Heirloom Huevos Rancheros

March 22, 2017
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Vancouver BC: Heirloom Restaurant

We are lucky to live so close to Vancouver BC. It’s just about an hour away and it affords a seemingly limitless supply of good vegetarian spots to eat. We’ve started going up so often, in fact, that we got ourselves Nexus passes. That means we can speed past the 45 minute back-up of cars to our own special, expedited lane that usually has a 30 second wait. It’s really glorious, I tell you. On a recent trip we found a new favorite place to dine: Heirloom Restaurant. We were so impressed we ate there twice, once for dinner and again the next morning for brunch. Continue Reading →

Finger food bento with tofu with carbohydrate

February 15, 2017
by Kristine
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How Much Carbohydrate is in My Lunch?

Carbohydrates are often a vilified nutrient. Messages abound that carbs make you fat, low carb is the pathway to health, and eating carbohydrates is equivalent to eating straight sugar. On the contrary, many of the healthiest diets on the planet, like the Mediterranean diet or the DASH diet, are built on a firm foundation of carbohydrates, and the recommended Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges (AMDRs) set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine suggest that in fact the majority of our daily calories should come from carbohydrates. These recommended ranges give us targets for how all of our daily calories (or 100% of them) should be allocated to each of the three nutrients that give us calories: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Here’s how it shakes out: Continue Reading →

Pretzels and peas

January 18, 2017
by Kristine
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How Many Calories Are In My Lunch?

Calories matter, even if we don’t want them to. Foods give us energy; some foods a little more, and some a little less. It may sound trite, but it adds up. It really does. Nutrition is a numbers game and you can bet your body is keeping track even if you aren’t. Despite all the diet strategies out there describing nifty ways to gain or lose weight, I still believe it comes down to calories in and calories out. (Am I bumming you out? Making you feel glum? Why am I starting out this post with such a downer message? Nobody wants calories to count. Ever. And nobody needs reminding of this sad fact.) Continue Reading →