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a blog primarily for Canadians to help them fall in love with Canadian made.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Beautiful Brown Eggs

Brown Chicken Eggs

I don’t know of an egg sold in Canada that isn’t “Made in Canada”.  But I would like to challenge you to find your local hobby farmer and try a fresh egg from close to home.

Here is all you need to know (or at least some things) about eggs:

  • They don’t have to be white.  Brown eggs are just fine.
  • They don’t all have to be the same size.  See that big one – you could score a double yolker!
  • They are a good source of protein.
  • They have 14 essential nutrients.
  • If an egg is old it will float.
  • The color of the yolk is dependent on the diet of the hen (colorless diet equals colorless yolk).
  • Egg yolk is one of the few food sources that contain Vitamin D naturally.
  • Eggs also contain Vitamin A and E.
  • More people are allergic to egg whites than egg yolk.
  • There is Choline in eggs ~ great for brain power.
  • Eggs contain Lutein & Zeaxanthin which is good for the eyes.
  • The protein in eggs is good for energy and weight management.
  • Some other great nutrients found in eggs are Riboflavin, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Niacin, Selenium, Folate and Iron.
  • Eggs are also a source of Omega 3 fats.
  • Blood spots are sometimes found on egg yolks ~ it does not mean the egg is fertilized.  It sometimes happens due to a ruptured blood vessel.  They are not harmful and can be eaten, but they can also be removed. 
  • The strands that hold the egg yolk in place are called the chalazae. (pronounced chuh-LAY-zee)
  • Eggs can also be used in some home made beauty treatments.

Your local hobby farmer would be happy to let you try some eggs.  You can look in your local paper for an ad or check at your local farmers market.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Holy Crap and Skinny B

Another Dragons’ Den winner! 

These artisan made breakfast cereals were founded by Corin and Brian Mullins of Hapifoods Group Inc, located in Sechelt, BC.

Holy Crap and Skinny B:
  • Are made from 100% organic ingredients (no GMO)
  • Both contain the superfood, organic chia,
  • Also contains organic hulled hemp hearts and organic buckwheat. 
  • Are Gluten and lactose free
  • Are Vegan
  • Are Kosher
  • Are high in iron
  • Are high in dietary fiber
  • Are a source of omega 3& 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • Are a source of calcium and protein

The difference between the two:
  • Holy Crap also contains fruit where the Skinny B doesn’t.

For more information or to see their pitch to the Dragons’ Den visit Holy Crap.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Peppers

These cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers are from Pik "n" Pak, in Lacombe, AB

If you live in central Alberta you may notice that your local supermarket will carry these veggies in their produce department.  If you are from another province you may know the greenhouse that supplies to your local area.

If you are a flyer reader you will notice that when vegetables are advertised it will say "Product of....." and name the country it is from.  I like to choose "Product of Canada".

When it comes to tomatoes, if I can't have ones from my very own garden........I like "ripened on the vine" the best.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sylvan Star Cheese

Home of award winning Gouda cheese, you will find Sylvan Star Cheese in Central Alberta, between Red Deer and Sylvan lake on the old Highway (11A).

What’s so special about Sylvan Star cheese?
  • It’s made at the farm with their very own cow’s milk
  • Contains No additives
  • Contains No antibiotics
  • Is lactose free
  • Varieties include Gouda, Edam, sheep Manchego and Gruyere

Sylvan Star cheese can be sampled at some of Alberta’s finest restaurants including the Fairmont Banff Springs.

To learn more or to find out where you can purchase click on Star Cheese.

Did you know that eating Gouda and Edam cheese are two secret weapons to fighting cancer?  To see the complete article click Secret

Friday, April 6, 2012

Simple Yummy Dessert

Fill favorite dessert container 2/3 full with Greek zero fat yogurt
(above is blueberry flavor)
Add 2 scoops whipped cream
Serve plain or add your fresh or frozen fruit


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Greek Organic Yogurt


Greek organic yogurt by Liberte.  Head Office is in St-Hubert, Quebec

A rich & creamy organic yogurt, made with milk & fruit that are certified free of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.

Greek yogurt contains three times more milk than regular yogurt, and you get twice the protein.  This one is low in fat.

For more details go to Greek Organic Yogurt


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hardbite Potato Chips

100% Natural Gourmet Crisps

HardbiteTM Potato Chips are made by Naturally Homegrown Foods Ltd, which is located in Maple Ridge, BC.  The company was started 4 years ago, by 2 young entrepreneurs and has been under new management for the past 2 years.  Since then annual sales have grown by 450% and expanded all over Canada.  They have also expanded into Asia and US markets.

HardbiteTM chips:
  • Are available in 9 different flavors
  • Are kettle cooked by hand
  • Contain no MSG and no dairy
  • Are cooked with non-hydrogenated sunflower/canola oil
  • Are made with Himalayan crystallized salt – a low-sodium salt
  • Have been ranked #1!
  • Have been selected by Fairmont Hotels Chain, for their Gold Room clientele
  • Have been featured on Dragens Den on CBC - To watch click video.

To read what customers are saying about HardbiteTM chips or to learn more, click here.