Dairy Farmers of Canada created a unique way to show how yogurt is part of a balanced diet

Fight high blood pressure and ensure you are eating your daily recommended servings with the Get Enough Helper App

I have said it before and I will say it again: my name is Evelyne and I am a dairy junky. Cheese, milk, ice cream, yogurt…I love it all. I will also make a confession: since I live alone I do drink milk right out of the carton, a lot! Don’t judge! So it is my pleasure to help and promote milk and dairy products when I can, especially when it is for a better health and for a good cause.

When Dairy Farmers of Canada attended The Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo in Vancouver, they created a powerful and captivating performance to highlight the surprising benefits of yogurt, which aids in the prevention of high blood pressure.

The performance, and the film of it, were made to promote the free Get Enough Helper App, which helps people track what they eat based on recommendations from Canada’s Food Guide.

In the video, we see a gymnast stacking and balancing a series of chairs in front of conference attendees. The gymnast then climbs, twists and contorts his body at seemingly impossible angles on top of the chairs, to show how far we each stretch to find balance in our day.

The performance is intensely physical and dangerous – much like high blood pressure – and encourages the audience to use the Get Enough Helper App to help the fight against high blood pressure. Each day someone uses the App, Dairy Farmers of Canada donates $1 on their behalf to the Heart & Stroke Foundation to support the fight against high blood pressure.

The performance is spellbinding, engaging and stunning, and the video shows conference attendees watching in rapt attention while enjoying complimentary yogurt parfaits and savouring the surprising health benefits of yogurt.

Have a look!

This post is sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada

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Vodka Gimlet and French Toast for the Mad Men Series Finale & Giveaway

Tripping back to the 60s with French Toast à la rum and Vodka Gimlet, a retro breakfast spread – cocktail included, for the Mad Men Series Finale!

What does it mean if you’re a man and you wear a hat in Mad Men? What concert is obliquely responsible for Peggy’s haircut? How many secretaries has Don had over the course of the show? Bert Cooper has a giant painting from which renowned artist hanging in his office? And why does Betty hate her neighbour? If you know the answers to any of the questions, you are for sure a hard core Mad Men fan.

I am going to finish season 5 tonight on Netflix. I am a bit late jumping on the bandwagon but I am loving the show. So I was thrilled to be asked to join the Virtual Mad Men Finale Party and host a Giveaway where you could win your own copy of the The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

Mad Men finale french toast angle


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Dairy Farmers of Canada show milk’s health benefits in a captivating way

If I had to pick one food I love that separates me from the rest of most adults, it would be milk. I know most adults grow out of it but I am obsessed with milk, just like my mom to this day.

She always joked it would be cheaper to have a cow than buy so much milk for me. Hey it is her fault, she always told me it was good for me and for my bones. Turns out milk is also great to help to protect against colorectal cancer, a malignant tumour that starts in cells of the colon or rectum. With my recent acid reflux issues all things related to digestion get my full attention. So I wanted to share you this message from the Dairy Farmers of Canada:

Dairy Farmers of Canada wanted to highlight all the surprising ways milk benefits health – like how it
could help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.


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Whey Lemonade

A few weeks ago I did not even know what the word whey meant. Do you know what it is? Milk consists of protein, fat and water. When you make cheese, the process of adding an acid makes the protein and fat curdle and forms a solid. The water that gets left behind in the whey. If you are a regular reader you know I have been a cheese making machine lately, check out my goat cheese and feta. So I have been left with a lot of whey. It seemed a shame to throw it out so I did a little research in hopes of finding a recipe.

It turns out whey is extremely healthy as it contains lactose, vitamins, protein, amino acids and minerals. Whey protein is believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties and appears to stimulate insulin release, in type 2 diabetics. Bodybuilders are fans of whey protein, sold in powder form, as a nutritional supplement.

You can use whey instead of milk in baking recipes and it is also popular in smoothies. There are actually quite a few uses for whey. But I wanted to make a recipe that made the whey shine. What I found was a delicious lemonade.


Whey Lemonade
Recipe Type: Beverages & Libations
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1 liter
Here is a healthy beverage recipe for lemonade made out of whey leftover from cheesemaking
  • 1 liter of whey
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  1. Liquify honey in a bit of hot water from the tap
  2. Add the honey and the lemon juice to whey in a jug.
  3. Mix well, chill and serve.

I am proud to say this post will be part of this week’s Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up #18 over at Gastronomical Sovereignty, a link-up to encourage fresh food production, consumption, activism, and awareness.

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Roasted Black Sesame Ice Cream

As someone put it best earlier on twitter when I announced what was going on in my kitchen…

Really? That sounds like something outta Iron Chef Japan. Can’t imagine what that would tastes like?!

Two words on how it tastes: AWE and SOME

I came across this flavor at Atti during the dinner group’s Christmas dinner. They served green tea, red bean, ginger and this black as night sesame ice cream. This last one was the hit of the meal both in taste and sight. I made a mental note to find a recipe. Then winter came to Montreal and I mentally blocked the ice cream machine out of my mind. But spring like weather has come early to Quebec this year without a real trace of snow anywhere in a month. The ice cream machine was calling my name….


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