Leigh Matthews

Articles by Leigh Matthews

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 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…

5 Fast and Healthy Snacks

Fast food has quite the bad rap, but there’s nothing inherently unhealthy about grabbing a snack on the go. The problem is that most of the foodstuffs we perceive as being quick and easy to eat are not exactly healthy snacks as they tend to be pre-packaged, over-processed, calorie-rich and lacking in nutrients. This perception more…

The Importance of Stretching

Like many people, I spend hours every day peering at a screen while sitting down. Ironically, much of that time is spent writing about the importance of staying active. If you’re also tied to a desk for large parts of your work day, it’s important to incorporate simple stretching into your routine so as to more…

Atkilt Wot: A Traditional Ethiopian Dish

  As we slog through the last of Winter, it can be hard to keep your diet healthy and interesting as there’s still not much fresh, local produce to be found. One way to keep your meals varied is to try experimenting with foods that may be new to you – like the Ethiopian dish, more…

The Benefits of Fermented Foods

When most of us think of fermentation, we think of wine and beer, but fermented foods are increasingly popular and have been found to have a few surprising potential health benefits. The History of Fermentation Fermentation has long been practiced as a culinary technique to preserve fruits and vegetables so as to keep the pantry more…

5 Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter is a perfect recipe for lacklustre skin that feels raw and tender. The cold, wet, windy weather strips the skin of its moisture, causing it to become dry and flaky. Add to that a lack of sun and many people start to look and feel like the walking dead.

A Vegetarian Diet in Winter

  Being vegetarian or vegan in winter might seem like a sad prospect for anyone unfamiliar with the plethora of delicious and versatile foods that can be harvested December through March. These months of the year offer much more than soggy, overboiled cabbage; it’s easier than you may think to keep your intake of fruits more…

Goal Setting: Family Nutrition

  Good health and nutrition are a family affair. Kids mirror the behaviour of their parents, so if you encourage your kids to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly while slouching on the couch snacking on chips each evening, it might be time to sit down and establish some family nutrition goals. How to Set more…