Recipes, my long weekend, updates and Apples, apples, apples!

I’m back from my Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend at the farm (aka my parents house) which was full of love, sunshine and amazing real food. My parents made an incredible dinner for six adults and four kids – translation? 10 VERY hungry bellies were completely satisfied. The turkey was from a local farm and many of the fixings were from my ma’s organic garden and the Mennonites nearby. My sister-in-law made a smashingly delicious butternut squash mash too. I did the dishes :)

Can you believe we actually ate our dinner outside on the picnic tables? Noooo kidding! It was THAT warm, which is highly unusual in Ontario this time of year.

In case you are wondering… I made up for my lack of cooking at Thanksgiving by helping out with breakfast and whipping up French toast with local apples which I sauteed with some Ontario maple syrup, walnuts, cinnamon and organic coconut oil. Recipe? Slice up all the apples, melt the coco oil or organic butter (enough to coat the pan) and sautee till tender. Then drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon and walnuts.

I love apples this time of year and lucky for me, the family went apple picking the day I arrived. So the apples I cooked with were literally JUST picked! You can’t get more nutrient-dense than that.

Here’s a youtube video on my Joyous Health channel on the health benefits of apples, some of which might surprise you!! An apple a day, really does keep the doctor away.

As well, enjoy this recipe of mine that was posted on Huffington Post Canada for a baked apple dessert. I highly recommend you enjoy this with some organic coconut ice cream.


Have a joyous day!


Joy McCarthy

Joy McCarthy is the vibrant Holistic Nutritionist behind Joyous Health. Author of JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well without Dieting, professional speaker, nutrition expert on Global’s Morning Show, Faculty Member at Institute of Holistic Nutrition and co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well. Read more...

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  • Wonderful post on apples (and family!) Apples are one of my favorite anti-inflammatory foods and I try to eat one a day to help battle my autoimmune diseases and the inflammation that comes with them. Thanks for the cheerful Apple post! Makes me want to make a trip to our semi-local apple farm! : )

    • Awesome to hear Laura, apples are a definitely a great food for you esp if you suffer from an autoimmune disease. What other foods do you use for healing?

  • Ah, but what about the pesticides? I’m surrounded by orchards here in the Kingston/Belleville area. I LOVE apples, but worry about those.

    • I agree. 98% of the time I buy organic apples. The freshly picked local apples I had on the weekend were not organic. Which is why I peeled them for this particular recipe. However, normally I NEVER peel them… even if I’m making a dessert like apple crisp. Thanks for your comment!

  • Hi dearest niece. Loved the Thanksgiving pix with all the faM!! Also loved, like WOW, your interview/morning info/organic on Global this morn. YOU WERE AMAZING and Kim and Amy saw it too. Blew us away but then we weren’t surprised. Kepp up the awesome work.
    Huge hugs and love Aunt Linda

    • Thanks Aunt Linda – you gals are the best! So happy you watched it. Love you lots. xx

  • i am trying to find the recipe to make the key lime pudding with advocado that you showed on the Steven and Chris show.

    • Hi Kathleen,

      That recipe should be going up on the Steven and Chris website. We’ll touch base with them to see if we can find out when it’s going up.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team