Happy Canada Day, patriotic peeps!
While the weather may not be a warm summer breeze from coast to coast, I hope you’re out embracing our country’s birthday with red and white face paint, big bear hugs and hockey cheers.
Canada is also revered for some pretty iconic foods, some a little more nutritious than others! Here’s my Canada Day round-up of best and worst authentically Canadian foods, starting with the least diabetic-friendly/health conscious (yet perhaps most tasty) to those that have reached superfood status across the globe.
1) POUTINE. Need I say more?
2) MAPLE SYRUP.
No insult to Aunt Jemima, but genuine Canadian maple syrup can’t be imitated or duplicated. That being said, it hits the bloodstream like a barrel down Niagara Falls given it’s a simple sugar (sucrose). Some “lower glycemic” maple syrup brands throw in artificial sweeteners like sucralose, but if you’re going to go for it, why not dip into the real deal? In moderation, of course!
3) CANADIAN BACON.
It’s not just bacon (or a movie starring the late John Candy), it’s the home slice of Canada. A national weekend breakfast staple.
4) HEMP HEARTS.
Straight out of Manitoba, folks. This superfood is praised for its optimal omega 6 to 3 fatty acid ratio, plant-source protein and fiber content. Purely magical seeds.
Charged with vitamin C and antioxidants, these superberries are cultivated all across our beautiful country. Blueberry fields forever. Preferably from our local farmers’ market.
Thriving in the Prairies, flax has some mega food benefits. Its high content of fiber and omega 3’s has been shown to reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Also, flax is famous for its lignans, or phytoestrogens, which have cancer-fighting properties protecting our reproductive parts.
7) CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES.
Broccoli, cauliflower, kale and collard greens are all in the tight-knit cruciferous family tree. They’re grown in most Canadian provinces, and they boast health benefits like phytonutrients and indole-3-carbinol, which can help lower cancer risks.
This list could likely be as long as the Canadian constitution, but I like to think these local foods are worthy of an honourable mention.