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5 tips for staying in shape

September 2nd 2014

With all this back-to-school stress, healthy eating can become the least of your worries. Your routine is turning upside down and schedules are somewhat unpredictable. The following strategies will help you during this busy time of year.
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5 tips for our little runners

September 2nd 2014

runningRunning is a sport that’s easily accessible to all. No doubt this is one of the reasons why it’s hugely popular.

And many parents have even told me how much they are bonding with their kid(s) since they started running together as a family.

Other parents have several questions about children practicing this sport. For example: “Is it OK for children to take part in running?” or “What do we do to prevent injuries?”
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Tofu for a yummy dessert

August 31st 2014

tofuSoy is a food that has a high nutritional value. In fact, 1 cup of cooked soybeans contains the same amount of proteins as 100 grams of meat, poultry or cooked fish.

And the proteins in soy, unlike other legumes, are considered to be ‘whole’. Moreover, like all legumes, soy has no cholesterol and it contains only good fats: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, including omega-3!

Soy is also a very high source of dietary fiber and has plenty of isoflavones and minerals such as calcium, iron and zinc, among others.
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Greek yogurt is so cool

August 30th 2014

yogo-grecGreek yogurt is undoubtedly the latest dairy product fad. And yet, it’s not really a new kid on the block, as it is part of the culinary heritage of the Middle East.

It is in fact just an ordinary yogurt that has been strained. Which accounts for its thicker consistency and much higher protein content as compared to ordinary yogurts. Even non-fat varieties are thick and creamy, so they are an ideal substitute for sour cream in dips, and cream cheese in cakes.
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Home canning – prepare it safely

August 29th 2014

Home canning is a popular and safe way to preserve food for later use. Jams, pickles, soups, sauces, meat and seafood are frequently canned in glass jars.  If home canned foods are not properly prepared, they can cause serious illness such as botulism.

Botulism is caused by the toxin of bacterium – called Clostridium botulinum -that affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis.

It is estimated there are approximately 4 million cases of food-related illnesses of all types in Canada every year.  Many of these illnesses could be prevented by following proper food handling and preparation techniques.

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Forget about your cell phone while eating!

August 26th 2014

Eating is a very important act of socialization in our lives. For example, dining together as a family has many health benefits. Not only is the food on the table often more nutritious than a meal eaten alone, such habits also encourage family bonding.
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Eating raw

August 23rd 2014

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on August 23, 2014.

raw-lasagna-with-flowerRawism or raw food diets are becoming popular, owing mostly to the advantages of such an eating approach on the health of its followers.

In fact, raw foodism provides vitamins, fibre, antioxidants, helps eliminate accumulated waste from the body and improves intestinal flora, and thereby the immune system.
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