"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.

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

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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.

Pure Prairie Eating Plan Newsletter Issue 3 is now available

Pure Prairie Eating Plan Newsletter Issue 3 is now available

If you haven’t already received it and would like a copy, just sign up on the right hand side below.  It’s full of healthy eating tips, recipes and updates on research.

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Oats in Many Variations – A Kitchen Staple

Oats in Many Variations – A Kitchen Staple

Oatmeal comes in many shapes and sizes, from handy packets that make a single serving of porridge to large flakes.  Steel cut oats, which are not rolled, are considered to be less processed than rolled oats.  From a nutritional standpoint, they are quite similar but be aware that instant oat products have added sodium (650 mg per 100 g compared with 10 mg per 100 g for quick oats).  Some instant oats also have added sugars and flavourings.   Steel cut oats take longer to cook but do have a slightly low glycemic index, although all oat products are in the 40 to 50 range.  (For more...

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Community Gardens

Community Gardens

Community gardens are sprouting up all over.  If you’re interested in growing some vegetables but don’t have much room in your yard a community garden may be the answer.  Even though this year’s season is long-started, now is a good time to enquire because many gardens have waiting lists for plots.  Most charge a fee (around $40-$50) for the use of a plot (10 x 10 feet is typical) and access to water.  Most have rules about not using chemical herbicides or insecticides.  The great thing is the community atmosphere and, if you’re just learning, access to years of your...

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The Tomorrow Project

What causes cancer?  How does our lifestyle contribute?  The Tomorrow Project wants to find out about factors that increase or help prevent cancer, specifically in Albertans (although there are partner studies across Canada).   Participating in the Tomorrow Project is open to adult Albertans (aged 35 to 69) who have never had cancer.  It involves filling out a questionnaire about your health and habits, and the health of your nearest blood relatives.  The questionnaire takes about 1 hour to complete.  Researchers will be able to link data in the questionnaire to health records so that...

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“Green” Smoothies

“Green” Smoothies

“Green” smoothies are popular in some circles, promising enhanced mental capacity, more energy, and other benefits.  Although these outcomes may not happen for everyone, green smoothies are a great way to sneak some extra vegetables into your diet.  Eating blended salad may not seem thrilling, but try it just once!  If you’re a fan of Roald Dahl, or your kids are, you’ll know that the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) was drinking green smoothies long before it was trendy.   My daughter has a cookbook called Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes and years ago we made Frobscottle for her birthday party. ...

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Choose polyphenols for multi-protection of your health

Choose polyphenols for multi-protection of your health

Polyphenols includes a variety of compounds that are widely distributed in many plant-based foods. When you drink a coffee or tea to wake up in the morning, the little bit of bitterness and astringency reveals the existence of polyphenols. When you decide to have some berries, dark grapes or a red delicious apple for breakfast, the red or blue is the color of polyphenols. When you snack on some nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc., you can taste polyphenols’ astringency again. And the vegetables and pulses in your meals, juices for replenishment, the hot cocoa in a winter day, and...

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Healthy Eatings Role in Managing Stress

We recently noticed this great article on the Healthy U website.  Summer isn’t usually thought of as a stressful time, but these tips will come in handy all year long.  For the whole article, including links to great recipes go to http://www.healthyalberta.com/1759.htm Keep the following tips in mind to help your body cope with the stresses that life can present: Eat regularly.  Eating regular meals and snacks gives the body (including the brain) a ready source of fuel and nutrients and helps to prevent hunger.  Hunger can create stress in the body. It can also magnify the effects of...

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