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Sprouted Grain Bread

What’s Sprouted Grain Bread?

~Exploring Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Sourdough, Rye Breads~ Have you wondered, "What is sprouted grain bread?" It’s at the grocery store, but we know those aisles are confusing with endless variety and selection. When it comes to bread, what should we choose? White, whole wheat, whole grain, rye, sourdough, or gluten-free, and now there’s sprouted grain bread! Today, we’ll discuss what sprouted grain bread is, and I’ll break down the nutrition and compare the most common types of bread to help you ‘rise’ to the answer.  Anatomy of a Grain Kernel: First, in order to distinguish different breads, it’s important to understand the different parts of the grain that are...

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15-Minute Meals

Top Ten 15-Minute Meals From Kitchen Basics

Now that you have a well-stocked kitchen (see previous post with this dietitian's top fridge, freezer and pantry staples), you’re ready to put easy, nutritionally balanced meals on the table! Today, I have compiled my Top Ten 15-Minute Meals to make from your kitchen basics. This means you can save time and money with no special trips to the grocery store (bonus!). Additionally, these meals can be faster on the table than ordering in and will cost MUCH less. For those unaware, cooking at home is generally a healthier option with lower calories, fat, salt and sugar than comparable restaurant options. The purpose of this post is to...

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Valentine Meals Kids in kitchen

Family Valentine’s Meals

~Getting Kids in the Kitchen~ February 14th marks Valentine’s Day, where love is celebrated, particularly during those special Valentine's Meals. It’s also a time where heart-felt messages are shared – perhaps to a partner, a child, an elder, a teacher or a neighbour. Although we don’t need a designated day to be loving and thoughtful, celebrating our dearest relationships is wonderful. Similarly, have you thought of how food can bring people together, especially parents and children in their busy lives? Or how teaching others how to cook (food skills) can be the gift that keeps giving?  Today, I will take a family-swing on Valentine’s meals by showing how we can lovingly...

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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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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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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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Thanksgiving Entertaining

Top 3 Thanksgiving Entertaining Dishes

~Appetizer, Side-Dish & Salad~ Are you a Thanksgiving Entertaining maven? Or perhaps you’re a designated “appetizer/side-dish/salad-bringing guest.” Nevertheless, people often find themselves uncertain what to make for Thanksgiving entertaining. After all, we are frequently short on time and it’s an enormous feast. We can count on the standards: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie! I’m not complaining about any of these options. However, to add meal inspiration and change things up, let’s give thanks to extra VARIETY.  Today, I’ll share my Top 3 Thanksgiving Entertaining Dishes to add to the mix. You can make these items as either a host or guest. Conveniently, they fall within the appetizer, side-dish...

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Canned vegetables

Are Canned Vegetables Healthy?

Are canned vegetables healthy? This is a common question at Dietetic Directions, especially prevalent this time of year as we transition out of summer and into fall harvest. Different vegetables are available such as potatoes, squash, carrots, beets and cabbage. Unfortunately, many of our favourites like peaches, green beans and corn on the cob are no longer in season. Nevertheless, canned vegetables and legumes can be a healthy and affordable alternative. In case you missed it, you can also opt for frozen vegetables – see past blog, Are Frozen Vegetables Better than Fresh?.  Fall is here which means seasonal vegetables are available! Read on to learn why canned...

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