Lettuce Rejoice

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We love our lettuce. Crunchy Iceberg, tender Boston, Bibb, flashy red leaf lettuce-perfect for lettuce wraps-and good old stout Romaine, we all have our favourites and they all occupy a special place in our hearts and in our crispers, our salads, soups, wraps and sandwiches. Can you imagine a BLT without the lettuce? Well, in addition to requiring a name change for that sandwich it would be just wrong. A few leaves of crisp, fresh, hydrating lettuce is de rigeur in most sandwiches and burgers, offering a satisfying and refreshing crunch to counter the soft bread or bun, as well as adding the benefits of at least a little green vegetable goodness as you wolf down another hamburger. Continue »



May 5th is Food Justice Day in Toronto

 

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Today Toronto’s City Hall released a statement by Mayor John Tory, with his plan to address food inequality in this city. His plans sound ambitious but the fact that this conversation is being had is an excellent step forward. We credit organizations like the STOP Community Food Centre and Local Food Plus for being at the forefront of opening our eyes to the concept of not just food for all, but good food for all.  Continue »



Show Some Love for Wheat Germ

At one point in time, not too long ago, the only place you could purchase things like granola, natural peanut butter, stone milled whole wheat flours and local organic produce was in a “health food store”. These stores catered to what was then a slightly alternative crowd, discriminating members of the purchasing public that were tired of canned goods, highly processed foods and convenience based products of dubious provenance and even more questionable nutritional value. These hippies were on the fringes for a time, but thankfully things eventually started to change.

 

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As more consumers became more aware, supermarkets began to stock “health food” and whole, fresh and local foods to meet the growing demand. Nowadays it is common to be able to buy an organically raised free-range hen, some chia seeds and kale chips in the same store where you get your Kraft Dinner and Fruit Loops.  Continue »



Eco-Friendly Gardening Toolkit: Microfibre Cloths

Plain, old water is the purest, greenest solvent for cleaning.

Plain, old water is the purest, greenest solvent for cleaning.

One of the greenest tools you can use these days is a microfibre cleaning cloth, slightly dampened by plain old water. It’s my eco-friendly tool of choice for cleaning dust and grime off leaves. I use microfibre cloths and water to dislodge bugs like scale and mealybug off houseplants. For cleaning your garden tools it’s fantastic too. Microfibre lets you enter a world of chemical-free cleaning.

Microfibre is a combination of polyester and nylon, with fibres so small they trap dirt and bacteria, allowing you to clean using only water.Water is nature’s purest solvent. You simply can’t get any more organic. As a matter of fact, using a detergent or other chemical cleaning product with a microfibre cloth actually makes it work less, not more. Explain That Stuff explains microfibres here.

Microfibers are able to attach themselves to even the smallest, most microscopic dirt particles—ones that normal cloth fibers (positively giant in comparison) crudely brush past.

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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut

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Unless you have a nut allergy , you should probably be eating more of them. Dieticians and nutritionists everywhere are almost unanimous in extolling the virtues of the Mediterranean Diet, promoting fruits, vegetables, legumes and pulses (like beans and lentils) whole grains and nuts, suggesting that these foods should be a regular part of your everyday diet, while limiting amounts of dairy and meat.

Many of us do go out of our way to ensure that we get enough fruit and vegetables in our quotidian meal plan, and foods high in whole grains are a relatively easy sell and buy- you can even drink your whole grains !

But we often overlook nuts when it comes to adding this delicious, readily available source of unsaturated fats,  protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and fibre to our diet.

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