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Celebrate Nutrition Month With Choices Markets (Win!)

March 2, 2021

At a time when staying healthy is more important than ever, we sat down with Kelsey Moore, registered dietitian from Choices Markets, to chat all things gut health and get her recipe for a plant-based prebiotic-packed dip you can make at home. Plus, we’re giving you a chance to snag a $250 gift card to shop all your favourite healthy foods from Choices—talk about a win-win! —Vita Daily

Hi Kelsey! Why do you think gut health has become such a trending topic over the last few years?

Research in our gut microbiota and how it functions has increased drastically over the number of years. As a society, we are learning more and more about various digestive disorders, mood disorders, probiotics, prebiotics and how they all interrelate and work together. You would be surprised how much gut health impacts how we feel both mentally and physically. This is really becoming all the rage in nutritional health and it’s exciting to see it build momentum as such a hot topic. 

Probiotics are everywhere now, can you tell us why they are important?

The word probiotics gets thrown around a lot these days. As a consumer, it’s important to know that not all fermented foods that claim to be probiotics are. Probiotics are microorganisms that have been researched and shown to have a specific health benefit on their host. Whereas, fermented foods are foods that are made with live microorganisms but the final product may or may not contain live microorganisms (i.e. sourdough bread is made with live microorganisms that are destroyed by heat when it’s baked). Even if the final product of a fermented food contains live microbes, these microbes may not have specific health benefits.  When probiotics are studied it’s important to know that not only is a highly specific strain studied but also a particular amount as well. Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut and miso, or high quality probiotic supplements may help to support general gut health or improve unwanted digestive symptoms. However, supplements can also be expensive so please reach out to an expert on probiotics before spending your money on something you may not need!

With prebiotics less commonly discussed, can you tell us what they are and what role they play in our health?

Prebiotics are a particular type of dietary fiber that act as fuel for our gut microbes. While probiotics have their role, prebiotics are often less talked about and are arguably more important as they nourish our existing good bacteria. Good news! Prebiotics are easy to get in our diet from a variety of food sources. Foods high in prebiotics include garlic, onions, bananas, chicory root, oats, flax, and Jerusalem artichokes to name a few.

With digestive disorders on the rise, how do you ensure you are choosing foods that are right for you?

With the internet being a vast source of information these days, it’s easy to be tempted to “self-diagnose” our tummy troubles! When it comes to digestive distress it’s important to seek professional help from a registered dietitian or your primary health care provider to ensure any potentially more serious issues are ruled out first! Overall, nutrition plays a very important role in our overall health and is often overlooked, but that is changing now and it’s beautiful to witness and be a part of. 

Plant-Based Spinach & Artichoke Dip 

1 ¼ cups raw unsalted cashews
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic 
¾ cup chopped yellow onion 
½ tsp sea salt and pepper
1 ½ cups soy milk 
½ cup vegan cream cheese
6 tbsp nutritional yeast 
1 14 oz can artichokes
4 cups chopped baby spinach 
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Soak cashews in hot water for 1 hour, drain. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Heat a frying pan to low-medium. Once heated add olive oil. Sauté onions and garlic until the onion is translucent. In a blender, puree soaked cashews, half of garlic and onion, soy milk, vegan cream cheese, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper (or more to taste). Combine pureed mixture and all remaining ingredients into a lined casserole dish. Bake for ~10 mins (or until dip is hot and spinach is wilted, do not let the dip dry out!). Top with red pepper flakes (optional) and serve dip with air-fried sliced sweet potatoes or baked whole wheat pita.

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Win! A $250 Choices Markets Gift Card!

Congrats Maeve G. of Vancouver, B.C., who will receive a $250 Choices Markets gift card! Choices Markets are located in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Kelowna and Abbotsford, B.C. Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from @vitadaily.ca. Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.

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  1. Dickson Choy

    March 3rd, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Trying to eat more plant based meals, such as vegan-tuna salad.
    @dcee604

  2. Debbie Kalar

    March 3rd, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Healthy go to snack is nuts, cheese, and flaxseed crackers 😋 @debbiekalar

  3. Marilyn

    March 3rd, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Veggie sticks with hummus
    @mmsittie

  4. Gloria

    March 3rd, 2021 at 10:15 am

    My go-to healthy snacks are oranges and rice crackers!
    Gloria
    @gfan25

  5. Danielle Booth

    March 3rd, 2021 at 10:29 am

    I love the Fav chocolate chip cookies as a healthy “cheat” snack! @dan_e_bee78

  6. Ann-Marie Vaughan

    March 3rd, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Apples. IG: @ann_marievaughan

  7. MaryM

    March 3rd, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    nuts are my go to snack
    @maryandcedar

  8. Amber olak

    March 3rd, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    My healthy to go snack is veggies with hummus.

    @amber_olak

  9. Leila Lagroix

    March 3rd, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Fruits are my healthy snack @xmasbb1225

  10. Rayelle

    March 3rd, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Weird combo it pickles and hummus!!

  11. Rayelle

    March 3rd, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Weird combo but pickles and hummus!!
    @rayellewade97

  12. Michelle Cox

    March 3rd, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Apples and cheese or apples and peanut butter 🙂

    @mcox12

  13. Tabby72

    March 4th, 2021 at 6:56 am

    An apple is my fav snack. @tabby_1972

  14. Natalie V

    March 4th, 2021 at 9:31 am

    I love fresh fruit! We’re so lucky to get it year round in Vancouver! IG: @natalievana

  15. Debbie F

    March 4th, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    My snack is sliced apples with peanut butter. @missycat11

  16. Andrea

    March 4th, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Tamari almonds and cheese slices
    @durbs_girl

  17. Melissa parno

    March 5th, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Granola with fruit and flaxseeds- my definate go to healthy snack.

  18. Nina P

    March 5th, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Raw almonds is my favourites snack.
    @djpepsidaisy

  19. Betty Spry

    March 6th, 2021 at 3:50 am

    I like to eat frozen grapes, they take longer to eat and the sweetness satisfies my sugar craving

  20. Betty Spry

    March 6th, 2021 at 3:51 am

    I like to eat frozen grapes, they take longer to eat and the sweetness satisfies my sugar craving @harriette106742

  21. Yung L

    March 6th, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Unsalted nuts & dried fruit
    @lyungcr

  22. Susie McAdam

    March 7th, 2021 at 9:07 am

    I love a good Trail Mix for a healthy snack

  23. Susie McAdam

    March 7th, 2021 at 9:12 am

    I love a good Trail Mix for a healthy snack @susie_mc78

  24. Liezl Cudal Tan

    March 7th, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Fruit and plain Greek yogurt or hummus with fresh sliced veggies.
    Instagram @liezl_cudal_tan

  25. Ming K

    March 8th, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Celery sticks with yogurt dips
    @squirmer03

  26. Angel Oh

    March 8th, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Organic apple and almond butter!

    IG handle @angelbethoh

  27. Jenn T

    March 9th, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Low salt nuts! gotta watch the salt!

  28. Jenn T

    March 9th, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    @fluffyfigs

  29. Ron H

    March 9th, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    I snack on some cucumbers with some tzatziki!

    @fomodachi

  30. Jenn

    March 9th, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    My go to healthy snack is carrots and hummus. IG- msjenndaily

  31. TJ

    March 10th, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    My go to healthy snacks are blueberries! @gonutsforjoesnuts

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