Do you reach for the salt shaker or even ketchup to add flavour? You’re not alone. Most Canadians don’t use herbs and spices on a regular basis. They may have a large spice rack on display, yet the spices don’t make it to the stove top or oven. I’m giving you three great reasons to spice up your recipes with basil, cinnamon and turmeric! Basil Basil is a fragrant herb with round leaves that may or may not be pointed. It is usually green in colour, and looks similar to peppermint. It is often used in pesto, salads, soups, on sandwiches and in tomato-based dishes. Health benefit – Anti-inflammatory A health benefit of basil is its anti-inflammatory effects. In a recent study, it was … 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
What do ginger, mushrooms and yogurt have in common? They are foods with immune health properties. With cold and flu season wrapping up for the year, why not give your immune system the 1-2-3 combination to keep up the fight! Ginger Ginger, also known as ginger root is found underground as part of the rhizome of the plant. A recent study found that fresh ginger effectively protected against a flu like virus (human respiratory syncytial virus or HRSV) that affect many children and elderly worldwide (1). The study found fresh ginger blocked viral attachment as well as internalization of the virus. Mushrooms There are many different types of edible mushrooms including Portobello, enoki, oyster and shiitake. Mushrooms are touted for … Continue reading
What a great idea to declare February as Heart Month. You asked for it, therefore, I’ll be blogging about heart health related topics and foods for most of this month. Stay tuned for cocoa just before Valentine’s Day. This post is all about coconut! Have you ever wondered if a coconut is a nut? The coconut, contrary to its name, is not a nut. It is a one-seeded drupe, which is a fruit with a hard covering that encloses a seed. In fact, a coconut from a palm tree has three layers, but the two outer layers are removed before they reach the shelves of supermarkets.
When I'm presenting my workshops and interacting with my workplace wellness program clients, I’m excited to see people are beginning to understand that fad dieting doesn't work and it takes a lifestyle change including frequent physical fitness to get long-term results. January is the time when people want to get fit, get healthy and lose weight — this is nothing new. The difference I’m finding now is that more people want to learn how to sustain healthy habits throughout the rest of the year. What is Satiety? One of my favourite tips (to sustain healthy habits) I give my clients is to monitor when they are hungry and when they are full. Satiety is a position of being and feeling full to the … Continue reading