• Rethinking Food Formulations

    Sustainable pulse production sees increase in food products by Megan Madden for Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (Pulse Point Dec 2017) Agricultural practices are more efficient than they have ever been, but there are more mouths to feed on fewer resources every day. “We need to focus on food systems rather than agricultural systems,” says Denis Tremorin,…

  • Recipe Round-Up: Holiday Hostess Gifts

    Is your calendar filled with holiday parties and get-togethers? Or are you just scrambling for last-minute gifts and goodies for friends, family, or the office? We love the idea of giving the gift of delicious food. Bundled up with a bow – ingredients, food, and baking can make thoughtful and beautiful gifts for anyone on…

  • Recipe Round-up: Holiday Entertaining

    ‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry! Get ready for the holiday party and entertaining season with easy, time-saving, and make-ahead recipes that will solve your meal planning dilemmas. Whether you are hosting friends and family, attending a cocktail party, or the office potluck – we have simple recipe solutions for your next…

  • Lentils Find Place in Meat-Based Products

    A local food processor has teamed up with beef research specialists at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to develop a market-ready lentil product for use as a meat extender. The project has the potential to increase demand for lentils, as demand grows for convenient meat products in…

  • Recipe Round-up: Thanksgiving Inspiration

    It is that time of year – time to come together with family and friends around the dinner table to share meals. Thanksgiving and the holidays can be a stressful time, preparing food for large and diverse groups of people. Lentils pair wonderfully with the flavours of the season, like sage, thyme, and maple, and…

  • Recipe Round-up: Fall Vegetables

      If you are like most people at this time of year, you are likely overflowing with root vegetables and summer squashes. Luckily, lentils pair wonderfully with the hearty vegetables that come into season in the late summer and early fall. We have compiled all of our favourite recipes using the vegetables of the season…

  • Celebrating Exciting August Food Days With Lentils & More

    August is known for its long summer days and scorching weather in Canada. It’s also a time when families go on road trips during the provincial holiday long weekend. But did you know that there are actually many national food days to celebrate in August? I have chosen a few interesting food days to share…

  • Meatless Grilling Can Be Fun Too!

    Vegetarian and grilling don’t need to be an oxymoron. Whether you wish to go meatless once in a while, or have vegetarian guests coming to your BBQ party, there are delicious ways of preparing meatless dishes that are tasty and wholesome. Main Dish Burgers A juicy burger is one of the summer’s favourites. Going meatless…

  • 5 Foods to Boost Brain Power

    As the school year draws to an end, it’s important to keep kids focused so that they can finish the year strong. What you eat can influence your brain’s ability to stay sharp. In fact, not only to help you stay sharp and alert, some food may actually help prevent Alzheimer’s disease! Here are some…

  • Celebrate Canada Health Day With Super Eats

    In honour of Florence Nightingale, Canada has been celebrating her birthday on May 12 for more than 30 years. This year, why not join community health organizations and public health units in celebrating Canada Health Day by eating healthier at home! What Are Superfoods? How can we eat healthier at home? One very easy way…

  • Mindful Eating: A Quick Guide to Earth Day Eating

    April 22 is Earth Day. What better way to help celebrate Earth Day this year than to try and eat more local, sustainable and lower carbon foods! Here are some simple tips to do all of the above. Going Local for Grocery If you have never visited a farmer’s market before, then you have to…

  • 4 Small Diet Changes You Can Implement With a Big Impact

    March is Nutrition Month! And this year’s theme is Make Small Changes, One Meal at a Time. The theme is indeed timely! Many of us made healthy eating resolutions in January, and by February, some of us have already forgotten about them, or have given up all together. Overwhelming, drastic changes are hard to stick…

  • Go Red: 6 Red Foods To Supercharge Heart Health

    It’s time for the ultimate red month again, not just for Valentine’s Day, but also for Heart Month celebrations across the country. Not only can red foods decorate your dish with vibrancy, they also deliver impressive nutrients and antioxidants that you can’t find anywhere else. 6 Red Superfoods To Enjoy: Beets The unglamorous rough peel…

  • Move Vegetables From The Side To the Center in 2016

    The New Year is a perfect time to reflect on the changes we need to make. And for most people, healthy eating often makes the top 3 resolutions. However, after a few weeks, most of us may not be able to stick with it. With all the best intentions for good health, our diet resolutions…

  • Fight Holiday Stress with Stress-Busting Foods

    The holidays are meant to be a joyful time of celebration with family and friends. But often, all that celebrating – and the work it entails behind the scenes – can lead to some serious holiday stress. From house guests and parties to shopping and cooking, the holidays can serve up a jumbo portion of…

  • Create Ultimate Comfort Food Combo To Boost Your Immune This Winter

    The month of November means the beginning of flu season. The cold and flu bugs are ready to tear their way through offices and schools, leaving you and your family sniffly, sick, grumpy, and achy all over. And good nutrition is particularly important during this time of the year. When it’s dark and cold, it…

  • Give Your Thanksgiving Leftovers a Second Chance to Shine with Lentils

    It’s that time of year again when families celebrate Thanksgiving with a food fest. A traditional roasted turkey, along with seasonal pumpkin and cranberries are no doubt a party favourite. After a night of family reunion, a full-fridge of leftovers may need some creativity to shine yet one more time. Here are some healthy ideas…

  • Eat Clean: Cut Sugar from Your Child’s Back-to-School Lunch

    As the summer holidays begin to fade away and the new school year is about to begin, what to pack for school lunches and after-school snacks is once again on our minds. A trip to the supermarket will be bombarded with snacks with colorful cartoon characters marketed to kids - and their parents. Most of…

  • 5 Smart Snacks To Eat After Your Workout

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD After a satisfying session of exercise, eating a post-workout snack makes sense. It helps replenish glycogen storage and blood sugar used up during your work. It also helps a strength training athlete to repair muscle damage, and an endurance athlete to improve stamina. However, does everyone need…

  • New Lentil Products At Stores

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD Now that kids are back in school, easy meal preparations are back on the table. Lentils are becoming the staple of many Canadian families over the past year. It just makes so much sense that we are welcoming this super food onto our dining tables. More and…

  • National Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD It’s June, and that means summer produce is starting to come into season. In fact, it’s National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, so what better time to think about adding more fruits and vegetables to our diet? With the number of fresh, seasonal choices getting larger and…

  • Lighten Up Your Favorite Comfort Foods This Season

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD The holiday season is often the time when some people put on weight. It can mean 1 to 2 pounds or even more. This year, you can completely skip the weight gain portion and still choose to eat all the goodies that make the holiday season joyous…

  • How to Barbecue Safely This Summer

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD Barbecue season is here! If you’re like me, you can’t wait to open up the barbecue and start cooking outside. You probably know that it’s important to ensure your barbecue and propane tank are operating safely, but did you know that it’s also important to implement some…

  • Fire Up the Grill: A Beginners Guide

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD In most homes, there’s one person in charge of the barbecue. Truthfully, it’s usually a man. Whether you’re a woman who’s always left the outdoor cooking to the man of the house, or you’re just someone who’s new to the art of cooking with fire, the five…

  • Fight Winter Blues with Good Nutrition

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD November is here. With shorter daylight hours and more rain in many parts of the country, our mood can be affected. In addition to trying to get outside more and be active, some simple diet changes can help you curb Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Diet Strategies to…

  • Explore Various Sugars with Lentils This Summer

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD Have you ever noticed that there’s a new product every time you shop for sugar at the grocery store? With kids out of school and summer time days off, many of us are cooking and baking more at home. Why not explore various sugar this summer with…

  • Best Snacks for a Good Night's Sleep

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD Best Snacks for a Good Night's Sleep Spring is upon us and now is the perfect time to think about the quantity and quality of your sleep. Odds are, you're not getting enough. Most Canadians get far less than the recommended 7-9 hours a night, and that…

  • 8 Foods to Lower Blood Pressure This Heart Month

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD 8 Foods to Lower Blood Pressure This Heart Month February is Heart Month and is a great time to lower your blood pressure. The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that 22% of Canadian adults are living with high blood pressure. Given that 17% of these individuals…

  • 5 Strategies To Smart Snacking At Work

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD Eating well at work can be challenging, say 45% of Canadians according to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos Reid. Often times, we do prepare a lunch box to bring to the workplace and ensure it’s healthy and wholesome. However, the afternoon snack time is when we…

  • 5 Steps to Prepare a Gluten-Free Father's Day BBQ Party

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD Planning a Father's Day barbecue party? But what if your dad needs a gluten-free way to enjoy his burger? Here are some simple ideas that do not require being a gluten-free expert. Simple Gluten-Free Burger Ideas for Dad 1. Make a gluten-free burger patty from scratch Store-bought…

  • 5 High-Protein Summer Snacks On The Go

    Just like any meal, a well-balanced snack should also contain some protein-rich food. Most of us pay attention to cooking a well-balanced meal. But we don't pay as much attention when it comes to preparing snacks. Just like any meal, a well-balanced snack should also contain some protein-rich food. Why is protein so important? Not…

  • Lentils for Breakfast? Science Says YES!

    You probably don’t think of lentils as being a regular breakfast food. But you might want to start! A new study from researchers at Carleton University, published online in advance of the January 2013 issue of a scientific journal LWT – Food Science and Technology, found that the antioxidant properties of lentils may enhance the…

  • Small Healthy Eating Resolutions You Can Keep In 2015

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD With January rolling in, New Year resolutions are once again everyone’s hot topic. The good news is, eating healthy is often in the top 3 resolutions. The bad news is, by February, most people have forgotten about it, or couldn’t stick to it and hence have given…

  • Top Foods For Good Breast Health

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition of wearing pink, eat these foods that help promote good breast health. Top 5 Foods For Good Breast Health: 1. Cruciferous Veggies Broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens all belong to this group. In addition to being high in…

  • Zest Up Your Gluten-Free Snacks

    May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Whether it’s a necessity or by choice, going gluten-free can be an adventure for you and your family! For many, finding tasty gluten-free snacks is a challenge. Many commercial snacks are high in carbs or sugar but low in nutritional values. So ignite your inner foodie by exploring gluten-free…

  • Using Lentils to Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

    November is Diabetes Month in Canada, and November 14 is World Diabetes Day. That means it’s a great time to talk about how a diet rich in legumes – including lentils – can help regulate blood sugar and improve glycemic control, both important factors in managing type 2 diabetes. It’s been known for some time…

  • Five Simple Tips for a Gluten-Free Kitchen

    For those with celiac disease, gluten-free eating is a requirement. But many others are exploring the gluten-free lifestyle these days, for various health and diet reasons. When you first make the switch to a gluten-free diet, it can be a bit tricky to know how to stock and set up your kitchen. Here are five…

  • Mix & Match Lentils with Colourful Summer Produce

    Because they are so wonderful in warm, hearty dishes, we sometimes forget about lentils in the warm summer months. But lentils are an excellent way of adding protein to the wide variety of summer produce currently available in grocery stores and at farmers’ markets. When choosing your produce, it’s important to aim for a wide…

  • Get Kids Cooking: Summer Recipes to Cook with Your Kids

    Written by Canadian Lentils Dietitian Gloria Tsang, RD August is here! That means one more month of family time before the kids go back to school. It also means many families are running out of ideas for activities to keep the kids entertained. One great way to keep the kids occupied – while also teaching…