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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

A Dietitian's Perspective on Weight Loss Apps

A Dietitian’s Perspective on Weight Loss Apps

~Exploring Pro’s & Con’s~  Do weight loss apps work? Many clients wonder if apps such as My Fitness Pal can actually help them lose weight. They also query if weight loss apps can serve a useful purpose in terms of improving their nutriton. Today, I will be “weighing in” on weight loss apps and exploring the pro’s and con's along with the potential role and risk they play in healthy eating. Before reading, keep in mind that health decisions need to be individualized. What works for someone else may not work for you. Consider consulting with a registered dietitian and/or your doctor. Whether you are looking to lose weight or...

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Deviled Eggs

Divine Deviled Eggs

Happy summer everyone! We are full swing into potluck season which has me sharing my favourite dishes with you in my most recent blog, 5 Easy Potluck-Pleasers! In this piece, I share my affinity for deviled eggs. This Divine Deviled Eggs recipe was passed along from my grandma who would always prepare them for family gatherings. Why not? They were a massive hit every time. I remember her saying, “they’re really easy to make!” She was right. They are quite simple to prepare and a definite crowd-pleaser!  These are a trendy option for potlucks because they are a hand-held and convenient way to eat while socializing. Additionally, making...

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Easy Summer Potluck Pleasers

5 Easy Summer Potluck-Pleasers!

Summer (and potluck season) has finally begun! Thankfully, we’re outdoors more and partaking in a surge of social gatherings. Love this potluck-style of eating because it’s fun to get together with family and friends over shared food and laughter. However, many of our clients find potluck meal decision stressful. Just to clarify, potlucks are a gathering where everyone brings a dish/meal and it comes together to create a smorgasbord of options instead of the host carrying the cooking responsibility.  Today’s blog is dedicated to inspiring easy summer potluck-pleasers. I will break down how to select the appropriate potluck dish and 5 easy summer potluck-pleasers! These dishes are ideal...

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Dijon Cream Asparagus {3-Ingredient}

Dijon Cream Asparagus {3-Ingredient}

Asparagus are finally in season! However, act quickly because the Ontario growing season is super short. You can find them for a mere two months – May and June. To celebrate our local asparagus, I will be sharing this 3-Ingredient Dijon Cream Asparagus recipe. It’s a family tradition to make asparagus this way and a definite crowd-pleaser.  Not only do asparagus taste amazing but they also add an impressive nutritional punch. Asparagus are high in fibre, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium. One serving is ½ cup (or 6 spears) and only 20 calories. Plus, we receive 33% of our daily folate which helps our body...

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Are Frozen Vegetables Healthier?

Are Frozen Vegetables as Healthy as Fresh?

With a plethora of food options, how do we know what to choose? It’s common to wonder if a certain type of food is better than the next. In fact, an extremely typical inquiry is: Are frozen vegetables as healthy as fresh? Today, we'll answer that question with a resounding yes and highlight in detail what we need to consider.  First, let's start by breaking down how most people do with meeting recommended vegetable intake. According to Statistics Canada, only 30% of Canadians report consuming fruits and vegetables five times or more daily. You would have to aim for approximately two servings of veggies at both lunch and dinner to meet...

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BBQ Sweet Potatoes with Feta

BBQ Season has officially begun! The time of year when the good ol’ grill gets the most use. At Dietetic Directions, when we mention BBQ meal options to clients, we universally get a smile. People simply LOVE BBQ’ing. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s oh-so-delicious. Additionally, a backyard BBQ can include a variety of foods, many of which you may not have thought to grill, such as sweet potato. This year I made BBQ Sweet Potatoes with Feta cheese for the first time and they were spectacular!  This BBQ Sweet Potatoes with Feta recipe will not only dazzle your taste buds, but it will also boost your beta...

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3 Tips for a Healthier Backyard BBQ

Summer is almost upon us! After all, Victoria Day marks the beginning of cottage season and… you guessed it - the beginning of BBQ season! We are proudly marking the time of year when the good ol’ grill gets the most use. In my practice, when I mention BBQ to clients as a meal option, I universally get a smile. People simply LOVE BBQ’ing. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s oh-so-delicious. However, a backyard BBQ can go beyond a basic hot dog to include a variety of foods, many of which you may not have thought to grill.  In today’s blog, we will be heating up those BBQ...

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7 Self-Care Tips to Improve Diet

Did you know that better self-care can improve your diet? Absolutely. This connection, although obvious to some, is not apparent to many. Also, this is a timely topic since we as a society often run ourselves ragged trying to keep up. Thus compromising our self-care! We over-work, we carry more stress than healthy and we often don’t stop to think how self-care can transform our lives AND our diets/nutrition.  In honour of our upcoming Self-Care Sunday Retreat on June 2 (save your seat NOW), I will be sharing my top 7 Self-Care Tips. I will also highlight how prioritizing your needs can improve diet/nutrition! Click here to reserve your...

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Tips to Expertly meal plan Dietitian

3 Tips to Expertly Meal Plan!

What’s for dinner? A dreaded question for many. Couples may text this inquiry at the end of a long, busy day. Only to be met by, “I don’t know. What do you want?” Who knew this infuriating back-and-forth could lead to so much uncertainty, frustration and possibly anxiety? However, it doesn’t have to be this way! Learning 3 Tips to Expertly Meal Plan can take away this annoying, last-minute question and the corresponding indecision, frustration and distress. Dreading the "what's for dinner?" question? Meal planning might be your solution! Most people can relate to the above scenario. When we are without a dinner plan, stress is higher and...

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