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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Baked Carrot Chips

Looking for a fun way to introduce veggies as a snack or appetizer?   Might I suggest tryingBaked Carrot Chips?  This is an extremely easy recipe that will be a sure hit for the whole family. Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minute Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients 4 large carrots, peeled 1 Tbsp Canola oil salt & pepper to taste Directions: 1. Clean, peel then cut carrots lengthwise 2. Pre-heat oven to 450 C 3. Toss carrots with canola oil and salt and pepper to evenly coat 4. Bake chips for about 8-10 minutes until crisp. Turn carrot chips and bake other side for 8-10 minutes until crisp and golden brown. Food for Thought:  Experiment with baking other root veggies as chips too! Try using white potato, sweet potato or parsnips; however, cooking times may vary....

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The Scoop on Inulin

With all the hype on high fibre foods and their associated health benefits, it is no wonder that we are seeing more and more products emerge on grocery shelves boasting the extremely sought-after high fibre claim. This blog will explore one of the most common ways that these high fibre claims are achieved, which is often through the use of an ingredient called inulin. What is Inulin?  Inulin naturally occurs in some plants and is a type of dietary fibre since the human body cannot digest it. More specifically, inulin is a fructan, which is basically a fancy word to imply that there are fructose (sugar) components.   Fructans occur in foods such as asparagus, leeks, garlic, onions and artichokes and...

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Welcome to Nutrition Month!

March is Nutrition Month- a time for Canadiansto celebrate healthy food choices and the positive impact these have on our health and personal well-being. During March, we need to join together and talk about nutrition in order to raise awareness on the link between healthy eating and disease prevention.  Nutrition plays a crucial role in many chronic health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity etc.  Nutrition Month is also a time to promote the role of Registered Dietitians as your trusted source for science-based recommendations. FYI: Nutrition Month first started in 1973 where it was a week-long event. By 1980, with the increased interest in nutrition, the campaign increased to a month long event. Our 2013 Theme: This year’s slogan is Best Food Forward: Plan Shop Cook Enjoy! The theme is focused on providing practical advice to help consumers navigate the...

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D’Ambrosio Family Risotto Recipe!

This is a 'tried and true', delicious family recipe that you will love!   Make sure you have a little extra TIME because risotto is a more 'labour-intensive' recipe, but well worth it. Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Serving: 6 Ingredients: 4 cups of vegetable stock 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 cup of Arborio rice 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 medium onion, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 tsp dried oregano ¼ cup sundried tomatoes (drained and chopped) ½ cup parmesan cheese salt and pepper to taste   Instructions: 1. Bring 4 cups of vegetable stock to boil in a pan, then reduce heat and simmer on low heat. 2. Heat oil in a deep pan then add rice...

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The Skinny on Cow’s Milk & Alternatives

What is better: cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk?  Are they nutritionally equivalent - meaning they have the same amounts of calcium, fat and protein?   If you have asked yourself these questions you have come to the right spot! First, before doing a nutritional comparison, it is important to mention that people choose dairy alternatives for diverse reasons.   If you are avegetarian or a vegan you might choose a milk alternative, like soy or almond milk, because they are plant-based.   Additionally, if you are lactose intolerant you might choose an alternative beverage (soymilk, almond milk) that does not contain lactose. Note: If you are lactose...

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Homemade Balsamic Dressing!

This is probably the best homemade balsamic dressing I have ever tasted.  I had this at a dinner party and insisted on getting the recipe to share on my blog (thank you Maria).  I had this dressing served on a strawberry, goat cheese and walnut salad with spinanch leaves.  YUM! * The dressing is also gluten free for those on a specialty diet. Serves: 8 Prep time: 5 minutes Ingredients: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp of brown sugar Pinch salt Fresh ground black pepper, to taste ½ clove of fresh garlic, chopped Instructions: 1. Combine ingredients and shake to combine 2. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed 3. Refrigerate and serve when desired. Enjoy!...

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Best Weight Loss Apps!

As a dietitian in private practice, I am always intrigued when clients introduce me to new nutrition apps they use diligently on their smart phones to track their food and physical activity.  What a great tool to use on a healthy living and/or weight loss journey.  This blog is dedicated to introducing weight loss apps that come highly recommended. Tip: To make these trackers most useful enter your food and activity right after consumption or activity to increase the accuracy and your awareness. Of the 3 apps I will review today, there are components they all have in common: • Track food intake throughout the day • Account for energy expenditure vs. dietary intake • Input weight and height along with goals • Excellent way to track progress 1. Lose it! - “Calorie-budget”...

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Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

Here is a delicious recipe for chocolate quinoa pudding!  This is just another way to incorporate this super seed into your diet.  Enjoy this dish topped with a dollop of whip and fresh fruits or (like I made it) with chocolate chips and chocolate sauce. Serves: 6 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 35-40 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 3 cups milk ¼ cup maple syrup ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon Garnish: chocolate chips and fruits Instructions: 1. Add quiona, milk and maple syrup to saucepan and bring to boil (cover 3/4 way) 2. Reduce to simmer and stir in cocoa powder and cinnamon 3. Cover and stir frequently for about 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed 4. Remove from...

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How to Boost your Metabolism

If you are relentlessly trying to lose weight you may have already blamed your sluggish metabolism. Conversely, if you are struggling to gain weight, you may have concluded that you have a super speedy metabolism allowing you to eat everything you want without gaining a pound. Either way, the term‘metabolism’ describes a measure of how efficiently your body burns food as fuel.  Likewise, since metabolism impacts the rate at which we burn calories, this will have an impact on how quickly bodies gain or lose weight. Today, let’s explore the factors that determine our metabolism or the rate at which we burn calories (aka metabolic rate).  First, it is important to mention factors that areoutside our control. • Age: After the age of 40 years, metabolism...

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