Bring Back the Joy of Cooking During COVID-19!

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

 

Dietitian note: Sharon was going to write this post on our 2020 Nutrition month theme. She pivoted beautifully and changed her theme, to help us all find silver linings in this time of uncertainty. Well-done, Sharon. To everyone- stay well, be safe and enjoy cooking and eating at home, during this time. Andrea

March is The Best Month of The Year: Nutrition Month

Written by: Laura Chimenti BSc Candidate

Reviewed by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

It’s that time of year again! Time to whip out your cutting boards and cookbooks as we all take time the next few weeks to gain a deeper understanding about our own personal health and nutrition.

With this year’s theme of “More Than Food”, nutrition month goes deeper than just what we eat, and includes the importance of how we eat. This theme goes hand in hand with Canada’s Food Guide which was recently updated in 2019 to include information and tips about where, when, why and how you eat. Some of these tips include:

Top 10 Kitchen Hacks

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

With the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, it can be difficult to find the time or energy to prepare wholesome meals, on a regular basis. There are many ways to save time and stay organized in the kitchen. Kitchen “hacks” are popping up all over the internet, showing innovative ways to organize kitchen storage spaces and simplify otherwise time-consuming aspects of meal preparation. To save you some more time, we have compiled our top 10 kitchen hacks that you can implement to be more efficient, save some money and hopefully motivate you to try something new.

Easing into Meal Planning

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Meal planning has become very trendy, these days from social media platforms promoting healthier lifestyles to aesthetically pleasing Pinterest boards that tempt you to get cooking. And let me tell you – I am here for it! I am rather obsessed with meal planning and for (many) good reasons, which I am here to share with you today. Here are my top five reasons why you should consider meal planning:

All About Breakfast

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Have you ever wondered if breakfast really is the most important meal of the day?  Essentially, breakfast is an important meal and eating breakfast on a regular basis has many benefits. The word “breakfast” or “break the fast” refers to eating something after “fasting” for 8 to 12 hours. It allows the body to refuel after a period of not eating. Eating breakfast also kickstarts your metabolism for the day, letting your body know that it won’t need to conserve calories in order to make it through the day. This, in turn, helps your body to work more efficiently, throughout your day.  Sometimes during busy mornings or after hitting snooze one too many times, it can be hard to find the time to prepare and eat a balanced breakfast but fitting it in can really make a difference to how you feel for the rest of the day. Here are some quick and easy tips and recipes to help you stay on track and make healthy breakfasts a regular part of your day.

Back to School Nutrition

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Summer has come to an end and school is starting back up again. With all the excitement of new classes, seeing school friends again and getting back into a routine, sometimes meal planning and healthy eating can be the last thing on our mind. It is, however, important to consider that healthy foods and balanced meals are important to fuel the mind to improve performance in the classroom. Fortunately, there are ways to stay organized and plan in advance for breakfasts on busy mornings, school lunches and snacks for throughout the day. Here are some tips and tricks on how to stay on track with these things, as well as some easy back to school recipes.

Food Allergy Awareness Month – May 2019

Written by Gaby Burt-D’Agnillo, BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada. To raise awareness and educate the public, let’s talk about food allergies, symptoms, and common food allergens in Canada.

Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance

Food allergies are caused by a reaction of the body’s immune system to a specific food or food component, known as an allergen. If you have an allergy, your immune system is hypersensitive to a particular allergen and releases antibodies called immunoglobulins causing an allergic reaction. Food intolerances are also characterized by an abnormal response to a food product, but differ from food allergies as they do not involve antibodies and symptoms may not be as severe. Lactose intolerance is an example of a food intolerance.

We have a New Food Guide and this Dietitian Loves it!

Written by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

The  newest installment of Canada’s Food Guide was launched in Montreal, on Tuesday January 22, 2019 by Federal Health Minister, Ginette Peptitapas Taylor.

This food guide takes a modern approach to communicating nutrition information to consumers, health professionals and policy makers. On the brand new Health Canada website there is a suite of resources that includes information related to healthy food choices, eating habits, recipes, tips for meal planning, and nutrition information for individuals of all ages and stages of life.