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coconut
Coconut’s characteristic smell and flavour are like a ray of sunshine in my day. Just thinking about this exotic fruit, I can picture myself on the beach, my feet immersed in turquoise water and my skin being warmed by the...
Food
So you’ve had enough of the grey winter weather and decided to escape to a sunny, all-inclusive resort? Great idea! You can soak up the warm rays and relax since, on an all-inclusive vacation, all the chores and cooking will be taken care of. In order to avoid digestive problems, big or small, and to reduce the risk of overeating and overdrinking, here are a few tips to help you make good choices during your next vacation. Meals: When possible, pick a restaurant with an à la carte menu. All-you-can-eat buffets are more “dangerous,” because they encourage overeating. Eating at regular times will also help you moderate your eating habits. Snacks...
Apples
Snacks sometimes get a bad rap. They stand accused of contributing to caloric overconsumption, encouraging us to consume empty calories or ruining our appetite at mealtimes. Is any of this really true? When snacking is planned and includes good food choices, snacks can have several positive effects on our diet. They can help us meet our daily nutrient needs, or better manage our meals by helping us control hunger between meals. Being famished right before mealtime encourages us to overeat and eat too quickly which, in turn, makes digestion slower and more difficult. Snacking can help prevent this from happening. Here are the basic principles of smarter snacking: 1- Have...
cooking with kids
Teaching kids to cook certainly requires a good dose of motivation, free time and patience. But the time and effort are not lost, because cooking with your kids has many advantages including sharing family traditions, discovering new foods, spending quality time together and developing creativity and organization skills, among other things. The benefits Start or continue teaching your kids about healthy eating. When cooking, you can explain to them why it is important for their health to eat lots of colourful fruits and vegetables that provide their bodies with fibre and vitamins, or milk products that are essential for proper development and healthy bones and teeth. Encourage picky eaters to...
Holiday Food
The holidays mean gatherings and celebrations with family and friends, happy hours after work, and other such occasions. All these events boost our spirits, but often have the opposite effect on our bodies. Is there anyone who can boast of never having had a little digestive discomfort during the holidays? Having digestive discomfort is not fun for anyone. To help you fully enjoy the holidays, here are a few tips that will let you feel good about your stomach. 1- Avoid skipping a meal. If you arrive at a gathering famished, chances are you will dive into the hors d’œuvres and buffet. As a result, you’ll eat to excess, and...
Chickpeas in a heart bowl
Couscous is the combination of two dishes: steamed semolina, and meat and vegetables simmered in broth. We swapped the meat for chickpeas here to create a vegetarian version and replaced the semolina couscous cooked in a couscoussier with rehydrated couscous. Despite these small changes, it stays true to its flavourful, colourful comfort food roots. Makes 8-10 kid’s portions (or 6 adult portions) Preparation time: 30 minutes Ingredients 2 tsp. (10 mL) Olive oil 1 Medium onion, sliced 2 Cloves garlic, chopped 1 cup (250 mL) Sweet potato, cubed 1 tbsp. (15 mL) Garam masala 2 cups (500 mL) Reduced-sodium chicken stock 1 162 mL can Vegetable juice 1 cup (250...
Pasta
When I was little, my grandmother would often serve meatballs when I came to visit. It was my dream comfort food, with a delicious sauce that soaked into your potatoes. This version calls for ground pork balls and a tomato sauce, but however you prepare them, meatballs remain a winter comfort favourite. 8-10 kid’s servings (or 5 adult servings) Preparation time: 45 minutes INGREDIENTS Meatballs 450 g Lean ground pork 2 Finely chopped green onions 1 Clove garlic, minced ½ cup (125 mL) Breadcrumbs 2 Eggs 1 tsp. (5 mL) Italian seasoning To taste Salt and pepper   Tomato sauce 2 tsp. (10 mL) Olive oil 1 Medium onion, chopped...

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