Tag Archives: Whole grain

Watermelon and Bulgur Wheat Salad

Over the years, as its nutritional profile has risen, watermelon has definitely made the leap from simply being served as a refreshing snack or a light dessert to the savoury part of meals. Here’s a change of pace which includes whole grains- offerings which we tend to fall short on. This salad, adapted from Watermelon.org, […]

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Citrus Barley Salad

  Grain salads are perfect for this time of year.  Together with seasonal vegetables and herbs, nutrition-packed whole grain offerings,  such as barley, wheat berries, quinoa and sorghum, can make for quick mains and side dishes. A key is to make extra when preparing those that require longer  cooking times. Then freeze them in labelled […]

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What exactly is plant-based eating?

Confusion abounds about what plant-based eating really means. If you’re opting for this style of eating, perhaps you’re a vegan or a vegetarian. Or just maybe you’re neither and include animal products in your diet. Since the new food guide recommendations have come out, there has been a lot of discussion about what this term […]

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Which country ranks first for fewer diet-related deaths?

  I can’t tell you how often, over the years, I’ve heard a client tell me that they have indeed tried to eat better before coming to see me. But what eating better usually means to them is what they have cut out of their diet. It’s always a focus on what they consider to […]

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Roasted Squash and Quinoa Salad

Hearty salads are great for this time of year and including whole grains, such as quinoa, kicks the nutritional profile up a notch. This recipe, from Foodland Ontario, is also ideal for a make-ahead meal, or as leftovers, as there’s nothing to go soggy. While the ingredients do say Ontario, obviously use what’s local to […]

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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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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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