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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Cinnamon + Spice Sweet Potato Wedges

When I think of fall harvest, I think of root vegetables.  One of the healthiest of which is the sweet potato.  Sweet potatoes are a more nutritious choice than regular white potatoes. For example, sweet potatoes have 10 times more vitamin A (important for vision, skin and immune system) than regular white potatoes.  So feel free to substitute your regular old white potatoes for moist and sweet, sweet potatoes instead. Try these cinnamon and spice potato wedges as a healthy alternative to French fries.  Learn more about the sweet potato’s sweet nutrition profile here.    Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 40-50 minutes Serves: 2-4   Ingredients: 4 medium sized sweet potatoes 2 Tbsp olive oil 1...

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Fall Throwdown: Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams

Sweet potatoes and yams- are they the same?  This great question is not uncommon to overhear two people deliberating.  I have over-heard this exact conversation amongst colleagues in the lunchroom, on television and even in the yoga change room! So today, let’s discuss the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. This way, next time you are asked or over-hearing this common casual conversation, you can jump right in and contribute!     Grocery Store Shopping: Are Sweet Potatoes and Yams the Same? In most Canadian grocery stores the short answer is yes.  Sweet potatoes have traditionally (and wrongfully) been referred to as “yams”, which has lead to consumer confusion.  Therefore, in grocery...

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My Food Gratitude

Food is amazing!  Truly it is; if it weren’t for food we wouldn’t be alive today. Yet food (in general) is often met with mixed feelings that are not always positive.  Food is often categorized as either “bad” or “good” and food is often broken down to its chemical components like macro and micronutrients.  Today, in honour of Thanksgiving, let’s take time to give food thanks!  Let’s share our love for foods as not only something that nourishes our bodies but also a source of tremendous enjoyment.     My blog today was inspired by the “Book of Awesome” by Neil Pasricha.  In this book he explores the little things...

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Fresh & Zesty Guacamole

It’s a siesta and you cannot be without a really tasty guacamole recipe!  Here is my favourite recipe that takes fajitas to a whole new level of delicious.  Enjoy these heart healthy monounsaturated fats in this delicious guac!   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 10-15 minutes   Ingredients: 3 ripe avocados 1/4 cup red onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, diced ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 medium lime, squeeze all juice out salt and fresh ground pepper to taste   Instructions: Cut avocado and remove the pit.  Scoop out avocado into a medium bowl and mash to desired texture. Some prefer chunky guacamole and other prefer smooth.  Now add in onion, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic. Stir to combine ingredients. Cut lime into quarters...

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Sugar: How Much Should we be consuming?

Yesterday, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada issued a new position statement recommending adults and children limit consumption of added sugars to no more than 10% of their daily calorie intake.  This recommendation equates to 12 teaspoons of added sugar daily, which is less than half of the current average intake of 25 teaspoons of added sugars daily!  Yikes! Our current sugar intake is the equivalent to a person consuming 20 bags of sugar a year.  Something has certainly got to give.   Added sugars should be limited to no more than 10% of daily calorie intake (Heart & Stroke) Click To Tweet   This position statement thankfully comes at a...

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Healthy School Lunches Made Easy!

The briskness in the air tells us that back-to-school time is fast approaching.  Parents are already finding me in anticipation of making these infamous lunches and expressing understandable concern that they are packing the right foods to meet the nutrition needed for their growing child.  Today, making lunches will get a whole lot simpler with strategies to make this process a breeze.     1. Take the Teaching Opportunity!  I recently watched a YouTube video for making school lunches where the speaker made the bold comparison that parents teach their children to be independent with using the toilet or getting dressed in the morning but do not provide the same “skill-teaching”...

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You’ll Love Kale Chips!

If you have not made your own homemade kale chips you are certainly missing out!  These crunchy, crispy little greens are a real treat to your taste buds.   Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time:  8-10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups raw kale, chopped 1 Tbsp olive oil sprinkle of salt, if desired   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350F. Remove tough stems of the kale and the ribbing. Chop kale into bite sized pieces. Clean kale leaves in cold water and dry in salad spinner. Spread kale leaves evenly on baking sheets so they are not overlapping too much. Drizzle olive oil over leaves or you can coat kale in olive oil before spreading on baking...

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Food vs. Vitamins: Your Top Questions Answered!

Today we will explore common questions I receive on the need for taking vitamin/mineral supplements versus getting your vitamins through your diet. Question 1: Are supplements as effective as foods when it comes to getting adequate nutrition? The benefit of receiving adequate nutrition from wholesome foods is that you also receive an abundance of other important nutrients that supplements alone do not provide.  When consuming foods we receive not only one vitamin/mineral but a synergistic effect of the vitamins and minerals in the food working together.  For example, one cup of strawberries provides 150% of your daily vitamin C but this fruit also packs heart healthy potassium and fibre...

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The Mighty Mango Salad

Mangoes are one of the “10 best foods” according to the Centre for the Science of the Public interest.  One cup of mango supplies you with 100% of a day’s worth of vitamin C, one-third of a day’s worth of vitamin A, a good amount of blood pressure lowering potassium and 3 grams of fibre.   Enjoy mangoes alone or served as part of a salad or entrée. Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 1 mango, sliced into chunks 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup black beans, canned and rinsed 1 coloured pepper, chopped 2 Tbsp raisins 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 1 lime, squeeze all juice out 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/3...

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