TOP 10: Recipes For Adding More Legumes To Your Diet
There are a ton of reasons to include legumes in your diet. Beans, lentils and chickpeas are an excellent source of plant-based protein. They are great for the environment because they require relatively little water. Legumes are very rich in vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber. In addition, they are inexpensive. The only downside is that […]
2021: International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
The United Nations is marking 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, spotlighting their vital role in human nutrition and food security, as well as urging efforts to improve sustainable production and reduce waste.
How to Train Your Brain to Love Healthy Foods
It’s a well-known fact that regularly consuming foods that are high in sugar, fat or salt increases your desire to eat these foods. A recent study looked at whether a repeated exposure to healthier foods could in the same way increase their palatability and our desire to consume them.
Sports Nutrition for Vegetarians and Vegans
A healthy vegetarian or vegan diet has many health benefits including lower rates of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. And with careful planning, it can meet all your energy and nutrient needs to ensure you perform at your best. However, certain nutrients require […]
2016: International Year of Pulses!
The United Nations declared 2016 International Year of Pulses. Beans, lentils, peas, and chickpeas have been part of the food basket for centuries, because people around the world recognize their appeal as nutritious, versatile foods that can play an essential part in healthy diets.
How to reduce the flatulence caused by pulses
It’s a fact, pulses (legumes) tend to induce flatulence, but you should certainly not avoid them, as they are very nutritious. They are significantly rich in vitamins and minerals, protein, soluble fiber, which is beneficial for cardiovascular health, and have a low Glycemic Index, ideal for keeping you fuller for longer. In brief, they are […]
What can I do with lettuce leftovers?
This is the question that one of our members would like us to address. Indeed, thanks to the heavy rains of the last few weeks, lettuce heads are huge this year, which makes it difficult to use it all, especially for the single eater. As our member puts it: “I do love to eat salads, […]
Rediscovering dried peas
Once very common in the basic Quebecois diet, dried peas had become so neglected that the younger generations are not familiar with them at all. And yet this is a delicious and nutritious food that could be rediscovered in our traditional pea soup. It could also be mixed with curry, cumin and coconut, as it […]
Forgotten fruits and vegetables
Are you traditional in your choice of fruits and vegetables? There is nothing wrong with that, but did you know that there are a variety of choices other than well-buttered, salted corn on the cob and fried or baked potatoes? It would be a shame especially in this harvest season, not to take advantage of […]
Beans of All Colours
Beans have been cultivated for over 8,000 years in Central and South America, and they were immediately adopted by Spanish “conquistadors” who valued their easy transport and storage, as well as the fact that they are highly nutritious. From Europe, these legumes then quickly spread to Africa and Asia, where they have been part of […]
So…what about soy?
Usually towards the end of a one-on-one dietary counselling session I will often be asked, “so…. what about soy? After hearing the same question various times, I think it is time to set the facts straight. Is soy cause for concern? Should we be avoiding soy? Should we be consuming more soy? Let’s find out!
Benefits of soy
Soy 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 ‘complete’. Moreover, like all legumes, soy has no cholesterol and it […]