"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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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.

Yoga anyone?!

Yoga anyone?!

Physical activity goes hand in hand with healthy eating in a healthy lifestyle.  There are lots of ways to be active; yoga was in the news lately  (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/fitness/yoga-may-help-heart-as-much-as-aerobics/article22239648/) for it’s potential to reduce cardiovascular risk factors.  ”Based on 37 clinical trials, researchers found that performing yoga lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise.” A yoga class or practice often...

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Making Bread from Scratch

Making Bread from Scratch

Taking yeast, flour and water to make delicious homemade bread wasn’t something we tackled in the Pure Prairie Eating Plan, mainly because it’s a bit more complicated and takes longer than the typical recipes we wanted to focus on.  However, if you do have a bit of time, making bread from scratch is a satisfying chore and yields a delicious product.  In this article, we’ll profile two bread recipes, one for “every day” toast and sandwiches, and one a crusty French-style loaf that’s great with stews, pasta dishes or chili.   Whole-Wheat Bread with Honey (adapted from The Flavours of...

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Going Gluten Free – 3 things to consider

Going Gluten Free – 3 things to consider

Gluten* free diets and gluten free foods are becoming increasingly popular.  The upside is that manufacturers are responding with more gluten free options, however, before going gluten free you might want to consider these 3 things: 1.  For people with celiac disease, eating gluten containing foods can be a painful experience that has long term health effects.  Non-celiac disease gluten intolerance can also cause discomfort but it’s more difficult to diagnose.  It is important to check with your doctor before going on a gluten free diet because diagnosis of celiac disease is difficult...

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What was it that made us excited about being active as kids?

What was it that made us excited about being active as kids?

Alberta Culture and Tourism recently asked the question “Remember when you were a kid? Were you the kind of kid who, when their parents took them to an open field on a sunny afternoon, ran as far and as fast as they could until your little lungs felt like they would explode? Didn’t that feel great? Can we ever get there again?” New Years is often a time when people resolve to be more active, eat better and generally make healthy lifestyle changes. If you’re one of those people, take a few minutes to remember that excitement as you plan your next steps. What activity could...

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A fresh take on Nuts & Bolts

A fresh take on Nuts & Bolts

Looking for a healthy holiday snack that you can have on hand or take as a hostess gift? The Pure Prairie Eating Plan includes a variation on the old favourite, nuts and bolts (pg 56).  A serving of this recipe is a good source of protein and fibre, but this is an energy dense (184 kcal per 1/2 cup) so adjust the serving size according to your energy needs and share it with friends and family! Nuts, Seeds and Crunch Mix Serves 16 – Serving Size: 1/2 cup (125 mL) Ingredients: 4 cups (1L) whole-wheat sheddies-style cereal 3/4 cup (175 mL) chopped walnuts 3/4 cup (175 mL) pretzels, broken...

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Cholesterol-lowering effects of oat β-glucan: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Cholesterol-lowering effects of oat β-glucan: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

This recent paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides a meta-analysis of 28 randomized controlled trials.  The authors concluded that “adding ≥3 g oat beta glucan/day to the diet reduces LDL and total cholesterol by 0.25 mmol/L and 0.30 mmol/L, respectively, without changing HDL cholesterol or triglycerides.”  And added “Although generally confirming the results of previous meta-analyses that oat products reduce serum cholesterol, the present results differ in that the magnitude of the effects seen are 50–100% greater than those reported in previous...

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Hot topic: Prebiotics and probiotics

Probiotics are bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract and confer health benefits. In recent years there has been growing interest in the role of probiotics in disease prevention, how different diet patterns or antiobiotic treatments affect the probiotic populations, and whether “functional foods” can be developed to enhance probiotic effects. Prebiotics are poorly-digested carbohydrates (fibres and other carbohydrates) that can be digested (fermented) by the probiotics. Prebiotics thereby provide food for the probiotics. The “waste products” of the bacterial fermentation process...

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