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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

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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Warm Strawberry, Blackberry Crumble

Who doesn’t love a homemade apple crisp or a wild berry crumble?  There is unlimited versatility to use whatever seasonal fruit is available.   You can also use frozen fruit instead of the fresh and save time in washing and chopping. Warm crumble is best served over vanilla ice cream and enjoyed with family.   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 40-45 minutes   Ingredients:   4 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced 1 cup of blackberries 1 Tbsp sugar (will be mixed with berries) 2 Tbsp flour (will be mixed with berries) 1 Tbsp lemon juice ½ cup flour (will be used for topping) ½ cup whole oats ½ cup brown sugar ½ tsp cinnamon 1/3 cup butter or margarine   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 375F. In a...

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Tips when Cooking for One or Two

I am thrilled to introduce Kate Park as my guest blogger and Dietitian extraordinaire!  Kate is a self-proclaimed foodie who vibrantly demonstrates that healthy cooking does not mean boring or tasteless. Kate leads interactive cooking classes, makes regular CTV appearances and works at a Family Health Team.  Kate also posts awesome content in her blog, the Sensible Foodie.  When you live on your own or with one other person, cooking can sometimes be a challenge. Many products are sold in family sized packages, leaving you with lots of leftovers that sometimes go bad before you can finish them. But it is not hopeless; you just have to be...

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Proposed Nutrition Labels: Have Your Say Canada!

Exciting news in the nutrition world!  This week, Health Canada released proposed changes to nutrition labeling on packaged foods.  The purpose of these changes is to make nutrition labels easier to read and understand.  This is such an important topic since we know that seven out of ten Canadians are looking at the nutrition information on labels to help them make food choices (Tracking Nutrition Trends Survey, 2014).  As a consulting dietitian, I educate clients on how to interpret food labels to make informed food choices.  I fully support many of Health Canada’s proposed label changes as beneficial ways to simplify the labels and enhance public awareness...

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Wheat Berry Entrée Salad

  Increasing your veggie intake is a healthy idea, but it is important to ensure that you are maintaining balance by including a carbohydrate (your source of energy) and protein as well (to keep you feeling full).  This salad includes the chewy and delicious wheat berries, which are source of fibre and includes nuts for protein.  Feta cheese and fresh parsley are optional (but recommended) additions!   Serves: 5-7 Prep time: 15 minutes   Ingredients: 5 cups fresh greens (your choice- green lettuce, endive, romaine, kale) 1 large carrot, peeled and graded 1 cup black olives, rinsed and drained ½ red pepper, chopped 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced ½ cup walnuts, roasted ½ cup wheat berries (cooked according to package...

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Whole Grain Spaghetti with Tomato Clam Sauce

It is so empowering to be able to make your own tomato sauce!  You can then portion or freeze extra sauce and then simply defrost and cook up a fresh batch of pasta for an easy meal with a side salad.  As a seafood fan, I enjoy the baby clams that pack a healthy protein punch.  This is a meal that is sure to impress guests at your next dinner party.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes   Ingredients 1 package whole grain spaghetti 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes ¼ tsp oregano ½ onion, chopped ½ red pepper, chopped ¼ cup red wine 14 oz can of...

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Is this “Hunger” or “Appetite”?

What’s the difference between eating for “hunger” versus eating for “appetite”?   We often mistakenly use these words interchangeably.  Today, let’s focus on getting in tune with our body to distinguish between eating for hunger versus eating for appetite.   Knowing the difference will allow you to be a more mindful eater with awareness of what your body needs for nourishment. Here is a situation.  You are offered a refreshing scoop of French vanilla ice cream drizzled with hot chocolate sauce.  If this sounds tempting, you would likely feel a desire for this sweet treat.  If so, you have experienced appetite!  To confirm that it is an appetite response, ask...

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Dr. Oz is NO Diet Authority!

In a world inundated with nutrition information, and much more misinformation, people are likely to fall victim to diet scams by purchasing products with unproven health claims or even products that are unsafe for human consumption!  This is a reality, but would you expect a television physician to be the one promoting these miracle fad diets?  On Tuesday, June 17th Dr. Mehmet Oz, a TV icon who is also a cardiothoracic surgeon and teaching professor at Columbia University, appeared before US senators for a scolding for using his powerful media platform to essentially endorse diet scams.  I know that I am not the only one exclaiming the...

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