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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Buddha Bowl with Tahini Miso Sauce {Recipe Redux}

A Buddha bowl, also known as a hippie bowl, is a hearty dish made of a combination of various veggies (raw or roasted), protein sources like beans, tofu, nuts or seeds and healthy whole grains like quinoa, brown rice or bulgur. Last week, my friend and fellow dietitian, Chelsea Allan and I made Buddha Bowls for dinner. This celebrated my first time making a bowl and using miso as an ingredient.  Miso is used in Japanese cooking and is a paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt. We also used tahini in our sauce, which is a Middle Eastern paste made from ground sesame seeds.   Serves:...

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5 Amazingly Simple Ways to Improve Your Health Now

Five (Amazingly Simple) Ways to Improve your Health NOW!

Are you looking to make meaningful and sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle? Do you need a little guidance to point you in the right direction? If so, I have compiled my five “heavy-hitter” habits to adopt NOW to improve your health.   Five Healthy Habits to Adopt in 2016: No "Thirst-Cue" Needed: Let’s start off with possibly the simplest (not necessarily the easiest) habit to change. If you are like most people, you likely miss (or ignore) thirst cues during a busy day. This new habit will take advantage of visual cues as one of the most powerful ways to motivate behaviour change. My Tip: If you have a...

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Why I took the #PULSEPLEDGE

Why I took the #PulsePledge (and you should too!)

Did you know that 2016 is the International Year of Pulses according to the United Nations?  I believe this is the perfect opportunity for this formerly shy superfood to boldly step into the spotlight and gain some well-deserved attention!   Pulses are members of the legume family and composed of dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas. Today I will share my top 3 reasons for taking the pulse pledge, which committed me to including pulses in my diet once a week for ten weeks. I hope that you will join me in the pulse journey!     Andrea’s Top 3 Reasons to take #PulsePledge?   Pulses are Extremely nutritious! Loaded with 8 grams...

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Is "Healthy-ish" the newest food trend?

Is “Healthy-ish” the Newest Food Trend?

So far in 2016, the trend of eating “healthy-ish” has been gaining some serious momentum. The January issue of Bon Appetit spotlighted “healthy-ish” eating and a PBS documentary with writer Michael Pollan (who also uses this term) has been getting attention. What does “healthy-ish” mean?  What are the benefits of eating this way? I spoke with CBC radio personality Jason Osler on the topic (listen here) and he also did a writeup on our discussion for CBC news.   What is “Healthy-ish”? “Delicious comforting home cooking that just happens to be kinda good for you” (Bon Appetit, Jan 2016). Urban Dictionary: When something is sort of healthy.   Example of “Healthy-ish”: When you cook at...

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Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Red Skinned Potatoes

Oven meals are the perfect way to keep the house nice and warm in the middle of winter. Potatoes are a nutritious addition to your diet and contain lots of fibre, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, to name a few.  Here's a simple way to roast up some potatoes!   Ingredients: 1.5 pound bag of baby red skinned potatoes, cut into quarters 2-3 Tbsp olive oil 3 cloves of garlic, minced (optional) 1 Tbsp dried rosemary Sprinkle salt Fresh ground pepper   Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Clean potatoes and cut them into quarters. Add olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper and toss to combine. Place coated potatoes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40-50 minutes...

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Set Y.O.U.R Perfect New Years Resolution

Set “Y.O.U.R” Perfect New Years Resolution

Is New Years a time to run and hide from goal setting? If you are like me, you are likely reflecting on the past twelve months: the lessons learned, experiences had and the amazing people encountered. However, it is also a time where your critical self whispers, “you could have done this better” or “ you should really start doing this next year”. What are you to do? What is the best way to set resolutions that will leave you feeling happier, healthier and most importantly, likely to keep up the change? This year, instead of succumbing to “all or nothing” goal setting, focus your 2016 pledge on...

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Festive Orange, Pomegranate & Feta Salad

It’s hard to believe that we are only one week away from Christmas! Have you decided what festive salad you are bringing to the holiday party? What better way to use those vibrant coloured, juice-packed little seeds than topped on flavourful salad. This is also a great recipe if you are lucky one hosting the holiday meal.   Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 4 cups salad greens (Endive, green leaf, romaine), chopped ½ cup pomegranate seeds 1 orange, segmented and chopped 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled 3 Tbsp craisins ¼ cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar   Instructions: Chop and clean lettuce and place into large bowl. Add fruits, feta, craisins and seeds on...

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Hosting a Dinner Party? Minful Eating Secret (To Prevent Over-Eating)

Hosting a Dinner Party? Mindful Eating Secrets (to Prevent Over-eating)

Have you ever gone to a dinner party and left feeling stuffed beyond belief?   You may have even whispered, “Why did I eat so much?” The thoughts of the fantastic party are over-shadowed by your utter discomfort. Has this happened to you? It’s happened to me. When enjoying the holiday season, over-eating is a common problem. I am here to say, it was not your fault! Your food environment made you over-eat! We as humans are easily tricked by subtle cues in our environment, like the size of the dishes, the proximity of food and even the number of food options. Today, I will share my top three tricks...

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Chorizo Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Are looking for a crowd pleaser this holiday season? If so, be sure to try my chorizo stuffed jumbo shells! If you wish, you can prepare this recipe in stages.  The meat filling and sauce can be prepared ahead of time. You might also call upon your friendly sous-chef for some chopping and stirring assistance. This recipe makes especially tasty leftovers!   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 30-40 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes (cook and bake time)   Ingredients:   Meat filling: 3 Spanish-style chorizo sausage, casing removed ¼ cup olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1/2 small red onion, chopped 6 white mushrooms, very finely chopped ¼ cup parmesan cheese ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped   Tomato sauce: Can use pre-made or here’s...

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