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cherry blossoms  vancouver

Summer is coming! Or, practically here if you’re lucky enough to live in Vancouver like me. There is a prime example above — the spring cherry blossoms in Vancouver are one of my most favourite things in the world! Along with my sister, of  course. Here is a picture of us enjoying ice cream by the sea on a hot day in March… sorry to rub it in. ;)

I have been wanting to write about superfoods for a while. Honestly, the term kind of urks me…along with the blanket definition used below.

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Photo credit: slgckgc

You don’t have to eat expensive superfoods to be well nourished. All foods are super! Well, maybe not all foods. I am talking about minimally processed foods here (mostly). That being said, there is some merit to the term at times. I share my views in my latest Huffington Post article here: Are Superfoods Really Good For You?

In my article, I also share a list of some superfood swaps (some “everyday” superfoods, some not) to keep your food budget in check. Be sure to check it out!

Sometimes I just have to laugh at superfood related headlines: Kale could either be slowly killing you or vastly improving your health — depending on the headline you read.

What do you think about superfoods? Many of my colleagues have written about them. If you’re interested in digging deeper into this subject, Registered Dietitian Jennifer Sygo discusses the latest research on many popular superfoods in her book, Unmasking Superfoods.

kale

Photo credit: naturalflow

thomas lavers store front

The fermentation and preservation of foods is an ancient practice that has made a swift resurgence into the modern food scene. In the heart of Toronto’s Kensington Market, Bryan Lavers and Tye Thomas opened their shop, Thomas Lavers Cannery and Delicatessen, with impeccable timing. It was December 2012 – just when the fermentation buzz was ramping up. “It just seems like around the time we opened, fermenting and preserving became a very on point restaurant and food culture thing, we lucked out,” says Thomas.

Lavers, the hands-on professional chef, and Thomas, the curious home cook, are long-time friends that have over 40 years of combined experience working in food and cooking. They opened the cannery to fill a void in the neighbourhood’s offerings. Despite the incredible variety of options available at Kensington Market, it did not include a brick-and-mortar quite like the Thomas Lavers Cannery and Delicatessen.

 

fish tacos

Crispy fish tacos with a fresh, tangy slaw and an ice cold beer may just be my favourite meal. I enjoy tacos often when eating out but I had never actually made them myself.  I had to change that.

I recently discovered that one of my good friends makes them all the time and knows the recipe by heart. When I asked her for the recipe, she listed the ingredients but didn’t have a clue how much she normally used.

Like a great cook, she just made it and it always turned out. I love that approach and use it when cooking for myself, but it doesn’t work so well when trying to blog about it.

Thankfully, cauliflower is affordable again! I was getting a little tired of hearing everyone (including myself) talk about how expensive it was. There are other vegetables!

Many restaurants across Canada even took cauliflower off their menus. Hopefully Fat Pasha in Toronto has put it back by now. They serve the best cauliflower I have ever had. It comes smothered in tahina, skhug (Middle Eastern hot sauce), pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, and halloumi!

cauliflower fat pasha

What did you eat yesterday? Did you think about your food choices and pay attention to your eating experience, or are you on auto-pilot? The concept of mindful eating has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years. But what exactly does it mean to be a mindful eater?

For starters, mindful eating is about how you eat not what you eat. It requires being completely present during a meal or snack, and paying attention to your internal satiety cues.

Put away or turn off anything that would distract you, such as a cell phone, TV, or magazine. Try to eliminate any judgement associated with eating. There are no “bad” foods, just foods you have less often or in small amounts. And slow down: put your utensils down between bites, and chew your food well. (Don’t forget to enjoy yourself too — case in point below!)

mindful eating baby eating icecreamPhoto credit: nvainio

It’s January, so naturally I am thinking about how I can improve my health. I eat well most of the time (kind of a job requirement), but I can definitely work on my physical fitness.

I am already thinking ahead to the half-marathon I somewhat regrettably registered for in August. Mostly I am worried because my knee has been bothering me when I try to run 5km, let alone 21km. We’ll have to see how this half-marathon thing goes.

On the bright side, I did manage to snowshoe up Cypress Mountain last weekend with my very fit, marathons-are-a-breeze friend. Luckily, my sister tagged along so we could unsuccessfully try to keep up with her together. My friend kept luring my sister and I up steep hills with promises of unsurpassed views. Good thing she was right. I might not have forgiven her otherwise. It was stunning – but I hate hills.

cypress mountain hollyburn peak

Happy 2016! Want to know what my resolution is this year? To help reduce nutrition confusion and conflicting messages in the media! … I have my work cut out for me.

Now that the holidays are over, many of us will be aiming to stick to our resolutions. A lot of these are likely related to healthy living. So what’s healthy? What eating pattern should you follow? Should you do a cleanse? Eat “clean”? What about supplements? Is weight loss a good goal? What time of day should you eat? Are “superfoods” worth the money? Should you really eat like a caveman?

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