Ring in the New Year with Traditional Foods

December 30, 2014 by Sophia Baker-French, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Recipes | Tags: New Year, winter solstice, celebration, culture, tradition, traditional foods

The New Year comes just after Winter Solstice. For many, it’s a time of celebration, reflection, and renewal. Cultures around the world celebrate the New Year with traditional foods that hold special meaning for the year to come. The dietitian in me relishes that so many of these foods are extremely nutritious.

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Poppy Seed Muffins for Remembrance Day

November 10, 2014 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Recipes | Tags: Remembrance Day, November 11, poppy seed, muffins, poppy seed muffins

Every year on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we acknowledge Remembrance Day by wearing a poppy close to our heart and taking a minute of silence. On this day, we pay tribute to veterans who fought to protect the freedom of our country. We honour these men and women for their courage, service, and sacrifice. The memorial flower we wear represents the poppies that grew over Flanders Field after the First World War.

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Searching for Fall Mushrooms

November 4, 2014 by Sophia Baker-French, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Recipes | Tags: mushrooms, local mushrooms, foraging, chanterelles, polenta, herbs

With the freezer full of juicy September blackberries, it’s time to turn my eye to the forests in search of wild mushrooms.

Humans have been gathering wild foods since the beginning of time. Today in BC most of us count on the grocery store and perhaps a home garden patch to supply our daily food. But, whether living in the city or the country, there are wild foods around us.

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Thankful for Cranberries

October 7, 2014 by Sophia Baker-French, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit, Recipes | Tags: cranberries, cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce recipe, Thanksgiving, turkey

As the leaves change colour and the first hint of chill in the evening air announces that fall is here, BC’s cranberry farmers are finishing their harvest to put lovely local cranberries on our Thanksgiving tables. Last fall my curiosity about cranberries peaked when my brother started working on a Vancouver Island cranberry farm. I learned that cranberries are native to North America and that BC farmers produce over half of Canada’s cranberries!

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Warming up to Fall Recipes

September 30, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: recipes, fall recipes, stew, soup, chili, autumn

Autumn is sweeping across our beautiful province, changing leaves from green to orange and (of course) bringing colder weather. While digging out your scarves and sweaters from the back of the closet, why not dust off the ol’ slow cooker or large soup cooking pot too! + MORE

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