Cinco de Mayo, a celebrated war date in Mexico has turned into a culinary feast in a variety of countries. In this short blog, I’m linking you to three archived posts – one about avocados, another about lentils and finally, one of the first documented functional foods, limes. You can use these three delicious and healthy foods in many recipes for your May 5th celebration! 1. Avocados 2. Lentils 3. Limes Visit CaliforniaAvocado.com for Cinco de Mayo recipes and party tips. Have fun!
When I travelled to Austria a few years ago, I was able to experience a delicious artisan cheese – but only for one night. Let me explain, the first night we enjoyed the cheese, then the next evening at the hotel we asked a gentleman with the service staff if we could have the same cheese again. He said, “No, it was a onetime batch from a farmer ‘down the road’ and we can’t get anymore right now.” Talk about local and special, plus that response made us crave the mild, yet flavourful soft cheese rolled in cracked peppercorns even more! First Food Memory = Cheese Cheese is one of my earliest and fondest food memories. As a child, … Continue reading
Happy Easter! Do you want a healthier option for the Easter Basket? Is cocoa and dark chocolate on the menu this Easter? I want to share with you a delicious recipe that was given to me by a client. I’ve modified it slightly. Let me know if you think these cocoa lentil bars are delish! Cocoa Lentil Bars Makes 20 servings Time required – 15 minutes preparation and 25 minutes baking Ingredients: 1 cup mashed lentils 2 eggs ½ cup of olive oil ½ cup of buckwheat flour ½ cup of oat bran ¼ cup of ground flax seed 2 cups of oats 1 tablespoon of unsweetened natural cocoa powder 1 ½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat … Continue reading
Here are my 5 favourite healthy green foods and the reasons why I like to eat them on St. Patrick's day and year round… Avocados because of their creamy texture, healthy fats, potassium and fibre. Broccoli because I like to eat it both raw and cooked, plus it is full of the fibre and antioxidants. Cabbage is a traditional St. Paddy’s day food and like other cruciferous vegetables (including broccoli) offers your body protective and health-boosting benefits. Limes are one of the first recorded medicinal foods because of their vitamin C content and ability to prevent scurvy in sailors during long journeys. I add fresh lime juice to water and to my favourite curry dishes. Seaweed is the new green food on … Continue reading
The theme for March 2013 is “Best Food Forward: Plan Shop Cook Enjoy” encouraging Canadians to make healthy choices at the grocery store. Here are five quick and easy grocery store tips for you… Don’t shop on an empty stomach Showing up at the grocery store hungry will influence what you buy and may increase your bill by buying things you don’t need. Shop around the outside Almost all grocery stores will have produce, dairy, meat and other unprocessed foods around the outside; spend more time there and less time in the middle aisles. Read labels Compare the nutrition labels of your products to make sure you are buying the healthiest product possible. Stock up Keep an eye on weekly … Continue reading