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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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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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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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