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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

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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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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Romano bean recipe Andrea D'Ambrosio dietitian

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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