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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Kefir Fever

When strolling down the dairy aisle have you noticed kefir, a cousin of yogurt? Kefir (pronounced “kuh-FEER") is a dairy beverage made by adding kefir “grains”, which are pellets of yeast bacteria, to milk and heating it to produce a drink. Kefir is like a “drinkable yogurt” with a similar taste, but with a much higher probiotic content! In fact, kefir contains 10 to 20 different probiotic strains whereas yogurt has only a few. Today, we will learn more about kefir and do a general comparison between yogurt and kefir. To begin, it is important to note that probiotics are the “good bacteria” that when consumed in the...

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Apple Oatmeal & Craisin Muffin {Recipe Redux}

I am thankful I grew up with a mom who was a baker, an excellent baker at that!  However, you do not have to be a baker to whip up a batch of muffins. I recommend clients freeze muffins so they can easily assemble a meal or snack.  You will discover that "batch baking" is a real time saver!   Prep time: 15-20 minutes Cook time:  20-25 minutes Serves: 12   Ingredients: 1 cup milk, soured *(see directions below) 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats 1 small apple, peeled and grated 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter 1 egg, lightly beaten Grated rind of lemon or orange 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour 1/4 cup oat bran 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking...

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Dietitians get Personal about what Works! {pt. 2}

Wellness goes far beyond the foods we eat and into the habits we keep. Wellness includes the health of the body, mind and spirit. What habits do you keep to support your wellness? Living in a busy world, making time for yourself can be a tremendous challenge; therefore, I decided to do a blog compilation of expert wellness tips. I reached out to fellow nutrition professionals for insight. The response blew me away! I am honoured to share their personal habits to inspire you to prioritize your wellness! Today, is part two of the dietitian wellness series. This time we are focusing on body movement to support wellness.   Rosie Schwartz, Enlightened Eater, Toronto “Working...

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10 Dietitians Share their Wellness Habits {pt.1}

How do you keep yourself well? It is apparent that our health is not merely about the foods we eat but about our mental and physical wellness. I am sure you’ll agree that with our jam-packed schedules, carving out time for YOU can sometimes seem near impossible! Therefore, to equip my readers with innovative and powerful wellness tips (that are non-food related) I reached out to a few of my fellow Canadians Dietitians to see what they do! I’m so thrilled that I did because the response has been astounding and inspiring! Today’s blog is part one of a two part series that will leave you motivated to take care of YOU!   Top...

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Valentine’s Beet & Green Pea Risotto

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate” states Dr. Alan D Wolfelt. Valentine’s day is a perfect time to demonstrate your love through the art of cooking! If you have not made risotto before, do not be scared, just have time on your side! Especially if you are making beet risotto because you will be roasting your beets first in the oven. As a time saver, you can also roast them earlier in the week.  You could also roast more beets at one time since they keep well in the fridge and can be used in salads or savoury dishes.  If you are looking for a quicker risotto...

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Five Scientifically Proven Ways to Boost Immunity

Can your diet (or lifestyle) improve your immune system? Yes it can, but be skeptical of supplements making these claims because there’s no single food or nutrient that will magically boost immunity. For example, Echinacea, a very popular herb (in the daisy family) taken to combat colds does not have research to support cold prevention when tested against a placebo. In most studies, Echinacea also didn’t lessen cold symptoms for those who got sick. However, don’t be discouraged; there are other ways you can keep our immune system strong to prevent catching a cold or recover faster if you do. Keep in mind, just because our bodies are exposed...

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Crunchy Rosemary Roasted Chickpeas

In a recent blog, I wrote about how 2016 is the International Year of Pulses according to the United Nations.  Pulses are members of the legume family and composed of dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas.  These nutritional powerhouses are both versatile and nutritious! Here's a recipe for a simple, filling and crunchy snack to take with you on those busy days.   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 40-45 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 1 can (540mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp dried rosemary sprinkle salt & fresh ground pepper   INSTRUCTIONS: Pre-heat oven to 400F. Combine chickpeas, olive oil, rosemary, pepper and salt and toss to coat. Spread chickpeas evenly over a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 40-45minutes, stirring them around 20 minutes.   Note:  It's not too...

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Buddha Bowl with Tahini Miso Sauce {Recipe Redux}

A Buddha bowl, also known as a hippie bowl, is a hearty dish made of a combination of various veggies (raw or roasted), protein sources like beans, tofu, nuts or seeds and healthy whole grains like quinoa, brown rice or bulgur. Last week, my friend and fellow dietitian, Chelsea Allan and I made Buddha Bowls for dinner. This celebrated my first time making a bowl and using miso as an ingredient.  Miso is used in Japanese cooking and is a paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt. We also used tahini in our sauce, which is a Middle Eastern paste made from ground sesame seeds.   Serves:...

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Five (Amazingly Simple) Ways to Improve your Health NOW!

Are you looking to make meaningful and sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle? Do you need a little guidance to point you in the right direction? If so, I have compiled my five “heavy-hitter” habits to adopt NOW to improve your health.   Five Healthy Habits to Adopt in 2016: No "Thirst-Cue" Needed: Let’s start off with possibly the simplest (not necessarily the easiest) habit to change. If you are like most people, you likely miss (or ignore) thirst cues during a busy day. This new habit will take advantage of visual cues as one of the most powerful ways to motivate behaviour change. My Tip: If you have a...

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