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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Become a Savvy Label Reader!

Do you check the nutrition facts before making a food purchase? Be honest. If you do, what do you look for? Are you able to interpret some or most of the information provided?   If you find the information provided on food labels overwhelming, you are not alone. In fact, the most recent Tracking Nutrition Trends survey of over 2,000 Canadians found that only half reported making decisions based on the ingredient list and the nutrition facts table. This number should be a lot higher since the food label contains valuable information to help consumers make more informed decisions!   Today, I will break down how to use the current nutrition...

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Craisin Goat cheese Kale Salad with Chia

Welcome to Nutrition Month, a time to celebrate healthy eating!  One of my favourite tools for healthy eating success is utilizing Meal Prep, which I highlighted in my most recent blog post.  Washing and cutting kale in advance makes throwing together a delicious salad a snap.  Kale also stores very well in the fridge and you can even use extra on a different night for kale chips.   Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes   INGREDIENTS: 4 cups kale, stems removed & chopped 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled 3 Tbsp unsalted slivered almonds 3 Tbsp craisins 1 tbsp chia seeds 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar pinch of salt if needed Tip: I added Tbsp of orange juice into salad for added zing!   INSTRUCTIONS: Cut off...

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March Break Meal Prep {Tips & Tricks}

We are less than one week away from March Break; do you have your family’s activities planned? After reading this piece, I hope you feel empowered to add “meal prep” to your weekly routine by using my three simple tips. Meal prepping is a powerful tool for busy people who come home without energy to cook. I think we all know that feeling! Meal prepping involves getting foods ready in advance so that meals can be easily put together. We invest time up front in order to save time in the end! It also makes it easier to eat homemade meals opposed to resorting to restaurant and take-out options.   Andrea’s Top...

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HOW to Choose Small Changes for HUGE Results! #NutritionMonth

March is Nutrition Month a time to celebrate better health through the power of the foods we eat!  This year's theme is Take a 100 Meal Journey: Make Small Changes, One Meal at a Time!  The “100 Meal Journey” is based on the idea that Canadians eat about 100 meals in a month, so this month is all about making small changes in each meal and trying out new strategies to make these changes stick. To kick off Nutrition Month, I am thrilled to welcome back guest blogger, Vincci Tsui, a Calgary-based dietitian to discuss how small changes usually mean bigger results!  You can catch Vincci on Breakfast Television in...

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Three Ingredient Roasted Cauliflower

Simplicity is the best! Especially when you can cook simple and delicious foods! During Sunday meal prep, I cut up a large head of cauliflower and stored it in the fridge to future use. Later that week, when the oven was on, I decided to roast the cauliflower. Roasting veggies brings out sweetness through the caramelization process. Delicious! Roasting cauliflower sure beats steaming it in my opinion!   Prep time: 5-10 minutes Cook time: 30-45 minutes   Ingredients: 1/2 head Cauliflower, chopped into pieces 1-2 tbsp Olive oil Sprinkle of thyme Optional: Salt and pepper as desired   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 425F. Cut cauliflower into uniform pieces, keeping in mind that smaller pieces will cook faster. Clean and dry...

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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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