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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Eat for Workouts

How to Eat to Maximize Workouts!

We all know being active offers health benefits - specifically, decreased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, depression, stress and anxiety (Statistics Canada, 2015). However, only one in five (or 20%) of Canadians achieve the recommended 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of physical activity per week. Do you get enough? What would this amount look like in your busy schedule? Going to a one-hour Zumba class and a 20-minute brisk walk after dinner/lunch four times a week? This would be terrific and set you in the minuscule 20% of Canadians who achieve these recommendations.   [bctt tweet="Only 20% of Canadians achieve the recommended 150 mins of physical activity/week! Do you get enough?...

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shakshouka

Lentil & Kale Shakshouka

Have you tried Shakshouka yet? It’s a North African dish that uses a tomato base with warm spices and eggs on top. This dish is often served with bread. I love making shakshouka because it involves minimal ingredients and gives you creative freedom to add new ingredients as you wish. In today’s recipe, I wanted to boost the fibre and protein so I added lentils! To save time, and because they are equally as nutritious, I used canned lentils. I also boosted the veggies by adding celery and kale. In the past, I have added grated carrots. It’s all good! I truly believe you cannot go wrong with...

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potato salad with egg

Potato Salad with Egg & Chickpeas {Recipe Redux}

During the spring and summer do you go for a picnic? It’s something that I have not done for a while but plan to in the coming weeks. Eating al fresco, which is Italian for eating outside is a nice way to enjoy food and the company of others. For this picnic season, be sure to choose recipes that are easy to make ahead, like this potato salad recipe with egg and chickpeas. This Potato Salad with Egg and Chickpea recipe was put together by myself and my friend, and fellow food blooger, Rebecca Dwyer of Nourished the Blog. Cooking with others is a fun way to get...

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Words to STOP Saying During Weight Loss Journey

Words to STOP Saying During Weight Loss Journey

Our words are extremely powerful. They shape our perception/reality and reflect our innermost thoughts and feelings. When I saw this article, What to Stop Saying During your Weight Loss Journey by fellow Registered Dietitian, Nicole Osinga, I had to bring her onto Dietetic Directions to guest blog (again). Nicole is a private practice and media Dietitian, based in Durham region. If you are not following Nicole on Instagram, you need to; her pictures are gorgeous and content is outstanding. Keep up the great work Nicole and thanks for helping us be mindful of our language while on our eating well journey. [bctt tweet="Words are powerful! What to not say during...

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Mango Kale Salad

Mango, Kale & Craisin Salad

The freshness of Spring calls for crisp salads. Like this Mango Kale Salad! I absolutely love adding fresh fruit and nuts or seeds to my salads for extra sweetness and crunch. When faced with a busy schedule, planning ahead might include chopping kale and placing it in a clear container or a plastic bag with a paper towel. This allows you to whip a salad together in no time. Ps. If you are planning ahead for garden-season, be sure to check out my Top 5 Must-Have Garden Herbs (and how to use them)!   Prep time: 10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups kale, chopped and washed 1 cup mango, sliced 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 3 Tbsp craisins 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp...

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Easter Eating Nutrition

3 Easter Eating Secrets from a Dietitian

Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner! When it comes to traditional holidays, they all seem to be centred around three things: food, family and copious amounts of chocolate. Don’t’ get me wrong, I’m not complaining. How do you feel? Are you excited/optimistic or are you feeling impending doom from inevitable over-indulging?   Today, I will share my top 3 dietitian Easter eating secrets. This topic was inspired by several clients and family members who showed interest in how my eating changes during these food-centred holidays. They asked, “As a registered dietitian do you stress? Do you indulge? Ever over-indulge? Do you grant yourself permission?” The honest...

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Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

I enjoy simple, delicious food. As a follower of the Dietetic Directions blog, you probably know I post recipes using basic (and minimal) ingredients along with flexibility to add your own flair. Today’s Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives recipe is an incredibly simple family recipe inspired by my dad. As an Italian father, he added olive oil and red wine vinegar to many foods, like hard boiled eggs. Boy were they good! I have continued to carry on this favourite but added my own twist. Last year, when I planted my herb garden (see my Top 5 Must-Have Herbs for your Garden) I started adding fresh chives to...

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Indian Dhal Soup

Indian Dhal Soup

Do you love Indian food but the spices intimidate you? This is how I felt. However, if you want to step into Indian cooking, this simple and healthy dhal recipe will be just what you’re looking for. Dhal is a word used to describe an Indian soup made with lentils or pulses (click here to find out why pulses are healthy).  This Indian Dhal Soup has become a bit of a "fridge cleaner" recipe where I toss in veggies that need to be used up. For example, in this recipe I had celery and a coloured pepper in the fridge. Be flexible with your ingredient preferences and enjoy the warm...

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How to Beat the Bloat FODMAPs

How to Beat the Bloat with FODMAPs

(Low FODMAP Diet Explored) Do you experience digestion issues but are uncertain of your food triggers? If so, you are not alone. One in seven people experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome, characterized by symptoms' of bloating, pain, gas and changes in bowels (i.e. diarrhea or constipation). While many may shy away from talking about their digestive woes, in my office, this is a common (and very important) conversation. Today, I will share a dietitian’s perspective on treating digestive issues (like abdominal pain, bloating and loose bowels) with the Low FODMAP diet.   DYK: More than 20 million Canadians suffer from general digestive disorders every year (Can. Digestive Foundation, 2018) Click To Tweet   The Low FODMAP diet...

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