Posts Tagged ‘beets’

Let’s Do Shots! Cold Pressed Shots That Is…

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This Sunday, June 23, Dr Ravi Mohan will be in our store presenting a live demo of his Cold Pressed shots, and discussing the issues of anti-inflammation for wellness, chronic illness, and for high-performance athletes. According to Dr. Mohan, a daily shot of these powerful elixirs is, well, just what the doctor ordered. Continue »



The Most Perfect Accompaniment to Beets

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If you’re still reading then you must love beets. All the beet haters have moved on, leaving just us – the beet lovers, to learn all about this match made in heaven. Beets are one of the eight or so Ontario vegetables that grow all the way until November, and there is always an abundance of locally grown beets on our shelves and in farmers markets all across the province. When we discuss beets, we are usually referring to the taproot, the root of the beet, but beet tops are also packed with vitamins and flavour, and are great cooked or raw. Okay, now let’s get down to business.

What is the most perfect accompaniment to the humble beet?  Continue »



Eat Your Greens! Swiss Chard

 

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We all know that leafy greens are powerful storehouse of nutrition, packed to the rafters with vitamins and minerals and loaded with antioxidants, all the while managing to be cholesterol and fat free. Spinach and kale are both old and new-school darlings in the leafy green pantheon, and right up there with them is Swiss Chard, one of our favourite and most versatile of all greens.

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Syrian Cuisine: Tahini

 

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In our most recent series we are having a look at the cuisine from the Middle East, specifically Syria. And one of the first things we notice is that there a few ingredients that pop up quite often, so we should get to know them, how to access them or prepare them and have them handy. Za’atar, preserved lemons, and sesame oil feature prominently in the culinary traditions of Syria, and today we are examining another must-have ingredient; tahini. Continue »



We Are What We Eat: Potassium, the Real Special K

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Today, in the second in a series  of posts examining the building blocks of our bodies, we are getting know Potassium, one of the vital elements that we need on a daily basis for metabolic function, for basic health and well-being. When it comes to potassium, most budding chemist know that its atomic number is 19 and its symbol is K, and athletes know that this important element somehow keeps them from cramping during extended periods of exercise; jocks know that bananas are a good source of it, and Gatorade and other sports drink makers add it to their sugary concoctions to give them that extra edge. When we perspire, and when athletes sweat heavily, we lose mostly water-which is why it is important to keep hydrated-and sodium and chloride. (By the way, if your sweat is really salty, if you get caked in white powder once it dries, you are ingesting too much sodium; not a good thing).

We also lose other electrolytes like potassium, magnesium and calcium, needed to maintain fluid balance, regulate the pH in our blood and assist in normal muscular function. Continue »