Welcome to the home of anti-inflammatory, plant-centred awesomeness.

My name is Desiree, and I am a registered dietitian, author and ambassador for the good (for you) life. I am the host of The Urban Vegetarian, a new vegetarian cooking show on Gusto TV.

I spend WAY too much time thinking about my next meal. I love rocking out in the kitchen and digging in my little garden. I travel for the purpose of eating. My pet peeves include shoddy nutrition information and chia seeds in my teeth – it’s an occupational hazard. I hoard cookbooks but rarely cook from a recipe. And it took me 5 years to get my kid to like kale (persistence is my middle name).

Eating well isn’t just about nutrients…the foods we choose to eat can either break our bodies down over time or nourish our cells and restore our health and vitality. I take an integrative approach to nutrition and I can show you the power of plant foods to transform and re-energize your mind and body.

I believe in real food for real life: healthy eating should be delicious, simple and fun. No deprivation, no guilt, no garbage. Join me and discover what it means to be truly nourished.

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Summer Zoodles with Raw Sungold Tomato Sauce

  My garden is literally exploding right now. My Sungold tomato plant is reaching its tentacles well beyond the confines of its cage…and I am a bit nervous my pumpkin plants are going to take over the world. Want to save money on good food? Grow it. As they say, growing food is like printing […]


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Secrets to Saving on Your Food Budget…and Still Eating a Healthy Plant-Centred Diet

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me they couldn’t afford to eat healthfully…I wouldn’t need to worry about my food budget!! I’m not sure when wellness became all about $20 coconut yogurt and $40 fitness classes but you want to know a secret? You don’t need either to live the wellness […]


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The Healthy (Conscious) Interview: Dana James, Food Coach NYC

Dana James is a functional medicine nutritionist and the founder of Food Coach NYC. I have been following her work for a few years now; I am endlessly intrigued by dietitians who are navigating the wellness world with credible (but no less progressive) advice. One of my favourite pieces by Dana was her shakedown of the […]


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“Desiree was an amazing partner. Her extensive scientific knowledge helped me understand how exactly my gut functions and how it can be repaired.”
IBS Client