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.

The Healthy (Conscious) Interview, #2018Elevate Edition: Lindsey Smith

Food and Mood. Google it…it’s a crazy hot topic. And a super complex one. There is the impact that food has on your nervous system, your immune system and your microbiota…which can affect mood…but then there is also how your mood affects your food choices. And how that, in turn, makes you feel. Lindsey Smith, AKA […]

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Harness the Power of Plant Protein: Your #2018elevate Week Three Challenge

How is it already week three of the Elevate challenge? I hope you are feeling good…and realizing that real change doesn’t have to be restrictive to be meaningful. Last week’s smoothie was a step in the right direction, but now it’s time to power up. I am going to ask you to eat 15-30 grams […]

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The Healthy (Conscious) Interview, #2018Elevate Edition: Kate Horsman

I’ve been following Kate Horsman on Instagram for a while now but we didn’t actually meet in person until we both showed up to a Danielle Laporte talk at Native Shoes a while back. Last week, I had the chance to sit down and get to know her better. Kate is a trained counsellor and […]

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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