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...Read More
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.
Prep time: 5 minutes
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp of brown sugar
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
½ clove of fresh garlic, chopped
1. Combine ingredients and shake to combine
2. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed
3. Refrigerate and serve when desired.
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!
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.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 35-40 minutes
1 cup quinoa
3 cups milk
¼ cup maple syrup
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Garnish: chocolate chips and fruits
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...
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...
Today is the annual day of Pancakes! Also known as Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Wow, those are a lot of names for one single day! Nevertheless, are you curious on the origins of Pancake Tuesday? Wondering why pancakes or why at this time of year? If you are looking for answers, I am happy to say that you have come to the right place :)
Why on Tuesday?
Pancake Tuesday happens around the same time each year and always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, which is the season with 40 days of preparation before Easter for Christians.
What does ‘Shrove’ Tuesday mean?
Welcome to the middle of the month dedicated to promoting Heart Health. To help celebrate this momentous time, I have brought in my very firstguest blogger Amanda Li, the talented Registered Dietitian and chef. Amanda has a passion for creating the finest foods to foster health and well-being.
Thank you Amanda for sharing your exceptional culinary expertise with us at Dietetic Directions!
The 1st of February not only marked the start of Heart Health Month, but also the beginning of a Fish and Seafood Module in Culinary school! Today I will share with you how to master the art of cooking fish and encourage you to try new ingredient-pairings with your fish. This blog could possibly...
As part of February's "heart health month," I would like to share quite possibly the EASIEST Greek Lentil Salad.
Makes a great fibre and protein-paced lunch along with a glass of low-fat milk (or yogurt) and a fruit. Presto! Easy, right?
Prep time: 10 minutes
1 – 540mL can of lentils, rinsed and drained
½ cup of calamata olives, sliced or whole
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup red or green peppers, sliced
1 cup cucumber, diced
¼ cup of feta cheese, cubed
¼ fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar
½ tsp dried oregano
1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients
This is one of my all time favourite soup recipes! It is so hearty that it can be consumed as a meal or in a smaller portion as a starter. Be sure to taste it before serving in case it needs some more lemon juice or ginger to taste.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
1 ½ L of chicken broth (ready made or homemade)
1 cup red lentils (dried)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small sweet potato, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup broccoli, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp ground ginger or 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1. Sweat onion in olive oil until transparent