Food has the Potential to Prevent Chronic Diseases: How to Build a Balanced Diet

Written by Hilary Rock BSc, Nutrition

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

We are so excited to be part of this year’s Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign. We are celebrating Nutrition Month 2018 by helping Canadians unlock the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together.

Food has the Potential for Discovery: How to Foster Healthy Eating Habits in Children

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

We’re so excited to be part of this year’s Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign. We are celebrating Nutrition Month 2018 by helping Canadians unlock the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together.

Kitchen Tools: Immersion Blender

Written By Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Immersion blenders! What are they? How do you use them?  Are these the questions you ask yourself when you think of an Immersion Blender? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let me welcome you into a life made simple with the most compact and convenient kitchen tool of all – the Immersion Blender!

7 Tips for Making Changes and Sticking to Them

Written by Hilary Rock BSc, Nutrition

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

It is no secret that changing your lifestyle can be very challenging. Part of making changes, has to do with how you approach change. Changing your habits is a process that involves several stages and it may take some time before the changes become new habits. Use these tips for setting healthy eating and active living changes you can stick to.

Motivational Books for a New Year!

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

As we ring in this exciting year, we are faced with a fresh, new year brimming with opportunities and goals. The journey of a thousand miles indeed begins with the first step and as with any goal, the first step is to simply start. The process of starting to work on a goal is quite often daunting, yet exciting. The first few days and weeks, we are kept on track of our goals fueled by excitement however, if the light flickers and fades we are often left to battle our self-doubt, procrastination and distraction. During these times, we need a boost, a breath of fresh motivation to awaken ourselves to stay motivated to reach our goals.

Product Review: Thai Eggplant

Written by: Lara Malak BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

One evening as I was grocery shopping, I came across miniature eggplants, called Thai eggplants. I was fascinated with this discovery, as this eggplant did not have the dark purple shade common to traditional eggplants. These eggplants were green with white stripes and they were the size and shape of a golf ball. They had a slight firm texture. I decided to bring some home. In relation to the taste, the Thai eggplants had a slightly more bitter flavour than traditional eggplants and the longer I left them to mature, the stronger the bitter taste became. They also had small golden seeds, similar to traditional eggplants. The seeds also had a bitter taste.

Cookbook Review: “Canadian Living: The Ultimate Cookbook”

By Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

In our everyday busy routines, Western culture seems to be shifting towards food on-the-go. Especially for the younger generations, cooking has become a skill that is slowly disappearing.  More often, people are reaching for on-the-go foods and take out meals.

A New Habit for a New Year-Make Prunes Part of Each Day

Written by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

DISCLAIMER: This post was developed in sponsored partnership with the California Dried Plum Board; however, as always, all opinions are genuine.

Happy New Year! I hope the holidays brought you peace, rest, and happy memories with friends and family.  As we ease into a New Year, many of us begin by making resolutions to improve our health. I love this idea and often set annual health and nutrition goals for myself. One of my favourite nutrition goals and one I encourage for my clients, is to add a new and healthy food to their daily routine. This year, I am going to make that new food California prunes. Eating just one daily serving of 5-6 California prunes supports bone health, heart health and digestive health.

Easy Slow-cooker recipes!

Created by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

As the days get colder here in Canada, all you may want to do is snuggle up in a blanket and keep yourself warm. Well, a healthy and nutritious way to keep yourself cozy this season is by warming up to some meals made in the slow cooker! Here are two recipes which I can personally say are crowd pleasers and will have you eagerly awaiting the next time you can whip up a batch.

Product Review: Skyr

Erika Martin BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Recently, I’ve been enjoying skyr, a yogurt that has been eaten in Iceland for thousands of years, and has been gaining popularity in North American grocery stores. When I eat it for breakfast, I find that it keeps me satisfied throughout the morning, which works great with my busy university schedule. As a food and nutrition student, I was curious as to why this product was becoming so popular, and how it compares to regular yogurt or Greek yogurt. Essentially, skyr is higher in protein than regular or Greek yogurt. This is because it technically is not a yogurt at all. It is a cultured dairy product, which is actually a strained cheese, allowing it to be thicker and higher in protein than other yogurts, while also keeping a lower sugar content. Below are some nutrient comparisons between yogurts, all plain (unflavored, unsweetened):