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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Bored of Veggies? Try them Roasted!

According to Statistics Canada, approximately half of Canadians consume less than five serving of fruits and vegetables daily. We are generally aware of the health benefits associated with vegetable consumption, like reducing the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.  So why are we not taking full advantage of these low calorie, fibre-packed, nutrient-dense (and not to mention tasty) little wonders?  Perhaps we are feeling uninspired in the kitchen? Perhaps we are feeling tight on time? Maybe we have simply never tried roasting vegetables?   Approx. 1/2 of Canadians consume less than 5 serving of fruits and veg daily (Stats Canada). Click To Tweet   If you are unfamiliar, roasting simply...

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Aged Asiago & Berry Salad

Undoubtedly, we could all benefit from eating more greens.  A client told me that by making cool salads, she was making salads the “star of the meal”.  I just love this!  Here is an easy recipe combination that is sure to make the salads a tempting treat. In my family, we always enjoy salads at the end of the meal as a palate cleanser or you can have it as a starter to help fill you up on those healthy greens!   Prep time: 10 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 4 cups of romaine,  leaf lettuce or mixed greens of choice ½ cup raspberries ½ cup blueberries 3 Tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp raisins Top with slivered asiago cheese 2 Tbsp...

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What to Look for on Current Nutrition Labels

Do you check the nutrition label before making a food decision? According to the recent Tracking Nutrition Trends Survey (2014), more than two thirds of Canadians read food labels to help them decide what to eat. If used correctly, food labels can provide us with valuable information about what is in our food, like the nutritional breakdown and possible food allergen(s). Currently, our nutrition labels are in review by Health Canada in consolidation with the public and health professionals like Dietitians of Canada. There are many fantastic proposed revisions intended to make labels easier to understand. Here is a past post where I highlight some of the proposed changes. Nevertheless, until...

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Ten Tips for Healthy Aging

In order to age successfully, our goal is to make our health last as long as possible.  In my previous blog, I addressed the top five nutritional changes that occur as we age.  Today, I will highlight my top 10 nutrition tips for healthy aging. My intention is to urge even one reader to take better control of his or her diet today so that their later years will be spent in better health.  Here is an immensely powerful video by the Heart and Stroke foundation contrasting what our last 10 years could look like in either health or in sickness.   Andrea’s Top Ten Tips for Healthy Aging:   Eat...

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Broccoli & Cheddar Stuffed Chicken Breast

One of my all time favourite Julia Child quotes is, “You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.”  I could not agree with her statement more!  However, there are times where you want to go a little above to achieve the “wow factor” from family members, guests or maybe just to impress yourself!   This recipe I put together with my mom during our traditional cooking night. We served our broccoli and cheddar stuffed chicken breast with brown rice, a side of steamed broccoli and tossed salad. Keep in mind, this is a recipe that has lots of versatility so feel encouraged...

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Top Five Nutrition Changes as we Age

It is no surprise that we have an aging population; those over the age of 65 are the fastest growing population group! It is estimated by year 2030, more than one in five will be over the age of 65 (Heath Canada, 2002). As we age, our nutrition needs shift from a focus on growth and development to maintenance, repair and reducing the risk of chronic disease like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity and arthritis.   Today’s blog will highlight my top five nutritional changes as we age. My follow-up blog will discover my top 10 nutrition tips for an aging population.   Decrease in Caloric Needs: As we age,...

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Homemade Tomato Sauce

When you are not sure what to make for dinner having homemade tomato sauce ready in the freezer makes the decision a lot easier.  This recipe uses basic ingredients and is simple to prepare. Some of my favourite veggies to add to this sauce include: coloured peppers, mushrooms, celery and even graded carrot. Optional: Add a dash of red wine with onions for a nice flavour!   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes   Ingredients: 1 clove garlic, minced 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped ½ medium onion, chopped 28 oz diced tomatoes, canned ¼ tsp basil ¼ tsp oregano fresh ground pepper and parmesan cheese to taste   Directions: In a large saucepan over medium...

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How to Make Your Resolution Stick!

Welcome to 2015! Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Or do you shy away because you find resolutions too challenging to keep? Today, I encourage you to think of one thing that you want to change and I will reveal three key stategies to help make it stick.   The most common resolutions include: weight loss, increase in exercise, enjoying life more, improving finances, spending more time with family and friends and helping others. However, a sobering statistic is that only 8 percent of people actually successfully achieve their New Year’s resolutions according to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology.   Greg S Reid, motivational speaker, says it...

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Avoid the New Year’s Hangover

It is almost 2015 and if you do not want to begin your New Year with a nasty hangover complete with a throbbing headache, nausea, muscle aches and irritability, you have come to the right place.  My blog today will share 7 tips for how to avoid (or at least lessen) your hangover if you plan on drinking this New Year’s.   Please enjoy the evening responsibly:  Have a pre-drinking meal: Before going out, ensure that you have a nutritionally balanced meal with carbohydrates (eg. pasta, potatoes, quinoa, toast, cereal), protein (eg. meat, fish, tofu, legumes, eggs) and veggies. Having food in your belly (especially carbs) slows the absorption of...

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