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Cook quickly with canned foods

Canned fruits and vegetables can help us meet our nutrition requirements

Back when I was in college, my roommates and I relied on canned food and other staples such as rice and pasta for quick, economical meals. We mixed in some fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, too, of course. Preparing canned food was faster, though. One of my roommates was famous for her “mono-meals,” or one-item […] Read more


Do you need a vitamin pill?

Do your homework before taking vitamin supplements

You need to eat more vegetables,” my husband said to our 13-year-old daughter. He was scraping the uneaten vegetables from her plate while she was getting a daily kids’ vitamin for herself. I walked into the kitchen during their conversation. “I really don’t like vegetables,” she announced a little sheepishly. I can attest that she […] Read more



Oats after breakfast

This healthy dietary choice doesn’t just have to be limited to the breakfast table

Hardly anyone says ‘porridge’ anymore. It’s a plain, old word, like grits or gruel or frumenty. For most of us it means, simply, boiled oats, a rather humble meal. Englishman Samuel Johnson, who had something to say about everything, once called oats “the grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland […] Read more


What’s in artificial sweetener packets?

Artificial sweeteners can help cut calories but too much can have side-effects

What kind of sweetener would you like?” my husband asked me. “I’ll have a blue packet,” I said. He handed me the small packet. I ripped it open and added half of it to my coffee cup. He took a pink packet. We were eating in a restaurant. I’m not sure why we always add […] Read more



It’s citrus season

Prairie Fare: This fruit family has more to offer than most can imagine

January to March is citrus season, the time when North American oranges, lemons, grapefruit and limes are at their peak. Take full advantage of the season and explore all the citrus fruit offered in the produce aisle. To help you make the best of the season, here are some tips and recipes for you to […] Read more


Enjoy more slimming soup this winter

Prairie Fare: Eating more soup can help prevent weight gain

When I was young, I often was greeted by the sound of our pressure cooker hissing and the weighted gauge clicking rhythmically as I entered our home after school on winter days. After slogging through snowbanks in my snow pants and knee-high winter boots, I needed some sustenance. My favourite type of soup was homemade […] Read more



Stay active and healthy in the new year

Physical activity helps maintain a healthy heart, and strong muscles and bones, and ease stress

I found a supreme parking spot!” my husband noted as he arrived at the mall with our younger daughter. She nodded and grinned. Then she began eyeing the food court for a snack. Parking a distance from your destination is a common recommendation for increasing your physical activity. Winter tends to push that recommendation out […] Read more


Happy anniversary, Canada — and canola!

This is a year to celebrate our own ‘Made in Canada’ crop

If you’re still pondering new year’s resolutions, a good one for 2017 would be spend more time learning more about our wonderful country’s history, geography, culture and its innumerable accomplishments. 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It’s a year for plenty of parties, festivals, and commemorations. Canadian agriculture is reaching an important milestone of […] Read more



Beat holiday weight gain

Prairie Fare: Here are a few tips to help prevent holiday pounds this festive season


Everywhere I go, I see more candy and cookies to taste, and unfortunately, my willpower is not overly strong during the holiday season. In the interest of food science, of course, I need to try these things. I am testing my willpower right now as a bowl of treats sits about 10 feet from me […] Read more


man reading a restaurant menu

You can cut calories and still enjoy eating out

A few small adjustments to how you order and eat can really add up quickly

What’s your favourite episode of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’?” my daughter asked her siblings. Her brother and sister began describing the antics of SpongeBob, a yellow kitchen sponge who lives in a pineapple at the bottom of the sea. He works as a dedicated fry cook with an interesting bunch of characters at a restaurant. My kids […] Read more