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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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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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Qi’a Superfood: My Product Review

Did you hear there’s a new “superfood” on the market? This marketing declaration refers to foods with an impressive nutrition profile and linked with supposed health benefits. However, this term is often over-used to sell products, as demonstrated by Dr. Oz (see past blog for Dr. Oz is no Diet authority).   What is Qi’a? Qi’a (pronounced Kee-ah) a new “superfood” cereal produced by Nature’s Path that contains three main ingredients: chia seeds, hemp and buckwheat. Qi’a comes in three flavours: original, cranberry almond and apple cinnamon.   Let’s Talk Nutrition: 2 Tbsp Qi’a = 140 calories, 4 grams of fibre and 6 grams of protein. Qi’a is a great source of plant-based protein and...

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Halloween Superfood: Pumpkin Seeds

Did you know that the name pumpkin comes from the Greek word ‘pepon’, meaning ‘large melon’?  Similarly, pumpkins are technically a fruit because they contain seeds.  In fact, the average pumpkin contains about 500 seeds.  Today, let’s explore the outstanding nutritional profile of pumpkin seeds!   Truly a yearlong superfood!   DYK pumpkins are technically a fruit because they contain seeds? Click To Tweet   Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are usually green in colour, semi-flat and oval shaped.   They have a pleasant nutty taste and a chewing texture.  Pumpkin seeds are most often roasted and do not need to be refrigerated.  Their outstanding nutrition profile will have you running to...

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Vegetarian Pad Thai

Who doesn’t enjoy a tangy, moderately spicy noodle dish loaded with veggies?  This is a very simple Pad Thai recipe, which thankfully uses common household ingredients!  Be careful to not over-cook the rice noodles, as you want them to remain firm and a little chewy.  You can also feel free to use bean sprouts instead of the snow peas for a more traditional recipe.  Try tossing in some shrimp or chicken for a non-vegetarian alternative!   Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 4   Ingredients: 16oz rice noodles (1/4 inch wide) 1.5 cups snow peas   Sauce: 3 tbsp fresh lime juice 3 tbsp Ketchup 1tbp brown sugar ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce or fish sauce   3 tbsp...

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All about Edamame!

If you are in search of a high protein, fibre-rich, quick and nutritious option, look no further than the frozen section of the grocery store for edamame!     Edamame, pronounced ed-uh-MAH-may, is the name for the fresh, young soybeans that are harvested before the seeds harden. Edamame is popular in Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian cuisine. Edamame beans have a subtle buttery flavour, are crunchy in texture and are found inside a fuzzy green pod. These bright pods are often steamed or boiled and served with a little salt.  You can also purchase shelled edamame, which saves you time from squeezing the tasty bean out of the pod.   [bctt tweet="Edamame (ed-uh-MAH-may)...

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Greek Quinoa Salad

Here is a simple quinoa salad that is very convenient to pack for work or school lunches.  This balanced meal choice is complete with carbohydrates to fuel your brain, protein and fibre to keep you feeling full, and a variety of vitamins and minerals for overall health!  I enjoy this quiona salad paired with a small cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of nuts and a piece of fruit. Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes   Ingredients 1 cup quinoa, rinsed ½ cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ cup cucumber, diced ½ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half ½ green peppers, diced ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled ¼ cup black olives, chopped 2 tbsp extra virgin olive...

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Mediterranean Vegetarian Salad

Sometimes you are in need of a quick culinary creation that uses common vegetables and pantry staples. This recipe is one that can be made in a hurry and served to those on gluten free and/or vegetarian diet. I brought this dish to a housewarming party and it was a big hit! So enjoy :) Serves: 8-10 Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients:  ½ can chickpeas (540mL), rinsed and drained 1 can lentils (540mL), rinsed and drained 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 Tbsp celery leaves, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped ¾ cup cucumber, chopped ¾ cup black olives, drained and rinsed ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled or diced ½ tsp dried oregano 1/3 cup olive oil 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar (adjust...

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Let’s Compare Super Seeds: Chia vs. Hemp vs. Flax

Now that you are familiar with the emerging chia seeds and hemp hearts from my past blogs, we are ready to 'dig in' and compare these super seeds to the famous flax seed.  Today, we will review what these seeds have in common as well as their distinguishing characteristics.   What do Chia, Hemp and Flax all have in Common? Plant based, vegetarian, vegan protein sources ‘Complete protein’ – all your essential amino acids All gluten free  * Contain heart healthy polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 & 6), which support immune function and brain functioning, and are cholesterol lowering and anti-inflammatory All are a source of both protein and fibre   Nutritional Comparison! Per...

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