ml of maple syrup
1/4 cup of applesauce
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup cup brown rice flour
10 ml of baking powder
1 pack of Soyganic smoked tofu

1- Slice the tofu into strips as to make it look like a bacon strip.
2- Cook the sliced tofu in a skillet till brown and set aside.
3- Whisk the egg replacer, milk, oil and maple syrup together.
4- Add the applesauce.
5- In a separate bowl, stir in the flours and baking powder.
6- Incorporate the dry mixture to the wet and stir till you get a smooth texture.


7- Using the same skillet, add extra oil (grape seed or coconut are great choices) and pour a small amount of batter in. Let cook untill the mixture starts to bubble.


8- Add a strip of tofu and cover with more batter.


9- Let cook for about an extra minute and turn over.


These are great with extra maple syrup, but you can also have them with applesauce, cooked fruit, agave nectar or some vegan butter. All yummy!

Let me know what you think, I will pass your comments onto my chef!

Butternut Delight

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Recipes


With this cold weather, it is so very nice to sit down to a warm, soothing, beautifully colored and delicious meal.  My favorite on a fast past day is some sort of soup.  Although it is winter, you still want to eat what is in season and root vegetables are by far a great choice.  I especially love this recipe because it is fast, easy, inexpensive, respects great food combinations, so good for you and tastes heavenly. Here is what you will need;


3 Tbs. of olive oil
1/2 of a butternut squash
1 red Onion
3 celery branches
1/2 a celeriac
4 Cups of water
1 Tbs of Miso (I use gluten-free, rice miso… soooo good!)
Herbamare, cayenne pepper and almond milk to taste.



1- Chop up the onion, squash, celery and celeriac and add them to the warmed olive oil in the pan.
2- Fry over hot stove for 3 to 5 mins.
3- Add the water and bring to a boil.
4- Let simmer for about 20 minutes.
5- Add the miso and cook for another 5 minutes or till the veggies are soft.
6- Blend all the ingredients from the soup pan, the Herbamare and pepper together until it is completely smooth.
7- Pour into warm dishes, add a touch of almond milk and parsley to garnish.

Love & Light!

The Fruity, Sleepy Smoothie

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Recipes

Once in a while, when night time rolls around, I feel like munching on something really tasty.
Eating past 8 PM is not ideal, so it’s important to select foods that will digest easily and that will allow you to rest comfortably. Fruits are always a good option. Now, if you blend some special fruits with non-dairy milk and a gentle medicinal plant, this could be a very satisfying snack and an excellent way to prepare for bedtime.

Presenting the Fruity, Sleepy Smoothie!


1/2 cup camomile herbal tea
1 cup non dairy milk (I used vanilla almond)
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen mango
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 a frozen banana
1/2 tsp of vanilla

Blend at medium speed for one minutes and serve.

*I use 1 tsp of organic chamomile and 1/2 cup of fresh cold water. I bring the water AND herb to a boil and let steep for five minutes. The remainder of the ingredients are organic and the fruits frozen.


With Love & Light

This recipe is shared at Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party Hop

December ’13 Natural Healing Journal

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Health Journal

Well, we have finally made it out of November and into this wonderful last month of the year! Would you like to finish the year with a bang? If you have some unfinished business for 2013, December is the month to roll up your sleeves and get to it.  Do you feel you have to much to accomplish in too little time? Do you lack the resources or the motivation to get started, to keep it going or to get it done? If this sounds familiar to you, here are a few things that could help you finish off the year in style!

– Review your goals. Is what you set as priority during the year still important to you? We only make time for what is truly important to us.

– Take time to check in with your emotions. If you have goals that don’t inspire and motivate you, it will be tough to get anything accomplished. Create excitement for yourself even before you get started with this goal.

– Have you taken the time to map out all the steps that need to be taken to get from A to B? To get to a particular destination it is always important to know which steps need to be taken and when.

– Is there something in particular that you are procrastinating on? Usually, we procrastinate on things that push us out of our comfort zone. However, this is exactly how we grow as a person; stepping out of our comfort zone. Go ahead, take a chance and go for it!

– Are you stuck in a valley? All of us have visited a valley at some point in our life, the trick is not to stay there. Life is change! It is a form of energy that is continually moving and evolving. There are several different reasons why we visit the valley but there is only one real way to get out of that valley. You have to take action. When you are taking action, it brings about a sense of empowerment. With that sense of empowerment will come “good” feelings (emotions) which will inspire and help you climb out of the valley and back onto the mountain. Take some kind of action right NOW and let your sense of enthusiasm take over and propel you in the direction that you truly want to be going.

 If you had a chance to drop by any of our meditation classes, you were able to witness firsthand how truly amazing meditation is for the mind/body/soul. Thank you to everyone that participated in our classes, you made and continue to make them absolutely amazing! We have now moved into the Meditation & Movement classes. These classes were created to help individuals find balance in their lives. Our minds have become too busy and caught up in worrying thoughts and our bodies too quiet and sedentary. For ultimate health, we want to quiet the mind and activate the body. The Meditation & Movement class teaches us how to achieve this. If you would like to join in, we still have two classes before the end of the semester; December 4 and 11th. Please email or call me to reserve your spot today.

For information on the class, click HERE.

For pictures of our last class, click HERE.


Often, people solicit my help regarding their eating habits. It is not an easy task to prepare tasty meals that everyone in the family will enjoy, using fresh ingredients and respecting proper food combinations. It is even tougher to pull that off with a simple recipe and have the food on the table within 20 to 30 minutes. Rest assured though, it is possible!! Here is a fun, healthy and easy recipe that the entire family will enjoy.

Click HERE for all the details.


HEALTH TIP: Okay, it’s December, and with December comes over eating, terrible food combinations and of course tummy-aches! To avoid this and make the best of every single day; you want to make sure that you are properly hydrated. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to drink two full glasses of water upon rising in the morning. Again before starting to cook lunch and two more glasses before cooking supper. Secondly, you’ll want to eat your servings of fruit before or between meals, NEVER after. Eating fresh fruit after meals simply creates bloating, bad digestion and promotes pain. It’s anything but healthy! Do your best to minimize drinking with your meal. Instead try to keep it for before or save it for afterwards. If it is possible, combine proteins with vegetables OR starches with vegetables. Keep away from mixing too many proteins and starches. If it’s near impossible for you, because it’s just too darn yummy, supplement with a digestive aid to be assured that the meal will support you, not put you to sleep!


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Congratulations to Denise Stilmann on winning the free reflexology session for Liking & Sharing my business page on Facebook. Thank you to everyone for your continual LOVE and SUPPORT, it is so very much appreciated!! Did you know that I have a blog? Yep, you can follow me and receive my daily Inspirational Quotes, as well as my Blog Posts directly to your email. Here is a LINK to subscribe to my blog. You can also join me on Pinterest and Twitter. These social media platforms will keep us linked together and will keep you informed of all the healthy tips I share lovingly. So don’t delay, come and meet me. I look forward to seeing you there!!


With the holidays just around the corner, giving the gift of health is a wonderful idea! Call or email me to get your Gift Certificate and offer that special person the perfect gift! Call or email for that Gift Certificate or to set up an appointment for December; 514-893-1920 or


With love & light,

Isabelle xoxo 

The Lukewarm Salad

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Recipes

One of the things I love best about this time of year are all the root vegetables that are highly available and so delicious! It’s not always easy to eat fresh, vegan and gluten-free and have something that warms up the body on these colder days.

At our house, salads have always been popular. I don’t particularly like eating them during the colder months, but since my son loves them so much, I decided to heat it up a bit!

Here was our delicious “Lukewarm” salad. Some of the vegetables in here were raw, while others were semi-cooked. By only slightly cooking the vegetables, we get to retain most of their nutrients and because some veggies were semi-cooked, it warmed up the dish making it feel nice and cozy as well as delicious.

This meal took me about 20 minutes to make and I served it with organic baked potatoes…just because I love potatoes so much!

To make this “Lukewarm” salad, you will need:

1/2 a Napa cabbage
1/2 cup Butternut squash
3 small Red beets
1 Avocado
3/4 brick Smoked tofu
2 cloves Garlic
15 ml Olive and 30 ml (or to taste) sunfour oil
15 ml Apple cider vinegar
15 ml Nutritional yeast
5 ml (or to taste) Herbal salt

1. I started by peeling and cutting the beets and cooking them for about 10 minutes. Once cooked, I shredded and added them to the salad bowl.
2. I shredded a quarter of my butternut squash and cooked it for about one minute in olive oil and garlic. I also added it to the salad mix.

3. I cut the organic smoked tofu into small pieces and fried it up for about 4-5 minutes in the leftover olive oil in the pan from the shredded squash.
4. I cut my napa, tossed it in the bowl and added the dressing.

For the dressing I added 2 quantities of sunflower oil for 1 quantity of apple cider vinegar. I topped it all off with some Red Star nutritional yeast and herbal salt to taste.

All that is left to do is mix it all up and ENJOY!!

Love & Light


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