A yearly event for healthy food and life-style lovers, the Expo Manger santé et Vivre vert celebrated its 15th edition inMontrealand its 12th edition inQuebec City. Dedicated to promoting the importance of quality nutrition and healthy life-styles for the goodness of our health and the environment, the expo made me discover great new things.
1- lunch-soups from Commensal
I was able to taste two of the four lunch-soups from Le Commensal restaurant. These nourishing soups contain between 10 and17 gramsof proteins and 8 to18 gramsof fibres. Made only with vegetarian ingredients, these soups are also low in sodium – maybe a little too low for my taste, I would add a little more. Between the Thai and the Country-Style– the two soups available for tasting – I preferred the latter, made with green lentils, barley and crunchy vegetables.
2- Nuts and dry fruits by Prana
We all know that nuts are filled with proteins and healthy fats. Prana, a Quebec-based company, imports dry fruits and organic nuts from everywhere around the world to transform them into healthy, nutritional and gluten-free snacks. Sweet, salty or plain, Prana transforms and offers a great variety of pre-packed products available in many formats. I went for the sesame squares and the macadamia nuts (they are quite hard to find in supermarkets). Online orders are available.
3- Bamboo bowls by Bibol
These cute little bamboo bowls truly won my heart over! Entirely hand-made by Vietnamese craftsman, Bibol creations are made with a fair trade mentality. The inside is made of natural bamboo, whereas the outside is covered with many layers of solvent-free lacquer without any volatile organic compounds (VOC). Still scarcely distributed in Quebec, their creations can be found at Le Fouvrac in Montrealand Pot en ciel in Quebec.
4- Dressings and herbs by Méchant Mix
Created in Terrebonne, products by Méchant Mix are among my favourites. Their salad dressings, especially the balsamic, strawberry and pink pepper one, are all filled with originality and great taste (mint and garlic; apple, curry and honey; etc.). I’m particularly fond of their herbs and spices mix, like theNeptune, a sea salt with Provençal spices. This time, I decided to try two new products, so I went for the Espelette chilli peppers and the white balsamic vinegar with honey. We’ll see!
5- Anti+, a drinkable fruit
It’s hard to describe this product other than saying that it is truly a drinkable fruit. Anti+ juices will be available in May and will most probably revolutionize the way we eat fruits when in a hurry! Nutritionist Isabelle Huot had a lot of nice things to say about it during the TV morning show Salut, bonjour!