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How To Set A Table

table setting to impress You may find yourself entertaining relatives or friends at a sit-down dinner at home. Here’s a refresher on how to set a table to impress. Plan everything at once. Think about whether you will have a tablecloth or simply place mats. Will you have linen or paper napkins? Candles or a centre piece (not too tall, …

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10 Ways To Reduce Food Waste And Save Money On Your Monthly Food Bill

Only buy the veggies you need to reduce food waste There’s so much guilt around food these days. We’re bombarded every day with guilt about our eating as I previously wrote in another blog post. I suggest it’s time to by-pass the guilt and just enjoy food. Appreciate all the tastiness, pleasure and health benefits it gives us, guilt-free…even if …

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Bored With Cooking? Here Are Some Ideas To Energize You In Your Kitchen

Let’s face it; the routine of cooking everyday is repetitive, boring and monotonous. Thinking about ‘what to cook for dinner’ can be the biggest stressor of your day. It’s why meal prep companies are expanding as fast as the Internet. Even Walmart is getting into the meal prep business! There’s also pressure to make your meals look as perfect and …

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10 Healthy Eating Hacks To Keep You On Track

How are your healthy eating New Year’s resolutions going? Kudos to you if you’re still on track…here are 10 healthy eating hacks to keep you going.

 1. Portion out your potato chips into a small bowl before you start eating them and then hide the rest of the bag!
 2. Look for baking recipes that require less than 1 cup …

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Self-Care Healthy Eating Tips For Moms

A mom’s life is like being on a roller coaster ride going in circles. You do everything and look after everyone: the kids, the dog, the house, schedules, daycare, appointments, meal planning, shopping, family obligations, real work to pay the bills, and in your ‘spare time,’ you squeeze in a personal life. It’s exhausting. We’re so busy looking after everyone …

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What Are Modified Milk Ingredients?

“And, it’s made with real liquid milk,” said the elderly woman in a chef’s hat and apron at the grocery store. She handed me a small, free sample of Monterey Jack cheese produced by a Canadian cheese company. “And, it has no modified milk ingredients in it.” She added. “Oh really?” I said. “And what exactly are modified milk ingredients?” …

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How Much Salt is Too Much Salt?

Do You Eat Too Much Salt? “Please pass the salt, ” politely asks my dinner guest. I sit attentively watching him shake and shake and shake the white crystals all around his plate. I privately think, this must not be good for him! Why is salt considered bad for us and yet is vital for us to survive? It’s considered …

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How To Menu Plan – Free On Line Course

It is 2017! It’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s cooking goals. What do you want to do differently? Cook more at home? Cook with more vegetables or whole grains? How about cooking with different spices. How about menu planning? It is a fantastic tool for the everyday home cook. We have a free short course on how …

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How Much Water Should You Drink?

Do you own the the perfect water bottle? I’m always impressed how many people come to my classes with their beloved water bottles and sit them down proudly on the table like a beacon of health. The bottles come in all shapes, styles and colours. Some are stainless steel with wide rims and others are coloured with drinking spouts that …

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Five Ways To Save Money On Your Grocery Bill

Have you noticed that the price of food is rising as fast as the housing prices in Vancouver? Well, okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you have to admit, food is not cheap. When I’m at the grocery store, I have to stop myself from gasping at the cashier’s total and accusing them of overcharging me. …

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