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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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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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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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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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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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