Most popular questions

1. Hello Genevieve, My child has lactose intolerance but he loves to eat ice cream, especially in the summer time. Unfortunately, I don’t know what to do because even after a single serving of ice cream, he has terrible stomach aches. It’s a shame, especially when he visits his friends. Can you help me?

Geneviève Nadeau
Hello,
Lactose intolerance affects many children, but adults too! Have you heard of lactase tablets? It’s an enzyme that helps digest lactose and it would greatly help when your child is having ice cream. Fortunately, there are also some alternatives such as some dairy products desserts that are better tolerated than others. Yogurt, for example, contains much less lactose due to its manufacturing process. You could also try other delicious desserts like a fruity sorbet which does not contain dairy products and is a great ice cream substitute.
For more information please read the following article Understanding lactose intolerance

2. Dear Geneviève, I was wondering how I could plan my weekly meals better. I run out of time to make complicated recipes because I have 2 kids who are 3 and 5 years old. Where do I start? Thanks!

Geneviève Nadeau
Good day,
You are right! It is not easy to juggle work, family and still plan meals. First, get rid of the pressure by eliminating elaborated and fancy recipes. Get back to the basics that you can cook in large quantity: grated pasta, homemade pizza, lentil meatloaf or chicken and vegetables rice casserole. Use your day off or the weekends to prepare them in a larger quantity and freeze them. This way, you can warm them up quickly during the week.
You can also plan quick meals using basic ingredients you always keep in the fridge or in the pantry (ex. Sweet pepper + green onions + couscous + can of tuna = Couscous and tuna salad, with a twist of orange juice, oil and pepper as seasoning). To learn more, you can read the article: Celebrate healthy food: plan and cook your meals as a family!

3. Hello Genevieve We hear more and more about “organic” products. Are there really benefits to eating organic vegetables, fruits and cereals? I wonder if the investment is really worth it. Thank you

Geneviève Nadeau
Hello,
There is indeed a craze for organic food products. In my opinion, it has more to do with your values and the ethical choices we make towards sustainable development. Organic or not, eating lots of fruits and vegetables remain essential to a balanced diet and health benefits are clearly proven. However, by choosing organic products you also help sustain agricultural production that is free of pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics and that undoubtedly have a positive impact on the environment and sustainable development. Nevertheless, it is true that organic products are more expensive and we must understand that organic producers are taking more risks than others just to meet the higher standards of organic certification. In fact, more care must be taken to ensure product quality in both organic and traditional agriculture.
For more information you can read the article Eating Organic: an ethical and sustainable choice