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Why you want to eat whole grains

If you’re not a fan of whole grains, there’s no better time to shake up your menu. Why now? For one, it’s Whole Grains Month, which is brought to you by the Oldways Whole Grains Council. But more importantly, there’s new research that offers some pretty compelling reasons to include whole grains. It wasn’t that […]

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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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Are there super foods or simply super dietary patterns?

    I often post about the nutritional perks and disease fighting effects of one plant food or another as nature provides an arsenal of weaponry to protect against a wide assortment of various ills. For example, earlier this summer, I posted on my Enlightened Eater Facebook page  about the assorted benefits of strawberries. But […]

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Radishes: the overshadowed disease-fighting summertime treat

At this time of year, when you visit a farmer’s market, who can blame you if you’re immediately drawn to the tomatoes and corn? But don’t forget about those bunches of summertime radishes. The sweetness and the crunch as you munch on one is definitely a seasonal treat but one that gets left out of […]

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What’s the best diet for arthritis sufferers? Part 2

In my last post, I sorted through some fact and fiction about  arthritis and diet – particularly foods that are frequently avoided.  All too often, though, when it comes to dietary solutions for various ills, people focus more on what they should cut out rather than what they should eat. While it’s true there are […]

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5 top disease-fighting effects of strawberries

Naked or dressed – what’s your preference? Local strawberry season is indeed an amazing time. These heart-shaped berries are certainly a taste treat whether you enjoy them naked,  with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar (shockingly delicious!) or in the form of strawberry shortcake. But they’re so much more than just palate pleasing. They’re packed […]

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Chick Pea, Roasted Red Pepper, Tomato and Mint Salad

Pulses, tomatoes, allium vegetables and herbs all combine for a simple delicious and nutritious  offering – a combo that’s perfect for International Mediterranean Diet Month.  Enjoy it for  lunch or as a side dish alongside your barbecue fare. Chick Pea, Roasted Red Pepper, Tomato and Mint Salad Makes 6 servings 1 19-oz./540-mL can chick peas, […]

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Bring home the Mediterranean Diet

  The end of International Mediterranean Diet Month is drawing near but it’s still a great time, if you haven’t done it already, to bring the Mediterranean diet home. But let me be clear: I’m not talking about certain foods that originate in the Mediterranean region, such as pasta or even extra virgin olive oil. […]

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