Sweet Potato

Staying the course with nutrition is often the hardest part of a healthy lifestyle change. And with nearly 80% of weight loss success is tied into proper nutrition, it’s quite possibly the most important part of the equation. One thing that makes it incredibly difficult is a lack of knowledge when it comes to recipes and the thought that it just isn’t going to taste very good. That’s why we like to provide healthy, balanced recipes once a month to help you get new food into your rotation. Healthy can be delicious and these recipes will prove it!

Here is October’s Food for Thought Recipe

Veganism has been receiving more and more attention lately as more people look to improve their health. Sometimes, it can be difficult to find recipes that completely fit. There are plenty of vegetarian recipes out there, but if you are truly going the vegan route, eliminating all products derived from animals including eggs and dairy, the list grows smaller. I recently have come across a delicious recipe that my entire family enjoyed. For those of you who are not vegans or vegetarians, you can add chopped chicken on top of the noodles for an extra source of protein. Hope you enjoy!

Sweet Potato Noodles with Garlic Sauce

Yields: 1 serving


  • 1 medium/large sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds
  • Parsley, for garnish
  • Optional: Harissa

Ingredients for Sauce

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk/coconut cream
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper


1. Peel the sweet potato, and chop off both ends. Cut in half crosswise. Spiralize using a small noodle blade.

2. Heat up olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add sweet potato noodles, and toss so noodles are evenly coated in oil. Cover and cook for 7-8 minutes until noodles are soft, moving noodles around frequently.

3. While noodles are cooking, prepare the sauce. Blend ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. You may have to do this a few times. Taste, and add salt as desired, as the sauce may have a slight sweetness from coconut milk.

4. When noodles are done, transfer to a bowl. Top with sunflower seeds. In the same pan on low heat, add sauce, and stir until warm, about a minute or so. Pour the sauce over the noodles. Top with parsley and harissa, if desired. Serve warm.

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Dimitri Giankoulas

Fascinated since an early age by the potential of the human body, I have devoted my career and much of my private life to pushing beyond my own limits – and to lead others to personal health achievements greater than they thought possible. My level of commitment to each and every client is unparalleled in the industry. I try to bring energy, optimism, and pure motivational power to every one of his workout sessions. I have been in the fitness industry since 1997, working as a personal trainer, nutrition consultant, and ultimately Personal Training Director at various well-known gyms across the GTA. Combined I have over 11,000 hours of hands-on personal training experience.