Thursday, 28 July 2011

White Food

We've all heard the mantra to stay away from white foods.  Those over processed carbs that make up the white pasta, white flour, white rice group.  I've heard about incorporating the rainbow into one's diet to ensure one is eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. The rainbow would be yellow, orange, purple, red and green.  The rainbow excludes white, which got me thinking about what fruits and vegetables would fall into the white colour category.  For fun I started a list and this is what I ended up with:

White Asparagus
White Beans
Jerusalem artichokes
White nectarines
White Peaches
Asian Pears
White corn

Now to research and make a list of black, brown and other colours not included in the rainbow. 

Friday, 8 July 2011

Chia Seeds

Remember the Chia pet? If you do those little seeds are back and are the latest in superfoods. People are adding them to their morning oatmeal, smoothies and salads. As a superfood, Chia seeds are used for suppressing the appetite, weight loss, leveling blood sugar and aiding in digestive regularity. I was provided with the Chia Pudding recipe from Lynn at Health Essentials the new health food store at the corner of Tillicum and Gorge Road   I've made the pudding twice, yummy, filling and a great mid-morning snack that will keep you full and not craving sugar filled snacks.

Chia Pudding

3/4 cups chia seeds
2 cups unsweetened vanilla or chocolate almond, hemp, rice or soy milk. (I used unsweetened unflavoured coconut milk)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together and let set for 5 minutes or longer.  Wait until it starts to gel.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Goes great with strawberries.