Roasting Chestnuts

Enjoy an Autumn tradition – Roasting chestnuts in the oven  When selecting chestnuts, pick the ones that are full, dark and shiny. Avoid ones that are dull on the outside and shrivelled inside. This will reduce the likelihood of there being mold inside. Slit chestnuts with one long slit from top to bottom (or make… Read more »

The Macrobiotic Diet

What is macrobiotics? At first glance, the word ‘macrobiotic’ might look a little intimidating, but there’s no need to fear. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a complicated practice. Simply put, macrobiotic cuisine refers to whole, unprocessed food. The macrobiotic diet is based on an understanding that food is energy and that everything we… Read more »

Dairy-free calcium sources

Written by Bonnie Kumer, R.D. and Nicole Hambleton    No bones about it, vegetarians can maintain healthy calcium stores on a dairy-free diet. Eating a calcium-rich, vegan diet just takes a little knowledge about calcium requirements, an understanding of calcium absorption, avoidance of calcium thieves and a bit of menu planning. How much calcium do… Read more »

Feasts of the Prophet: Ramadan and vegetarianism in Islam

Written by Julian Bynoe During the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, Muslims worldwide celebrate the major holy day of their religion; Ramadan. Occurring around January, Ramadan marks the period when the religion’s founder, the Prophet Mohammad, received the holy words from Allah (God) and put them down into the Koran in the 7th Century… Read more »