Celebrate Summer

Celebrate the season with refreshing, wholesome dishes. Articles and recipes from our community of holistic nutrition professionals will keep you energized, healthy, and ready for all your summer adventures. 

As we get busy with summer activities and maybe get a little lazy with our healthy habits, this is a good reminder to take it back to basics and eat simple balanced meals. What does eating a balanced meal look like? Stephanie Kay, R.H.N. breaks it down so you can understand what balance can look like, tips and tricks, the benefits of eating balanced, what macronutrients are, and some meal examples. 

Whether you’re doing a simple walking trail or hiking a challenging mountain, it’s important to prepare and fuel your body with the right nutrients to support your energy, health, and wellbeing. Enhance your hiking experience with healthy snacks so you can nourish yourself while you get some exercise, fresh air, and take in all the beauty that nature has to offer. Blog post from Bailey Fitzgerald, R.H.N.

Ciara Morin is a holistic nutrition practitioner who helps busy people how to nourish themselves. She’s also working on creating something for a niche community special to her. We sit down and chat with her to see why she chose to take the leap and study holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Get inspired by her story!

This is a fruity and invigorating dessert that has brain-loving ingredients. This recipe from Orsha Magyar, C.H.N. of Neurotrition uses coconut cream instead of coconut milk. Learn more about MCT fats and why they’re so great for you. Neurotrition works with brain and mental health and neuro-inflammation. This is just one of their tasty anti-inflammatory brain healthy recipes.

These drinks are sure to keep you cool while nourishing you at the same time. Recipes from Tracey Reed, C.H.N.C. are very versatile with some options for various dietary needs. Which will you try this summer to quench your thirst?

Why does our appetite change when it’s hot outside? How can we have our best and healthiest summer yet? This blog post provides insights and tips on how you can do just that with what foods to include, why buying local makes sense, and more including some healthy BBQ alternatives.

Watermelon is hydrating, but what else can you eat? When it is hot and humid outside, it is important to have constant reminders to stay hydrated. Kathleen Trotter, R.H.N., shares some tips and foods that can help keep us hydrated all summer. 

Who doesn’t love a good BBQ, but is it healthy for us? This blog post breaks down the science behind grilling, some of best foods to grill, and some easy tips on how to keep grilling healthy this summer. Happy eating!

There’s nothing like fresh summer produce and flourishing gardens to help you get a variety of foods in your diet for a healthy lifestyle. “In order for our bodies to function in an optimal manner, we each need to look well beyond just a single superfood. A balanced, varied diet will always win out.”

Looking for something fresh and new? These little salmon cakes are easy to make and a quick source of protein. Try adding them on top of your salads! This is a great addition to your summer menu. Recipe from Meghan Hickie, C.H.N.C.

Summer is zucchini season! Do you have more zucchini than you know what to do with? Whether fresh from the garden or from the farmers market, there are so many deliciously creative things to do with this versatile and nutritious vegetable. Check out these ideas and some recipes from Meg de Jong, R.H.N.


  • 10 Healthy Eating Tips for Summer – Balance is key – you can enjoy the summer and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Brittney Cox, R.H.N. shares 10 practicals tips + 2 delicious summer salad recipes.
  • 3 Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun This Summer: Besides slathering on the sunscreen, here are some tips from Emily Bitz, R.H.N. to stay hydrated, healthy, and sun safe this summer.

Summer Activities

  • Creative Practices for Stress Relief: This article shares practices that can inspire creativity, a skill we can all access to help relieve stress. Consider integrating one or more of these activities into your self-care routine to enhance your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. Article by Ashleigh Grange, R.H.N.
  • Stressed? Take a 20-minute ‘nature pill’: Studies show that taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to be in contact with nature can significantly lower your stress hormones. Article from ScienceDaily.

Environmental Working Group

Before you have fun in the sun, take a look at this guide. The Environmental Working Group has compiled this great list of guidelines and sun safety tips to keep you protected this summer.

July is Peach and Raspberry Season! Jennifer Barnes, R.H.N. shares a beautiful drink recipe using these seasonal fruits. The perfect summer drink!

Farro is an incredibly versatile ingredient rich in vitamins and minerals. This salad from Stephanie Kay, R.H.N. is hearty and nutty, with the freshness of cucumber, arugula, and feta. This salad has lots of texture, fibre, and is a great make-ahead meal that tastes like summer.

Will you be camping this summer? Check out this incredible resource for all your camping meal needs! Joanna Brown, C.H.N.C. teaches us how to keep it healthy and delicious with recipes like Campfire French Toast, Dutch Pot Chicken and Dumplings, Easy Campfire Steamed Veggies, and more!

Great for those hot days when you don’t want to turn on the stove or spend long in the kitchen. It’s so tasty and fresh and hydrating and comes together quickly. This is a must-try! Recipe from Alicia Heafey, R.H.N. 

Did you know low water consumption can be associated with headaches, fatigue, joint issues, and more? Here are some tips from Heidi MacAulay, R.H.N. on getting enough water and nutrients in your body not just in summer but all year-round!

Invited to come up with some recipes for Dr. Mayer’s new book “The Gut-Immune Connection”, NeuroTrition put a twist on a classic salad to make it brain, gut, and immune-health loving. Full of fibre, healthy fats, and polyphenols, this is one tasty salad you need to try this summer.

Mango & Shrimp Fresh Spring Rolls

A fun and fresh meal that the kids can help with, try these Mango and Shrimp Fresh Spring Rolls from Delia Mota, R.H.N.

The No-Diet Solution: It’s about feeling good and healthy in your body, supporting cognitive and cardiovascular health, and promoting a sense of energy and wellbeing. How do you become the best version of you?

Looking for something to read while you lounge at the beach or pool? Check out all the amazing books written by CSNN graduates.

As the weather warms up, we hope you enjoy this super easy recipe. 3 Ingredient Vegan Ice Cream – Kat Krivanek, R.H.N.

Love granola, but don’t want to turn on the oven? Try this unique recipe for “Rawnola” (Raw unbaked granola) from Sisley Killam, R.H.N.

I was drawn to CSNN because of the in-depth training (science and research, fundamentals of business, connection of mind, body, and spirit), and course flexibility while trying to balance work life, parenting, and student life.