Happy Canada Day from Kauai folks! Eat some extra corn on the cob for me…

Since today is the day to celebrate this fine country of ours, I thought I would take the opportunity to shout out 5 of my favourite Healthy Canadians (food, that is!). Eat well, eat local…go hug a farmer.

  1. Blueberries

The most wonderful time of the year is not December…it’s blueberry season 🙂 Eat 1 cup of this low glycemic, phytochemical-rich berry daily for better health. The compounds in blueberries help fight heart disease and cancer and keep your brain sharp. Buy large and freeze for local berries all year long! Find organic BC farms here.

  1. Hemp Seeds 

I can’t get enough of these power-packed seeds. 10g of protein in just 3tbsp and they come packed with anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats, calming magnesium and energizing manganese. Eat more! And support Canadian growers like Manitoba Harvest.

  1. Lentils

Lentils are nutritional superheroes and should be a regular part of your nutrition plan. One of the richest fibre sources on earth, they also boast an impressive amount of iron and other critical minerals for overall health. Best of all, they cook up quickly making them the best legume for busy lives! Find recipes at http://www.lentils.ca

  1. Oysters

We get all excited about salmon around these parts but our Pacific coastal waters in fact have other sea creatures living there! Oysters are high in energizing iron, immune-boosting zinc, calcium and magnesium for your bones and plenty of omega 3 fats to support a healthy body and mind.

For recipes from a local BC company, try Fanny Bay Oysters.

  1. Hazelnuts

We may not grow almonds or macadamia nuts, but we do have hazelnuts! Fresh local hazelnuts are an incredible treat and incredibly nutritious, to boot. One ounce (about 23 nuts) contains plenty of heart healthy monounsaturated fat an a host of minerals including magnesium, copper and a whopping 90% of your daily manganese needs – a mineral that is essential for energy production in the body. To find BC hazelnuts, click here.

Enjoy Canada Day and eat plenty of great Canadian food!

PS…this is NOT a sponsored post…just wanted to celebrate some healthy Canadians and show them the love!