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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Is your Fridge Stocked for Healthy Eating Success?

Healthy eating can be a challenge. After all, we live in a fast-paced society where convenience is a major predictor of food choice.   With this in mind, I would like you to open your fridge and tell me the first three things you see. According to food behaviour researcher Brian Wansink, we tend to consume foods at eye level. Today I’ll highlight how to organize and stock your healthy fridge! I have included tips from Wansink’s newest book Slim by Design to help us make healthy eating the easy choice.   3 Keys to Organize a “Healthy Fridge”: Place the healthiest foods at eye level (see examples below) ...

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Garlic Shrimp & Kale Risotto

If you have not made your own risotto, I recommend you give it a try!  Risotto is one of my favourite dishes and it is not complicated to make but does require patience. This is a different spin on the D’Ambrosio family risotto.  Feel free to let me know your risotto is enjoyed when you are hosting your next dinner party.   Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Serving: 6   Ingredients: 4 cups of vegetable stock 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 cup of Arborio rice 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1 celery stalk, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 cup mushrooms, sliced ½ cup white wine 2 cups shrimp (I purchased pre-cooked) 1 cup kale, chopped into bite-size pieces 1 tsp dried oregano ½...

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The Bone Broth Myth

I’d like to give a big welcome for my first out-of-province guest blogger, Vincci Tsui! Vincci is based in Calgary and I was drawn to her after seeing several of her media appearances on Breakfast Television. I admire Vincci for her simplicity in breaking down the science and de-bunking many nutrition myths! Today she will be de-bunking the bone broth myth. I’ve learned that bone broth is slowly (but steadily) becoming a thing. Fuelled equal parts by the Paleo movement and Kobe Bryant, bone broth is becoming so popular that Brodo, a takeout window that doles out hot cups of broth, recently opened in New York! What makes bone...

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Cut Down on your Food Waste!

The average Canadian household throws away one in four produce items, that’s equivalent to about $600 each year! Shockingly, according to the David Suzuki foundation, close to half of all food produced worldwide is wasted or discarded during the processing, transport, supermarkets and in our kitchens. What a shame and waste of good food and valuable resources spent growing and transporting it!   Simplest way to Reduce Food Waste? The best way to cut down on food waste is to become both a creative meal planner and a savvy grocery shopper. Take an inventory of what you have in the fridge, freezer and pantry before grocery shopping. This helps you...

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Eggplant Pizzas

I am thankful to have a thriving indoor Basil plant.  This fresh herb provides an extra punch of flavour to simple Italian dishes. A couple days ago I was hoping to use some of my basil to make eggplant pizzas.  Feel free to substitute zucchini instead if you want a firmer base – either way, they are simply delicious! Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20-25 mins   Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant Pinch of salt Olive oil for drizzling ¼ cup Tomato sauce or pizza sauce 6-10 fresh basil leaves Fresh Mozzarella cheese, grated 3 Tbsp parmesan cheese Add on’s: your veggies of choice! In this recipe I used mushrooms, diced tomatoes and coloured peppers   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 375F. Slice...

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Is Sushi Healthy? Happy International Sushi Day!

Happy International Sushi day!  This blog is dedicated to all my fellow sushi lovers and all those who have ever wondered if sushi is actually healthy.  It is common to assume that sushi is healthy; after all, it is simply white rice and fish.   Today we will explore the question, “is sushi healthy and if so, how much should I eat?”  I will end with my recommendations for how to make your sushi dining experience even more healthful! Get the wasabi ready (aka Japanese Horseradish) because this is going to get spicy!   Sushi 101: Sushi is a type of Japanese cuisine that consists of cooked vinagared rice called “shari” along with other ingredients called “neta”, which commonly consist of raw...

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My Lobster Tale: From Sea to Table

Have you ever prepared fresh lobster?  I am referring to the kind so fresh you can almost taste the salty Atlantic Ocean.  Or where the white meat is so succulent it practically melts in your mouth.  This preparation process involves taking lobster from the sea (perhaps not personally) and somehow getting it on your table for a meal.  I am proud to say that I now have experienced both the freshest lobster and have cultivated the necessary skills in preparing it!   Sit back, relax and let me take tell you my lobster tale! Check out Andrea's first lobster making adventure! Click To Tweet It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in...

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Restaurant Labeling Laws Are Changing!

It is with great satisfaction that I announce that the Ontario government passed the Making Healthier Choices Act, which will require eateries with 20 or more establishments to post caloric information on their menus! In my opinion, this is a step in the right direction to enable consumers to make informed food choices. Today we will review what will change on the menus, how this could benefit you and when this law will come into force. DID YOU KNOW? According to a 2011 Ipsos Reid study, approximately 95 per cent of Ontarians support requiring fast food restaurants to list nutrition information on their menus.   [bctt tweet="DYK 95% of Ontarians...

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Lemon Ginger Red Lentil Soup

This is one of my all time favourite soup recipes!  It is so hearty that it can be consumed as a meal or in a smaller portion as a starter.  Be sure to taste it before serving in case it needs some more lemon juice or ginger to taste.   Serves: 4 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 ½ L of chicken broth (ready made or homemade) 1 cup red lentils (dried) 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup green beans, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced 2 Tbsp olive oil DIRECTIONS: 1. Sweat onion and garlic in olive oil until transparent. 2. Add green beans, red pepper and cook...

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