Canada 150: Nova Scotia Kale Blueberry Harvest Salad

Canada 150: Nova Scotia Kale Blueberry Harvest Salad

It was difficult to choose a food to highlight from the many culinary treasures that one can find in this province, including seafood, dulse (or seaweed), and donairs (the recently dubbed food of the province’s capital city Halifax), but I chose to highlight the small but mighty wild blueberry.

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Is it possible to be a "Happy Medium"?

Is it possible to be a "Happy Medium"?

I was recently encouraged by a friend of mine to read a book. Like a real book. Not an academic journal, blog post or children’s activity guide, just a good book on a topic that she thought might apply to my life right now. My adoration and respect for this friend and her family is off the charts and so when she thought that I might like this book, I jumped on it.

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Canada 150: Ontario Strawberry Mango Salsa

Canada 150: Ontario Strawberry Mango Salsa

You may have been surprised to see that I chose to highlight Ontario strawberries as the feature food grown in Ontario. Truth be told, there were many other nutritious foods that I could have selected that would have been much more representative of this province's main income generating crops and livestock.

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Canada 150: New Brunswick Fiddleheads & Fiddlehead Greek Salad

Canada 150: New Brunswick Fiddleheads & Fiddlehead Greek Salad

If you happen to arrive in New Brunswick in the early spring, sometime between April and May, you may want to pack your hiking gear and find some locals who can take you through the forests n search of a Canadian spring delicacy, fiddleheads, or baby ferns. 

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Nutrition for Runners: Carbs, Coffee and More!

Nutrition for Runners: Carbs, Coffee and More!

There are few things that make me happier than heading out for a long trail run with friends, or heading to the track for a speed workout. I love the challenge of pushing my body and mind to the extremes that distance running provides. Even more so at this time of year, as the days are slowly getting longer, the air is warmer, and the sunshine is a little bit brighter. 

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Is my child getting enough protein?

Is my child getting enough protein?

In my years as a dietitian working in pediatrics, I have met many parents who are worried about their child’s nutrition. When it comes time to the “learning eater” (aka "picky eater"), parents are typically concerned about limited vegetable or protein intake. Today I thought I would start by addressing protein, because we all know that protein is a lot more “sexy” and “buzz-wordy” than vegetables!

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Canada 150: Saskatchewan Lentil Bolognese Spaghetti

Canada 150: Saskatchewan Lentil Bolognese Spaghetti

The rich farmland in Saskatchewan is part of the “bread basket” of Canada, producing many of the cereal crops including barley, wheat, oats and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye). This label may have to change soon to “pulse pot” of Canada, as exports of pulse crops, such as lentils, are matching canola and non-durum wheat exports. Saskatchewan produced approximately 96% of the Canadian lentil crop in 2014.

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Making change happen

Making change happen

Sometimes writing comes easily for me and other times it does not. It has been difficult to write throughout the month of April. I attempted numerous times to sit down and compose my thoughts and each time I gave up after starring at a blank computer screen for 15 minutes. I was frustrated at the inability to write. So, I decided that I had “writer’s block”. But was this really the problem? Not completely. When I dug deeper, I realized that my “writer’s block” was not my illness but rather, was a symptom of a broader issue in my life, which was that life was getting a bit too full, a bit too busy, which didn’t leave time for creative thought.

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5 sensible strategies to enjoy a splurge-worthy Easter

5 sensible strategies to enjoy a splurge-worthy Easter

This weekend marks the Easter long weekend, which for many will involve larger holiday meals with turkey or ham, potatoes and all the trimmings … and lots of sweets including chocolate Easter bunnies, eggs and other traditional delicacies. I often get asked how I keep my weight in check over these treat-filled holidays. Truth is, I have no fancy tricks up my sleeve. What I do have are some sensible strategies that I apply to my eating throughout the year, which allow me to fully savour my conscious indulgences without guilt.

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