Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Hemp Seeds – Which One Is Healthier and More Sustainable?

Flaxseeds are grown in the Okanogan, BC

Mother and Daughter near the Okanogan, where Flaxseeds are now grown.

Superfoods are big money. With their promises of everlasting youth and renewed vitality, consumers will happily spend the big bucks without further question. Some really are super, some are flops (ie. noni juice). We have always known that seeds hold a high nutritional value, but we’ve moved past the common sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seed and are now looking for something new and edgy. Chia seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds have all made their mainstream supermarket debut over the last few years and as super as they all are, each of them has individual health properties that are as unique as their consumers are. Some are better suited to certain individuals, and some consumers like to factor in their environmental standpoint. Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Hemp Seeds – which one better for you?
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What Western Medicine Can Learn From Traditional Aboriginal Healing Therapies

Traditional Aboriginal Healing - Vancouver Island BC

Mural in Chermainus, Vancouver Island, BC

For me there is no denying, there is something so very enchanting about traditional Aboriginal healing. Maybe it’s the images of peyote and smoke ceremonies. Or maybe it’s the idea of the mysterious medicine man, with his limitless knowledge in healing herbs and plants. Or maybe its just knowing that our First People had an effective world of medicine before colonisation. Medicine that came from this land and was specific for the people that inhabited it. Aboriginal healing extends far beyond herbal teas and smudging. At its roots it is the belief and the practice in a holistic approach to health- in treating the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual facets of health as one.

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Wild Rice and Cornmeal Patties – Celebrating National Aboriginal Day

Wild Rice and Cornmeal Patties

A two in one celebration! June 21st is National Aboriginal Day and Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. We chose this day to celebrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit people because of the cultural significance of the summer solstice in aboriginal cultures. So let’s celebrate their beautiful culture!
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5 Steps to Becoming A Sustainable Seafood Foodie

Prince Rupert, North Pacific Cannery

Prince Rupert, BC. Historic North Pacific Cannery .

World Oceans Day is almost here! On June 8th people all around the world, from Australia to Canada, will be celebrating World’s Ocean Day in different ways. For me, the best way to celebrate our ocean is to show our appreciation for the food it provides us with. What better way to do that then to take a step back and reflect on our practices when it comes to enjoying a nice seafood dinner.
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My Top 5 Sustainable and Iconically Canadian Foods

Vancouver Island, BC

Vancouver Island, BC

The Sochi Winter Olympic Games gave rise to my first, entirely watched game of hockey. It was for the men’s’ gold – Canada vs. Sweden. The 3:30am wake up call brought forward my new found appreciation for the game. I am not sure if it was the lack of sleep, the showcase of phenomenal stick skills, or the nicely built men on skates, but I can definitely see the allure.

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The Low Down on BPA – Health and Environmental Concerns

BPA Epoxy Resins Present In Surfboards,

BPA Epoxy Resins In Surfboards

The more and more I think and write about food, the more I put my pantry shelves to scrutiny. While the ultimate goal is to reduce any reliance on ‘processed food’, one food product that makes a regular appearance in my kitchen is canned tomatoes. They are an essential during the winter months when fresh tomatoes taste like cardboard and can transform winter stews and soups. Aside from canned foods coming with a hefty transportation induced carbon footprint, there is the effects of BPA on the environment (and our health) to consider. If you are not lucky enough to have jars of preserved tomatoes from your summer garden harvest, the BPA in the cans lining could be doing damage. But what is BPA? What are the healthy and environmental concerns?

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5 Simple Resolutions to Make 2014 a Greener Year

Sri Lankan Child Enjoying Local Fruits

Sri Lankan Child Enjoying Local Fruits

New Years resolutions are sometimes a hit or miss. The year of 2012 saw me not purchasing anything new. Reflecting back I did well to not purchase anything for myself, but I didn’t hesitate to put a new Breville juicer on my birthday wish list. With 2013 commenced the declaration of having one raw-food-day a week. However, with my recent change in countries and climate, this one eventually petered out with my love for warming foods.
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Roasted Mushroom and Squash Pockets

Recipe for Roasted Mushroom and Squash Pockets - Perfect Holiday Snack

Christmas is upon us and where there is Christmas, there is feasting. Thinking of a meatless option that even my grandparents would eat can be a challenge. No tofu burgers or nut loaves here. I’ve been sorting through recipes and this one may make the Christmas cut.
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Canada Approves GMO Salmon Eggs

Pacific Wild Salmon Packed in the Pacific Northwest Cannery Near Prince Rupert, BC

Pacific Wild Salmon Packed in the Pacific Northwest Cannery Near Prince Rupert, BC

Its been more than 15 years in the making, and now it has hit our shores. AquAdvantage salmon is the first animal genetically modified (GM) for food purposes. It is prized for its ability to grow twice as fast when compared to other farmed salmon, reducing the rearing period to 18 months from 3 years. The FDA has given its stamp of approval but activist groups still aren’t convinced. What questions do we need to be asking? Or, should we just be accepting of the fact that GM animals may be the way of the future?
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Breakfast in Jar: Toasted Muesli with Nuts, Seeds and Dates

Healthy Toasted Muesli and Nuts, Dates and Seeds

I love the multiculturalism that Victoria has to offer. For me it is best reflected in the array of restaurants and cafés serving cuisine from all around the globe. I have recently started helping out with workshops at ICA (Inter-Cultural Association) in Victoria. In our last workshop we talked about ‘Canadian’ breakfasts. What do new immigrants to Canada think Canadians eat? Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes, Corn Pops, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms…
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