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The Educated Consumer: President’s Choice Organics Lentils

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

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President’s Choice Organic Lentils are a most versatile and healthy choice to have in your cupboard. I love that I can find this organic product in my local Atlantic Superstore (Loblaw’s – in other areas of Canada). The only drawback to these is if you are wheat intolerant, they are manufactured in a large plant and so the disclaimer has to be that they may contain ‘traces’ of wheat. At least the company is honourable enough to mention this possibility. No legumes cook quicker than lentils, taking only 15-20 minutes. The red lentils are wonderful in soups. the whole (not split) green lentil is great for many dishes as filler. I use green lentils mixed in with rice, added to stews, meatloaf, etc. 100grams of lentils will give you 26grams of fibre! I  also will use the whole lentils for sprouting on my window ledge. These become a live, organic, green food that you can produce long before your outdoor garden begins to give you rewards!

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The Educated Consumer: Super Lemon Cake, Super Easy!

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

Super Lemon, Moist Cake!

Super Lemon, Moist Cake!

Here is a super easy way to entertain … everyone loves Lemon! This is a moist, delicious cake that is GLUTEN FREE. I will say, that there is a bit of dairy protein added to it. If you are lactose intolerant, this might not be an issue, however, if you are allergic to casein or whey, best stay away.

Most families who are newly dealing with gluten intolerance are not ready to tackle dairy too. They need to know that there are easy products that can replace what they already know as ‘food staples’, like cake mixes. Most of my cakes are made from scratch – but that is not the reality for all people. This is a compromise food. Most yellow cakes are full of synthetics, gluten and toxic colourings; this mix would certainly be a healthier option! I like to add extra lemon juice to the mix and one can easily substitute lactose free milk or coconut milk in the batter.

For frosting? I use real lemon juice mixed with icing sugar. I grind my icing sugar in a vitamix using organic raw cane sugar – which takes only about 30 seconds! Add a splash of vanilla and orange extracts, some rind and some of this “True Lemon” and you have real zing! I add some of the real lemon to the cake mix too … In my house, we like it good and tart. In this way, we are educating people to ‘mix things up’ a little and improvise … and eventually they will be thinking “outside the box” entirely!

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: 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.