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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

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? 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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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.   Do you agree? Or is it the most wonderful time of the year to give up your healthy eating intentions because of the inevitable over-abundance of food and sweet temptations? If you feel at the mercy of a tendency to “over-do it”, you are not alone.   This season brings many unique challenges (and stressors) that lead many to fear “falling off the wagon”. To help you take pleasure in the season and to avoid holiday weight gain, I will share “Seven Merry Christmas Tips”. My goal is for you to enjoy foods without feeling guilt or deprivation! Andrea’s Top...

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Beyond the Banana: Potassium Foods You’ll Love!

Are you getting enough potassium in your diet? Do you know which foods are packed with this heart healthy mineral? I will give you a hint - there are many delicious foods, beyond the banana!   I am excited to share part two of my potassium series. In part one, “Potassium: You’re not getting enough”, I broke down why potassium is crucial for overall health and disease prevention. Today, I  will highlight 10 super high food sources of potassium.   How Much do I Need? Adults over the age of 18 years require 4700mg of potassium per day according to the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes. This amount was determined based...

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Potassium, You’re NOT Getting Enough!

Move over vitamin D, potassium is taking centre stage for a nutrient of public health concern. Fewer than 2% of adults met the daily recommendations for potassium according to the third National Health Examination Survey. In fact, current intakes reveal that adults consume less than half of the estimated requirement. This blog will explore potassium’s vital role in body functioning and disease prevention. Part two will highlight the top food sources and the dietary recommendations.   Why is Potassium Important? Potassium is an electrolyte or mineral that relaxes the arteries through the release of nitric oxide. This helps blood to travel to different parts of the body more easily and prevents...

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Hard Boiled Eggs to Perfection

Are you a fan of eggs? I am! Nutritionally speaking, eggs are an excellent source of protein (6g per large egg), which is why they help you stay full when you add to breakfast. I encourage my clients to not skip the yolk, since this contains half the protein and most of the nutrition such as choline for brain functioning, selenium to prevent the breakdown of tissues and vitamin A for healthy skin and eyes.   Andrea’s TIP: Try batch cooking hard boiled eggs for an easy protein to add to meals or snacks!  Store hard boiled eggs covered in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.   Serves: 2 Prep and cook...

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Veal Marsala with Wine & Mushrooms

This is one of favourite recipes that my mom will often make when I come home to visit.  This succulent dish can be served with whole grain spaghetti and two sides of vegetables like steamed green beans and salad. Veal is an excellent protein and an exceptional source of iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin A.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 20 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 1 pound thin veal cutlets salt and pepper to taste ¼ cup all purpose flour 1 Tbsp each butter and olive oil 1/3 cup onions, chopped 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp dried thyme ½ cup dry Marsala wine or white wine ½ cup chicken stock   INSTRUCTIONS: Blot cutlets with dry with paper towels. Season veal cutlets with salt...

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Spot Nutrition Misinformation NOW!

  Let’s face it, people are more fascinated by nutrition than ever before.  After all, we are increasingly aware how our eating habits impact our health. However, in light of this increased nutrition appreciation, consumers are now faced with an over-abundance of information. There are more self-proclaimed “experts,” superfoods and miracle pills then ever before! All clamouring for your attention (and your money). If you want to be able to spot misinformation, you will need to know what questions to ask before shelling out your hard earned money! To help consumers distinguish fact from fiction, Dietitians of Canada has come up with five tips to spot misinformation. Tip #1: Is it...

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