The health benefits of drinking water are nearly too numerous to name, and yet we’ve all let our water bottle sit untouched on the desk all day, despite the best of intentions. The general rule of thumb is to divide your weight in pounds to determine how many ounces of water
It’s bound to happen, after months of grocery shopping and countless impulse canned food purchases, your kitchen pantry looks more like the canned food aisle at the grocery store than you know, your kitchen pantry. While it’s great you’re “stocked,” you may also be nearing the best by
Everyone’s familiar with the old stand-by pasta shapes, like penne, macaroni, spaghetti, ravioli and so on… but what if you want to amp up your semolina-fuelled adventures? Get started with these lesser-known but equally delicious pasta shapes you may not have tried before:
The temperature is warming up, plants are peeking through the ground, and trees are beginning to bud. It time to start thinking about spring cleaning. And not just your closet (although it’s a good time for that too), but your kitchen as well. Say goodbye to your winter eating habits and start springtime off on […]
Let’s face it: Most of us—about 90% of Americans—are eating too much sodium. We need less than 2,300 mg/day, though most of us take in closer to 3,400 mg. The body works hard to process this excess sodium, which takes a toll on your heart and blood vessels. Over time, this can contribute to high […]
St. Patrick’s Day is as good a day as any other to incorporate Guinness beer into your meals. Guinness, as you probably know, is an Irish beer. It’s considered a dry stout. Though it has an imposing dark colour and thick black richness, the flavor is not that aggressive. It’s got a pleasant roasted malty […]
Part 2 of our Nutrition Myth-Busting series focuses on foods with “health halos.” How does a food earn health halo status? Usually it means that it has an attribute (like organic or natural) that seems nourishing, but the attribute doesn’t actually speak to nutrition. And often times, consumers are totally unaware of the fact that […]
Napping is one of life’s greatest pleasures and it turns out that it’s not just for the lazy. In fact, there’s no reason at all to feel guilty about taking a nap, and some cultures have made napping a permanent part of daily life due to its restorative effects. Take the ‘siesta’, for example: a […]
My clients often come to me thinking that they need to give up their lunchtime sandwich in favor of salads. They’re typically surprised when I tell them that is not the case. Sandwiches themselves aren’t unhealthy, but oftentimes the filling is. Here are tips on how to makeover your favorite sandwiches
How do you “meatball?” For many, it means gargantuan portions of meatballs resting atop a big pile of white pasta, but we advise you to forgo that type of over-indulgence. Instead, we recommend to meatball the right way by following these 3 simple tips!
Today is Registered Dietitian Nutrition Day, a day to celebrate the work of dietitians in advocating for the good health of people around the world, and to recognize their commitment to giving quality nutritional advice and services.
Since the freezer was introduced as a household appliance in 1940, it has revolutionized the way food is stored in the home. Frozen foods were at one time a luxury, but became commonplace with the invention of a freezer component to the household refrigerator. By freezing various foods, whether
Sick of supper time stress? Trying to plan a semi-balanced and satisfying meal on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. Save yourself time, and money spent on takeout, by starting a weekend meal prep routine.
Many of us reach for a snack during the mid-afternoon workday slump, or after dinner while we’re watching TV. In fact, a recent study showed that 94% of American’s snack at least one time per day, with half of all adults grabbing a snack two or three times each day. That’s a lot of snacking!
Every cereal has its own personality. From the fun and spirited, to the fun and confident, to the fun and adventurous. Okay, so they’re all fun. That’s probably to encourage people to wake up in the morning. But each type of fun has subtle nuances that are quite revealing. It made us wonder, based on […]
It’s March, which means spring is just around the corner. Soon we’ll be skipping stones on ponds and play baseball and taking our short sleeves out of storage. But you don’t have to wait for all the good stuff. There are lots of fresh fruits and vegetables you might be able to enjoy right here […]
It’s midday on Wednesday, and you’re under pressure to get a work project finished by the end of the day while trying to get out of work on time so you can make a friend’s birthday dinner. 4pm rolls around, and someone brings in fresh baked cookies. Despite all your good intentions, you end up […]
Avocado toast is everywhere. Food bloggers are obsessed with it and even fancy restaurants are putting it on the menu. But we’re going to let you in on a little secret: there’s a new toast topping in town. With one taste you’ll see why it’s about to take the spotlight away from the almighty avocado! […]
Being a mom and being an Olympian have a lot of similarities. Both pursuits are challenging and exhausting, but an Olympic journey is only four years long. It’s also filled with lots of rest and people are there along the way to support your performance. It’s safe to say that parenting does not usually come […]
This time of year, you’ll be hard pressed to find good quality fresh strawberries at the grocery store. If you do, you end up paying a premium for strawberries that have been flown in from hundreds or thousands of miles away. California and Florida product most of the commercial strawberries in the US. While the […]
After a long day at work, you deserve a margarita. And maybe in your mind, everyday should be a fiesta when 5 pm rolls around. Of course a little adult beverage every now and again is warranted, but it’s how you’re enjoying that margarita that matters. There are good margaritas and there are bad margaritas […]
Awards season is upon us and there’s no better excuse to indulge in celebrity glamor and Hollywood-worthy appetizers than Oscar night. If you’re planning an Oscar party, look no further than these simple appetizers. These bite sized hors d’oeuvres taste so decadent, you’d never know they were healthy. So
Are you adventurous? Do you like fancy cocktails? Are you planning on having an Oscar viewing soiree? Do you like taking nonsensical quizzes to help you make decisions? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place! Take this quiz to find out which cocktail you should make to
Vegetables aren’t always talked about as a go-to source of protein. They’re often described in ways that highlight (but also isolate) certain nutrients: spinach is a good source of iron, artichokes are rich in fiber, and avocados are loaded with healthy fats. All true statements, but these descriptive lines can make it easy to forget […]
Pulses were one of the biggest food trends to come out of 2016, and we haven’t seen the last of them yet. If you aren’t sure what this protein-rich superfood is, keep reading. Pulses are part of the legume family, and are better known as beans and lentils. Peas, chickpeas, lentils, and dried beans like
Stuck with leftover wine? Hard to imagine, but it happens! Instead of tossing away the last few bits of wine, or letting it sour in the back of the fridge, try one of these wine saving tricks.
Did your first encounter with a cherry go something like this? You were kid and at a wedding or out to dinner and your parents ordered you a Shirley Temple. Of course you didn’t know what that was, but you were super excited to see that it included what looked like a bright red, sweet […]
Looking to add a boost of nutrition to pizza night? It’s easy (and tasty!) to pile your pizza high with vegetables like mushrooms, onions, peppers and greens. Another fun way to make pizza more wholesome? Switch up the crust! There’s a ton of creative and tasty ways to make pizza crusts healthier by swapping in […]
I’m guessing there’s a bit of chocolate in your near future. With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, chocolate is almost guaranteed, whatever the shape. Squares, bars, balls, kisses—milk, dark, mint, cherry… it begs the question, what’s the best kind of chocolate? Of course, it depends on your taste, and what you’re hoping to get out of the
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what sweet treat you’ll be whipping up for your significant other. I’m a serious sweets lover, and I need chocolate on most days of the year, but especially on Valentine’s day. And let’s be honest, dessert is pretty much a […]
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Some may think it’s just a commercial holiday drummed up to get people to buy things, but it’s also a nice chance to show your partner how well you know them, and how much you love them. For those whose significant others are fans of food, that might […]
It seems that in the past 10 years we’ve enjoyed a bit of a pizza boom. In Vancouver, where I live, there are many great spots serving thin crust Napolitano-inspired pies, cooked in wood-fired ovens and with great beer selections to boot. Visit enough pizza places and you become familiar with the names on the […]
Pizza is one of the world’s most perfect foods. Since the Italians introduced it to our continent, it’s taken on many different forms (all of which are equally delicious). If you’re a pizza connoisseur, you likely prefer a specific type of pie. Perhaps you don’t discriminate and love pizza in all its iterations. Take this […]
Brrrr! It’s chilly out there! But the days are getting longer, the afternoons brighter, and the opportunities to play in the winter wonderlands that surround us are plentiful, no matter where you live. From skating to skiing to shovelling to outdoor spas, there’s no end to the fun. There also a surprising number of fresh […]
While food trends come and go, oatmeal seems to be in it for the long-haul. It is a quick and easy meal, perfect for rushed mornings, and is one of the few comfort foods that also happens to be good for you.
Traditional tailgating fare is typically not the healthiest. From pizza, chicken wings, cheesy dips, chips, and burgers, those weekend games can wreck havoc on your diet. Try one of these healthy takes on your favorite recipes, and get through the season without packing on the pounds.
We all know keeping up with a regular fitness routine can be beneficial for our physical health, but what about our mental and spiritual health? The body, mind and spirit are all interconnected, and when our body isn’t feeling good and we have low energy, our mood becomes affected. It’s hard to stay motivated about […]
I’m one of those people who loves to grocery shop. It’s a meditative experience for me to lean on my cart and stroll down the aisles. I also get extreme satisfaction when I am able to shop for my groceries with the utmost efficiency. I have a plan in the back of my head: produce […]
In the canon of uniquely American foods, peanut butter certainly has a place of prominence. If you ask individuals from other countries how they enjoy peanut butter, the surprising answer from many might be “We don’t.” That’s right, many people outside the U.S. don’t touch the stuff (including the French and Italians, but what do […]
Picture it: you’re chilling at home and your friend stops by and you wish you had something fancy to dish up but all you have are a couple Luvo Chicken in BBQ Sauce entrées in the freezer and a head of romaine… what would you do? Make some wholesome and tasty lettuce wraps, that’s what! If […]
Chinese New Year falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20. Astronomy reminder: the new moon the phase during which the moon disappears from our view, because the sun is reflecting light on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth. This year it falls on January 28, and though […]
It’s hard not to love the comforting flavors of a mug of hot chocolate, but what if you could enjoy those same classic flavors in a frozen beverage? Enter the frozen hot chocolate, a wonderful invention by our resident recipe tester, The Artful Desperado. Not only does it turn the classic hot chocolate on its […]
Happy National Pie Day! Today is the day to celebrate all things pie, as opposed to Pi Day, in March, which celebrates the mathematical constant, which is celebrated in March. Although to be fair, we break out pie that day too.
I’m just going to come out and say it: I can’t stand it when people call it ‘guac’. I’m not really sure why… but then again I’m also one of those people who feels like they’re trapped in a medieval torture chamber when someone chews with their mouth open. I digress.
Being a registered dietitian, I always knew nutrition was important for exercise performance. But last year, when I ran two half marathons after starting the year barely able to run a mile, I learned from experience how our body needs high quality fuel to function at it’s best.
Cheese is a winter food, in my opinion. It’s creamy, responds deliciously to heat, and has a bit of fat content to help fill you up when the weather is cool. While the most common types of cheese on our tables and at the grocery store—mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan—are all tasty and very useful in a […]
Did you know it’s National Popcorn Day? Well you do now and that’s all that matters. Popcorn is a super healthy, whole grain snack and it’s no secret we clearly love it. You can enjoy it in any flavor your heart desires. If you’re bored of the usual salt and butter and need some ideas […]
Many of us know our spirit animal, that wild creature that best represents our personality and unconscious essence. But did you know that each of us also has a spirit vegetable? It’s true. Your spirit vegetable is the veggie that best reflects your personality if you were a vegetable. Read on to
For the past couple years, Hawaiian food has been one of the top food trends. Fusion cuisine was practically created in Hawaii, when traditional Pacific Islander dishes were influenced by immigration from different Asian countries, Portugal, and from mainland United States to create a cuisine unlike any other. Think poi (fermented mashed taro), saimin (a […]
The start of a new year always brings talk of trends. While there are plenty of worthy food trend lists, one that caught my eye is the National Restaurant Association list, which is created by polling 1,300 chefs. Who better to tell us what’s going to be “in” this year than the people who spend […]