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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Matcha Madness

Move over regular old green tea, there is a new and more potent green tea in town!  Matcha is a fine green tea powder, which has origins dating back to the 12th century in Japan.  This tea is described as having a strong and earthy taste with a full and frothy texture.  The difference between regular green tea and matcha tea lies in the processing.  Matcha tea uses the whole tealeaf for harvesting, steaming, drying and grinding into a fine powder.  Interestingly, ten cups of green tea are needed to match the potency of a cup of matcha green tea.   [bctt tweet="Ten cups of green tea are needed...

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Transform your Picky Eater!

Are meal times with your picky eater a source of tremendous stress?  Will your child start crying or fussing at the sight of a new and unfamiliar food?  Are you concerned about your child’s nutritional intake considering the short list of foods that he or she will actually eat?  These are common concerns that often bring nervous parents in seeking the support of a Registered Dietitian. It is important to note that meal times SHOULD NOT be stressful!  Keeping a calm and relaxed eating atmosphere helps children develop confidence and positive associations with food.  Rest assured that children will naturally test their limits and it is the parent’s...

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Rapini on Whole Grain Spaghetti

Here is a popular family dish using fresh rapini with olive oil, garlic and whole grain pasta!  This recipe is a flavourful, light and a delicious way to incorporate veggies into your pasta dish.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10-15 minutes   Ingredients: 1 bunch of rapini, trimmed stems 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 package whole grain pasta 1 clove garlic, sliced fresh ground pepper to season pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)   Instructions: Clean rapini and trim off the long stems.   (I sliced the stems lengthwise so they cook in less time). Cook whole grain pasta in boiling, salted water according to package instructions. Cook rapini in boiling, salted water for 3-5 minutes or until rapini stems are...

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The Power of Protein!

When I mention the word protein, what first comes to mind?  Do you think of muscles or strength, or do you think of weight control, possibly energy boosting, or maybe you simply think about different types of foods that contain protein?  Today, “protein” is a new industry buzzword used to sell food products like drinks, bars and cereals.  And it works! Barry Calpino, vice president for Kraft Foods described protein and stated, "It's one of those rare things that has a lot of different meanings to a lot of different people and they are all positive." Today, let’s take a closer look at protein, how much you need...

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Muffins make a convenient snack option when you are on the go.  I often pair this delectable zucchini chocolate chip muffin with a yogurt or a portion of cheese.  Be sure to freeze extras to have them ready and fresh when you need them!   Serves: 12 Prep time: 15-20 minutes Cook time: 20-25 minutes   Ingredients: 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour ¾ cup white sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp salt 1 egg ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup milk 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup shredded zucchini ½ cup chocolate chips ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)   Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F. Combine dry ingredients into mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, oil, milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Stir...

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Homemade Goat Cheese & Parsley Stuffed Chicken

This is a simple, succulent recipe that provides an elegant protein option that can be served with seasoned roasted veggies at your next dinner party.   Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-25 minutes   Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts ¼ cup goat cheese 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped Sprinkle ground pepper 1 tbsp oil oil 1/2 tbsp basil dried   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Trim any fat off the chicken breast and cut in half lengthwise. Add goat cheese to one side of the opened chicken breast and sprinkle fresh parsley on top of cheese.  I added fresh ground pepper inside the chicken breast. Close the chicken breast so it looks intact, you may need to use a toothpick. Sprinkle chicken breasts...

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All about Edamame!

If you are in search of a high protein, fibre-rich, quick and nutritious option, look no further than the frozen section of the grocery store for edamame!     Edamame, pronounced ed-uh-MAH-may, is the name for the fresh, young soybeans that are harvested before the seeds harden. Edamame is popular in Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian cuisine. Edamame beans have a subtle buttery flavour, are crunchy in texture and are found inside a fuzzy green pod. These bright pods are often steamed or boiled and served with a little salt.  You can also purchase shelled edamame, which saves you time from squeezing the tasty bean out of the pod.   [bctt tweet="Edamame (ed-uh-MAH-may)...

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Eggplant Parmigiana

This is a true crowd-pleasing recipe that uses simple ingredients.  Feel free to add your own spices like fresh basil or oregano according to your tastes.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes   Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant, remove skin and slice into ½ inch slices 1 egg ¼ cup all purpose flour 2 Tbsp canola oil 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 cup meatless tomato sauce 1 cup mozzarella cheese   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400F. Wash and peel eggplant; cut crosswise into ½” slices. Dip eggplant into egg and then flour; turning to coat both sides. In a large skillet on medium-high heat, cook eggplant half at a time for 4-6 minutes. Turning once to cook...

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Barley, Oats & Chocolate Chip Cookies

To celebrate the holiday season, I made these tasty Christmas cookies!   I decided to use the whole grains barley and oats since they are rich in beta glucan, which is beneficial for cholesterol lowering and boosting immunity.   Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10-12 minutes Serves: 30-40 cookies   Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup margarine 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg 2 cups whole oats (I used quick cooking oats) 1 cup barley flour ½ cup oat bran 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 1 cup dark chocolate chips 2 Tbsp festive sprinkles (optional)   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and margarine and blend together. Stir in vanilla and egg and mix until fluffy. Add whole oats, barley flour, oat...

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