Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Homemade Tomato Sauce

When you are not sure what to make for dinner having homemade tomato sauce ready in the freezer makes the decision a lot easier.  This recipe uses basic ingredients and is simple to prepare. Some of my favourite veggies to add to this sauce include: coloured peppers, mushrooms, celery and even graded carrot. Optional: Add a dash of red wine with onions for a nice flavour!   Serves: 4-6 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20-30 minutes   Ingredients: 1 clove garlic, minced 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped ½ medium onion, chopped 28 oz diced tomatoes, canned ¼ tsp basil ¼ tsp oregano fresh ground pepper and parmesan cheese to taste   Directions: In a large saucepan over medium...

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How to Make Your Resolution Stick!

Welcome to 2015! Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Or do you shy away because you find resolutions too challenging to keep? Today, I encourage you to think of one thing that you want to change and I will reveal three key stategies to help make it stick.   The most common resolutions include: weight loss, increase in exercise, enjoying life more, improving finances, spending more time with family and friends and helping others. However, a sobering statistic is that only 8 percent of people actually successfully achieve their New Year’s resolutions according to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology.   Greg S Reid, motivational speaker, says it...

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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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Don’t just Survive the Holidays… Enjoy them!

We are one week away from Christmas and what better way to celebrate with Dietetic Directions than by having a dynamic guest blogger!  I am excited to feature Chelsea Allen, Registered Dietitian from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen.  I was first drawn to Chelsea’s website by her flare for food with scrumptious, healthy recipes, along with her restaurant reviews and current nutrition blog.  Chelsea’s Christmas article made me smile and shares the key message that we should all focus on not simply surviving but holidays, but enjoying them!   I know as a dietitian I’m supposed to be writing posts right now along the lines of “10 strategies to survive the holidays”....

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Easy Peasy Pizza

Cooking does not have be complex and time consuming, especially after a long day!  Here is a simple meal idea, that is ideal for those low on time and who are wanting to avoid eating out.   You have flexibility to use whatever grain you have on hand, for the pizza crust; try whole grain pitas, English muffins or tortillas.  You are encouraged to use whatever veggies and cheese you desire for delicious variety on your personal pizza.  Feel free to share you topping combinations too!   Serves: 2 Cook time: 8-10 minutes Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients 2 whole grain tortillas 4 Tbsp pizza sauce Sprinkle oregano, dried 5 mushrooms, sliced ¼ green pepper ½ tomato, sliced ½ cup mozzarella and cheddar...

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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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White Wine & Citrus Salmon

Who doesn’t love succulent salmon that is marinated with fresh ingredients and just bursting with flavour? Here is a simple recipe that uses common household ingredients.  Another delicious way to get omega 3’s!   Serves: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes   Ingredients: ¼ cup white wine 2 Tbsp orange juice 2 Tbsp low sodium soya sauce 1 tbsp olive oil 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste 2 Salmon fillets (4 oz each)   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, combine white wine, juice, soya sauce, olive oil, ginger, garlic. Place salmon in a baking dish and drizzle with prepared marinade. Bake salmon for 15-20 minutes until...

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Scoop on Artificial Sweeteners

Canadians are encouraged to limit consumption of added sugar because of the link to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, cancer and cavities.  But is substituting real sugar for artificial sugar the key to better health? Artificial sweeteners do not contain calories and are approximately 200-600 times sweeter than regular sugar; this is bonus for those with a sweet tooth who are trying to cut down on excess calories. However, despite the sweetness of artificial sweeteners, their safety has been a cause for concern for decades now.   If you are interested in impact of artificial sweeteners on weight management read my past blog.     Laboratory studies have attempted to...

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Caprese Salad

Looking to dazzle your guests this holiday season in a simply elegant dish?  This D'Ambrosio family caprese salad is an easy, fresh and flavourful dish that is great as an appetizer or as a vegetable side dish.   Serves: 6 Prep time: 10 minutes   Ingredients: 2 large tomatoes, sliced 1 cup bocconcini, sliced Drizzle with olive oil on top Sprinkle aged balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar 6-10 fresh basil leaves Season with fresh ground salt and pepper to taste   Instructions: Clean tomatoes and slice to desired thickness. Arrange tomato slices alternating with bocconcini cheese on plate. Top with basil leaves for garnish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Usually I use a ratio of twice as much...

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