We have all been there. Family or friends come over for dinner and suddenly the everyday meals need a little extra lift. This happened to me a few nights ago when I was making roast salmon. I remembered to buy the salmon but I completely forgot to think about the sides. Luckily we had some broccoli in our fridge. Serving plain steamed broccoli seemed a little dull so I jazzed it up with raw sugar snap peas, chopped parsley, lime juice and some roasted hazelnuts. It took 10 minutes to make, looked impressive on the table and was a big hit with everyone. I have made this side a few times now and I have found that adding lime juice is really important as it adds freshness and reduces the strong taste of broccoli. So even those of us who are not huge fans of broccoli can enjoy this side. Continue reading
Oil is a staple in every kitchen. It is used every day for roasting, grilling, baking, frying, sautéing and creating dressings. There are so many different types of oil to choose from for example canola oil, corn oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and coconut oil. But how do you know which one these oils is best for cooking? When choosing your cooking oil there are 3 things to remember: oil composition, smoke point and flavor.
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The answer is simple: because it impacts our health. The choices we make in shops and restaurants have a significant impact on our lives. We all know about the advice to drink fewer sodas, eat less fat and avoid trans fats. But not everyone knows that there are dangerous synthetic chemicals in what we would consider healthy foods like milk, yogurts, breads and even some fruit and veg.
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A few weeks ago, I found Artisana’s walnut butter in my local shop and knowing that walnuts are a good source of unsaturated fat, I couldn’t resist buying it. Having shunned nut butters in the past, I was surprised just how delicious it was. It tasted exactly like eating whole walnuts. The smooth yet grainy texture worked perfectly on my piece of wholegrain toast.
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In the US there are currently 7 food colors which are approved by the FDA. These include: blue no. 1, blue no. 2, green no. 3, red no. 3, red no. 40, yellow no. 5 and yellow no. 6. These colors have been deemed as safe but increasing amount of studies show that they have significant health implications especially for children. Link to hyperactivity and ADHD, cell damage and cancer are the most cited of these health impacts. Continue reading
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Although this topic has been discussed for years, the lack of consistency of reports and newspaper articles has been frustrating for many. Take for example a study published in the American Heart Association Journal, Circulation, in July 2013. This study followed the eating habits of almost 27,000 men between 1992 and 2008 and concluded that “eating breakfast was associated with significantly lower cardiovascular disease risk”. In fact, in this study, the men that skipped breakfast had 27% higher risk of dying from a heart attack or other coronary heart disease. However another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in September 2013 concluded that “the belief in link between eating breakfast in the morning and cardiovascular benefits exceeds the strength of scientific evidence”.
So how do we know if eating breakfast in the morning is good for us?
Winter squash and lentil soup is my favourite. When I first made this soup I searched for the perfect recipe but none of them worked for me. So I made one of my own. No crazy curry powders, no unhealthy heavy creams and definitely no sugar, just good taste of fresh vegetables. I made this soup many times before but I was never quite happy with it until I added lentils. They make a huge difference. Taste wise, they add earthy notes to the slightly sweet taste of squash. Nutritionally, they add a source of protein making the whole soup, including the croutons, into a complete meal. You may be avoiding carbs to be healthy or to lose a few pounds but in this recipe croutons are critical. They will give you an energy kick to keep you going until your next meal and they complement the lentils with two additional amino acids giving your body all the parts of protein to function well and to build muscle. So don’t be scared, put the croutons on and enjoy this delicious soup. Continue reading
Here are some interesting articles that I came across in September 2013: Continue reading
We all love sugar but we also know that the sweet taste comes at a price. Price in the form of calories and sugar is full of them. Just one teaspoon of sugar contains 16 calories and the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar a day which amounts to 355 calories. This knowledge, combined with the fact that all of us watch our weight at one point or another, had us reaching for the artificial sweeteners. What was not to like? The food or drinks tasted just as good yet no calories were entering our bodies. So why exactly are artificial sweeteners bad for you?
Artificial sweeteners are Continue reading
Like with everything, not all yogurts are created equal. In fact, there is quite a jungle of yogurts out there and you would be surprised just how much they differ. There are those that are really good for you and there are those that are simply not. On my last trip to Safeway I picked up a yogurt, their pantry essential brand, and I was horrified when I read the list of ingredients. Not only did the yogurt contain high corn fructose syrup as the third ingredient on the list after milk and vanilla base, the yogurt was lacking the live and active cultures which make yogurt healthy in the first place. In addition, the yogurt contained colors yellow 5 and yellow 6 not to mention pectin, carrageenan, modified corn starch and phenylalanine. Studies show that yogurt is really good for us, so how do you chose a good and healthy yogurt and where do you begin? Continue reading