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The Educated Consumer: Coconut Whipped Cream!

By: Hollie M. Hunt-Last, D. C’Ed. ROHP/RHN – Moncton, NB

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Dairy FREE Whipped cream in a can…that is actually BETTER than the real thing! Can you believe it? I hardly did! This was a real find. I was able to find this a few times on the refrigerated shelf of an Atlantic Superstore (Loblaws). Since then, it has been more of a challenge to locate. I am hoping that more people buy it and it becomes more popular. I would not claim this as a super food – but it is a great alternative for those who are dairy intolerant and wish to have just a little cream on their fruit cup!

The only thing I will say that you need to know is … You must shake it very well before each use. The coconut cream is quite thick. So unless you force it to the top of the can, you will use up all of the pressurized air in the can and the cream will remain stuck inside. Once you learn this trick, you are good to go!

The Educated Consumer: Coconut Sugar

By: Hollie M. Hunt-Last, D. C’Ed. ROHP/RHN – Moncton, NB

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Have you heard yet about Coconut Sugar? It’s a great alternative to traditional sugars! This is only one of the many companies that are manufacturing coconut sugar these days. What is the big deal? It is a less refined product than many sugars. It also scores lower on the glycemic index, so it’s a better alternative for those concerned with blood sugar regulation.

What is it like? It tastes more like a rich, brown sugar; I don’t find it tastes like coconut at all. I will say the only drawback I’ve discovered is that it tends to clump or dry out more quickly, but other than this, it is a beautiful option to sweeten your dishes. It is also versatile in baked goods and, overall, an easy substitution for traditional sugars.

The Educated Consumer: GoGo Quinoa Soups

By: Hollie M. Hunt-Last, D. C’Ed. ROHP/RHN – Moncton, NB

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Is there anything more satisfying than SOUP on a cold day? In my neck of the woods, I’ve come to be known as the “Soup Queen”. I make my soup by the Vat and freeze it. However, not everyone has the same penchant for soup making that I do. This soup was in a health store and pointed out to me by one of my former students. She mentioned that it’s “great to have in a pinch, when you haven’t had time to make it yourself from scratch. There is very little objectionable about the labeling of this soup.”  Since then, I’ve noticed other products by this company. Not all quinoa products are created equal, so when something grows in popularity, they might be doing something right.

 

The Educated Consumer: Emergen-C Drinks

By: Hollie M. Hunt-Last, D. C’Ed. ROHP/RHN – Moncton, NB

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Emergen-C drinks have been a valuable staple in my house for some time. During the winter months, when colds abound and folks feel run down, it’s nice to have in your cupboard as fortification. General recommendation is 1g vit c/hour, up to bowel toleranace when you are down and out. This is especially useful if the ‘bug’ you’ve caught leaves you exhausted and dehydrated. Those that find it difficult to get fluids in may find this a refreshingly pleasant drink. I have often used these when on training, you feel the 2pm lull. Everyone else around the table would turn to coffee to pick them up (only to crash an hour later). I would have one of these and be good for the afternoon. The small amount of B vitamins that the drink contained was enough to have helped with this added bonus! These are wonderful to have on hand if you suffer seasonal allergies as well, as vitamin C is a natural antihistamine. These can be found in most health food stores or the organic section of a grocery store. They come in several different flavours, but the super orange is my personal favourite.

The Educated Consumer: Maple Flakes

By: Hollie M. Hunt-Last, D. C’Ed. ROHP/RHN – Moncton, NB

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Here is a nifty way to add more sweet to your recipes in a pure way… maple flakes. I have found these maple flakes in Qc, NB, and NS, thus I know that they CAN be found in some places that sell maple products and other specialty treats. Sometimes the trick is to know what you are looking for. This is 100% REAL maple syrup formed into flakes. you can use the flakes directly, sprinkled on oatmeal or over salads, etc. There is a ‘maple mill’ that you can purchase that grinds the flakes into crystals, which is handy as well. I found that they last quite a while since the sweetness of maple is more intense than that of other sugars. They make a lovely garnish over specialty hot and frothy drinks that we are making this time of year!

The Educated Consumer – Cod Livers

By: Hollie M. Hunt-Last, D. C’Ed. ROHP/RHN – Moncton, NB

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This month’s feature is Canned Cod Livers. As the weather gets colder and we start craving more fats, why not turn to healthy fats? This may not sound appealing, but it honestly makes a wonderful spread on crackers! The texture is like a cross between salmon mousse and liver pate. It will give you some much needed vit A & D, as the sun is at it’s lowest and making it’s way back to us …  Perhaps this is a ‘maritime’ suggestion, but it’s something that most of us in Canada and colder climates can benefit from! If you ever find your way to Newfoundland, I’d also suggest that you try Cod cheeks and tongues, though they don’t offer the same nutritional benefits as the livers. In the meantime, I wish you a happy holiday season, and these wonderful appetizers. Here’s hoping that you can find these delightful bites at a specialty fish market near you!

The Educated Consumer: Kombucha

By: Susan Kingston, RHN – Montreal, QC

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One of my favorite beverages, and a great substitute for pop at Christmas for the kids (and for beer as a matter of fact) is Kombucha. It comes in many flavors, and can even be used in a spritzer if mixed with coconut water, or as a great base for a punch. Kombucha is beneficial to health because it contains healthy bacteria, feeding healthy gut flora, aiding in digestion and detoxifying.

Find it in health food stores!