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5 ways to work barley into school lunches

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Photo credit: GoBarley Barley in school lunches? Why not! Kids generally like barley’s chewy texture and nutty taste but if you have a reluctant barley lover just keep serving it in new and different ways and trust that in time they’ll come around. Barley takes a good 40 minutes to cook so for speedy school lunches I like to make …

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Food, love and blueberry barley muffins

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Photo credit: GoBarley When you were a kid and got sick I bet you got soup. When I was sick I got green grapes… In our household with five kids, grapes were a rare splurge reserved for times when we were sick. Guaranteed once those grapes arrived you instantly had a room full of siblings fighting to get a spot …

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5 Surprising things to know about barley – Quiz!

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Get the most out of your barley. Do you know how? The tips offered in this quiz might surprise you. Compared to other grains, barley is the richest source of heart-healthy fibre. T/F? TRUE:  A half cup of cooked barley provides 60% of the beta-glucan fibre shown to help lower cholesterol. And with half of Canadians 20 years of age …

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What food can I pre-prep on the weekend for school lunches?

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My neighbour is back to work after being home with her kids for a few years and is keen to do some school lunch prep on weekends. With the rising cost of food she’s looking to avoid food waste too – a smart way to keep the family food budget in check. So I came up with a list of foods …

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School lunch power bars 3 ways

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Store-bought granola bars are convenient for school lunches but… I wanted something more nutritious and frankly better tasting for my kids. Sure there are ways to make better granola bar choices (How to choose a better granola bar) but they are not an everyday food at our house. These lunch bars pack in 1 1/2 cups of grated carrot and …

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5 Ways to work oats into school lunches

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 Why do we have to buy this wheaty bird seed bread? Meet my son. You might expect a dietitian’s kid to love everything whole grain well, no. That can be bit of a worry when heart disease, cancer and diabetes run in our family and I know eating whole grains protects against those diseases and keeps kids’ bowel function in …

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5 Surprising things to know about oats – Quiz!

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Get the most out of your oats. Do you know how? The tips offered in this quiz might surprise you. Oats have about the same antioxidant activity as broccoli. T/F? TRUE: And why does that matter? A diet rich in antioxidants slashes our risk for cancer, heart disease and diabetes by protecting our cells from damage caused by pollution and more. …

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5 Surprising things to know about carrots – Quiz!

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Get the most out of your carrots. Do you know how? The tips offered in this quiz might surprise you.         You get more beta-carotene from raw carrots than cooked carrots. T/F? FALSE. Cooked carrots provide about 20% more beta-carotene than raw carrots. PLUS, adding some fat to your cooking helps your body to absorb the beta-carotene …

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50 Cent carrot lentil soup

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Who says healthy eating has to cost a lot of money? That’s what I said with a smile to the young cashier as she gave me a blank stare back and rang up the two pound bag of carrots that were on sale for 88 cents (deal huh!). My kids weren’t with me but I could hear their embarrassed voices ringing …

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5 genius ways to eat well & save on groceries

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  I grabbed the nearest tea towel to scrub my tongue then back to swishing and spitting, my head under the kitchen faucet in a sink full of dishes. My body was telling me, way to go you’ve hit the eject button, get ready to hurl. As I recall this story to my teenage daughter she bursts out laughing. I can’t …