"Pure Prairie Eating Plan"

Fresh food, practical menus and a healthy lifestyle

About the Book

The Pure Prairie Eating Plan includes four weeks of complete daily menus, including three meals and three snacks. The plan also includes recipes, weekly grocery lists and cooking tips.  The cookbook is a great resource for people wanting a diabetic meal plan or anyone wanting a healthy menu plan.

Buy Your Copy

The Pure Prairie Eating Plan is now available online and at selected retail outlets.

Click here for the list of locations.

Author Book Presentation and Book Signing: - watch this space for future announcements.

 

PPEP supports healthy eating

Translating the recommendations about what we should eat from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide into practice is sometimes difficult. Taking this into account, we developed the Pure Prairie Eating Plan (PPEP).  
PPEP can help you enjoy a well-balanced diet while still giving you access to a variety of delicious foods.

Experiencing the Mediterranean Diet firsthand, part 3!

Experiencing the Mediterranean Diet firsthand, part 3!

People are interested in the Mediterranean Diet pattern because of studies dating to the 1950’s that countries around the Mediterranean (Italy but also Spain, Greece, France) had lower levels of heart disease than European countries with different dietary patterns.  More recent research has upheld the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for preventing not only heart disease but also diabetes, certain kinds of cancer, even dementias like Alzheimer’s Disease.  Why this is true is not known for sure, and everyone has a favourite theory but what is probably true is that it’s not just one food but...

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Hot off the press! PPEP Summer Newsletter

Hot off the press! PPEP Summer Newsletter

Barbecuing is a favourite summer pastime – our summer newsletter tackles the question “Is BBQing healthy?” and features a simple Planked Salmon BBQ menu with fresh potatoes, veggies and dip and Rhubarb-Bumbleberry Pie.  We also identify some opportunities to participate in nutrition research for those of you in the Edmonton area.

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Experiencing the Mediterranean Diet firsthand, part 2

Experiencing the Mediterranean Diet firsthand, part 2

As we mentioned, Rhonda and Cathy both had the opportunity to travel to the island of Ischia off the coast of Italy earlier this year.  They participated in teaching a course that included a section on the effects of culture and environment on food and eating.  Getting off the beaten track was easy to do and both took advantage of fresh air activities. Ischia is volcanic in origin (from the west side of the island, you can see Mount Vesuvius on the mainland).  The lower elevations are mainly under cultivation with grapes, olive trees, citrus groves and vegetable gardens.  The higher...

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Experiencing the Mediterranean Diet firsthand

Experiencing the Mediterranean Diet firsthand

Rhonda and Cathy both had the opportunity to travel to the island of Ischia off the coast of Italy earlier this year.  They participated in teaching a course that included a section on the effects of culture and environment on food and eating.  They experienced amazing hospitality staying at La Rotonda sul Mare and eating at La Caserecchia (http://www.ischiareview.com/la-casereccia.html) in the evenings.  We asked them to tell us a bit about their experiences.   PPEP:  What was the most amazing food experience you had while in Italy? R:  The freshness of everything was truly amazing. ...

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The Benefits of a High Fibre Diet

The Benefits of a High Fibre Diet

In a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Leslie Beck, Nutrition Specialist, asked the following questions: “What if you discovered that eating a high-fibre diet could significantly lower your risk of a disease that, if not diagnosed and managed, has serious long-term health consequences? What if it were as simple as eating oatmeal, chia seeds and raspberries for breakfast, a spinach salad for lunch and some chickpeas and an apple tossed in for good measure?  Would you do it?” She goes on to describe a recently published study (the largest ever investigation into new-onset Type...

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Strawberries!

Strawberries!

We always look forward to fresh local strawberries.  They are another sign that summer has finally arrived.  They make a colourful addition to any meal and they have the benefit of being low in calories but relatively high in nutritional value.  From a nutritional standpoint, they are high in anthocyanin and ellagic acid, an excellent source of Vitamin C, a good source of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid and contain vitamin-A, vitamin-E and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and beta-carotene in small amounts as...

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Summer smoothies

Summer smoothies

Smoothies are great at any time of year…summer’s fresh bounty of fruits and veggies make them particularly great at this time of year.  There are lots of smoothie recipes on line (click here for some yummy ideas) and in cookbooks (Oh She Glows, for example). Here’s a simple recipe made with fresh ingredients I had in my kitchen.   Kale, cucumber and lemon are the basis for it and then the secret is to add your favourite seasonal fruit(s) to sweeten it up just a little. Creamy Kale and Pineapple Smoothie Serves 2, Serving Size: 2 cups Ingredients: 1 cup (250 mL) fresh...

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