The Power of the Smoothie By Doug Cook RD, MHSc

When it comes to healthy eating, it’s important not to get bogged down with dietary dogma; rules that more often ...

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Snacking Trends Heading into 2022

In addition to enjoying the holiday season with my family, one of the great things about this time of year is reading about next year’s forecasted foods trends. Here at Burnbrae Farms, we like to track ingredient, flavour and consumer insights, so we can continue to develop products that meet the needs of our fellow Canadians. We’re also foodies, so we love to try what’s new!

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Kids’ Snacking Made Easy

Canadians love to snack, and that’s especially true for children. In fact, snacking contributes about 27% of the total daily energy (calorie) intake in Canadian children, who actually snack more than adults (21% of calories). But snacking is a good thing for children, as long as the snacks provide some nourishment. Little tummies get full quickly, so it’s hard to get enough nutrition at mealtime alone. Snacks can be used to fill in the gaps for foods that are not consumed at mealtime.

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Food Loss and Waste

Reducing our environmental impact and supporting our communities has always been part of Burnbrae Farms’ ongoing commitment to sustainability. That’s why reducing food waste is so vital to our work. The average Canadian household wastes more than $1,100 worth of food per year! And with the cost of groceries on the rise in Canada, it’s more important than ever to make changes. Food waste happens beyond the home too: at grocery stores, restaurants, farms and by food manufacturers. Today I’ll share some insights as to how Burnbrae Farms is reducing food waste at our farms and manufacturing facilities, and I’ll add some tips as to how you can help at home, too.

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Protein at Every Meal – Including Snack time!

Protein at Every Meal – Including Snack time! As the president and CEO of Burnbrae Farms, I’m fortunate to have many dietitian colleagues who help me stay up-to-date with the latest nutrition research. And one important lesson I learned from dietitians is that getting enough protein in my meals and snacks is important for my health and longevity.

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Egg Farming and the Environment

Being part of the agricultural industry means I’m always learning something new. From farming technology to environmental practices to innovative food ideas, I like to stay on top of the industry’s news. One important area of interest for Burnbrae Farms is environmental sustainability, which affects everything from our farming practices to how we package our products.

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Eggs 101: Answers to your top questions

What are the top questions that we get at Burnbrae Farms? That’s what I’m going to share with you today – since you’ve probably wondered about some of these things too! Read more to learn about white vs brown eggs, yolk colour, egg sizes, egg nutrition and hen housing.

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Try Pesto Eggs – They are all the rage!

Fans of eggs already know that they taste great with so many different flavour combinations, from savoury to sweet. So it’s always fun when a new egg-based trend comes along to tantalize taste buds and mix things up in your egg routine. Enter pesto eggs.

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Plant-Based Eating, and how animal foods fit

I’ve been an advocate for healthy, balanced diets for many years, and love learning about how our eating habits affect our health. My plate is always filled with a bounty of vegetables, some delicious whole grains, and a good source of protein. And, I’ve eaten this way long before it became the model of healthy eating on Canada’s Food Guide plate. The science behind Canada’s Food Guide includes studies that show how a healthy diet can help prevent chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. A balanced eating plan needs to include enough vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre to protect your health.

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Around The World with Eggs

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme highlights that healthy eating looks different for everyone. Dietitians are celebrating nutrition month by exploring how each person’s culture, food traditions, personal circumstances & nutritional needs all contribute to what healthy eating looks like for them. Their message is that what is “good for you” is not the same for everyone, since there is no one-size-fits all approach to healthy eating.

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Five Great Ways to Repurpose Nature’s Favourite Container – The Eggshell

Nature’s suit of armour has a life to live beyond the green bin! When you eat as many eggs as we do, there are lots of eggshells available for use. Many years ago, I started to be creative with eggshells, and learned how the high calcium shell has potential use in your garden as a fertilizer, and so much more.

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The Art of Perfectly Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs seem pretty basic, right? You whisk some eggs, add them to a buttered pan, and breakfast is ready. Oh, if only it were this simple! For someone like me who grew up around eggs, I’ve heard everything you can imagine about the do’s and don’ts of scrambling eggs perfectly – and there’s a lot to unpackage here. Runny or firm? In a pot or pan? Do you add milk? What about salt? Maybe ketchup?

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An Important Update on Eggs and Type 2 Diabetes

While studies show that seven eggs a week are part of a healthy diet, there has been some question as to whether this is also true for people with type 2 diabetes. Past studies have shown that people with (or at risk of) type 2 diabetes may need to limit their intake of eggs to less than seven per week, due to observational evidence of an association between higher egg intake and an increased risk of heart disease.

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