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Baking with Almond Flour

If you’re looking to cut gluten, switch to a paleo diet or sneak some nutritious superfoods into your family’s meals, almond flour might be the answer. High in protein and low in carbs, almonds are a good source of omega 3 essential fatty acids, which are great for your brain and heart health.

Almond flour works very well in cakes, muffins, pancakes and cookies. To use almond flour in your dessert recipes, try experimenting by replacing regular flour with the same amount of almond flour, but use slightly more raising agent than the recipe suggests. As almond flour is a little heavier than regular flour, the extra raising agent will help prevent your baked goods from being too dense.

Another tip is to prevent sticking by lining your pans with baking paper and buttering them. Be careful when removing your cookies and cakes from the pan as almond flour baked goods can be a little more fragile! Be sure to let them cool before slicing them.

If you buy almond flour in bulk, remember that you can extend its shelf life by storing it in the fridge or even freezing it. Simply thaw your almond flour for 30 minutes before use.

Ready to bake with almond flour? Here are some delicious treats for you to start with.

Fluffy Almond Flour Pancakes by The Nourishing Home

These light and fluffy grain-free pancakes come together in an instant, making them the perfect lazy Sunday morning breakfast. Almond flour pancakes can be made gluten-free and dairy-free, so they’re great for anyone with wheat or dairy allergies. To complete your meal, top your pancakes with your favourite fruit and a splash of maple syrup.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies by Gourmande in the Kitchen

This decadent recipe calls for both cocoa powder and melted bittersweet chocolate. Deep, dark and rich, these double chocolate cookies are for true chocolate lovers. They have crackly, brownie-like tops, crisp edges and a fudgy centre. Best of all, you just need 30 minutes to bake them! And shhhh, no one will ever notice they’re gluten-free. 

Strawberry Crumble by Stephie Cooks

If you know how to mix a bunch of ingredients and scatter them into a baking pan, you’ll be able to enjoy this super simple strawberry crumble recipe. Use whatever fruit is in season – berries, peaches, pears or apples – and serve your masterpiece warm or at room temperature. To really make it a showstopper, nothing goes better with fruit crumble than a scoop of ice cream. 

Paleo Banana Bread by Elana’s Pantry

Yes, there is such a thing as a healthy banana bread recipe! This beauty contains three whole bananas and just one single tablespoon of honey for a subtle natural sweetness. Be sure to use ripe bananas to bring out their flavour. 

French Macaron Recipe by Indulge with Mimi

We saved the best for last. Who can ever resist these elegant, dainty French treats? Macarons are a French classic for good reason – the almond flour in them yields the subtlest crisp shell and that distinctive chewy texture. Master one macaron recipe and you’ll be able to experiment with different flavours and fillings. 

Five New Ways to Eat Oats

We all know oatmeal makes for a really healthy breakfast, but let’s face it — sometimes the thought of having the same meal every morning gets
dull and uninspiring. If you’ve got a big bag of oats in your pantry and are looking for new ways to eat it, we’ve got four new ideas for you.


Oatmeal raisin cookies are an absolute classic, combining chewy oats and sweet raisins in a buttery batter. Switch up your recipe by adding your favourite nuts and substituting other types of dried fruit.

Bread and muffins

Why eat regular white bread when you can make it tastier and with more fibre, just by adding oats into the batter? Try this hearty banana oatmeal bread and these delectable chocolate chip oatmeal mini muffins. You won’t be sorry you did.


Oats — in a smoothie? It's not as crazy as it may sound. See, oatmeal gives smoothies a thicker, more filling consistency, a boost of fiber, and a kick of protein. Why not drink your protein and fiber instead of eating it? If you’re game, try this strawberry oat smoothie and this decadent chocolate peanut butter one.


You may be surprised at how well the chewiness of the oats complements the fluffy batter in these whole wheat oatmeal pancakes. Oats make this recipe hearty and healthy, and give the pancakes a whole new depth of flavour. They taste so good, you may not even miss the maple syrup!

Featured Product: Wild Rice

The Health Promotion Board recently released a controversial report that eating white rice increases one's likelihood of getting diabetes. Whether or not you agree, it's never a bad idea to explore other delicious, healthy carbohydrate options.

If like us, you can't live without rice, you might want to try wild rice, an exceptionally nutritious choice with a lovely nutty flavour.

Unlike regular white and brown rice that we consume in Asia, wild rice isn't actually rice! It's classified as grass that happen to produce edible grains. Three of the four known species are native to North America and have long been harvested by native Americans. The fourth is native to China where it is now more common to consume the stem as a vegetable instead of the grain.

Just one cup (around 164 grams) of cooked wild rice gives you a significant amount of B vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates. In addition, a study has found that wild rice contains 30 times more antioxidant activity than white rice.

How to cook wild rice

Wild rice can be steamed or boiled just like regular white rice, but it needs more water — three cups of water per cup of rice— and takes longer to cook. A cup of raw wild rice will typically yield 3-4 cups after cooking. For additional flavour, try cooking wild rice in chicken stock instead of water. 

Wild rice is particularly popular in North America and is often served as salad, baked casserole dish, or even a stuffing for poultry. Here are some recipes to try.

Miso ginger wild rice with carrots and cabbage from Whole Foods Market

Creamy baked chicken and wild rice casserole by Sunny Anderson

Wild rice with mushrooms from the New York Times

Producer in the Spotlight: Ocean Spray

If you’ve tasted our Ruby Dried Cranberries, you’ll know that these delicious tart morsels make the best snacks, salad toppings, and yogurt mix-ins. Our Ruby Dried Cranberries are brought to you all the way from Ocean Spray, a company with an 85-year long history of growing quality fruit across the USA.

Ocean Spray was formed in 1930 by three cranberry growers with a simple love of cranberries. Led by lawyer and grower Marcus L. Urann, the three began coming up with new and innovative products made from cranberries. Since then, the Ocean Spray cooperative has grown to more than 700 grower families all across North America, many of whom operate farms that have been in their families for generations. Thanks to their expertise and dedication, Ocean Spray has grown into the trusted brand they are today.

The cooperative’s first product was jellied cranberry sauce, followed by original Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail hitting the shelves in the early 1930s, beginning a long tradition of quality, innovation, and success. The rest, as they say, is history.

As a Grower-Owned Cooperative Ocean Spray prides themselves on the high quality and most importantly the safety, of their products. For more than 85 years, Ocean Spray farmers have been growing cranberries and grapefruit that are GMO free.

At Ocean Spray, caring for the land runs deep. Ocean Spray is committed to managing their business in a way that minimizes their environmental impact, from conserving water, to reducing energy use, and cutting unnecessary waste and product packaging. 

Try their dried cranberries in our retail store, or order wholesale for a whole range of dried fruit products and cranberry concentrates.

5 Ways to Enjoy Almonds

There are so many ways to get your daily serving of almonds as these versatile nuts can be made into a salad, eaten whole as a snack, or even blended into a spread or beverage. Almonds are among the healthiest of tree nuts. Just a handful of nutrient-rich almonds a day helps promote heart health and prevent weight gain, and it may even help fight diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer's.

Almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium, and a significant source of protein and fiber. One 23-almond serving packs 13 grams of healthy unsaturated fats, and just 160 calories! Here are five of our favorite recipes to try.

Almond butter is a great healthy alternative to peanut butter. All you need is almonds and a food processor, and you'll have a creamy spread to eat with toast and waffles, or spoon onto apple slices for a midday snack.
Homemade almond butter by Detoxinista 

Almond milk is an excellent dairy alternative for vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant. As an added bonus, almond milk has a delicious mild nutty flavour. Try this recipe which gives the almond milk an extra kick with vanilla and cinnamon.
Vanilla-cinnamon almond milk by oh she glows

Raw almonds are delicious on their own, but this spiced almond recipe will blow your mind. This recipe turns ordinary almonds into irresistible morsels that will be the hit at any cocktail party.
Spiced almonds by the Food Network 

Need a simple gift idea for Mother's Day? These chocolate almond hearts make the perfect present for any nut lover. In just twenty minutes, you'll have a box full of heart-shaped almond treats to impress Mum!
Chocolate almond hearts by Southern Living

Slivered almonds add just the right amount of crunch to any salad, while giving you an added protein boost to keep you feeling full longer. Try this delectable strawberry spinach salad recipe that has just six simple ingredients.
Strawberry spinach salad by Southern Living 

Why We Love Superfoods

Superfoods like blueberries, salmon, kale and quinoa have been more popular than ever, thanks to the great nutritional value and health benefits they promise. Whenever you feel like opening a bag of potato chips instead of having a handful of almonds as a snack, remember these wonderful benefits and you might just change your mind.   

Superfoods help your body fight free radicals. Superfoods like berries are rich in antioxidants, which destroy the free radicals that can damage the cells in your body. This protection improves your health and reduces your risk of disease.

Superfoods can strengthen your immune system. The nutrients and phytochemicals present in many superfoods keep your immune system strong so you’re less likely to fall sick.

Superfoods help you maintain a healthy weight. Superfoods like oats which are high in fiber and low in calories allow you to enjoy more of them without adding many extra calories. Others like almonds are rich in protein, fiber, and good fats that keep hunger at bay.

Superfoods may help reduce the risk of cancer. Some studies have shown that the nutrients, fiber, good fats, and phytochemicals found in certain superfoods like berries, walnuts and garlic can lower the risk of several types of cancer.

Superfoods can keep your heart healthy. Those same nutrients, fiber, good fats, and phytochemicals also protect your heart by reducing inflammation and keeping blood vessels healthy.

Superfoods help maintain your youthful complexion. The antioxidants in superfoods reduce damage to your skin, and many foods are rich in vitamin C that keeps connective tissue strong. This combination leads to beautiful, healthy skin.

4 reasons to buy in bulk!

4 Reasons to Buy Groceries in Bulk


Is bigger always better? In the case of healthy pantry staples, the answer might just be a resounding 'yes'!


From oats to raw nuts to chia seeds, we give you four reasons to ditch those tiny supermarket packets in favour of something a lot more substantial.


1. Stretch your grocery budget

There's a good reason why everyone loves a warehouse grocery store -- it's a sure way to make your money go further! Why buy a small handful of cashews for $3.99 when you can get four times the amount for $10? When it comes to saving money, buying larger quantities of groceries is a no-brainer.


2. Reduce your environmental footprint

Buying one large bag instead of many smaller ones means less packaging and less waste that ends up in landfills. When you buy groceries in bulk, you can feel good in more ways than one, knowing that you've reduced your environmental footprint.


3. Save precious time

Save yourself multiple trips to the supermarket -- not to mention money spent on bus fare, petrol and parking -- by stocking up on staples. Since so many pantry staples are non-perishable and keep well, buying more at one go leaves you more time to spend on fun weekend activities, rather than at that long line for the cashier. For bonus points: buy online to avoid the supermarket completely! 


4. Eat better

Bulk buying leads to healthier food choices. When you have a big jar of quinoa in your kitchen, chances are you'll get your creative cooking juices flowing and turn it into whole host of delicious, healthy meals for yourself and your family. Way better than finding an empty pantry and having to fill up on instant noodles and their tiny packets of MSG.

Get More Fibre in Your Diet

We all know that dietary fibre — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes — can prevent or relieve constipation. But fibre has so many other health benefits as well, from lowering cholesterol levels to helping us maintain a healthy weight. Here’s why we all need more fibre in our lives.

Fibre helps regulate bowel movements and maintain bowel health.

Dietary fibre decreases your chance of constipation. A high-fiber diet may also lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and small pouches in your colon.

Fibre can lower your cholesterol levels, and boost your heart health.

Soluble fibre found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. High-fibre foods may also have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.

Fibre helps control blood sugar levels.

For people with diabetes, fibre can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes insoluble fibre may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Fibre can help you achieve a healthy weight.

High-fibre foods tend to be more filling, so you're likely to eat less and stay satisfied longer. High-fibre foods also tend to take longer to eat and to be less "energy dense," which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.

Here are some great tips from the University of California, San Francisco on how to take simple steps to increase your fibre intake. 

Here are our Fiber rich foods

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