We live in a very hectic world so there is no point telling people to eat more fruits and vegetables if you don’t tell them how to do it in a hurry. Adding one or two more servings of vegetables and fruits each day is the fastest way to improve your diet. Pictured above are green Soybeans or Edamame. A tasty, nutritious vegetable does not get much faster than this:

  1. Buy the Edamame fresh in the shells or shelled. I usually buy them frozen already shelled
  2. Put in a saucepan with just enough water to cover them and boil on  medium heat until tender
  3. Pour half of the water out of the saucepan, crush a small clove of garlic and throw the whole clove into the saucepan. Add two tablespoons of light Soy Sauce
  4. Simmer for about another minute then turn the heat off, you can let them sit in the liquid to soak up more flavour until the rest of dinner is ready

Eat them hot, eat them cold and next time I will show you how to turn them into a type of guacamole! Delicious.

Published by maisievanriel

Welcome to my website. My name is Maisie Vanriel and I am a Registered Dietitian. I am a graduate of The University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutritional Science and a Diploma in Food Safety from the Guelph Food Technology Centre. I realized a few years ago that some of the best times I have had in my career as a Dietitian have been those times when I was writing. For many years I was part of the Editorial Advisory Board of Diabetes Dialogue Magazine (The Canadian Diabetes Association) which afforded me the opportunity to write articles and editorials on diabetes. I contributed to the first Ontario Healthy Eating Manual and recently reviewed the lesson plans in the updated version launched this March 2012. In May of 2011, I won the Toronto Star’s MoneyVille section Next Blogger’s contest beating out 265 other contestants for the chance to write on nutrition and sensible shopping. My winning Blog was entitled: 5 things your grocery store won’t tell you. Writing is one of my favourite ways of communicating and like cooking it relaxes me; so in some ways your allowing me to communicate with you will contribute to my health and I hope in return I can contribute to your health and wellbeing. The inspiration for this website is my grandmother who lived 97 years and enjoyed excellent health for almost all of those 97 years. She believed in healing power of herbs, a plant-based diet and in paying attention to the type of fuel (food) that she put in her body. So my postings will be less about the constant stream of research and studies around what and how to eat and more about reminding us that we have always known how to eat. We just need to get back in tune with our bodies and focus on providing it with the best possible fuel, quality foods.

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