food of the month

4 Course Pop Up Dinner

Come join us for a fun filled and educative 4 course plant based dinning experience. We will be in a cool location where you will get to have a 4 course dinner with drinks, you will get educated on the benefit of a plant based lifestyle by having a motivational… Read More

Sweet sweet corn

Care of Amy Symington Corn season is a bittersweet time of year as it indicates the end of the summer’s sunshine, but is also the first sign of Canada’s bountiful autumn harvest.  I literally do not know one person who does not love tucking into a sweet, crisp piece of “buttery” corn on the cob.  That is, unless of course you have braces, then you’ll probably prefer your corn cob-less.  No matter how you shovel it in though, you will be pleased to hear that sweet corn is not only delicious but also falls under the extremely nutritious category. Sweet corn contains what is referred to as ferulic acid which is a type of flavonoid that has been shown to have anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties.  Ferulic acid tends to be found in high concentration in the outer layer of the corn kernel where the insoluble fibre is located.  The levels of ferulic acid that are released tend to increase as the corn is cooked, so to reap these benefits do ensure that you cook your corn at least slightly. In addition, sweet corn is one of the best sources of dietary fibre, aiding in digestion, the absorption of vitamins and… Read More

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Miraculous Mint

  Care of Ashley Sauve Certain flavours are associated with different times of the year and fresh mint was definitely made for spring. However, there is no need to ignore this miraculous herb the rest of the year! If the refreshing flavour isn’t reason enough, mint also offers a variety of health benefits and comes in handy on a date! Historically, mint has been used to treat stomach pain, heartburn, skin burns and even the common cold. Mint is also a good source of manganese, which helps produce healthy bones and skin, as well as copper and vitamin C, which both prevent anemia when eaten with iron rich foods. Pretty impressive for a little leaf! Mint also has a romantic past! According to Greek mythology Hades, God of the Underworld, fell madly in love with a nymph named Minthe. Hades’ wife became so jealous she transformed little Minthe into a small shrub, hoping those passing by would trample her. Hades could not reverse this curse, so he gave Minthe a strong, sweet fragrance so he could always smell her nearby. Today, mint stays romantic by freshening breath after a stinky meal—making for a much sweeter goodnight kiss! You might already know that mint can be used as a decongestant,… Read More

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Whoop whoop for walnuts!

Care of Laura Wright My first exposure to walnuts was, sadly, as a seemingly stubborn addition to brownies. I’ve grown out of that childhood distaste and thank goodness. The taste is rich and wonderful, whether you’re eating them raw or toasted, and the health benefits are kind of insane too. They are the edible seed of their respective tree and the most common major species of walnuts are grown for their seeds exclusively–the Persian or English walnut and the black Walnut. The black walnut is grown throughout North America, as well as in Ontario, and has a wonderfully strong eucalyptus kind of flavour. For Your Mind: Walnuts have an impressive Omega-3 fatty acid content and what’s more? A solid handful will provide you with most of your daily needed intake. Our brains rely on healthy fats for their make-up, but also in terms of mood stabilization and overall activity. Solid, saturated fats rather predictably make for solid and sticky barriers to nutrient and waste flow. Omega-3 fats tend to be more fluid which makes for more optimal nutrient absorption and overall brain function. Sprinkle a few on salads, grind them into a nut butter or simply snack on… Read More

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