Solstice food

Today, June 21st, 2017 is the summer solstice. It marks the official start of summer and longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. With things heating up here are some warm weather eating tips:

  • Eat more raw food.
  • Take advantage of the abundance of in season fruit and vegetables.
  • Help your hydration by eating more juicy fruit (not the gum).

And for some solstice themed food…

BBQ, grills and thrills. Bonfires and sun celebrations characterize some summer solstice rituals. Join in the spirit by grilling some veggies and trying a BBQ pulled jackfruit sandwich with some cooling coleslaw. Recipe to follow…

Or perhaps you’re more sweet than spicy. Roast some vegan marshmallows over the bonfire and squish between two graham crackers with chocolate shavings. Please sir, can I have s’more?

For a traditional libation, try some mead. Many liquor stores now stock it or you can make your own.


Staying hydrated in winter

Besides hypothermia, dehydration can become a serious concern in the winter. It is often said in health articles that by the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. In cold weather, you may not realize that you are not getting enough fluids. Here are some tips to help you stay easily hydrated in the winter.

  • Drink hot chocolate! Use a combination of water and milk (dairy or non-dairy) along with cocoa powder and some natural sweetener.
  • Have soup on a regular basis. Not only does it constitute a meal but it can also provide extra water (ie broth) that you may not get normally in other types of meals.
  • Drink hot tea. If you’re concerned that the caffeine content will have a diuretic effect thus contributing to dehydration, then drink an herbal infusion or a lemon, ginger and honey concoction.

Scotch Oats January 25

It was Robbie Burns day on January 25th but what’s it to me? Besides a Scottish surname and perhaps some Scottish blood amongst the other known and prominent blood in my DNA, my connection to Scotland is through plaid and porridge oats.

An ode to oatmeal, it’s not just for breakfast anymore. Use it in the following ways:

  • to toughen up a veggie burger
  • sprinkle on top of or mix into breads
  • as a base for homemade granola
  • mix with some nutritional yeast and crumble on top of mac n’ cheese
  • bind a vegetable and pasta bake
  • make a vegetarian haggis! cook mushrooms, lentils, oatmeal, spices and  gluten flour and wrap in rice paper

Tip: The larger the oat flakes, the better. They are usually less processed and therefore, retain more of their inherent nutrients.