Healthy Food

If You Want to Get Healthy, Create the Right Environment

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

April is in full swing. January 1 is a distant memory. The year you promised will be devoted to health is disappearing. Have you done what you promised yourself you would? If you are looking to get healthy, create the environment.

The Only 5 Things You Need To Do To Live Longer

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living

We get a lot of advice about how to stay healthy (heck, we give a lot of advice about how to stay healthy). According to one Toronto doctor, however, ...

If You Want That Bikini Body You Have to Do the Math

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you have started to panic because the summer is right around the corner and you want to look "bangin' in a bikini" then this article is for you! So what am I asking for to get bikini-ready? Effort. This is not easy, it takes preparation and planning. Here is the math part on why people fail.

The Main Ingredients Spring Edition: Chef's Conclusions

Christine Cushing | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Living
Christine Cushing

I will be the first to admit that this was the most difficult set of challenges yet, but inspiration strikes during the hardest times. I must still be feeling the gold medal halo from our Canadian Olympic athletes' inspirational victories!

The Main Ingredients Spring Edition: Roasting (Chef's Meal)

Christine Cushing | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Christine Cushing

We've used the stovetop quite extensively in the last two challenges with stewing and stir frying, so for the final challenge it's time to pay attention to the oven; this week, we're mastering our roasting technique.

Health On The Go: Portable Healthy Meals For The Spring

Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living

With winter withering away and the blossoming goodness of spring on the horizon, it’s time to think about putting away the comfort food and grabbing...

The Main Ingredients Spring Edition: Stir Fry (Chef's Meal)

Christine Cushing | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Living
Christine Cushing

The inspiration for my first dish is eggplant Parmigiana, normally a casserole dish that is slowly cooked in the oven. Instead of using large eggplant, which can be a bit bitter and usually hides many seeds, I thought the quick stir-fry method would be perfect for the sweeter, virtually seedless, Japanese eggplants.

The Main Ingredients Spring Edition: Slow Cooking (Challenger's Meal)

Thien Hyunh | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living
Thien Hyunh

Mealtime is even more hectic than usual because, for the first time, I'm solely responsible for planning and prepping meals for the entire family. Whereas my wife and I teamed up on past cooking challenges, I was alone in the kitchen this time. Unfortunately, my skills are not even on par with an Iron Microwave Chef. Fortunately, the challenge was to create a healthy meal using "slow cooking" methods, which is ideal for my "minimalist" cooking style.

Stay Toasty: 7 Warm And Hearty Meals For The End Of Winter

Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living

Winter lasts a long time in Canada; the average Canadian can be seen wearing a scarf and gloves well into the month of May. It's the harsh reality of ...

30 Ways Health Experts Keep Themselves Way Healthier Than Us

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living

March marks Nutrition Month and while we're proponents of being healthy any time of the year, we particularly enjoy having an excuse to pick dietitian...

The Main Ingredients III: Chef's Conclusions

Christine Cushing | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Living
Christine Cushing

It seems that the more convenience and technology we have, the more frenzied the holidays get. So having meals and snacks under control is my way of taking charge. And based on all the families who participated in this month's main ingredient challenge, you all found some innovative ways to incorporate these nutritious offerings into your holiday table.

5 Healthy Ways to Use Holiday Leftovers

Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living

After serving enough food for families and guests to rival a king’s feast, many a household will be wondering what to do with all the leftovers afte...

The Main Ingredients III: Winter Comfort Classics (Challenger's Meal)

Thien Hyunh | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Thien Hyunh

Winter is coming. And with it comes the harsh, cold, bitter weather. So when I was challenged to create healthier winter comfort classics for my family, I warmed up to the idea and came up with the following dishes that could be whipped up in a cold snap.

The Main Ingredients III: Winter Classics (Chef's Meal)

Christine Cushing | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Christine Cushing

There is one upside to the cold blistery weather during the holiday season and that's all the gently simmering food you can braise, boil, simmer and roast. There is something wonderfully comforting about taking a few seasonal ingredients, putting them into a pot in a particular order and -- shazam -- you've got a stew going!

The Main Ingredients III: Holiday Side Dish (Challenger's Meal)

Terri Coles | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Terri Coles

I prefer hot weather, so I'm always a bit sad when winter gets closer. I do, however, have one consolation prize: soup. It probably wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that soup is my favourite thing to eat. As a result, I've gotten pretty good at making it, and I can throw together a basic vegetable soup without much thought or trouble; so that's what we're doing this week!

Recognizing Fibre Prejudice (Are You A Fibrist?)

Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living

Fibre. What's the first thing that pops into your mind? We bet you thought of something brown (or maybe green) and very tough. Or perhaps something th...

When Is It OK To Skip The Organic Aisle?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Living

When staring down the options in the organic produce aisle at the supermarket, it can be easy to assume that every one with a brightly coloured organi...

Enough with the Cans and Jars -- Start Eating Fresh and Local

Megan Parson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Megan Parson

At Savour Stratford this year, I was tasting different types of food from local chefs and producers and I noticed something. Each and every dish had its own unique flavour thanks to a homemade element. It was nice to know that I could pronounce all the ingredients going into my body and know where they came from.

Second Round of Challenges Comes to a Close With Truly Inventive Creations

Christine Cushing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christine Cushing

It's always interesting to see what others will do when given the exact same ingredients. From a small pool of options comes dozens (hundreds?) of possible recipe ideas, and I was lucky enough to encounter four such recipes during this round of The Main Ingredients.

The Main Ingredients Challenge #4: Multicultural Meal (Challenger's Meal)

Terri Coles | Posted 12.18.2013 | Canada Living
Terri Coles

We all like Indian food, my son included, and I liked the idea of making something that could be cooked in one pot because it meant fewer dishes. Also, with both red lentils and chickpeas, this dish is a great vegetarian source of protein, fibre, zinc, and iron.

Oils and Fats: The Big Fat Truth

Devon Peart | Posted 12.01.2013 | Canada Living
Devon Peart

Fats are on the forefront of our minds everyday. As new studies crop up, the choices can seem all the more confusing. But here's the skinny on fats as it stands today. Not all fat is bad. In fact, including fat in the diet is necessary for healthy functioning.

Mission Impossible: Family Dinner at My House

Kate Hilton | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

My kids are the worst eaters. Really. Some people say this, and mean that their kids don't eat raw sushi, or whole wheat pasta, or offal. That's not what I mean. I mean that in my house, bacon is a food group. I mean that my kids don't eat pasta, period. I mean that they only accept pepperoni pizza from one delivery joint. It's serious.

The Main Ingredients: Back To School Challenge

Christine Cushing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Christine Cushing

For this busy back to school time of year, I have chosen these 12 ingredients from nature's Canadian fall bounty that I think will make great additions to your autumn table. As before, I will be introducing the challenges next week, but for now here's why I love them.

Sarah Kelsey

8 Things We Learned From Spending A Day At Chef Michael Smith's House | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 09.05.2013 | Canada Living

It can be intimidating to start cooking if you never have before — everything we're taught about preparing a meal lends itself to "perfection." Ther...

Learning To Love Food: A Fat Girl's Story

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I never spiraled down the path to bulimia, though I considered making myself sick to get rid of all the food I binged on. Instead, I just decided to stop eating. I was down to one meal a day, my skin pale and looking sick, when my friends and my pastor at church started to get concerned.