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What are key limes?

What are key limes?

Are key limes the same thing as regular limes? I had never taken the time to really find out the answer because I usually use limes when making mojitos or guacamole (in which case the type of lime really doesn’t matter). I normally just pick up whatever limes are at the grocery store. However, a  coworker(…)

How do people use hemp hearts?

How do people use hemp hearts?

Members of the Confessions of a Dietitian product review club had the opportunity to review Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts last month. It was great to see all the different ways that people used them! Some people sprinkled them on top of salads and coleslaw, on cereal, in baking and to make smoothies, muesli or breakfast(…)

Homemade energy bites

Homemade energy bites

This summer I joined a cycling club as a way to help train for triathlons. The club I ride with does rides that range anywhere from 50-140km so it’s definitely endurance riding. As mentioned in a previous post that I wrote about sports nutrition, nutrition plays a key role when training for endurance sports such(…)

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

What are essential fatty acids? Essential fatty acids are a type of fat that your body is not able to produce. They need to be obtained from diet. Omega-3 and omega-6 are types of essential fatty acids. What are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids? Omega-3 and omega-6 refer to the chemical structure of the fatty(…)

French fry taste test: Part 2

French fry taste test: Part 2

When I told my coworkers about the results of a French fry taste test I had done and my disappointment with frozen McCain Superfries a couple of them spoke up and said “There is actually a certain brand that I think is really good – Cavendish Farms”. Since I always try to see if there is a(…)

Guest Blogger: What’s the difference between ice cream, gelato, sorbet and sherbet?

Guest Blogger: What’s the difference between ice cream, gelato, sorbet and sherbet?

Now that summer is here, there is one thing that comes to mind when I’m out in the hot sun – ice cream! I love ice cream, gelato and sorbet but I never understood what the difference was between them. Read the article below by Confessions of a Dietitian member – Amanda Li to learn about the(…)

Heart and Stroke Foundation ends Health Check program

Heart and Stroke Foundation ends Health Check program

The Heart and Stroke Foundation announced last week that it is putting an end to its Health Check program citing that the criteria that was first established to endorse the Health Check stamp is outdated in the current marketplace. Although there had been some ups and downs with the credibility of the program, I have(…)

Cooking with rhubarb

Cooking with rhubarb

Now that we are well into spring (almost summer) I have been seeing tons of rhubarb at the farmer’s market and grocery stores. Rhubarb isn’t something that I grew up eating. In fact, when I first tried it I found it quite sour and didn’t care much for it. But I saw it at the(…)

What is the FODMAP diet?

What is the FODMAP diet?

FODMAP stands for: Fermentable – broken down by bacteria in the gut Oligosaccharides – fructans and galactans Disaccharides – lactose Monosaccharides – fructose And Polyols – sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and mannitol Most of the items listed are types of carbohydrate that have a certain type of bond that some people aren’t able to(…)

Fresh from the Farm

Fresh from the Farm

There have been some amazing initiatives from the school nutrition front lately. Last week I had the opportunity to help out at Project CHEF – an integrated cooking program for elementary school students in Vancouver and this week I heard about the Fresh from the Farm initiative that just got launched for another year in(…)