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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Benefit from Bulgur!

Are you growing tired of using quinoa as a rice or pasta substitute?  Are you looking for something new to add to your diet that is not only whole grain but also nutritious and delicious?  Well, look no further than the less famous, but exceptionally wholesome bulgur! Bulgur is made from whole wheat kernels that have been cracked and partially pre-cooked to speed up the cooking time.   Bulgur packs a nutty flavour and can be paired with many other foods such as stir-fries, curry dishes, or fish.  Bulgur can also be used simply as a rice, oatmeal or pasta substitute.  This whole grain is traditionally used in tabouli...

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Endive Salad with Goat Cheese, Apple & Walnut

While observing a chef creating a salad, I was intrigued when he advised us to “go into the produce section and choose any green to add to your salad!”  He continued to recommend that better yet, we choose multiple greens and mix them all together.  The possibilities became endless!  Before my next dinner party, where I was asked to bring the salad, I chose the curly endive greens to mix with simple green lettuce.  Endive has a slightly bitter and peppery taste and I found it similar to arugula.   This recipe was a great success and inspired future creativity too.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 2 cups fresh endive...

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Fertility Diet: For Him

For couples looking to get pregnant, it seems that the onus is mostly on the woman’s diet.  Well-intentioned husbands come in for dietary counselling wanting to know what their wife should be eating or which supplements she should be taking.  Instead, men should also be asking about the crucial role their diet plays in conception. Today is part 2 of my nutriton fertility series.  Please reference part 1 for what women require nutritionally prior to conception.   Here are my top 5 considerations for him:   1. Achieve a Healthy Body Weight: Overweight men are more likely to have a lower sperm count and produce poorer quality sperm according to Bridget Swinney in her book Eating...

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Italian-Style Romano Beans

I was contemplating if this recipe was worth posting because it is so exceptionally simple.  However, during a nutrition consultation, I shared this simple recipe with my client and she came back saying how she now LOVES making Romano beans like this.  So here is the recipe for you into incorporate in your diet too!   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 5 minutes   Ingredients: 1 can (540mL) Romano Beans, rinsed and drained 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Italian parsley, freshly chopped   Instructions: In a large bowl combine Romano beans with olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh parsley. Stir to combine ingredients and flavours. Enjoy!...

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Pregnancy Planning for Her

Many women planning on becoming pregnant want to ensure they are meeting their nutritional needs to provide the best possible health outcomes for their unborn child.  Poor dietary quality, chronic dieting, unhealthy lifestyle behaviours (such as sedentary lifestyle, stress, alcohol, smoking) and a diet lacking key nutrients, all compromise the health of an unborn child.  Today’s article will highlight my top 5 dietary considerations for women planning on becoming pregnant.  I will also address dad’s diet in part two of this series since he plays a vital role as well.   Top 5 Dietary Considerations for Her:   1. Achieve a Healthy Body Weight Healthy body weight is one of the most important factors...

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Homemade Bruschetta

Who doesn’t love bruschetta?  It is a simple and crowd-pleasing appetizer that can be easily adapted by adding olives, cheese, onion and beans!  The possibilities are truly endless.   Today, I will be sharing a very simple (yet elegant) bruschetta recipe.   Serves: 4-5 Prep time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 1 large fresh tomato 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ tsp basil, dried 1/8 tsp oregano, dried Sprinkle freshly ground pepper Salt to taste Fresh parsley for seasoning   Instructions: Place tomato in a small deep bowl or measuring cup. Pour boiling water over the tomato to cover.  After l minute, remove from water and peel back skin from tomato. Cut the tomato into quarters and squeeze out the excess juice and seeds. Dice...

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Overcome “All or Nothing” Mental Sabotage

Louis Sachar said, “It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” In a world plagued by impatience and the desire for FAST and EASY results, the idea of taking small steps to achievement seems like a futile process.  Do you train yourself to believe that small things do not make a difference?  Have you ever justified eating an extra cookie because it is only 100 calories? This type of rationalization helps you to convince yourself that one measly treat isn’t going to change anything.  However, that one cookie can translate to a 10-pound weight gain,...

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Spring Fresh Bulgur Salad

With the onset of spring, it is common to experience a yearning for cold lunches using fresh ingredients. This recipe uses the protein and fibre-packed whole grain bulgur along with common ingredients and fresh veggies.  Letting your salad sit in the fridge allows the flavours to marinate and intensify.  You are sure to enjoy this chewy and satisfying salad!   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30-45 minutes   Ingredients: 1 cup bulgur 2 cups boiling water 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped 1 pint cherry tomatoes 1 cucumber, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp red onion, chopped 1 can (19oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained ¼ cup raisins 1 lemon squeezed for juice ¼ cup olive oil salt and pepper to taste   Instructions: Bring...

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All about Chocolate!

In honour of Easter, what better topic to write about than chocolate?  Did you know that the average Canadian consumes about 12 pounds of chocolate per year?  That is a lot of chocolate; but not compared to the Swiss, with the world’s largest chocolate consumption at a staggering 22 pounds per person per year!  Needless to say, chocolate is enjoyed by many around the world. Do you have a favourite type of chocolate?  Are you a fan of the traditional milk chocolate, or do you opt for the creamy white chocolate, or maybe you reach for the bar of bitter dark chocolate?  Today, we will take a closer...

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