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.

Did you know about 1/3 of our food gets wasted? That's a lot of money (and food) literally being thrown in the trash. Save money, time, and food by getting your FREE copy of my #EatWellMinimalist Waste Less Tips.

Are you constipated? Here’s how to know…and how to treat it, naturally

If you experience constipation, you know how miserable it can feel. And it’s a lot more common than you might expect: according to the GI Society of Canada, chronic constipation affects as many as 30% of us in Canada. That’s a lot of unhappy bellies. How do you know if you’re constipated? Why does constipation […]

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Sunflower Fennel Gremolata

Maybe I get just a wee bit excited when the weather cools enough to throw on a sweater and make a pot of soup. Gah, I can’t believe I just said that…because I really do treasure summer. But it’s true. I love the comforting ease of a bowl of soup with some good bread. And […]

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10 Dietitian Approved Plant-based (and nut free!) Snacks for Back to School

The topic of healthy snacking is such an interesting one for me – my dietitian self wants snacks to be filled with fruits and vegetables so we can all be as nourished as possible. Of course, I’m also human…and know that sometimes, you (and I!) just don’t want to eat another apple or more sliced […]

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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.”
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