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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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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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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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Healthy Easter Entertaining Appetizers

Healthy Entertaining Appetizers

It’s almost Easter! Are you looking for healthy appetizers? For many, Easter is a time to get together with friends and family over a shared meal. If you're hosting the family party, entertaining friends, or perhaps visiting someone's home and need appetizer inspiration, I have three tasty, nutritious, and creative Easter Entertaining Appetizers. They boost nutrition and, of course, please the palate! First, when planning your entertaining appetizers, as a dietitian and host, I recommend thinking of three categories: 1. Taste: According to the Tracking Nutrition Trends survey, taste is the most important factor Canadians (38%) consider when making food choices. Choosing delicious appetizers at your holiday party is...

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meal prep

3 Simple Ways to Meal Prep

~March Break Edition~ Many of our clients seek meal prep guidance. They want to eat better by learning how to set themselves up for success in the kitchen. They want to eat out less and want lower meal assembly stress. We get it. Therefore, to celebrate Nutrition Month, I will share 3 Simple Ways to Meal Prep. I will also share meal prep benefits and what beginners need to consider before getting started! This post was sponsored by the Egg Farmers of Ontario and Canola Eat Well; as always, all opinions are genuine. First, let's acknowledge that healthy eating does not happen by accident. With our hectic schedules, our default is that we...

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mood-boosting food

3 Ways to Boost Mood with Food

Is winter over yet? You're probably asking yourself this exact question. Nevertheless, when faced with frigid temperatures, lack of sunlight and ample snow and ice, keeping a cheery mood can be difficult. This has many wondering, does what we eat impact how we feel? Research says yes. Today we’ll be discussing three ways to boost mood with food. Disclaimer: Food does not replace the importance of a trained therapist, physical activity or your doctor’s recommendations.  Mental Health Facts: In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness.   Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression impacting 6-15% of Canadians. It usually begins in late fall...

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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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Mussels Blog

Mussels Nutrition: A Summer Superfood

Have you wondered about the nutrition of mussels? Those cute little shellfish that can be served cooked in or out of the shell. Mussels are available fresh, smoked, canned and even frozen. Today, I will be highlighting the nutrition for mussels because they are delicious, versatile and jam-packed with health-promoting value. Get ready to dive in deeply as we explore the nutrition of mussels, how to prepare them and how to incorporate in your diet. Hint: preparing mussels is easier than you think (recipe to follow)!     My Mussels Story: Funnily enough, mussels were the one food that terrified me as a child. I remember my Nonno making them as...

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What is a pulse

What is a Pulse?

Fast Fact:  Did you know that Canada is the number 1 exporter of pulses in the world? But wait a second, what is a pulse besides the measure of a person’s heartbeat?! The word “pulse” is derived from the Latin word “puls” meaning “thick soup”.  Basically, pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the “legume” family. Pulses are so good for you, but what are they?? Click To Tweet Pulses vs. Legume: Legume: The plants whose fruit is enclosed in a pod (ie. Peas, beans, lupins, soy and peanuts) Pulse: Member of the legume family, but the term “pulse” only refers to the dried seed (ie: dried peas, lentils and chickpeas).   Nutritional Powerhouse of the Pulse Pulses are an excellent addition to your diet!  They are a...

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