Why water is good for you this Blog Action Day

It’s about time I updated! When I saw @changeFood‘s Twitter post about Blog Action Day‘s topic of water, I knew I had to say something. It seems that more of my friends are striving to reach that rumoured 8-10 glasses of water a day and it’s great to see the awareness growing. I’m one of those people who really can’t live without water. I know we all need water to survive, but I really am attached to my Klean Kanteen bottle and I cannot travel, sleep or function without its bountiful water offering. I’m thirsty as I type this!

If you’re wondering why it is exactly that our bodies need water so much, check out my blog post on water on Forever Young Nutrition here.

When I was little, I read a book called The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt. I probably gave something a way, but the folks in the book all come to realize that the one most precious and most delicious thing on our planet really is…well, do I have to say it?

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Vegetarians dine out too

I recently read a review for a diner that kindly mentioned that any burger could be substituted for a veggie patty at no extra cost (I’d hope not!) and the reviewer added, ‘Then again, why would a non-meat-lover come to a diner?’ I answer on behalf of us vegetarians: because we non-meat-lovers do love meat lovers.

I’m rating the vegetarian-friendliness of just about any restaurant I go to so that vegetarians can scope out their dining options when organizing or attending a dinner with friends. Let’s face it: we love going out to eat but having the freedom to choose from between more than a handful of vegetarian options is a treat!

Coming soon: My review on Fresh and Makimono.

Check out: My review of Pho Mi 99.

St. Patrick’s Day green vegetables

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


I’d like to take this well-sought opportunity to thank all of you for reading this blog over the past few weeks or months. I hope it’s been helpful and your support is great! If you have comments, suggestions or something you’d love to see, I’d like to hear from you.

Your healthy goal for the day: eat one green fruit or vegetable!

Fruits

Avocado: Whip up a quick guacamole or roll it in rice with cucumber and serve with Asian dipping sauce. Good for your skin and hair (its health properties work better if you eat it, rather than using it on your face). Rich in vitamin B, E and K. It contains monounsaturated fats and 60% more potassium than bananas. Of all fruits, avocado is one of the highest in fibre.

Cucumber: A well-rounded fruit that tastes great with avocado (Japanese style!) or in a salad or couscous.

Vegetables

Broccoli: There are many ways to make broccoli taste better: cook it with garlic, lemon or add a stir-fry sauce. Rich in vitamin A, C and K, as well as dietary fibre and containing anti-cancer properties.
Rapini: Cook it in a pan with garlic and Italian olives—yum! The definition of bitter, rapini calls for an acquired taste. I used to find it pure bitterness but five rapini attempts later, I find it so delicious! Rich in vitamin A, C and K, with potassium, calcium and iron.
Spinach: Excellent source of iron—woohoo, celebrate good times, come on! Unless, of course, you don’t like spinach. If the slimy cooked version does not appeal to you, eat it dry in a salad with pecans or almonds. Spinach also contains calcium, but its calcium is combined with a property that limits its absorption. Also, calcium limits iron’s absorption. Thanks a lot, eh?

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Hot dog to change shape as it poses choking hazard to children

How many of you just got hungrier? (Photo credit: iStock)

If the world’s best engineers were to design the deadliest airway-blocker for children, they would come up with the hot dog, says Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio (National Post: USA today).

That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics declared the hot dog the leading food-related choking threat to children. The academy proposes the hot dog ditch its infamous form and undergo a design makeover in the name of health and safety (maybe not so much the health part—it’s not like we eat hot dogs for their nutritious value).

Will the hot dog’s vegetarian cousin follow suit? For me, the veggie dog serves merely as a vehicle transporting mustard from its plastic yellow French’s bottle to my anxiously-awaiting mouth.

However, for most vegetarians it is the dog’s duty to recreate the savory sensations of an inexpensive (who are we kidding?) impulse buy and a gooey gush of random leftover animal parts molded into a scrumptious concoction—minus the random, leftover animal parts.

If hot dogs change their shape, will veggie dogs follow suit? Will they lose their point (aha)? Or does it even matter?

Inspiration for this article came from the blog post “A hot dog by any other shape—would be as good?” by Penny Caldwell, Editor of Cottage Life magazine.

Enjoy this humorous hot dog cartoon alternative by Gary Clement.

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  • If you’re in a hot dog mood, maybe you’ll want some fries with that.

Chick Peas discussion

How do you prepare your chick peas? I eat them cooked in tomato sauce with an addition of a thin pasta or pasta shells. The other method is cooked plain with parsley and a bit of moisture; it acts as a great snack!

How about you?