Written by: Samantha Allison BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

I love kitchen gadgets that make meal prep easier, and more interesting. Recently, I have been using a NutriBullet to blend frozen fruit, chia seeds and kale. With a NutriBullet you can blend almost anything. Here is some information about the NutriBullet and some suggestions that may inspire you to try it yourself.

Instant Pot 101

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

If you have been hearing about the instant pot lately, it is for good reason! The instant pot is just what it sounds like – it cooks food in almost an instant. This magical gadget also saves clean up time, because you can cook everything in just one pot.

Step Counters

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

“I need to get my steps in for the day” is something you might have heard from a friend, family member or someone at work. Some people are highly committed to taking 10,000 steps each day, tracked by their watches, smartphones or step counters. Are these people on to something? Is it really important to take that many steps – EVERY day? Put simply, there are many benefits to being as active as possible, and the right step counter can help you gauge how much activity you are really getting in so that you can adjust accordingly.

Spiralizer Product Review

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate
Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Now that summer is just around the corner, it is the perfect time to start thinking about fresh summer salads! Lately I have been using my spiralizer as a fun way to add different vegetables to my salads, as well as for making “zoodles” to use as a fresh base for tomato sauce. Here is all you need to know about spiralizers, and some recipes to try for yourself.
There are many different types of spiralizers, which all have the same basic function: to turn any vegetable into noodles. There are handheld versions which are generally the least expensive; electric spiralizers, spiralizing attachments for your Kitchen Aid mixer, and my personal favourite, countertop spiralizers which are hand-cranked. No matter which kind you choose, the result is lovely vegetable noodles which can be used to top salads, as a replacement for spaghetti, as noodles in a soup or as a topping on a wrap.
The best vegetables to spiralize are:
– Beets
– Zucchini
– Carrots
– Cabbage
– Sweet potatoes
– Cucumber
– Turnips
– Butternut squash
– Potatoes

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!

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.

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):