Tag Archives: Whole grain

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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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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Whole Grains Month – what’s your new grain of choice?

  It’s Whole Grains Month, a time to celebrate these nuggets of goodness. They’re not just delicious but they also offer a diverse array of weaponry to fight disease. Eating whole grains, rather refined ones, are linked to easier weight management, better blood sugar regulation, decreased blood cholesterol levels and a lower risk of heart […]

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Quinoa Kale Risotto with Pistachios

  There’s no doubt that pistachios are not only packed with nutrition, they’re also delicious. While I do love them straight out of the shell as a snack, they also add lots of taste and crunch to other offerings. Here’s a tasty recipe adapted from the American Pistachios Growers. Quinoa Kale Risotto with Pistachios 1 […]

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Restricting food marketing to kids: doesn’t Health Canada know what’s healthy and what’s not?

Kudos to Health Canada for their continuing efforts to restrict the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to our children. But it seems there is some confusion on the part of Health Canada about what is considered to be healthy  . Back in 2015, the government committed to restricting the marketing of unhealthy foods to […]

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