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Meet Our Newest Blogger Michael de Jong

August 12, 2011 by Michael de Jong | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: Healthy Eating, healthy living, physical activity

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Meet Our Newest Blogger Michael de Jong

We are pleased to welcome Michael de Jong to the Healthy Families BC blog team. Michael is B.C.'s Minister of Health and he has committed to making some healthy changes in his life. Check out his blogs in the upcoming weeks and follow his journey to a healthier lifestyle.

My Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

Did you know that 80 per cent of chronic diseases like diabetes can be prevented just by following a healthy diet, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly? Before I became Minister of Health, I didn't realize the impact healthier choices could have in preventing some of the most common forms of illness. I've become inspired to try and make some changes in my lifestyle. + MORE

Meet our Newest Blogger Marc

August 11, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: did you know?, health, physical activity, wellness

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Meet our Newest Blogger Marc

Learn from one of B.C.'s top health and wellness experts. Every week, Marc Faktor will be providing his professional advice through his new physical activity blog. Here are a few highlights of Marc's career and passion for physical activity.

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Made with Love, Not Sodium Part 2

August 11, 2011 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: low sodium, recipe

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Made with Love, Not Sodium Part 2

If you've never experimented with different ingredients, making changes to a recipe may seem daunting. To be fair, sometimes simple changes can ruin a recipe. But with some knowledge of the ingredients' functions, you can lower the risk of having to put your creation go right from the oven into the garbage.

In my banana bread recipe (and other "quick breads" like muffins), the role of salt is simply to add flavour. Therefore, removing it should only affect the taste. By comparison, in bread made with yeast, salt also control how quickly bread rises. You cannot remove it without making other changes to the recipe. + MORE

RECIPE!! Fruit Salad with Vanilla Maple Yogurt Dressing

August 10, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: berries, summer, breakfast

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Recipe: Fruit Salad with Vanilla Maple Yogurt Dressing

Take advantage of the marvelous fresh, colourful and tasty berries available in many parts of Canada during the summer. This is an ideal breakfast treat, and is perfect for a light dessert as well.

Makes 4 servings

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Summertime Fruit Salad:

1 cup (250 ml) Blueberries1 cup (250 ml) Raspberries1 cup (250 ml) sliced strawberries + MORE

Made with Love Not Sodium - Part 1

August 9, 2011 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: kids, low sodium

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Made with Love Not Sodium - Part 1

I come from a long line of people who love food. At my family gatherings, delicious food often holds centre stage. Many of my childhood memories are associated with the smell of particular foods - memories of my Grandma are forever bound up with the smell of fresh cinnamon buns coming out of the oven.

While my kids are still young, I want to engrave on their brains the smell of something delicious and happy coming out of the kitchen. My banana bread is potentially my only ticket to maternal culinary genius. I always feel like June Cleaver from the 1950's TV show ‘Leave It to Beaver' when I take it out of the oven. + MORE

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