Blog | #MealsThatHeal
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...
17 May
  You will love the fresh, zesty Mediterranean flavour in this versatile raw tomato sauce. I have paired it with konjac noodles—at only 33 calories a cup, they are a fantastic, low-carbohydrate, wheat-free alternative to pasta and other noodles. If you can’t locate konjac noodles at your local health food store, you can substitute the zucchini noodles from this recipe.   Ingredients: 3 cups      chopped Roma tomatoes  3 tbsp       apple cider vinegar 3      ...
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...
11 May
  Happy Mothers Day! Every single person came out of a mother, so it is a time for all 7 billion humans to celebrate the person who created us.   Rebecca Solnit put it perfectly; "Comprehend the heroic labour it takes to keep one alive, the constant exhausting tending of a being who can do nothing and demands everything. I realized that my mother had done all of these things for me before I remembered. I was fed; I was washed; I was clothed; I was taught to speak and given a...
10 May
  Need a healthy decadent chocolate treat to win over your friends? This special occasion vegan recipe is a delightful addition to a birthday party or festive celebration such as Mother's Day!   Ingredients:    For the crust: 1 + 1/4 cup    almonds or pecans 1 + 1/4 cup    shredded coconut 2 tbsp            coconut oil, melted 1 tbsp            cocao powder  2 tbsp            honey or coconut syrup Pinch             unrefined...
09 May
  I first meet the wonderful people of the Cha's Organics company at a trade show a couple of years ago. Their enthusiasm, integrity and products really impressed me. I have always been interested in supporting small, grassroots companies (very much like my own) that are making a real difference in their communities. Cha's Organics has all the characteristics of a business that ‘adds’ to the global community of organic food producers.    I am frequently asked about the...
07 May
  The Anti-inflammatory superheroes Ginger and Turmeric are botanically related. The yellow in turmeric is so powerful it stains everything as you can see from the cutting board. It is all worth it as it fights cancer cells and reduces pain. For more information about Turmeric click here. For more information about Ginger, click here.  Ingredients: 1 cup    unsweetened hemp or coconut beverage (Try my homemade coconut beverage recipe.) 1 tsp     turmeric,...
07 May
Have you ever had a chance to hold a piece of turmeric root in the palm of your hand? This brown skinned tuber looks a lot like ginger until you cut it open. There you will find a bright orange flesh that is key to its extensive healing properties. And if you have never seen fresh turmeric root before, you may want to start shopping for it, as it is one of the most studied spices today. The reason I include this golden root in my diet is.... you guessed it ...for its amazing...