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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

How much coffee is too much?

Welcome to part two of my blog series on coffee and caffeine.  This topic has been inspired by many of my clients in private practice who have expressed legitimate concern wondering if they drink too much coffee.  Therefore, today we will delve intoHealth Canada recommendations for daily caffeine limit and I will breakdown the caffeine content in common beverages! How much Caffeine is Safe to Consume? Much research has been done on the health effects of coffee and the consensus has been reached that ‘when consumed in moderation’, there do not appear to be adverse affects to our overall health.   In fact, as discussed in my previous post, there appear to be various health benefits attributed to...

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Crazy for Coffee?

I am writing this blog with sunlight streaming in and a piping hot coffee in hand.  If you are also a fan of coffee, one of the most popular beverages in the world, you may already be familiar with the noted health benefits or you may have sat puzzled when news stories raised concern for its possible negative effects.  Today, I will explore the impact of coffee on our health!  Stay tuned for my next posting where I will breakdown how much caffeine per day and the amounts in different beverages. Coffee 101: Caffeine has been consumed for thousands of years as a stimulant and can be found in common beverages like coffee, tea, soft...

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Avocado, Black Bean & Lentil Salad

This recipe is dedicated to those searching for an easy recipe that uses heart-healthy lentils!  Both gluten free and vegetarian, this dish can be served as a side salad or as a main dish along with a piece of fresh fruit. Serves: 10-12 Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 – 540mL can of lentils, rinsed and drained 1- 540mL can of black beans, rinsed and drained 1 avocado, chopped into large chunks ¼ cup red onion, chopped fine 1 cup of tomatoes, diced ½ cup red or green peppers, chopped 1 cup cucumber, diced ½ cup feta cheese, cubed or crumbled ¼ fresh parsley, chopped ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar ½ tsp dried oregano Instructions: 1.   In a large bowl, combine lentils, black beans and veggies. 2.   Whisk olive...

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Perfect Pulled Pork

Today, I will be sharing a truly scrumptious pulled pork recipe courtesy of my friend Brian Bertolissio.  You need a slow cooker for this one and some time on your side!  Let me tell you, the taste of this recipe is well worth the wait! Thanks Brian for sharing! Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 8-10 hrs (slow cooker) Serves: 10-12 Ingredients: Pork Shoulder (2-3 kg) 1 can of coca-cola 2 cups of BBQ sauce Spices/Seasoning of choice Fresh ground pepper 12 whole grain buns Instructions: 1.  Rub the pork shoulder with Montreal steak spice or your own spices of choice.  Sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper. 2.  Turn on your slow cooker to the low setting. Place the spiced pork shoulder in slow cooker. 3.  Pour coke around pork shoulder to avoid washing off the spices. 4.  Cook for 8-10 hours....

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Eggs, Should we Skip the Yolk?

In effort to cut down on total calories and total fat, it is not uncommon for ‘health-conscious’ consumers to forgo their yellow yolks and instead opt for merely the egg whites. Have you ever wondered if this is actually an advantageous practice for cholesterol lowering? Today, I will explore the 'whole egg truth'.

First Let’s Compare:

[mk_table style="style1" width="1/1" el_position="first last"]   Egg (large)  Calories (kcal)  Protein (grams) Saturated 'BAD' Fat (grams)  Cholesterol (mg) Vitamins, Minerals Whole Egg 74 6 1.7 186 folate, choline, vitamin A, riboflavin, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and healthy fatty acids Egg Yolk ONLY 58  3 1.7  186  folate, choline, vitamin A, riboflavin, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and healthy fatty acids  Egg Whites  16  3  0  0  Trace amounts [/mk_table]
It is true that skipping...

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Mom’s Chocolate Biscotti

Did you know that the word biscotti means ‘twice baked’?  These classic Italian biscuits are baked, sliced and then baked again.  The end result is a dry and crunchy tasting treat!  Be sure to enjoy your chocolate biscotti with an authentic cappuccino or espresso. Serves: 36 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time:  35 minutes Ingredients: ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 tbsp vanilla ½ cup unsweetened cocoa 1 ½ cup all purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda pinch salt ½ cup mini chocolate chips ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted Instructions: 1.  In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Beat in cocoa, 1 cup of the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 2.  Stir in remaining flour, chocolate chips...

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Interested in Cooking with Tofu?

Would you like to add tofu to the menu but are unsure how?  Today, we will explore the tremendous versatility or ‘chameleon qualities’ of tofu along with its nutritional profile. First, we must define tofu.  Tofu is made fromsoybeans, water and a curdling agent that is used to extract the solid proteins before it is pressed into a block.  Tofu has origins in China dating back approximately 2,000 years!  Tofu is extremely popular in vegetarian cooking and comes in two main kinds:  soft or silken tofu and firm orregular tofu. Notes on Preparing Tofu: Tofu can be found in the produce section of the grocery store Before cooking with tofu, drain off as much liquid as possible.  Place tofu on a paper towel for 5-10...

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

If you are hosting Easter dinner this weekend, you might want to add Rosemary Roasted Potatoes to the menu!  This recipe is quick to prepare and adds a savoury starch, full of flavour and with some serious crispiness that your guests are sure to love. Recipe is also gluten free* Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 45-60 minutes Ingredients: 8-12 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters 2 tablespoons of canola oil 1 teaspoon salt 4 twists of freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon dried rosemary Directions: 1.    Combine cleaned, peeled, cut potatoes into a mixing bowl 2.    Add canola oil, salt, pepper and rosemary and toss with potatoes 3.    Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F 4.    Transfer potatoes to a large roasting pan, evenly so not over-lapping 5.    Stir potatoes after 15-20 minutes of baking 6.    Total bake time for potatoes for...

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Red Wine Health Benefits

Have you heard through the ‘grape vine’ that red wine is heart healthy?  Well, this may be attributed to a type of naturally occurring antioxidant (aka polyphenol) called resveratrol.  Today we will explore resveratrol, how it works along with the possible health benefits! What is Resveratrol? Resveratrol is a type of antioxidant that is found in the skin of red grapes.  Red wine contains more polyphenols than white wine since red wine is fermented in grape skins for longer periods.  Resveratrol can be found in other foods as well such as grapes, peanuts, cranberries, blueberries and grape juice. Health Benefits of Red Wine: Resveratrol appears to protect the lining ofblood vessels by preventing plaque build-up, this decreases the risk for blockages in blood flow [known as cardiovascular disease...

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