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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Indian-Style Palak Panner

Are you an adventurous eater? I certainly am. I love to experience different flavours of foods from around the world! This week, a client asked if I could please post an Indian recipe, so I decided to do my own take on my all-time favourite Indian dish, Palak Paneer.   For those who are unfamiliar, paneer is a fresh cheese that is common South Asia. You can find paneer at your local grocery store in the cheese and yogurt aisle. Palak refers to spinach. So basically, we are making a spinach curry with cheese.  I made this recipe for my grandma, she enjoyed herself too!   Prep time: 20-25 minutes Cook time:...

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top ways to eat to manage stress

Top 7 Ways to Eat to Manage Stress

{Part II}   Did you know that nutrition can help you better manage stress? It can. Now that you are aware of the 6 ways stress is sabotaging your diet, we can move on to part two where I’ll share 7 eating and lifestyle strategies to help you better manage stress.   DYK: Nutrition helps your body better manage stress? Find out more! Click To Tweet   Andrea’s Top 7 Ways to Manage Stress:   Make Yourself the PRIORITY: “You are the most important person in your life.”  This was said by the yoga teacher in class this week and made me think that making yourself the priority is not selfish. Instead, it’s a powerful stress-reduction...

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Stress Sabotaging Diet Dietitian

6 Ways Stress is Sabotaging your Diet

In a typical week, how many times do you feel stressed? Be honest. According to Statistics Canada, 23% of Canadians (or 6.7 million people) report feeling ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressed’ most days. I am sure this is not surprising. After all, stress can easily be our “default-mode” when working, doing household chores, or caring for loved ones.   23% of Canadians report feeling ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressed’ most days Click To Tweet   What is often overlooked, however, is how stress sabotages our diet while wreaking havoc on our bodies and minds.  We likely don’t think about the severity of this link because stress seems so common!  Today,...

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strawberry swiss salad

Strawberry & Swiss Salad with Balsamic Glaze

Patio weather is upon us!  What better contribution to the BBQ than a fun and delicious salad!  This is simple Strawberry and Swiss cheese salad is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. I love this mix because it combines the sweet from the Ontario local strawberries and the savoury from the Swiss cheese. Feel free to share your favourite summer salads!   Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 4 cups mixed salad greens, washed 1 cup strawberries 1/3 cup Swiss cheese, cubed 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar Optional: Drizzle aged balsamic along top of salad   Instructions: Clean salad greens and place into large bowl. Add strawberries, Swiss cheese, and seeds on top of salad greens. Drizzle greens and toppings with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss...

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Crunchy Parmesan Paprika Wedges

Who says you can't have Crunchy Parmesan Paprika Potato Wedges as part of a healthy diet?  Certainly not this dietitian!  After all, potatoes are inherently healthy and unfairly get a bad reputation.  For example, most do not realize a medium potato is loaded with 25% of your daily potassium; about double that of a banana.  Potassium is a key electrolyte that relaxes arteries to help blood travel efficiently, preventing things like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.  Plus, we Canadians simply are not getting enough potassium in our diets.  If you are interested in top food sources of potassium, beyond the banana, click here. I love these crunchy potato wedges because they are simple and delicious.  Like...

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My Top 5 Food Lessons From Mom

My Top 5 Food Lessons from Mom

~Mother’s Day Edition~   Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I still haven’t decided what to get my mom.  What do you get someone to say thank you for being supportive, affectionate and so influential?  Any material gift seems insignificant.  Therefore, this year, I am dedicating this blog to her and sharing the 5 most valuable food lessons she taught me.  These lessons have not only shaped my relationship with food but have also influenced my food philosophy.  I've shared them with many of my clients at Dietetic Directions. To add context to my 5 food lessons, I'll share a little backstory. I grew up in a food-centric, Italian-Canadian family in Mississauga....

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Simple Mushroom & Kale Risotto {Recipe Redux}

In honour of Earth Day on April 22, I wanted to share this Simple Mushroom and Kale Risotto recipe to inspire readers to have a couple "go-to" recipes that can be modified to use up ingredients and reduce food waste . If you have not tried meal planning yet, this is another powerful tool to use up ingredients before they go bad.  Many of my clients also find that it gives them a plan and makes mealtimes a lot less stressful, despite their busy schedules! For my family, risotto is a modifiable meal option that can be adjusted to use up leftover ingredients.  Here's how risotto can have different variations:  D’Ambrosio family risotto, Valentine's Beet & Green Pea...

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FARMED VS. WILD SALMON

Farmed vs. Wild Salmon

The Great Debate   Do you have confusion in the salmon aisle?  Have you ever wondered, what’s the difference between farmed salmon versus wild salmon?  Is one better nutritionally?  And what’s the deal with some salmon saying “Pacific” and other salmon saying “Atlantic”?   Today, we will be breaking down the science so you know what to buy when fishing for your salmon.     Before we dive in, let’s first talk omega 3’s.  Omega 3’s are our heart-healthy fats that have anti-inflammatory properties.  Omega 3’s lower risk of heart disease and risk of certain cancers.  They are also important in brain, nerve and eye development for infants.  They may improve our immune...

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Honey Garlic Salmon

Are you looking to increase omega 3's in your diet?  After all, you've probably heard that Canadians simply aren't getting enough.  Or perhaps you've heard that increasing omega 3 intake will lower risk of heart disease, and support healthy brain functioning? All is true.  Therefore, to inspire you to cook salmon, I will be sharing my Honey Garlic Salmon recipe!  This recipe is in response to many clients requesting simple and delicious salmon recipes. Ps. In case you missed these Dietetic Directions' salmon recipes, check out the scrumptious Maple Glazed Salmon or the 5 Ingredient Dijon Garlic Salmon.   Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS: 2-3 salmon fillets (about 200 gram each), fresh or frozen 2 Tbsp low sodium soya sauce 2 Tbsp honey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/8 tbsp oregano...

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