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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Red Wine Health Benefits

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! Did you know that red wine is heart healthy? Click To Tweet 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 of blood vessels by preventing plaque build-up, this decreases the...

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Easiest Fruit Salad – Perfect Snack or Dessert

This is an exceptionally simple recipe and a great way to encourage fruit consumption. Having homemade fruit salad ready to eat in the fridge will serve as the perfect snack or dessert for the whole family. It is great to add more fruits to your salads to make them yummy, experiment with flavors and add great vitamins and minerals :) This recipe is a only a guideline, so feel free to include whichever fruits or juices you like to your fruit salad. Fruit Salad: Serves: 12 Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 can (796mL) of pears or peaches (juice-packed, undrained) 1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into small sections 2 oranges, peeled and cut into small sections 2 red apples, with...

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Best Broccoli Soup

Looking for an easy way to get more greens into your diet?  Here is my suggestion, a truly tasty broccoli soup!  Feel free to top with shredded cheddar cheese if desired. Enjoy! Check out my recipe page for more soup recipes and ways to add more vegetables into your diet! Broccoli Soup: Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cook time:  20 minutes Ingredients: 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 tablespoons butter 1 onion, chopped 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans chicken broth 4 cups broccoli 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1 garlic clove, chopped 2 cups milk 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped (optional but encouraged!) pepper to taste 1/2 cup hard cheddar cheese, grated Directions: 1.     Melt butter in pan.  Add onion, garlic and celery.  Cook until tender 2.     Add broccoli, ginger (optional)...

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St. Patrick’s Day Peanut Butter Barley Cookies!

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I have a tasty whole grain cookie recipe (barley cookies)!  I used barley flour instead of all-purpose wheat flour.   Barley flour provides higher amounts of fibre and protein and has a cholesterol lowering benefit.   Barley flour is not gluten free and has a moist, sweet, nutty-flavour.   Be sure to substitute barley flour for equal amounts of all purpose flour in your favourite cookie, biscuit or cake recipe. Peanut Butter Barley Cookies: Serves: 12 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Ingredients ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup low fat peanut butter ½ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 ¼ cup barley flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon baking soda Directions: 1.  Cream together the butter, peanut butter,...

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Inulin Causing Gas or Bloating?

Inulin causing Gas or Bloating?

This is a follow-up to my previous blog post entitled, the Scoop on Inulin.  We have already discussed how inulin is a type of fibre that food manufactures use to achieve a “high fibre”claim on their products.  Today, I will delve into how inulin works in the body. Also, why some people experience symptoms of intolerance (ie. gas, bloating, stomach pain or diarrhea). What is inulin and why do some people experience intolerance from it? Click To Tweet How inulin works in the body: Upon ingestion of inulin, this type of fibre moves through the body undigested (like other fibres) and into the large intestine where it is fermented by your intestinal bacteria.   This is why inulin is more...

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Cashew Chicken Recipe

I am pleased to share with you this truly fantastic Cashew Chicken recipe!  This is in the book of favorite recipes :)  You have flexibility as well to add other veggies such as broccoli and mushrooms as well. There are also tons of other chicken recipes on my page! Take a look :) Cashew Chicken Recipe: Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces 1 Tbsp cornstarch 1 Tbsp soya sauce (lower sodium) 1 Tbsp oil divided 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tsp fresh ginger, minced ¼ Tsp red pepper flakes ¼ cup Catalina dressing ½ cup roasted, unsalted cashews 1 whole red or green pepper, chopped 1 cup basmati rice Lime juice to taste (optional) Instructions: 1....

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Baked Carrot Chips

Looking for a fun way to introduce veggies as a snack or appetizer?   Might I suggest trying Baked Carrot Chips?  This is an extremely easy recipe that will be a sure hit for the whole family. Baked Carrot Chips Recipe: 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,...

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The Scoop on Inulin and it’s Health Benefit

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 are in foods such as asparagus, leeks, garlic, onions and artichokes and...

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nutrition month dietitian

Welcome to Nutrition Month!

March is Nutrition Month- a time for Canadians to 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.     Nutrition plays crucial role in many chronic health conditions Click To Tweet 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. FYI: Nutrition Month started in 1973 as a week-long event Click To Tweet Our 2013...

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