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

3 Super Simple, Healthy Foods You Can Make Yourself

Processed foods sure can be convenient, but they’re not always the best option for a healthy diet. Food manufacturers will often ramp up the salt, fat, and sugar content of foods to appeal to our taste buds and convince us to keep snacking even when we’re not really hungry. Breaking up with convenience foods doesn’t more…

The Benefits of Fermented Foods

When most of us think of fermentation, we think of wine and beer, but fermented foods are increasingly popular and have been found to have a few surprising potential health benefits.* The History of Fermentation Fermentation has long been practiced as a culinary technique to preserve fruits and vegetables so as to keep the pantry more…

How to Reduce Your Meat Intake and – Stick to It!

Are you considering reducing your meat intake? You’re not alone. One in three Canadians, or almost 12 million people in Canada, are either already vegetarian or are eating less meat [1]. There are many reasons behind this recent trend in reducing meat consumption, but none so big as the impact it can have on our more…

What is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast – nooch to some – is an absolute powerhouse of nutrition, but remains largely unknown in some circles or is associated only with the hippiest of vegans and vegetarians. These yellow flakes are growing in popularity, however, as word of its health benefits and nutty, slightly cheesy taste – not to mention its more…

5 Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter is a perfect recipe for lackluster skin that feels raw and tender. The cold, wet, windy weather strips the skin of its moisture, causing it to become dry and flaky. Follow these 5 winter skin care tips to spruce up your cold weather regimen.

A Vegetarian Diet in Winter

Being vegetarian or vegan in winter might seem like a sad prospect for anyone unfamiliar with the plethora of delicious and versatile foods that can be harvested December through March. These months of the year offer much more than soggy, overboiled cabbage; it’s easier than you may think to keep your intake of fruits and more…

The Benefits of Homemade Soup

Not only is homemade soup downright delicious, but often it’s healthier than the stuff you buy in the store. Read on for more benefits of homemade soup. Cost-Effective For around the same price as a single can of soup that feeds one, you can cook up a big batch of tasty soup to feed the more…

6 Tips for a Healthy Feast

6 Tips for a Healthy Feast If you’re looking for inspiration for a healthier feast this year, you’re in the right place! 1. Choose Quality, Not Quantity A healthy family feast need not be devoid of taste and fun; all it takes is switching out a few of the high-calorie, low-nutrient foods for other delicious dishes more…

5 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

5 Health Benefits of Pumpkin While a pumpkin spice latte is unlikely to do your health any favors this fall, fresh pumpkin is simply glowing with goodness. If you’re yet to be tempted to try the innards of that Jack-o’-lantern, here are 5 health benefits of pumpkin that could change your mind: 1. Source of more…

Top 5 Fall Foods

The days may be shorter, but farmers are still working hard to provide us with fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep up your end of the bargain by checking out your local market and stocking up on these top 5 healthy foods for fall: 1. Leeks Part of the allium family that also includes onions and more…