Sustenance Stew from The Perfect Blend by Tess Masters

[You’ll adore this subtly spiced, nourishing Sustenance Stew from The Perfect Blend. With its cauliflower rice accompaniment, it’s vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.]

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Apparently, Canadians like to complain about the weather. Well, if your town was the subject of a riddle that went like this (and that was actually TRUE), what would you do?

The Question: What is the only place in North America where you need a parka in the morning, the air conditioner in the afternoon, and earmuffs in the evening?

Yep, you got it: Toronto. (Okay, so the ear muffs might not be necessary for everyone. I just happen to have very sensitive ears. My husband says it’s one of my many “dog-like qualities.”).

When we’re in the throes of winter here in The Six, it’s -23C (-10F) outside and there’s not even the temporary reprieve of air conditioning midday, all you really want to do is don your flannel PJs, curl up in a tight little ball with fuzzy slippers on your feet, a crocheted blanket draped over your shoulders, a roaring fireplace in front of you. . . and a bowl of hearty, fragrant, comforting stew on your lap to help ease the pain of Mother Nature’s inexplicable punishment.

I can’t think of a better candidate for that stew than this Sustenance Stew from my friend Tess’s latest cookbook!

vegan, gluten-free, sugar free sustenance stew

[Photo credit: Anson Smart]

In case you’ve been living in a deserted town in Tasmania somewhere, you already know Tess (oh, wait, that won’t work–she’s even more famous Down Under!). Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl, is the author of three cookbooks, a smoothies app and a gorgeous blog, among other things. She’s also the face of numerous food and lifestyle brands and an expert on all things blender, raw, alkalizing and natural health-oriented.

Tess’s latest tome, The Perfect Blend, is organized by the recipes’ function, whether to increase energy, boost immunity, detox, provide protein, aid in weight loss, decrease inflammation, furnish healthy fats, nourish with low carbs, alkalize the body, promote probiotics, follow proper food combining or feed the soul–it’s all there!

This recipe for Sustenance Stew comes from the chapter on alkaline-forming foods, and it’s a perfect example of how “healthful” can also be delectable.

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How to Enjoy the Benefits of Collagen–without Bone Broth

Candida diet sources of collagen

It’s all the rage among holistic health professionals: bone broth.

Seems bone broth is a panacea for pretty much every gut-related problem, from leaky gut to autoimmune disorders to indigestion.

And the reason why? Its gelatin content (and the collagen yield that occurs as a result of gelatin). . 

But what if you can’t, or won’t, consume bone broth? Is there a way to find plant-based sources of collagen–without bone broth?

I talk about the issue, and other food alternatives, in today’s video.

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Super Healthy Chocolate Shake from 40 Days of Green Smoothies

VEgan, gluten-free, sugar-free chocolate shake from 40 days of green smoothies

[Start the year with a focus on simplicity in food! This delightful, super healthy Chocolate Shake is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and yeast-free–and it’s also super simple to make! Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] As I’ve gotten older, one of the principles I’ve striven to adopt is […]

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25+ Nibbles and Dips for Your New Year’s Eve

VEgan New Year's recipes

Can you feel the excitement? It’s almost the New Year!! Although it wasn’t quite a “white Christmas” here in the Toronto area this year, it’s been great taking some much-needed time to chillax with the HH and Girls, and really enjoy the holidays. And I’m really looking forward to the new year! As is my habit this […]

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Should You Avoid All Sweet Things on a Sugar-Free Diet?

Should You avoid sweets on an anti-candida diet?

It seems there are two camps when it comes to cutting sugar entirely out of your diet: those who think it’s prudent to satisfy sweet cravings with sugar-free options (such as stevia or xylitol) and those who think you should cut out sweeteners entirely, since they may end up increasing your sugar cravings even more. […]

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Ricki’s Raves: Holiday Edition (2016)

Ricki's Raves

I’ve decided to start a little series called Ricki’s Raves, in which I share some of my favorite items (both food and non-food alike) that I truly love and use all the time. Today, I rave about the products I’ve discovered that work well during the holiday season. But of course you can use them […]

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Teff-Lentil Sloppy Joes from Ancient Grains by Kim Lutz

Vegan, sugar-free, glutenfree teff lentil sloppy joes recipe

[Teff-Lentil Sloppy Joes provide the perfect comfort food meal! Plus, the recipe is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] I’ve been planning to write this post for ages, but somehow one thing or another always seemed to intervene. Before I knew it, […]

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How to Rebalance Your Blood Sugar If You Overdo it During the Holidays

There are times during the year when it’s almost expected that people will overdo it on rich, indulgent or sugary foods. If you subscribe to the “80/20” or “90/10” rules (eat well 80% or 90% of the time, then gorge on what the heck you feel like the other 20% or 10% of the time), […]

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Genki Matcha Review and Giveaway!

candida diet, matcha tea on rickiheller.com

I first learned about Genki Matcha over a year ago, when the owner of the company contacted me to see if I’d like to write about their brand-new matcha. Of course, I’m always interested in reviewing new products–especially matcha products! But for some reason or another, the review kept getting pushed back until last summer, […]

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Aquafaba-based Latkes

gluten-free, sugar-free aquafaba latkes

[Traditional latkes are great for many occasions! These aquafaba-based latkes (potato pancakes) are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and yeast-free. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet if made without potato starch.] [Potato pancakes (latkes) made with aquafaba! How yummy do these look??] About a year ago, I started hearing buzz […]

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