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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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Reinvent Dinner to Lunches

Reinvent Dinner into Unique Lunches!

It’s back-to-school or back-to-work from the cottage time! 'Tis also the dreaded lunch-box dilemma time. Are you wondering what to make? Not to worry. We got you. Let’s ward off tuna sandwich boredom or resorting to expensive takeout by instead learning how to reinvent dinner into unique lunches. After all, the fall season reinvigorates people to start fresh with dietary and lifestyle changes. Therefore, let’s take a spin on dinners by transforming them into scrumptious lunches! These time-saving strategies will have you cooking once but eating twice or three times.   Transforming dinners into unique and scrumptious lunches is a reinvigorating strategy for fall! If you’re worried about being bored...

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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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15 Meal themes

15 Fun (& Unique) Meal Themes

~End the “What’s for Dinner Dilemma” ~ Are you stuck for dinner ideas? Many clients face frustrations when asking what their spouse/partner/kids want for dinner, only to be greeted by the all-too-familiar, unknowing stare. We get it; dinner decisions can be overwhelming. However, meal themes can help, especially when tired and faced with infinite recipes on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and blogs.  Today, I will share my 15 Fun and Unique Meal Themes to inspire you in the kitchen. Consequently, these will narrow the various dinner possibilities and end those “what’s for dinner dilemmas.”  What are Meal Themes? A meal theme is a tool to spark culinary inspiration and brainstorm ideas of...

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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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Filling Breakfast

Easy (& Filling) Breakfast

~Heart Month~ February is Heart Month! A time to raise awareness of the importance of breakfast, nutrition and our lifestyle for keeping our hearts healthy. After all, the heart pumps blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Narrowed or blocked blood vessels can lead to heart attack, chest pain or stroke. Today, I will be sharing how we can make easy and filling heart-healthy breakfasts. I will also highlight make-ahead breakfast options, which come in handy during rushed mornings. This topic is essential because 8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke are preventable through healthy lifestyle behvaiours.  DYK: Heart Disease is the second leading cause of death...

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Canada's New Food Guide

Canada’s New Food Guide

A Dietitian's Perspective Canada’s New Food Guide was recently released. The last one was issued in 2007; a lot has changed in that time! We can say good bye to the recognizable rainbow of four food groups. Many complained that it was too confusing and not individualized, and that food industries heavily influenced it. Thankfully, Health Canada issued the new Food Guide after lengthy discussions with dietitians and the general public, as well as consideration of evidence-based research to support its modern and relevant recommendations. Our clients and valuable readers highly requested this blog.  They wanted me to share my opinions about the changes to Canada’s New Food...

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