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18 Jun
Spinach is the perfect way to green-up your summer menu. Unlike many leafy greens, spinach is sweet and easy to use in any recipe, which is why it’s so popular. Last year, the United States Department of Agriculture reported more than 60,000 acres of spinach were harvested!    Five reasons why you should add more spinach to your diet: 1. Spinach is an excellent source of calcium: By supplying 100mg of calcium in every 100g serving, spinach is an excellent alternative to...
17 Jun
Spirulina could be called the “King of the Superfoods”. It has some of the most concentrated nutrients you can find per ounce than almost any other food on the planet. But before jumping on the Spirulina bandwagon, there are a few things you should know. Spirulina grows naturally in a few alkaline lakes around the world and has been harvested for thousands of years. The Aztecs & Mayans harvested it from lakes in the Central and South American regions. It is still grown and...
12 Jun
  If you’re a strawberry addict like me, then this time of year must make you very happy. Local organic strawberries are the best. Unlike their oversized waterlogged conventionally grown cousins that are picked unripe and shipped from far away, berries grown locally can be teeming with flavour.   The common garden strawberry that we find in stores today is actually a hybrid of the French (for flavour) and Argentinean (for size) varieties. In our modern world, we’re...
28 May
I used to hate radishes until I discovered the ones grown at my local farmer's market. It seems that many radishes are only as good as the farmer who grows them. Commercially grown ones can have a musty/woody flavour in the centre, but the organic beauties I had were as sweet, crunchy and juicy as a crisp local apple. Check out your local farmer's market to see if you can find an organic farmer that specializes in growing these powerful detoxifiers.  While at the market, I also...
28 May
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...
23 May
You probably view dandelions as pesky weeds keeping you from lawn perfection. But, what you might not know is dandelion greens serve up almost a full multivitamin and mineral supplement. The leaves are packed with vitamins A, B, C and E and are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese iron, and zinc and are a perfect slimming food! Similar to arugula in flavour, the dandelion’s slight bitterness can be offset if you sautéed them with onion.      ...
21 May
Most of us have heard of the famous grapefruit detox and wondered about its effectiveness. And while the results are overblown, there is something to be said about the healing power of this wonderful bitter and sweet cousin of the orange.  Even if grapefruit won’t help you drop 10 lbs the way the fad diet promises, it does make a great alkaline breakfast suggestion. What this means is that while you might think that grapefruit is an acidic food, when we “burn” them in our body,...
18 May
Arugula is a flavourful, oak-shaped leaf with a peppery taste. Known as 'Rocket' in some parts of the world, arugula adds a powerful health boost to any menu choice. Easily grown at home, this leafy green contains about 5 calories per cup meaning it would take 20 cups of arugula to get the same calories in just a ¼ cup of granola.   The fibre in arugula helps promote digestive regularity, keeps your tummy happy and leaves you feeling full longer so you resist other fatty...
16 May
My GMO Story... Twenty years ago I had an interesting encounter with one of my favourite Canadian celebrities. I was a co-operative owner of The Big Carrot Natural Food Market at the time and one of my tasks as the in-store nutritionist was to organize events that pertained to health. Dr. David Suzuki was giving a presentation at one of these events and after he was done I asked him if he would mind autographing one of our store signs as a memento. The Big Carrot’s main motto...
14 May
  Tart rhubarb is a North American favourite. If you’re thinking about planting a rhubarb root (Rheum rhabarbarum) be sure to give it moist, well-drained soil and a bit of room to grow. Let the root establish itself for one year before harvesting the stalks. Be sure never to eat the greens as they are high in oxalic acid, which can contribute to kidney stones if consumed in large amounts.   Rhubarb’s main health benefits are its ability to promote detoxification and its...