Why some of the of the most ultra-processed foods are -wait for it- plant-based

Call me a cynic but I am now wondering if we are heading into fad territory in terms of all these plant-based commercial food products. Before you stop reading my ...

Your Facebook questions answered: Should I be concerned about pesticides in tea?

  In my last post, I responded to the questions about both chicory tea and decaffeinated teas. In part 2, I’ll tackle those pesky and persistent rumours about pesticides in ...


Your Facebook questions answered: Is chicory tea a stimulant? What about decaf tea?

Question: “I have a new question which came up at our local tai chi class. Having tea at each class is part of the ritual but of course there are ...


Stuffed Peppers – a plant-based recipe

In my last post, the issue of ultra-processed plant-based foods was on ...

Roasted Squash and Quinoa Salad

Hearty salads are great for this time of year and including whole ...

Roasted Squash Salad with Apples

While summer has gone and with it the season’s glorious produce, autumn ...

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Quinoa: the crop that’s changed the life of its farmers

  Do you remember the uproar a few years back when news reports described how the popularity of quinoa was negatively affecting quinoa farmers in South America? The story was that ethical consumers needed to be aware that quinoa farmers could no longer afford to feed their families because of our love affair with the […]

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Is the food industry still calling the shots in formulating healthy eating regulations?

I really did think we were going to see a change in nutrition policy from this government. How could I have been so naïve? I should have known better considering Health Canada first proposed having an Added Sugars line in the new nutrition facts label but then dropped it, even though Canadians said they definitely […]

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Mushroom Barley Soup – Comfort food at its best

When it comes to stick-to-the-ribs fare, this soup definitely fits the bill. It not only provides a bounty of health benefits but I simply love its taste – the barley-mushroom combo is one of my favourites. Barley is packed with fibre – including the soluble variety with its cholesterol-lowering and blood sugar regulating perks. Add […]

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Plant-forward eating is hot

Even chefs are now onboard Plant-forward eating, the movement towards fewer ingredients of animal origin, is gaining a lot of traction these days. Some are calling it flexitarian but it is essentially including more plant-based foods and fewer animal ones in everyday eating patterns. This differs from plant-based which is about the ingredients themselves.  Eating […]

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Are smart devices for healthy eating really a smart idea?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing life as we know it. Virtual assistants are becoming commonplace – playing music, turning on lights and making phone calls. (Are they listening in to your private conversations- I won’t even go into that!). There are devices that can help in monitoring what’s in your fridge so you […]

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World Pasta Day 2018 – Pasta with Tuna, Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Today marks World Pasta Day 2018  and while we often think of pasta in terms of the Mediterranean, it’s a staple of many cuisines around the globe. This year’s celebrations are taking place in Dubai, the site of a special 20th anniversary international gathering, where the activities are demonstrating the inclusiveness of pasta in cuisines […]

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Let’s celebrate Canada’s farmers

It’s Ontario Agriculture Week here, and in Saskatchewan it’s Agriculture Month – both are held to celebrate the hard work of farm families in producing food and agricultural products. Farmers and how they bring food to our tables simply don’t get enough attention. We hear about massive factory farms and somehow we’ve been led to […]

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Want whole grains? Read the label or you might be fooled – I was

The evidence on the benefits of whole grains just keeps on coming. And as the message gets out, people are indeed looking for whole grains over refined ones. But those refined products can sneak into your shopping cart, even if you’re nutritionally savvy. First, here’s the latest research on whole grains. In a study, published […]

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