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Pine nut, not a “nut” but a “seed”

September 29th 2014

The pine nut is really a seed in a hard shell, lodged between the scales of certain pines such as the “umbrella pine”. Since it is small in size and also difficult to extract, it is quite costly.

Romans and Greeks believed pine nuts to be an aphrodisiac and recommended eating them with honey and almonds at bedtime for better results. They are actually a good source of vegetable protein and contain minerals, good fats and phytosterols, which are compounds that are potentially beneficial for the heart.
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Cute lunch boxes

September 25th 2014

If good things come in small packages, why can’t the best lunches come in the most beautiful boxes?

We often talk about what we eat, but what about the presentation? Wouldn’t it be a pity to hide a delicious lentil salad with mint and tomatoes in an old container at the bottom of a plastic bag? Since every meal is savoured first and foremost with our eyes, why not jazz up the lunches of kids of all ages by packing the food in pretty boxes… shaped like a Lego, cat’s face or Mrs. Mushroom? You’ll be the envy of everyone in the schoolyard… or office.
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How to boost your immune system through diet

September 22nd 2014

Do you fall sick often? Your immune system may be to blame.

There are many factors that influence your immune system, such as your stress levels, age, diet, etc. Among all these factors, your diet plays a huge role because immunity is a complex system that requires all the nutrients to function optimally.

In order to function properly, the immune system needs essential nutrients as well as non-essential phytochemicals (see box). Even a small deficiency of certain nutrients can affect immune responses. The main nutrients to monitor are zinc, selenium, iron, copper, vitamins A, C, E, and folic acid.
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Vegan cooking

September 20th 2014

vegetables-on-cutting-boardVeganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes all animal-derived ingredients, such as meat, eggs, dairy products, honey, gelatin etc.

Many vegans avoid the use of all products tested on animals, such as cosmetics, as well as animal-derived non-food products, such as leather, silk and wool.
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5 nutrients that vegans should monitor

September 19th 2014

First and foremost, you need to choose between the different forms of veganism that exist. Which type of vegan diet will you adopt?

Strict veganism: The one that is most common is strict veganism. It excludes any kind of animal products.

Raw foodism: There are also fans of raw foodism, who in addition to shunning all animal products, only eat raw or barely cooked food.

Frugivorism: This is a form of veganism that is even more restrictive. These vegans consume only fruits, nuts, vegetables, and occasionally legumes and sprouted cereals.
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Eating organic food reduces your exposure to pesticides by 90%

September 18th 2014

In 2006, the University of Washington conducted a study on 23 children who were made to follow an organic diet. After a few days, all traces of pesticides had disappeared from their urine.

These traces quickly resurfaced at their original levels when they switched back to a traditional diet…

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TOP 10 Vegan Recipes

September 17th 2014

vegan-festivalTo celebrate Montreal’s first Vegan Festival, we have prepared the short list of our best vegan recipes. These were both best rated and most often saved in the cookbooks of our 350,000 members.

They will be sure to please foodies, vegans, vegetarians, and even carnivores, because they are very tasty and easy to make.
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