Browsing Category : Wellness

Rethinking the Menu


Pilot project aims to place more organic foods on kids’ plates We can all picture it: a plastic, mustard yellow compartmentalized lunch tray sliding across the metal cafeteria counter; one modest serving of wobbly red jello accompanied by a ration of spaghetti and meatballs, a white roll with margarine, perhaps iceberg lettuce with ranch dressing. School lunches, like many institutional…

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PEI Water Act


Long-awaited legislation introduced Water. It’s in every facet of people’s lives, from our bodily make-up, to daily activities of eating, drinking, cooking, and washing; water is an essential part of life itself. In 2010, the UN recognized the right to clean water and sanitation as one essential human right for all people. In PEI, such legislation has been a long…

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Eat to Beat the Heat


A hot summer can dry us out, creating sensations of thirst, overheating, headache and inflammation. While drinking plenty of water is key, there are certain foods that can help to cool and moisten our systems and help us maintain balance in the summer heat and throughout the year too. Many of these hydrating foods are, happily, in season and can…

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Flower Power


Edible flowers add bursts of colour to your summer meals At last, summer is in full bloom and so are we. Flowers add to the beauty of it all, but they can also help us beat the heat. When the heat gets to be too much we can experience a flushed face, headache, and feelings of heatstroke. To help alleviate…

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Sea lettuce and seashells on the sand.

Lettuce of the Sea


Island beaches can do more than just nourish your soul. If you learn to recognize the distinctive, bright green seaweed known as sea lettuce, you can wildcraft your own nutritional supplement. This common local species contains more iron than beef! Easy to identify, sea lettuce gets started in the estuaries in April. As it matures, it can be found along…

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Up-close of purple beets

Purple is the New Green


2017 food trend encourages deeply-pigmented vegetables on your plate The familiar phrase “eat your greens” may soon change to reflect one of 2017’s biggest food trends: the colour purple. It’s a well-known fact that colourful fruits and veggies are good for you. They’re high in phytonutrients, those compounds including flavonoids and pigments that naturally protect and enrich plants. Phytonutrients such…

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An Homage to Herbs


Adding zest to your garden and palate The unsung heroes of the culinary world, a cornerstone of traditional medicine, a dream come true for beginner gardeners and experienced farmers too – herbs are all of these things and more, yet they don’t often get the accolades they deserve. Most of us are familiar with the stars of the herb world…

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Feeling Just Dandy


Celebrating the humble dandelion, a wonder food not a weed While those who yearn for pristine green lawns may beg to differ, the dandelion is one of nature’s finest designs. From top to bottom, this hearty plant offers up plenty of delicious and healthy benefits. The cheery yellow tops can be collected when in full flower and turned into a…

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More Than an Apple a Day…


The Canadian Cancer Society encourages you to fill “half your plate” with vegetables at each meal Vegetables and fruit pack a strong nutritional punch, lowering your risk of cancer and other chronic life- threatening illnesses. April is the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Awareness month, focusing on preventing as well as curing the disease. “Fruit and vegetables – whether fresh or…

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