About RDmelodie

Member since 7/2/2014
Occupation: Registered Dietitian
City: Winnipeg

Dietitian for Save-On-Foods, busy keeping bellies full at home, lover of travel and all things old, enjoying life one (sweet!) bite at a time

Favourite food: All types of sushi
Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: Vitamix blender
Favourite cooking shortcut: Slow cooker/crockpot recipes
Favourite meal(s) to prepare: Desserts!
Recipe that you have always wanted to make but have yet to attempt: Beef wellington

Comments by RDmelodie:

  • OIKOS SuperGrains Greek Yogurt
    The OIKOS SuperGrains Greek yogurt had a nice, smooth texture that you would expect from Greek yogurt. I typically add a lot of fruit and seeds to my yogurt so I enjoyed the texture of the buckwheat, quinoa and chia seeds. If you're someone who isn't used to these in your yogurt, it may feel funny in your mouth. I found the yogurt was a bit on the sweet side as I'm used to having plain Greek yogurt, however, mixing in a dollop of plain Greek yogurt helped to cut the sweet. For the cost, I don't think I would regularly buy this product as I much prefer to buy larger tubs of yogurt and make my own parfaits with fruits, nuts and seeds. However, I think these are a great convenience item that can easily be thrown into a lunch bag when short on time in the morning. It is also a much healthier and balanced snack option when compared to a donut, cookies or other baked goods. I would recommend this product as a "back-up" option to have on hand in the fridge for those busy days, but I would encourage people to build their own yogurt parfaits using plain yogurt, fruits, nuts and seeds in order to limit the added sugar and to be more cost-effective.
  • Liberté Greek Seeds & Fruit Yogourt‏
    I typically only buy Liberte brand yogurts - plain, flavoured, Greek, Mediterranee - as I enjoy the taste and texture of the brand more than others. For this reason, I was super excited to try the seeds & fruit variety. I tried the strawberry flavour and it had the same great texture I enjoy. I found it was quite a bit sweeter than the other Liberte Greek yogurt flavours I buy. The seeds are a nice addition, however, I have always been adding my own nuts and seeds to yogurt so I don't think it's worth spending more for the convenience. I think I prefer to continue buying the regular Liberte Greek yogurt tubs and adding my own nuts and seeds. Overall, it's a good product for those who need the convenience and individual packaging.
  • Truvia® calorie-free sweetener
    I am not one to use artificial sweeteners as I cannot tolerate the aftertaste that they typically have. I was sad to find out that stevia is no exception to the rule. I had been told by some of my patients and friends that stevia's aftertaste was minimal compared to sucralose or aspartame but I think it's just as bitter and unpleasant in my opinion. I added stevia to my morning coffee (normally I don't add any type of sugar or sweetener) and I didn't enjoy it. I thought I should give it a fair chance in a food that I do sometimes add maple syrup or honey so I mixed it into some plain yogurt. I still couldn't tolerate the aftertaste. I am not opposed to the idea of using artificial sweeteners, I'm just not a fan myself. Will I recommend Truvia to a patient? I always discuss different types of sugars/artificial sweeteners with my patients and review the pros/cons of all of them. So yes, stevia will be included in that discussion but I will share my honest personal experience that I don't use any artificial sweeteners myself due to taste.
  • Chia seeds
    I have used chia seeds in very simple ways by sprinkling them on top of yogurt and cereal, or blending them into smoothies. Last night was the first time I actually tried to cook/bake with them. I made whole wheat banana walnut muffins with Greek yogurt and chia seeds. The muffins turned out great! To be honest, I don't taste the chia seeds at all because they've softened and are overpowered by the banana and walnuts. I think this is a good thing! The last thing I want is my regular muffins to have a weird texture or seedy/nutty aftertaste that takes away from the flavour I want. What's better, I decided to be risky and triple the amount of chia seeds recommended (3 tablespoons instead of 1), and it didn't seem to have made a difference except improve how nutritious the muffins were! I definitely like the nutritional profile of chia seeds and how they can easily boost the protein, fibre and omega-3 content of my foods. Considering how easy they were to incorporate into most baked goods, I'll be using them much more often than I have been! Like another reviewer mentioned, you just have to be mindful of the need for extra moisture in the recipe.
  • Omega Crunch flax topping
    This is the first time I have tried shelled flaxseed. I usually just grind up plain flaxseed and sprinkle it onto oatmeal or in my smoothies. I have never really "cooked" with them until now. I did like how there were some flavours to choose from. I added the Roasted Garlic packet to my seasonings for roasted potatoes. Because the samples were quite small, I don't know if I had enough to make a difference to the taste of the dish. Perhaps it's my fault for always cooking large dishes! I did have more luck using the Sweet Cinnamon packet when making pancakes. This time, I used the entire packet in a small portion of the batter. The Omega Crunch added some texture and cinnamon flavour to the pancakes. I thought this was a nice change from other plain pancakes. I am going to try the same strategy again tomorrow night and use the entire Roasted Maple sample packet on just one or two salmon fillets rather than a whole tray of them. I suspect it will turn out great! Would I use this product again? If I can get a hold of a whole bottle, I would be much more generous with the amount when using it in family-size dishes so that it is actually making a good impact on the flavour, texture and nutritional value of the foods. I think it's great to try and incorporate plant-based omega-3s and dietary fibre in a variety of ways, and Omega Crunch can definitely be an option to do so.
  • Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
    Before today, I had only tried hemp hearts blended into smoothies and sprinkled on salads or yogurt. They do have a light nutty flavour when tasted on their own, and I don't even taste them in my smoothies. The reason I have been including them in my diet was solely for the great protein and healthy fat content. So I decided to try hemp hearts in an "out-of-the-box" way for dinner tonight. I had browsed some of the recipes suggested by Manitoba Harvest and saw that hemp hearts can be used as a "breading" on fish. Typically, I use breadcrumbs, parmesan, pepper and parsley. I swapped out 2/3 of the breadcrumbs for hemp hearts instead. What resulted was a delicious salmon fillet with a bit more crunch and texture than usual! It reminded me of pistachio encrusted fish but only it was better! The nutty flavour is definitely enhanced when the hemp hearts are baked. Will I cook with hemp hearts again? Definitely! These healthy, little hearts should NOT be limited to just sprinkling onto foods. They've got great potential in a variety of recipes. My next experiment? Healthy breakfast muffins!