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Can Beets Boost Performance? Sport & Health Benefits of Dietary Nitrates

When we see those bitter, dark leafy greens like arugula, swiss chard, and beet greens, we automatically think of them as being good for our health. But did you know these foods can also help boost performance, particularly in endurance and sprint-type activities like running, cycling and swimming? What these foods, in addition to certain vegetables like beets, celery, and fennel, all have in common is they contain high amounts of natural chemicals called nitrates.  

An Everyday Superfood: 3 Reasons Why This Dietitian Loves Prunes

Prunes, also known as dried plums, make a tasty sweet treat, and have a variety of health benefits, some of which may come as a surprise to you. Most prunes come from California, where the fresh plums are grown in optimal sunshine and soil quality, leading to an exceptional fruit product. California prunes (aka the highest quality of dried plums) can be found under multiple labels at your favourite grocer and are relatively inexpensive.

Edamame Hummus

Hummus is a versatile food, making it an ideal plant-based staple in any healthy diet. This non-traditional hummus recipe is made with edamame beans, immature soybeans that are harvested before they start to harden. Edamame beans are very high in protein, complex carbohydrates and minerals such as magnesium and calcium.

Dreamy Hot Chocolate

It’s been a snowy past couple weeks and if you’re like me, you’ve been making ALL the hot drinks to stay warm and keep festive. This hot chocolate recipe is my favourite hot beverage this time of year. Low in sugar and a simple ingredient list, it’s not your average hot chocolate recipe. The natural caffeine from the dark chocolate make it a nice afternoon pick-me up beverage, but without the sugar crash.

Fitness and Health: Your Guide to a Plant-Based Approach

“Plant-based” is definitely a buzzword these days, and with the release of the new CFG, everyone is talking about plant-based protein. It has become popular to debate whether we can live off of (and enjoy) a plant-based diet. Further, with eating less animal-based proteins, can we still stay “fit”? You may be wondering, what are the fitness and health benefits that come with a plant-based diet?