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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

2013 The Year of Quinoa

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! Learn more about quinoa! What is it and what are the nutritional benefits? Click To Tweet 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...

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2013 Food Trends

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 information.  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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About Chocolate

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! [bctt tweet="DYK The Aztecs believed eating fruit of the cocoa tree had nourishing, fortifying...

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Holiday Heartburn

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.  DYK: 5 million Canadians experience heartburn at least once a week? Click To Tweet What can you do about Heartburn: Whether you have occasional heartburn or chronic issues with...

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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. Cover and...

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Hosting a Holiday Party

Hosting a Holiday Party?

During the month of December I am seeing numerous clients who are either hosting or attending a holiday party.   And of course, we know that this often entails drinking and being merry.  Similarly, the reality is that there will be an over abundance of food during this time of celebration. However, these gatherings may correspondingly lead to feelings of gluttony and guilt. Is it possible to host a holiday party healthfully? YES! Find out how! Click To Tweet This article is dedicated to those who wonder if they can host a holiday party healthfully while they themselves are trying to follow a ‘healthy diet’. The answer is an astounding YES! Here are some tips for you, the holiday host or hostess: 1. Smaller serving plates: Scientifically, we know that people will...

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Are you at Risk for Iron Deficiency

Are you at risk for iron deficiency?

According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, iron plays an essential role in human body functioning. Iron is involved in delivering oxygen to cells andregulating growth.   Therefore, when there is a shortage of iron, oxygen supply to the cells becomes limited leading to fatigue, poor work performance, pallor and decreased immune function. These symptoms are also known as anemia.   However, too much iron is dangerous and can result in toxicity or death. Who is at risk for iron deficiency? Click To Tweet Population Groups at high risk for iron deficiency: -Pregnant women (expanding blood volume) -Infants and toddlers (rapid growth and development) -Teenage girls/childbearing age (blood loss in menstruation) -Vegetarians and vegans (inadequate dietary iron intake) -Gastrointestinal disorders- Celiac and Crohn’s disease (lack of iron...

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Do You Need More Vitamin C This TIme Of Year

Do you need more vitamin C this time of year?

With the cold weather already upon us, many are stocking up on oranges and vitamin C supplements in hopes of warding off the common cold. Are you one of these people taking extra vitamin C this time of year? More than likely, you have heard that taking vitamin C is beneficial in decreasing liklihood of getting sick.  This has been the subject of tremendous controversy for more than 50 years!  Today, let’s demystify if vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) is helpful in 'warding off' the common cold.  In addition, we will quantify how much we need and how much is too much. Fact or myth: Vitamin C wards off colds? Click To Tweet Functions of vitamin C: • Assists in...

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