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.

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Got Mylk? These Are The Best Plant-based Milk Alternatives

We get so many questions about choosing the healthiest milk alternatives, I asked my associate Jess Pirnak, to break it all down once and for all…happy reading! There are so many plant-based milk alternatives out there…how do you know which one to choose? And, how should we be consuming them? Canada’s new Food Guide has […]

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Building a Plant Centred Pantry: Oats

Beloved by grannies everywhere, rolled oats are more than just a cheap breakfast staple for when you blow your grocery budget on spin classes. Even without all the Instagram-worthy toppings, rolled oats are packed with health benefits that might have you giving these humble grains another look. Not convinced? Read on for why oats are […]

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How to Build Collagen, The Plant-based Way

Collagen supplements are crazy popular these days…and with good reason. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body: it gives strength and structure to your skin, digestive tract, muscles, bones and connective tissue. Early evidence shows that collagen supplements may be helpful with supporting the health of your skin and your joints (less […]

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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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