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Holiday Tag

3 Ways to Manage Cottage Eating Pitfalls

Summer is a time to kick back, enjoy the sunshine and time spent in tranquil destinations. Whether you are staying at a cottage or camping, eating well on these weekends comes with its own inevitable challenges. Raise your hand if, on a cottage weekend, you have felt unwell after eating copious amounts of junk food? Or if you found yourself permanently grazing (and/or drinking) throughout the day? Or perhaps you witnessed yourself forgoing your usual structure and balance at meals? I know I can say yes to all of these things.   In today’s blog, we’ll explore 3 ways to manage cottage-eating pitfalls so that you can relax without...

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What to Drink this Holiday Season? Popular Festive & Alcoholic Beverages Compared

The holidays mark a time to eat, drink and be merry!  I am all about all of these things.  However, today I will be focusing on the drinking part and doing a nutritional comparison of the most popular festive and alcoholic beverages.  Whether you identify more as a holiday sipper or a guzzler, this article will hopefully shine some twinkling light on what’s in your favourite beverages.   Drinking your Calories vs. Eating them Before we jump into exploring our festive beverages, let’s first highlight how liquid calories are processed differently in our bodies from food calories.  Quite simply, the act of eating (chewing and stomach expanding) signals to the...

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3 Ways to Enjoy Halloween Candy (and not overdo it)

Are you able to enjoy Halloween candy without over-doing it?  Did you know that how we approach Halloween treats is how we will approach other food temptations?  This topic is important since every holiday (ie. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter) has food temptations. The good news is that we do not have to ban treats and we can even enjoy them!   Three Simple Ways to Enjoy your Treats (but not overdo it)!    Stock up on Healthy Foods! It is key to stock up with vitamin-rich foods like whole grains, proteins, fruits and veggies and have them easily accessible in the kitchen.  You will also want to invest...

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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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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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Avoid the New Year’s Hangover

It is almost 2015 and if you do not want to begin your New Year with a nasty hangover complete with a throbbing headache, nausea, muscle aches and irritability, you have come to the right place.  My blog today will share 7 tips for how to avoid (or at least lessen) your hangover if you plan on drinking this New Year’s.   Please enjoy the evening responsibly:  Have a pre-drinking meal: Before going out, ensure that you have a nutritionally balanced meal with carbohydrates (eg. pasta, potatoes, quinoa, toast, cereal), protein (eg. meat, fish, tofu, legumes, eggs) and veggies. Having food in your belly (especially carbs) slows the absorption of...

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Starbucks Holiday Beverages, Exposed!

Season’s Greetings, would you like to try one of our festive coffees?  This is what I imagine the wonderful woman at Starbucks saying to me; instead, she knows that I generally go with the same boring blend.  If you tend to stick with your usual brew, do you ever wonder if you are missing out on a delicious, decadent festive treat?  Or are you certain that you are simply dodging the unnecessary sugar, fat and calories wrapped in a red snowflake cup? Today let’s take a closer look at three festive coffees in the 2014 Christmas lineup.  I will end off with giving you three “healthier” alternatives.   Nutrition for Starbucks Christmas...

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Healthified Granola Recipe

With the holiday right around the corner here is a last minute ‘healthified granola recipe’.   This is a 'tried and true' recipe that is made each and every Christmas.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 3/4 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted, raw) 1 1/3 cup coconut (sweetened, shredded) 3 cups large flake oats 3/4 cup whole flax seeds 1 1/3 cups red wheat bran (do not include this if you want gluten free granola!) 3/4 cup unsalted, dry roasted pumpkin seeds 1 cup slivered almonds 1/3 cup canola oil 1/2 cup honey 1 tsp vanilla 3 tbsp molasses 1 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries 1 cup chopped dried banana chips Instructions: 1. Combine all dry ingredients (except dried fruit) in a bowl, stir. 2. In a...

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Teddy Bear Peanut Butter Christmas Cookie Recipe

I would like to share my Teddy Bear Peanut Butter Christmas cookie recipe with you!  They turned out deliciously – according to my taste testers as well as myself  :) Ingredients: ½ cup Butter (room temperature) 1 cup Peanut Butter ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 ½ cup chickpea flour Candies for decorating the face – note that M&M’s are gluten free and Smarties are not Directions: 1. In a large bowl combine butter and peanut butter; beat until creamy 2. Add the brown and white sugar and beat until fluffy 3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract 4. Mix in flour and baking soda on low until blended 5....

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