Category Archives: Health Food


Oct 2019

Paleo Pancakes

In a previous newsletter I posted a soaked buckwheat pancake recipe that we love in our house. It can be seen here on Dr. Kira’s website. Sometimes we like to mix it up with a “Paleo Pancake” recipe. Try this one for a hearty delicious breakfast. Here is a tasty blueberry sauce to drench them in


Jan 2019

What’s in Your Honey and Olive Oil?

We all rely on the quality of our food to keep us healthy. As a consumer, it’s important for us to be able to trust that the foods we buy are what they say they are. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for some things on the shelf. Honey and olive oil are two foods that are notorious for being diluted or cut with other inferior…

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Nov 2018

Are You Missing Micronutrients?

Before you reach for the supplement bottle, make sure you have your bases covered with these powerhouse foods to cover your most important nutrients. They contain significant amounts of the most common nutrients that people are deficient in as well as a spectrum of other nutrients such as potassium, sulphur, and fiber. There are many other foods that also contain these nutrients, but the ones…

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Feb 2018

The Quality of Your Butter

Researchers studied the fatty acid profile of butter produced in North America compared to butter from European countries and found that the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats in North American butter was twice that of European butter. A high ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats contributes to inflammation in the body and has been associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer and other…

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Nov 2017

Gluten Free Diets and Arsenic

With more and more people eating gluten free diets, some concern has been raised as to what is being eaten in its place. When you take gluten grains out of your diet—wheat, spelt, barley, kamut, rye, and oats (technically oats do not contain gluten but are often contaminated with wheat during processing)—your grain options become limited.  Your remaining options are rice, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, sorghum,…

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Aug 2017

How Many Servings of Vegetables Do You Really Need?

When people come to see me in the clinic I always inquire about their diet as a part of my assessment. More often than not, I find that most are not eating enough vegetables. The Canada Food Guide’s recommendations for servings of vegetables and fruit per day for adults is the following: Men Ages 19 – 50:  8 – 10 Servings Women Ages 19 –…

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Jul 2017

Chocolate Quinoa Cake

Chocolate quinoa cake. That’s what I’m baking right now. And not just one, but three double layered organic chocolate quinoa cakes with coconut cream chocolate ganash and a side of fresh local strawberries! I’m in charge of baking for a birthday party this weekend and I can’t wait to taste this delicious creation. If you have a sweet tooth, check out the recipe below. My…

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May 2017

Stinging Nettle – A Powerhouse Herb

This is one of my favorite medicinal herbs and superfoods. Nettles are not only tasty but are chock-full with a load of nutrients. In fact nettles are the most nutrient dense plant in the world—packed with minerals, vitamins, chlorophyll, phytonutrients and protein. I enjoy picking fresh nettles every spring and steaming them as a side dish. (Just picked some yesterday!) You could think of nettles…

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Aug 2014

The Superfood Snack

Looking for an easy to make healthy snack? Try this simple mix of nuts, seeds, and berries to give your body a vigorous boost of power house nutrients. This superfood snack is loaded with omega 3 fats, vitamin E, vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, zinc, selenium, and a spectrum of phytonutrients. It also delivers a big dose of natural source magnesium—a vital mineral often lacking…

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Jun 2014

Eating with the Seasons

Different elements are at work during different times of the year. In the summer, the sun shines more consistently and temperatures rise. Consequently, most of us tend to spend more time outdoors, absorbing more vitamin D, and being more active. In traditional Chinese medicine, summer would be considered a “yang” time of year—hot and expansive. Consequently, it is in your highest interest to adapt to…

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