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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Why I took the #PulsePledge (and you should too!)

Did you know that 2016 is the International Year of Pulses according to the United Nations?  I believe this is the perfect opportunity for this formerly shy superfood to boldly step into the spotlight and gain some well-deserved attention!   Pulses are members of the legume family and composed of dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas. Today I will share my top 3 reasons for taking the pulse pledge, which committed me to including pulses in my diet once a week for ten weeks. I hope that you will join me in the pulse journey!     Andrea’s Top 3 Reasons to take #PulsePledge?   Pulses are Extremely nutritious! Loaded with 8 grams...

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Is “Healthy-ish” the Newest Food Trend?

So far in 2016, the trend of eating “healthy-ish” has been gaining some serious momentum. The January issue of Bon Appetit spotlighted “healthy-ish” eating and a PBS documentary with writer Michael Pollan (who also uses this term) has been getting attention. What does “healthy-ish” mean?  What are the benefits of eating this way? I spoke with CBC radio personality Jason Osler on the topic (listen here) and he also did a writeup on our discussion for CBC news.   What is “Healthy-ish”? “Delicious comforting home cooking that just happens to be kinda good for you” (Bon Appetit, Jan 2016). Urban Dictionary: When something is sort of healthy.   Example of “Healthy-ish”: When you cook at...

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Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Red Skinned Potatoes

Oven meals are the perfect way to keep the house nice and warm in the middle of winter. Potatoes are a nutritious addition to your diet and contain lots of fibre, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, to name a few.  Here's a simple way to roast up some potatoes!   Ingredients: 1.5 pound bag of baby red skinned potatoes, cut into quarters 2-3 Tbsp olive oil 3 cloves of garlic, minced (optional) 1 Tbsp dried rosemary Sprinkle salt Fresh ground pepper   Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Clean potatoes and cut them into quarters. Add olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper and toss to combine. Place coated potatoes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40-50 minutes...

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Set “Y.O.U.R” Perfect New Years Resolution

Is New Years a time to run and hide from goal setting? If you are like me, you are likely reflecting on the past twelve months: the lessons learned, experiences had and the amazing people encountered. However, it is also a time where your critical self whispers, “you could have done this better” or “ you should really start doing this next year”. What are you to do? What is the best way to set resolutions that will leave you feeling happier, healthier and most importantly, likely to keep up the change? This year, instead of succumbing to “all or nothing” goal setting, focus your 2016 pledge on...

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Festive Orange, Pomegranate & Feta Salad

It’s hard to believe that we are only one week away from Christmas! Have you decided what festive salad you are bringing to the holiday party? What better way to use those vibrant coloured, juice-packed little seeds than topped on flavourful salad. This is also a great recipe if you are lucky one hosting the holiday meal.   Prep time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 4 cups salad greens (Endive, green leaf, romaine), chopped ½ cup pomegranate seeds 1 orange, segmented and chopped 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled 3 Tbsp craisins ¼ cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar   Instructions: Chop and clean lettuce and place into large bowl. Add fruits, feta, craisins and seeds on...

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Hosting a Dinner Party? Mindful Eating Secrets (to Prevent Over-eating)

Have you ever gone to a dinner party and left feeling stuffed beyond belief?   You may have even whispered, “Why did I eat so much?” The thoughts of the fantastic party are over-shadowed by your utter discomfort. Has this happened to you? It’s happened to me. When enjoying the holiday season, over-eating is a common problem. I am here to say, it was not your fault! Your food environment made you over-eat! We as humans are easily tricked by subtle cues in our environment, like the size of the dishes, the proximity of food and even the number of food options. Today, I will share my top three tricks...

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Chorizo Stuffed Jumbo Shells

Are looking for a crowd pleaser this holiday season? If so, be sure to try my chorizo stuffed jumbo shells! If you wish, you can prepare this recipe in stages.  The meat filling and sauce can be prepared ahead of time. You might also call upon your friendly sous-chef for some chopping and stirring assistance. This recipe makes especially tasty leftovers!   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 30-40 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes (cook and bake time)   Ingredients:   Meat filling: 3 Spanish-style chorizo sausage, casing removed ¼ cup olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1/2 small red onion, chopped 6 white mushrooms, very finely chopped ¼ cup parmesan cheese ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped   Tomato sauce: Can use pre-made or here’s...

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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.   Do you agree? Or is it the most wonderful time of the year to give up your healthy eating intentions because of the inevitable over-abundance of food and sweet temptations? If you feel at the mercy of a tendency to “over-do it”, you are not alone.   This season brings many unique challenges (and stressors) that lead many to fear “falling off the wagon”. To help you take pleasure in the season and to avoid holiday weight gain, I will share “Seven Merry Christmas Tips”. My goal is for you to enjoy foods without feeling guilt or deprivation! Andrea’s Top...

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Beyond the Banana: Potassium Foods You’ll Love!

Are you getting enough potassium in your diet? Do you know which foods are packed with this heart healthy mineral? I will give you a hint - there are many delicious foods, beyond the banana!   I am excited to share part two of my potassium series. In part one, “Potassium: You’re not getting enough”, I broke down why potassium is crucial for overall health and disease prevention. Today, I  will highlight 10 super high food sources of potassium.   How Much do I Need? Adults over the age of 18 years require 4700mg of potassium per day according to the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes. This amount was determined based...

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