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Eat If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do in this heat is cook! Here is one of my absolute favourite recipes for this time of year! Our family has been looking for new ways to devour watermelon this summer, so we decided to make a salad out of it! There are many versions that include feta cheese and olive oil/fresh lemon juice and mint. This one also has arugula (a delicious summer green!). Check out this must-try recipe from the Food Network. It's so easy, and super-deelish!
Read Who doesn’t know someone who swears by the paleo diet, convinced that shunning carbs is the way to sustain weight loss and improve health?! But, could they be compromising their gut health by eliminating all the beneficial fibres from whole grains and legumes? The population of beneficial bacteria in our gut, our microbiome, is increasingly being recognized as vital for overall health, including maintaining a healthy weight. A recent Aussie study looked at the effect of following low carb paleo diets for at least one year, and found changes in gut bacteria, along with increased levels of a TMAO, a metabolite that is linked to increased inflammation and risk of heart disease.
Learn While we’re on the topic of our gut microbiota, what better way to add more healthy bacteria to your gut than with 1/2 cup of lentils, or other pulses! Check out the pulses.org website for loads of recipes and a terrific ‘nutrition & health’ section with ideas on how to increase pulse intake, healthy swaps, recipes and health benefits.