Be Always Nourished with REAL FOOD!
Helping you make healthy eating a part of your everyday with real food recipes and good-for-you ingredients.
Hi! I’m Rebecca Dwyre (but my friends call me Becca), and I’m the holistic nutritionist, recipe creator, photographer, completely self-taught home chef and food lover behind Always Nourished.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Oh, HEY THERE!
Always Nourished with REAL FOOD was first launched in the summer of 2015 with the goal of sharing the food I was eating with the internet. Over the years it has grown and evolved and (what was a completely gluten free and plant-based food blog) now focuses on inspiring women to eat more real food and care about the ingredients they put into their bodies and empowering them to cook at home with confidence.
I love helping women to prioritize their health and ditch the junk they’ve been eating and focus on real food and unprocessed ingredients so that they can finally eat good to feel good every day without fad dieting, restrictive eating or calorie counting.
MORE ABOUT BECCA
I have a simple approach to eating – JUST EAT REAL FOOD! Real food, in my opinion, is made up of unprocessed and unrefined and nutrient-rich ingredients that give our bodies what they need to keep us healthy, happy and strong!
I truly believe that nutritious food can also delicious food. (No more of that ‘this tastes pretty good for diet food’ nonsense!)
Other things I believe in? Finding balance with what works for you and where you’re at RIGHT NOW is key to a healthy life. Homemade is always the best. And cooking should always be fun and enjoyable.
MY JOURNEY TO HEALTHY EATING
Eating well makes me feel good in every physical, mental and emotional way possible and I want to inspire you to do the same!
But it hasn’t always been this way for me.
I didn’t start finding my way around the kitchen until Fall of 2012 when I was living on my own for the very first time when I started Grad School. Realizing that the lifestyle I had been living my whole life filled with too much take-out, too many bags of potato chips and other junky convenience foods, too much drinking, too much relying on others to feed me had to stop, I was determined to make a change.
Maybe it was finally living by myself (and feeling more like an adult than ever before) or just that getting a little bit older (and wiser) but my overall health and well-being had become more important to me. I was actually starting to think about what I was putting into my body. I was actually wanting to take an active role in my wellness. I knew the way of life I had been living just wasn’t going to cut it for me anymore and I knew I could be and feel so much better.
With that as my motivation and my mission, I knew my grad school budget didn’t allow the luxury of eating out every night at the ‘healthy’ restaurants or hiring a personal chef. I had to figure it out for myself well aware of the fact that pasta with sauce from a jar would get old real fast.
Committing to figuring out how to eat healthy was an adventure to say the least.
When I first started out on my journey to healthy, I really struggled with ideas of what to make for dinner (these were the days before I discovered Pinterest so you can imagine how real the struggle was!). I struggled to find recipes that used the ingredients wanted to eat AND ones that I already had on hand. I struggled to stay organized with my menu plan, and grocery lists and my stack of new recipes and cookbooks.
I soon discovered that wasting time, energy and money on failed or terrible recipes that would end up straight in the trash was the WORST! And as much as I was starting to enjoy cooking, I didn’t want to have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen every night just to feed myself healthy food. I wanted to still be able to live my life in the evenings.
I’ve totally been there!
But before long, my confidence in my cooking skills was growing with every meal. I was learning from my mistakes and I was looking forward to eating a healthy dinner every night. But the best part of my kitchen experiments was that I was feeling great too. This new way of eating – homemade meals, simple REAL food ingredients that were low in junk (READ: added chemicals, preservatives and modified ingredients) and heavy on fresh vegetables and fruits, healthy fats and lean proteins – had me feeling better about myself, having more energy than ever before, and developing a passion for all things good food and nutrition that I was excited to share with everyone!
About the Always Nourished with REAL FOOD Recipes and Resources
I aim to create simple yet healthy recipes that will always focus on getting more real food onto your dinner plate. These recipes will always be easy to make (trust me – if I can do it, you can do it too) and big on flavour. My goal with each recipe and healthy eating resource I publish is to show you that healthy food doesn’t have to be bland and boring and to inspire you to get into the kitchen and make your own food.
If you try one of the recipes, I would love to know about it! Leave a comment on the recipe post an be sure to share a picture on Instagram using the tags @alwaysnourished and #bealwaysnourished.
Here’s what people are saying…
“I absolutely loved this recipe. I used maple syrup instead of honey. My husband also actually liked this kale salad. I had been looking for a while for an excellent kale salad and I am glad to say I found it. Thank you” -Dominque on Easy Black Bean and Kale Salad
“Rebecca I made this recipe last night for dinner. I love Indian food! It was DELICIOUS! Really authentic tasting (like my favorite Indian restaurant)! I am a Vegan my husband is not, he LOVED it, he ate 2 huge plates of it! No leftovers! No doubt I will make this again many times!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!” -Michelle on Healthy Butter Chickpeas
“I made this last night for my lunches this week and I could not stop eating it…SO GOOD!!!! Thanks for a great recipe.” -Pauline on Crazy Easy Black Bean Mango Quinoa Salad
“Made this tonight and doubled the recipe. It was – is my favourite quinoa recipe yet! Delish.” -Hannah on Roasted Broccoli and Chickpea Quinoa Bowls
You may have also seen some of these Always Nourished recipes around the internet…
A Little More About Me
I live in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario with my husband, Joshua, and our sweet baby girl, Norah.
I believe life is not complete without a good breakfast every day, good desserts and the occasional glass of wine. I love salad and vegetables (I really, really do). Fresh, local produce is the best! I love the food network, and trashy reality TV of all sorts (can we please talk about the latest episode of The Bachelor?). I love cooking and testing out new recipes in my kitchen (which has very little counter space but I make it work). I love collecting and reading cookbooks. I am always on the hunt for new recipes with a healthy, yet delicious twist. And don’t even get me started on how much I love coffee, chocolate, and cookies.
But especially coffee – this girl loves a good cup of coffee.
My background is in geological sciences. (That’s right – I studied rocks for about 7 years!) I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences from Carleton University in Ottawa and pursued a Master’s in Geological Sciences from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. It was in Winnipeg where I realized my passion for cooking, food and nutrition and had a major change of heart about my career as a geologist. I launched a healthy food blog (that was 2 blogs before this blog), started the Dietetics program at the U of M before having to relocate to Kitchen-Waterloo (for hubby’s job), where I enrolled with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to become a holistic nutritionist. I loved every minute of learning about nutrition the holistic and natural way and I’m so excited to be able to share that knowledge and how it applies to healthy cooking at home as well!
WANT TO SAY HI? WANT TO SHARE YOUR QUESTIONS, SUGGESTIONS OR COMMENTS? WANT TO WORK WITH ME? SEND ME AN EMAIL! REBECCA [AT] ALWAYSNOURISHED [DOT] COM!
PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT A REGISTERED NUTRITIONIST, DIETITIAN, OR PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED CHEF. I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOD, NUTRITION, AND COOKING AT HOME! I SHARE ONLY THE RECIPES I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AND THE NUTRITION FACTS AND TIDBITS THAT I TRULY BELIEVE IN WITH YOU.
The content, programs, guides, and information I provide on this website is for educational purposes only. nourished. and/or nourished. the blog and/or Always Nourished does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care. If you have a health problem, medical emergency, or a general health question, you should contact a trusted healthcare practitioner for diagnosis and/or treatment. Under no circumstances should you attempt self-diagnosis or treatment based on anything you have seen or read on this website.