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Five Lesser-Known Foods To Incorporate Into Your Diet This National Nutrition Month

Top raw foods chef Heather Pace shares nutrient-rich food ingredients for improving overall health and well-being.

TORONTO, ON (February 16, 2017) - March 1st, 2017 marks the beginning of National Nutrition Month, a 30+ year old campaign designed to focus on bettering food choices and developing improved eating and physical activity habits for Canadians. According to StatCan in 2014, 20.8% of Canadians over 18 were classified as obese, with poor eating choices acting as a major contributor.  To help incorporate more nutrient-based items into Canadian diets, Victoria-based raw foods chef Heather Pace shares five lesser-known ingredients that pack flavour and function into everyday recipes.

Maca1. Maca

With over 20 amino acids (including eight essential amino acids), this South American root (also known as Peruvian ginseng) is great for libido, fertility, memory, focus, and energy. Known as an adaptogen, this root helps with the body’s response to stress. It can be purchased in powdered form and has a pleasant malty taste that  can be used in desserts, smoothies and other drinks.

2. Turmeric

Most famously known for its anti-inflammatory properties and high iron content, this spice from the ginger family also helps balance blood sugar and loosen stiff joints. Turmeric is commonly used in curry powder and has a strong taste, but can be added to most soups, dips, salad dressings, tea, smoothies, and even desserts. It can be used fresh or in powdered form.

3. Avocado oil 

Dubbed “the healthiest new oil” for its lack of cholesterol, trans fats and high content of vitamin E, avocado oil comes from the fruit flesh, rather than the seed like most oils. Avocado oil assists the body in absorbing important nutrients and has been found to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Because of its neutral flavour, avocado oil is a great option for salad dressings, dips, baking and cooking.

4. ChagaChaga

High in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins B, K and D, the chaga mushroom grows on birch trees in Canada, Northern United States and Russia. A source for natural energy, chaga can be made into a tea that has vanilla and maple properties to it. Chaga can also be added to smoothies or used in desserts like cheesecakes, puddings and pies.

5. Hibiscus tea

High in vitamin C and iron, hibiscus is a tropical flower with a tangy, cranberry-like flavour. Also high in antioxidants and an abundance of minerals, hibiscus helps to boost immunity, decrease inflammation, and works as a natural diuretic. In its dried form, the flower can be used in a variety of smoothies and desserts like this lemon hibiscus raspberry cheesecake!

Incorporate some of these ingredients together in a delicious raw chocolate superfood shake formulated by Pace with a recipe found below. To find out more about Heather Pace and her raw food creations, please visit http://www.sweetlyraw.com.

 

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About Heather Pace: 

 

Heather Pace’s love of food led her to the completion of a classical culinary program at Fanshawe College at the age of 21. She used her valuable skills and experience to create healthy vegan, and later raw vegan versions of traditional foods. Heather has worked in various restaurants, bakeries, juice bars, as a personal chef, in recipe development and is currently the is the owner of Sweetly Raw Desserts company in Victoria, B.C. She is the published author of Sweetly Raw Desserts (Quarry Books) and writes a popular blog called Sweetly Raw that is filled with hundreds of healthy gluten free/vegan recipes, beautiful photos, and her seven raw dessert e-books. Heather posts daily on her mouth watering Instagram account and also has a new Youtube Channel where she shares delicious and creative recipes. With a passion for educating people on how to incorporate more plant based options into their diet in a fun and tasty way, Heather teaches raw food classes in different cities. With her own voracious sweet tooth, her motto is “Have your cake and eat it too”, and really focuses on showing people how they can make and enjoy incredible guilt-free desserts that can even help with weight loss! Heather is also a certified yoga instructor.

 

Raw Chocolate Superfood Shake Photo Credit Heather Pace

1/2 cup chilled chaga tea

3-4 tablespoons cashews

1 small frozen chopped banana

1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons cacao powder

1 tablespoon maca powder

1 tablespoon lucuma powder

1 tablespoon coconut sugar or yacon syrup

1 teaspoon mesquite

1 teaspoon chia seed

1/4 teaspoon ashwaganda root powder

1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder

4-6 large ice cubes

1-2 teaspoons cacao nibs, optional

 

Blend the chilled chaga tea and cashews until smooth, creating a milk. Add remaining ingredients (starting with 4-5 ice cubes) except cacao nibs and blend until smooth, using the tamper of the vita mix to push down. The mixture is thick. Taste. Add more ice if you like, or a few drops stevia if you want it sweeter. Depends how much cacao powder you add.Add cacao nibs and blend for a few seconds to break them down. Drink immediately!

    Ben & Jerry’s Introduces New Dairy-Free Flavours Through Exclusive Pint Delivery Service in Toronto

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    Beloved ice cream brand brings new almond-based options curb side, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    TORONTO, ON (February 8, 2017) – Beginning this Valentine’s Day, Toronto residents will be able to order pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream on-demand. The new delivery service, which will be made available into summer 2017, includes three popular flavour options: Cherry Garcia®, Half Baked®, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and introduces two hotly anticipated non-dairy flavours: P.B. & Cookies Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert and Coffee Caramel Fudge Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert. 

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    “With over seven million Canadians being affected by lactose intolerance, Ben & Jerry’s wants to make sure everyone can enjoy our euphoric flavours,” says Rebecca Orellana, Unilever Canada. “Our on-demand ordering service will give our fans a chance to try our new almond-based flavours before they start to hit Canadian store shelves on February 27, 2017.”

    Valentine’s Day is one of the most important days of the year for Ben & Jerry’s. With on-demand delivery, Ben & Jerry’s wants to make it easier for both singles and couples to ‘Netflix and chill’ with a tasty pint by their side. To order one of the five pints available, customers can simply visit http://benandJerry.urbery.com, where they will enter in location details (delivery subject to availability in select areas), select a scheduled or same-day delivery time, and then complete purchase with payment. Pints will be available for $8.99 for traditional flavours and $9.99 for non-dairy, plus a $4.99 delivery fee. Delivery is free of charge if three or more pints are purchased.

    Ben & Jerry’s on-demand delivery will be made available February 14, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and following Valentine’s Day: Monday to Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. As a special promotion on Valentine’s Day only, customers can buy one pint and get one free with the use of promo code SHARETHELOVE (case sensitive).

     

    For more information, product samples, photos or interview requests, please contact:

    Cory Stewart | Embrace Disruption PR

    o: 416.963.9857, c: 647.638.1586 e: cory@embracedisruption.com

     

    About Ben & Jerry’s:

    As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2015 the company completed its transition to sourcing Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2015 to support economic and social justice, environmental restoration, and peace through understanding. For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit www.benandjerrys.ca.

     

     

      Award-Winning Canadian Comedian Carla Collins Returns to Headline Toronto Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club This February


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      “Lightning fast, Carla takes on everyone in the pop culture field; she’s like a whip smart, hysterical version of TMZ.”

      - Mark Breslin, Owner, Yuk Yuk’s Canada

       


      TORONTO, ON (January 31, 2017) - Comedian, actress, television host and best-selling author Carla Collins is making her triumphant return to Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (224 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON) to perform six instalments of her award winning stand-up comedy show this February. Collins’ show, which takes place the evenings of February 8 – 12, 2017, is a fusion of cheeky pop culture references, hot topics and hilarious tales of her life in Los Angeles, and will be recorded for Sirius XM Canada Laughs. In addition, Collins is slated for four additional performances at comedy venues in Mississauga, Ottawa, Guelph and Barrie.

      From hosting Canada’s highest rated entertainment show “eNow” to starring in her hit network television series, Carlawood”, Collins has become a prominent and well respected figure in the Canadian entertainment scene. Carla’s first solo stand-up special, “The Wonder Bra Years”, aired on The Comedy Network, becoming one of the highest rated in the network’s Comedy Now series. Hailed as the “Queen of Comedy” and “Canada’s Tina Fey” by Canadian press, Carla can currently be seen as a celebrity panelist on Super Channel’s comedy/variety series Too Much Informationand is also a regular celebrity gossip and fashion commentator on Breakfast Television.

      “Carla’s material ranges from silly to cerebral; she covers everything from Trudeau to Trump, new age to old school, plus sex, death and daddy issues. Her show is high energy, fast-paced and often largely improvised. Collins loves to play with the crowd but don’t worry — she won’t pick on you, she’s much more likely to hit on you.”

      CarlaSince moving to Los Angeles, Collins was named “the funniest woman in comedy” by BeautyStyleWatch magazine and headlines clubs and theatres all over North America. She has become a staple in the stand-up community, performing at venues such as The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store, The Jon Lovitz Club and Flappers in LA. Carla has also been featured in Just for Laughs, the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, and the Vancouver Comedy Festival. Recently, Collins was awarded the prestigious Comedian Of The Year Award by the Southern California Motion Picture Council and is currently filming “The Last Laugh a sitcom she created about performing stand-up at funerals. Collins can also be found in her new web-series entitled “Carla Collins Comes Clean”, which features Collins speaking to camera in a bubble-filled bathtub, presents the comedian sharing personal stories in an uninhibited and no-holds-barred manner.

      Although based in Los Angeles, Carla frequently returns to Canada to perform stand-up shows in Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia; St. John’s, Newfoundland; Montreal, Quebec; and St. John, New Brunswick.

      Tickets for upcoming Carla Collins shows can be purchased at the following links:

      Toronto

      Yuk Yuk’s

      Mississauga

      Stir Kitchen & Beverage Co. 

      • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – 8:00 p.m. – call 289.232.7847 for reservations

      Ottawa

      Crack Up for Mental Health, Arena at TD Place

      Guelph

      eBar – Upstairs @ The Bookshelf

      Barrie

      Gilda’s Comedy Beachfest

      For more information on Carla Collins, please visit: http://www.carlacollins.com

       

      For more information, photos or to request an interview, please contact:

      Cory Stewart, Embrace Disruption PR

      c: 647.638.1586, o: 416.963.9857, e: cory@embracedisruption.com

       

      About Carla Collins:

      Carla Collins is an award-winning comedian, actress, television host and author of the best selling comedic self-help book Angels, Vampires and Douche Bags. Carla headlines comedy venues across the US and Canada and the Huffington Post calls her “hilarious, masterful and belly-achingly funny.” Collins is currently filming The Last Laugh, a sitcom she created loosely based on her life in LA performing stand-up comedy at funerals.

      Twitter: @Carla_Collins

      Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1rfi9Vn

      YouTube: http://bit.ly/1fgi5iE

      Website: www.carlacollins.com

        INFOGRAPHIC: The Science Of Super Bowl Ads | Embrace Disruption Public Relations

        Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner — and we can’t wait! Specifically, we’re looking forward to the show-stopping halftime performance from Lady Gaga, and the dozens of new commercials bound to premiere in-between the quarters.

        But what about those commercials? Are they effective for the brands who spend millions on top placements during the top-watched TV event of the year? We came across this detailed INFOGRAPHIC from USA TODAY that shares some of the ROI details from the 2014 game. Check it out below:

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          Top 10 #PRTips Of The Week: January 18, 2017 | Embrace Disruption PR

          PRPROTIPSHere are our Top 10 PR Pro Tips for this week, selected by the Embrace Disruption PR team from Twitter. Remember to submit your own PR pro tip using the hashtag #PRTip or #PRTips. Your tweet could be featured here next week!

           

           

           

           

            Infographic: The Top PR Campaigns – A History| Embrace Disruption Public Relations

            You might not realize it, but the concept of public relations has been around for a LONG time. Our ever evolving industry has survived through the decades, producing many compelling and historical campaigns. Today we want to share with you this INFOGRAPHIC, which details some of the most compelling PR campaigns in history. Take a moment to read through and tell us in the comments: what PR campaign (within the last decade) sticks out in your memory?

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              Infographic: A Journey Along The Red Carpet | Embrace Disruption PR

              With award season in full swing, we thought it might be fun to take a journey along the famous red carpet!

              Red carpets are a staple at almost every notable function, even outside of Hollywood! The carpet provides photographers and press with the opportunity to interact with talent, while the talent has an opportunity to promote their projects and causes. A win-win! Hosting an upcoming event and need red carpet coordination or celebrity attendance? Shoot us an email to find out how we can help transform your red carpet experience!

              Check out this fun infographic below featuring some of your favourite red carpet moments, courtesy of Carpet Right.

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                Top 10 #PRTips Of The Week: January 4, 2017 | Embrace Disruption PR

                PRPROTIPSHere are our Top 10 PR Pro Tips for this week, selected by the Embrace Disruption PR team from Twitter. Remember to submit your own PR pro tip using the hashtag #PRTip or #PRTips. Your tweet could be featured here next week!

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                  Community One Foundation Event at Award-Winning Integral House a Sold Out Success

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                  TORONTO, ON (November 23, 2016) – On Saturday, November 19, 2016, over 250 members and allies of the LGBTTIQQ2S community filled Toronto’s award-winning Integral House to enjoy an evening of celebration and performances in support of Community One Foundation. Hosted by Canadian comedian Carla Collins and sponsored by RBC and Team PK, the evening was a decadent affair, complemented by custom Bar Chef cocktails and gourmet delights.

                  screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-2-14-56-pmVIP guests arrived at 6:30 p.m. and were treated to an exclusive tour of Integral House by Brigitte Shim of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, along with performances by the world-renowned Opera Atelier. At 7:30 p.m., the event opened to the public and showcased a variety of performances from Community One Foundation Rainbow Grant recipient Tessa Goodon and popular Toronto drag artists Sofonda Cox and Donnarama.

                  In addition, the foundation awarded the winner of their annual Steinert & Ferreiro Award, Canada’s largest single cash award in recognition of leadership in the LGBTTIQQ2S community, to Toronto-based advocate Doug Kerr. Kerr was chosen for his commitment to volunteerism, social activism along with his steadfast ability to drive collaboration across a multitude of initiatives in both a Toronto and global context.

                  screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-2-22-09-pm“Our foundation’s main objective is to support and foster growth throughout LGBTTIQQ2S communities in the greater Toronto area,” says Community One Foundation co-chair Terry Greene. “Events like these help us spotlight the amazing individuals and initiatives that we continue to recognize with grants and awards throughout the calendar year.”

                  Community One Foundation is one of many charitable organizations that Integral House’s builder James Stewart (late mathematician and textbook magnate) has donated proceeds to. A longtime LGBT activist, Stewart planted roots in the community by inviting “gay rights activist George Hislop to speak at McMaster in the early 1970s, when the LGBT liberation movement was in its infancy, and was involved in protests and demonstrations until mathematics began to dominate his life.” (Daily Xtra, 2014).

                   

                  For more information, photos from the evening or interview requests, please contact:

                  Cory Stewart | Embrace Disruption PR

                  p: 647.638.1586 | e: cory@embracedisruption.com

                   

                  About Community One:

                  Established in 1980, Community One Foundation provides grants to LGBTTIQQ2S community projects in Greater Toronto Area including Durham, Halton, Peel and York Regions, focusing on the areas of arts and culture, health and social services, and research and education. The Foundation also promotes community philanthropy through strategic partnerships such as the Bill 7 Award and the LGBT Giving Network.

                  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityOneFoundation/

                  Twitter: @C1Foundation

                  Instagram: @C1Foundation

                  Hashtag: #CommunityOne

                    Community One Foundation Hosts Final Public Event in Award-Winning Integral House

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                    LGBT-focused charity Community One Foundation opens Integral House to the public for one last time before its sale in an exclusive evening hosted by Canadian comedian Carla Collins. 

                    TORONTO, ON – Weeks after the reported sale of Toronto’s celebrated and award-winning residence Integral House (194 Roxborough Drive, Rosedale), the Community One Foundation – an organization with grant and award programs dedicated to the development of LGBTTIQQ2S communities in the GTA – is excited to announce “Community One Presents an Evening at Integral House”. The event, happening on Saturday, November 19, 2016, will be the last publicly available event before the sale of the famous property.

                    “We’re so honoured to present such an exclusive and momentous event in one of Toronto’s most celebrated architectural wonders,” says Community One Foundation co-chair Kevin Ormsby. “James Stewart was a pillar of activism in our community, and we are eternally grateful for his contribution to both the LGBT community and the Community One Foundation.”

                    Community One is one of many charitable organizations receiving proceeds from the sale of Integral House, per the wishes of its owner and creator James Stewart, the late mathematician and textbook magnate. A longtime LGBT activist, Stewart planted roots in the community by invoking “gay rights activist George Hislop to speak at McMaster in the early 1970s, when the LGBT liberation movement was in its infancy, and was involved in protests and demonstrations until mathematics began to dominate his life.” (Daily Xtra, 2014).

                    A night not to be missed, the event will also be attended by many notable Canadians, including Hilary Farr of Love It Or List It, musician Simone Denny, designer David Dixon and many more.

                    The one-of-a-kind evening celebrates 36 years of important work the Foundation has achieved – including funding the beginnings of LGBT institutions like The 519 and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre – and will be hosted by 2015 California Comedian of the Year Carla Collins. Feature performances include Opera Atelier, Community One Foundation Rainbow Grant recipient Tessa Godden, and popular Toronto drag acts Sofonda Cox and Donnarama. In addition, the Foundation will announce the winner of their annual Steinert & Ferreiro Award, Canada’s largest single cash award in recognition of leadership in the LGBTTIQQ2S community.

                     

                    A private VIP reception and home tour – conducted by one of the home’s architects, Bridget Shim of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects – will be held for donors and supporters at 6:00 p.m., followed by public access to the event at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $125 at http://bit.ly/c1integral. Proceeds from tickets will go towards the many grants awarded by the Community One Foundation.

                    For media accreditation, photos or interview requests, please contact: 

                    Cory Stewart | Embrace Disruption PR
                    p: 647.638.1586 | e: cory@embracedisrupKon.com

                    About Community One:
                    Established in 1980, the Community One Foundation provides grants to LGBTTIQQ2S community projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including Durham, Halton, Peel and York Regions, focusing on the areas of arts and culture, health and social services, and research and education. The Foundation also promotes community philanthropy through strategic partnerships such as the Bill 7 Award and the LGBT Giving Network.

                    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CommunityOneFoundation/
                    Twitter: @C1Foundation
                    Instagram: @C1Foundation
                    Hashtag: #C1Evening

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