Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Mini Egg Muffins

Mini Egg Muffins

Make-ahead breakfasts are where it’s at! Do you agree? These mini egg muffins hit the mark for a breakfast that can be prepared on a weekend and kept in fridge for 4 days or frozen for up to three months. They’re also an excellent way to boost protein intake, which many don’t get enough of at breakfast. This meal is versatile to turn into a fridge-cleaner for your leftover veggies and cheese. I love a spinach, tomato and cheddar combination or caramelized onion, mushroom, goat cheese and bacon. All you need to do is sauté your veg, add to muffin tins, top veggies with cheese and pour over beaten eggs....

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Dietitian Kitchen Staples

Dietitian’s Top Fridge, Pantry & Freezer Foods

~Stock Your Kitchen Like A Dietitian~ It’s 2020, a new year and a new decade. Are you looking to make eating healthier a priority? If so, set yourself up for success by making healthy habits easier to facilitate. One of the best ways to set yourself up for healthy eating is by stocking your kitchen better. This way, you can have wholesome ingredients and foods on hand to make meals at home less stressful and eating out less alluring/tempting. Today, I will share my top fridge, pantry and freezer foods I always keep on hand.  Benefits of A Well-Stocked Kitchen: Fewer trips to the grocery store (maybe once a week...

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Christmas Brunch Ideas

10 Favourite Christmas Brunch Ideas

Sparkle, shine and enjoy this holiday season. Get-togethers are in abundance. Christmas music is playing and a light dusting of snow is on the ground. I love Christmas brunch because it’s another opportunity to enjoy festive fare and deliciousness. Plus, the amazing thing about brunch is that it can happen anytime over the holiday season (or all year long). Some people have out-of-town family lodging and enjoy brunch before/after opening gifts. Others enjoy a Christmas brunch before travelling to celebrate with friends or family. Nevertheless, today I will share my 10 Favourite Christmas Brunch Ideas that are sure to impress a crowd - big or small.  This post...

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Overnight Oats

Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Gotta love make-ahead breakfasts. These Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats are easy to batch-prepare and then enjoy when you’re rushed for time. I’ve been meaning to post an overnight oats recipe for some time but delayed because I also love my traditional warm oatmeal breakfast. However, little did I know that you could warm up your overnight oats the next day if you prefer. So, whether eating them hot or cold, I am thrilled to share my newest breakfast recipe, Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats. It’s simple and tasty! Also, it's a feature recipe in my newest seasonal blog, 10 Favourite Christmas Brunch options.  This Pomegranate Cinnamon Overnight Oats recipe is...

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Christmas Granola

Coconut Christmas Granola

Tis the season for batch baking! You will absolutely love this flavourful Coconut Christmas Granola to make over the holidays. For those who follow my blog and see my daily meals posted on Instagram (@DieteticDirections) you know that I am a cook but not a baker. I find baking too rigid for my free spirit. Instead, I like to add whatever strikes me; however, when baking, it seems important to follow the recipe or risk items not turning out properly. However, for my 10 Favourite Christmas Brunch Ideas blog, I wanted to include a fun and flavourful, high fibre granola to share with guests. Therefore, I created this recipe for...

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DASH diet

What’s the DASH Diet?

~A Dietitian Explains~  There are a multitude of diets; however, most are not science-based or proven effective in the long-term. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is an effective, science-based diet for lowering high blood pressure. Today, we’ll take a closer look at high blood pressure and explore how the DASH diet can help.  What Is The DASH Diet?  The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is a long-term, therapeutic way of eating to prevent or lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure (aka hypertension) occurs when blood moves through arteries at a higher pressure than normal. This causes the heart to work harder and can lead...

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Smoked Salmon Antojitos

Smoked Salmon Antojitos {3 Ingredients}

Who does not love 3-ingredient meal options? These Smoked Salmon Antojitos hit the mark. Antojitos are Mexican street food that literally meaning “little cravings.” They're quick to prepare and can be stored in the fridge for an on-the-go breakfast or work lunch. I made these this past weekend for a plane meal and they were convenient and tasty!  You can buy smoked salmon at the grocery store and store in the freezer until ready to use. It thaws quickly at room temperature or can keep in the fridge overnight if planning to use the following day. Also, herb and garlic-flavoured whipped cottage cheese (for added protein) or a...

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French Toast

Classic French Toast

Who doesn’t love French Toast on a weekend? If you are a Dietetic Directions Instagram follower, you know that I love spending extra time on weekends enjoying a leisurely breakfast. This got me reflecting back on my French Toast memories. Have you realized that food memories tend to really stick with us? When nine-years-old, I had a sleepover at my aunt’s and I remember they made French toast in the morning. I was intrigued! I loved this sweet dish and my family had made it before. At a young age I saw all it took was whisking eggs, adding milk, cinnamon, little brown sugar, salt and pepper....

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Pitfalls Nutrition

5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Prioritizing Nutrition

{& How to Overcome Them} Is nutrition a priority? Really ponder this. Be honest. After all, prioritizing nutrition can make the difference in lifestyle habits sticking or falling to the sidelines. Do you notice yourself saying, “If I have the time,” or do you say, “I’ll make the time,” when it comes to planning foods or putting in the necessary healthy eating effort?  We get it. People are increasingly busy and have countless commitments. Making nutrition a priority can be challenging (or darn near impossible). Nevertheless, every year countless individuals come into our practice (click here to schedule with us) wanting support to better prioritize nutrition. This is no...

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