Think about a day in the last week when you were most productive. Now ask yourself, what did you have to eat for breakfast and lunch that day?
Keeping up with your fitness goals is easy when you open your eyes to all the possibilities around you in your day-to-day life. Take chores, for example. Getting your elbow grease flowing is a great way to burn some calories while enjoying the satisfaction of knocking tasks off your to-do list. I especially love this […]
It’s Friday, you’ve clocked out of work and you’re heading home with a pep in in your step when suddenly you realize, you’re having guests over and you forgot about the appetizers! What are you going to do? Well, you’re not going to panic because you’ve got your freezer stocked with Luvo frozen meals. And […]
My biggest fear when traveling is eating a bad meal or, even worse, eating at an overpriced, touristy restaurant. To me, food is one of the best ways to experience a new country, city and culture. My goal is always to find the hidden local restaurants, coffee shops or bars, anything off the beaten path. […]
The next episode will start playing in 5 seconds. Hurry – grab your next snack before the next episode starts. We’ve all been there – “accidentally” spending countless number of hours watching our favorite series. Binge-watching Netflix is a serious thing. It takes commitment, skill, and snacks… a lot of snacks.
When people ask me, as a dietitian, about how to improve their health with nutrition, it’s almost always about the little things. Is gluten bad? How much sugar is too much? Is coconut oil okay to eat? What supplements should I take?
We all know that we need to get our vitamins, but why exactly are they so important? Vitamins are substances that your body needs to function properly, usually in pretty small amounts. Most vitamins can’t be made in our body, so we have to get them from food. The one exception? Vitamin D. Unlike other […]
It’s hard to deny that the French know a thing or two about cooking. What could be wrong about enjoying copious amounts of cheese and wine? Classic French cooking is revered as some of the best in the world (when executed correctly, of course), which likely has something to do with the fact that it’s […]
“You’re not throwing that away, are you?” you hear your inner eco-responsible self ask. Your hand, which holds a pile of carrot peels, hovers over the trash can as you debate just that. Should you really be throwing away that food? You finally come to your senses, and instead of releasing your hand so that […]
Thanksgiving is fast approaching—in Canada anyway. That’s right, for those north of the border, Thanksgiving is celebrated this Monday. Americans are often surprised to hear that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on a different date. It raises so many questions, so we put together this post to highlight the similarities and differences.
Thanks to Bon Appetit, I recently found out that the singular term for spaghetti is ‘spaghetto’ and my world turned upside down. I also found out that noodles and pasta aren’t the same thing (duh). They differ in their ingredients and how they are made. Pasta, of which there are over 350 varieties, is generally […]
We’re in the heart of October, which can only mean one thing: It’s time to pick out a few perfect pumpkins. They are a staple decoration for many homes in October, obviously, but there’s more to them that. Sometimes we forget that pumpkins are edible, since many of us buy pumpkin puree in a can […]
With the seasons changing, so will mealtime. The fall season brings cool crisp breezes, colorful leaves, leaving us craving cozy and comforting meals. Stock your pantry with 5 useful versatile ingredients to whip up fall-inspired recipes.
Thanksgiving has become ingrained in our culture as a holiday all about eating…and we’re supposed to eat as much as possible. This year, let’s change that perception, while still enjoying all the great food the Thanksgiving meal has to offer. Here are some strategies to
You may pump iron at the gym a few times a week, but your body pumps it continuously through the bloodstream every day. Iron is an essential mineral that can be found in our foods and is needed to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a part of the
But first, coffee. For many, coffee is a morning ritual that cannot be skipped. Coffee is a natural stimulant, which activates our central nervous system. Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, which leads to a stimulant effect. Within 20 minutes of consuming caffeine, you start to feel more alert with a better ability […]
When I first became a dietitian, I thought nutrition was all about what you eat. Now that I’m older, and somewhat wiser, I’ve learned eating well is more about your relationship with food. As I frequently tell my clients, it’s not you are what you eat, but rather you are
Have you purchased honey recently? If your store or farmer’s market is anything like mine, you’ve likely seen an influx in the varieties of honey available. Sure, there’s the traditional honey bear, but sitting around him are honey’s of all kinds – from
Customers went crazy on Amazon Prime Day purchasing the hottest new kitchen appliance – the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot is a single appliance that does the job of seven (yes, seven!) different kitchen appliances. It can handle the tasks of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt
There’s nothing like a fluffy stack of pancakes, gently kissed with melted butter and drizzled with real maple syrup. If your pancakes could use an upgrade, make sure you’re following best practices, and try these expert tips
Salt is essential for cooking, helping bring out flavors and preserving foods. And it’s essential for our bodies too. Salt contains sodium, which our cells use for a variety of functions. But how much do we need? And how much are we consuming? Here are a few important salt facts you may not know.
The amount of nutrition and weight loss information out there is overwhelming…and oftentimes completely wrong. When it comes to weight loss, it seems like anyone can claim to be an expert. To sort fact from fiction, I turned to my Registered Dietitian colleagues. Here are the biggest weight loss mistakes they see in their practices.
Confused by all the exotic smoothie powders with hard to pronounce names lining the shelves of your health food store? What happened to plain ‘ole protein powder? While these “superfood” ingredients are usually more hype than substance,
To the untrained eye, scrambled eggs might seem like one of the dullest things you can eat and the easiest to prepare. Just whisk some eggs, toss them in a hot pan, scramble and voila! All of this considered, how do you explain the fact that Gordon Ramsay’s scrambled eggs video has over 22 million […]
Everyone loves a good smoothie. They’re simple to make, taste great, and are the perfect meal or snack when you’re on the go and need something quick. But there’s a problem with many smoothie
The exam is tomorrow, it’s already ten o’clock, and you still haven’t cracked open your text book. We can’t promise any miracles, but what you eat during that cram session just might help you bring your A game to the test.
In May 2016, the FDA announced the first major overhaul to the nutrition facts panel since 1993. Here’s what you need to know.
We’re in a golden age of TV. Despite all the cord-cutters out there, or perhaps because of them, there are so many quality TV shows being released every day that there are not enough hours in the
Pitaya, or dragonfruit, is this year’s trendiest new fruit! While I’m normally not the type to get excited about “superfood” trends, I won’t lie, pitaya has won me over. We eat with our eyes, and with it’s vibrant pink skin, scaly green leaves, unusual shape and speckled flesh,
Rarely do nutrition studies all come to the same conclusion. But after dozens of studies over many decades, the verdict is clear – kids need to start their day with a nourishing breakfast to perform their best at school. Kids who eat breakfast do better academically because it provides
Kids are not mini-adults. Children have their own unique nutritional needs — especially athletic kids. But most child athletes aren’t eating or fueling properly in order to compete at their best. With the right nutrition, your young athlete can improve their sports performance,
The kitchen is where many household injuries happen. This isn’t really news to most of us. Who hasn’t sliced a knuckle cutting onions, or scalded himself on hot rigatoni water? The good news is that most kitchen injuries are preventable. Here are some of the most
Poor potatoes. Thanks to carb-phobia fueled diet misinformation, they’ve gotten quite the bad rep. While Americans do eat more potatoes than any other vegetable, leaving less room for other nutritious produce, like green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, there’s
College can be a lot of fun. It can also be very stressful and expensive. Eating healthy is super important for keeping your mind sharp and your energy high for all that vigorous studying, thinking and writing that must be done in order to succeed. It’s all too easy to grab not-so-healthy
What you eat and drink before hitting the gym can make the difference between a so-so workout and a kick-ass one. If you’re putting in the time to exercise, it’s just as important to put some thought behind how you fuel your body. I’ve talked before about the
There’s a bulk store across the street from where I’m sitting right now and it should be called an inspiration store. Why? The bulk snack mixes that line the aisles are not only the stuff of your snacking dreams,
I get asked on a daily basis what type of “diet” I prescribe too. I hate that word. Just because I’m a dietitian does not mean I’m a fan of a certain type of diets.
It’s one of those things we all must do at some point, whether we like it or not: Buying groceries. To be honest, I usually enjoy it. Strolling the aisles, taking time to slow down and think about what I want to eat that week. But of course it can feel mundane, like a chore. […]
Summer is the season of stone fruit. They come in many different shapes and sizes, and they all have a slightly different character and flavor
Kids these days have got it so good. When I was little, an acceptable cauliflower recipe was defined as either A) frozen cauliflower steamed to a light mush garnished with a dash of salt or B) baked cauliflower,
Hosting a dinner party is a wonderful way to show friends and family a good time but it can end up costing you a lot of money… especially if you like to impress. This doesn’t have to be the case if you host your party strategically.
If you’re a parent, chances are you’ll be spending more than your fair share of time in the car this summer. Between road trips, driving to camp and other summer activities, it may be a smart
If your idea of pre-workout noshing is grabbing a few leftover cookies from an empty conference room, it’s time to rethink your afternoon snack choice. If you’re putting in the time to exercise, it’s worth it to properly fuel your body. Not only will you get a better workout, but you’ll recover faster and build […]
Smoothie packs are the trendiest way to enjoy your morning smoothie, and the most convenient. While making a smoothie in the morning doesn’t take much time, it can feel like eternity if you’re not a not a morning person or trying to get out the door after hitting the snooze button a few too many […]
With summer blockbuster season in full swing, many of us will be spending our summer nights holed up in a movie
We’re not here to tell you how to summer… everyone enjoys the hotter months in their own special way. But hypothetically, if you were looking for ideas for how to make your summer the best ever, we might be able to point you in the
Ice cubes are pretty simple, right? Frozen water that you pop in your drink to cool it down. But if you’re like me, you hate when water dilutes your drink. It makes it bland and boring and you’re sometimes left with the
If you thought aloe vera was just for treating sunburns, then you might be wondering why you’re seeing edible gels and juices made
Walking into any gym and I can pretty much guarantee what you’ll see: a room full of women on cardio equipment, and a bunch of men in the weight training area. Can anyone relate? Ladies, whether this is because you’re afraid of “bulking up”, you think that cardio will help make you look “toned”, or […]
Rum will always have a special place in my heart. It was, after all, the first alcohol I ever tasted (I was 21…I swear). Many years