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Holiday Entertaining Specials!

It’s December!!!  (Cue bells ringing and Little Drummer Boy doing his thing!)

The most magical time of the year with fresh snowflakes, twinkling lights, wonderful scents and getting together with friends and family!

We’re here to help with your entertaining needs by offering up some must have, sure to please yummies!

First, stock up on Happy Dance Hummus! Freeze & thaw any (or all) of the 4 flavours, Creamy Dill, Chiptole Lime, Curry Masala & Garlic Jalapeno! Find these stocked in our freezer always!  While your at it, be sure to grab a bag or two of locally made LaCocina perfectly thin tortilla chips and pair them with Crampson Made Salsa!

From our decadent vegan baker Nosh On This,  we can pack you up a tray of assorted goodies that will have your guests feeling oh so special! Some of her holiday treats include; gingersnaps, fig & anise cookies, sugar cookie truffles and the must have New York slice aka Nanimo bars! (Please order ahead by sending us an email to acorncafewpg@generationgreenwpg.com).

Lastly, our incredible vegan cheese maker, Celine of Vegan Fromagerie has opened up the ordering this month for all the cheese selections and some really amazing holiday specials!

In addition to the December feature of Chevre Cheese (a cultured cashew cheese that is soft, tangy and salty), you can also pre-order Dill Havarti, Mozzarella, Pepperjack, Smoked Gouda, Cream Cheese (pair with John Russell Red Pepper Jelly)…are you picturing and salivating over that charcuterie board yet?!?! And of course, we can’t forget the Feta, Cheese Sauce & Sour Cream for those Amanda Lynn Perogies (vegan & gluten free) that you can also find in our freezer section.

BUT WAIT, there’s more!!! A Cranberry/Pistachio Chevre rolled log, AND an Antipasto Cheese Ball, AND a Glazed Seitan Ham!!! Yum! Yum! & More Yum!!!

All the cheese/ham must be preordered by 6pm each Friday for pick up on Monday’s.  Last day to order will be the exception with the order cutoff being Monday, December 18th with pick up on Sunday, December 24th by 3:30PM.  Easy, safe, online ordering now available, click here.

Time to send out the invites! Happy Holidays Everyone!

Nature’s Pharmacy – Microgreens

We often overlook nature’s pharmacy, where so many health answers and remedies are available. One little green sprout can help with so many different health condition!

Skeptical? Keep on reading!

There are so many different microgreens we could talk about, but the one that has me fascinated is broccoli microgreens.

Broccoli itself has always been a grocery must-have! It’s delicious, and also full of nutrients! Broccoli microgreens though, have these benefits, x 1000! (*An expression, not a fact*)

This is because of a specific food molecule called sulforaphane. It is commonly found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, or cabbage. But the highest amount of this miracle molecule can only be found in broccoli sprouts!

Every kind of these amazing microgreens are an abundant source of antioxidants and proteins. They can help protect against aging vision, fight against cancer, against diabetes, revitalize tissue, calm inflammation, activate digestive enzymes which detoxifies the body. They also assist in helping to create an alkaline environment in the body, which keeps disease from growing inside us.

They are easy to grow, but if that’s not your thing, we do offer pre-order & pick up of locally grown microgreens from 3 Guys Greens. The best part is you can order them all year long!  The sprouts come as a living tray that you simply snip to harvest 1-3 days after you receive them. Store them in a sealed container in your refrigerator.  They’ll last you about a week (because they’re so nummy and you’ll eat them all right up.) $13.50 per tray, and grown to order, so you pre-order about 2 weeks ahead of pick-up at Generation Green on Fridays.  There is no long term commitment – try them, love them, re-order as you like or sign up for a weekly tray.  You can order directly from 3 Guys Greens here.

Getting power nutrients like this into your diet is as simple as adding these tasty sprouts to anything like smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, stir fry, or simply (do like I do)  snip and eat for a snack! They really are that yummy!  We’ve added the microgreens from 3 Guys Green into our menu items at Acorn Cafe, like our vegan cream cheese bagels with cucumbers. And trust me when I say you’ll be left craving another!

Health is important and prevention is crucial!

Zero-Waste Pumpkin Carving

Photo Credit: Schwabe Pumpkins

‘Tis the season of… PUMPKINS! I don’t know about you, but fall foods is one of my favorite parts of the season. Fresh pumpkins, apples, squash, cider,…

With Halloween at the end of the month, pumpkin carving is likely to be on the mind! Here’s a little guide to making your yearly ritual a little more eco-friendly!

Source local!

Manitoba’s climate doesn’t always allow for the widest selection of fresh produce, but fall is where we thrive! Skip the big chain store, and line-up and go local! Manitoba has tons of produce farms where you can pick up your Photosoon-to-be jack-o-lantern! Stop by a farmers market before the cold weather, or make a whole day out of visiting a pumpkin patch. There are so many activity-filled farms close to home. A quick google search provided me with tons and tons of Manitoba richness!

Steinbach, Corn Maze and Adventures

Saint Adolphe, A Maze In Corn

St. Andrews, Schwabe Pumpkins

Springfield, Dear Meadow Farms

That isn’t even all of them! Search for one closer to ya!

Carve!

Carve you favorite face, design, or eco-friendly message! Here is a site for free template designs .

Skip the “carving kit” from the store. More likely than not, you already have everything you need at home! It seems mostly like a marketing scheme, it comes with pretty basic tools!

Stencil – print one off from home, or draw your own!

Carving tools – more likely than not you can use an array of kitchen tools for this

Scoop – spoons and spatulas if you need them. But who doesn’t love to clean out their pumpkin with bare hands???

Marker – any marker will do just fine!

And for cleanliness, just use some recycled or recyclable paper or cardboard!

From ecocajun.com

Eat!

Seeds

I really hope everyone is already onto this! I love roasted pumpkin seeds! Sort those seeds out of the goop, add in some oil and salt. Roast them for 45 minutes at 300 degrees!

Guts

I have always just thrown this part out. Turns out you can throw it in a food processor to make your own pumpkin puree! This is gonna be way better than the canned pumpkin from a store! How to make puree link here!

The pumpkin puree can be used in recipes, like soup or your own homemade pumpkin spice latte! You could even incorporate it into some homemade cosmetics such as a body scrub or lotion!

Flesh

You can cook up the rest of the pumpkin just like any other root vegetable! Roast it in the oven and serve it as a main dish! Likewise, you could chop it up for soup and salads. Or if you just can’t get enough of the puree, you can use it for that as well!

Compost

To finish up this pumpkin making zero-waste, be sure to compost, rather than trash, the leftover scraps!

Review for Wholy Tea

Stef yogaMy niece Stefanie leads an active life with a focus on living life fully, enjoying the path of self discovery , and finding ways to incorporate self care and practice healthy living.

She has a blog that I enjoy reading called “Tea Time Talks” so I thought I would share it along with some of her product reviews she is now doing for Generation Green.

She just posted a review for Dr. Miller’s Wholy Tea which is made by a Manitoba Wholy-Tea-Box-300x300company called Innotech Nutrition.

Wholy Tea is a unique blend of natural ingredients, and is great for those that want a gentle detox, or those that suffer from constipation, bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, diverticulitis, excess gas and belching.

You can read Stefanie’s full review here: https://stefaniebaranowski.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/wholy-tea-review/

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Untamed Feast Wild Mushrooms

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Untamed Feast is no longer available at Generation Green

 


 

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Untamed Feast is bringing nature’s most natural foods to your table!

 

I was so excited to stumble upon Untamed Feast and their wild mushrooms. These folks know mushrooms like none other and are super passionate about them! We’re talking the boss of mushrooms!

Untamed Feast is called that because they literally source these mushrooms by hand, in the wild, enduring climate issues,bugs and wild life, basically it’s an adventure harvest! They harvest the mushrooms in the Boreal Forrest’s across Western Canada and the North West Territories, in secret, treasured locations. They also use a portable, wood heat dryer to dehydrate the mushrooms in the field,  the very same day they are harvested.

We all have heard the benefits mushrooms offer, but let’s be clear here, its wild mushrooms that are going to give you those amazing nutrients and flavour! I like how Untamed Feast explains it saying “Who knows better how to make a perfect food than mother nature herself?”.  Wild Mushrooms contain beta-glucans which boost the immune system. They are loaded with trace minerals and vitamins (Iron, selenium, Vitamin B & D, etc). They have been proven to be anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory. And they are also a wonderful vegetarian protein.

Untamed Feast currently offers a variety of packaged dried mushrooms like Porcini, Morel, Chanterelle and a Forrest Blend, along with mushroom infused sauces and soups. You no longer have to go to gourmet restaurants to experience and enjoy these mushrooms, you can now create your own gourmet meals at home!

To experience and appreciate  just what it is like for these harvesters, you can check out their numerous videos on Vimeo. Click here to check out a video that offers a little visual of just what Untamed Feast is about.

Watch soon for our sampling date!

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Chlorella Fast Facts

Before you say yuck, another green, must be good for you but probably tastes bad statement, you must read on!

So yesterday a friend of mine who happens to be a health know all, adds some chlorella into a smoothie we were each enjoying, encourages me to do the same.  I am hesitant because I’m really enjoying the taste and don’t want it tasting “green”. She encourages me to try hers and I was surprised to find it still tasted great! I did already know that chlorella was great at cleaning out the harmful chemicals that we take in but there’s more…

 

This seriously green powder is a natural supplement that boosts your energy, supports fat loss and helps detox heavy metals like lead and mercury from your body.

Chlorella  is a blue-green algae that is native to Taiwan and Japan. It is thought to be the most thoroughly researched food in history, containing the highest chlorophyll content of all known plants. That’s where the energy part comes from!

Chlorella is a great source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Add into smoothies, sprinkle over salads, add into yogurt, etc.

Start out with maybe 1/4 teaspoon (take with food as it seriously aids with digestion) than gradually increase up to the recommended dose of  1-5 grams.

Fast Facts…

  • strengthens the immune system
  • promotes bowel health
  • helps to detoxify the body
  • cleanses the blood stream, liver, and kidneys
  • increases oxygen to your body’s cells and brain
  • promotes proper growth in children
  • fights infection,
  • helps raise the pH of your body to a more alkaline state
  • promotes the production of friendly flora in your gastrointestinal tract
  • helps to counteract the fatigue and mood swings associated with PMS and perimenopause!!!

**As always, please consult a medical professional if you are taking medications, are pregnant or nursing.

Chlorella can interact negatively with certain medications. Because it contains vitamin K, chlorella supplements can interfere with the effectiveness of blood thinner medications. If you have an allergy to iodine, you may also be allergic to chlorella.  .

Gogi Berries Fast Facts

 

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Goji Berries

Goji Berries are bright orange-red berries that comes from a shrub native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hope of living longer.

Goji Berries are loaded with Vitamin C and have more carotenoids than any other food! They also contain 18 amino acids, 21 minerals and glyconutrients for cell communication.

Carotenoids, are the colorful plant pigments that the body can turn into vitamin A, they are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent some forms of cancer and heart disease, and enhance your immune response to infections.

Goji berries have a natural tinge of sweetness and contain tiny seeds that offer fibre benefits to your diet. Add them into smoothies, top your oatmeal, or try some of these recipes from onegreenplanet.org. Goji berries are often used as an alternative to raisins or cranberries in recipes.

www.onegreenplanet.org
www.onegreenplanet.org

We have added organic goji berries into our bulk superfood section at Generation Green if your curious about them, and want to try them out!

You will want to check with your doctor first before adding goji berries to your diet if you are taking blood thinners, blood pressure medication or have diabetes.

Bulk Superfoods

Superfood1Superfoods are definitely the rage, but it can be overwhelming with just how many different products there are, and what they all claim to do!

We totally agree that these superfoods are a must have addition for a healthy diet, so we decided it might be easier for folks to give them a try  if we put them in bulk, and did some fast facts on each of the superfoods we stock.  (See our previous posts by clicking on the word for Chia Seeds & Hemp Hearts)

 

 

 

Here is a list of the Superfoods we currently have in in bulk: (All our bulk products are organic) Tell us what you would like to try and we’ll see about bringing it in.

  • Chia Seeds
  • Manitoba Hemp Hearts
  • Manitoba Flax Seeds
  • Spirulina Powder
  • Cacao Powder
  • Chlorella Powder
  • Goji Berries
  • Mesquite Powder

*Ask us for recipe suggestions too! We’ve found some awesome ones that you can use those superfoods in!

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We mentioned in a previous post that we also stock bulk organic sprouts.  Sprouts are another awesome way to add nutrients into your diet, plus it’s so awesome to have some fresh greens growing in the winter! Read more here!

Chia Seed Fast Facts…

Chia SeedsWhat the heck is that little black seed and what will it do for me?  Here are some of the benefits of this superfood…

  • Weight Loss Assistance – The unique gelling action of Chia seeds keeps you feeling full for hours with no added calories! Add it into your morning smoothie, yoghurt or I’ve even just added into my drinking water. You can also substitute half chia seeds instead of the full portion of butter required in recipes to cut the fat!  food will taste the same and even stay fresher longer.
  • Balance Blood Sugar – Keeping balanced levels is important for good health and energy. If you eat high-starchy foods and sweets, blood sugar levels will rise, giving you a false energy high and then quickly drop to give you an energy zap!  You know that afternoon slump, I need a nap feeling? By balancing your blood sugar, you not only lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but you also ensure steady, constant energy throughout your day. Chia seeds unique combination of soluble and insoluble fibre combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars.
  • A great source of fibre – To help ensure regularity, you need plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet. Chia seeds have a combination of both that helps keep food moving smoothly through the digestive process.
  • A source of omega-3 oil – If you’re not into eating fish, Chia seeds are the richest plant-source of this healthy oil that is so important for heart and cholesterol health.
  • Add age-defying antioxidants – Chia seeds are full of amazing antioxidants that makes the Chia Seed stay fresh for so long.  They can actually be kept at room temperature for up to two years! Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body which is the cause of premature aging of the skin.
  • A great source of minerals and vitamins – By weight, chia has more calcium than whole milk. It also has magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins.
  • Enhance flavour – Although chia seeds have no flavour, when the seeds hydrate, they actually magnify the taste of whatever they were added to because they take on the taste of whatever they are added to.

Pretty cool eh? Might just want to add that one to your superfood selection!

GMO – Genetically Modified Organisms

GMO’s and all the talk we hear about them as consumers can be quite overwhelming, and even scary for some.  Understanding what they are and the potential risks they cause to our health is probably going to be an ongoing argument.  As a consumer, it is our personal responsibility to inform ourselves, and make educated choices based on our personal beliefs.  For me, and my health, I refuse to take risks, it means too much too me.  My personal opinion is just that and everyone is entitled to their own.  I delayed posting this article that our staff member Ana wrote only because I do not want to open this to argument, I merely want to present information gathered. So please read if you choose to, but I encourage you to also investigate and form your own opinion.

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net taken by tiverylucky
Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net taken by tiverylucky

Genetically modified organisms, colloquially referred to as “GMOs”, are organisms whose genetic material has been altered through genetic engineering. The genetic material is artificially manipulated by merging DNA from different species. In Canada, the terms genetic engineering (GE) and genetic modification (GM) are both used to describe this recombinant DNA technology. The consequences of this relatively new science are unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Four GM crops are grown in Canada: corn, soy, canola and white sugar beet (for sugar processing). GM crops imported to Canada include cottonseed oil, papaya, squash, and milk products. Many of these items appear as added ingredients in a large amount of the foods we eat. For example, genetically modified corn and soy masquerade under many names. As a result of this, GMOs may be hidden in common processed food ingredients such as: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins and Yeast Products, among many others. By familiarizing yourself with the many aliases for corn and soy, you will more easily be able to avoid these hidden GMOs.

Photo courtest of www.cban.ca/Resources/Tools/Consumer-Guides/GM-Foods-Fridge-Chart
Photo courtesy of www.cban.ca/Resources/Tools/Consumer-Guides/GM-Foods-Fridge-Chart

GM crops and foods have been steadily promoted as a way to produce higher yields by reducing pesticide use, making farming easier and more profitable. However, evidence refuting these claims has been showing up through scientific research and real-world farming experience. The evidence shows that GM crops have not increased yields or sustainably reduced toxic chemical inputs. The argument was that farmers would increase yields and decrease costs through these pesticide and herbicide resistant crops. Instead, the extensive use of these chemicals has resulted in bugs and weeds becoming increasingly resistant to them. This leads to an increased use of both chemicals. Increased use of the chemicals equates to an increased cost to farmers, increased damage to the environment and increased health concerns. Below are just a few other common beliefs linked to GMO foods from “GMO Myths and Truths: An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops and foods” by John Fagan PhD, Michael Antoniou PhD and Claire Robinson MPhil.

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Photo Courtesy of www.cban.ca/Resources/Tools/Consumer-Guides/GM-Foods-Fridge-Chart

 

Myth: GM foods are safe to eat

Truth: Studies show that GM foods can be toxic, allergenic, or have unintended nutritional changes.

Myth: Many long-term studies show GM is safe
Truth: Few long-term studies have been carried out, but some show unexpected toxic effects.

Myth: GM foods are rigorously assessed for their ability to cause allergic reactions
Truth: No thorough allergenicity assessment is conducted on GM foods.

Myth: GM animal feed poses no risks to animal or human health
Truth: GM feed affects the health of animals and may affect the humans who consume their products.

Myth: Genetic engineering will deliver more nutritious crops
Truth: No GM crop that is more nutritious than its non-GM counterpart has been commercialized and GM is not needed for good nutrition.

There are many reasonable ways to avoid GM foods:

  • Eating certified organic food is a great way to ensure you are sidestepping the GMOs. Genetic modification is prohibited in organic farming, including feed for the animals. They are not fed GM grains like corn or soy, therefore also allowing for organic dairy, eggs and meat.
  • Avoid eating processed foods with corn, canola and soy ingredients.
  • Buy cane sugar to avoid eating sugar from GM sugar beets.
  • Assume that if it isn’t labeled GMO-free that it contains GMOs. But be careful- look for products that are Non-GMO Project verified. While you may see other claims regarding GMO status (e.g. “GMO free”), these are really not legally or scientifically defensible, and they are not verified by a third-party. The Non-GMO Project is the only organization offering independent verification of testing and GMO controls for products in the U.S. and Canada
  • Avoid corn, soy, and canola that are not specifically labeled as non-GMO.
  • Cook from scratch using ingredients rather than eating foods that contain ingredients (processed foods, etc.).
  • Buying organic can be a little pricey at times- combat this by using every single edible part to make your food dollars go further.
  • Shop local & get to know your farmer!

The Non-GMO Project has created a database for finding and searching products that have been verified as compliant with the Non-GMO Project standard. The resource can be accessed here. In addition to using this resource, be sure to check food labels for this label to ensure you are avoiding GMOs.

Article written by Ana Dueck