Tasty Tuesday: Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Dive head first into Spring with one of our favourite PGX recipes!

We’ve gone into the PGX Recipe archives and retrieved one of our favourite recipes.

It’s an oldie but a goodie: Heirloom Tomato Salsa. Packed with fresh veggies and a couple sticks of PGX Singles, this salsa makes a light and refreshing snack for any potluck or bbq, in under 30 minutes.

Here’s a quick overview of the ingredients you will need:

  • ? cup lemon juice
  • 1.5 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (or basil), chopped
  • 2 cups heirloom tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium green onion
  • 1/8 tablespoon pink rock or grey sea salt
  • 5g PGX Daily Singles (2 sticks)

Optional Ingredient:

  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper, minced

Find the full recipe and directions here. Enjoy!

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To Camp or Not to Camp

Spring Time Activities: Camping & Hiking

It definitely feels like Spring out there but is it too early to head into the great outdoors?

As we enter into the month of April, Vancouver is experiencing one of its best starts to Spring that its had in several years. While we can only hope that the sun continues to shine on the Lower Mainland, the sunny days open up a whole new realm of activities that many of us put aside last Fall as soon as the clouds (and rain) rolled in.

One of my favourie outdoor activities, that I don’t get to do nearly enough, is camping. I love the chance to spend an entire weekend outdoors and go for walks, hikes and the occasional swim. However, I’m one of those people who is always (and I mean always) cold. So, I’ve been grappling with the question: is it too early to head into the great outdoors for a weekend trip?

I turned down an opportunity to go this past weekend, thinking I’d been freezing throughout the whole trip – I mean, it was still March! But, as the gorgeous Vancouver weekend drew to a close, I found myself feeling as though I’d missed out.

So, I leave the question to you PGX’ers: Is March/April too soon to camp?


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Spring clean your diet

The days of heavy, winter-weather comfort foods are over! Warmer temperatures are finally here, and that means we?re no longer craving that hot pot of chili, but instead are reaching for fresh melons and a cool crisp salad. Spring is a great opportunity to clean up our diets, and get rid of those bad eating habits we adopted over the long winter. Here are some tips to help give your diet a good spring cleaning:

Make an inventory of your meals.

We like to think that we can remember everything we eat each day, but you might be surprised at what you are forgetting. Keeping a log of what you eat after each meal is a good way to track any bad habits, and take notice of important food groups that may be lacking on your plate, such as fruits and vegetables.

De-clutter the kitchen.

This means more than just wiping up spills and removing mystery leftovers from the refrigerator. It?s time to get rid of those high-calorie salad dressings, dips and condiments.  Also say goodbye to processed meats such as sausage and hot dogs, as well as juice, sodas and other sugary drinks.


You?ve cleaned the junk out the cupboards and refrigerator shelves, now it?s time to organize. Stock the pantry with some healthy staples including whole-grain cereals and breads, oats, fat-free popcorn, fat-free refried beans, and diced tomatoes. In the freezer, load up on frozen veggies. Many people don?t realize that frozen vegetables are often more nutritious than fresh produce found in the grocery stores. They?re cheaper too.

Freshen up your taste buds:

More and more local farmer?s markets are opening every weekend. This is a great opportunity to stock up on in-season produce. Chefs and nutrition experts agree, foods taste better and more nutritious when you get them in season. There are many websites out there that can help you find out which fruits and vegetables are ripe for picking near where you live.

A smart diet is important to a healthy lifestyle, but don?t forget about exercise! Many of us are jumping to get outside after spending months cooped up on the couch. Now is the time to dust off those sneakers and get outside for a run, or pull out some gloves and start digging in the garden. Winter hibernation is over, and it?s time to get moving!

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