Does timing of meals affect health?

It turns out breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, according to a recent study

They’re cagey. I fed them at 3 a.m.,” he noted. “You already fed them? Jake was barking, so I got up and fed them at 4:30 so you could sleep,” I responded. Yes, our three dachshunds are like infants who demand early-morning feedings. I got up with our three human kids when they were babies, […] Read more

Freeze-ahead convenience foods

You can either make intentional freezer meals or just double up recipes and freeze some for later

It won’t be long until spring gets underway and winter routines are replaced by long hours of field work. Knowing what lies ahead, now is a good time to start stashing away a few freezer meals to lighten the load. Making freezer meals is easy and convenient. It can be as simple as doubling a […] Read more

A ‘new-old’ food business celebrates cross-Canada ties

Prairie Fare: Avion Harvest’s first incarnation marketed yellow peas to Quebec cooks

Canadians are planning many celebrations for our 150th year, and guaranteed these events will revolve around lots and lots of food. Expect to consume, for example, copious amounts of ultra-Canuck and super-delicious pea soup. Pea soup’s been around awhile. It would have fuelled French explorer Samuel de Champlain and his crew as they rolled in […] Read more

Superfoods aren’t superheroes

Trendy foods are no cure-all or replacement for a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle

Every year, popular magazines and trend watchers release lists of must-eat “superfoods” that will boost our health and overall well-being. The idea sounds appealing — eat this food and you’ll feel great and improve your health. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy — superfoods are not the superheroes they’re made out to be. The concept of […] Read more

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