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Cozy up to a comforting mug of festive cider

(NC) After a day of outdoor winter fun, warm up with this guilt-free variation on a long-time holiday favourite. Made with only a handful of ingredients and lightly sweetened with naturally-sourced stevia, this beverage is tasty, easy to make and sugar-free, so it's ideal for the whole family to enjoy.

Cinnamon Cider

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

4 cups (1 litre) apple…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Unique gingerbread dip a must-try for holiday entertaining

(NC) Whether you're hosting a fun and festive party or looking for the perfect end to a dinner with family, this tasty twist on gingerbread is an unexpected dessert that will leave everyone delighted. Lightly sweetened with naturally-sourced stevia and served with your favourite fruit, this calorie-conscious dip tastes deceivingly indulgent but won't add those dreaded holiday pounds.

Gingerbread DipMakes 8 servings…

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Canadians are taking a lot of antibiotics but should they be?

(NC) In 2013, nearly 23 million antibiotic prescriptions were dispensed by Canadian pharmacies and more than $600 million dollars was spent on antibiotics in Canadian hospitals and pharmacies. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, approximately 46 per cent of all antibiotic prescriptions by Canadian doctors in 2013 were for respiratory conditions, 14 per cent were for infections of the urinary tract and 10 per cent were for ear infections and other related…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

'Tis the season to avoid holiday weight gain

(NC) If egg nog, chocolates, and hors d'oeuvres threaten to spoil your diet plans, registered dietitian and nutrition expert, Tristaca Curley of Fuelingwithfood.com, has an easy plan for keeping calories in check.  

She offers these three guidelines for your next soiree:

1. Carry a hand bag: It all starts before you leave the house. Plan to carry a clutch in one hand and a bottle of water in the other so it's…

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The sweet truth for your sweet tooth

(NC) Losing weight is the most common resolution for Canadians year after year – and many of us believe that omitting sugar will be the silver bullet for trimming the pounds. The truth, however, may surprise you. Here are three things to know about this sweet ingredient, according to registered dietitian, Lisa Rutledge of DebunkingDietitian.ca:

Truth: Sugar is not another word for obesity

As most health professionals point…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Get the skinny on aspartame

(NC) As the outdoor temperature drops, that number on the bathroom scale often begins to rise. This year, however, don't fall victim to the dreaded winter weight gain. With the help of Lisa Rutledge, a registered dietitian, let's examine the role of aspartame, a popular choice to help cut calories and keep those pounds off.

It helps to manage calorie intake

Aspartame is a helpful ingr…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Caffeine may not be necessary first thing in the morning

(NC) – If you're like many Canadians, caffeine consumption is part of your morning ritual. Whether it's consumed out of habit or necessity, it seems to awaken the senses and get us going.

But before you go for a coffee run, or grab a can of Red Bull in the morning, you may want to take a peek at your watch. Why? Because you may not be getting the fuel your engine needs at the optimal time.

Enter the fascinating world of…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Get a thyroid check-up if you're gluten sensitive

(NC) Canadians diagnosed with gluten sensitivity – or its more severe form, celiac disease – are almost three times more likely to have thyroid disease. And the thyroid disorder they are most likely to have is an under-active thyroid gland, also known as hypothyroidism.

In a recent survey, 10 percent of Canadian adults who had been diagnosed with either gluten sensitivity or celiac disease said they also had been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Another…

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5 top tips to protect your child's smile

(NC) Kids love the candy of Halloween and the holidays, but with all that sugar, parents do not love the threat of cavities, a fear that is especially real if their children don't keep up with a dependable oral hygiene routine.

According to new research on behalf of Philips Sonicare, while 93 per cent of parents say that they are 'very' or 'somewhat' satisfied with their child's ability to brush their teeth while being supervised, this number drops to…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Keeping holidays healthy

(NC) The holidays can be a stressful time of year for anyone; kids are off school, in-laws are in town, and there's always last minute shopping or gift wrapping to be done. With all the celebrations and visits with friends and family, it's no surprise more people contract contagious infections like the cold or flu around this time of year. This can be particularly worrisome if you are one of the more than 770,000 Canadians who have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Does the daily diet affect eczema flare-ups?

(NC) A common belief is that what you eat influences all aspects of your health and wellness – but for eczema sufferers, the relationship is much more complex.

November is Eczema Awareness Month, and the Eczema Society of Canada (ESC) is working with Dr. Miriam Weinstein, a paediatric dermatologist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Dr. Weinstein will be discussing this topic as part of the ESC's annual “Life with Eczema”…

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Don't let Psoriasis have a negative impact on your life

(NC) Brooks Harvey knows first-hand the impact psoriasis has on the lives of the 1 million Canadians with the skin disorder that causes disfiguring red, scaly and itchy rashes.1

“I was only eight years old. On top of all the challenges a young child faces growing up, I was also saddled with this incurable condition,” he says. “I struggled for many years with my confidence and disengaging from society to hide my psoriasis.”

Brooks…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 1:35pm — No Comments

A taste of inspiration for the season

(NC) Are you planning holiday feasts paired with just the right wines?

It is true that the brisk chill in the air, the cozy sweaters, and the warmth of a fire are all telling us one thing: The holidays are on their way. Most of us have great memories of breaking bread with family and friends, taking part in traditions and making the recipes that have been passed down through the generations. 

Would you like some new ideas for…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 7:54am — No Comments

Come to the tantalizing Icewine Festival

(NC) This Niagara-on-the-Lake celebration in January is a tribute to all things Icewine, the region's most exquisite treasure.

The distinctive growing conditions in Niagara are a result of the warm summers and cold winters and this allows Icewinemakers to reap the benefits of a specialized harvest. Usually under a moonlit sky, icy grapes are picked and then pressed while frozen so that only the naturally concentrated sweet juice is fermented into…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 7:53am — No Comments

'Wine down' in Ontario's wine country

(NC) Even though the lush green vineyards of summer are gone, all the fun and excitement of wine country remains. Surrounded by snow-draped vineyards, inside waiting for you are the cozy tasting boutiques plus a hot lineup of winter culinary treats and events.

Now that the busy summer season is at an end and the crowds are gone, it is the perfect opportunity to unwind. This is the ideal time to show off your favourite winery to a friend, maybe meet a…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

Guilt-free desserts to please the whole family

(NC) Dinner is over and your family is craving something sweet to end the meal. There are plenty of delicious options to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth while keeping your family's balanced diet in check. Best of all, these desserts can be made right in your own kitchen. By preparing your own creations, you can please even the pickiest of eaters and give your kids some extra nutrients with hidden servings of fruits or vegetables. The whole family will applaud your…

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Added by Info4YourLife on November 24, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

Create your own mini desserts

(NC) Every great meal deserves a sweet ending, and since the trend today is 'dessert decadence in bite-size portions' a few little mini desserts are the ideal way to cap off festivities. Displayed on your holiday table or served on a platter with festive cookies after dinner, these Grape Tuxedo Bites – offered two ways – are a certain crowd pleaser.



And a bonus: they also make an impressive food gift, nestled in colourful tissue paper and tucked into a holiday-themed tin or… Continue

Added by Info4YourLife on November 7, 2014 at 7:16am — No Comments

Gorge on these easy-to-make gourmet goat cheese and leek tarts

(NC) The holidays mean shopping, gift wrapping and decorating the house. Most importantly, it means time spent with family and friends – all gathered around a massive family dinner.



The person who takes on family dinner prep needs every convenience to make the process as smooth as possible. A state-of-the-art food processor allows the chef to enjoy family time as much as everyone else, whether they're juggling food preferences, flared tempers or opinionated mothers.



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Added by Info4YourLife on November 7, 2014 at 7:15am — No Comments

Fancy fudge pots will dazzle your dinner guests

(NC) Sure, they've been an essential in every modern kitchen for decades, but microwave meals aren't just for dorms rooms and bachelor pads anymore. In fact, today's microwaves are smarter than ever and gourmet foods are literally a push-button away with the right technology (think homemade sweet potato chips and quiche-in-a-jar). Sleek and swift, a state-of-the-art microwave could soon become be your secret supertool – especially if you know how to maximize its use.



Try this… Continue

Added by Info4YourLife on November 7, 2014 at 7:15am — No Comments

Fancy fudge pots will dazzle your dinner guests

(NC) Sure, they've been an essential in every modern kitchen for decades, but microwave meals aren't just for dorms rooms and bachelor pads anymore. In fact, today's microwaves are smarter than ever and gourmet foods are literally a push-button away with the right technology (think homemade sweet potato chips and quiche-in-a-jar). Sleek and swift, a state-of-the-art microwave could soon become be your secret supertool – especially if you know how to maximize its use.



Try this… Continue

Added by Info4YourLife on November 7, 2014 at 7:15am — No Comments

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