A Trio of Dips: Hummus, Guacamole and Tzatziki

A Trio of Dips: Hummus, Guacamole and Tzatziki

I am a self-proclaimed "dip-girl". I love dips. I wouldn't eat nearly as many veggies as I do if I didn't have something delicious to dip them into. Since dips are one of the easiest things to make, I like to make mine at home to save some money, and in my biased opinion, they taste much better than store-bought alternatives. 


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Are food additives harmful to your children?

Are food additives harmful to your children?

This past week, one headline caught my attention as it read “Food Additives and Child Health” published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Although the content in the article was not new to me, the fact that AAP released a technical report on this topic did elevate my sense of concern regarding food additives. 

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Nutritional Pet Peeves: Commercial Baby Food

Nutritional Pet Peeves: Commercial Baby Food

While I was at the grocery store the other day, I took a short-cut down the baby food aisle on my way to the check-out. As I was walking, I couldn’t help but to scan the products that lined the shelves from top to bottom. Suddenly, I had an “ah-ha” moment and I knew that the inspiration for my next blog was about to be birthed (pardon the pun!)

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National Dietitian Day: what do dietitians REALLY do?

National Dietitian Day: what do dietitians REALLY do?

Did you know that March 14th is National Dietitian Day?! Well you know now! (P.S. can someone please remind my husband – I think he is 0 for 9 and counting…) Every year a day in March is dedicated to dietitians across Canada, to celebrate RDs as the trusted choice for reliable, evidence-based, food and nutrition advice. For some, the word “dietitian” might evoke images of tall skinny lady wearing a white lab coat with a tight bun in her hair, carrying a clip board with Canada’s Food Guide and a calculator to calculate a calorie-restricted diet. Ugh! Unfortunately, this is NOT what I (or any of my colleagues) do. So, to help dispel this and other myths you might hold, I have decided to highlight a few different dietitians within my community (Waterloo, Ontario) to help show you the different “hats” that dietitians wear.

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Learning to cook should trump hockey practice ... even in Canada!

Learning to cook should trump hockey practice ... even in Canada!

March brings the beginning of Nutrition Month in Canada – a campaign that began in the 1970s to increase public awareness about the importance of healthy eating and identifying dietitians as the most credible source of food and nutrition information. This year the theme is helping Canadians unlock the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together. This week, we unlock the potential to discover by fostering healthy eating habits in children through teaching them to shop and cook.

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Berry-licious Overnight Oats

Berry-licious Overnight Oats

When you’re busy, as I know we all are, the key to eating well is planning. Doing things in advance like making breakfast and packing lunches the night before, helps me stay on track, especially when mornings in our house run like an episode of Paw Patrol, where there is always someone that needs immediate attention and help! Overnight oats are whipped up the night before in a matter of minutes. The magic happens as they sit overnight and create a perfect medley of scrumptiousness to keep you satiated all morning.

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Let’s talk … postpartum depression and anxiety because sadly, no one does

Let’s talk … postpartum depression and anxiety because sadly, no one does

It's hard to believe that the end of January is just around the corner and with that comes Bell Let's Talk day on January 31. In case you're unfamiliar with Let's Talk day, it really is an opportunity (born in the social media age) to encourage people to openly and honestly discuss struggles and challenges with mental health. In light of this upcoming opportunity to discuss mental health, I’m reaching out of my comfort zone and sharing my own mental health story. Why do that on a nutrition blog? Glad you asked. 

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Why this dietitian writes New Year’s Resolutions in December

Why this dietitian writes New Year’s Resolutions in December

In our culture, January is often seen as the ideal month to resolve to do better, make changes in our lives and generally a time to set personal goals for the new year ahead. And while I am all for setting goals and making positive improvements in our lives, the timing - coming right out of a holiday period where we have consumed lots of delicious food, drinks and treats, doesn’t help. In fact, I would venture to say that it typically does more harm than good.

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Canada 150: Yukon and Rustic Winter Sourdough

Canada 150: Yukon and Rustic Winter Sourdough

For our final Canada 150 post this year, we visit one of Canada’s three northern territories, the Yukon. We have a special guest blogger this month, Rosanne and her husband’s good friend, Geoff Martin, who has recently taken up the art of sourdough bread making and will knead a bit of history into this bready post.

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Nutritional Pet Peeves: Children's Breakfast Cereal

Nutritional Pet Peeves: Children's Breakfast Cereal

I have a fairly lengthy list of what I will call "nutritional pet peeves" pertaining to misconceptions, false marketing, and/or nutritional food products or supplements that irk me to no end and make my eyes roll backwards at least a few times a day! So, I figured on this chilly fall day, why not bring some sunlight to your day and enlighten you about one of my biggest pet peeves in the world of nutrition that has been irritating me now for a good 5+ years. 

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Canada 150: British Columbia & Honey Dijon Salmon

Canada 150: British Columbia & Honey Dijon Salmon

BC wild salmon are well known across Canada and enjoyed thoroughly by all members in my household. In fact, the other day when we were enjoying this exact recipe at the supper table, my oldest pipped up and stated that "salmon tastes better than ice cream!" (No joke. I almost fell off my chair but the kid had seriously eaten more salmon then me)!

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