Healthy Living: Trending in 2015


After the intense crush in Montréal, the Healthy Eating and Green Living show is stopping in Québec City this weekend, so here’s the second post featuring three products I had the pleasure of discovering. To learn more about the Expo and some of my favourite products showcased, the first post can be found here. Otherwise, these three products are worth exploring and trying. If you’re always hungry for novelty like me, of course.

Kale 3D

Yves Veggie Cuisine Kale & Quinoa Bites

I used to be vegetarian a few years ago and I still remember how Yves Veggie Cuisine products helped me find my way, gradually learning to exclude meat from my diet. I was bound to like these Kale & Quinoa Bites and I did. The great surprise came when my men, Monsieur and kiddo, swallowed all, hell-bent on not sharing with anyone! These cute hors d’oeuvres use some of the same Indian spices as family-favourite vegetable samosas, which explains their popularity with my family.

Vegan and gluten-free, they contain no preservatives or artificial colouring. On-trend and ubiquitous kale and quinoa make them a source of fibre. They’re a great solution if you’re inviting vegan friends over or to start any meal on a healthy note actually.

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bouteille huile de cameline

The oil in its L’Ancestrale bottle specially for the Healthy Eating and Green Living Show.


Bâtard sans gloire Camelina Oil

I would like this product even if it were only for its French name which translated to “Bastard without glory.” That’s because camelina, i.e. false-flax in English, is also known in French as Bastard Flax. Indigenous to Eastern Europe, camelina is the oldest oilseed grain on record and its oil, the second richest source of Omega-3 after flax. One tablespoon of camelina oil provides the recommended daily intake in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Its unique taste compares to none, with notes of asparagus, hazelnut and mustard. Slowly cold-pressed, it’s a finishing oil. Cooking it would be a shame. You’ll find it sold under the Bastard without glory brand via one of my favourite Québec terroir distributor, Société-Original, which is opening its first boutique — Épicerie Fardoche in Rosemont — on May 1st. Worth discovering too, I expect.

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Varech Phare Est Algae Flake Mix

Stéphane Albert describes himself as a sea farmer who slips on his wetsuit, clenches his teeth and jumps into the frigid water of the St.Lawrence River day in, day out. With sheer determination, he manages to produce this hand-picked mix of five wild algae that can be used to replace salt, for a boost of added minerals and vitamins. You just sprinkle them in lieu of salt during cooking.

Unsure and worried at the idea of cooking with algae? Drop by his too-cool-for-school website if you speak French, you’ll enjoy the ride and the ideas. Product packagings bear a PRODUIT MENACÉ (Endangered product) sticker, reminding us of the environmental fragility of national treasure Gaspésie…

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2 Responses to Healthy Living: Trending in 2015

  1. Miss Diane 24 Mar 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    Ce sont de beaux produits que tu nous présentes ici. Il me faudra ouvrir l’oeil pour les trouver et les goûter. Merci Lynne!

    • Lynne 25 Mar 2015 at 8:33 am #

      Merci, tu me diras si tu les essaies!

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