Squash - A Healthy Food All Year

Squash – A Healthy Food All Year

  Winter and summer squash are cousins that are part of the same large family, the Cucurbitaceae family.  One interesting note is that pumpkins are grown in many countries, and pumpkin varieties can be found in both the winter squash category and the summer squash category. Let’s talk about both winter and summer squash, including …read more

Pomegranates - Incredible Antioxidant Power!

Pomegranates – Incredible Antioxidant Power!

Fall is a great time of year to power up your immune system, and pomegranates are perfect for the job! They are one of the most nutrient dense foods available, full of antioxidants. Pomegranates, and other nutrient dense foods, feed the body and increase energy. Pomegranates are an ancient fruit believed to have originated in …read more

Oils and Fats for Health and Wellness

Oils and Fats for Health and Wellness

  There is a great deal of confusing information these days about oils and fats, which leads to several questions, such as:  “Which ones are healthy, which ones aren’t?”  “How do I know I am getting the right amount of fat in my diet?”  “Which fats and oils are safe for cooking?”  “Even the labels …read more

Root Vegetables - Antioxidant Foods

Root Vegetables – Antioxidant Foods

Roots form the anchor and foundation for all plants, and they are essential for the plant’s support and nourishment, which make them rich in antioxidants.  When we consume root vegetables we also benefit from the root’s properties as they make us feel physically and mentally grounded and rooted, increasing our stability, stamina and endurance.   …read more

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

  Sweet potatoes are in season and will surely be on everyone’s menu this Thanksgiving. They seem to go hand in hand with the special holiday celebrations, and fortunately, eating these and other sweet vegetables needn’t be limited to this time of year. Cravings for sweets can be greatly reduced by adding sweet vegetables, such …read more

Hemp Seeds - Big on Nutrition!

Hemp Seeds – Big on Nutrition!

What thought comes to your mind when you think of hemp seeds?  A scene from the sixties, pot-smoking and all, perhaps?  That was my first thought a little over a year ago when I first heard about hemp seeds, and I think that many people have a similar thought.  I finally decided to investigate the …read more

Ginger - a Powerful Spice

Ginger – a Powerful Spice

    Most people think of ginger only as a fragrant and delicious spice used in Asian cooking. But ginger really is much more than that – it is a very powerful spice with many health benefits. Ginger has its origins in southeastern Asia and it has been used for thousands of years in China, …read more

An Apple a Day...

An Apple a Day…

  …. keeps the Doctor away.  An old adage that refers to the high quality of nutrition in an apple, one of the most widely consumed fruits all around the world.  Indeed, it is a very healthy, whole food. The apple tree is part of the Rosaceae or rose family of plants – a very …read more

The Amazing Peach

The Amazing Peach

Peaches – a wonderful sweet treat in the middle of summer!  We’ve been enjoying peaches from our neighboring province of B.C. via the local Farmer’s Market – such a blessing!  As I was enjoying a peach at breakfast, I started to wonder what exactly a peach is all about, nutritionally.  I was fairly sure that …read more

Coconut Sugar - Is It Healthy?

Coconut Sugar – Is It Healthy?

Coconut sugar (also called coconut palm sugar or coco sugar) is another natural alternative sweetener on the market, which is quickly gaining popularity. Recently I have been asked whether or not it is a healthier sweetener than ordinary white sugar or any other natural sweetener.  Good question!  With a list of questions in mind I …read more