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Great on the Grill Summer BBQ Ideas

August 30, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: bbq, fish, sea food, Dinner

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Great on the Grill Summer BBQ Ideas

When you think “family barbecue” do your thoughts immediately fill with images of hotdogs and bags of chips? If so, is it time to shake it up? BC fish puts a nice twist on the standard BBQ menu and is naturally low in sodium and saturated fats.  Whether you catch your own or buy it from the store, fish is a tasty, light and nourishing heart healthy food. Let your eyes and nose do the selecting when choosing fish. 

Fresh is best. Fresh fish should not smell ‘fishy’. Whole fish should have bright clear eyes and shiny skin with rich red gills. Fish steaks or fillets should have firm flesh.  + MORE

Physical Activity Doesn't Have to Take Too Much Time

August 29, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: healthy living, physical activity

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Physical Activity Doesn't Have to Take Too Much Time

When counselling individuals, one of the first things I hear is: "I just have no time". Yes, life's demanding, jobs are less active, and it's daunting  to think of sweating in the gym for hours at the end of day. WAIT A MINUTE!? Hours? Gym? Are these things really needed to reap the overwhelming health benefits of physical activity? The answer to this is NO!

 New research has shown that even small bursts of "incidental activity" (e.g. walking up stairs) have the ability to promote weight loss and improve cardiovascular health. A large Taiwanese study including over 400 000 people showed that even as little as 15 minutes of daily activity assisted the individuals in reducing chronic disease risk by 14% and increased their life expectancy by 3 years!

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Salmon a la West Coast

August 29, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: bbq, fish, salmon, Dinner

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Salmon a la West Coast

Summer is that time of year for fresh salmon on the BBQ. But have you tried it west coast style? Try this recipe from Debbie Houle. 

Preheat barbecue grill to medium

Ingredients:

6  Pieces salmon filet (about 1.5 lbs/750 g total)¼ cup Light mayonnaise¼ cup Dijon mustard1 Tbsp Lightly packed brown sugar

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Fitness Testing at the University of the Fraser Valley

August 26, 2011 by Michael de Jong | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: physical activity, vlog

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Fitness Testing at the University of the Fraser Valley

A few weeks ago as part of my preparation for this new challenge, I had a fitness assessment team at the University of the Fraser Valley assess my cardio, flexibility and balance abilities.

This is a really valuable tool offered by many local gyms and recreation centres – it’s a good starting point to gage your fitness level. 

Remember it is only a starting point so don’t get discouraged –I found out I am about as flexible as a 2x4! + MORE

One Fish Two Fish

August 25, 2011 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: fish, mercury

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One Fish Two Fish

There is nothing like biting into a juicy piece of rainbow trout. The bright acidity from the lemon and orange intermingles with fresh thyme to produce a taste explosion. Or, at least that’s how I like to cook it!

Generally a bit of citrus and some fresh herbs such as dill are great pairings with seafood - but I am only limited by my imagination for what I create.  BC has so many options for fish and seafood. It makes it easy to get the 2 or more servings each week I need to keep my body in top form! + MORE

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