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17 Oct
While in Greece I had the chance to vist the oldest known olive oil tree in the world. (See photo below) It was such an amazing experience! It was so big that I could not put my arms around its trunk. Most olive trees can live over 500 years but this one is over an astounding 3000 years old! Did you know that Greeks eat 25 kg of olive oil per year compared to 5 kg in North America and that 1/4 of Crete is covered with olive trees? I had such a magical time tasting the amazing food...
11 Oct
  I love Goji Berries! They are one of my favourite additions to a trail mix. Considered both a fruit and an herb, goji berries grow in some of the most extreme and harsh climates. It has become very popular and known as a “superfood” over the last few years due to its highly nutritive and antioxidant properties.     5 Reasons Why You Want These Red Jewels In Your Trail Mix:   1. Goji berries can protects your eyes: Glaucoma is the second leading cause of...
09 Oct
The first lick of cool air in North America immediately brings pumpkins to mind. Their orange hue is synonymous with fall and their rind simply begs to be carved. But consider that pumpkins are much more than obligatory autumn porch decoration or filling for a Thanksgiving or Christmas pie. Did you know they’re one of the most nutritious foods on the planet? 7 Healthy Reasons To Enjoy Pumpkin   1. Pumpkin is easy to digest: The flesh of a pumpkin is used to make pies and...
11 Sep
To say I am fond of carrots is an understatement. Once while doing a detox cleanse I ate so many carrots and drank so much carrot juice that my hands and feet turned bright yellow. Turns out that a glass of carrot juice contains more than 25,000 IU’s of pro-vitamin A. I got carotenemia, an excess of carotene in the blood as my poor liver could not keep up with converting the carotenes to Vitamin A, so my body decided to store it in my extremities. Lucky for me it is...
04 Sep
It’s got a lot of competition, but kale is one of the healthiest foods available. Just one piece of evidence: a new rating system called the Andi scale rates the density of nutrients per calorie. The scale is ranked zero to 1000 and kale takes the top spot because this leafy green delivers the most nutrients for only 36 calories a cup. Until recently, we thought about nutrition as vitamin A through zinc, but it turns out that the consumption of a variety of phytochemicals (such...
31 Aug
Wait…what? Isn’t corn gluten free? Technically it is. Plain corn, the kind you eat off the cob, is gluten free (as long as it was protected from cross-contamination). Corn comes from a different family than the gluten-containing grains (barley, rye, wheat, spelt). It does however contain a protein that is also called “gluten” though it is not quite the same as the one found in the aforementioned grains. It becomes very confusing doesn’t it? After all, shouldn’t a food that includes...
28 Aug
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...
17 Aug
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious. 
Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. 
The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to...
15 Aug
You might be inclined to keep your distance from those gnarly looking tomatoes with the quirky names showing up more often in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets, but as a nutritionist I encourage you to give heritage tomatoes a try. Heritage tomatoes are loaded with health benefits that can, among many other things, reduce stress and strengthen your bones. And don’t be afraid of the heritage’s odd shapes and diverse colours as these are the result of their rich genetic...
09 Aug
Every year in the summer, my husband skips the flowers and brings home a bushel basket of basil from the farmers’ market for only $25. I’m always able to turn that gift into a freezer full of delicious homemade pesto. (Click here for my recipe.) You see, while basil is native to Asia and Africa, it’s Italy that has instilled this herb into our hearts ever since pesto became one of the world’s most loved sauces. No surprise then that in Italy (and in my home!), basil is a symbol of...

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