Auteur : Natasha Cryderman

Gluten Free Holiday Baking

Holiday Baking can be overwhelming when you’re new to gluten free baking.  The selection of flour varieties and how to create a flour blend that mimics regular wheat flour can be so confusing! Gluten-free baking requires a fun science mixture blend of at least two flours – one of which is usually a starch flour. Starches help rebuild the binding, texture, and structure that gluten typically provides.  Flours can be separated into three categories based on how dense and nutritious they are and…

Coffee Is Hot!

Coffee is a fundamental part of food culture around the world.  Over the past few years, the coffee industry has changed drastically for a variety of reasons. The coffee category is increasingly being named a functional natural beverage set as more and more scientific research is released that confirms its varied health benefits.  Functional coffee is comprised of products (like coffee grounds or ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages), that have been fortified with vitamins or minerals that didn’t already exist in the…

Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone Broth

October is the perfect month to start adding soup and broths back into the diet.  This comfort food is not only delicious but can also be beneficial to your health – especially bone broth. Bone broth has infiltrated the world of wellness and is loved by celebrities, athletes and anyone in search of better health. This is because bone broth is nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavour and boosts healing. What is bone Broth? Bone Broth has been around…

Brain Health

Brain health

When it comes to well-being, our brain is the mecca of human body. Certain foods have antioxidants that help protect your brain from damage, while others contain nutrients that support memory and brain development.  You can help support your brain health and boost your alertness, memory and mood by strategically including some of these foods in your diet. Fatty Fish Fatty fish such as salmon, trout and sardines are a rich source of omega-3s which is a major building block…

Cheese Trends

Cheese board

When it comes to cheese, everyone has a favourite. Whether it be gouda, edam, or havarti, Canadians reach for cheese en masse. The cheese category continues to grow and experts predict an additional 15% growth over the next five years [1]; keep an eye on these trends as you choose the right cheese to stock for your customers. 1. Snack Size Portions Canadians love to snack. Cheese is a good source of protein and part of a healthy diet.  Snack…

Passport to Adventure

Dining together, cuisine, food

A Map to Trends in Global Cuisine   In many ways, the world is becoming a smaller place. At the touch of our finger tips, we can see and experience places on the other side of the planet.  With air travel more affordable and global migration on the rise, Canadians can personally experience cultural nuances from all parts of the world on a regular basis. Add to that a love of dining out and trying new ethnic fare, and Canadians are becoming more…

Re-defining the Weekend Warrior 

protein

Who Are the Weekend Warriors? Weekend warriors: those die-hard athletes who work 50-60 hours a week, yet still find time on the weekend to train for that triathlon or ride their bike a hundred miles. Times are changing, and a shift has occurred where Canadians have re-focused on their health & well-being, and envisioning themselves as an athlete or at the very least someone who is active and looks the part. [1] These changes have even prompted the sports nutrition industry to be more broadly defined as active nutrition.   Bars are a category that is pushing…

The Power of Plant Based Products

Plant-based smoothie

The Power of Plant-based Products  Plant-based eating, named the food trend of 2018, does not appear to be losing any steam.  The humble vegetable has now been transformed into something that is exciting, tastes good, is versatile and, low and behold, good for you. Turns out that not only is the carrot the new carrot, but cauliflower is the new pizza crust, and pea protein is the new hamburger.  A Nielsen survey released last year illustrated the increasing demand for alternatives; it found that 43% of Canadians are actively trying to incorporate more…

Next Gen Grilling – A Saucy Proposition

BBQ Grilling

Get Ready for BBQ Season With the warmer spring weather comes one of my favourite seasons – barbecuing! There is nothing better than hot off the grill meats and veggies with that smoky aroma and allure of cooking with fire.   While only a small portion of us use our BBQ’s weekly, we are now grilling three times more than our grandparents. And barbecuing is still among our favourite ways to headline an outdoor party. When entertaining, we are looking to go beyond basic burgers and brats, looking to healthier and more sophisticated options, including fish, vegetables and even fruits.   We also…

Hot Trend: Charcoal

Activated Charcoal

What is Charcoal? Charcoal is made by heating wood, bamboo, coconut shells, or peat to very high temperatures until they become carbonized ash. This activated charcoal is then processed to give it a microporous structure, allowing it to bind molecules and compounds. Activated charcoal has no flavor and is used in water filters and air purifiers to remove odors and contaminants. The adsorptive properties are what make activated charcoal a great additive for detoxification/cleansing diets. Uses and Benefits While using…