All posts by Kathy Proulx

There’s nothing good to eat…

Have you ever heard those words? Living alone, I hear them in my head as I mentally go through possibilities when I’m hungry for “a little something.” This generally means that I’ve eaten well for the day, but there’s that one little corner of my body (probably located in my mind), that really would like a little fun food.

That being said, I have a go-to recipe that I invented when some health challenges made it hard for me to get enough calories in a day, so I needed something that was nutritious, full of anti-inflammatories, and most of all YUMMY.

So I made up a batch of what I call Nut Butter Spread, which consists of ground nuts, healthy oils, natural sweeteners with a low glycemic index, and a variety of seeds and dried fruits. It’s great with apple slices, on crackers or toast, and some of my friends just like to eat it by the spoonful.

Now I‘ve had lots of requests for this snack, so I decided to standardize the recipe and boy is that a hard thing to do!  After much head-scratching (not during the actual cooking process), I wound up with 5 versions of my nut butters, of which my favourite is what I call Adult Peanut Butter, with a chili pepper kick and super spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger.  Add some sesame seeds, hemp hearts, organic toasted coconut and a few “secret” ingredients and yum!  Stop by the Northern Emporium tomorrow and check out my samples – there will be nut butters, healthy homemade bread, and even some sweet snacks.  We’ll be open from 1-4.  Hope to see you there,  and bring a corner of your tummy that needs a little something.

Never too late

After being stuck in Sault Ste. Marie last week for 3 extra days due to stormy snowy weather, it struck me that my enforced idleness would be the perfect time to make good on my decision to find an outdoor cardio activity for the winter, because working out on an indoor bike is just plain BORING.  Because of some back problems,  my physiotherapist says no jogging, running, skiing because it jiggles my neck too much,  and she said snowshoes would do me good.

So today,  armed with my early Christmas present, I bravely set out to conquer the elements and pay a visit to the Northern Emporium, where I could satisfy my inner child with plenty of holiday treats and gifts, and my adult self could enjoy some great conversation with all the people that either are involved with this enterprise or just like to stop by to chat and see what’s new.

I am happy to report that I made it to the Emporium before collapsing,  but thankfully Tara Hart was there  with a glass of red to deaden the muscle pain and some yummy sesame/pumpkin seed crackers made by Helga Moore to give me some energy.  Helga has amazing bath and beauty products for sale at the shop and her products are free of harmful additives.

Happy Winter Wonderland to all who are blessed to live in the Great White North, and warm wishes coupled with sincere sympathy for those of you who can’t enjoy a good blizzard now and then.  If the roads are closed, now I’m still good to go.