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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

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. Dietitian reviewed, highly recommended weight loss apps! Click To Tweet 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 •...

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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 are outside our control. • Age: After the age of 40 years, metabolism...

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Where did Pancake Tuesday come from?

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 :) Where did Pancake Tuesday come from?? Click To Tweet 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...

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How to Make Fantastic Fish!

Welcome to the middle of the month dedicated to promoting Heart Health. To help celebrate this momentous time, I have brought in my very first guest 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! Fish 101: 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...

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Easiest Greek Lentil Salad

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? Serves: 6 Prep time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 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 Instructions: 1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients Enjoy :)...

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Ginger and Cilantro Red Lentil Soup

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. Serves: 4 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Ingredients 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 Directions: 1. Sweat onion in olive oil until transparent 2....

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Let’s Eat Lentils!

Lentils are little edible seeds grown in a pod and part of the legume family.   You may recognize lentils used in vegetarian dishes or used in Indian cuisine.  However, how familiar are you with using lentils in your kitchen as part of your tasty, healthy meals? In honour of February being "heart health awareness month", this blog is dedicated to raising awareness on the amazingness of lentils and encouraging you to begin experimenting with these in your cooking! Lentil 101: Lentils vary in size, shape, colour; they may be are purchased in the dried form, canned or possibly in the pod.  Lentils vary in colour from the most common brown lentil, to the peppery...

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Baked Rapini Chips

If you like kale chips you will LOVE rapini chips! They are easy to make and something the whole family can enjoy. Prepare them as an appetizer, snack or side vegetable dish.   Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Serving: 4 Ingredients: Fresh rapini (about 2-3 cups) 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 clove of garlic, minced Salt to taste Directions: 1. Clean rapini leaves and flowerets and spread them on a baking sheet (do not have them overlap too much) 2. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees C 3. Drizzle vegetable oil over the rapini leaves and sprinkle with a little salt to bring out the flavour 4. Optional: Sprinkle 1 clove of minced garlic on top of the raw rapini 5. Bake in...

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