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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Three Keys to Weight Management

Did you know that two out of three adults are either overweight or obese?   Moreover, every one of us is at risk for gaining weight. In fact, the average adult gains one to two pounds each year. These small (often unnoticed weight changes) can accumulate and may increase risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and several cancers, especially colon and post-menopausal breast cancer.   The good news is that changes to our diet and lifestyle can help prevent weight gain, help us to lose weight or to keep off the weight we’ve already lost. Remember that changing our lifestyle and making new healthy habits takes time, concerted effort and consistency....

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Cuban Chicken with Black Bean Quinoa

In my most recent blog post entitled “Time for Spring Cooking”, I mention cooking with friends and going to grocery stores to learn from local chefs. Chef Patrick Mathieu (@StationHouseCCo) is my all time favourite chef  at a local grocery store who was also on Chopped Canada!  His recipes are beyond flavourful, not too complex and very versatile. This Cuban Chicken with Black Bean Quinoa was demonstrated by Patrick  for our class and it was sensational.  Patrick caters events and is also a local Waterloo firefighter. This is a slightly adapted version of his delectable recipe and the recipe can be made into a vegetarian version by leaving...

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Time for “Spring Cooking”!

Thankfully, spring is in the air! We finally have warmer weather, flowers blooming and a renewed zest for achieving our healthiest lifestyle. For many, the onset of spring means that it is a time to prioritize cleaning. For others, spring is a time to start up (or re-start) an exercise regime. These are great ideas; however, this spring, I want to inspire people to get "Spring Cooking" as one of the most powerful ways to improve their nutritional intake.     Our Current Challenges: According to an Ipsos Reid poll conducted for Dietitians of Canada, 43 per cent of Canadians say they do not cook balanced meals for themselves or their family...

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Maple Glazed Salmon

Just in time for spring, here's my favourite salmon recipe that is easy and delicious!  This maple marinade takes 5 minutes to prepare.  If you have time to marinade your salmon, leave coated salmon in the fridge for a couple hours to soak up the flavours. This salmon is delicious both cooked in the oven or grilled on the BBQ! Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS: 2-3 salmon fillets (about 200 gram each), fresh or frozen 3 Tbsp low sodium soya sauce 3 Tbsp fresh Maple Syrup 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger, chopped INSTRUCTIONS: 1.  Mix soya sauce, maple syrup, garlic and ginger  to create maple marinade. 2.  Place salmon fillets in a baking dish and coat with maple marinade. 3.  Pre-heat oven to...

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When Easter eggs are too easy to find!

Easter is less than one week away; this means that we will continue to be subject to the visual temptation of pastel-coloured chocolates until then. For some, Easter candy is a happy sight.  However, for many, the sight of over-abundant candy only serves to sabotage our most noble “healthy eating intentions.” The real question is: What can we do about it?  Inevitably, seasonal aisles will fill up with treats and our workplaces will contain cakes and other sweets to celebrate birthdays or work anniversaries. It is safe to say that we can’t run away from food temptations because they will find us.  Therefore, it is important to first...

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Simply Spinach Salad

Who doesn’t love a good spinach salad?  I appreciate the firmer texture of the spinach leaves and enjoy how the eggs, mushrooms and yes even bacon all come together to make a delicious salad.  Another reason to enjoy this salad, spinach has an outstanding nutritional profile!  It is rich in vitamin A, C, and K, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron along with fibre and antioxidants like lutein.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10-12 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 6 cups fresh spinach 3 hard boiled eggs, diced 5 strips of bacon, diced (optional) 6 mushrooms, sliced   1/3 cup canola oil 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar 1/8 tsp garlic powder salt and pepper to taste     INSTRUCTIONS: Clean spinach leaves thoroughly in cold water. Use salad spinner...

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Tackling Lunchtime Challenges

Nutrition Month is all about inspiring Canadians to eat better and to make healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes. In my last blog, I explored rushed mornings and missed breakfast; today, I will tackle the tricky lunch meal. I will address top 3 lunchtime challenges, why this is a health concern and then I will provide some tips.   Workplace Lunch Obstacles: Challenge #1:  Most Popular Meal to Eat out Lunch is the most popular meal to eat out and lunch is least likely to be prepared at home. According to Tracking Nutrition Trends Survey, only 37% of Canadians prepare lunch at home (vs 48% for dinner and 52% for breakfast).  When not equipped with a...

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One Pot Hearty Chili

Batch cooking should be synonymous with chili making!  Chili is a simple meal and can be easily portioned into freezer containers and eaten on a busy night.  Feel free to add whatever vegetables you have on hand into this one pot meal.   Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes Serves: 6-8   Ingredients:         500g of extra lean ground beef or ground turkey or veggie ground round 1 Tbsp canola oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 stocks celery, diced 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced 5 mushrooms, sliced 1 green/red/yellow/orange pepper, sliced 1 cup frozen corn kernels 19 oz can (540mL) diced stewed tomatoes 19 oz can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained 19 oz can baked beans in tomato sauce 2-3 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp...

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Rushed Mornings = Missed Breakfast? #NutritionMonth

Does the morning mayhem cause you to jet out the door without first fueling yourself?  The reality is that almost 40% of Canadians skip breakfast according to the latest Tracking Nutrition Trends report.  As a dietitian, this is a major concern since skipped breakfasts lead to weight gain, decrease in appetite control and decrease in key nutrients like calcium, fibre and potassium.  Today you will become aware of why breakfast REALLY IS the most important meal and my top 3 strategies to overcome the time-crunched morning rush and actually fit your breakfast in!     Sumo Wrestlers and the Breakfast Story: I remember during my dietetic internship, my dietitian-preceptor sharing the...

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