Healthier Habits for the Next Year and Beyond

The new year has arrived, bringing along more wintry weather and the promise of a whole year to fill with excitement. It’s easy to feel sluggish and unmotivated in the cold, slushy darkness of these long winter months, but January can also be a time to think about change, renewal, and growth for the coming year. Let’s celebrate the start of a new year (and a new decade!) by committing ourselves to forming a new healthy or environmentally-friendly habit.

Local Parsnip Perfection

Those of us living in northern climates who like to eat fresh foods during the winter are likely well-versed in root vegetables.  Beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, turnips and the like are readily available to us throughout the cold months.  But one can only eat so many root vegetables before they become blasé (really, how many ways can you eat turnips?).

Sugar Shock

I don’t know if you can relate, but I’ve always had a sweet tooth.  Growing up, it was guaranteed that I would never turn down ice cream, cookies, fudge, you name it, no matter how full I was.  And there wasn’t much motivation for me to limit my sugar intake – I’m not overweight and my teeth are healthy and strong. 

But as I aged, I could start to tell that my sugar intake wasn’t doing me any favors.  I’d crash in the afternoon and crave more carbs, like bagels, or more straight-up sugar, like candy.  In the evenings, dinner wouldn’t feel complete until I had eaten some ice cream or chocolate.  I’d be tired, cranky, my skin didn’t look great, and my digestion wasn’t as strong as it could be.  Something had to change.

A Taste of the North: Vegan, Gluten-Free Poutine

I had never heard of poutine before moving to the Northeast.  It’s a dish that originated in Quebec and is simply french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.  I’m embarrassed to say that even though we’ve lived here for almost 3 years now, I still have not tried authentic poutine (although it’s on my bucket list!).  Unfortunately, my partner can’t try it, unless he pops a few lactaid pills.  So, when a Vegan, Gluten-Free Comfort Food cooking class was offered at the Co-op in January, specifically for learning a recipe for vegan, gluten-free poutine, I signed up.

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