And I’ll Bet The Sweeps On That!

By Dr. Andrea Buckett

Q: I am sick of eating chickenbreasts! Is there another healthy meat I can include in my diet? Astor –Victoria, British Columbia

AB: I am with you on this one! Boneless, skinless chicken breasts seem to be the go to healthy choice, but who decided this was the only option? It is ludicrous to believe that one part of the animal is better for you than others; they all have a place in a healthy diet where variety is key! We are a society caught up in quantity (calorie counting) over quality (nutrient content). In fact, we should be eating every part of the animal to gain the most health benefits. While eating organ meats may be a stretch for some, let’s start by adding some bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and legs. Simply roasted, the skin contains valuable fat-soluble vitamins and antimicrobial fatty acids, while the dark meat contains more minerals than the white!

Q: I was recently on vacation and had fresh coconut water. Can I buy this in a can and what health benefits does it have? Mineau – Paris, France

AB: Coconut products are taking the health food industry by storm, and the water is no exception! You can purchase canned coconut water in your regular grocery or health food store. Try to seek out unsweetened options. This tropical water is the perfect replacement drink for sugary and chemical laden sport drinks. High in electrolytes like potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium, this power fuelled beverage also costs less per bottle than the sports drink!

Q: I love making stuffed artichokes. The only problem is that I use breadcrumbs made from white bread. Is there an ingredient I can substitute? Téte – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

AB: This is a great question! We all love the comforting flavor and texture of breadcrumbs but don’t necessarily enjoy the empty calories. My alternative is almond flour! Similar in texture, this is simply ground almonds. You can either make your own by grinding skinless almonds, or buy it in your health food store. Containing more protein, calcium and vitamin E, this is a great alternative!

Q: How can I avoid MSG in my food? Loviisa – Helsinki, Finland

AB: MSG (monosodium glutamate) is in many packaged foods, frozen foods and fast foods; it is lurking in too much to list. Unfortunately, it can be listed under a different name. Here are some of them: broth, casein, glutamate, and hydrolyzed or autolyzed yeast. Read your labels; avoid this excitotoxin at all cost!

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