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Health & Wellness – Did you know?

Health & Wellness – Did you know?

Jo Knows Nutrition

Did You Know?

Asparagus is packed with nutrients and is a very good source of insoluble fibre, folate and vitamins A, C, E and K. Asparagus also contains the soluble fiber inulin which promotes gut and heart health.


Spring Asparagus Soup

With simple ingredients and no heavy cream this delicious asparagus soup is spring in a bowl. Served chilled or steaming, this soup is a lovely first course or make it a meal with the addition of rustic bread.


  • 2 bunches asparagus (800-1000 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 6-8 cups (1.5 -2 litres) boxed vegetable or mushroom broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) salt or to taste
  • Optional – Shaved or crumbled cheese (i.e., Parmesan, cheddar, gorgonzola, blue cheese) or nutritional yeast (vegan option), for topping
  • Optional – Handful fresh herbs (i.e., thyme, dill or basil) for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and stir frequently until the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Bend asparagus stems until they break off. This will remove the tough, fibrous parts.
  3. Cut the tips off one bunch of asparagus and set aside. Chop up the remainder asparagus spears and add them to the large pot.
  4. Add the broth, salt and pepper to the pot and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to

low and cover. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the asparagus is very tender.

  1. While the soup is simmering, add the asparagus tips to a small pot of boiling

water and cook until tender crisp. Drain the tips and put them into a bowl of very cold water (i.e., add an ice cube) to stop the cooking process. After 15 minutes drain the asparagus tips again and set aside.

  1. Puree the soup with an immersion  blender or in a regular blender until very smooth.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator or re-heat.

Serve each bowl of soup with a few asparagus tips.

Optional- Top with cheese or nutritional yeast and fresh herbs if desired. ENJOY!

Submitted by: Joanne Nijhuis MSc, RD, a consulting and culinary dietitian in Simcoe Grey Bruce.

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Beating the Odds IBI & Child

Amber Maloney

Owner & Operator

Development Services

Beating The Odds IBI & Child Development Services specializes in early intervention for children with Autism & related Developmental Disorders. We offer both center & in-home services. We have been servicing Simcoe County and the GTA for the past 5 years. We recognize the wide range of needs and don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach.


Beating the Odds strives to be different from your typical ABA service. We offer unique programming and services where children can be one with nature. Alongside our wide range of academic and ABA programming we see the  importance of children being outside and how they thrive from a naturalistic environment. We incorporate this environment throughout our daily activities. Our children are given the opportunity to be a part of a farm and family here at

Beating the Odds. Your child will get to play, care and attend to animals along with many other outdoor experiences in addition to receiving their therapy.

For more information about our services please contact us at:

Phone: (705) 716-5933

Email: beatingtheodds_ibi@hotmail.com

Website: beatingtheoddsautism.com


Get Your Mental Health in Motion Encourages Everyone to Get Moving for Mental Health

Whether you run, walk or ride, hop, skip or jump, any forward momentum you have chosen this Mental Health Week could help support those struggling with mental health and addiction problems through Get Your Mental Health in Motion.

One of Waypoint’s signature past events, the May 2-7 fundraiser features wellness, mindfulness, music and physical activities the whole family can enjoy – all for free; ending the week with an exciting Choose Your Own Adventure virtual 5k fundraiser – walk, run, kayak, bike, paddleboard – the possibilities are endless.

“Movement is so simple, yet vital for our life,” says Liz Everett, Recreation Therapist and Employee Wellness Coordinator. “Our bodies are designed to move in all different ways & when done daily, and with elements of fun, plays a huge role in keeping your body and mind strong and healthy!”

With a goal of $25,000, all funds raised at this year’s Get Your Mental Health in Motion will support the resurfacing of the outdoor sports area so the space can be used for multiple sports including tennis, pickleball, basketball, and shuffle board – giving patients an inclusive, outdoor experience to enjoy.

“Patients from all walks of life and areas throughout Simcoe/Muskoka come to Waypoint to get help,” said Carol Lambie, Waypoint President and CEO. “The funds raised at this year’s event will help give them the opportunity to build skills, boost energy levels, enhance quality of life and quality sleep, and strengthen social connections through physical activity.”

The week’s activities are free for anyone to join, and the hospital is asking for just a minimum donation/pledge of $25/person and $75/family for the Choose Your Own Adventure virtual 5k.

You can support the event by making a personal donation, asking your friends and neighbours to participate or pledge you, becoming a sponsor, or supporting the amazing sponsors we already have on board. Every dollar brings us closer to offering more activities for patients to help them on their mental health journey.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners who are making mental health a priority: Midland Honda, Gilkon Construction, Canadian Tire Midland, Team Hawke Realty, CompuSolve, Carol and Mark Cruden – McDonald’s, Adco Tire & Auto, Veeva, Survivor Filter, CLLik.com Photography, iSecurity, HGR Graham Partners, Miller Thomson, Penetanguishene Foodland, Harvey’s Restaurant, World Famous Dock Lunch, Pier 21 and Phil’s Casual Dining.

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