21 Aug
Did you know that 1 in 5 people suffer from arthritis? Why does it affect so many people and how can you reduce the pain and progression? The term 'Arthritis' refers to group of more than 100 diseases and conditions that cause pain and swelling in the joints.  It is a condition that affects the joints of the body and the connective tissues that surround them. While the exact cause of Arthritis is still being studied extensively, factors such as genetics, autoimmune disorders,...
18 Aug
  Beets are one of the best plant sources of betalains, which are potent anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that decrease the risk of heart disease and conditions associated with chronic inflammation. Pea sprouts are high in beta-carotene and vitamin A. Retinol, which is an active form of vitamin A, plays a pivotal role in the development of immune cells, which fight off the foreign invaders that cause inflammation. For more information about the health benefits of beets, click...
17 Aug
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious. 
Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. 
The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to...
16 Aug
You might be inclined to keep your distance from those gnarly looking tomatoes with the quirky names showing up more often in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets, but as a nutritionist I implore you to give heirloom tomatoes a try. Click this link for more on the health benefits of tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes are loaded with health benefits that can, among many other things, reduce stress and strengthen your bones. And don’t be afraid of the heirloom’s odd shapes and diverse...
15 Aug
You might be inclined to keep your distance from those gnarly looking tomatoes with the quirky names showing up more often in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets, but as a nutritionist I encourage you to give heritage tomatoes a try. Heritage tomatoes are loaded with health benefits that can, among many other things, reduce stress and strengthen your bones. And don’t be afraid of the heritage’s odd shapes and diverse colours as these are the result of their rich genetic...
10 Aug
  There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh basil pesto. It seems everyone loves the flavour it adds to soups, vegetables, chicken or fish. If you have a family member that doesn't like vegetables, try steaming broccoli or carrots and then topping it with pesto. You will convert them into a veggie lover for sure!     Ingredients:   2 cups       fresh basil   1/2 cup      pine nuts or  hemp hearts   1/2 cup      olive oil   3-4...
09 Aug
Every year in the summer, my husband skips the flowers and brings home a bushel basket of basil from the farmers’ market for only $25. I’m always able to turn that gift into a freezer full of delicious homemade pesto. (Click here for my recipe.) You see, while basil is native to Asia and Africa, it’s Italy that has instilled this herb into our hearts ever since pesto became one of the world’s most loved sauces. No surprise then that in Italy (and in my home!), basil is a symbol of...
08 Aug
Concord grapes actually have the power to keep us youthful because they contain high concentrations of antioxidants that protect our skin, brain and heart from inflammation and aging. The healthiest part of the grape is the skin, which is packed with not one but 19 different types of health-supporting nutrients.   Here are five big reasons to enjoy concord grapes:

 1. Decrease blood pressure with concord grapes: Concord grapes contain many flavonoids, including...
07 Aug
It’s a scientifically-proven fact that the darker the food, the higher the antioxidant level. Antioxidants are to the body, the way rust-proof works on a car – they have the ability to mop up free radicals and keep you looking younger, longer. Thus, dark foods with a purple pigment, such as purple onions, concord grapes, purple cabbage, black mission figs, prunes and blackberries, are known for having amazing healing powers. The purple pigment in all of these fruits and...
04 Aug
  Bok Choy may be a recent addition to North America, but like many new residents, it seems to thrive on Northern soil. This popular Chinese green vegetable is a member of the cabbage family, but resembles romaine lettuce more than the standard coleslaw ingredient. Local bok choy is available late in the season as it grows fast and is fairly frost resistant making it a perfect planting choice for farmers dealing with the short growing season of more Northern...

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