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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Five Reasons to Disregard Food Sensitivity Tests

For the past four years, I have wanted to request CBC Marketplace do an expose on the increasingly popular, “food sensitivity tests”.  These blood tests cost around $500-$700 and screen over 250 different foods to determine which foods you are “sensitive” to.  Awareness needs to be raised as millions of well-intentioned consumers are being swindled by claims that "hidden food sensitivities", once eliminated, will "supposedly" rid our bodies of various health ailments such as digestive disorders, headaches, chronic pain and even weight issues. Today, I will highlight my top five concerns with these pseudoscience food tests and why they should be disregarded.  Please share this blog with your friends...

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Mom’s Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

This recipe is one of my favourite grab-and-go options!  These are perfect to make in bulk and then pop into the freezer for a snack or to use as part of a meal.   Serves: 12 Prep time: 15 minutes Bake time: 20 minutes   Ingredients: 4 mashed ripe bananas 2/3 cup white sugar 1 egg ¼ cup melted margarine 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder pinch of salt 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour ½ cup chocolate chips   Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 375 F. In a medium bowl, mash bananas using a fork. Add sugar and slightly beaten egg. Add cooled, melted margarine. Add dry ingredients and stir only until combined. Add chocolate chips and mix gently until combined. Fill paper-lined...

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Do I need a vitamin supplement?

Have you even wondered if you should be taking a vitamin or mineral supplement?  Perhaps you reflected on your diet, scratched your head and thought “am I missing something?” The prevalence of supplement use is estimated at 40% among adults (Canadian Community Health Survey 2.2). As a dietitian, I like to take a food-first approach in meeting needs; however, I also recognize the necessity of bridging nutrient gaps. A common myth is that by taking a supplement we can make up for an unhealthy diet. Not true!  Similarly, people may assume that taking a supplements is as beneficial as getting this vitamin through food; also not true.   Choosing nutrient rich...

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Cobb Salads with Homemade Ranch Dressing {Recipe Redux}

Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to make your own fresh salads. Cobb salads are one of my favourite ways to choose a variety of ingredients and make them into a meal. You can also cut your veggies into different shapes (like ribbons or cut-outs) to add interest and variety. I enjoyed using fresh leftover ingredients later in the week to make a wrap, black bean salad and more green leaf salads.   Prep time: 15-20 minutes Cook time: 10 mins Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced ½ cup cucumbers, sliced 3 hard boiled eggs (how to make perfect hard boiled eggs) ½ avocado, sliced 1/4 cup black beans 3...

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Life as a Camp Dietitian {and how it changed my career path}

Did you go to summer camp?  I always enjoyed it.  Little did I know that I would continue going to camp as an adult!  Today I will be sharing my experience at Camp Huronda (a summer camp for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes).  I've attended this camp  for the past six summers where I trade my business attire for a camp T-shirt and shorts.  This experience has developed new skills, provided a new outlook on life and even altered my career path!   Check out my life as a camp dietitian! Click To Tweet What brought me to camp? Years ago, my friend Jessica Walters presented to our Masters...

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“Meal Kits”: The Newest Food Trend

Are you WAY too busy!  Are you able to slow down long enough to catch a breath and possibly make a home cooked meal? Or does cooking seem like a distant luxury?  After all, cooking involves time and effort.  You need grocery items, time to plan and even need a hint of creativity if you want to eat something different from the night before.  This is where meal kits have stepped in.  They provide fresh ingredients delivered right to your front door in pre-portioned baggies along with step-by-step photos or cooking instructions.  This meal service could be called “build a meal” because it gives you all necessary...

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How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

Happy summer everyone!  To help us celebrate, I am thrilled to introduce guest blogger, dietitian extraordinaire, Andrea Hardy from Ignite Nutrition Inc. Andrea is an influential, Calgary-based dietitian, with a contagious (and unifying) “no-fad diet” mentality.  Andrea offers nutrition e-courses, consults one-on-one and provides corporate presentations.  She and I connected over twitter and instagram with a shared love for recipe blogging and information sharing.  Today, Andrea will be addressing a timely topic, How do I eat healthy while travelling?     Ok. So here it goes. The horrible truth. Eating out is rarely healthy, and often chock-full of hidden calories. Making the healthy choice can be deceiving and hard. So instead of focusing on...

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Gluten Free Pizza with Chickpea Flour Crust {Recipe Redux}

It is so much fun making a new recipe or simply being inspired in the kitchen to try something new. Today’s recipe is from my friend and colleague Abby Langer, a hilarious Toronto-based dieititan with an outstanding blog and writing style that leaves people laughing and learning.  This month, Abby featured my Garlic and Rosemary potatoes on her blog with a twist to make them shaken and BBQ'd. You will find Abby writing in the Huffington Post and as a spokesperson for various companies.   Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 10-15 minutes Serves: 3-4   Ingredients: 1.5 cups chickpea flour 1 1/3 cups water 2T olive oil + more for greasing pans ¼ tsp onion powder ¼...

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The Alkaline Diet: What you need to know!

Did you catch the recent article, “the celebrity diet that actually has some science behind it,” in the Washington Post?  This article got many people debating the merits of the alkaline diet.  Today, we will take a closer look at this diet, break down the science and provide a nutrition review. What is the Alkaline Diet? The alkaline or “acid-alkaline” diet proposes that “acid-producing” foods such as meat, fish, dairy products, sugar, caffeine and grains make the body acidic, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and even cancer. Therefore, the theory is that by increasing the intake of “alkaline” (or basic) foods like fruits and vegetables,...

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