Hot off the press is the new Canadian Food Guide and though I don’t usually pay much attention to food guides, I am happy to say I am impressed with some of the elements of this one. Here are my favourite aspects:
I took my daughter grocery shopping the other day as she wanted to pick up some food for a sleepover at our house and wanted to have some ‘good’ snacks. Now of course her idea of ‘good’ snacks vs. my idea of ‘good’ snacks differs slightly but she put most of what she wanted into the grocery cart. Once we got home she happily announced that now her friends would see we had ‘normal’ food in our house.
Are Halloween treats vegetarian?
So it’s Halloween and you might be wondering how this impacts you as a vegetarian. Well, it does if you don’t want to eat any animal products whatsoever. You may find this surprising but some candies and chocolates contain animal-derived ingredients. Believe me, I found out one day and was very disappointed.
Let’s chat about protein and vegetarian diets
One of the most common concerns with respect to vegetarian or vegan diets is protein. From personal experience I can tell you that when I tell someone my daughter is vegetarian they inevitably ask how she gets her protein.
Believe or not but seeds are loaded with amazing nutrients!
And yes, I absolutely love seeds! They are really powerhouses. Though we don’t usually think about seeds as replacements for animal protein in our diet, they can be a great addition to a vegetarian meal to increase its nutritional value.
At last count, I had the following in my pantry:
Have you heard about jackfruit?
If not, it is a tropical fruit that is native to Southwest India. It has recently been used in vegetarian and vegan cooking as a meat replacement due to its texture which is like shredded meat.
Have you checked the pasta section of your grocery store lately?
If you have, you would definitely have noticed some new additions to this category. Gone are the days of basic white flour pasta. While whole wheat and whole grain pasta were new and innovative a few years ago, we can now find pasta made from chickpeas, lentils, black beans, mung beans and even edamame. However, the question is whether or not these pastas are actually better for you. Here are a few of the parameters I looked at to determine if they are in fact healthier.
Yes, you read that right, pea-protein!
The non-dairy beverage category has been growing by leaps and bounds as more and more people look for options to dairy milk. What used to be a category of primarily soy and rice milk now has so many other plant-based options; almond, cashew, oat, hemp, flax and coconut. I could go on and list the different combinations of these as well.
As we have all heard many times “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” This especially holds true for our kids who are going off to school and need to have the ability to stay alert and focus throughout the day. They need fuel to support their bodies and brains.
As I am sure you have come to realize, I like to cook. I also love taking cookbooks out of the library, book marking the recipes I want to make and then if there are enough that I really enjoy, buying the book. To get my list of books I go to the local bookstore and write down all the books they have featured at the front of the store.
At any given time, I’ll have 3 or 4 books sitting on the kitchen counter with little pieces of paper sticking out indicating the recipe I want to make. My criteria for choosing the recipes are as follows: