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Exciting news: I was offered a new franchise with the Huffington Post!

It is called “What’s The Deal?” and it will be featured monthly (or more) in the Canada Living section. I will pick a new nutrition related topic each month to write about. It looks like I’ll be spending even more time writing!

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When I pitched my idea to the Huffington Post, I had no idea this was a popular Jerry Seinfeld phrase! Did you know that? Sorry for stealing your line Jerry…

Anyway, my first article, “Food and Mood: What’s The Deal?” was published today! Read it here.

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Do you have a topic you would like me to write about? Tell me in the comments below!

Happy reading!

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I have lived in Toronto for 5 weeks now.

Things I have discovered about “the center of the universe”:

  • they have no lane ways so you actually see all the garbage we create — somewhat troubling
  • you have to walk out into the middle of the street to get onto a street car — somewhat dangerous
  • MILK COMES IN BAGS — WEIRD
  • taxis make the most outrageous U-turns — one smashed into a fire hydrant right beside me
  • people cross the street with only 1 second left on the countdown — everyone is always in a hurry

A Kefir Adventure

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Ever since I got a copy of The Everyday Fermentation Handbook by Branden Byers I have been dying to get fermenting and increase my probiotic consumption. I flipped through the book to find something simple to start with and there it was — kefir! A short fermentation period and only 2 ingredients, perfect!

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I ordered some 1 L Bernardin jars off amazon and started my hunt for kefir grains to ferment the milk. Those must be readily accessible in Toronto right?

Wrong.

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What do you think the most consumed vegetable in North America is?

…Potatoes! I don’t have anything against potatoes nutritionally, but they are likely eaten way to often and usually in their deep fried form.

A varied diet is something I always promote when I do my grocery store tours — it ensures you are getting all the nutrients you need and makes your meals more exciting! So, ditch the potato fries once in a while and make polenta chickpea fries!

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I recently attended Eat! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival at BC Place Stadium with my friend and fellow blogger, Carolyn Berry. We had a great time! Trying new foods, meeting exhibitors and chatting to some familiar faces.  There were celebrity chefs speaking, cooking and competing throughout the day. The festival also featured hundreds of food, beverage and kitchen goods exhibitors along with wineries, breweries and restaurants.

I have been on a roasted vegetable kick lately and roasting all kinds of vegetables I haven’t before, like radishes!

My usual way of eating radishes is very “un-dietitian” like of me: I dip the halves in salt! So addicting.

I can blame my preceptor from my dietetic internship up in Prince George (Northern BC) for this addiction. She told me she stopped eating radishes because this was the only way she ate them, so naturally, I had to try it.  Don’t do it.

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We all need some sodium – 1500mg sodium per day to be precise. That being said, on average Canadians get about 3400 mg per day! Reducing our intake to 2000 mg or less per day may help lower blood pressure and improve our over all health.

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The transformation that takes place from raw to roasted vegetables in just a few simple steps is amazing. The colour, flavour, and smell of the vegetables are wonderful. My diet is chalked full of all kinds of roasted vegetables, but roasted fruit is new to me – it is just as wonderful! Eating the rinds of the oranges in this recipe seemed a little odd at first, but they get nice and soft and sweet. The orange rinds are actually my favourite part of this dish!

Raw fennel is not my thing, but when it is roasted it is so much more subtle and delicious. I can’t believe it is the same vegetable. Fennel has many health benefits as well which I mentioned in a previous post here.

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This deliciously moist and nutrient dense cake has just the right amount of sweetness – with no added sugar! Sweetness is provided from the dates, almond flour and berry sauce. To top it off each piece offers 8 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber. The texture is reminiscent of cheesecake and brownie :)

Flourless Chocolate Date Cake



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