Veggie Spotlight: Broccoli!

Another superfood from the cruciferous family, Italian green broccoli is the kind we most commonly find in our grocery stores & recognize as the healthy little “trees” on our dinner plates. This nutrient dense veggie is especially rich in vitamin A, and is a great source of vitamins K, C, B9, fiber & vegetable based protein.

To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse…

While the body naturally detoxifies itself in the spring, there are a lot of kits, programs & diets out there to help get rid of the residual cobwebs leftover from the winter ‘hibernation’. How to navigate them depends heavily on what sort of an effect you would like it to have on your body.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Our skin is the largest organ in our body & absorbs everything that is slathered onto it. Check out the ‘Sun’ section of the EWG’s cosmetic database to see how your favorite sunscreen or tanning lotion stacks up. Chances are you’re better off avoiding the sun during peak hours.

Veggie Spotlight: Asparagus

This spring vegetable is a member of the lily family hailing from the Mediterranean. The slender green stalks are great steamed, roasted or grilled on the barbecue. About half of the few calories in asparagus are from protein, which is high for a vegetable.

April is Autism Awareness Month

April 2nd of this year was the first time that Canada joined the world in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day. Approximately 1 in 88 Canadians live with Autism, which is a lifelong developmental disability affecting communication skills & social interactions.

Spring Means Babies!

For many couples, difficulty getting pregnant is often preceded by years of outside influence telling a woman’s body not to get pregnant. Our systems are easily confused by the myriad of conflicting signals they take in from our environment, let alone the things we deliberately expose ourselves to.

Veggie Spotlight: Radish

Radishes usually either fall into the “love-’em” or “hate-’em” camp, but as with most veggies in this situation, preparation method is key. Radishes can have a spicy kick to them, depending on the variety which can aid in nasal drainage when stuffed up.

March is National Nutrition Month!

And thus, I challenge you to take a second look at your diet this month. After the January New Years resolution kicks have worn off, we can become comfortable in our habits again. Being comfortable is easy, familiar, and often counterproductive.

Veggie Spotlight: Turnips!

Often mistaken for rutabagas (a similar vegetable to turnips, rutabagas are a cross between turnips & kale), turnips are an excellent alternative starch to potatoes as they contain only 1/3rd of the calories.