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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

Healthy New Year

3 Strategies for a Healthier New Year!

It’s a New Year and many want to be healthier than last. What does that take? Often we set a resolution to begin new habits – going to the gym, meditating or drinking more water. However, adherence can be a challenge when we attempt many things at once. Today, I will highlight my Top 3 Strategies for a Healthier New Year! These science-based, impactful habits improve health and are rewarding enough to sustain throughout 2019.  This post was sponsored by the California Prune Board; as always, all opinions are genuine. Before getting started, let’s do a mindset shift from the “all or nothing” mentality where you either overhaul your lifestyle (unsustainable...

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Maple Dijon Salmon

Maple Dijon & Garlic Salmon

Simple flavours and fast assembly - that’s how I would describe this Maple Dijon and Garlic Salmon recipe. I love recipes that use basic pantry staples and can be prepared in under 20 minutes. Salmon is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats and featured in my 3 Strategies for a Healthy New Year Blog. Consuming omega-3 rich foods helps in preventing and managing heart disease, which is the second leading cause of death for Canadians. Research shows omega-3 fats can lower triglycerides, blood pressure, slow the development of plaque in arteries, reduce depression, and improve brain and eye health.    If you are a fellow fish fan, stock your kitchen with salmon in the freezer and move it into...

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Pomegranate Spinach Salad

Pomegranate Spinach Salad

Hard to believe we're only one week from Christmas! If you are like me, you're thoroughly enjoying the seasonal pomegranates and clementines and adding them to whatever you can. I took this classic Spinach Salad and gave it a festive twist by sprinkling ruby red pomegranates. They added the perfect burst of colour, tartness, crunch.   If you're unsure what to bring to an upcoming holiday party or not sure what type of salad to serve, look no further than this Pomegranate Spinach Salad. It's a crowd-pleaser and sure to spread some holiday cheer!  Serves: 4 Prep time: 10-12 minutes INGREDIENTS: 6 cups fresh spinach 3 hard boiled eggs, diced 1/2 cup of pomegranates  5 strips of...

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winter spicy roasted chickpea recipe

Winter Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Colder weather calls for oven meals, like roasted chickpeas! It’s an easy way to keep the home warm and have savoury aromas fill your living quarters. Whenever I have the oven on, I often toss in a tray of chickpeas. They are very quick to assemble for cooking and perfect for a snack or added to an entrée like a Buddha bowl. There are also endless roasted chickpea flavour possibilities from sweet to savory. Here is my Winter Spicy Roasted Chickpea recipe. Hope you enjoy!   Note: Choose your preference in crunch, the longer you roast them, the crunchier they become. I like to have crunch with a little...

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Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup {Recipe Redux}

with Grilled Cheese Croutons   Winter equals comfort food. It’s like a big hug in a soup mug. Plus, you can conveniently make soup in advance and freeze it for a speedy meal addition. This Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup is a fabulous way to use up produce and accompany a simple grilled cheese. After all, tomato soup and grilled cheese are the ultimate combo! Try cutting your sandwich into squares and add "grilled cheese croutons" to your soup.   Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 40-60 mins Serves: 4   Ingredients: 3 cups of Roma Tomatoes, cut in half 1 cup of cherry tomatoes 3 bell peppers, cut in half and seeded 2 tbsp Olive oil salt and...

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5 Nutrition Tricks for Stronger Bones~Osteoporosis Awareness Month~

5 Nutrition Tricks for Stronger Bones

~Osteoporosis Awareness Month~ We all have bones; these living parts of our skeletons give our bodies shape, protect our organs and attach to our muscles so we can move. However, we don’t often think about how our food choices impact our bones. In honour of Osteoporosis Awareness Month, I will reveal 5 Nutrition Tricks for Stronger Bones. These are scientifically-proven strategies you can implement right away. This post was sponsored by the California Prune Board to showcase some of their reserach; however, all opinions are genuine.   What is Osteoporosis? According to Osteoporosis Canada, “Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration/weakening of bone tissue. This can lead to increased risk of...

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Pear Blue Cheese Salad

Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

Salads don’t have to be boring. In fact, they shouldn’t be! Imagine enjoying veggies as “the star of the meal.” It can be done. They can become extraordinary with the right balance of flavour, crunch and sweetness. This Pear & Blue Cheese Salad is one of my favourites right now. The sweetness of the pear is a perfect complement to the tart and savoury blue cheese. I add sunflower seeds for crunch and a little intense sweetness with a sprinkling of craisins. If you are interested in learning more about how to build satisfying salads, read here!   Prep: 10 minutes Serves: 2   Ingredients: 4 cups arugula/spinach, washed 1 cup pear, sliced 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, unsalted 3 Tbsp craisins 2 Tbsp...

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How to Roast Veggies_ Fall Harvest

How to Roast Veggies: Fall Harvest

With Fall season upon us, there’s abundant fresh produce in the Farmers' Markets and grocery stores! Knowing what to do with so much seasonal food can be a challenge. Last week, I was on CTV Kitchener  chatting about how to roast veggies to boost your intake. This is important because according to Statistics Canada, less than half of Canadians consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily. If you haven’t tried roasting, I hope this blog will inspire you to try 3 simple, veggie-roasting strategies! Andrea's CTV Kitchener segment for Fall Harvest Veggie Roasting   What Does ‘Roasting’ Mean: Roasting simply means to cook in an oven using dry...

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