Nutrition

Food of the Month: Acorn Squash

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com  Squash, the symbolic ingredient for Autumn! This hearty root vegetable can be found in a variety of forms such as pumpkins and zucchinis, acorn, butternut, and spaghetti. Each type has unique characteristics such as shape, colour, and seasonality. They also require different cooking techniques and can be used as a garnish, or blended into a soup. Squash is packed full of antioxidant compounds such as vitamin C and magnesium, which can help boost our immunity. They are a great source of B-vitamins which aid in metabolism and can lower blood sugar. They’re typical orange colour comes from beta carotene and vitamin A. These compounds are great for our eyes as well as bone growth which can benefit us as we age. Another secret component to this vegetable is the seeds! After washing and baking, this nutritious snack is loaded with protein having 7g in one handful. This versatile vegetable can be best enjoyed in a soup, a salad, or even as the main ingredient in a quinoa stuffed acorn squash! Celebrate the cooler weather and treat your tastebuds with this delicious, hearty vegetable. Read More


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Food of the Month: One (sweet potato) Two (sweet potato)

Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com The humble potato comes in many many varieties and forms, but one of the most nutrient dense versions is the rich, velvety smooth sweet potato. Sweet potatoes contain high levels of the powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene, helping to reduce the risk of any inflammatory disease or ailment including cancer, macular degeneration and heart disease. They are also rich in vitamin C, another powerful, antioxidant which further prevents or protects against free radicals and their damage. Moreover, due to their high fibre content sweet potatoes may also help or improve blood sugar regulation, which is ideal for those wishing to prevent or manage their Type 2 Diabetes. In addition to the beautiful, vivid orange colour, sweet potatoes can also be found in shades of purple and white. Steaming, baking or roasting are the recommended cooking methods for the preparation of sweet potatoes to ensure maximum retention of their vitamins. Sweet or savoury – eat them for breakfast in a parfait, for lunch in a stodgy salad bowl or as a stellar, well-seasoned side to your sandwich, or for dinner in a spicy mole chili! You say potato, I say sweet potato!… Read More


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Food of the Month: Eggplant

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com  Eggplants are that one peculiar vegetable we have never been sure if we like or not. They’re found in traditional dishes like ratatouille, baba ghanoush, or caponata. We see them more lately as a healthy alternative to pasta noodles, meat substitutes, or just a delicious component to a salad. Not only are they such a versatile ingredient, they also have very unique health components. Eggplants have zero fat or cholesterol, as well as high fibre making it great for weight loss. They contain phenolic compounds that give it their unique colouration. These compounds benefit bone health which is essential for those at risk for bone degradation and osteoporosis. They’re also high in iron and calcium which aid in overall bone health and strength. Eggplants are also great for our brain due to its nasunin content, which is an antioxidant found to protect lipids in brain cell membranes. Their chewy texture is a great pasta noodle substitute for a lower carbohydrate dish. Try our delicious recipe for Grilled Vegetable Eggplant Rollup to gain these amazing health benefits. Read More


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Food of the Month: Raspberries

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com  Whether it be in a delicious tart or a refreshing lemonade, raspberries are the perfect summer ingredient. They can be paired in a variety of dishes from salads, to dressings, as well as many desserts. Not only are they so versatile to cook with, but they also provide an abundance of nutrients. Raspberries get their radiant red colour from the antioxidant anthocyanin. This antioxidant has the ability to protect against a range of diseases due to its ability to fight free-radicals. Raspberries also contain one of the highest amounts of fibre, making up 20% of the berry’s total weight. Fibre is great for digestive health, as well as making you feel full for longer. They are also chalk full of vitamin C which aids in tissue growth and development. Given the rich antioxidant and phytonutrient content in raspberries, they are a great component in the diet for aiding in cancer prevention, reducing inflammation, and overall health. Read More


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Food of the Month: Romaine Lettuce

Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com Romaine lettuce is a crunchy, nutrient packed leafy green that is often underrated. It is most commonly found in the sometimes not so healthy Caesar salad, but don’t be mistaken, it is a healthy addition to your daily diet. Packed with vitamin K and A, folate (also known as folic acid) and fibre, this leafy green is a great choice for any salad, grain bowl, sandwich, taco or burrito. The fibre, folic acid and beta-carotene present in this crispy treat make it a heart friendly choice. High fibre diets reduce the risk of atherosclerosis by removing bile salts from the body, forcing our systems to create more, in turn helping with the breakdown of cholesterol that tends to harden in our arteries. Folic acid helps to break down homocysteine, which can cause inflammation and damage to our blood vessels, and in turn increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, the beta-carotene present helps to prevent the oxidation or hardening of bad cholesterol in our arteries, further promoting heart health. After returning from the grocery store remember to wash your romaine and wrap the leaves in a towel before storing… Read More


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Food of the Month: Artichokes

Care of Andrea Howe at glowingongreens.com Don’t let this peculiar looking vegetable scare you away, it actually has amazing nutritional benefits! Artichokes are one of the oldest ingredients known to humans. They are generally seen as a side dish or added to a salad. However, they can be incorporated into many different dishes such as pasta, stuffed artichokes, or the most familiar dish – spinach and artichoke dip. Thought oats were high in fibre? One artichoke heart contains 10.3g of dietary fibre, almost double the amount that one cup of oats have. This high amount of fibre makes them a great component to a healthy digestive system. They’re also very high in minerals such as folic acid and potassium. Folic acid helps produce red blood cells and repair DNA which is essential for pregnant women. Potassium helps to balance out fluids in the body and in particular can help prevent hypertension and high blood pressure. Getting creative with artichokes can be difficult, so try out my amazing Roasted Garlic Artichoke Burger!… Read More


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Food of the Month: Strawberries

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Strawberries are a spring seasonal favourite for most people, and for good reason. They are sweet and tart, and jam-packed (pun intended) with essential vitamins and minerals. From breakfast parfaits and salad toppers, to compotes, jellies and jams, to decadent desserts, there is no doubt that strawberries are a versatile fruit. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, beta carotene, and fibre. One serving of strawberries is about half your Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamin C, which is a fantastic immune booster, a powerful antioxidant, and a support to increase the production of collagen, improving skin’s elasticity and resilience. Strawberries also contain the phytochemical ellagic acid, which aids in the suppression of cancer cell growth. Ellagic acid also aids in reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol, helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. So take advantage of spring’s bounty, grab a pint of these tasty little morsels, and try our sinfully delicious Strawberry and Hazelnut Streusel Cake. Read More


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Food of the Month: Asparagus

Care of Andrea Howe This spring super-food starts the season off packed full of vitamins and minerals. Asparagus growing season begins at the end of February and continues all through the spring until May. Unlike most vegetables, asparagus continues to grow and thrive even after it is picked. This trait is beneficial as the powerful enzymes are just as beneficial for your health as they were when they were in the ground. Asparagus spears are known for their tender but crunchy texture. Hidden inside their long shoots is an array of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K, C, E, and B vitamins. The vegetable also contains high amounts of folate, copper, and fibre. Vitamin K is beneficial for blood-clotting, as well as maintaining bone health. The fibre in asparagus is great for digestive health and reducing risks of cancer and disease. Asparagus can be used in many dishes such as asparagus soup, wrapped asparagus, casseroles, or even just on its own as a tasty side dish!… Read More


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The Veggie Edge for Athletes

By Marco Pagliarulo, Weird Veg Science columnist for Lifelines Vegan athletes assert that a plant-based diet gives them a leg up. Let’s explore the science behind this claim. Endurance exercise induces muscle damage and inflammation throughout the body [1].  Since this can impede tissue repair and the body’s recovery [2], minimizing inflammation is advantageous to the athlete. But what does this have to do with diet? Several human studies have investigated the relationships between dietary patterns and inflammation. Here’s what the body of  knowledge indicates: Meat-based diets and Western dietary patterns (characterized by high intakes of meat, sweets, and refined grains) are associated with chronic inflammation [3, 4]. Conversely, fruit- and vegetable -based diets are associated with decreased levels of  inflammation [3, 4]. High intakes of carotenoids and vitamin C (found mostly in plant-based foods) seem  to decrease inflammation [3]. The consumption of whole grains is also associated with decreased levels of  inflammation [3, 5]. One of the review papers even goes on to suggest that a diet high in vegetables, fruit, and whole grains may even protect the body against inflammation [3]. Aside from inducing inflammation, exercise may also induce oxidative stress [6] – an imbalance in the… Read More


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Food of the Month: Heal with Hazelnuts

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Also known as the filbert nut or cobnut, hazelnuts have a rich, bitter, and unique nutty flavour that make any basic dish or dessert seem decadent. Hazelnuts contain beneficial flavanoids which have been shown to support brain health,  improve our circulation, and help keep symptoms associated with allergies at bay. Hazelnuts are also high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. They are specifically high in oleic acid which has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.  This will help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. But wait, there’s more! They are also rich in Vitamin E, folate, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Use them in salads, pestos, nut cheeses, spreads, granola, and of course your favourite cheesecakes, coffee cakes, cupcakes, trifles or any sweet treat of your choosing!… Read More


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