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10 ‘Plant-Based’ Back-to-School Lunches

September is almost here, which means two things: 1) kids are going back to school and 2) fall is in the air. For many, fall is a time to “start fresh” and get into new "healthy" routines. This may include packing a lunch, going to the gym/yoga or perhaps including more veggies or plant-based proteins in your diet. Today, in honour of “back-to-school” or simply “pack-for-work lunches”, I will be highlighting my favourite 'dietitian-approved' plant-based lunches. In my private practice, more clients are asking about plant-based options. This comes at a time when Health Canada is wrapping up consultation #2 on Canada’s Food Guide. One of the main media...

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5 Seasonal Fruits for Summer & Fall

Today let’s celebrate summer fruit! After all, summer and fruit are like peanut butter and jelly; they just go so well together. Perhaps the best part of summer fruits is that they are fresh, less expensive and local.   From a young age, summer and fruits were synonymous. Childhood memories included summer evenings standing over the kitchen sink and biting into a very juicy peach. The juices would run down my cheeks and I felt like I was transported to a fruity heaven. Two words: summer fruits. I also recall sifting through the raspberry bush at Maple Lake seeking these little juicy treasures. There was always so much excitement when...

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Top 5 Must-Have Herbs for Your Garden

(and cool ways to use them!) This year, I planted my first herb garden! This year I also discovered my top 5 must-have garden herbs.  The idea came after feeling frustrated going to the grocery store to buy separate herbs and having them go bad before I could use them. I knew that planting a small herb garden would be the solution. Gardening is also something that is close to my heart. My grandpa was a gardener and owner of a greenhouse in St. Jacob’s. From a young age, I enjoyed beautiful flowers, nurturing plants and watching them grow. Therefore, this June, I sauntered into the grocery store...

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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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5 Seasonal Spring Foods to Buy!

Spring is in the air, which means there’s a fresh array of seasonal foods to buy!  Next time you are at the farmer’s market or simply exploring the produce aisles, keep an eye out for my five favourite Ontario-grown goodies. In this blog, I will highlight some the nutritional benefits, how to use them and how to store them for maximum freshness.   Check out Andrea’s Top 5 Spring-Fresh Foods & Why! Click To Tweet   Top 3 Reasons to Eat Seasonally: Saves money, this is because these foods are in peak supply and without expensive transportation costs Enjoy some of the best tasting foods that are picked at peak freshness ...

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Three Orange Foods to Boost your Health!

Are you getting enough orange foods in your diet?  It is recommended that we consume one orange (and dark green) vegetable daily to get enough vitamin A and folate (Health Canada).  Today, let’s spotlight three orange foods, why they’re healthy and how to include them in your diet.   What makes Orange Foods Healthy? Orange vegetables get their vibrant colour from beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that acts as an antioxidant.  Vitamin A supports our eyesight, regulates our immune system and keeps our skin healthy. Orange vegetables also tend to contain other health promoting nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fibre, lycopene and flavonoids. Brightly coloured foods...

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15 Favourite Packed Lunches (ready in 15 minutes)

Now that you've mastered three steps to packed lunches, you're likely looking for some extra lunchbox inspiration!  Here are my 15 favourite lunches, ready in 15 minutes or less.  Click on blue lunch titles for a hyperlinks to the recipe!   Andrea’s 15 Favourite Lunches!   Check out Andrea's 15 favourite lunches! Click To Tweet   Easiest Greek Lentil salad:  This is my favourite option for a filling lunch loaded with fibre and protein. Simply rinsed and drain canned lentils and toss in veggies and a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. Time-saving Tip: Use veggies that you have pre-cut on a weekend to speed up the prep time. Portion into lunch containers for later in the...

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Do I need a vitamin supplement?

Have you even wondered if you should be taking a vitamin or mineral supplement?  Perhaps you reflected on your diet, scratched your head and thought “am I missing something?” The prevalence of supplement use is estimated at 40% among adults (Canadian Community Health Survey 2.2). As a dietitian, I like to take a food-first approach in meeting needs; however, I also recognize the necessity of bridging nutrient gaps. A common myth is that by taking a supplement we can make up for an unhealthy diet. Not true!  Similarly, people may assume that taking a supplements is as beneficial as getting this vitamin through food; also not true.   Choosing nutrient rich...

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Love Lupini Beans! {Power Snacking}

Have you tried lupini beans? If not, you need to try this protein, fibre and vitamin-rich nutritional powerhouse. My first time trying lupini beans dates back to when I was eight-years-old visiting my nonno and nonna. I remember my entire family sitting around the table when my nonno brought out a small dish of these strange-looking yellow beans. He proudly demonstrated how to bite off the little white end and squeeze the bean out. The lupini beans were crunchy, nutty-tasting and even a little slippery, which made popping them out of the shell all the more exciting! Lupini beans originated in the Mediterranean region and in Latin America. They...

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