This Week On The Health Hub…Transitioning To A Plant-Based Diet With Melissa Halas

Melissa Halas, MA, RDN, CDE, is a nationally recognized nutrition expert with 20+ years of experience helping kids, adults, and communities live healthier lives! As a registered dietitian and mom, she’s passionate about making good nutrition easy, tasty, and fun! She is the founder of the first kid’s nutrition mega-site, SuperKids Nutrition, providing expert resources to help grow healthy communities. Melissa is also the creator of the Super Crew®, who get their powers from healthy plant-based foods and motivate young children to develop healthy eating habits from an early age. With a strong commitment to living and teaching sustainability, her activities with the Super Crew promote green choices! SuperKids Nutrition partners with the American Institute for Cancer Research on the Healthy Kids Today Campaign and with over 5000 schools in the US, providing menu activities and parent newsletters. Melissa addressed nutrition concerns for adults, from how much coffee is safe to which foods to eat for brain health at Check out her Super Crew books for kids and her Plant-Based living books for Adults on either of her websites.

Learning Points:

  • What are some tips for transitioning to a plant-based diet?
  • Why is it important for cancer prevention to children to be on a plant-based diet?
  • How can we get kids into the kitchen to learn how to prepare healthy meals?

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Basic Recipe for Energy Balls

No bake energy balls are the perfect little pick me up when your energy is low or your tummy is a grumblin’!⁣

And once you have the basics in place you are only limited by your own creativity⁣.

The basics of a good energy ball include:⁣


☑️Nut or seed butter⁣

☑️A sweetener like honey or maple syrup⁣

☑️Boosters and Tasters.

And this my friends, the Boosters and Tasters, is where you set your energy balls apart from the rest.  Boosters and tasters include hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacoa nibs, coconut, chocolate chips, dried fruit and flavourings such and vanilla and mint⁣.

So here is your basic recipe:

🔅1 cup rolled oats⁣

🔅1/2 cup nut butter⁣

🔅1/4 cup honey or maple syrup⁣

🔅 2 Tablespoons of a Booster like hemp⁣


Blend the oats in your food processor until a flour consistency then add the rest of your basic ingredients and your choices of Tasters. Form in to balls, place on a cookie sheet and then place them into the freezer for 10 minutes to set their shape⁣.

**𝒥𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝒶 𝓆𝓊𝒾𝒸𝓀 𝓉𝒾𝓅.  𝒮𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓉𝒾𝓂𝑒𝓈 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓂𝒶𝓎 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒶𝒹𝒹 𝒶 𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒 𝓌𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝑜 𝓂𝑜𝒾𝓈𝓉𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓂𝒾𝓍𝓉𝓊𝓇𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒸𝑜𝓃𝓈𝒾𝓈𝓉𝑒𝓃𝒸𝓎 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉⁣

I keep a food journal when I make my energy balls to keep track of mixes that I like and those that I don’t.

Keep your energy balls sealed in a glass container or freeze them.






“Live Dirty, Eat Clean!”

“Live Dirty, Eat Clean! is the mantra of Dr. Robynne Chutkan.  Dr. Chutkan is an Integrative gastroenterologist, microbiome expert and author of the book Gutbliss.   Her mission is to bring to all of us the understanding that what we feed our microbiome determines our health.  More specifically, what we eat determines that bacteria we grow and in turn these bacteria turn on and off specific genes that guide our health down one pathway or another.

I found it very interesting to listen to what she had to say in this brief talk especially in light of the fact that many people are turning towards high fat as the underpinning of their daily diet.  In my opinion perhaps one of the most overlooked and undervalued components of a healthy diet is adequate fibre intake.  Fibre is the indigestible part of plants that passes pretty much unchanged as it goes through the digestive system. The more common understanding of the value of fibre is it importance for a healthy digestive tract.  A lesser know reason for the importance of fibre however is it’s function for maintaining a healthy microbiome.  As explained by Dr. Chutkan the microbiome is:

“all microbes that live on or in the human body… and all their genes…making you more microbe than human…(they are an) essential part of our ecosystem and they’re vitally important for keeping us healthy”

As we become more and more aware of just how many aspects of our health are affected by our microbiome, it becomes imperative that we understand how to propagate its health.  And the first place to start is with a plant-based diet.

I’ve included the link to her talk below.  Do take a few minutes to listen to it.  It’s both interesting and informative.

Live Dirty, Eat Clean! with Dr. Robynne Chutkan