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5 Nutrition Tricks for Stronger Bones~Osteoporosis Awareness Month~

5 Nutrition Tricks for Stronger Bones

~Osteoporosis Awareness Month~ We all have bones; these living parts of our skeletons give our bodies shape, protect our organs and attach to our muscles so we can move. However, we don’t often think about how our food choices impact our bones. In honour of Osteoporosis Awareness Month, I will reveal 5 Nutrition Tricks for Stronger Bones. These are scientifically-proven strategies you can implement right away. This post was sponsored by the California Prune Board to showcase some of their reserach; however, all opinions are genuine.   What is Osteoporosis? According to Osteoporosis Canada, “Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration/weakening of bone tissue. This can lead to increased risk of...

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How to Roast Veggies_ Fall Harvest

How to Roast Veggies: Fall Harvest

With Fall season upon us, there’s abundant fresh produce in the Farmers' Markets and grocery stores! Knowing what to do with so much seasonal food can be a challenge. Last week, I was on CTV Kitchener  chatting about how to roast veggies to boost your intake. This is important because according to Statistics Canada, less than half of Canadians consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily. If you haven’t tried roasting, I hope this blog will inspire you to try 3 simple, veggie-roasting strategies! Andrea's CTV Kitchener segment for Fall Harvest Veggie Roasting   What Does ‘Roasting’ Mean: Roasting simply means to cook in an oven using dry...

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10 Unique Turkey Leftovers

10 Unique Ways to Use Turkey Leftovers

~Thanksgiving Edition~ Thanksgiving is around the corner. Did you know 29% (4.2 million) Canadian households purchased turkey for Thanksgiving last year? That’s a lot of turkey and (likely) a lot of leftovers. If you are over the boring turkey sandwich, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s blog will inspire you with 10 unique ways to use leftover turkey to make different healthy and satisfying meals. You might even feel motivated to cook extra turkey for ample leftovers to prepare some of these cool options.     Turkey Nutrition: Turkey is high in protein (~25 grams per 3 ounce serving, size of a deck of cards) White meat is considered “extra lean” with...

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Top 7 ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

Top 7 ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

Now that we are back-to-school or back from holidays, it is time to hunker down with preparing “make-ahead” lunches. In part one, we explored the three ways to master “make-ahead” lunches by prioritizing planning, stocking up on lunchbox essentials and considering a mental shift from performance to consistency. This makes the lunch-making process less daunting and a more sustainable habit. In today’s blog, I will share when to prepare lunches, the 1, 2, 3 lunch-box formula and finally my Top 7 “Make-Ahead” Lunches.   When Do I "Make-Ahead?" Avoid making or packing lunches in the morning. Your future-self will always thank you. For most, the mornings are one of the...

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3 Ways to Master ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

3 Ways to Master “Make-Ahead” Lunches

It’s the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Even if you’re not back-to-school, adults often feel inspired to start new healthy habits, like packing a balanced lunch. However, busy schedules and life commitments can get in the way of these noble intentions. We frequently feel unprepared and stressed, and either spend money eating out or dish out lunch money to our kids.   Today’s blog is number one of a two-part series. First, I will share how our schedules impact our meal-time stress, then the benefit of packing ahead, and finally three tips to master “make-ahead” lunches. These are the lunches that can be prepared in...

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New Orleans Food

New Orleans Food Exploration

Are you a food explorer? Do you travel to new places and seek their cuisine? I do! Traveling is one of my passions along with food! Food exploration allows me to combine these two passions to make truly memorable experiences. This summer, I went to New Orleans to discover their infamous food scene. In today’s blog, I will showcase what makes New Orleans food unique and underscore my top five must-have’s!   What’s “Creole Cuisine?” Creole cuisine is unique to Louisiana. According to Urban Distortionary, Creole is one of the most interesting yet little known cultures America has ever known! There’s a mixture of Black, French, Spanish and Native American-influence...

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Mussels Blog

Mussels Nutrition: A Summer Superfood

Have you wondered about the nutrition of mussels? Those cute little shellfish that can be served cooked in or out of the shell. Mussels are available fresh, smoked, canned and even frozen. Today, I will be highlighting the nutrition for mussels because they are delicious, versatile and jam-packed with health-promoting value. Get ready to dive in deeply as we explore the nutrition of mussels, how to prepare them and how to incorporate in your diet. Hint: preparing mussels is easier than you think (recipe to follow)!     My Mussels Story: Funnily enough, mussels were the one food that terrified me as a child. I remember my Nonno making them as...

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Cottage Meals

5 Fun, Make-Ahead Cottage Meals

Who loves time at the cottage? In Canada we are lucky to have beautiful lakes and vast wilderness. Ever since I was a child, I have appreciated visiting my aunt and uncle’s cottage on Maple Lake. This has always been a cherished time to enjoy the outdoors, play and relax. As an adult, I still love cottage times and especially cottage food! However, coming up with meal ideas can be a tad arduous. Today’s post is to inspire you with 5 fun, make-ahead cottage meals. After all, who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when you can be sitting by the lake with...

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3 Ways to Start Prioritizing Yourself!

3 Ways to Prioritize Yourself!

Do you feel tired or depleted? Like your car is running on empty? Or perhaps like there is simply not enough time to do things that actually rejuvenate you? If so, you are not alone. In fact, the more chaotic and overwhelming our lives get, often the less time we make for ourselves. I think society has this backwards. Today’s blog is on three simple ways to prioritize yourself!     When we rank our needs as paramount, it has a domino effect. We feel content that we are responding to ourselves, we take time to do things that revitalize us, and this new feeling of cheerfulness spreads to those around...

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