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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Earl Grey Tea Loaf

I love baking….it seriously is like therapy for me. So it’s always fun to create a new baking recipe that is both healthier and feeds my desire for a delicious little thing to have with an afternoon cup of tea. This is my version of a tea cake, made way better for you – and […]


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Don’t let the cooler weather derail your health. Here’s what you need to do.

In a sea of ‘bounce back from the holidays‘ posts this week, I thought I would take a more future-focused approach to my nutrition advice. Because, let’s be honest: two days of feasting won’t really impact your health all that much. However, if you use the recent Thanksgiving weekend as the excuse to take a […]


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Gather…the October 2017 Playlist

I hope all of my Canadian friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Despite (or maybe because of!) the hectic pace of life right now, I was really craving an excuse to feast and celebrate with my loved ones. For me, Thanksgiving un-officially kicks off the ‘let’s get together’ season. As much as I already miss summer, […]


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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