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Vitamins & Mineral Tag

mood boosting foods

5 Mood-Boosting Foods

(and why they help) Did you know food can impact your mood? Wow! Isn’t that empowering? It puts you, the consumer, in the driver’s seat. After all, food is composed of nutrients, which affect our brain chemistry, therefore, influencing mood. Today, I will highlight five mood boosting foods, how they work in our bodies and how to incorporate them into your diet.   Before we jump in, I want to share that people often seek dietitian-support to better manage physical health (i.e., cholesterol lowering, blood sugar control, digestive issues, etc.). However, less often do people proactively seek dietitian-support to optimize their MENTAL HEALTH. This needs to change! Diet is a...

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3 Thanksgiving Superfoods you Must Try!

Thanksgiving is about one week away! Are you looking for superfoods to include in your feast? Today, I’ll be highlighting three of my favourite superfoods, why they’re nutritious and how to easily (and deliciously) include them in your holiday meal! I’ll also mention recipe ideas that can be prepared in advance and using few ingredients.     Before we dig in, when I use the term ‘superfood’, I am referring to foods with an impressive nutrition profile and linked with health benefits. Keep in mind that this term is often over-used/abused by people like Dr. Oz (read here why Dr. Oz is no Nutrition Authority).   [bctt tweet="Superfoods = Impressive nutrition profiles...

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5 Seasonal Fruits for summer and fall

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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Do I need a vitamin supplement?

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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Beyond the banana: Potassium foods you'll love

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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Potassium, you're not getting enough

Potassium, You’re NOT Getting Enough!

Move over vitamin D, potassium is taking centre stage for a nutrient of public health concern. Fewer than 2% of adults met the daily recommendations for potassium according to the third National Health Examination Survey. In fact, current intakes reveal that adults consume less than half of the estimated requirement. This blog will explore potassium’s vital role in body functioning and disease prevention. Part two will highlight the top food sources and the dietary recommendations.   Why is Potassium Important? Potassium is an electrolyte or mineral that relaxes the arteries through the release of nitric oxide. This helps blood to travel to different parts of the body more easily and prevents...

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Food vs. Vitamins: Your Top Questions Answered!

Today we will explore common questions I receive on the need for taking vitamin/mineral supplements versus getting your vitamins through your diet. Question 1: Are supplements as effective as foods when it comes to getting adequate nutrition? The benefit of receiving adequate nutrition from wholesome foods is that you also receive an abundance of other important nutrients that supplements alone do not provide.  When consuming foods we receive not only one vitamin/mineral but a synergistic effect of the vitamins and minerals in the food working together.  For example, one cup of strawberries provides 150% of your daily vitamin C but this fruit also packs heart healthy potassium and fibre...

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Pregnancy Planning for Her

Many women planning on becoming pregnant want to ensure they are meeting their nutritional needs to provide the best possible health outcomes for their unborn child.  Poor dietary quality, chronic dieting, unhealthy lifestyle behaviours (such as sedentary lifestyle, stress, alcohol, smoking) and a diet lacking key nutrients, all compromise the health of an unborn child.  Today’s article will highlight my top 5 dietary considerations for women planning on becoming pregnant.  I will also address dad’s diet in part two of this series since he plays a vital role as well.     Top 5 Dietary Considerations for Her:   1. Achieve a Healthy Body Weight Healthy body weight is one of the most important factors...

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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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