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a blog primarily for Canadians to help them fall in love with Canadian made.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Beautiful Brown Eggs

Brown Chicken Eggs

I don’t know of an egg sold in Canada that isn’t “Made in Canada”.  But I would like to challenge you to find your local hobby farmer and try a fresh egg from close to home.

Here is all you need to know (or at least some things) about eggs:

  • They don’t have to be white.  Brown eggs are just fine.
  • They don’t all have to be the same size.  See that big one – you could score a double yolker!
  • They are a good source of protein.
  • They have 14 essential nutrients.
  • If an egg is old it will float.
  • The color of the yolk is dependent on the diet of the hen (colorless diet equals colorless yolk).
  • Egg yolk is one of the few food sources that contain Vitamin D naturally.
  • Eggs also contain Vitamin A and E.
  • More people are allergic to egg whites than egg yolk.
  • There is Choline in eggs ~ great for brain power.
  • Eggs contain Lutein & Zeaxanthin which is good for the eyes.
  • The protein in eggs is good for energy and weight management.
  • Some other great nutrients found in eggs are Riboflavin, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Niacin, Selenium, Folate and Iron.
  • Eggs are also a source of Omega 3 fats.
  • Blood spots are sometimes found on egg yolks ~ it does not mean the egg is fertilized.  It sometimes happens due to a ruptured blood vessel.  They are not harmful and can be eaten, but they can also be removed. 
  • The strands that hold the egg yolk in place are called the chalazae. (pronounced chuh-LAY-zee)
  • Eggs can also be used in some home made beauty treatments.

Your local hobby farmer would be happy to let you try some eggs.  You can look in your local paper for an ad or check at your local farmers market.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Holy Crap and Skinny B

Another Dragons’ Den winner! 

These artisan made breakfast cereals were founded by Corin and Brian Mullins of Hapifoods Group Inc, located in Sechelt, BC.

Holy Crap and Skinny B:
  • Are made from 100% organic ingredients (no GMO)
  • Both contain the superfood, organic chia,
  • Also contains organic hulled hemp hearts and organic buckwheat. 
  • Are Gluten and lactose free
  • Are Vegan
  • Are Kosher
  • Are high in iron
  • Are high in dietary fiber
  • Are a source of omega 3& 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • Are a source of calcium and protein

The difference between the two:
  • Holy Crap also contains fruit where the Skinny B doesn’t.

For more information or to see their pitch to the Dragons’ Den visit Holy Crap.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Peppers

These cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers are from Pik "n" Pak, in Lacombe, AB

If you live in central Alberta you may notice that your local supermarket will carry these veggies in their produce department.  If you are from another province you may know the greenhouse that supplies to your local area.

If you are a flyer reader you will notice that when vegetables are advertised it will say "Product of....." and name the country it is from.  I like to choose "Product of Canada".

When it comes to tomatoes, if I can't have ones from my very own garden........I like "ripened on the vine" the best.