Food and diet trends are becoming more and more popular. Along with new trends, come new products and new packaging. How these new products are labelled can often be confusing and frustrating to try to understand. Here are some food trends and how to figure out how they may be labelled. “Superfoods” This term means … Continue reading Labelling Confusion
What is it? Gluten is a protein found in wheat (also oats, barley, and rye) that gives any baked good (think bread, cakes, cookies, croissants, etc…the list is endless) a structure. The crusty bread or soft interior of your favourite bread is all thanks to gluten. Celiac Disease vs. Gluten-free About 1% of Canada’s population … Continue reading The Mystery of Gluten
There are few things more confusing to a shopper than a nutritional information label. They contain a lot of information and many don’t know what it all means. Some also find the information they do understand confusing or misleading. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind while shopping. Calories The thing most … Continue reading Anatomy of a Nutrition Label
There are many buzzwords in the food world – “GMO” or “genetically modified” is one of them. A lot of misinformation exists around this concept, so I want to share with you what I know. Here is a short introduction to GMOs. Hopefully it helps make sense of what they are. What are they? Genetically … Continue reading Genetically Modified What?
There are few things more comforting than having dinner brew on the stove, filling the house with mouth-watering smells. Especially when the weather is cold, snowy, and blowy. My favourite kind of meals when the weather is like this are ones that are comforting and cozy. They usually cook for a long time, but they … Continue reading Cooking for Chilly Weather
The weather is getting chilly, so we want warm and cozy food. One of my favourites is chili. It is warm, nutritious, and easy to make. I wrote about pulses here, and I think chili is one of the easiest ways to incorporate pulses into our diets. Chili 1/2 lb ground beef 1/2 lb ground … Continue reading Chili for Chilly Weather
Basil is one of my favourite flavours, especially in the summer when it’s fresh from the garden. I love to enjoy it in my favourite appetizer – with fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Basil has a lovely robust flavour – I find it is best enjoyed with only a few other simple ingredients. There are … Continue reading Basically Basil