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Why not make your own fermented food to reap microbial benefits?

  It seems like not a day goes by without hearing of the health benefits of healthy bacteria. But as is often the case, we look to quick fixes for a healthy microbiome (that collection of trillions of bacteria in your gut). Many turn to a probiotic supplement, perhaps, or a probiotic yogurt and bam, […]

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What kind of apple to use for ripening your avocado

If you’re an avocado lover, you know of the difficulties you can encounter when trying to find the perfect avocado – one that’s at the exact stage of ripeness you want. How many times have you approached a huge display of avocados at your local store and after touching more fruits than you can count, […]

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Is your choice of cheese packed with protein? Not all are

There’s no doubt that protein is a hot nutrient: everywhere you look, product labels tout their protein content. The timing of when you eat that protein is also a current topic of discussion as our penchant of saving it all for dinner does a body little good. We’re finally getting the message to spread our […]

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Oats – so much more than just comfort food

Oats –the Whole Grains Council grain of the month Science continues to show how smart our mothers were back when they told us to eat our oatmeal just because it was good for us. Now decades later, a breakfast bowl containing oatmeal, which is chock full of soluble fiber and other top-notch nutrients, may be […]

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Protein: what’s the best time to eat it?

In a recent post, I covered the issues of protein requirements but I also touched on the timing of consuming that protein. Spreading it out through the day, rather than the typical pattern of having a protein-heavy dinner, offers numerous health perks including weight control benefits. But here’s some surprising news: the order in which […]

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For the new year: make produce half your plate

It’s that time of year again- a return to routines. For some, it’s back to school time and for others, a return to more rigid work schedules and the end of summer relaxation. Some people have been looking forward to it, particularly parents who are eager to see their kids go back to school while […]

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The many aliases of sugar lurking in your food

Canadians want to know how much sugar is added to our food- not surprising considering  a recent study found that two thirds of packaged food in Canada have added sugar.  Just a few years ago, it seemed that Health Canada wanted to help us in our quests to make healthier choices by including an Added […]

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5 tips for avoiding winter weight gain

Here we go again. It’s that time of year when energy levels wane while appetites and food cravings gear up for winter. As spring approaches and many people take stock of their weight, all too often, they blame holiday eating as the culprit for any extra pounds accumulated over the winter. But in fact, the […]

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