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19 Jan
I am sure there many people who have heard this command from their parents. But why should we be eating our veggies? Sure they are often low in calories and high in fibre, yet the biggest reason to include 7-10 servings of vegetables into your diet every day is their phytochemical content.      What Are Phytochemicals?    In short, phytochemical ingredients are plant-derived compounds, which protect the plants from environmental stresses including insects,...
17 Jan
Not only do chia seeds make a festive pet, they’re exceptionally good plant-based sources of protein, calcium, magnesium, and inflammation-fighting antioxidants. (1) A member of the mint family, Salvia hispanica is an Aztec super grain that boasts the highest known whole-food source of dietary fibre. The word "chia" is derived from the word chian that means oily for good reason. More than half the calories in chia come from the anti-inflammatory fat, the plant omega 3 called...
11 Jan
Peas are a perfect portable snack packed with manganese, vitamin C and folate. It’s amazing that something so sweet only has 14 little calories (for 10 snap peas)! I think the snap pea is the ultimate variety as it has all the juiciness of garden variety peas and the soft shell of the snow pea. The good news is that this means less work for you because you don’t have to shuck them, and more beneficial fibre from eating the pod.   Five Reasons Snap Peas Are A Great...
05 Jan
Everyone seems to know that nuts are good for you, especially if you eat them in moderation.  They are high in heart healthy fats that also protect and nourish the brain.  They offer fiber, nutrients and protein.  Best of all, they are easy to grab and eat on the go!  Seeds often get lumped into the same category as nuts. While they offer many of the same benefits, they are actually quite different and may be better choice for some people.    What is the difference between a...
03 Jan
They’re commonly thought of as a vegetable, but artichokes (also known as globe artichokes) are actually a flower bud. A relative of the famous milk thistle, they stimulate bile flow, which helps to carry toxins from your liver out of your body. Artichokes have been used as an indigestion remedy in Europe for more than a century. Many liver tonics are bitter, but artichokes are as delicate as asparagus and a great finger food. You pull each leaf off the flower bud, plunk it in...
13 Dec
  For years coconut oil has gotten a bad rap: it’s a saturated fat, and we all know that saturated fats are bad for us, right? Think again. It turns out that coconut oil can actually help you lose weight, especially those pesky (and particularly unhealthy) pounds around your belly. Not only that, but studies suggest coconut oil can also help decrease inflammation, fight infection, and even protect the brain from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.   Strange as it seems,...
01 Dec
Did you know that Canada is the world’s largest exporter of lentils? We distribute this healthy legume to over 100 different countries annually. Despite that, lentils are under-appreciated in this country. They’re staple food for much of the rest of the world, and for good reason: 100 grams of red lentils provide 26 grams of protein (9 grams for green lentils) and 7.5 grams of iron (3.5 grams for green lentils). This makes them a great choice for vegetarians, who often struggle to...
22 Nov
I love that apples are the classic symbol for nutrition and use them as a main remedy when ever a sweet craving comes a knocking. Keep in mind that most fruit grown in the North like apples; pears, berries, plums, nectarines and peaches are the lower in sugar than tropical fruit and therefore make the best choices for anyone who needs to watch their blood sugar. I grew up with the phrase ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ It turned out to be true. Researchers from the...
18 Nov
Many think of sweet potatoes and yams as one in the same, but while they may look similar, yams and sweet potatoes are from different plant families and are very diverse when more closely inspected. We generally find sweet potatoes at the farmers’ market or grocery store, although they may be incorrectly labeled as yams. They have a smooth, thin, orange to reddish-purple skin and sweet, orange flesh. A genuine yam has thicker skin that can be anywhere from yellow, brown, purple...
17 Nov
Garlic is truly one of the most amazing superfoods! It contains more than 100 biologically useful chemicals that can do everything from lower cholesterol to fight off viruses. (1) It is a great food to consume during flu season.   Here are a just a few reason to include garlic in your diet:   1. Garlic is antiviral and antifungal: Garlic has been used for centuries for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, but did you know that it can also prevent yeast...

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