During the winter season, one of my favorite traditional home remedies for the common cold is an old-fashioned Asian tradition of warm ginger tea. Although not scientifically proven to benefit colds, this herbal tea has been used for centuries to help patients with colds and flu.
Don’t know how to cook lentils or what to do with them? No worries, many people want to introduce lentils in their diet, but are not sure where to start. The good news is that lentils are extremely easy to prepare and to incorporate into your favorite recipes. Unlike beans, they require minimal soaking and cooking times. They are inexpensive and very versatile and can be used in soups – like this easy Red Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup recipe, stews, curries and veggie burgers.
One of the secrets to delicious cooking is very easy, cook with fresh herbs. Buying herbs in season is always the tastiest, but you will always find an ample supply of packaged fresh herbs in the produce section of Vince’s Market. From basil and mint, to cilantro and parsley, nothing impresses your guests more than some fresh herbs and homemade sauces like this recipe for white fish with homemade pesto sauce.
Looking for a gluten free holiday brunch option? If you are inclined to make your own pancake batter from scratch, here is a gluten-free recipe for buckwheat pancakes that is delicious! Although buckwheat sounds like it might contain wheat or gluten, it does not. Buckwheat is from a completely different family of plants and is actually the seed from that plant.
This post continues with our discussion of good versus bad fats. Last time we debunked the myth that all fats are bad and explored how the body needs healthy fats like Omega-3s for its survival. For instance some of the best sources of healthy fats are whole foods like cold water fish, nuts, seeds and avocado. We have also examined why some fats like Trans fats and refined vegetable oils are the least healthy. So what oils are safe to heat and fry with? Which oils should you eat raw on salads?
Looking for a healthy snack? Whether you are trying to maintain your weight or lose a few pounds, grab a handful of almonds. Although nuts have been traditionally thought of “too fattening” and pulled out of weight-loss programs, these attitudes are changing as more and more research shows that nuts actually help people to lose… Read more »
Whether it is the big Grey Cup party or office holiday parties, November is packed with entertaining. Don’t be caught empty-handed when those last minute guests drop by. Be prepared by keeping your pantry stocked up on quick and easy appetizers. Two of my favorite appetizers that I always keep on hand are hummus and salsa. They are both very versatile sauces that are also relatively healthy options for appetizers or snacks. Below are two ideas to put together healthy festive platters for the Grey Cup game or your upcoming Christmas and holiday parties.
Sauerkraut is healthy for many reasons, including its exceptionally high content of L-glutamine. L-glutamine is an amino acid that is excellent for your digestive system. In fact studies have shown that it helps to heal the gut lining. Cabbage juice is an old home remedy for stomach ulcers. Why does your gut need so much L-glutamine? Because these cells in your body replace themselves every 3-7 days. That means that the stomach lining you have today is different from the one you had last week!
In our society of low-fat foods and diet fads, it is very confusing to figure out which fats are healthy and which are unhealthy. In the next few blogs we will look at the best and the worst of fats and oils and learn the healthiest ways to cook with them. So which are the worst fats?