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Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

My favourite part about summer in Ontario is the amazing selection of local produce. Mid-summer is my favourite, with the abundance of fresh greens, berries, cherries, zucchini, peaches, and the list goes on and on. Today I am sharing the top five reasons for buying seasonal produce and a very delicious cherry recipe. Top 5 benefits of buying seasonal produce: 1) Cost - seasonal eating is cost effective, the more produce we have available the less it will cost. It's simple, as the farmers produce more, the price for consumers decreases. Yesterday I purchased a full bag of cherries for $4.07, when the same bag would have cost over $10.00 a month or so ago. 2) Taste - freshly picked produce is

Eating the Mediterranean Way

I am sure at one point or another you have heard about the Mediterranean diet. It has for a long time been promoted as one of the healthiest ways to eat (and there is research to support these claims), but what does eating the mediterranean way really mean and how can you incorporate Mediterranean meals into your daily routines. Read on to find out more. Find this recipe below What is the mediterranean diet? The mediterranean diet is a diet based on the eating patterns of countries surrounding the mediterranean sea such as Greece, Southern Italy, Spain, etc. It consists of a diet that is rich in fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts and legumes, with moderate amounts of fish/seafood, poultr

Veggie 'Dump' Risotto

Summer has arrived, which means lots of amazing fresh and local produce (woohoo). I have been growing some of my own veggies and herbs and also getting some from local farms. However, sometimes too many veggies (and not enough time) can lead to food waste. I currently work part time as a project coordinator at the University of Guelph for a family food skills study that focuses on families purchasing, eating patterns, and household level food waste. In our pilot study sample of 50 families, we found that families with young children wasted an average of 5kg of food per week (with 70% of food waste coming from fruit and veggies). In fact, Canadian reports have found that the average Canadian

Top 5 Tips to Keep Hydrated this Summer

My favourite season is summer, the warm breeze, hot sun, bright blue skies, big full trees, long sunny evenings....I love it all! Most of the time I don't even mind the humidity (yes, I said it). However, the heat we have been experiencing lately can cause stress on the body, especially for those at increased risk (babies and young children, elderly, outside workers, those being active or playing sports in the heat, etc.). It's important to keep hydrated in this heat to help your body function properly and to keep your energy levels high. Did you know that your body is made up of about 60% water? Your body uses water to regulate body temperature (especially important during heat waves) and

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