About Tayler

Member since 10/10/2014
Occupation: Registered Dietitian
City: Milton, ON

Tayler is a registered dietitian and food enthusiast. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Following her undergraduate degree, she completed a combined Masters of Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. She has a deep-rooted passion for food, nutrition and cooking. She integrates this passion into all aspects of her dietetic practice to motivate and inspire clients to achieve healthier lifestyles through food and nutrition. You can often find Tayler in her spare time surfing food blogs or watching the food network to uncover new recipes and cooking tips. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys listening to her favourite tunes, busting a groove, and letting loose on the silks of aerial yoga.

Favourite food: Gucamole
Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: A sharp chef's knife - the possibilies are endless in the kitchen when you have one!
Favourite cooking shortcut: Freezing meats and poultry with a marinade
Favourite meal(s) to prepare: Risotto, thai coconut curry soup, pan roasted pork tenderloin with apples
Recipe that you have always wanted to make but have yet to attempt: Beef wellington

Comments by Tayler:

  • Truvia® calorie-free sweetener
    I had tried the PurVia brand of Stevia previously during a taste test of baked goods. I wasn't particularly found of the after taste that it brought to the cookies. I found it to have a metallic taste that to me was off putting. Additionally I found that it also altered the appearance of cookie and how it baked up in the oven (more spread and a deeper caramel colour in comparison to the cookie using regular sugar) For the Truvia product I tasted it on it's own and also found a similar aftertaste to the other Stevia based sweeteners. I also tried it as a sweetner in my tea with a similar result. However it is important to note that in general I typically do not enjoy the taste of artificial sweeteners. Working as a dietitian in a grocery store, I find that consumers are very interested in the Stevia based sweeteners and products as it is viewed as more "natural" artificial sweetner. Im also noticing that there is a greater availability of products that use stevia as their sweetening agent, as opposed to sugar or some of the other artificial sweeteners. I don't know if I would choose this sweetener over the others. However I think it is great to have another alternative available for individuals looking to use sugar substitutes. I think I would personally continue to use maple syrup or honey or sugar over Stevia/Truvia. For me personally I would rate the product a 2/5 due to the aftertaste. For consumers who enjoy artificial sweeteners I would rate the product 3.5 out of 5 stars.
  • Chia seeds
    Thank you for the opportunity to review the Nutiva chia seeds! I have been using chia seeds for about a year or so and love them! I have not had a chance to try this brand specifically, but have tried others including white chia seeds and ground ones. Chia seeds are great as they deliver a great punch of fiber and omega's for a small amount, but are also very versatile. I have used them in baking for breads and as an egg substitute and also in smoothies and puddings. My favourite way to prepare chia seeds is by making a chia seed pudding. Traditionally I combined plain Greek yogurt, almond milk, maple syrup and chia seeds and leave it to set overnight. In the morning I will use the pudding as a fiber rich "fruit and yogurt parfait" by topping it with berries and toasted almonds. I find that the seeds are fairly neutral in flavour making them an excellent addition to baked goods to improve the fiber content with out changing the taste. My only qualm with the seeds is that they have a tendancy to get stuck in your teeth, so just make sure you have some floss on hand ;) Overall I would rate the product a 5/5 for it's nutritional profile and versatility.