Grow Your Own Sprouts!

GROW YOUR OWN SPROUTS!
Fresh, sprouted seeds are bursting with protein, vitamins and minerals. You can grow them yourself, and they require no advanced gardening skills. All you need is something to sprout them in, a countertop, and water. To learn more and watch a quick video, click here.

You can buy a sprouter and sprouting seeds at most health food stores. It takes only 5 days to grow from transform dry seeds into delicious sprouts. You can add them to salads, soups, sandwiches, stir-fries, pastas and even smoothies. The most common sprouts include broccoli, peas, watercress, mung bean, wheatgrass and alfalfa. Those looking for a little more kick from their sprouts will delight in radish, onion, or garlic.

There are tremendous health benefits from including sprouts in your diet:

• Sprouts are a powerful source of vitamins, minerals antioxidants and enzymes that fight free radicals
• Sprouts are oxygen dense and protect the body against bacteria, virus and abnormal cell growth
• Sprouts alkalize and support cell regeneration

Happy sprouting!
Carole

Spicy Black Bean Burritos

Spicy Black Bean Burrito
By: Carole Woodstock, RHN
Great, tasty, easy-to-make meatless recipe. If you prefer less spicy, just adjust to your taste!

Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes
Makes 10 burritos – they freeze really well!
Ingredients:
• 1red onion, diced
• 4 cloves garlic, chopped
• 2 red bell pepper, diced
• 2cups frozen organic corn
• 1 block of tofu chopped into small squares (optional)
• 4 cups or 1 15 oz can (BPA-free) black beans
• 4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
• 4 tsp chili powder
• 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
• Juice of 1 lime
• 2tbsp Wochestire sauce
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 10 gluten free tortillas (or any other tortilla of your choice)
• Salsa to serve
• Avocado slices to serve

Directions:
1. Dice onions and chop garlic
2. Saute onions, bell peppers and tofu for 5 minutes in olive oil.
3. Add garlic, black beans, corn, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste, lime juice & wochestire sauce. Mix and simmer for 5-7mins.
4. Wrap 1 large soop of mixture into each tortilla – roll and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Brush each burrito with olive oil and cook for 15-20mins or until golden.
6. Top with salsa, and avocado slices & serve with a green salad.

Makes 10 burritos (freezes really well)!
* You can also serve this mixture on top of greens instead of tortillas.

NEW & UPDATED Canada’s Food Guide

I am so EXCITED about the new updated Canada’s Food Guide!
Finally, it makes sense. LOVE that there is a bigger focus on plant-based foods, more water and that dairy is out. It puts a greater focus on what, when and how we eat, vs on food groups and servings.

If you are concerned about not getting your necessary calcium intake, check out these few examples:

Cow-Dairy Sources of Calcium:
*Milk (1cup) = 315 mg
*Cheese (1oz) = 130-200 mg
*Cottage cheese (4oz) =100 mg
*Plain yogourt (½ cup) = 200g

Non-Dairy Sources of Calcium
Rice milk (1cup) = 300 mg
Almonds (½cup) = 300 mg
Sesame seeds (1/8cup) = 275 mg
Tofu (1cup) = 258 mg
Almond butter (3oz) = 225 mg

Other sources of calcium:
• Vegetables (artichoke, asparagus, avocado, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, collard greens, kale, okra, parsley, peas, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, watercress)
• Nut butters (cashew butter, tahini, all-natural peanut butter, sunflower seed butter)
• Beans and Rice (brown rice, chick peas, kidney beans, navy benas, pinto beans, wild rice)
• Seaweed (Agar, Irish moss, kelp, wake)

Happy eating!
https://food-guide.canada.ca

Detox with lemon water

A rich source of vitamin C, lemon possess immense health benefits ranging from its antibacterial and antiviral properties to its immune boosting abilities. One of the most common ways to reap the health benefits of lemon is by juicing it. Lemon juice acts as a digestive and a detoxifying agent and helps in cleaning the liver leading to better digestive health.

Packed with all the goodness, make it a point to begin your day with a glass of warm or room temperature lemon water. Its cleansing and healing effects will have positive effects on your health in the long run.

16 Health Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water

1. Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies


2. Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial 


3. It balances maintain the pH levels in the body

4. 
Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins

5. It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile

6. It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium 


7. It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases 


8. It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid

9. 
It helps cure the common cold

10. The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells

11. It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute 


12. It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief

13. It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne 


14. It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems 


15. Aids in the production of digestive juices 


16. Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session


NOTE: It is important to note that lemon juice when comes directly in contact with the teeth, can impact the enamel on the teeth. Hence, it is advised to consume it diluted and also rinse your mouth thoroughly with plain water after drinking lemon juice.