Have you recently purchased dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals or nutritional or herbal supplements? Many of us with common problems like hair loss, skin wrinkles, irritable bowel, weight management or stress relief have reached for some of these over the counter natural health products. Or at least we know a friend who may be a proponent of these products. According to the Health Canada website 71% of Canadians have used natural health products.
What are Natural Health Products?
Natural health products (NHPs) include vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines such as traditional Chinese medicines, probiotics, other products like amino acids and essential fatty acids as defined under the Natural Health Products regulations by Health Canada. They typically have fewer side effects than prescription drugs and often emphasize prevention rather than cure.
In recent times there has been a growing demand for holistic health, nutrition and natural treatments. People have diverging perspectives underlying this growing health awareness in the multicultural melting pot that is Surrey. In some communities, historically developed traditional treatments and ancient herbal remedies have been part and parcel of the diet and lifestyle since centuries.
Currently along with the growing popularity of vitamins and minerals, herbs such as Indian neem, turmeric, Korean or Chinese root ginseng, kampo herbal medicines from Japan, the south American acai berry and other plant based dietary supplements are catching on within other local communities too.
But skeptics still question whether all of these really work and are they really safe? Research has occasionally reported contrary conclusions.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”https://24o4jw8cb0e2pym4i236aag1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/natural-focus-2.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”off” align=”center” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]
Word from the Surrey street:
Fleetwood resident Inderpreet Kaur shares some of her positive experiences using natural health products, “My whole family has traditionally always relied on aayurvedic and herbal supplements. I find them effective for skin related problems and also general wellness. Indeed I know some people also lean towards these supplements and vitamins for minor ailments such as vitamin C for a viral cold or a natural laxative for a prolonged tummy upset which would not necessarily warrant a prescription drug from a doctor. “
“Our natural health products such as aloe vera, moringa, ashwagandha can be seen more as food than as medicine” explains Mr. Aggarwal from Shubh Organic Health Foods & Supplements a popular health food store in Newton. He stresses that his recommendations to customers initially focus on their own dietary improvements and lifestyle changes. “Beyond that however customers can opt for these plant based supplements to improve the immune system of the body, reduce stress and to develop overall good health and wellbeing. “
According to Health Canada natural health products are generally safe but not risk free. Risks include contamination, unproven claims, incorrect dosage, unwanted allergic reactions etc. as also reported in independent studies.
Regulation and testing of Natural Health Products:
As per current Natural Health Products Regulations, to be legally sold in Canada, all natural health products must have a product licence, and the Canadian sites that manufacture, package, label and import these products must have site licences. Their health claims must be supported by proper evidence so that consumers and Health Canada know the products are indeed safe and effective. Evidence may include clinical trial data or references to published studies, journals, pharmacopoeias and traditional resources. These regulations are viewed as less stringent compared to drug manufacturers that must submit results of clinical trials and also pay more to get their products assessed. This is perceived as a two tier system that is limiting the ability of Health Canada to ensure the safety and efficacy of NHPs.
A major overhaul is currently proposed to these regulations. As reported by mainstream media, under the proposed new system Health Canada would bring natural health products, over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics under one set of rules and regulate them based on the potential health risks they pose. Higher-risk natural products would require a full government review of science-based evidence before a product can be sold or health claims are approved. Lower-risk products could include vitamins, toothpaste and homeopathic products. These would not be reviewed by Health Canada and could not make any specific disease treatment or prevention claims on product labels.
Have your say:
Local suppliers of NHPs are concerned as in some cases customers may be deprived of relevant information regarding a supplement due to lack of sufficient funds to clinically test these time tested traditional remedies. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) have expressed their disagreement with this proposed regulation on their website stating that the increased costs in providing the drug-level evidence required are not justified and may not be affordable driving some products and companies out of the market. Canada’s natural health products industry is valued at $3-billion, according to the CHFA. They have invited consumers and other industry stakeholders to join their consultation and have your say!
Some customers may prefer the new regulations or they may find a more balanced way to use natural products based on what they learn in this consultation. On the other hand in many cultures the philosophy of well-being is ingrained in the foundation of treating both body and mind. In order to receive a holistic natural treatment patients are expected to change their diet, lifestyle and even mindset.” Is the ‘western scientific methodology of time bound controlled clinical trials really adequate or appropriate for testing a complete other philosophy?” asks Inderpreet Kaur.
Healthlink BC also offers some useful resources on how to use natural supplements not as replacement to drugs but as part of ‘complementary solutions’ to stay healthy and safe![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
Mother’s Day Brunch with Frozen BC Blueberries
Recipes Courtesy of the BC Blueberry Council
By: Brooklynn Doucette on behalf of the BC Blueberry Council
On Sunday, May 9th, it’s time to celebrate Mom! Whether it be over the phone, via Zoom, outside, or in-person, our Mom’s deserve to be showered with love this Mother’s Day.
Start Mother’s Day off right with one of these delicious breakfast or brunch recipes, all featuring frozen BC Blueberries! Make sure your frozen BC Blueberries are from BC by looking for “cultivated” or “high bush” “Buy BC” “Product of Canada” on the packages.
3-Ingredient Bc Blueberry Banana Pancakes
Commemorate mom and the frozen BC Blueberry season with this delicious 3-ingredient BC Blueberry Banana Pancakes. Kid-friendly and ready in under 15 minutes, these pancakes are perfect for an impromptu Mother’s Day brunch.
Yields: 4 – 6 pancakes
Prep time: 2 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
(Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup frozen BC Blueberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe banana.
- Add in eggs and mix well.
- In a medium non-stick pan, heat vegetable oil (or any neutral tasting oil) on medium-low heat.
- Pour a large spoonful into the pan.
- Flip when it turns golden.
- Stack it up and enjoy!
Bc Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie
The perfect accompaniment to a Mother’s Day brunch is this BC Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie. This recipe can be enjoyed with breakfast or on its own. Make mom smile this Mother’s Day by bringing her a smoothie in bed!
Yields: 2 servings
- 2 cups (300g) Frozen BC Blueberries
- 1 cup (150g) Frozen banana, chopped
- 2 cups (500ml) Unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup (40g) Hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp (30ml) Almond butter
- 2 (48g) Medjool dates, pitted (optional)
- Add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend on high until smooth.
Bc Blueberry Chia Oat Milk Pudding
Looking for a vegan Mother’s Day brunch idea? This BC Blueberry Chia Oat Milk Pudding is the perfect recipe. Pop it in the fridge for 15 minutes, add your toppings, and serve your mom a tasty brunch treat!
Yields: 2 cups
Prep time: 3 mins
Cook time: 17 mins
- 1/3 cup of chia seeds
- 1 cup of oat milk (or your choice of milk alternative)
- 1/3 cup frozen BC Blueberries
Optional for Serving
- 1/2 tsp maple syrup
- 3 – 5 pieces of sliced ripe banana
- More Frozen BC Blueberries!
- In a medium-sized bowl, add oat milk, chia seeds, and frozen BC blueberries. Whisk to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes (or overnight). The chia pudding should be thick and creamy.
- Layer with fresh or frozen fruit, compote, maple syrup (vegan), or honey, and enjoy.
- Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Phoenix Society Partners with JRG to Support Local Community
Finding new ways to encourage and support local communities and initiatives has always been at the heart of The Joseph Richard Group (JRG).
JRG is proud to announce its most recent partnership and community initiative with The Phoenix Society. Earlier this year, the Phoenix Society launched a Mobile Community Kitchen, Phoenix Flame BBQ Food Truck, that helps to serve free meals to those in need during this difficult time. The free meal service program was launched to serve those living on the poverty line as well as those who are unhoused in Surrey and beyond. The mobile kitchen allows the Phoenix Society to meet vulnerable populations where they are at, serving food in single-use recyclable containers in an outdoor setting where the guests can safely distance.
“I was fortunate to meet Amy from the Phoenix Society through her work in local media when she and her son participated in JRG’s 2019 annual charity event called One Night Out. We are truly grateful to reunite with Amy and the team at the Phoenix Society to continue supporting our communities.” – Ryan Moreno, CEO & Co-founder of Joseph Richard Group.
The Phoenix Flame BBQ Food Truck has the capacity to serve up to 100 meals per day, three to five times per week, but lacks the revenue to sustain long-term residency. Partnering with The Joseph Richard Group, the Phoenix Society can provide ongoing meals and continued support for the community. JRG will be renting the food truck for pop-up activations across Metro Vancouver.
“In just two months we have provided close to 2,000 free community meals to those most in need, but our goal has always been to find ongoing revenue to help sustain the program in the long-term. We couldn’t find a better partner than Joseph Richard Group; a company that has a clear desire to give back to the community.” – Keir Macdonald, CEO of Phoenix Society.
In 2020 alone, the Phoenix Society provided services to over 2,500 individuals through our Surrey-based Residential Substance Use Treatment, Supportive Housing, Employment, Extreme Weather Shelters, Community Corrections, Home Ownership and Outreach Programs. JRG is proud to partner with this socially-minded organization and work towards building a more stable community for those who are facing poverty.
To learn more about the Food Truck and how you can support this community initiative, please visit phoenixsociety.com for the official announcement.
The Best Late Night Takeout Spots in Surrey
By Manisha Singh
It’s almost midnight and I know exactly what you’re thinking. You want it, and you want it now. The only problem is, you’re sick of McDonalds, Burger King, and A&W.
You crave a delicious meal, exquisitely crafted by a real chef. But look at the time, what options could there possibly be? Especially in Surrey – a city where almost every sought after food option closes by 10pm.
However, to your surprise, there are a few hidden gems scattered across the city that are serving up fresh, sweet, and savory meals until wee hours of the night.
Luckily, I’ve done the hard work of finding them for you and selecting the best ones that I know will satisfy your taste buds!
1. Elvis Pizza
Since its inception over 4 decades ago, Elvis Pizza has been filling up tummy’s across the city! Located near Guildford mall, they serve gourmet pizzas featuring premium toppings and mouth watering homemade sauces.
Aside from pizza, Elvis also serves wings, pasta, and subs. Using only 100% real cheese, this pizza joint prides itself on both immaculate quality and freshness.
Elvis Pizza is open everyday until 3am, with the exception of Friday and Saturday where they stay open until 4am. You definitely have not tried pizza until you’ve had Elvis!
2. Desi Dosa Madras
Located on Scott Road, Desi Dosa Madras is a staple for authentic South Indian cuisine.
They serve a variety of Indian dishes, with their well respected chef, Chef Shijo, originally from Kerala. He shares his mastery of indian flavours by serving up fresh and uniquely crafted dishes to patrons across the city.
An absolute must try from their menu is the spinach and feta dosa! The cauliflower manchurian is also a crowd favourite.
Luckily, Desi Dosa Madras is open everyday until 4am, to satisfy all of your South Indian culinary desires!
3. Sahota’s Live Grill
Have you ever ordered a dish at a restaurant, but it wasn’t cooked to perfection? If so, that definitely won’t be the case at Sahota’s Live Grill!
Open until 3am everyday, they are not just any Indian restaurant, but one that embodies a unique concept that brings the cooking experience straight to your table. Their live grill gives you the power to cook your food exactly how you like it.
Along with a wide range of Indian fusion dishes, Sahota’s Live Grill also whips up decadent desserts and shakes. Whenever I visit, I absolutely have to taste their Kitty Katty shake! It is beyond delicious.
4. Donair Dude
Donair Dude opened its first location during the Winter Olympics in February 2010, and has been unstoppable ever since! They blend North American food culture with authentic Mediterranean dishes, to bring authentic Turkish donairs straight to your hungry mouths!
Donair Dude has plenty of vegan and vegetarian friendly options as well, including tabouli salad, dolmades, and falafel. Not to mention, they also serve fries and poutine.
Located in Cedar Hills, Donair Dude is open until 4am on Friday, 3am on Saturday, and midnight every other day of the week!
5. Non Stop Pizza
Non Stop Pizza truly has it all! They serve amazing comfort food in the form of Indian style pizzas and pastas, along with staple Indian dishes like butter chicken and samosas!
They are committed to serving the Surrey community, and have been for decades. Open everyday until 2:30am, Non Stop Pizza simply doesn’t stop bringing perfectly crafted dishes straight to your door!
And just like that, there you have it, Surrey’s best late night takeout spots!
Whether you are craving a juicy Turkish donair with a side of crispy fries, or a flavour rich pizza doused in homemade sauce, now you know Surrey has the perfect restaurant for you… And thankfully, they are open late!
Say Hello to The First Ever La Pizza Week!
You asked, We delivered! Introducing Le Burger Week
& La Poutine Week’s Latest festival- La Pizza Week!
The ever-so-popular “Le Burger Week” and “La Poutine Week” extend their reigns as Canada’s largest restaurant festivals with a new addition to the family – La Pizza Week presented by Saputo and delivered by SkipTheDishes!
From May 1st until May 7th, treat yourself to some fresh & cheesy goodness from hundreds of restaurants across Canada! La Pizza Week has partnered with SkipTheDishes and Saputo TM to increase its accessibility to restaurants and pizza-lovers across the country.
Get ready to partake in this interactive national community event that supports your favourite local restaurants and their mouthwatering pizza creations. This isn’t your average pizza party – this a national pizza party!
From May 1st until 7th, hundreds of restaurants across Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan will fire up the oven and get the dough rolling for a saucy celebration of La Pizza Week.
Each restaurant will be encouraged to create a unique pizza creation at a special price. Pizza-lovers across the nation will engage with the festival by visiting or ordering from participating restaurants and devour as many irresistible pizzas that their stomachs desire.
They will also be able to vote for their favourite pizza on www.lapizzaweek.com. This will allow restaurants to meet new customers and increase their awareness through their participation.
La Pizza Week’s overall mission is to support local restaurants by increasing their sales and awareness by participating. The festival is designed to encourage people to visit restaurants and to order for take-out or delivery!
As co-founder Na’eem Adam explains, “Coming after our biggest festival ever with La Poutine Week, we’re excited about the timing. The feedback we got from restaurants and fans was overwhelmingly positive and we wanted to contribute to our mission even more; help local restaurant communities.”
This inaugural festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of their partners. This includes La Pizza Week’s official cheese partner, Saputo TM, providing restaurants all over Canada with a variety of delicious cheeses, from classic Mozzarella, to fresh goat cheese, to their new, vegan-certified Dairy-Free Mozzarella Flavoured Shreds coming this spring, and more! Because what’s a pizza without Saputo TM cheese?
Additionally, La Pizza Week will be teaming up with SkipTheDishes, Canada’s largest and most trusted food delivery network, where any participating restaurant on SkipTheDishes will have their pizza available for pick-up or delivery through the Skip app or website.
Also joining La Pizza Week’s roster of partners is Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB), who has been collaborating with “Le Burger Week” and “La Poutine Week” for over 2 years.
The organization aims to fight and destigmatize eating disorders. Through La Pizza Week, part of the proceeds of every pizza sold at a participating restaurant will go to the organization; guaranteeing free, immediate, and specialized help to people with an eating disorder and their loved ones.
For the first time ever, you can attend the biggest pizza festival in Canada. Come get a “pizz-a” the action – this is a pizza party you do not want to miss out on!
To join the La Pizza Week community, please go to: www.lapizzaweek.com/registration/restaurant
To learn more about La Pizza Week, please go to: www.lapizzaweek.com
Joseph Richard Group Announces The Launch of A Virtual Food Court – Canteen
The Joseph Richard Group (JRG) made headlines with the announcement that the company would launch 100 ghost restaurants in a single day. Ranging in the style of cuisine, these restaurants included everything from Obey Poke to Sweet Tooth Desserts.
After a successful few years, JRG has decided to revitalize the brands for customer convenience with the launch of a single virtual location for all their cravings – Canteen.
Hungry customers can now order from all of their favourite virtual restaurants as a single order through the new virtual food court style restaurant, Canteen. Much like a mall food court, Canteen offers the ability to select multiple styles of cuisines and flavours, without having to visit various locations.
All items are purchased in a single order and delivered by one driver. The virtual food court will feature eight of the current JRG brands, including Master Chicken, STAK’D Sandwich Co., Obey Poke, and Sweet Tooth Desserts.
The new Canteen will also feature a new selection of JRG exclusive offerings, including the WTF Burger + Fries, a indulgent, cheesy pilot project from JRG Public Houses. The Canteen menu will vary based on the geographic location of each virtual kitchen and their unique capacity and resources to execute the dishes.
“As popular as our virtual restaurants have been, we realized that sometimes people, or an immediate family wants to order more than one type of cuisine. Rather than have our customers pay multiple delivery fees for food coming from various locations, we are bringing it all together with a food court inspired concept.” – Ryan Moreno, CEO and Co-Founder of JRG.
Canteen will be available across the Lower Mainland, serving customers in Surrey, Cloverdale, Langley, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Port Moody. Orders can be placed through Canteen on SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, or UberEats.
About The Joseph Richard Group
Joseph Richard Group (JRG) is a Canadian based collection of unique hospitality ventures owned by André “Joseph” Bourque and Ryan “Richard” Moreno.
The JRG team operates 25 establishments, constantly fine-tuning and elevating the dining experience for their guests. With top-quality offerings, an exceptional culinary team, and a genuinely kind-hearted service team, you can always expect the best!
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