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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

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

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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3 Tricks to snack like a dietitian

3 Tricks to Snack like a Dietitian

Have you mastered the art of snacking? Do you feel in control of the foods you choose and the amounts you eat? Or do you snack by default or merely what's available? Today, I will share my top three tips to snack like a dietitian (click here for dietitian vs. nutritionist vs. holistic nutritionist). The purpose of snacking is to allow you to feel full longer, make healthy choices and benefit from convenient and tasty options. Click here for your free download of Dietetic Directions’ Power Snacks Guide.   Find out how to snack like a dietitian! Click To Tweet   Tip #1: Timing is Everything! When planning snacks, it is crucial to get the timing...

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Strawberry Kale Salad with Honey Goat cheese

Do you find yourself reluctant to try kale as a salad out of fear that it will taste too bitter? Kale greens are actually a perfect compliment to sweet flavours like fruits and savory flavours like goat cheese. Hope you enjoy those fresh foods this summer outdoors with the BBQ sizzling and surrounded by family and friends.  Curious how kale compares nutritionally to romaine, spinach salad and arugala click here.   Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 4 cups fresh kale, stems removed & chopped 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced 1/3 cup honey goat cheese, crumbled ¼ cup sunflower, roasted and unsalted 1/4 cup raisins 2 Tbsp of olive oil to coat salad 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar   INSTRUCTIONS: Clean lettuce...

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Love Lupini Beans

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 laws will change

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" Everyday

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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