Patience Lister

Patience Lister is a Vancouver, B.C. based freelance writer specializing in food and natural health products. She has been writing and conducting research for these sectors since 2005 with a particular focus on nutrition and quality.

Articles by Patience Lister

Switchel: A Healthy, Gut-Friendly Beverage

Spring is a fantastic time of the year to reawaken your senses with new recipes and fresh, wholesome ingredients. Get started with this refreshing take on the classic, gut-friendly thirst quencher, switchel. Why You Should Be Drinking Switchel If you have yet to try switchel, spring is a perfect time to start. This age-old beverage was more…

5 Veggies You Can ReGrow from Scraps

Do your potatoes ever grow sprouts while still in the bag? What about your squash seeds, do they sometimes germinate right in the compost? While it may be unintentional, you’re on your way to turning inedible veggies into fresh food. In fact, you can maintain a productive vegetable garden seeded entirely from scraps. Just keep more…

10 Fresh Spring Foods to Look Forward to

You know it’s spring when peas and rhubarb are readily available at farmers markets. Some of the first produce items of the year, peas and rhubarb are just the beginning of a long list of fresh springs foods to fill our tummies with! Eat with the season by stocking up on the following fresh-picked fruits more…

5 Great Options for Eco-Friendly Food Storage

There’s something about a pantry filled with glass jars, burlap sacks, and cloth-wrapped goods that fuels a desire for wholesome eating. Storing food this way reduces your dependency on plastic, which is good for your health and the environment. Here are five eco-friendly food storage solutions: 1. Mason Jars Mason jars don’t just make food more…

Tricks and Tips for Surviving Daylight Savings Time

It’s that time of year again – the time to spring (a.k.a stumble) forward into daylight savings and setting our clocks ahead by one hour. While it may not sound like a big deal, this time change can have a serious impact on sleep quality for people of all ages. Instead of letting your sleep more…

5 Easy Ways to Combat Dry Air

Dry air, as felt in many Northern climates throughout the winter, presents a lot of challenges. Dry coughs, chapped lips, cracked hands and feet, nosebleeds, and static shocks – just to name a few. While you can’t change the weather, there are many simple tricks that can help you fight the effects of dry air. If more…

How to Make a Healthy Energizing Drink with Chia

Don’t let their tiny size fool you, Chia seeds have mega nutritional and culinary perks! Well known for being a tasty addition to puddings and parfaits, chia seeds can also be used to whip up a healthy energizing drink. The Benefits of Cooking with Chia Chia seeds are a good source of plant-based protein that also more…

How to Make Sea Greens a Part of Your Diet

Sea greens are more than the glossy plants you see washed up on the beach. They’re a versatile superfood that has played a vital role in the diets of coastal people throughout history. They have a lot to offer from both nutritional and culinary standpoints. Since you may not be entirely clear on what exactly more…

Seasonal Spotlight: Falling in Love with the Lemon Plum

Are you looking for new flavors to expand your culinary horizons? If so, the lemon plum is a must for your produce list and as luck would have it, we’re just about to enter lemon plum season! A Lemon What? The lemon plum is a hybrid of plum and citrus that’s primarily grown in Chili, more…

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy, Naturally

Your skin speaks volumes about your health and reflects how your environment, genetics, and choices affect you. It also has the ability to reveal signs of stress, poor diet, sleep deprivation, aging, substance abuse, and much more. And did you know that it’s also your body’s first line of defense against weather, germs, allergens, and more…