Grains, As Chosen By An Olympian

(NC) When training as an elite endurance athlete, grains are a crucial component in my diet. I include grains in my diet for two essential reasons: 1. Energy. Grains are a source of carbohydrate, which provide glucose that the body uses as energy during exercise. Consequently, they are an absolute must for fuelling my training, particularly for endurance events such a ....

Picky Eater Approved: Gluten-Free Honey Dijon Vegetable Fritters

(NC) Do you want to raise a foodie? If so, take note that a child's palate is set around age three, making the food we feed them during this time the most influential for their future eating preferences. If you have a picky eater at home, odds are their eating preferences include sugary condiments and sauces that are often paired with fatty and not-so-nutritional foods. And they are not ....

Relish your day with nutrition-packed cornichonsf

(NC) You might not typically equate cornichons with eating healthy, but the wee cucumbers pack a nutritional punch: low in calories, fat and sugar, cornichons carry an impressive amount of vitamin K, iron, folate, calcium, vitamin A and potassium. And it doesn't end there; these little guys also help control blood pressure, increase digestion, support bone growth and improve muscle build ....

How to Grill Vegetables like a pro

(NC) Is your family eating “7 a day?” Studies show that only two out of five Canadian children eat their recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables. An easy way to encourage the whole family to consume more veggies is by serving them in different ways. Grilling is a delicious way to increase veggie intake in kids and adults alike, and prove how tasty veggies can be. Print th ....

Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Every Day

(NC) Most of us know that eating more produce will help us avoid cancer and heart disease, but eating at least five daily servings of fresh fruits and veggies can seem like a challenge. The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project is the country's largest health research platform. Through ongoing questionnaires, the project is studying the dietary and lifestyle habits of more than 300 ....

Top Gardening Trends for 2017

(NC) With warm weather on its way, there's never been a better time to start planning your garden. To help you get started this season, we asked Frank Ferragine, aka Frankie Flowers, for his thoughts on top gardening trends this year. Big pops of colour. Last year we saw some contrast with loud hues married to more muted, pastel tones, but this year is all about bright ....

Learn Fresh Seasonal Cooking for the Grill

(NC) Natural gas stoves and grills allow you to cook with more even, direct and precise heat. It's easy to see why so many top chefs prefer to cook with natural gas. Some benefits include energy efficiency meaning lower energy bills, precise settings and temperature control, instant heat, increased food safety and using a reliable heating source. Here's a delicious meal that you can p ....

Celebrate Canada 150 with this Campfire Dessert

(NC) No campfire? No problem! This oven-baked dessert dip packs all the gooey chocolatey-marshmallow goodness of the classic fire pit treat, no flames required. Keep it traditional and dive in with graham crackers or achieve sweet-and-salty nirvana and enjoy with potato chips. And for those of who do have a campfire, Tom Filippou, executive chef for President's Choice cooking school, h ....

Sustainable Eating Ideas for Earth Day

(NC) With Earth Day around the corner it's a good time to think about how the food we eat impacts our environment. Many of the reports predicting 2017 food trends put sustainable eating on the list of things we will be looking for the most this year. We talked to Sonya Fiorini, senior director of corporate social responsibility at Loblaw for her top tips on eating sustainably. R ....

5 Tips for Keeping Nutrition on Track while Travelling

(NC) We've all experienced the symptoms of a post-vacation food hangover. Road trips, long flights and hotel stays make it difficult to stick to a nutritious eating routine, while overindulgence in sugary cocktails, greasy food or buffet fare doesn't help either. Fortunately, Nema McGlynn, registered dietitian at Loblaws, believes vacations don't need to be synonymous with diet disas ....

How to Get Your kids Out of the House and into the Garden

(NC) Look up the positive effects of gardening and you'll find a wealth of studies from educational and government institutions that support its impact on your physical and mental well-being. But it's not just adults who benefit from time in the garden. It's a great way to spend time with your kids while teaching them about biology, food and geology. Here, garden guru Frank Ferragine, a ....

Staying Energized at Work During Ramadan

(NC) With Ramadan approaching, many Muslims are getting ready for a month of fasting and special prayers. Fasting during this time is important as it's meant to humble oneself, increase moral discipline and serve as a reminder of the plight of those less fortunate who live in hunger and deprivation. During this period, many will fast from dawn until sunset. Before dawn, Muslims eat the ....

5 Reasons to Choose Canadian Wines

(NC) Wine lovers and professional tasters at home and abroad know Canadian wines rival the best in the world. Next time you shop for wine, consider these reasons to go patriotic when choosing a vineyard. 1. Take a tour. Take advantage of a local winery near you. Most offer guided tours explaining their production process and treat guests to tastings of their most-covet ....

Iodine Protection from Nuclear Fallout? Not aAlways, Warns the Health Ranger in Science article Debunking Iodine Myths

As the risk of nuclear war continues rising by the day, iodine myths abound on the internet. While iodine is very important for protecting your thyroid and other organs from iodine-131, a dangerous radionuclide, the zealous over-promotion of iodine has led many people to falsely believe that iodine can protect them from ALL forms of radiation. Not only is that false, it’s also dangerous ....

Sharpen Your Maple Syrup Tasting Skills

(NC) Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a professional food taster? A dream job for many, an accomplished taster continually explores a vast repertoire of foods, from artichokes to zucchini and even old fashioned Canadian maple syrup. Canada produces approximately 75 per cent of the world's maple syrup, exporting it to 75 countries around the world. Scientists from Agriculture ....

Create better-for-you Brown Bag Lunches

(NC) If your meals for work are starting to feel bland, try a Canadian secret for zipping up sandwiches – mustard. Homemade meals come to life with just a dash of the condiment. Mustard is a staple crop for Canadian farmers. We export it all around the world – to Europe, the United States and Asia. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers are also working with mustard growers an ....

Starting or Expanding a farm Business? Funding Help for Current and Aspiring Farmers

(NC) Starting and growing a successful business begins with a solid business plan and knowing your financing options. For many farm business owners (especially young or new ones), getting access to financing may be the most challenging aspect of making plans a reality. But financing options are available. The Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program is about supporting farmers ....

How to Boost Your farm Business in Tough Times

(NC) Money problems can strike anyone at any time - especially in today's economy. Fortunately, if you're a farmer, there's a way to help protect yourself against future disasters and the highs and lows of farming. A program called AgriStability works as a kind of insurance for farmers, where they pay a relatively small fee to enroll and can trigger a payment in a lower income year wh ....