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.

Making Changes

Guest writer Heather Bray RD

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Happy New Year!

January is the month of new beginnings, a fresh start, a new year. For many of us, New Year’s Resolutions are on our minds. Perhaps you haven’t made your resolution(s) yet, or maybe you have something in mind but aren’t sure how to make it happen. As we welcome 2019, we’d like to address making changes and resolutions from a non-diet, mindful and positive perspective. We want to focus on overall health and wellness by suggesting non-diet, non-weight focused ideas of changes, you can make in the new year. Think of what you can add or change that will add value to your life.

Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

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

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

When the year comes to an end, we enjoy spending our holidays in the company of friends and family. Nothing brings people together better than food! As we prepare for cheerful parties, heart-warming meals, and festive drinks, it’s important to remind ourselves of a few key strategies for healthy eating. This month, we’re bringing you quick tips for maintaining a balanced diet, staying active, and being mindful during the holiday season.

Smart Snacking

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Do you find yourself snacking in between work or classes? Need an extra boost between meals? Look no further! Here are our top 15 snacks that are sure to satisfy your cravings.

Looking for a crunch?

  1. Pair your favorite crunchy vegetables with dips!

Some crunchy vegetables include:

Healthy Food Swaps

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Most of us have heard that it is better to eat whole wheat bread than white bread, or skim milk instead of whole milk. Whole wheat bread has more nutrients, and skim milk has a lower fat content – both healthy food swaps. While these swaps may seem small, depending on your health goals, they can make a significant difference over time. These are just some of the many possibilities of foods that can be swapped out with healthier alternatives. Whether you wish to add protein, fibre, or vitamins, or reduce fat or calories, here are some easy food swaps to try out.

Summer Healthy Eating Tips

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

With all the barbeques, gatherings and social events that seem to come along with warm sunny weather, it can sometimes be overwhelming to make healthy food choices during the summer. Luckily, during the summer we can enjoy a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in season, which are a great way to add vitamins, minerals and fiber into your diet. Here are some tips for how to eat healthy in the summer, how to pick the freshest fruits and vegetables, and a few recipes for you and your friends to enjoy this season.

Five Ways to be a Better Shopper

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

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

The grocery store is essentially the foundation of our diets. It’s where we discover a variety of healthy, colourful, and nutritious foods to feed ourselves and our families. With a few resources and some of our favourite tips grocery shopping can be efficient as well as healthy – so let’s review five easy tips and tricks for getting the most out of your supermarket experience.

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.

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.