Category Archives: Food Talk

Peaches & Blueberries: Ontario’s Finest in Orange & Blue

Blueberries and peaches are two of Ontario’s treasures during July and August. Peach Facts One medium-size peach contains 37 calories, is a source of Vitamin C, A, Potassium and fibre. They help keep your skin healthy and add colour to your complexion. Use peaches in: sliced on cereal sautéed in butter and served on ice cream pureed in a peach … <entire article…>

Nutritional Super Stars

Two favourite early summer treats are asparagus and strawberries fresh from Ontario’s farms. Both strawberries and asparagus are nutritional superstars. They both contain fibre for digestive health and cancer fighting antioxidants. Asparagus Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables. Low in calories, salt, with no fat or cholesterol. A good source of potassium, fibre, folacin, thiamin, vitamin B6 … <entire article…>

Not all Olive Oils are Equal

Olive oil has been used as part of our diets for more than 5,000 years. The ancient Greeks as well as modern researchers have indicated that olive oil is beneficial to health and that we should definitely include it in our diet. But, not all olives oils are alike… Extra virgin olive oil is pure, without additives. It is prized … <entire article…>

Eat a Rainbow

Here’s an easy way to pick the healthiest vegetables and fruit. The stronger the colours, the better for your health! Polyphenols are a type of antioxidants that protect against disease and aging.  Polyphenols also give plants their hues, so choose a varied colour palate and you treat your body to a wide array of antioxidants. Some great “deep colour choices” … <entire article…>

Start the New Year with “good luck” foods!

Various foods around the world are associated with “good luck”. What a fortunate way to start the New Year! Black-eyed peas bring prosperity, especially when served with collard greens. In Germany, Ireland, and the US, cabbage is associated with good fortune because it is green, like money. Associated with abundance and fertility, pomegranates bring abundance and fertility, and are enjoyed … <entire article…>

Apple Crunch Popcorn

Ingredients: 6 cups popped popcorn 1 tablespoon butter, melted 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups dried apple chips Method: Preheat oven to 300° F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with foil; butter the foil. Spread popcorn in pan and drizzle with melted butter; toss popcorn. Sprinkle popcorn with sugar and cinnamon and toss again. Heat in … <entire article…>

It’s time for corn on the cob

Many of us look forward to fresh Ontario corn on the cob. It’s sweet, crispy and oh so good with melted butter and a little salt and pepper. Unfortunately, we are also out of practise when it comes to cooking it – ending up overcooking and making it chewy. Here is a sure way to boil the perfect cob: Fill … <entire article…>

Good things do grow in Ontario

The best time for seasonal fresh produce. After a long winter, Ontario’s spring growing season starts to bear fruit – literally.  Welcome to the beginning of the best eating months of the year! Apples: August, September, October Apricots: July, August Asian Veggies: June, July, August, September, October Asparagus: June Beans: June, July, August, September, October Beets: July, August, September, October … <entire article…>

Fishing for a reason to eat fish

People either like fish or don’t. For those who like eating fish, eat more, but, if you are one of those people who hate fish, try and find a way to get some into your diet. Fish is packed with health benefits. Cooked from fresh or frozen, fish is a great source of protein and most fish provides iodine, important … <entire article…>