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Monday, 09 November 2015 06:00

The Health Benefits Of Pineapple

  Are you pinning for pineapple? It is so sweet yet anti-inflammatory which is rare! Not only does it taste good with its vibrant tropical flavour, but it will also take good care of you by providing some immense health benefits to your body.   It is fascinating that Columbus encountered the pineapple in 1493 on the leeward island of Guadeloupe. He called it piña de Indes, meaning "pine of the Indians", and brought it back with him to Europe.   ...
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  Sweet red peppers are the belle of the ball at any buffet table. Crisp and incredibly sweet, these ladies in red are an easy sell to anyone who is not fond of vegetables. The only limiting factor is that they can be costly during winter, but now that it’s July, we can look forward to eating more local organic peppers.   Did you know that green peppers are just unripe red peppers? Because they are not fully mature, they have a bitter after taste, and half the vitamin C...
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We have all heard the truism “Eat a rainbow for health.” Beyond being a feast for the eyes, every colour brings with it a nutritional strength. By eating a rainbow of foods, you are sure to ingest nature’s finest multi-vitamins.   
Here are some quick tips to help identify foods in the nutritional rainbow:
 – Vitamin A foods are most often yellow and orange (carrots, squash, pumpkin, yams, mangoes)
 – Vitamin B foods are most often green (asparagus, green beans,...
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Thursday, 12 January 2017 06:00

Sesame Snap Pea Stir-Fry

Did you know that 10 snap peas equal only 14 calories? Snap peas are a perfect portable snack packed with manganese, vitamin C and folate. 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. To find out more about why snap peas are a perfect snack, click here.   ...
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...
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Friday, 03 June 2016 06:00

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This salad is a perfect blend of sweet, sour and savoury. The spinach is one of the richest sources of lutein, which protects your vision. The yellow bell pepper is full of vitamin C for immune protection. Together with the strawberries, you get your RDA of vitamin C in just one serving of salad! For more info on strawberries, click here. For more info on spinach, click here. Ingredients: 
4 cups     baby spinach
 1 med     red onion, finely sliced
 1 large...
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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:00

Artichoke: True Flower Power

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...
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:29

Green Beans: Nature's Multivitamin

Green beans can be called by many other names: French beans, runner beans, winged beans, string beans and snap beans. They are an excellent source of protein and fibre; vitamins A, B complex, C, and K; and the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. This makes green beans one of the most nutritious foods on the planet — sort of like a vegetable multivitamin.   Here’s why green beans are a must have on your dinner plate: 1. Eat green beans to lessen your...
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Sunday, 06 April 2014 01:24

Are Bananas Really A Good Diet Food?

Bananas are chameleons. They can masquerade as cream in a shake, be a substitute for eggs as a binder in baking recipes, work as a sweetener in bars and can even be dried into chips! They have a deeply satisfying texture that fools the mouth into thinking it’s fatty like an avocado, yet one banana contains less than a gram of fat. Did you know that bananas were considered a rare treat 50 years ago? Now, they’re the fifth most-traded agricultural commodity (after cereals, sugar,...
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  Did you know that chestnuts are the only ‘nut’ that contains vitamin C? They are also packed full of other nutrients so be sure to try these sweet and meaty treats. I like my roasted with a little bit of sea salt. Chestnuts are one of the few nuts that grow well in Northern US and Canada, so you most likely are able to find fresh ones at your local farmers’ market. You can also purchase them from many supermarket produce sections. Five health benefits of delicious...
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