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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

De-Stress this Holiday Season!

With the arrival of the holiday season, too many of us feel that familiar “holiday stress” creeping up.  Isn’t this season supposed to be a fun-filled and joyous time?  Why then do so many of us now complain of feeling increased stress?  Whatever the cause, help is on the way with my top 7 holiday stress busting tips. De-stressing is so important (all year long) because physical and emotional stress negatively impact our health.  Research supports the link between stress and conditions like heart disease, hypertension, headaches and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.  Stress is also a contributor in making certain conditions like irritable bowel syndrome,...

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Winter Healthy Pick: Pomegranates

As we slowly become inundated with Christmas commercials and holiday music, I thought this would be an ideal time to explore a select superfood for the winter! As a refresher, a “superfood” is just a fancy word to describe a food with an extraordinary nutritional profile along with associated health benefits.   A “superfood” is just a fancy word to describe a food with an extraordinary nutritional profile. Click To Tweet   Pomegranates will be my featured superfood because they are not only sweet and refreshing, but they also pack a nice nutritional punch! You can spot this fantastic fruit in supermarkets between September and January. When selecting your fruit, look for...

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Pomegranate Goat Cheese Salad

In my latest blog post I selected pomegranates for my winter superfood!  Here is an easy and tasty recipe to use this sweet fruit! Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 4 cups fresh green lettuce ¼ pomegranate fruit, seeds ¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 1 Tbsp raisins 2 Tbsp of olive oil to coat salad 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar salt and pepper to taste Instructions: 1.    Clean lettuce leaves thoroughly in cold water 2.    Combine ingredients into a salad bowl 3.    Add oil and vinegar dressing to salad mix 4.    Toss salad and enjoy!...

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National Oatmeal Day!

With the chilly weather already upon us, nothing hits the spot better than a big bowl of warm oatmeal. This post is dedicated to this nutritious and satisfying breakfast option. First, let's start with facts on oatmeal and then I will share my homemade fibre-packed oatmeal recipe.     Did you know? Oatmeal is a whole grain (not refined -still contains the bran and germ) Oatmeal contains 3g of protein and 3g of fibre in 1/3 cup serving Oatmeal lowers cholesterol (thanks to the beta-glucan, type of soluble fibre) Steel-cut oats have modestly more fibre (longer cook time) Stabilizes blood sugars which keeps you feeling fuller longer (great food choice...

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Mediterranean Vegetarian Salad

Sometimes you are in need of a quick culinary creation that uses common vegetables and pantry staples. This recipe is one that can be made in a hurry and served to those on gluten free and/or vegetarian diet. I brought this dish to a housewarming party and it was a big hit! So enjoy :) Serves: 8-10 Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients:  ½ can chickpeas (540mL), rinsed and drained 1 can lentils (540mL), rinsed and drained 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 Tbsp celery leaves, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped ¾ cup cucumber, chopped ¾ cup black olives, drained and rinsed ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled or diced ½ tsp dried oregano 1/3 cup olive oil 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar (adjust...

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Benefit from Breakfast!

Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day; yet a startling 40% of Canadian children do not eat breakfast on a daily basis according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Over half of adults also frequently skip breakfast with reasons varying from: not feeling hungry, to wanting to ‘cut calories’ or simply trying to save time in the morning. Whatever the excuse, breakfast is truly a vital part of healthy living and has numerous health benefits. Today, I will share my top 5 benefits from daily breakfast consumption. My follow-up blog will identify some balanced, nutritious breakfast ideas for morning mealtime inspiration!     Five Reasons to Eat B-fast...

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Some Breakfast Inspiration

According to the University of Alberta, only 12% of Canadians eat a balanced breakfast in the morning.  In my last post, I shared my top 5 benefits for having breakfast daily.  Today, as a follow-up, I will provide quick, convenient meal time ideas to get you nourished and on your way in the morning!   According to the University of Alberta, only 12% of Canadians eat a balanced breakfast. Click To Tweet Anatomy of a Balanced Breakfast: Easy as 1, 2, 3! 1. Think Fibre! Choose foods that are high in fibre to provide long lasting fuel until your next meal. Fibre not only fills you up, it also lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood...

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Digestive Health: Exploring the ‘Gut-Brain’ Connection

It is well known that signals from our brain impact our stomach or gut. Think back to a time where you were extremely worried about a looming presentation and then felt butterflies in your stomach, a lump in your throat and noticed a change in your bowel movements. This is a demonstration of how your digestive system automatically responds to emotions experienced. However, have you ever wondered if these same signals can travel in the opposite direction, so that your gut can communicate to your brain and impact things like your emotional state? It appears that our gut is smarter than we anticipated and is in fact,...

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Curbing your Mindless Eating: Thanksgiving Edition

There is a very intricate (and fascinating) science behind why we eat what we eat and why we eat the amounts we do! Without even realizing it, we are inundated with subtle environmental cues, which cunningly lead us to eat more than we otherwise would. Brian Wansink is a food researcher and has written the indispensible book “Mindless Eating” which both exposes and explores these environmental cues in order to provide readers with tips for eating a little ‘less’ without even noticing it! So, in honour of Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought this would be a timely topic to help us alter our environments so that we...

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