"Pure Prairie Eating Plan"

Fresh food, practical menus and a healthy lifestyle

Introduction

The Canadian prairie provinces are characterized by endless vistas of grain and canola fields and it’s true that Canada is a leading producer of wheat, other grains, and canola oil.

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Physical Activity and Nutrition for Diabetes in Alberta (PANDA) is an interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral project that aims to improve metabolic control, reduce diabetic complications and improve quality of life for Albertans living with Type 2 Diabetes.

Orange-Glazed Salmon over Sautéed Spinach

Orange-Glazed Salmon over Sautéed Spinach

Looking for something different for Easter Dinner.  How about Salmon?  Salmon is rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids that prevent heart disease and stroke.  That’s not all, a serving of salmon in this recipe has enough vitamin B12 and vitamin D to meet your daily needs and the spinach is a great source of vitamin A.  And to top it off, it’s delicious :)!   Orange-Glazed Salmon over Sautéed Spinach Serves 4 – Serving Size:  Approximately 3 oz (85 g) of salmon Ingredients: 1 orange, washed, grated and juiced 2 Tbsp (30 mL) honey 1 Tbsp (15 mL) brown sugar 2 tsp (10 mL)...

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Are you looking for ways to reduce your salt intake?

Are you looking for ways to reduce your salt intake?

Leslie Beck, reknown Registered Dietitian and healthy food writer for the Globe and Mail, recently published an article in The Globe and Mail with her Top Ten list of herbs and spices to help pop the flavour in your food and reduce the need for salt…just in time for spring! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/forget-salt-flavour-with-spices-instead/article17621143/   For a recipe from PPEP that puts that great idea into practice, try this one. Roasted Vegetables with Herbs Serves 4 – Serving Size 1 cup (250 mL) Ingredients: 5 cups (1.25 L) mixed...

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Brazil has taken an innovative new approach to their new food guide – take a look!

Brazil has taken an innovative new approach to their new food guide – take a look!

Brazil’s Ministry of Health recently issued the final draft of their new food guide that focuses on getting people to enjoy cooking and eating healthy foods.  The philosophy certainly fits with the Pure Prairie Eating Plan, and it’s got people talking! One of the developers, Jean-Claude Moubarac, has a Canadian connection, having completed a Ph.D at the School of Public Health at Université de Montréal.  He describes the guide this way: “It is not just concerned with avoiding obesity and disease. It is also designed to encourage positive good health and well-being among all...

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Saturated fat alone doesn’t predict heart disease risk – CBC News

Saturated fat alone doesn’t predict heart disease risk – CBC News

There’s no clear evidence supporting decades-old dietary guidelines to cut our saturated fat intake according to a new review in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  For more information, click on the link to the CBC health news article. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/saturated-fat-alone-doesn-t-predict-heart-disease-risk-1.2576252

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Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

School break is coming up across the Prairies and what better time to have some fun in the kitchen with yours kids. Getting them involved in preparing food can help to start them on a lifelong path of healthy eating.  There are lots of things that you can do with kids in the kitchen.  Depending on their age, it may be something as simple as washing vegetables or it might be as impressive as making a roast beef dinner.  Here are a couple of ideas  that fit with the PPEP theme – pure, simple, good for you and yummy! Dietitians of Canada has a great video on cooking with kids that...

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Natural versus industrial trans fats.

Natural versus industrial trans fats.

Although in Canada we still allow trans fats in our foods, the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) recently proposed a ban on industrially produced trans fatty acids or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (PHVO).  Most of the trans fats in our diet come from industrially produced trans fats, however, a small portion of the trans fat come from natural sources (meat and milk).  Because no distinction is made between industrial and natural trans fats on the nutrition label this leads to some confusion.  Should we be avoiding these naturally occurring trans fats?  The answer is...

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Vegetarian Options

Vegetarian Options

Many people have asked, “Are there vegetarian recipes in the Pure Prairie Eating Plan?”  Some are strict vegetarians and others just want to have a repertoire of meatless dishes to serve once or twice a week.  The answer is “yes”, there are many vegetarian recipes and others that are easily adaptable.  For example, in week 1 the Roasted Vegetable Penne Bake can be served with or without chicken breast.  The Black Bean Burgers in Week 2 make a great lunch or dinner and in Week 3 we offer up Vegetarian Cabbage Rolls and Healthy Borscht Soup. Related to the health of vegetarians, we noticed...

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