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Pancakes – Six Recipes using Whole Grain Flours

Here are some tips and recipes to help you make perfect whole grain pancakes. Pancake Primer Measure all of the dry ingredients using a dry measuring cup Measure liquid ingredients using a glass or wet measuring cup No buttermilk? Make your own – use the same amount of milk in the recipe and add 1 […]

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Breakfast – don’t make it the missing meal

  In the quest for a healthier lifestyle we need to make time for breakfast, and that doesn’t mean a coffee and a donut at 10:00 am. The perfect breakfast is one that contains complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, some protein, a calcium source from milk or fortified soy beverage, and fruit. Everybody needs […]

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Flour – Who’s Who and What’s What

Ever feel as if you are being bombarded by flour in the baking aisle? Bleached, unbleached, whole wheat, stone ground whole wheat? Here are some tips to help you navigate that treacherous aisle. But first a crash course in Flour 101 Grains All grains are made up of three important parts – the bran, the […]

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Barley – Canada’s Ancient Grain

Barley – Canada’s answer to a super food   Asian Barley Salad     Cholesterol-lowering barley with two folate stars – peas and peanuts – makes this another heart healthy dish. This is one of my all-time favourites for a spring or summer dinner. Plan ahead and cook the barley the night before. Then in […]

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Barley 101

This super grain is one of the richest sources of both soluble and insoluble fibre. These dietary fibres provide your colon with friendly bacteria which helps makes your colon a happy camper. Barley’s true claim to fame lies in its high levels of beta glucan, which helps lower cholesterol which in turn lowers your chances […]

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Really Really High Fibre Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Adults Only!

These high fibre muffins are for adults only for a reason. One muffin has 10 grams of fibre in it! Psyllium (pronounced sill-ee-um) the p is silent, is a powerful fibre. Aside from keeping you regular, this soluble fibre can lower your cholesterol, helping to reduce your chances of developing heart disease, and for the […]

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Super Snack Bars

I’ve been making a variation of my childhood treat – Rice Krispy Squares for years. This is my latest spin on the old classic, coming in at #21 in the variation department. This is a great recipe to get your younger kids to help with. Remember, if they make it they usually eat it. 4 […]

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Whole Grain Oats 101

Oats, oat bran and oatmeal have the highest soluble fibre content, the kind of fibre that makes your heart healthy, of any other cereal grain. Soluble fibre dissolves in water and becomes a thick viscous gel that slowly travels through the intestine. This thick goo slows down the absorption of glucose which helps to stabilize blood […]

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Brown rice – its the one that’s a whole grain

Why should we have brown rice in our pantry? Let me count the ways: First and foremost it’s a whole grain. Brown rice is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants. People who eat whole grains like brown rice have a better shot at maintaining a health weight because eating whole […]

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Double Chocolate Muffins – a great fall treat

three chocolate muffins sitting on a white plate

These double chocolate muffins get their clout from oat bran and ground flaxseed. Next time you have to send a treat to school, pack these and tell your kids they’re chocolate cupcakes – they taste that good. (Check label of the chocolate chips for peanuts) Don’t let the pumpkin in the recipe mislead you. These muffins don’t […]

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