Leigh Matthews

Leigh Matthews, BA Hons, H.Dip. NT, is a health and wellness writer specializing in plant-based nutrition. A long-time vegan, Leigh is interested in diet as preventative medicine, as well as the politics of food justice. She also enjoys baking (and eating) delicious cupcakes.

Articles by Leigh Matthews

5 Practical Tips for Sustainable Living

April 22nd is Earth Day, a handy reminder for all of us to do our bit to protect the planet. Whether you’re already living a fairly eco-friendly life, or are continually forgetting to make use of your reusable grocery bags, these 5 practical tips for sustainable living will help preserve the planet for yourself and more…

The Uses and Benefits of Popular Winter Spices

Few things can beat cozy winter nights with family and friends, and complete with mulled apple juice or homemade chai. The winter spices in these concoctions evoke warm, happy feelings of contentment and are perfect for when you get home after a leaf-crunching hike in the forest and want to curl up. Best of all more…

How to Support Good Heart Health

February is Heart Health Month, so what better time to take stock of how you’re treating your ticker? Poor heart health can seriously reduce a person’s quality of life, and making heart-healthy choices when young can help decrease your risk of problems.* For folks who are a little older, it pays to be young at more…

The Many Amazing Uses and Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric, or Curcuma longa L. (Zingiberaceae), is a rhizome that includes beneficial antioxidant compounds including curcumin, which also helps support a healthy inflammatory response.* While we appear to absorb very little curcumin from the standard turmeric powder used in food, this spice can provide antioxidants. It is also an excellent way to add flavor to more…

The Best Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Ever wonder what all the buzz on chia seeds is about? In addition to being a source of the amino acids that make up protein, chia seeds are also packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids and are a useful source of fiber. On top of all these health benefits, chia seeds also happen to be the main more…

Vegan Supplements and Natural Health Products

Whether you’re an established vegan or are looking for a healthy way to reduce your intake of animal products, Natural Factors has a range of vegan supplements and natural health products just for you. From protein powders to meal replacement bars to whole food-based multinutrient formulas, there are many ways to support your own good health – along more…

How a Cup of Tea Benefits Your Health

Like many, the idea that a nice cup of tea solves everything is not a new concept for me. While this isn’t entirely true, a hot cuppa tea can offer a lot for both body and mind. Where Tea Comes From Camellia sinensis, the plant from which we get black, white, and green tea, has been more…

The Best Sweet and Savory Gingerbread Pancakes

Pancakes can feel both celebratory and comforting, healthy and decadent, depending on your batter and toppings. If the onset of fall has you hankering after a hot breakfast, whip up a batch of these delicious gingerbread pancakes in minutes. Gingerbread Pancakes Based on the classic gingerbread cookie, these pancakes are a treat for a blustery fall more…

How to Get Started with Vegetarian BBQ

People love to gather around the BBQ, but what do you throw on the grill if you are trying to cut down on meat consumption? Don’t worry! There are plenty of fantastic vegetarian BBQ dishes available to please everyone, be they an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian! Classic Vegetarian BBQ Portobello Mushrooms The grilled Portobello more…

Goal Setting: Family Nutrition

Good health and nutrition are a family affair. Kids mirror the behavior of their parents, so if you encourage your kids to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly while slouching on the couch snacking on chips each evening, it might be time to sit down and establish some family nutrition goals. How to Set Family more…