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The Educated Consumer: Black Bean Pasta

By: Susan Kingston, RHN, NNCP – Montreal, QC

bean pasta

Truly one of my all-time favourites are the bean pastas from Explore Asian.

These pastas are wonderful for those with gluten or grain intolerance, providing a super healthy alternative to everyone’s beloved pasta!. They come in mung bean and adzuki bean also, and can replace any pasta dish deliciously and affordably. Made with only the beans and no additives, they are a safe alternative for anyone with sensitivities. A true winner for those with intolerances, and even for those without 😉


The Educated Consumer: Coconut Aminos

By: Suzanne Brett, RHN – Victoria, BC

coconut aminos

Coconut Liquid Aminos are my favorite product to talk about right now.

I love this product because it’s a great alternative to soy sauce, it’s higher in aminos acids than soy, and it’s always gluten-free. Using just the coconut sap and good quality sea salt, this makes for a mighty tasty sauce.

Many people are discovering they are allergic or sensitive to soy, or are steering clear of soy due to its role in affecting our hormonal system and immune function.

Soy is one food where MSG is created naturally.  Many people react to MSG that is manufactured and not naturally occurring; many react to both.  In any case, all soy sauces contain MSG, and don’t have to be labeled by the manufacturers because it’s IN the soy itself, it’s not an added product (there are many foods like this – if you’d like to know more about which ones, click here).

We also know that soy is one of the most genetically modified foods, and has been since 2008/2009. Any soy products that can be certified GMO-free must have been so for 3 generations of soy production at least.

Needless to say, I understand if you just don’t know how or which soy products are trustworthy anymore.  For many, soy sauce is one product that’s difficult to cut out entirely.

There are many other coconut aminos products on the market these days.  The one I’m most familiar with is “Coconut Secret- Raw Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce”.  It tastes a lot like soy sauce, naturally a bit sweeter, but can easily be used as a replacement in any dish, dressing, sauce or drizzle.  It’s all good! It’s organic, certified GMO-free, gluten-free and dairy-free.

The Educated Consumer: Nature’s Path Products

By: Kimberley Record, Health Coach, RHN – Campbell River, BC


In an ideal world, we would all be making our own granola bars and cereals from sustainably-sourced, organic ingredients – all from scratch, all the time…but that isn’t necessarily a realistic expectation for everyone, especially for busy families!

I love Nature’s Path products for that reason – they’ve done the work for us! They provide a great alternative to standard cereals and bars on the market, containing nothing artificial and using only certified organic and certified non-GMO ingredients.

And they taste great – my daughter loves them, which makes me feel a little better about what my picky eater is putting in her body. With a variety of everything from cold cereals, granola, crispy rice bars, waffles and toaster pastries – they definitely provide healthier options to choose from when your child is asking for sugar-laden brand names on the shelf (also typically full of corn syrup, GMOs, artificial colours and preservatives)!

The added bonus is that Nature’s Path is also an independent, family-owned, sustainable company whose people believe in “leaving the earth a little better than we found it”, which I love to support. So you can buy these products with ease knowing you’re not only choosing healthier options, but you’re also decreasing your footprint on the planet 🙂

The Educated Consumer: Organic Soup Stock

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

organic broth

Keeping some organic vegetable or meat broth in your pantry is always a good idea.

I was talking with a friend this morning who has a strain of the flu that has lasted for 3 weeks! She isn’t getting enough liquids into her body, nor enough food, as very little is even appealing right now to her. I suggested she open some organic stock (flavour of her choice)  and load it with garlic and onions (antibacterial, with sulfur-containing agents) plus any other veggies she wanted and drink it down. This would be easy to digest. She felt she could handle that.

This particular broth is the most economical I’ve found. It comes in bulk packs at Costco!

The Educated Consumer: TAPP Sauerkraut

By: Susan Kingston, RHN, NNCP – Montreal, QC

TAPP sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is one of my favorite foods for its super hero benefits! Like lactic acid fermented pickles, this is a lactic acid fermented product which supports nearly every system in the body such as the immune, cardiovascular – and especially the digestive system.

Sauerkraut is full of enzymes as well as probiotics making it a real bang for your buck: it not only rebalances your intestinal system, but also helps the whole digestion process! Consider having a serving as a side dish with your meals to aid digestion.

Note: if you have intestinal issues, you may want to start slowly with only a teaspoon or two a day, or just a teaspoon or two of the juice until your system gets adjusted. While it works on rebalancing your bacterial flora, sensitive people may experience some side effects related to short term intestinal discomfort.

The Educated Consumer: Dandy Blend

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

Dandy blend

Dandy blend is a great product for those who want to have a robust coffee-like beverage without the side effects. This product is actually made with roasted dandelion root, thus there are side benefits! For those who are coffee connoisseurs, dandy blend may not pass inspection straight up.  It is however, very good mixed in with a healthy chocolate protein shake to create a mocha-tasting beverage. It can also be substituted into recipes,  adding its rich flavour to such things as chocolate brownies. 🙂

The Educated Consumer: Beanitos

By: Suzanne Brett, RHN – Victoria, BC


For anyone with a corn allergy/sensitivity – which is becoming more and more common – these chips save your party!

They contain no corn, soy or gluten, and only use black beans, pinto beans and white beans.  The bonus is that you’re easily increasing your protein and fiber intake while you snack – great for those who choose to eat less meat, or are vegan or vegetarian.  Try these instead of potato chips when you’re craving a salty treat.

(The black bean and sea salt are my favorite.  They are just like a blue corn tortilla chip.)

Available at most health food stores.  If not, ask them to order it in.  Most places are more than happy to be pointed in the direction of new food ideas.

The Educated Consumer: Mary’s Organic Crackers

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

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These seedy crackers are a hit with most in the nutrition field.  They were regularly seen in the CSNN classroom in Moncton! Gluten free with a nice nutty flavour, they are a wonderful accompaniment to hummus and vege pate.

Found in most grocery, health food stores – and even Costco!

The Educated Consumer: Bubbies

By: Susan Kingston, RHN, NNCP – Montreal, QC


Unlike fermentation with vinegar, lactic acid fermentation produces probiotic cultures similar to those found in kefir and yogurt which makes traditionally fermented pickles a healthy and tasty choice to boost intestinal micro flora. Bubbies pickles are fermented with lactic acid, making them just the pickle to eat if you are interested in keeping your health at its best!

A healthy gut brings a healthy state of mind (as we know!), so chow down on one of these pickles and enjoy the benefits! Other benefits of healthy intestinal micro flora are:

  • enhanced immune system
  • allergy relief
  • reduced inflammation
  • improved intestinal health, relief from complaints such as IBS, Crohns disease, colitis
  • better focus, clarity of mind, stable emotional health

The Educated Consumer: Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

By: Kimberley Record, Health Coach, RHN – Campbell River, BC


One of my favourite staples! I use this just about every day in one fashion or another. Not only is it a delicious vinegar to use in salad dressings, in recipes, or as a tart topping to cooked veggies or homemade organic popcorn, apple cider vinegar is also great for digestion and overall health.

It can be taken before meals, diluted with water, to decrease any digestive discomfort you may experience. I enjoy a warm cup with of it with water and honey every evening as a soothing “tea” and find that it’s great for skin health! I love this brand because it’s organic and unprocessed, and contains “the mother” – the foggy residue responsible for most of the nutritional benefits in apple cider vinegar.

Here’s the recipe I use for my evening ACV “tea”:

  • ½ cup warm (not boiling) water
  • 1-2 TBSP Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP raw honey

Note: it may not smell or taste that great the first time you try it – but I found that once I got used to it, I began to crave the taste! LOVE it!