About brittanyRD

Member since 10/10/2014
Occupation: Registered Dietitian
City: Midland

I graduated from the University of Guelph Applied Human Nutrition program and completed a comprehensive dietetic internship at London Health Sciences Centre. I am currently working in Primary Care -helping patients make healthy eating fun! I love to cook and experiment with new ingredients and recipes. In my spare time I enjoy doing yoga & pilates, reading and spending time with my family and friends!

Favourite food: Ontario Strawberries
Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Favourite cooking shortcut: Freezing fresh herbs to use later
Favourite meal(s) to prepare: Homemade soups
Recipe that you have always wanted to make but have yet to attempt: Risotto

Comments by brittanyRD:

  • OIKOS SuperGrains Greek Yogurt
    I received a sample of the Mixed Berries + Grains new Oikos SuperGrains Greek yogurt. I am a daily Greek yogurt eater - so I was happy to try the sample! The yogurt was quite sweet compared to my usual yogurt (plain Greek yogurt with added fruit) - but I enjoyed the mixed berry flavour. I enjoy a bit of texture with yogurt (i.e. adding granola or seeds) - but if you are used to a smooth yogurt this is quite a change! I did enjoy the addition of the chia seed/buckwheat combination. I probably wouldn't buy it - not that I didn't enjoy it, I just prefer being able to control the amount of added sugar with using plain yogurt. As far as recommending it to clients - I would probably still suggest using a plain yogurt and adding your own fruit and grains. Overall my thoughts on the product from the healthy eating standpoint would be that ALL foods can fit in to a healthy eating plan - I like the benefit of the added protein in the Greek yogurt and a bit of added fibre from the seed/grain mixture, however I would still suggest using a plain yogurt and adding your own fruit/seeds! I would rate the product 3/5 - I enjoyed the flavour, but probably wouldn't buy it or recommend it to many clients.
  • SodaStream - sparkling water maker
    I was excited to try the SodaStream machine as both my husband and I are avid sparkling water drinkers (Perrier, San Pelligrino etc.). We had considered purchasing one in the past, but were hesitant without ever having tried one. Some of the things that I liked about the SodaStream were that it (surprisingly) didn't take up too much counter space and it's quite easy to use. We used it quite a bit over the 2 weeks, however - it is still not exactly the same as the sparkling water we are used to. I found that it didn't keep the "fizz" for very long. As a dietitian I am always encouraging patients to drink more water, and I think that perhaps this could help and it might be appropriate to recommend to some clients - but I don't know that it would be worth the price. Since I am not a pop drinker, we didn't purchase any flavours etc. to add to it, maybe if you were using it more for this it would be worth it? Overall - I think it is a good concept, but probably not worth it for our household.
  • Truvia® calorie-free sweetener
    I used the sample of Truvia in tea - I found the sweetness to be very intense, even though I used just a small amount. I can certainly see how the product would be attractive for those looking for a more "natural" alternative to artificial sweeteners - however, they may not realize that erythritol (sugar alcohol) is the main ingredient - as RD's it is great to be familiar with these products so that we can better inform patients. I think I'll stick to using honey & maple syrup sparingly to satisfy my sweet tooth!
  • Chia seeds
    I have always enjoyed using chia seeds - so with this sample I tried using them a few new ways! I love that they add nutrition without changing the flavour too much. I used them in overnight oatmeal - it took a few trials to get the consistency right, but it definitely is a great way to add even more fibre to breakfast! I also used them to make a homemade granola bar (recipe from http://blog.nuts.com/homemade-granola-bars-recipe-gluten-free/) - the chia and ground flax are used as a binding ingredient in the granola bar, showing off the versatility of the chia seed! These granola bars were a hit with friends and co-workers! I added them into my regular homemade muffin recipes - which worked great, just remember to add a bit of extra moisture for them to absorb! I will certainly continue to use chia seeds regularly for the great nutrient profile and am always on the look-out for new recipes to show them off in!