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Healthy Kids Make Good Learners!

Posted on Apr 21, 2016

Healthy Kids Make Good Learners!

How can I optimize my child’s ability to learn, general attitude, and overall well-being?

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Pumpkin Beef Chili

Posted on Nov 8, 2015

Pumpkin Beef Chili

Where do Jack-o-Lanterns go for Dinner?

Halloween came and went, leaving us sick of sweets and craving some real, hearty, stomach-warming food. Our choice of Pumpkin Beef Chili stemmed from two simultaneous predicaments: A very large pumpkin carved like a cat and an excess of ground beef.

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Food Revolution Day!

Posted on May 15, 2015

Today, my Foodie Friends, it FOOD REVOLUTION DAY!!!

Enjoy Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Anthem and commit to eating healthy:

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Local Ontario Superfoods – Organic Red Wine Grape Skin Powder

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Local Ontario Superfoods – Organic Red Wine Grape Skin Powder

My quest for organic red wine led me to Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara. But, upon arrival, I also found another local Ontario superfood—organic red wine grape skin powder!

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Toast Your Health – Local Organic Wine

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Toast Your Health – Local Organic Wine

Southbrook Vineyards–a Niagara Winery farming biodynamically to produce internationally award-winning wines.

I love red wine. I admit, my palate lacks sophistication—I love most red wines regardless of vintage. And our family lives on a budget; I must keep my wine spending in check so I’m frugal. However, I’m a stickler for quality—I choose organic whenever possible—and, of course, I want to drink local. Luckily for me, we live relatively close to Niagara’s wine region and my parents live right in it, providing us with an excellent reason to head into wine country several times per year!

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Natural Probiotics – their value and how to make them…easily!

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

Natural Probiotics – their value and how to make them…easily!

This post was written by and originally published on September 10, 2014.

Many of us today are living with gut dysbiosis (the wrong creatures in the gut, manufacturing toxins that impair emotional balance, mental functioning, and physical strength, ability, and immune capacity). Probiotics can help.

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Purchasing Grass-Fed Beef

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

J Mar Custom Meats – what to expect when you purchase side of beef directly from the farmer

This year, we ordered 2 pastured, exclusively grass-fed, drug-free cows (a ½ for us and the rest for family members) from Nature’s Choice Farm. We purchase our beef yearly, in the Fall, in order to last us the year. Buying beef “by the side” is very different from purchasing packages in the grocery store. I find myself explaining the process often. So, here’s what its all about.

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Local Grass-fed Beef

Posted on Aug 10, 2014

Local Grass-fed Beef

Nature’s Choice Farm – grass-fed beef from Highland cows just outside Elmira, Ontario

Every year, I am surprised and overjoyed by new, local sources for free-range meats and organic foods that we see popping up around us. When we first started sourcing our food directly from farmers, we often had to travel 40 – 200 kilometres to get it. Today, we have many more options, just around the corner from us! One of these new options is Nature’s Choice Farm, owned by Mark & Mary Martin.

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Choosing the Healthiest Dairy Products

Posted on May 10, 2014

Local Raw Dairy – how to find safe, healthy dairy foods for your family

The inclusion of several servings of dairy products per day in the government “food guide” intimates that dairy products are necessary for health. I don’t believe that they are. Today’s overly processed, pasteurized, homogenized, separated, augmented, dairy products certainly don’t offer the benefits of whole, organic, unprocessed dairy from healthy cows. Regardless of the quality of the product, some people thrive on dairy products while others become sick. We all have to get to know our bodies well enough to determine what works for us. That said, if you and your family choose to consume dairy, this article will help you to understand how to source the healthiest dairy possible.

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Sweet Potato and Kale Dauphinoise

Posted on Mar 16, 2014

Sweet Potato and Kale Dauphinoise

Our version of this Dauphinoise may be a little less sophisticated but it makes for a satisfying one-dish meal! We bake several pans of it in advance and throw them from the freezer into the oven when we need a quick meal. Add a side salad, and you’re done!

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Paleo Crock Pot Chili

Posted on Jan 16, 2014

Chili typically uses ground beef. But, we like this chunkier version made with stewing beef and braising ribs for added flavour. Of course, you can do it with ground beef if you like. We strayed from the Paleo way ever so slightly by adding some organic frozen corn–it adds a nice texture. (If you choose to include the corn, ensure it is organic–that way you also ensure it is non-GMO.)

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Primal Carrot Cake

Posted on Jan 9, 2014

Primal Carrot Cake

No, this recipe is not completely local—it uses coconut flour, dates and exotic spices. But, the carrots, butter, maple syrup, cream cheese and eggs are all local. And, it is grain-free. For extra-special occasions, we compromise!

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Making Sauerkraut

Posted on Oct 5, 2013

Making Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut, directly translated as “sour cabbage”, is finely cut cabbage that has been fermented through the action of various types lactic acid bacteria. This traditional method of food preservation creates a “live” food, filled with beneficial “probiotic” bacteria that populate our gut and keep us healthy. Lactic acid fermented foods are health-promoting, delicious and sooooo easy to make!

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Zucchini Noodles

Posted on Sep 9, 2013

Zucchini Noodles

In our quest to eat grain-free, we’ve experimented with a number of noodle substitutes. We enjoy kelp noodles but they are processed and hardly local. Spaghetti squash noodles may be local but their watery texture leaves a lot to be desired. But, zucchini noodles…now we’re onto something! They’re soooo easy–and you eat them raw!

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Pastured Berkshire Pork

Posted on Aug 27, 2013

Pastured Berkshire Pork

Alverstoke Farm – biodynamic farming in Paisley, Ontario

Our search for “happy” pork led us to Alverstoke Farm in Paisley, Ontario. We found the farm on the Internet. Since it was on our way to a beach holiday in Kincardine, Ontario, we arranged to stop in for a visit.

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Grain-free Pancakes

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

Grain-free Pancakes

Here’s a very easy recipe for delicious pancakes. I like to make a big batch and then we warm them up the next day. They also freeze well layered in parchment paper so you can remove them from the freezer individually.

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Local Whole BBQed Trout

Posted on Apr 14, 2013

Local Whole BBQed Trout

When our friend, who is an avid fisherman, offered us this beautiful local trout from Lake Huron, we jumped for joy! Then, we stuffed it with lemon, dill, and onion and BBQed it.

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Grain-free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Posted on Dec 22, 2012

Grain-free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

The full pizza experience without the grain.

Our family avoids most grains. But, we craved a real pizza experience—pizza you could actually pick up in your hands! This recipe is absolutely delicious. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a LOT of work and pretty messy too. But, it’s worth every minute of it!

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Local Ontario Superfoods – Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate

Posted on Dec 2, 2012

Local Ontario Superfoods – Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate

Today, we hear lots of talk of concentrated “superfoods” that are supposed to reap miraculous health benefits. But, most often, these foods come from remote parts of the world far away from here. So, we set out to find some local superfoods. Here’s one, from a farm in the Niagara Region: Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate.

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Making Cream Cheese

Posted on Oct 19, 2012

Making Cream Cheese

We get raw dairy from biodynamically raised heritage breed cows from a local cow share. Real, unprocessed, raw milk naturally sours in about a week in the fridge. Sometimes, for whatever reason, we don’t drink it before it sours. Unlike pasteurized milk that just goes rancid and must be tossed, raw soured milk is still good and very healthful. So, what to do with it? Here’s an easy process for making delicious cream cheese.

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