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07 Dec
  You already know about the potential benefits of a diet that is rich in omega-3—but aside from taking an omega-3 supplement, how can you incorporate more of this essential nutrient in your diet?   There are plenty of delicious foods that are naturally high in omega-3. Some of them you may know already, others may surprise you! Below you will find some of our favourite foods that are contain omega-3. We’ll outline the best ways to prepare them to preserve their omega-3...
05 Dec
  For some reason, the faithful mini cabbage (aka Brussels sprout) has a bad rap. I suppose this is because people have been tortured by boiled-to-mush dishes, served up by well-intentioned grandparents. They have a slight bitter taste, but it is important to keep in mind that some of our most treasured treats are bitter including chocolate and coffee.   Brussels sprouts are teeming with health benefits from detoxification to cancer prevention to joint protection. It’s...
29 Nov
Cranberries have many amazing properties that help support kidney and bladder function but did you know that they also an excellent antioxidant?    5 Reasons Why You Should Add The Zip Of Cranberries To Your Recipes:   1. Preventing UTIs: Recent studies show cranberries may not be as effective at curing urinary tract infections as we once thought  – they are actually better at preventing UTI’s! (1) Active ingredients, such as proanthocyanidins, in cranberries impede...
28 Nov
Many years ago pomegranates were viewed as exotic. Like Mandarin oranges they were precious imports brought over on ships for a once-a-year treat at Christmas. But in recent years, as you might have noticed, the pomegranate has been designated a “superfood” (foods with the highest nutritional values). And it truly is super with its high dietary fibre and folate, potassium, copper, vitamin C and vitamin K. Since ancient times, the fabulous fleshy seeds were used for fertility, but it...
06 Nov
Refined carbohydrates are often called empty calories. Actually, they’re worse than “empty” – they’re comparable to credit cards that create nutritional debt in the body. For example, a teaspoon of white sugar seems harmless – it tastes good and contains only 15 little calories. However, a closer look at the chemistry of its metabolism reveals that a tremendous effort is needed for the body to use those 15 calories as fuel. Sugar robs your body of nutrients in order to process...
06 Nov
Everyone seems to know that nuts are good for you, especially if you eat them in moderation.  They are high in heart healthy fats that also protect and nourish the brain.  They offer fiber, nutrients and protein.  Best of all, they are easy to grab and eat on the go!  Seeds often get lumped into the same category as nuts. While they offer many of the same benefits, they are actually quite different and may be better choice for some people.    What is the difference between a...
23 Oct
Something we hear a lot of these days is “Don’t eat white foods” or “Avoid white bread, white pasta, white rice and sugar.” And so, with our new-found focus on eating a rainbow of veggies, it’s easy to lose sight of foods that are naturally white and incredibly good for us. A great example of this is cauliflower. As a nutritionist, I love cauliflower for its nutritional value, but as a cook I love that it is so versatile! It can be puréed for a dairy substitute in a soup, it can...
23 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...

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