Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

Spinach and strawberries pair nicely together - both taste-wise, and nutrition-wise.  Strawberries provide a boost of vitamin C, which helps our bodies better absorb the iron found in spinach.  This salad also contains pumpkin seeds which provide an extra kick of iron.

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What's the harm in removing gluten?

What's the harm in removing gluten?

I get asked this question (or some version of it) often when it comes to removing certain foods from children’s diets. More specifically, the question I often get asked is, “my child has stomach pain (or constipation, or bloating or difficulties concentrating, etc) so what’s the harm if I just take gluten out of his or her diet?”

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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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Canada 150: PEI Roasted Mini Pesto Potatoes

Canada 150: PEI Roasted Mini Pesto Potatoes

Food industry is big in PEI and is the most important contributor to the province’s economy. Apart from the delicious seafood and fish that swim in the waters surrounding the island, potatoes are the star attraction growing in the rich red soil.Prince Edward Island’s largest cash crop are potatoes and the island is the largest potato-producing province in Canada.

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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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Stop blaming all your digestive woes on gluten … PLEASE!

Stop blaming all your digestive woes on gluten … PLEASE!

The people closest to me know that I can sometimes get on my soapbox and go on a rant. We all have our moments that get us fired up, and for me, it can be some of the hottest or latest issues and topics in the nutrition world that just “rot my socks” so to speak. The topics that get me most fired up, you wonder? Well, you may be surprised to hear that many common perceptions about gas/bloating, gluten and food sensitivities are often times misinformed and these are some of the hardest areas for me to just shut up and be quiet. 

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Celebrate Canada's 150th: Manitoba Hemp Pumpkin Pancakes

Celebrate Canada's 150th: Manitoba Hemp Pumpkin Pancakes

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, I invite you to join me as I embark on an exciting journey from sea to sea as I traverse this great nation and explore the foods that are grown and raised right here in Canada by our hard-working farmers. This is the first of 12 feature recipe blogs that I will be posting each month over the next 12 months, as I highlight foods from each province and territory of our beloved nation.

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Back to the Basics - Part III: 4 staple healthy foods to learn to cook

Back to the Basics - Part III: 4 staple healthy foods to learn to cook

Grab your apron, it’s time to cook!

Now that you have a good assortment of the kitchen gadgets and healthy food on hand, you need to know what to DO with them to make them work FOR you, not just become a space-occupying lesion in your home! Don’t worry if you aren't the greatest cook or burnt the piece of toast you had for supper last night. Cooking is like anything else in life, it's best learned by diving in! Who knows? You may even discover a new-found passion or talent!

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Festive Cranberry and Avocado Quinoa Salad

Festive Cranberry and Avocado Quinoa Salad

The chilly winter temperatures are making me crave some comfort foods. Yes, I am certainly not immune to cravings (surprise, surprise!) However, I like the challenge of finding innovative ways to satisfy the cravings, which give me the best of both worlds - comfort and nutrition. I think this festive quinoa salad is one of those nutritious winter comfort foods for myself. 

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