January 4th, 2017

LD Picks: 8 Simple and Healthy Recipes to Kickstart Your Year

We’ve all said it before – even if it’s only lasted for the first two weeks of January: “My resolution this year is to eat healthier meals and stop snacking on junk.” Even though a protein-packed and nutrient-rich diet may be ideal, the truth is that a low-fat life is not easy to sustain for everyone.

Thankfully, healthy eating does not have to mean drab and flavourless eating. The following recipes are designed to keep you fuller longer, provide ample nutrition, and satisfy any unhealthy cravings left over from the holidays.

Vegan Overnight Oats

During a busy workweek, it can be difficult to make time for a well-rounded breakfast that will get you through the day. While oatmeal has a reputation for being bland, there are countless variations that will allow you to switch it up daily. Add cinnamon, maple syrup, and dried fruit to your oats the night before, and allow your mixture to soak up all the goodness. The addition of chia seeds supplies an early morning dose of Omega-3s to allow for a bustling day ahead.

Find this vegan, gluten-free recipe from Oh She Glows

Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps

When you have a hankering for a big plate of Chinese food from your local restaurant, you may not regret it at first, but all that grease won’t settle well in your stomach. If you’re vegetarian, it’s difficult to find anything on the menu you can eat at all. Lettuce wraps can be made at home for everyone, and are even speedier than takeout. With hoisin sauce, Sriracha and soy sauce as a base, all you need is fresh lettuce, tofu and veggies of your choice. Meat lovers can even substitute chicken or shrimp to make it family-friendly.

Find this delicious vegetarian recipe from Not a Leaf

Simple Roasted Squash

Although squash is a staple of the fall season, they can usually be found at the grocery store year-round. Whenever there’s a significant cold spell in the city, nothing is better than turning on the oven and baking an aromatic, savoury-sweet dinner. This dish is extremely versatile: just add whatever protein you’re in the mood for, quinoa or rice, veggies on hand and toppings such as walnuts and parmesan cheese. Another easily-adaptable meal, roasted squash can also be substituted with bell peppers and zucchini.

Find this cold-weather recipe from the Kitchn

Personalized Flatbread

Carb-cutting might seem near-impossible (or just unrealistic), but as long as you eat it in moderation, and you have no gluten sensitivities, there’s no harm in having pizza once in a while! Personalized flatbread (usually featuring a little less dough than a pizza crush) is one healthy— and delicious—way to curb your craving. Using health-conscious ingredients like organic sugar, and spelt flour (in addition to all purpose flour) can lessen the guilt and add to the flavour. Top your flatbread with hummus, sautéed vegetables, and a protein of your choice. Drizzle with a balsamic dressing for added sweetness.

Try this homemade garlic herb flatbread recipe from Minimalist Baker

Energizing Kale Salad

When you’re looking for an extra boost of energy—whether training for a marathon or preparing for a presentation at work—it can be difficult to eat mindfully. It’s far too easy to load up on carbohydrates like pasta, or simply drink a protein shake and call it a day. Make sure you reap all the benefits from this protein and fibre-packed salad. Olive oil, sunflower seeds, apples and kale can be topped with breaded or grilled chicken, fish or pork. Add a handful of chopped figs for sweetness and sprinkle with hemp hearts for Omega-3s, iron and zinc.

Try this delicious take on kale from Honeycomb Food

Hearty Chickpea Stew

For another vegetarian dish that will please everyone at the dinner table, grab that can of chickpeas you’ve been saving in your pantry and make this creamy curry. Canned tomatoes, coconut milk, tomato paste and spices make the sauce for this stew. Add eggplant, sweet potato and spinach to round it off. Served on rice or quinoa, this is a foolproof dish perfect for the winter. Hint: double the recipe and freeze a portion for another day.

Find this hearty vegetarian recipe from Deliciously Ella

Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars

Using just a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard, these peanut butter quinoa bars are great as a snack to throw in your bag, a quick breakfast on-the-go, or as a satisfying dessert after dinner. Substitute peanut butter with almond butter in case of allergies, and chocolate chips with raisins. Oats, quinoa, honey, coconut oil and chia seeds make this a jam-packed protein bar reminiscent of sweet blondies or granola bars.

Try this chewy and fresh recipe from Ambitious Kitchen

Dark Chocolate Apricots

Dark chocolate is not only acceptable as a healthy treat, but it’s also recommended for daily intake. It contains heart-healthy antioxidants, amino acids and releases feel-good chemicals in your brain. Of course, only 1 to 2 ounces of dark chocolate is needed per day to promote some of these health benefits, but don’t worry, we won’t tell if you exceed that amount. Dip dried apricot halves in melted chocolate and sprinkle with chilli powder for a fast and decadent dessert with a kick.

Indulge on this healthy snack from Better Homes & Gardens



December 2nd, 2016

Top Gifts for Foodies

Black Friday has passed and advent calendars are already missing some doors. Still have holiday shopping to do? Then it’s time to get serious. Don’t worry, we can help.

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Starting with Top Gifts for Busy Women and Top Gifts for Techies, we’re posting gift guides for a different group each week, including everything from stocking stuffers to show stoppers.

This week, it’s our buying guide for foodies. Whether the aspiring or actual chef in your life is a nutrition nut, an entertainer, a home baker, or an everyday meal maker, we’ve got you covered.

Foodies Gift Guide 2016

Here’s our guide to buying a deliciously perfect gift for the foodie on your list.

1. Remix Their Mixer

Mixer Attachments Gift GuideThe foodie on your list may already own a countertop mixer, most likely from KitchenAid. Assuming they do, why stop there when so many accessories and attachments are available?

You see, these mechanical marvels can be repurposed to drive everything from grain mills to pasta makers and so much more. That includes simple attachments like different bowls and beaters, even spill guards. There are also adorable quilted mixer covers available as special order items.

If the foodie among your family or friends doesn’t have a countertop mixer, consider working to fix that. They make great group gifts and the proud new owner will think of you whenever they use it, which will be a lot.

2. Expand Their Toolbox

Kitchen Tool Gift GuideFoodies love to try new things, especially new cooking techniques. You can help them out by buying them a new niche utensil or specialized appliance. For foodies, this feels like getting a new tool in their toolbelt.

The trick is finding something they don’t already have. Depending on how stocked their kitchen is, that can sometimes be tough. But no foodie truly has everything and new gadgets become popular all the time.

So here are some ideas to help you think outside the ice box. How about a zester, a frothera muddlera fry cuttera pestle & mortar, or a kitchen mandolin. Not even sure what some of those do? Perfect. That’s a good sign.

Want more kitchen tool and gadget ideas? Here’s a few hundred .

3. Mind The Cooking Basics

Fry Pan Gift Guide

For foodies, like the rest of us, it’s very easy to get caught up in the thrill of the new and unusual. But foodies are also in constant need of upgrades, replacements, and back-ups for their kitchen basics. Like a plain white tee, these kitchen staples never go out of style.

We’re talking pots, pans, baking sheets, knives, and, of course, spatulas. Plus, a lot more. If they use it more than weekly, it’s a staple. If you can give your foodie a basic with a twist, perhaps in an unconventional size or shape, that’s a bonus. But don’t be afraid to stick to tried-and-true classics either.

For many foodies, it’s tough to let go of an old favourite or to realize just how worn out it has become. Until a shiny new kitchen basic arrives, that is. And there’s no better time to start fresh than the holidays.

4. Wanted: Quality Ingredients

Natural Honey Gift GuideNo amount of kitchen attachments, gadgets or basics is worth much without the real star of all culinary creation: the food. That’s why foodies are always looking out for quality ingredients.

You see, they don’t experience the world quite like the rest of us. Where some see simply dried fruit, they’ve discovered the key ingredient for incredible scones. When others see only roasted nuts, they know it’s a superstar ingredient that can be grated, ground, or grilled in enough recipes to make your head spin.

The point is, you don’t need to know what they’ll do with it. Just make sure any ingredients you buy them are of high quality. They’ll take it from there, trust us. If you’re lucky, you might even get a taste of whatever they whip up.

For more gift-giving advice for the foodie on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online.

We’ll be back next week with a top gift guide for photographers. See you then! 



November 17th, 2016

LD Picks: 8 Fall Desserts Everyone Will Love

For many, fall is a popular season. Cozy nights in front of the fireplace, a cup of steaming coffee on a rainy morning, wool socks and warm toques – what more could you ask for? Dessert, of course. Keep these universally pleasing fall dessert recipes in your repertoire to ensure your holiday weekends and chilly evenings are just as sweet.

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust

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Fall would be incomplete without a pumpkin-based dessert. Even though it may be best known as the finale for Thanksgiving dinner, this delicious no-bake pumpkin pie recipe can stand alone. With a modern twist using ginger snaps instead of graham crackers, you can save on time by substituting pre-made vanilla pudding for the packaged mix.

[More at Reader’s Digest]

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October 5th, 2016

LD Picks: 6 Delicious Dishes to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is a huge job – not only does it take a lot of planning and organization, it can also be fairly costly. If you’re not hosting this year, it’s worth thinking about how to help. Always ask the host what you can bring – that way, they can choose something specific if they want to. However, if they don’t have a preference, we’ve got some great suggestions for both dishes and hostess gifts. Read on!

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoesthanksgiving hostess gifts

You know how it goes. Thanksgiving arrives, and the oven is overfilled with a turkey and roasting vegetables and the stovetop has cranberry sauce, gravy, and stuffing. So why not offer to handle the mashed potatoes? You can prep them in advance and then bring the whole slow cooker with you – that way, no oven space is needed to reheat your dish, but no one will have to bear cold mashed potatoes. Check out this recipe, which features milk, cream, and butter, and then let us know what your favourite mashed potato toppings are. We especially like cream cheese and sour cream.

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October 2nd, 2016

Rosh Hashanah: Mouthwatering Recipes For A Sweet New Year

Shana Tova U’Metukah!

Rosh Hashanah is all about eating delicious food together to help ensure that you will have a sweet New Year! With delicious and symbolic foods ranging from beets to black-eyed peas, apples dipped in honey isn’t your only option. We’ve got some classics, some off-beat suggestions – and so many delicious ways to celebrate the New Year.

Beet Chips With Spicy Honey Mayo

Image courtesy of The Nosher

Image courtesy of The Nosher

Having everyone over? Kick off the festivities with a tasty snack of crispy beet chips dipped into a delectable honey mayo sauce. (Our top tip? Double the recipe. Yes, they’re that good.)

The Hebrew word for beets sounds like the word for “remove”, or selek, and eaten to express the hope that your enemies will depart.

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June 24th, 2016

A Canada Day Cake Recipe You’ll “Patriot Love”

We’ve all been there. It’s the day before a big potluck and you’re stuck coming up with a fresh idea to blow everyone away.

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If it happens to you this Canada Day, never fear. The good folks at CanadianLiving.com have you covered like icing on a cake with this delicious recipe.

Canada’s Best Raspberry Layer Cake

Canada Day Dessert courtesy of Canadian Living

It’s red, white, and amazing with a summery taste that will be a hit in the great outdoors, in your own backyard, or anywhere else in the true north strong and free.

Let’s begin with some basic information, as well as and everything you’ll need to create this festive classic:

Prep time: 45 minute
Total time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Portion size: 16

Ingredients

Cake Batter:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1-2/3 cups milk

1 cup seedless raspberry jam

6 oz raspberries

 Cream Cheese Icing:

1-1/3 pkg (250 g each) cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

6 cups icing sugar, sifted

2 tsp vanilla

Head to Canadian Living for complete baking directions and video instructions.

Find six more great Canada Day dishes, including everything from a tangy coleslaw to Maple Buttermilk Grilled Chicken, all from CanadianLiving.com with 7 make-ahead recipes for Canada Day



April 8th, 2016

Foods of Europe: Discover the History of Your Favourite Treats

Each year, we celebrate some of our favourite legacy foods from across Europe with Foods of Europe. This year, we bring to you a bit of history about each of this year’s featured products – Lindt, St. Dalfour, Robertson’s, McVitie’s, Walkers, Haribo, and S.Pellegrino.

Lindt

Lindt

In 1879, Rodolphe Lindt revolutionized chocolate-making with an invention named The Conche. Conching, a process still used today to create the silky smooth Lindt chocolate texture, involves mixing heated liquid chocolate for hours, until a perfectly smooth, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate is achieved. See Lindt’s Conche machine in action, below.

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