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

Cabbage: What Is It Good For?

Cabbage is one sophisticated vegetable. It’s used in many traditional recipes throughout the world and is a powerful source of nutrients. As part of the Brassica family, cabbage provides some of the same benefits as broccoli and cauliflower — but at a much more affordable price. If you’ve yet to get yourself acquainted with this more…

9 Unexpected and Useful Ways to Use Lemons

There’s nothing like a fresh slice of lemon to invigorate your senses and decorate your meal. But that’s not all they’re good for! Take your citrus beyond the norm with these nine practical – and somewhat unexpected – ways to use lemons: 1. Preserve Sliced Fruit Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto sliced fruit, such as apples, pears, more…

Natural Household Cleaners: 3 Recipes

It’s nice to have a clean home—but does it make sense to remove dirt, grease and grime simply to replace it with something that’s more harmful? If your commercial cleaning products contain ingredients such as phosphates, synthetic fragrances, silica powder, triclosan, or others, it’s time to think about switching to natural household cleaners [1]. There are more…

How to Make Healthy Waffles With Hemp Seed and Lemon

There’s a reason breakfast is called the most important meal of the day—better weight control, more energy, and a lower risk of hitting the morning slump. Begin each day with fresh, whole grain foods that are packed with energizing nutrients and revitalizing flavours, like this recipe for healthy waffles made with hemp seeds and lemon more…

5 Ways to Eat More Fruit and Vegetables

5 Ways to Eat More Fruit and Vegetables High in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but low in calories – fruits and vegetables are an ideal food group. Your intake affects your ability to manage your weight and support overall good health. The United States Department of Agriculture Food Guide recommends that adults eat 2 more…

Recipe: Sweet Potato Carrot Soup

Orange fleshed sweet potatoes are a satisfying and nutritious way to make the most of your winter meals. They offer an excellent source of vitamin A and a quality supply of vitamins C and B, dietary fiber, and antioxidant flavonoids. These energizing tubers contain 20 g of carbohydrates per 100 g serving and their low-glycemic more…

Complete Proteins for Vegetarians

If you struggle with weight, protein is a must-have nutrient in every meal – it’s more effective at satisfying your hunger than fat and carbohydrates. You can meet your daily protein needs by eating a wide range of complete and incomplete proteins.

Understanding Whole Foods

Understanding Whole Foods “Unprocessed,” “natural,” “real food” – no matter what you call them, whole foods are key players in a healthy diet. They pack a higher nutrient density than their processed alternatives because they come straight from Mother Nature herself, in their natural form, with minimal processing and additives. Whole Food Benefits Because whole more…

Recipe: Two-Bite Pumpkin Muffins

Recipe: Two-Bite Pumpkin Muffins Pumpkin is the perfect fall vegetable. It not only makes a beautiful autumn centerpiece, but it is a surprisingly versatile ingredient to cook with – not to mention low in calories and chock full of vitamin A and potassium [1]. Once peeled and cooked, you can add pumpkin to soups, pasta, more…

3 Simple and Nutritious Summer Salads

  3 Simple and Nutritious Summer Salads It’s not uncommon to lose your appetite in the midst of a summer heatwave, but when you skimp on meals during the day you’re more prone to snack at night once the air cools down. In hot weather, salads can be both satisfying and refreshing enough to appeal more…