How to go meatless without sacrificing protein

If you have thought about reducing your consumption of meat or even possibly adapting to a vegetarian lifestyle, apparently you are not alone. According to a 2015 study commissioned by the BC Humane Society, eight per cent of Canadians polled identified as vegetarian and a further 23 per cent were trying to eat less meat. […]

2016 is the year of the pulses

It’s about time – and long overdue – but finally, after years of being overlooked, the small but mighty beans that we often refer to as pulses have been spotlighted for their amazing nutritional attributes. What is most impressive is that these dried seeds from the legume family, including chickpeas, lentils, dried beans and peas, […]

Any time is tea time

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner, bringing with it darker days and frosty nights. Whether being lured to the slopes and rinks or just bunkering down and tolerating the cold, one of the best ways to embrace the upcoming season and to warm up after a long day of winter is […]

Top five easy-to-use superfoods

There are many types of superfoods in our grocery stores today, ranging from greens, such as kale, to berries and chia seeds. Naturally packed with numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they provide a multitude of medicinal benefits. While I regularly include many different varieties of these superfoods in my diet, I have some personal favourites. […]

Chia good for more than pets

If hearing the word chia brings back images of fuzzy green pets of the 80s and 90s you are not alone. Fortunately this small but mighty seed has come a long way since those days. In recent years the chia seed has been recognized as a super food rather than a super pet, due to […]

Enjoy Ontario apples for taste and health

Fall is on its way bringing colder weather and beautiful colours. And while I enjoy the change of seasons, what I really look forward to is the arrival of Ontario apples. Harvested from September to November, apples make a delicious and healthy snack food. And from all the recent data it appears that the old […]

Kale a truly super superfood

Juiced, chopped, sautéed, added to soups or baked into chips, kale has taken the spotlight as a super ‘superfood.’ And it deserves the title as a nutritional powerhouse. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, it can be easily added into many dishes or even baked into an afternoon super snack such as a kale chip […]

A bit of advanced planning makes meal time easier

We have all had those hectic days, when the dinner hour rolls around and we find ourselves faced with a hungry family and no idea what to make. And although we may have food in the fridge we do not have a meal planned. Sometimes we dash out to the grocery store in search of […]

Bacterial balance key to good health

Our intestines are teeming with huge living communities of intestinal flora. In fact, there are 100 trillion bacteria in our digestive tract, including over 400 species containing both beneficial bacteria and pathogenic strains.  Overall this equates to about four pounds of these microorganisms in a given healthy adult. Most these bacteria are “good” and offer […]