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26 Apr
  Sweet and creamy cashews! The world loves them but few people realize that they are in fact a seed that grows at the end of the cashew apple. The cashew tree is a fruit bearing, tropical evergreen that thrives in hot moist climates. The fruit of the cashew tree is the cashew apple, a light red to yellow fruit, which is often used to produce a sweet and astringent fruit drink that is fermented into wine.      Cashew Apple Fruit With Seed At The...
21 Apr
  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...
19 Apr
One true sign of spring is when the fronds of the ostrich fern show their heads. Appropriately called a fiddlehead (the spiral shape resembles the head of a fiddle), this green vegetable is a nutritional wonder. Andrea Mlinarevic from Norcliff Farms says it perfectly: “Fiddleheads grow so quickly that they must be picked the day after they sprout; otherwise they will blossom into beautiful ferns. Fiddleheads grow wild across Canada, but most abundantly along the east coast....
18 Apr
There is nothing that tastes quite like the promise of spring than sap straight from a tapped maple tree. The cool, refreshing and slightly sweet taste can cleanse the palate and awaken the mind from months of hibernation. Filled with minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron and zinc this low calorie beverage can provide energy without spiking your blood sugar. 
The First Nations people harvested maple sap for thousands of years before the settlers landed...
11 Apr
With Easter just aroudn the corner, there is a lot of talk about eggs! So many people are still frightened to eat them. But are they really bad for us?   Back in August 2012, Cardiologist Dr. David Spence completed a study at Western University in London, Ontario. He claims the cholesterol found in the yolk is almost as dangerous as smoking. His study found egg consumption accelerates atherosclerosis or plaque build-up on arteries. He said the culprit is the cholesterol...
06 Apr
One of the first harvests to be sold at a local farmer's market, aside from maple syrup, is the Allium Tricoccum. More commonly referred to as the 'wild leek', this onion like bulb is native to Eastern Ontario and Quebec. Found under the canopy of a deciduous forest, the long slender green leaves can easily be detected by their pungent smell when the plant has been crushed under foot. But tread carefully! Wild leeks take 7 years before they mature and spread their seed. Once...
01 Apr
  My GMO Story... Nineteen 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...
31 Mar
  Have you ever walked into a juice bar and had no idea where to start? With all of today’s options, it can be a little overwhelming. Let’s go on a tour of the best things to order off the juice bar menu that will make a difference for your health concern.      To Juice Or To Blend?   Juicing is ideal when you want to maximize nutrients but need to avoid the extra fiber. This may be for medical reasons (e.g. if you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease) or you...
23 Mar
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...
07 Mar
When talking to readers about their dietary concerns one of the first things they ask me about is breakfast or more specifically, breakfast cereal. For a large portion of the North American population, a bowl of cold breakfast cereal is a normal way to start the day. Bacon, eggs and toast might be an option for the weekend but people on the go want something quick and convenient. Problem is that convenience is one of the worst ways to start your day. The content of most cereals is...

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