Quinoa - An Ancient Grain

Quinoa – An Ancient Grain

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), is a nutritional powerhouse with ancient origins. It was originally cultivated by the Incas more than 5,000 years ago; they referred to it as the ‘mother of all grains.’ It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a great source of protein for vegetarians. Quinoa is also high in magnesium, fiber, …read more

Beets - Bright Red Nutrition

Beets – Bright Red Nutrition

Beets are part of the Amarathaceae family. There are several varieties and colors, from the common bright red beet to less common yellow beets. Both the beet root and the beet greens are edible and nutritious – beneficial for anti-aging, lowering cholesterol and protection against heart disease. Beet root: Seven nutritional facts: Raw beets are …read more

Top 10 Foods to Beat the Heat

Top 10 Foods to Beat the Heat

Here in Calgary the mercury can rise into the low 30’s (celsius) for a few weeks, which instantly makes me want to say sayonara to the stove and turn to more refreshing fare. Here are my top-10 picks for summer foods that keep you cool, hydrated, and healthy! Watermelon — a no brainer, right? At …read more

Nuts

Nuts

  Nuts are a healthy and versatile food, which can be eaten as a snack or added to a main meal.  They are easy to take along when you are on the go and need a healthy pick-me-up. One interesting point about nuts is that they are both a protein and a carbohydrate, and they …read more

Vinegar - Is It a Health Food?

Vinegar – Is It a Health Food?

  I have been curious about the health benefits of vinegar – so I decided to dive into some research.  The first step of research was a “field trip” to find out how vinegar is made. While on vacation recently, I went to a very interesting place called The Vinegar Works (Valentine Farm), in Summerland, …read more

Kale - Very Nutritious

Kale – Very Nutritious

Kale is a very interesting leafy green vegetable. It is quite versatile and seems to be gaining popularity in recipes these days.  There are many varieties and colors of kale, and they are all incredibly healthy. Kale is a member of the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family of vegetables, along with broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and bok …read more

Agave Syrup - Healthy or Not?

Agave Syrup – Healthy or Not?

  Agave syrup/nectar (pronounced uh-GAH-vay) is a sweetener that has been gaining popularity, but is it all natural? How healthy is it?  I decided to do a little research and find out more about this controversial sweetener. Here’s what I’ve learned – be prepared for some surprises.  It certainly was an eye-opener for me! About …read more

Sweet Choices - Naturally

Sweet Choices – Naturally

Sweets and sweet flavors are a part of our North American culture, and as such can be healthy for us if we are wise about our choices and enjoy them in moderation.  Sweets have a chemical effect on our brain causing the brain to release serotonin, our body’s “feel good” chemical.  White sugar, high fructose corn …read more

Fruit

Fruit

A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners.  Fruits are easy to digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are overstressed and overheated from …read more

Xylitol - What's It All About?

Xylitol – What’s It All About?

Many people are using sweeteners other than ordinary sugar.  There are a number of sweeteners available that are not chemicals. Xylitol is one of those sweeteners.  Here is some helpful information to assist you in making an informed choice if you are looking for a sugar substitute. What exactly is xylitol? Xylitol is part of …read more