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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

5 Nutrition Tricks for Stronger Bones~Osteoporosis Awareness Month~

5 Nutrition Tricks for Stronger Bones

~Osteoporosis Awareness Month~ We all have bones; these living parts of our skeletons give our bodies shape, protect our organs and attach to our muscles so we can move. However, we don’t often think about how our food choices impact our bones. In honour of Osteoporosis Awareness Month, I will reveal 5 Nutrition Tricks for Stronger Bones. These are scientifically-proven strategies you can implement right away. This post was sponsored by the California Prune Board to showcase some of their reserach; however, all opinions are genuine.   What is Osteoporosis? According to Osteoporosis Canada, “Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration/weakening of bone tissue. This can lead to increased risk of...

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Pear Blue Cheese Salad

Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

Salads don’t have to be boring. In fact, they shouldn’t be! Imagine enjoying veggies as “the star of the meal.” It can be done. They can become extraordinary with the right balance of flavour, crunch and sweetness. This Pear & Blue Cheese Salad is one of my favourites right now. The sweetness of the pear is a perfect complement to the tart and savoury blue cheese. I add sunflower seeds for crunch and a little intense sweetness with a sprinkling of craisins. If you are interested in learning more about how to build satisfying salads, read here!   Prep: 10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups arugula/spinach, washed 1 cup pear, sliced 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 3 Tbsp craisins 2 Tbsp...

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How to Roast Veggies_ Fall Harvest

How to Roast Veggies: Fall Harvest

With Fall season upon us, there’s abundant fresh produce in the Farmers' Markets and grocery stores! Knowing what to do with so much seasonal food can be a challenge. Last week, I was on CTV Kitchener  chatting about how to roast veggies to boost your intake. This is important because according to Statistics Canada, less than half of Canadians consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily. If you haven’t tried roasting, I hope this blog will inspire you to try 3 simple, veggie-roasting strategies! Andrea's CTV Kitchener segment for Fall Harvest Veggie Roasting   What Does ‘Roasting’ Mean: Roasting simply means to cook in an oven using dry...

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Parm Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan & Oregano

With the Fall season, there’s abundant fresh produce at Farmer’s Markets and local grocery stores! With so much seasonal food, it can be a challenge to know what to do with it. Look no further than my new favourite, Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Oregano. Roasting simply means to cook in an oven using dry heat. Roasting browns the surface of the food, which leads to new caramelized flavours and intensified aromas! You can roast any vegetable and it changes the flavour so even picky eaters or non-veggie-loving people will find the taste savoury and appealing. If you don’t like a vegetable raw, try it roasted and see how...

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10 Unique Turkey Leftovers

10 Unique Ways to Use Turkey Leftovers

~Thanksgiving Edition~ Thanksgiving is around the corner. Did you know 29% (4.2 million) Canadian households purchased turkey for Thanksgiving last year? That’s a lot of turkey and (likely) a lot of leftovers. If you are over the boring turkey sandwich, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s blog will inspire you with 10 unique ways to use leftover turkey to make different healthy and satisfying meals. You might even feel motivated to cook extra turkey for ample leftovers to prepare some of these cool options.     Turkey Nutrition: Turkey is high in protein (~25 grams per 3 ounce serving, size of a deck of cards) White meat is considered “extra lean” with...

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taco

Tasty Taco {Recipe Redux}

Who does not love a DIY (Do It Yourself) meal? Taco meals offer flexibility to include the foods or ingredients you like. These types of ‘separate ingredient’ meals also allow kids to help in the kitchen, which builds food confidence as a life-long skill to eating well. Taco meals also allow for amazing leftovers for those busy nights where you don’t have time to cook. I enjoy making Buddha Bowls with the remaining ingredients for quick-assembly lunches. Click here for My 7 “Make-Ahead” Lunches.   Taco Tuesdays are also a fun trend where you can swap out the fillings to make fish tacos, pulled pork, shrimp tacos, chipotle beef,...

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Top 7 ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

Top 7 ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

Now that we are back-to-school or back from holidays, it is time to hunker down with preparing “make-ahead” lunches. In part one, we explored the three ways to master “make-ahead” lunches by prioritizing planning, stocking up on lunchbox essentials and considering a mental shift from performance to consistency. This makes the lunch-making process less daunting and a more sustainable habit. In today’s blog, I will share when to prepare lunches, the 1, 2, 3 lunch-box formula and finally my Top 7 “Make-Ahead” Lunches.   When Do I "Make-Ahead?" Avoid making or packing lunches in the morning. Your future-self will always thank you. For most, the mornings are one of the...

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Sunflower pesto recipe

Sunflower Seed Pesto

Gotta love the summer for fresh herbs and local produce. If you follow my Instagram, you know that I love food/cooking and have a thriving herb garden. I even wrote a blog about Top 5 Must-Have Garden Herbs. However, at the end of the season, it can be difficult to use up all the basil. Today’s blog recipe is my Sunflower Seed Pesto. I didn’t have pine nuts, so I substituted sunflower seeds. It turned out well!   Making your own pesto is not a challenge. It actually uses minimal ingredients and the flavour is simply outstanding. You can store pesto in a mason jar in the fridge. I...

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3 Ways to Master ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

3 Ways to Master “Make-Ahead” Lunches

It’s the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Even if you’re not back-to-school, adults often feel inspired to start new healthy habits, like packing a balanced lunch. However, busy schedules and life commitments can get in the way of these noble intentions. We frequently feel unprepared and stressed, and either spend money eating out or dish out lunch money to our kids.   Today’s blog is number one of a two-part series. First, I will share how our schedules impact our meal-time stress, then the benefit of packing ahead, and finally three tips to master “make-ahead” lunches. These are the lunches that can be prepared in...

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