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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

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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In Defense of Carbs: Stop the Hating!

“I have been cutting my carbs”, “I am avoiding carbs”, “I don’t eat carbs” – these are all things I frequently hear from conscientious dieters. “After all,” they say, “aren’t carbs bad for me?” Thank you Dr. Atkins for leaving people so confused and worried about this misunderstood macronutrient. Contrary to popular belief, carbs are not bad for you; in fact, they play a crucial role in appetite regulation and maintaining a healthy weight! Today’s post is in defense of carbohydrates. We will explore carbohydrates, why our bodies NEED them and I will leave you with final thoughts to put it all together.   What are Carbohydrates? Carbohydrates (noun): Any one...

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dijon salmon recipe

Succulent 5 Ingredient Dijon Garlic Salmon! {Recipe Redux}

I love cooking with few ingredients!  After all, as Julia Child said, “You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.” This succulent salmon recipe has just five ingredients and is and sure to tantalize your taste buds!   Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes Serves: 2   INGREDIENTS: 2 salmon fillets (about 200 gram each), fresh or frozen 2 Tbsp dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, minced ¼ cup breadcrumbs (regular or gluten free) 2 Tbsp olive oil   INSTRUCTIONS:  Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Place salmon fillets in a baking dish and spread dijon mustard on the top of fillet.  Sprinkle minced garlic over Dijon mustard on salmon. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over top of the dijon and...

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