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A New Year, New Recipes

Most of us start January with resolve to take better care of our health, eating well, exercising regularly, and finding a bit more of that “balance” we seek in our lives.

It can be tricky to stay fit during a long Manitoba winter, unless we’re skiers and skaters, or walk a great deal. Fortunately, many small towns have gyms with very reasonably priced memberships, including some communities that now operate them as co-ops.

As for healthier eating, that usually means switching up a few habits too. Often that takes trying new things and becoming a little more adventurous at the dinner table.

This winter we’ve been eating more buckwheat and barley. I’ve been astonished how tasty both are in simple recipes.

For ideas I’ve turned to the websites of Alberta Barley Commission where there’s a large source of great barley soups, stews, side dishes and desserts, and, for buckwheat to a small bookletBuckwheat: Your Natural Choicepublished by the Canadian Special Crops Association.

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Lorraine Stevenson

Lorraine Stevenson is a reporter and photographer for the Manitoba Co-operator with 25 years experience writing news and features. She was previously a reporter with the Farmers Independent Weekly and has also written for community newspapers in Winnipeg and Manitoba's Interlake.

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