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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Love Lupini Beans! {Power Snacking}

Have you tried lupini beans? If not, you need to try this protein, fibre and vitamin-rich nutritional powerhouse. My first time trying lupini beans dates back to when I was eight-years-old visiting my nonno and nonna. I remember my entire family sitting around the table when my nonno brought out a small dish of these strange-looking yellow beans. He proudly demonstrated how to bite off the little white end and squeeze the bean out. The lupini beans were crunchy, nutty-tasting and even a little slippery, which made popping them out of the shell all the more exciting! Lupini beans originated in the Mediterranean region and in Latin America. They...

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Curry Egg salad with apples, walnuts & craisins {Recipe Redux}

The Spanish word for appetizers or snacks is “tapas”.  Meals that are “tapas-style” allow you to enjoy different tastes and share with friends.   Small plates are ideal for backyard parties, bridal showers, or picnics.  This Curry Egg Salad recipe is packed with flavour, crunch and sweetness. Serve on mini pitas or whole grain crackers or on a wrap as part of a meal.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 6 hard boiled eggs (see here for making perfect hard boiled egg) ¼ cup low fat mayonnaise ½ tsp curry powder 1 medium apple, diced with skin on 1 long celery stick, chopped 3 Tbsp craisins or raisins ¼ cup unsalted walnuts, roasted, chopped Salt and pepper to taste   Serve on...

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Spring Fresh Egg Drop Soup

Spring is in the air and produce is fresh and crisp!  Soups are a versatile option to use those extra veggies in the fridge.  You can also make double batches for easy leftovers on a busy night.  If you are transitioning from spring cleaning to "Spring Cooking" find out more here.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 15-20 mins Cook time: 30 mins   Ingredients: 2 tbsp cup olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1/2 cup celery, sliced 1 large carrot, sliced 1 red pepper, diced 4 cups of low-sodium chicken  broth or veggie broth 1 cup mushrooms, sliced 6-10 asparagus spears, diced into chunks 2 large eggs 1 tbsp parmesan cheese 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp water Garnish: Fresh Italian parsley   Instructions: Heat the oil in a large soup...

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How the Sugar Labeling Laws will Change

Have you noticed that sugar does not have a Percent Daily Value (%DV) on food labels? Many are surprised and frustrated upon this realization. Without a %DV, how are consumers to interpret if 22 grams of sugar in vanilla Greek yogurt is “a little” or “a lot”?  Thankfully, help is on the way. After consolidation with the public, health organizations, health professionals (including dietitians) and food industry, Health Canada has confirmed that there will be changes to the current food labels to make them easier to understand and interpret. Today, I will highlight the top changes for sugar on Canada's revised nutrition label. I believe these changes are a step in...

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Embrace “No Diet Day” Every Day! {May 6}

Happy International No Diet Day! Let’s celebrate by saying farewell to food restrictions, rigorous calorie counting and unsustainable physical activity regimes. Instead, it is a day to celebrate healthy eating practices and raise awareness that restrictive (and often dangerous) diets do not work. When we say no to dieting, we can instead declare a resounding “yes” to eating for nourishment, being active for well being and practicing body acceptance! What would our world be like without “dieting”? I hope to eventually see this day. I envision young girls and boys focusing on making healthy (and delicious) choices to keep their bodies active and their minds focused. We would put...

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2 Minute Tuna Salad {Recipe Redux}

What's for lunch?  You might be tackling lunch time challenges in the workplace or trying to pack a school lunch your picky eater will love; either way, having a go-to option (like a simple tuna salad) will save you time debating what to make.  Tuna salad is a quick option (especially if you follow my meal prep tips) and you can serve it on whole grain tortilla, on top of whole grain wasa crackers, an english muffin or on top of a bed of salad greens with red grapes.   If you are uncertain about mercury in tuna, check out my past post.   Prep time: 10 minutes (2 minutes with meal prep) Serves: 4   INGREDIENTS: 1 can light tuna 2 Tbsp...

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5 Signs You’re Ready for (Long-Term) Dietary Change

Are you REALLY ready for change? Are you prepared to move beyond short-term attempts and take a flying leap into the realm of sustainable, long-term (diet or lifestyle) changes? To help you in knowing if you’re prepared, I have my top 5 signs that you’re ready for (long-term) dietary change!   Find our Andrea's 5 signs you're ready for (long-term) dietary change! Click To Tweet   1.YOU are seeking Help: I bet you’ve heard, “you can bring a horse to water but can’t make him drink”. The same holds true with diet and lifestyle changes. An example would be if a family member encourages their loved one to consult with a dietitian after a...

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Do you need a Spring Cleanse?

The word “detox” or “cleanse” sounds so powerful, right? Like it will work some serious magic. Advocates of the “cleanse diet” say it will reset your body; improve energy, digestion, metabolism etc. But does it? What is involved in this drinkable concoction and is it worth your hard earned cash? As a society, we are still easily drawn in by the “quick fix” – especially for weight loss. After all, with advancing science, there must be something that actually works, stays true to their big (empty) promises and actually keeps the weight off? Sorry folks, spoiler alert, still no magic bullet for weight loss. Cleanses are gaining traction in...

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Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

Are you getting enough veggies? Making them irresistibly delicious is the perfect way to get enthused about increasing your intake. These zucchini fries can be used as an appetizer or as a lunch or dinner side dish.   Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-25 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 1 large zucchini, cut into strips 1 large egg + 1 Tbsp water 4 Tbsp parmesan cheese ½ cup breadcrumbs pinch of salt, pepper, oregano   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat an egg in a bowl and add 1 Tbsp water; this will be used for dipping zucchini. Add little salt and pepper to egg mixture if desired. Add pinch of salt and oregano, fresh ground pepper and...

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