Leigh Matthews

Articles by Leigh Matthews

How to Support Good Heart Health

February is Heart Health Month, so what better time to take stock of how you’re treating your ticker? Poor heart health can seriously reduce a person’s quality of life, and making heart-healthy choices when young can help decrease your risk of problems. For folks who are a little older, it pays to be young at more…

The Many Amazing Uses and Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric, or Curcuma longa L. (Zingiberaceae), is a rhizome that provides beneficial antioxidants. While we appear to absorb very little curcumin from the standard turmeric powder used in food, this spice can provide antioxidants. It is also an excellent way to add flavour to foods without adding any heat. Health Benefits In supplement form, turmeric more…

The Best Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Ever wonder what all the buzz on chia seeds is about? In addition to being a source of the amino acids that make up protein, chia seeds are also packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids and are a useful source of fibre. On top of all these health benefits, chia seeds also happen to be the main more…

Vegan Supplements and Natural Health Products

Whether you’re an established vegan or are looking for a healthy way to reduce your intake of animal products, Natural Factors has a range of vegan supplements and natural health products just for you. From protein powders to meal replacement bars to whole food-based multinutrient formulas, there are many ways to support your own good health – along more…

How a Cup of Tea Benefits Your Health

Like many British-Canadians, the idea that a nice cup of tea solves everything is not a new concept for me. While this isn’t entirely true, a hot cuppa tea can offer a lot for both body and mind. Where Tea Comes From Camellia sinensis, the plant from which we get black, white, and green tea, has more…

The Best Sweet and Savoury Gingerbread Pancakes

Pancakes can feel both celebratory and comforting, healthy and decadent, depending on your batter and toppings. If the onset of fall has you hankering after a hot breakfast, whip up a batch of these delicious gingerbread pancakes in minutes. Gingerbread Pancakes Based on the classic gingerbread cookie, these pancakes are a treat for a blustery fall more…

How to Get Started with Vegetarian BBQ

People love to gather around the BBQ, but what do you throw on the grill if you are trying to cut down on meat consumption? Don’t worry! There are plenty of fantastic vegetarian BBQ dishes available to please everyone, be they an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian! Classic Vegetarian BBQ Portobello Mushrooms The grilled Portobello more…

3 Super Simple, Healthy Foods You Can Make Yourself

Processed foods sure can be convenient, but they’re not always the best option for a healthy diet. Food manufacturers will often ramp up the salt, fat, and sugar content of foods to appeal to our taste buds and convince us to keep snacking even when we’re not really hungry. Breaking up with convenience foods doesn’t more…

How to Reduce Your Meat Intake and – Stick to It!

Are you considering reducing your meat intake? You’re not alone. One in three Canadians, or almost 12 million people in Canada, are either already vegetarian or are eating less meat [1]. There are many reasons behind this recent trend in reducing meat consumption, but none so big as the impact it can have on our more…

What is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast – nooch to some – is an absolute powerhouse of nutrition, but remains largely unknown in some circles or is associated only with the hippiest of vegans and vegetarians. These yellow flakes are growing in popularity, however, as word of its health benefits and nutty, slightly cheesy taste – not to mention its more…