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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Healthy ‘Popped Quinoa’ Yogurt Parfait

I was so intrigued when two fellow dietitians, mentors and friends of mine at GetReal Gurls Nutrition (getrealgurlsnutrition.com) introduced me to popped quinoa.   I never knew you could pop quinoa similar to popcorn! Popped quinoa is a crunchy, nutty flavoured health food.   It is beautifully versatile so that you can incorporate this fibre packed, vitamin and protein rich seed into your diet! How to make Popped Quinoa!~ 1. Heat a saucepan on medium heat until it is warm 2. Add one tablespoon of quinoa when the pan is warm. You will know when the pan temperature is right when the quinoa starts popping 3. Add just enough quinoa to line the bottom of the sauce pan (only one layer of...

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Goal Setting: Your Direction for Success!

The first step to success is goal setting!  Now, I know this sounds obvious but how many people feel ‘adrift’?  Or how many attempt to attain the samegoal over and over again only to feel that progress is not being made?  Today, I am going to break down how you can set magnificent goals for success and achieve them!  This is a timely article seeing that our New Year’s resolutions may be in full swing inching us one step closer to success or they may have already been tossed aside. Steps to successful goal setting: 1. Decide what it is that you want to achieve.  This is going to be very general. For example, I want to start living a...

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Andrea’s Avocado & Quinoa Salad

This is a delicious and nutritious recipe that I made for a holiday potluck. It was a huge hit! With nice versatility, this dish can be used as a side starch dish, a starter or a salad. Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 2 cups of water 3 cups of diced or cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cup diced red onion ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro ½ cup diced cucumber 6 cups of baby spinach leaves 2 avocados –peeled, pitted and sliced ¼ cup limejuice ½ cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Directions 1. Cook quinoa as per package instructions (or see my previous blog post) 2. Chop veggies and set aside in a large bowl 3. Transfer quinoa to a bowl and set...

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The Year of Quinoa is 2013!

Did you hear that the United Nations named 2013 the ‘International Year of Quinoa’? If you are unfamiliar with quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) you are missing out on a tasty, nutty flavoured, nutritional powerhouse!   Today, I am going to provide a quick run down of Quinoa – what it is, where it is found and how to use it! What is Quinoa? An ancient seed, rather than a grain, that can be traced back in origin to ancient Peru. Although quinoa has recently received quite the spotlight, it has been cultivated for human consumption for over 3,000-4,000 years. The United Nations General Assembly noted that the indigenous people of the Andes have...

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Predicted Food Trends for 2013

Welcome 2013! This is going to be an incredible year- I can just feel it! Being a registered dietitian is so rewording because each year there are numerous new food trends which draw media and public attention and not uncommonly, raise public concern and confusion. Dietitians have the unique opportunity to step forward as a source of the most trusted, science-based nutrition informatio.  So rest assured, when new trends surface (as we know they will) and you are wondering what you should literally buy or not buy into, search no further than speaking with your friendly dietitian. The National Restaurant Association is up-to-date on the top of food trends to meet the public interest and demand for the...

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Bit about Chocolate for 2012…..and 2013 too!

With New Year’s Eve parties right around the corner, you might be wondering what treats to bring to the last party of 2012.  You might want to choose something that symbolizes health and wealth for the coming year. Well, I might suggest something created from the cocoa tree with origins dating back 4,000 years in the Amazon.   If you guessed chocolate you are correct! Aztecs believed that wisdom and power came from eating the fruit of the cocoa tree and that it had nourishing, fortifying and even aphrodisiac qualities.  Therefore, back in 300 AD, cocoa pods were symbolic of life and fertility, two of the most important things! Today, chocolate still plays a central role in festive celebrations and is associated with...

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Holiday Heartburn?

The National Library of Medicine defines Heartburn as the painful burning feeling in your chest or throat. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid travels up into your esophagus from your stomach. Nearly everyone will experience heartburn; however, if you experience heartburn more than twice a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD for short.   For those with GERD, medical treatment is sometimes necessary as recommended by your physician. Prevalence:  It is estimated by Canadian Digestion Health Foundation that 5 million Canadians experience heartburn at least one time per week!   Similarly, the lost productivity from those who suffer each year amounts to $2.1 billion. What can you do about Heartburn: Whether you have occasional heartburn or chronic issues with GERD, there are dietary and lifestyle factors that play a major role.  Here are my top...

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Healthified Granola Recipe

With the holiday right around the corner here is a last minute ‘healthified granola recipe’.   This is a 'tried and true' recipe that is made each and every Christmas.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 3/4 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted, raw) 1 1/3 cup coconut (sweetened, shredded) 3 cups large flake oats 3/4 cup whole flax seeds 1 1/3 cups red wheat bran (do not include this if you want gluten free granola!) 3/4 cup unsalted, dry roasted pumpkin seeds 1 cup slivered almonds 1/3 cup canola oil 1/2 cup honey 1 tsp vanilla 3 tbsp molasses 1 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries 1 cup chopped dried banana chips Instructions: 1. Combine all dry ingredients (except dried fruit) in a bowl, stir. 2. In a...

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Teddy Bear Peanut Butter Christmas Cookie Recipe

I would like to share my Teddy Bear Peanut Butter Christmas cookie recipe with you!  They turned out deliciously – according to my taste testers as well as myself  :) Ingredients: ½ cup Butter (room temperature) 1 cup Peanut Butter ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 ½ cup chickpea flour Candies for decorating the face – note that M&M’s are gluten free and Smarties are not Directions: 1. In a large bowl combine butter and peanut butter; beat until creamy 2. Add the brown and white sugar and beat until fluffy 3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract 4. Mix in flour and baking soda on low until blended 5....

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