20 09, 2016

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Simply the best (and easiest) way to preserve your summer bounty! Thanks to Lynn for sharing this recipe years ago, and to Joyce for all your canning tips over the years! 1) Lightly grease a pan with olive oil, or if doing a large batch of tomatoes, grease several pans, as many as will fit

3 12, 2014

GF Peanut Butter Cookies

These gluten free, vegan peanut butter cookies make a healthy and high-protein treat! Be careful though- I promise you won't be able to eat just one!  ~Jenn Dry Ingredients: 1/3 cup blanched almond flour 1/3 cup brown rice flour 1/3 cup tapioca flour ¼ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp baking powder Wet Ingredients: ½ cup

3 12, 2014

Oatmeal Nut Bliss Balls

We featured this delectable little treat at our Holiday Open House! If you missed the chance to try it, you can make it at home! How often do you get treats that are healthy AND tasty? These make a great high protein snack or you can dress them up by dipping them in chocolate for

3 05, 2012

Garden Rhubarb & Okanagan Cherry Crisp

What to do with early season rhubarb? Make rhubarb crisp of course! Combining rhubarb with local cherries for sweetness allows you to cut back on sugar in this healthy, whole grain dessert. Living in Kelowna where cherries are plentiful and inexpensive, I always like to pit and freeze cherries in small freezer bags for jams, porridges, crisps in the winter months and even smoothies in the spring. An added bonus, cherries are a great source of healthy antioxidants!  This recipe is easy enough even for novice bakers, and always impresses the company! And yes, you can always use strawberries in place of the cherries. Enjoy!  ~Jenn


6 cups chopped rhubarb (1" pieces)

3 cups pitted sweet cherries, cut in half (or strawberries!)

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp flour (whole wheat is fine)

1/16 tsp or a pinch salt

3/4 cup unrefined sugar

Mix the filling ingredients and pour into an 8x11 pyrex baking dish, or something of similar size.

Notes: Any less cherries (ie. full rhubarb) would probably require a full 1 cup sugar. I tend to bake on the less-sweet side so I wouldn't cut the sugar back any more, unless you increase the ratio of cherries to rhubarb. Those with a sweeter tooth than mine can always drizzle a bit of maple syrup on their crisp before eating!


3/4 cups whole wheat flour (you could also use spelt flour or oat flour if you prefer)

3/4 cups old fashioned or quick oats (either is fine!)

1/4 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)

1/2 cup unrefined sugar (if you are using a sugar that is fairly coarse, blend it into a finer powder in a food processor)

1 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup walnuts or almonds, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup cold butter

1/4 cup oil (I like grapeseed or canola)

Mix flour, oats, salt, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder in a bowl. Oil makes an easy replacement for half of the butter in this recipe, drizzle it over the mixture and work it into the flour with your hands or a fork until it is crumbly just like cutting in butter. Chop butter into smaller pieces (or even easier, keep your butter in the freezer and grate it in with a coarse grater when needed) and add to mixture, cutting in with knives or a pastry cutter. Mix in nuts. Spread topping over the fruit mixture.

Bake at 350F for one hour with a baking sheet underneath just in case. It's done when it's bubbling merrily and the topping has browned. Leave out to cool for about half an hour and then... dig in! If you find this a bit tart, drizzle with 1 tablespoon or so of maple syrup.


10 04, 2012

Ti Guan Yin: A Green Tea Super Power

Green tea is becoming increasingly popular not only as an alternative to coffee but also as a healthy addition to our daily diet. Green tea has an incredible list of health benefits, confirmed by thousands of research studies and it is a great source of antioxidants.

A particular favourite of ours here at Okanagan Acupuncture Centre is a type of oolong tea called Ti Guan Yin. Oolong teas are green teas that are specially processed to bring out unique flavours and properties. This process involves withering the green tea leaves under the strong sun and then tossing and drying the leaves to promote partial fermentation and oxidation. Finally, the leaves are hand-rolled and twisted into long, curly leaves or small beads.  Ti Guan Yin is a premium oolong tea and one of the most prized varieties in China, fetching some of the top prices. It has a bright green color, a strong natural aroma, and an unforgettable sweetness that is appealing even to those who do not normally prefer green tea.

This combination of delicate flavour and incredible health benefits makes Ti Guan Yin an excellent choice of green tea. As a premium tea, its high quality ensures that you are getting the best health benefits that oolong tea has to offer.  And those health benefits are numerous:

Cardiovascular health: Studies have shown that green tea may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lowers blood pressure, and reduces cholesterol. Pretty amazing!

Fat burner: Green tea boosts our bodies’ fat oxidation ability. One study showed a 17% increase in fat oxidation! Green tea may also improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, making it useful for people dealing with diabetes or prediabetes.

Immune booster: Studies indicate that green tea can boost the immune system and suppress autoimmune disorders. Green tea also has an anti-bacterial effect that promotes fresh breath, healthy teeth, and prevents cavities. Furthermore, green tea's immune boosting abilities may have a wide range of benefit for everything from parasites to HIV.

Cancer Prevention: Various studies suggest that green tea may reduce the risk of certain cancers and block tumour growth. Green tea is also a powerful antioxidant, important in cancer and disease prevention and anti-aging.

Mental booster: Consuming green tea can help improve cognitive function and may help repair damaged neurons and prevent neurons from dying. Studies are exploring how these benefits may help those suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

The list of health benefits is being added to all the time as research continues to validate green tea’s abilities to improve health and wellbeing. From glaucoma, allergies, and arthritis to stress, depression, skin conditions and radiation recovery, green tea’s benefits have far-reaching implications for our health!

James Kaufman is a Registered Acupuncturist at Okanagan Acupuncture Centre, 1625 Ellis St, downtown Kelowna. He may be reached at