Genetically Modified Foods – What This Means For Your Health And The Health Of The Environment

Farmlands NSW, Australia

Farmlands NSW, Australia



Living in Australia for the last 9 years I was relatively sheltered to the dangers of industrial farming. That is until I started following the works of authors such as Michael Pollan, an American author, journalist and activist. Being back in North America there is no doubt that genetically modified (GM) foods, which coincides with industrial farming, is a hot topic at the moment. More and more people are starting to ask questions about the health and environmental safety of these foods. In Canada and America GM labelling of foods is not required. Regardless of how we feel about GM foods, how can we as consumers possibly make an informed decision on a topic that potentially affects our health if we don’t have all the information? And do we also have the responsibility of ensuring the health of our environment for generations to come?
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Mexican Inspired Toasted Sandwich – Recipe Redux

Open Faced Mexican Inspired Sandwich

Open Faced Mexican Inspired Sandwich

Let me count the reasons why I love Mexican food so much.

  1. AVOCADO – Creamy mouth feel, mono-unsaturated goodness,
  2. CORIANDER/CILANTRO – A star in Thai, Indian and Central American Cuisine,
  3. LEGUMES – Delicious bundles of fibre, protein and other goodies.

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Japanese Miso and Soba Noodle Soup

Japanese Miso Soba Noodle Soup

This is a regular dish in our household. Its super easy and adaptable. You can usually find some sort of vegetable in your fridge that would work perfectly with this dish. Miso is a little bit of a ‘superfood’, I use Genmai Miso as its made of brown rice rather than white, so it still contains the bran making it even more nutritious. None-the-less, miso is a great alternative to stock as the fermentation process undergone to make miso helps to create probiotics making our guts a happy place.
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Gluten Free Beetroot Chocolate Muffins with Chickpea Flour

Gluten Free Beetroot Chocolate Muffins with Chickpea Flour

Celebrate this Mother’s Day with a healthy treat! Most moms would appreciate these low calorie, gluten free goodies on their special day. For those who do not tolerate gluten well, chickpea flour is a great alternative. Chickpea flour has a high nutrient density and it is also low GI, so good for lowering blood sugar levels.
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What You Want To Know About Tea & A Fairtrade Berry Cucumber Iced Tea Recipe

Refreshing Berry Cucumber Iced Tea

It’s spring time in Victoria and beautiful sunny afternoons are spent on the patio with friends and a nice cold drink in hand. My new housemate Sage came up with the delicious concoction one afternoon and I thought it would be great to share. This naturally sweetened beverage with subtle hints of berries and the freshness of sliced cucumbers is super simple to make and is a no calorie drink that can be enjoyed any time of the year. But first… lets talk tea.
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Raspberry Almond Meal Cupcakes with Cacao Nibs and Citrus

Raspberry Almond Meal Cupcakes with Cacao Nibs and Citrus - Recipe Redux

The trick to making ‘healthy’ cupcakes is to omit the refined white flour and replace it with delicious almond meal. Almond meal, which is basically just whole almonds ground up in a food processor, is the savior of gluten free baking.
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How To Get Your Omega-3’s – For The Vegetarians

How to get your omega-3s - vego style

Long dispelled are the myths of inadequate protein intake in vegetarian diets as we know now that a balanced and varied vegetarian diet, containing nuts, seeds, tofu, eggs, legumes and quinoa will provide us with enough. One query that continues to linger is whether or not a vegetarian diet can provide sufficient omega-3 fatty acids. One of the highest sources of omega-3 fatty acids is seafood, but there are plenty of plant based sources as well. Here is some helpful tips on how much of these plant sources we need to consume in a day, as well as how to ensure the maximum availability of these nutrients.
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Seafood: Greenpeace Ranks Your Tuna

Fisherman Sri Lanka

Canned tuna must be one of the most widely recommended foods in dealing with people who are trying to watch their waistline. There is good reason as well! One can usually provides as much protein as a small steak and is usually a lower calorie alternative. As tuna consumption increases, so does the impact on our oceans.
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Simple Raw Date Fudge Balls {Vegan and Gluten Free}

Raw Fudge Date Balls

Skip the chocolate hangover this Easter and try these delicious and easy Raw Date Fudge Balls! Chocolate eggs and Easter bunny’s have been occupying the supermarket shelves since January. I love my festive holidays as much as the next person but also like to try and keep my distance from the Nestles and Cadbury’s of the world as much as possible.
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Coriander Pesto Atta Wraps with Mushrooms, Feta, Capsicum and Fresh Salsa

Coriander (Cilantro) Pesto on Atta Flour Wraps with Sauteed Mushroom, Roasted Capsicum and Fresh Feta

The theme for this month’s Recipe Redux was Green With Herb Envy – with an aim to use a fresh green herbs in a nontraditional way. I choose cilantro to get a bit crazy with. This pesto recipe was inspired by the Rebar Cookbook which is hands down the best vegetarian cook book coming from Victoria, B.C.
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