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The  Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert is back. Revamp your healthy-living habits at the largest food and health event in Quebec, held from March 11 to 13 in Montreal.

Did you know that 2016 is the international year of pulses (legumes)? The expo will welcome the traveling exhibition of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and Pulse Canada to help you learn about the health benefits of pulses.

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“We want to reach everybody to come to the expo, even if they don’t eat organic and are not vegan or vegetarian,” says media relations representative Louise Nassif. The expo aims to come off as flexible and not dogmatic in its approach to healthy eating. However, there will be no meat — the idea is to encourage people to eat less meat. It is a fun experience designed to encourage visitors to come out with a slightly changed mindset.

There will be three stages — where over 75 demos and conferences will be held — and 280 exhibitors. A stage will be dedicated to culinary demos; one to experts in the agricultural, environmental and health world and one to speakers sharing their passion for healthy living and talking about new trends. Key speakers include renowned chef Daniel Vézina, urban nutritionist Bernard Lavallée and Dr. Gaétan Brouillard (who is also a health author).

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The exhibitors are split in three categories: healthy foods, ecology and global health. You are bound to come out with an item or two: Health-conscious brands such as Bio-K+ International, Druide, Magazine Mieux-Être, Noble Bean Tempeh, Prana, RISE Kombucha and Wanderlust Yoga Studio will be providing visitors with product samples and health tips.

Hang around the educational stages and talking to different specialists: There will be herbalists, doctors, pharmacists, naturopaths, nutritionists and other professionals.

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Another fun highlight is the Amateur Cuisine Championship of Montreal (March 12, 10:30 a.m.) hosted by vegan and raw-gastronomy chef Stéphanie Audet. Participants will be challenged to prepare a main dish featuring legumes. “Now, we’re discovering that food was transformed and not especially good or healthy for us,” explains Stéphanie of the processed products that were popular in the ’80s and ’90s. “We’re going back to this old trend of wanting to eat organic and wanting to take care of ourselves.” She is pleased to see the growing interest in healthy eating and hopes contest participants will get creative with the pulses: “We have to use at least two legumes in the main dish so one can definitely be sprouted, baked or pureed.”

For all you carb lovers, the yearly Best Artisan Baker Contest is also back (March 11). Ten professional bakers from across the province will bake three different breads using organic grain flours.

Location: Palais des congrès – 1001 Jean-Paul-Riopelle

Hours: Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prices: Adults= $13 – Students & seniors= $11 – 16 and under= Free

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