"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.

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.

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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The Pure Prairie Eating Plan Fall/Winter Newsletter is now available.

The Pure Prairie Eating Plan Fall/Winter Newsletter is now available.

It’s full of recipes and healthy eating tips for the holiday season.  If you haven’t already signed up, you can sign up below.

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Did we say everything in moderation?

Did we say everything in moderation?

Yes, we did!  A recent article on time.com supports that concept.  The question they asked their group of 5 nutrition experts was “Should I eat cheese?”  The response was yes, in moderation.  Recent research shows that there is a link between dairy consumption and better metabolic health and lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.  Cheese is a good source of protein, calcium and Vitamin D and the fat in cheese helps us to absorb nutrients during digestion. However, cheese tends to be high in calories, fat and sodium and it provides good nutritional value in small quantities.  They give an...

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How about lamb for dinner tonight?

How about lamb for dinner tonight?

Lamb is such a treat to prepare and eat that I wonder why I don’t cook it more often.  It is a good source of protein, iron and zinc as well as vitamin B12 and niacin. It can be a little higher in fat than other red meats, however the fat tends to be around the muscle and easy to trim away.  Prairie lamb is mild flavoured, juicy and tender.  According to Stats Canada, there are over 1 million sheep and lambs on farms across the country.  Sheep Canada’s on-line magazine often publishes a producer profile in their quarterly magazine if you’d like to see the ‘face’...

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November is Diabetes Month – the What, Who, When, Where and Why of Diabetes

The term “diabetes” is actually associated with several medical conditions that have some similarities in symptoms and clinical treatment but are different in their cause.   Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease; in other words, the immune system of the body attacks the insulin-producing cells (called beta-cells) and kills them, leading to inability to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults and is the result of both inability of the body to respond to insulin and insufficient insulin secretion to overcome this.  Currently, about 90% of all people with diabetes have...

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