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Spicy Mexican Salad

Recipe: Spicy Mexican Salad Summary: Makes 8 cups salad  Ingredients 3 tomatoes, chopped 2 ripe avocados, finely diced 2 cups fresh or prev. frozen corn kernels 2 ribs celery, diced 1 large orange, red or yellow sweet pepper, sliced into matchsticks 1 cup sprouted lentils or cooked black beans 1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, packed 3 green onions, slicedSpicy Mexican dressing 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice… Read More »Spicy Mexican Salad

Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

Recipe: Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing Summary: Makes 4-6 servings  Ingredients Dressing: 1 cup orange juice 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger 2 tsp sesame oil (optional) 2 Tbsp sesame tahini 2 Tbsp miso 2 Tbsp cider vinegar 2 Tbsp Bragg’s or tamari 4 dates, pitted, soaked cayenne or black pepper, to taste Salad: 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and thinly sliced 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage 1 to 2… Read More »Kale Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

Garden Blend Soup

Recipe: Garden Blend Soup Summary: Makes 2 1/2 cups  Ingredients 3/4 cup hot water 1/4 cup orange juice, or 1/2 orange, peeled 3 to 4 cups kale, stem removed, chopped 1/2 apple, cored or 1/2 small cucumber, peeled 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, basil leaves or dill weed 1 1/2 tbsp. light miso 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice 1/2 clove garlic 1/4 red jalapeño pepper or a pinch of cayenne 1/2 green… Read More »Garden Blend Soup

Acid-Base Balance (part 2): Kidneys, Muscles and Bones

In our September issue, we reviewed research related to acid-base balance and diet. To summarize: meats, dairy products, and grains are acid-forming, meaning that after these foods are digested and metabolized, they influence body fluids to be acidic. This is due to the particular mix of amino acids and minerals such as sulphur and phosphate. In contrast, vegetables and fruits influence toward the slightly alkaline direction that our body needs due to… Read More »Acid-Base Balance (part 2): Kidneys, Muscles and Bones

Acid-alkaline balance (part 1)

Several decades ago, western nutrition had little interest in acid-base balance, yet it was a central theme in macrobiotic eating and in eastern approaches to health. Things have changed and western scientists now recognize dietary patterns can put an immense burden on the body to restore an optimal acid-base balance. Our kidneys, in partnership with our lungs, must maintain the acidity or pH of our body fluids within a very… Read More »Acid-alkaline balance (part 1)

Feast Your Eyes!

Can our diet affect how well we see? Yes, indeed. Most of us learned in grade school that eating carrots helps us see at night, but it goes far beyond that. In fact, eating colourful fruits and vegetables can assist our vision in numerous ways. Vegetables and fruits, with their wealth of antioxidants, have proven to be effective in the prevention of cataracts. With cataracts, the normally crystalline lens of… Read More »Feast Your Eyes!

Raw for a Day

If you’d like a raw adventure, here’s an experiment to try. Turn your back on your toaster, microwave and stove and eat uncooked foods for a day. The menu below was developed for travelling or for those days when you need to cut preparation to a minimum. To meet recommended calcium intakes without milks or supplements, greens are in every meal, even breakfast! Figs, oranges, tahini and greens – lettuce,… Read More »Raw for a Day

A Caveman Diet?

Would a Paleo diet work in today’s world? Would it be an optimal way for everyone to eat? Although we might envision a past Garden of Eden or a tribe of hunter-gatherers for whom life was simple and food was unprocessed and free of additives and pesticides, how realistic is it for us to adopt the diet from the Palaeolithic Era? Well, it is unrealistic for a number of reasons.… Read More »A Caveman Diet?

Arthritis, Allergies, & Raw Food Diets

Can changing your diet help with symptoms of arthritis or fibromyalgia? Research shows that a change in diet can definitely help some people with these conditions. I am pleased to see the Arthritis Society’s online material now mentions Scandinavian studies that show links between diet and an improvement in health. At this point, the research is limited and the groups studied are small (typically fewer than two dozen people). Below… Read More »Arthritis, Allergies, & Raw Food Diets

Sprout Your Way to Health

Mung beans and lentils are seeds with the potential and life force to grow into large, strong plants. For this purpose, these little embryos contain a rich store of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates, all ready and waiting for the right conditions of heat, moisture and oxygen to be present in order to grow. As soon as seeds germinate, chemical changes occur, including some that provide us with health… Read More »Sprout Your Way to Health