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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Mango Kale Salad

Mango, Kale & Craisin Salad

The freshness of Spring calls for crisp salads. Like this Mango Kale Salad! I absolutely love adding fresh fruit and nuts or seeds to my salads for extra sweetness and crunch. When faced with a busy schedule, planning ahead might include chopping kale and placing it in a clear container or a plastic bag with a paper towel. This allows you to whip a salad together in no time. Ps. If you are planning ahead for garden-season, be sure to check out my Top 5 Must-Have Garden Herbs (and how to use them)!   Prep time: 10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups kale, chopped and washed 1 cup mango, sliced 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 3 Tbsp craisins 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp...

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Easter Eating Nutrition

3 Easter Eating Secrets from a Dietitian

Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner! When it comes to traditional holidays, they all seem to be centred around three things: food, family and copious amounts of chocolate. Don’t’ get me wrong, I’m not complaining. How do you feel? Are you excited/optimistic or are you feeling impending doom from inevitable over-indulging?   Today, I will share my top 3 dietitian Easter eating secrets. This topic was inspired by several clients and family members who showed interest in how my eating changes during these food-centred holidays. They asked, “As a registered dietitian do you stress? Do you indulge? Ever over-indulge? Do you grant yourself permission?” The honest...

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Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives {Recipe Redux}

I enjoy simple, delicious food. As a follower of the Dietetic Directions blog, you probably know I post recipes using basic (and minimal) ingredients along with flexibility to add your own flair. Today’s Hard Boiled Eggs with Chives recipe is an incredibly simple family recipe inspired by my dad. As an Italian father, he added olive oil and red wine vinegar to many foods, like hard boiled eggs. Boy were they good! I have continued to carry on this favourite but added my own twist. Last year, when I planted my herb garden (see my Top 5 Must-Have Herbs for your Garden) I started adding fresh chives to...

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Indian Dhal Soup

Indian Dhal Soup

Do you love Indian food but the spices intimidate you? This is how I felt. However, if you want to step into Indian cooking, this simple and healthy dhal recipe will be just what you’re looking for. Dhal is a word used to describe an Indian soup made with lentils or pulses (click here to find out why pulses are healthy).  This Indian Dhal Soup has become a bit of a "fridge cleaner" recipe where I toss in veggies that need to be used up. For example, in this recipe I had celery and a coloured pepper in the fridge. Be flexible with your ingredient preferences and enjoy the warm...

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How to Beat the Bloat FODMAPs

How to Beat the Bloat with FODMAPs

(Low FODMAP Diet Explored) Do you experience digestion issues but are uncertain of your food triggers? If so, you are not alone. One in seven people experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome, characterized by symptoms' of bloating, pain, gas and changes in bowels (i.e. diarrhea or constipation). While many may shy away from talking about their digestive woes, in my office, this is a common (and very important) conversation. Today, I will share a dietitian’s perspective on treating digestive issues (like abdominal pain, bloating and loose bowels) with the Low FODMAP diet.   DYK: More than 20 million Canadians suffer from general digestive disorders every year (Can. Digestive Foundation, 2018) Click To Tweet   The Low FODMAP diet...

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salmon cakes

Savoury Salmon Cakes

I love ordering Salmon Cakes at restaurants. They are just so flakey and savoury. They practically melt in your mouth. Now, with this Savoury Salmon Cakes recipe, you can make this restaurant favourite at home and have them taste just as good, if not better! Choosing canned salmon is also a great way to boost your dietary calcium intake. In fact, sockeye/red, canned salmon, contains approximately 400-600 IU of vitamin D and 200 mg of calcium in a 2.5-ounce serving. That’s impressive. Be sure to check out 5 Foods for Stronger Bones to learn more about foods that are good for your bones!   Prep time: 20-30 minutes Cook time: 10...

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Ways to Save on Groceries

7 Ways to Save on Groceries (& Still Eat Healthy)

Who doesn’t want to save on groceries? Whether you are a mother with a family, a student or a busy professional, we could all benefit from saving. After all, the cost of food increases and the average Canadian household spends about $241 per person on food each month (Statistics Canada, 2016). This equates to just under $3,000 dollars a year (per person) on groceries (not including eating out). Today, I will share my Top 7 Strategies to Save on Groceries – while still eating healthy.   1. Start Basic ‘Meal Planning’ When it comes to saving on groceries, planning ahead may not be a ‘glamorous solution’ but it allows you...

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Stuffed Shells with Lentils

Lentil & Mushroom-Stuffed Shells with Italian Sausage

Want an easy way to save on your grocery bill?  Look no further than adding lentils to extend your meat dishes or as a meatless alternative. This Lentil & Mushroom-Stuffed Shells recipe is a variation of my Chorizo Stuffed Jumbo Shells but instead with the addition of lentils and a lot of finely chopped mushrooms. Leftovers are also easy and delicious with this meal! In case you are unfamiliar, lentils are little edible seeds grown in a pod and part of the legume family. They are incredibly versatile and take on the flavour of the dish. In just ½ cup serving, there are 12 grams of protein and...

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self love & diet

3 Ways Self-Love Improves Diet

Valentine’ Day is in the air. The time where small or grandiose gestures are made to show affection. This year, I challenge you to increase self-love! This involves prioritizing your needs and putting boundaries in place so that you live your happiest life. I like to think of self-love as filling your metaphorical cup, which inevitably leads to having more to give to others. Let’s get on this love train and discuss the 3 Ways Self-Love Improves Diet. If the idea of increasing self-love sounds too far out there, I get it. We live in a hectic world. We are inundated with distractions and obligations. We feel stress...

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