Episode 14 – Clean Beauty with Skincare Company Founder Indie Lee

Episode 14 – Clean Beauty with Skincare Company Founder Indie Lee

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It’s not only what we eat but what we put onto our skin that’s important for our health. After all, skin is our body’s largest organ. In this episode, which is 1 of 3 episodes we’re dedicating to the topic of clean beauty, we chat with the founder of the clean, eco-chic skincare line, Indie Lee. After a successful surgery to remove a brain tumor in 2009, Indie embarked on a new journey to create a clean beauty collection dedicated to inspiring and empowering others to be mindful about what they put on their skin. It’s quite shocking what you might be putting on your skin.

In this episode you’ll hear:

1:00 – How Indie Lee got into clean beauty

7:15 – Harmful skincare ingredients, endocrine disruption and cancer

8:45 – What are people putting on their skin that they’d be surprised to hear about?

10:00 – Cosmetic industry regulation in the US v. EU and clean products certification

12:40 – How to find clean skincare products and understand ingredient lists

20:15 – Some Indie Lee products explained

23:00 – Indie’s morning and night skincare routine

27:45 – Size of clean skincare industry

29:10 – Esther and Indie talk diet, health and being plant-forward

Episode 13 – What Does Whole Food Plant-Based Mean?

Episode 13 – What Does Whole Food Plant-Based Mean?

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A vegan or plant-based diet is not necessarily synonymous with a healthy diet. In this episode, plant-based lifestyle coach and cookbook author Kathy Davis discusses how to transition to plant-based eating in a healthy way and what being whole food plant-based is all about. Kathy herself lost 35 pounds on a plant-based diet after setting a goal to eat more plants and less processed foods. As a bonus, Kathy goes into the kitchen and prepares a delicious whole food plant-based salad.

In this episode you’ll hear:

Interview with Kathy Davis

1:00 –Kathy’s plant-based eating journey and how she lost weight

4:20 – What is a whole food plant-based diet?

7:20 – Kathy’s answers to “What should I cook?” and “How do I stick to plant-based eating?”

In the kitchen with Kathy

10:30 – Ingredients for Broccoli, Chickpea, and Walnut Salad with Maple-Mustard Dressing Recipe

13:15 – Nutritional benefits of the salad

14:30 – Putting the salad together

15:45  Making the Dressing

Episode 12 – Plant-Based Pantry Essentials

Episode 12 – Plant-Based Pantry Essentials

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Let’s help you stock your pantry! In this quick episode about plant-based pantry essentials, registered dietitian Laura Baum discusses useful pantry items for a plant-based diet plus their health benefits.

In this episode you’ll hear:

0:45 – Basic pantry items for a plant-based diet and their health benefits

9:35 – Advanced pantry item suggestions

10:40 – What is nutritional yeast

13:20 – Laura’s top 3 pantry items

Episode 11 – Vegan Athlete Diet with Former NHL Player TJ Galiardi

Episode 11 – Vegan Athlete Diet with Former NHL Player TJ Galiardi

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Have you ever wondered what pro athletes eat or whether vegan diets are good for athletes? In this episode, former NHL hockey player TJ Galiardi provides a window into what he and his teammates ate before and after games, when and why he became vegan and the changes that resulted. You’ll hear TJ’s sports nutrition insights and even if you’re not a professional athlete, you’ll get some tips on what to eat to achieve optimal results when exercising or engaging in sports.

In this episode you’ll hear:

1:50 – TJ’s story on becoming a vegan while playing professional hockey in the NHLM

6:00 – Plant-based & vegan in the NHL today

7:30 – When and what TJ and his teammates ate before a game or practice

11:20 – TJ’s current favorite recreational sport and what he eats

14:00 – Best ways to hydrate for exercise and sports

15:50 – Recovery foods postgame or after training

19:00 – TJ’s opinion on the need for supplements for vegan athletes

20:20 – Can a teen be vegan and excel at sports

Episode 10 – Healthy Snack Recipes

Episode 10 – Healthy Snack Recipes

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Learn how to make two plant-based healthy snack recipes, one savoury and one sweet, with Physician & Culinary Medicine Expert Dr. Sabrina Falquier. The savoury snack being made during this podcast is popcorn and the sweeter snack is chocolate bark. You can join along in your kitchen or simply listen and save this episode for another time when you’re ready to make these guilt-free snacks.

Popcorn Ingredients:

  • Air popped popcorn or microwave popcorn. You’ll need ½ cup dried kernels and a paper bag (like a lunch paper bag) if you’re popping the popcorn in a microwave, or 1 store-bought bag of plain popcorn.
  • 1 ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp Tajin (which is a Mexican spice) or Chili powder
  • Lemon or lime rind (optional)

Chocolate Bark Ingredients

  • 1 – 10 oz. bag chocolate chips or a 2 – 4 oz. bar of dark chocolate (total about 2 cups chopped, before melting), cut into rough 1/4-1/2 inch pieces. If you want this to be vegan, make sure you are using vegan chocolate.
  • Toppings of your choice. Some suggestions;
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice (dark cherries, apricots), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup nuts of your choice (pecans, walnuts), roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried, unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Fresh berries of your choice like blueberries or raspberries which are lower sugar fruits

Episode 9 – Indoor Vegetable and Herb Garden Tips

Episode 9 – Indoor Vegetable and Herb Garden Tips

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Whether you’re considering growing vegetables and herbs indoors on a window sill, using hydroponics or smart gardens, horticulturist and guest Paul Zammit discusses realistic expectations that one should have for an indoor garden plus some indoor growing tips.

In this podcast you’ll hear:
1:20 – What to keep in mind when growing an indoor vegetable garden

3:20 – What direction should the indoor garden face if using natural light?

4:05 – Paul’s tips on growing lights

5:10 – Hydroponics explained

7:10 – Smart gardens

8:10 – Best vegetables and herbs to grow indoors

10:10 – Air purifying plants

11:40 – Toxic house plants for small children and pets

Episode 8 – Backyard Vegetable Garden Tips

Episode 8 – Backyard Vegetable Garden Tips

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Outdoor vegetable gardening is gaining in popularity for many reasons including its mental and physical health benefits. What better way to increase the vegetable varieties in your plant-based diet than to plant them at home? In this episode about how to prepare a vegetable garden, horticulturist, professor and radio guest Paul Zammit offers tips for outdoor vegetable growing. From seeds to soil, this episode will help you plant a successful vegetable garden.

In this podcast you’ll hear:
1:20 – Bridging culinary and horticulture

3:15 – The high demand for seeds

3:40 – The importance of sunlight

4:10 – Understanding soil type

4:40 – Consider your water source

5:05 – In-ground, raised beds and container gardening

6:40 – Should people start planting seeds indoors or outdoors?

11:00 – Preparing the soil

14:15 – Fertilizing

15:50 – Best time to water

17:50 – Using mulch to conserve moisture

18:30 – Protecting the garden from insect pests and animals

25:00 – Dealing with weeds

26:50 – Top 10 easy-to-grow vegetables

Episode 6 – What is a Functional Food?

Episode 6 – What is a Functional Food?

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People are increasingly looking to be proactive in supporting their health and are seeking functional foods. But what are functional foods exactly? In this episode,
founder and CEO of functional food brand JOYA, Ruth Elnekave, along with Kate Taylor Martin, owner of superfood café nutbar, provide their insights on this rising product category.

In this podcast you’ll hear:
2:00 – Kate’s journey to opening superfood café nutbar
6:30 – Ruth’s path to founding functional food brand JOYA
10:45 – What are functional foods?
12:45 – Functional foods you already have at home
14:45 – Medicinal mushrooms
16:30 – Matcha
17:00 – Fermented foods
17:50 – Can collagen be vegan?
19:00 – Are functional foods expensive?
26:20 – Misleading information about functional foods
32:00 – What are adaptogens?
36:30 – Is chocolate a functional food?
44:45 – Ruth and Kate’s top 3 functional foods

Episode 5 – Algae: The Food of the Future?

Episode 5 – Algae: The Food of the Future

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It has been touted as the food of the future and the most nutrient dense food on the planet. In this episode, Catharine Arnston, Founder & CEO of Energybits, discusses algae which she describes as a food that’s “a gift to us from mother nature”. Packed with vitamins, minerals and protein, it’s a multi-billion-dollar crop in Asia but not particularly well known as a food outside of Asia.

In this podcast you’ll hear:
1:15 – How Catharine got into the algae business
5:00 – Algae as a food
9:00 – Algae subcategories: Macroalgae and micro-algae
9:30 – 2 types of microalgae: 1) Blue-green 2) Green
10:15 – Difference between spirulina and chlorella
22:00 – How is microalgae grown and processed?
24:45 – Beware of heavy metals in algae
27:25 – NASA’s use of algae on space missions
28:50 – Products made from algae
29:45 – Algae trials related to COVID
30:30 – The science behind algae
31:15 – Are there health warnings?
33:45 – Benefits of algae for a plant-based diet
39:15 – Chlorella as a detoxifier and immunity booster
44:15 – Companies bringing algae to the mass market 

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