COOKING WITH HOPE – Nutrition 519 & Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins


COOKING WITH HOPE – Nutrition 519 & Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

What if someone told you that you could have a healthy alternative to your favourite dessert? Would you believe it if they told you it could come in the form of a smoothie? Allow myself to be the one to tell you this — Nutrition 519 (N519), located at 2345 Pillette Road in Windsor, does wonders.

N519 healthy shakes have 24g of protein, over 21 essential vitamins and minerals, are less than 300 calories and provide your body everything it needs for a complete healthy meal — AND they taste exactly like everyone’s favourite dessert!

Chocolate Chip Cooke Dough & refreshing raspberry tea.

All of their shake bases are plant-based protein. Also serving a certified vegetarian shake base made up of rice, quinoa and pea protein.

N519 is operated and owned by Dan and Kristin Labreche. They had a passion and drive of wanting to be able to make an impact and a difference in the community. Dan and Kristin wanted to bring a healthy alternative to the city so people can enjoy their favourite desserts, without the feeling of guilt.

As the rise of health and wellness continues to expand, N519 shows their customers that healthy foods don’t have to fall under the ‘boring’ category or be things that we dread. They can actually be quite enjoyable, delicious and even fun to make and enjoy.

I love Nutrition 519 and the idea behind their business, as I have such a big sweet tooth but love to always find a healthy alterative to treats so I am never missing out!

With incredible smoothie flavours that fall under categories — Fruit Lovers, Sweet Lovers, Peanut Butter Lovers, Coffee Lovers and Chocolate Lovers. All smoothies come with your choice of tea or a coffee. Their best seller is their white chocolate raspberry flavour.

Earlier in March, they launched a pay it forward project where people in the community donated money, and then N519 provided our essential workers with what they called a “We Care Kit.”  The kit included a healthy smoothie, a protein bar, a healthy energizing drink and a hydration drink. It was amazing was their way of saying thank you to the community.

Check out their facebook page for their hours and more information as well as their Instagram @nutrition519_ for all the good vibes!

Now onto the recipe portion of my blog…here is how to make some delicious blueberry muffins!

Easy and delicious. Blueberry muffins pair perfect with a smoothie.

This week we are baking these easy vegan and gluten free blueberry muffins. There is the option to make them sugar free as well if you wish by not adding in the extra sugar and allowing the natural sweetness of the blueberries to do the trick. These are great for your busy lifestyle, as well as an easy breakfast to go.

You will need . . .

  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 flax egg (3 tablespoons of water + 1 tablespoon flax meal mixed and left aside for 10 minutes)
  • ¼ cup plant-based milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • ½ cup raw date sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

How to . . .

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare your flax egg and mix it. Set it aside for 10 minutes checking on it every so often, until it becomes very thick. (It is a great alternative to eggs in vegan baking.)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your wet ingredients very well.
  4. Add in your dry ingredients until a smooth batter is formed.
  5. Fold in your blueberries and mix again.
  6. Grease or line your muffin tin and fill each tin about halfway with the batter.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes and enjoy!

Make sure to tag me on Instagram @localplanteater if you give these a try!

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Hope Monaco
Cooking With Hope Hope Monaco is a third year University of Windsor student studying a double major in Communications/Media and Psychology. She is a certified yoga teacher and has been on a plant-based diet for the last three and a half years. Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, she has become very creative in the kitchen and in food photography. This led her to create her own Instagram food blog — Local Plant Eater — and she has recently developed her own website,, where she promotes easy, simple, delicious plant-based recipes for all. She reviews local restaurants, creates her own recipes and shares her favourites as well as her preferred plant-based products. Contact Hope on Instagram @localplanteater or by emailing: [email protected]