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19 Oct
Do you crave chocolate? Have you ever wonder why this bitter seed from the cacao tree so irresistible? Cacao has been cultivated for thousands of years so humans have long understood its special properties. It is the chemical phenethylamine that triggers an endorphin release which has a similar effect on the brain as falling in love. That is why everything looks just a little bit rosier when you have a taste of your favourite chocolate treat.  Chocolate can be healthy provided...
18 Oct
  Need a couple of ripe bananas for a recipe but the ones on your counter are very green? Are your salad greens expiring in the fridge before you remember to eat them? How do you poach 12 eggs for company all at once? Check out these fun food hacks to learn more. To watch my segment on the Marilyn Denis Show, click here.        Hack #1:  Quickly Ripen A Banana OR Avocado   Ever wanted to make a recipe that calls for a banana or avocado but you only...
18 Oct
My mother-in-law first introduced me to the idea of pickles in a meat dish. The fermented tang makes this loaf shine! Turkey is high in tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), and then to serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps improve mood. Onions are often overlooked on the nutrition scale, but they contain some of the highest levels of an antioxidant called quercetin, which works as both an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory. Ingredients:...
18 Oct
This dip is much easier to digest than hummus and will crush cravings quickly. The beets are incredibly energizing, so make sure to include this bright red dip for lunches and snacks when you need an extra boost. Ingredients: 1 cup           raw cashews 1 cup           raw sunflower seeds 2 cups         filtered water, for soaking the nuts and seeds 2 cups         cooked sliced beets 1⁄2 cup        organic lemon juice 1⁄2 cup        extra virgin olive...
17 Oct
By their very nature children are more sensitive to pesticides than adults. A child's body continues to grow until 18 but their brain and nervous system are under development until the age of 25. We are all exposed to more chemicals than ever before but can you imagine the body burden our children are experiencing while their systems are growing? Is it any wonder that cancer rates are on the rise in our children? On October 22, 2012 there was a report released in The...
17 Oct
While in Greece I had the chance to vist the oldest known olive oil tree in the world. (See photo below) It was such an amazing experience! It was so big that I could not put my arms around its trunk. Most olive trees can live over 500 years but this one is over an astounding 3000 years old! Did you know that Greeks eat 25 kg of olive oil per year compared to 5 kg in North America and that 1/4 of Crete is covered with olive trees? I had such a magical time tasting the amazing food...
16 Oct
I am often asked by parents, “Can the Anti-Inflammatory Program be helpful for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?” Here is the answer I know my parents wish they heard decades ago… I know how frustrating it can be to have a child with ADHD. I myself suffered from severe food allergies and was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 7 so this is topic is very near and dear to my heart. It is one of the primary reasons I became a Nutritionist.   The link...
12 Oct
  Goji Berries make a fantastic base for a warm, fall latte that is sure to please. Considered both a fruit and an herb, goji berries are very hearty as they grow in extremely harsh climates. They have become a popular “superfood” over the past few years due to their high nutrient content and antioxidant properties. Click here to learn more about the health benefits of goji berries.   Ingredients: 3 tbsp             goji berries (soaked in 1/2 cup...
12 Oct
  When talking to readers about their dietary concerns one of the first things they ask me about is breakfast or more specifically, breakfast cereal. For a large portion of the North American population, a bowl of cold breakfast cereal is a normal way to start the day. Bacon, eggs and toast might be an option for the weekend but people on the go want something quick and convenient. Problem is that convenience is one of the worst ways to start your day. The content of most...
11 Oct
  I love Goji Berries! They are one of my favourite additions to a trail mix. Considered both a fruit and an herb, goji berries grow in some of the most extreme and harsh climates. It has become very popular and known as a “superfood” over the last few years due to its highly nutritive and antioxidant properties.     5 Reasons Why You Want These Red Jewels In Your Trail Mix:   1. Goji berries can protects your eyes: Glaucoma is the second leading cause of...

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