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October 6, 2015

The sweet potato . . . how sweet it is!

By: Leanne Ely   Anyone who looks at a sweet potato and sees a funny looking regular old potato has a lot to learn about this nutritional powerhouse that tastes like dessert! Sweet potatoes are amazing tubers that provide us with a tremendous amount of nutrition. And they really are delicious, to boot! Most of… Read more

Two poached pears in red wine with cinnamon

October 5, 2015

Healthy fall comfort foods

By: Leanne Ely   It doesn’t take long for those familiar comfort food cravings to set in with the onset of fall, does it? There are days that I would do just about anything for a big scoop of macaroni and cheese! But as much as I love mac and cheese, I just don’t eat… Read more


October 2, 2015

What symbol of fall may help you beat the blues?

By: Leanne Ely   Pumpkins are all over the place right now. Readily available across most of North America, pumpkins have become a symbol of autumn and have a starring role in desserts, soups and loaves this time of year. But these gorgeous orange orbs are much more than just a pretty face. Pumpkins, like… Read more

Indian condiments consisting of yoghurt and lime, chutney and tomato and onion.

September 28, 2015

Better than store bought: 7 simple sauces

By: Leanne Ely   There are very few bottled items in my refrigerator that I have not made myself. I enjoy making my own condiments because I can tell exactly where each ingredient came from! I also like to make condiments that use up the bounty of my garden. Currently that would be tomatoes! The… Read more

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September 25, 2015

7 fall foods to forage for

By: Leanne Ely   Would you believe there’s all kinds of fresh food, free for the taking out there in the great outdoors? If there’s a forest or a meadow nearby, you may be able to forage for some delicious fall edibles. I love gardening, but I also love harvesting food I didn’t have to… Read more

A basket of vegetables outdoor

September 24, 2015

Farmers Market Guide – 52 In Season for September

By: Leanne Ely   Have you been to the market lately? There is a bounty of fresh local goodness to be found at the Farmers Market in September, straight from the field! If you’re wondering what’s in season right now, check out our list below. We’ve listed the most popular fruits and veggies you can… Read more

Vegetables on the green grass background

September 21, 2015

Stock up on these 6 summer veggies

By: Leanne Ely   The summer is on its way out in many parts of the country. With the kids back in school, it’s like a signal to the brain to start gathering food for the winter! If you live in a part of the world where fresh local veggies are a summer luxury, you… Read more

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September 17, 2015

7 Reasons You Should Be Using Coconut Oil

By: Leanne Ely   I’m never without a great big jar of coconut oil. I use this magical, versatile, and healthful substance in everything from baked goods and stir fries to smoothies and coffee. (But I admit that I also use coconut oil to soften my hair, remove my eye makeup, and I add in… Read more


September 15, 2015

Pear with Me!

By: Leanne Ely   Apples aren’t the only fruits ripening on the trees right now. It’s a great time of year for pears! If the best of pear season has ended where you live, there should still be plenty of fresh pears around, so poke around the farmers’ market next time you’re there. Or even… Read more

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September 14, 2015

Do You Workout? Here’s How to Eat…

By: Leanne Ely   If you’re exercising hard for more than 90 minutes, especially at a high intensity level, you really have to be sure that you’re eating to support your performance and recovery. You have to be serious about ensuring that the right nutrients are going to the right places and that your body… Read more