Go meatless one day a week

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Going vegetarian, at least one day each week, is becoming the “green” thing to do worldwide. In Israel, upscale restaurants promote “Vegetarian Mondays,” an initiative that encourages people to explore veggie options and contributes to the fight against global warming. Sir Paul McCartney has been promoting a similar program In Britain … Read more

Fast food for health

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina TEACHERS IN our schools are supplied with a multitude of resources from the closely aligned meat and dairy industries. These materials are designed to establish in children’s minds the idea that we must eat meat to obtain iron and that cow’s milk is essential for bone building in humans. Neither of … Read more

Veggies for vitality

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina AT LAST we can celebrate spring and spend more time in BC’s beautiful outdoors. Here are some simple and/or collaborative meals to make when you return home. These and similar ideas are from Raising Vegetarian Children (J. Stepaniak and V. Melina, McGraw-Hill 2003).  1. Create a spread of make-your-own tacos. Set … Read more

Veggies for vitality

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina The scrumptious aroma of potatoes baking in the oven on a winter afternoon. Minestrone soup simmering, bringing an invitation from onion, garlic and herbs. The vibrant reds, greens and purples of a rainbow-hued salad. The explosion of flavour when you bite into an avocado and tomato sandwich. If the word “vegetables” … Read more

Healthy holidays

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Are you planning any festive gatherings that will include food? Beyond the traditional fare, do you wonder how to nourish the range of dietary choices among your circle of friends and family? Does your group include vegetarians, vegans, raw foods enthusiasts or someone whose health concerns require that they eat healthier … Read more

Raw revolution

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina The raw foods movement is making headlines. Why? Reasons include awareness about the environmental impacts of our food choices, interest in going organic and the desire to eat lower on the food chain. And across North America, people are viewing their expanding waistlines with horror. Centring one’s diet on raw plant … Read more