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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

coconut rice & beans

Caribbean Coconut Black Bean Rice

In the middle of our Canadian winter, we sometimes need an easy, one-pot meal that transports us to the Caribbean! This Coconut Black Bean Rice is simple, inexpensive, high in fibre and even a ‘complete protein’. The term complete protein refers to foods having all nine essential amino acids (protein building blocks). Essential amino acids must be consumed through the diet since our body cannot make them on its own. Meat is a complete protein, but some vegetarian food sources (like soy, nuts, seeds, chia, quinoa, eggs, milk) are complete proteins.   In one cup of rice and beans, you get an impressive 7 grams of protein and 5...

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Foods for Stronger Bones

5 Foods for Stronger Bones

Hope your New Year is off to a healthy start! When caring for our bodies with nourishing foods, it is common to overlook nutrition for our bones.  After all, our bones are living tissues that are constantly regenerating and replenishing. Today, I will highlight five foods that are good for building strong bones. I will underscore why they are beneficial and how to include them in your diet.   1, 2, 3 Bone Facts: Bones stop gaining density by your 20’s. This means that we cannot build bone mass after this time. This also means that children's diets need to emphasize bone-building foods in order to achieve their maximum...

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peanut & edamame vegan stir-fry

Peanut & Edamame Stir-Fry {Vegan}

Looking for a speedy way to use up leftover veggies and hit all your food groups? Look no further than this, Vegan Peanut & Edamame Stir-Fry! I absolutely love meals that offer flexibility to use whatever you have on hand. Whether you are stocking your kitchen like a dietitian, or following my guide to doing a freezer inventory, be sure to stock up on basic necessities. For example, I always have edamame (either shelled or in pods) in my freezer. These tasty beans have an impressive 12 grams of protein and 8 grams of fibre, in just ½ cup serving! Read more about the impressive nutrition profile for edamame here.   Serves: 3-4 Prep...

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New Year's Resolution to give up

3 New Year’s Resolutions to GIVE UP!

January, it’s a fresh start. A chance to create your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions. What do you want to change? Before you set a hefty health goal, I will share my top three resolutions to GIVE UP! These are common, unsustainable pitfalls that many attempt (at least in the short term). I will highlight why you should NEVER attempt these resolutions and how to make more sustainable resolutions.   Making a New Year's Resolution? Be sure to read Top 3 Resolutions to GIVE up first! Click To Tweet   University of Scranton estimates approximately 40% of people make New Year’s Resolutions. The top resolution, which 1 in 5 people make, is...

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garlic herb salmon

Garlic & Herb Salmon with Sunflower Seeds

{20 min meal} I’m all about simplicity when it comes to cooking. I love to use minimal ingredients and create dishes that taste great. This Garlic Herb Salmon recipe is a spin on my Seared Salmon with Walnut Parsley Gremolata. That is basically a fancy way of saying chop up garlic with fresh herbs and add nuts or seed for crunch. I have also done this recipe using different types of white fish like sole, cod and haddock.  You can serve your salmon on a bed of a whole grain like quinoa, brown rice or bulgur.   Serves: 2 Prep time: 5-10 minutes Cook time: 6-8 minutes   Ingredients: 2 salmon fillets (about 200 gram each), fresh or...

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clementine vs pomegranate

Clementine vs. Pomegranate: Nutrition Compared

Dietitian Winter Favourites   Are you enjoying clementines and pomegranates this holiday season? I sure am! The citrusy clementine smell always brings me back to my childhood. My little sister, Melissa, and I loved to watch Christmas movies in the basement, tossing clementines to each other while singing carols! We had so much fun doing this. I remember trying to peel the whole fruit without breaking the peel. I then spread the peel out on a flat surface, like a map. If you haven’t tried this when peeling a clementine, it’s sure to amuse.     Today, we will be comparing the nutrition of these two winter super fruits. I will highlight...

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TOP 5 EATING MISTAKES

Top 5 Holiday Eating Mistakes

Christmas is fast approaching. Tis the season to celebrate, spend time with loved ones and feel that child-like joyfulness. However, holiday parties and extravagant feasts often leave people feeling dread and the infamous fear of over-eating. Many of my clients worry about “going off the wagon” this time of year. They stress over how much they eat and/or what is being offered. They become curious about the top holiday eating mistakes. Let me remind you. Tis the season to celebrate food and togetherness, it’s not the time to get down on ourselves for not following a “perfect diet”. After all, there is NO such thing as a perfect diet....

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Sweet potato pear soup

Simple Sweet Potato & Pear Soup

Is there anything better than a hot bowl of soup on a cold day? This simple sweet potato pear soup is the perfect blend of sweet and savoury to create a sensation that is sure to excite your taste buds. If you are new to making soups this is a basic recipe that requires few ingredients. You can also dress up your soup with cool toppings. I like using roasted nuts or seeds, fresh herbs (like parsley or cilantro) and lime wedges. This soup freezes well, making it an ideal recipe to include in those "meal preparation" days on the weekend.   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 20-30 mins Cook time: 20-30 mins   Ingredients: 1...

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mood boosting foods

5 Mood-Boosting Foods

(and why they help) Did you know food can impact your mood? Wow! Isn’t that empowering? It puts you, the consumer, in the driver’s seat. After all, food is composed of nutrients, which affect our brain chemistry, therefore, influencing mood. Today, I will highlight five mood boosting foods, how they work in our bodies and how to incorporate them into your diet.   Before we jump in, I want to share that people often seek dietitian-support to better manage physical health (i.e., cholesterol lowering, blood sugar control, digestive issues, etc.). However, less often do people proactively seek dietitian-support to optimize their MENTAL HEALTH. This needs to change! Diet is a...

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