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Why Is Vegan Cheese Sometimes Called “Cheeze”?

Why Is Vegan Cheese Sometimes Called “Cheeze”?

With plant-based eating on the rise, vegan cheese is gaining popularity as something that more people are looking to incorporate into their diets. Whether or not these dairy-free alternatives can be labelled as “cheese” has been a recent topic of controversy. We take a look at the “cheese” vs. “cheeze” debate and weigh in with our thoughts. Why is cashew cheese sometimes called “cheeze”? For years, non-dairy cheese makers have been using the word “cheese” to describe their products, but there’s been a recent crackdown on what that term can now be applied to. Fellow nut-based cheese makers Blue Heron, were...

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What Is Cashew Cheese And How Do You Make It?

What Is Cashew Cheese And How Do You Make It?

What is cashew cheese? Cashew cheese is a plant-based alternative to traditional dairy cheese. It’s made from cashew nuts instead of milk from goats, sheep, cows or buffalo. The cashews are blended and flavour components are added, along with nutritional yeast or active live cultures to give it a cheesy taste and texture. What kinds of cheeses can be replicated with cashews? Nut-based cheeses can be as diverse and flavourful as dairy cheeses. Soft, hard, tangy, ashy—whatever flavours and textures you’ve experienced with dairy cheese can be re-created in a plant-based cheese. Nuts are a combination of protein, fat, and...

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Canada’s New Food Guide Favours Plant-Based Diets, Eliminates Meat And Dairy As Food Groups

Canada’s New Food Guide Favours Plant-Based Diets, Eliminates Meat And Dairy As Food Groups

Meat and Dairy Are Out, Nuts and Vegetables are In The long-awaited revision to Canada’s food guide was published this week and there are some pretty significant changes that have people talking. Most notably, dairy and meat are no longer recommended food groups. These changes aim to steer Canadians towards a more plant-based diet, especially when it comes to protein. The updated version of the food guide is less prescriptive than the one we’ve been following for 40 years, focusing heavily on making healthy lifestyle choices that include cooking more and being mindful of eating habits. Overall, the new evidence-based recommendations laid...

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7 Of Our Favourite Digestive Health Tips For The Holiday Season

7 Of Our Favourite Digestive Health Tips For The Holiday Season

For many of us, the holiday season is a time for overindulgence, which can wreak havoc on your digestive system if you aren’t careful. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favourite digestive health tips to keep you feeling good in the coming weeks: Tip #1: Eat fermented foods. We’ve talked about fermentation before, but eating fermented foods is an easy way to maintain good digestive health. The process of fermentation produces beneficial probiotics (AKA “good” bacteria)  that help with digestion by breaking down ingested food. These micro-organisms essentially pre-digest the food, reducing the amount of work your digestive system needs...

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Are Cashews Good For You? Cashew Nutrition Facts Show That A Little A Day Goes A Long Way

Are Cashews Good For You? Cashew Nutrition Facts Show That A Little A Day Goes A Long Way

You might be surprised to learn that cashews are actually seeds that grow on the bottom of the cashew apple, which comes from the cashew tree. These kidney shaped seeds that we culinarily refer to as nuts have a rich, buttery taste, and creamy, spongy texture. The standard serving of nuts and seeds is 1/4 of a cup, 40g, 1.3oz or around 16-18 cashews–approximately the amount that fits in the palm of your hand. Just one handful of these mineral rich nuts packs a healthy punch. You can get your cashew fix from cashew cheese, milk, spreads, or in other forms, but here is what one serving...

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Is Spinach More Nutritious Cooked Or Raw?

Is Spinach More Nutritious Cooked Or Raw?

Is spinach is healthier when cooked? Yes! Well, most of the time. Ok, it depends. So, what’s the deal? Is spinach really better for you when cooked? Generally, yes! But, it depends on how you’re actually doing the cooking and what you’re looking to get from eating spinach. A Globe and Mail article says, “Cooking your vegetables can actually boost their antioxidant content. Heating vegetables releases antioxidants by breaking down cell walls. Studies have found that eating cooked spinach and carrots – versus raw – results in much higher blood levels of beta-carotene, an antioxidant thought to guard against heart disease and...

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