nutrition

Teaching kid’s in the kitchen classes

Teaching kid’s in the kitchen classes

I recently decided to step up my culinary training by signing up for the chef certified course at George Brown College. I’d always wanted to go to chef school after completing my dietetics degree because it seemed like an obvious combination. I have been helping out with kid’s cooking classes over the years and ultimately want(…)

What is the Paleo Diet?

What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleolithic diet, or “Paleo diet”, is a popular fad diet which attempts to mirror the eating habits of early humans. This diet is based on the fact that many chronic diseases and obesity were not common concerns for our ancestors. So, if we eat what they ate, we won’t suffer from these things either(…)

Portion Perfection – A Weight Loss Program designed by a dietitian

Portion Perfection – A Weight Loss Program designed by a dietitian

As a dietitian, one of the most common things I hear from people is “ I want to lose weight but I don’t know how to eat healthy. Can you make me a meal plan?” *groan* Meals plans for weight loss It’s not that I don’t want to provide examples of healthy meals or tips(…)

Loblaws launches No Name Naturally Imperfect

Loblaws launches No Name Naturally Imperfect

I was so happy to hear the other week that Loblaws is selling discounted produce in Ontario and Quebec. It will be sold under a new No Name brand called “Naturally Imperfect” as a way to reduce food waste and make healthy food more accessible. This is just months after I watched a food documentary(…)

Fitness trackers – Fit Bit and Jawbone

Fitness trackers – Fit Bit and Jawbone

You may have seen these cool, hip rubber bracelets that people have been wearing to track their activity level. Good-bye pedometers – hello fitness trackers! Fitness trackers take the simple concept of being aware of your activity throughout the day and enhance it. A fitness tracker not only acts as a pedometer, but it can(…)

Truvia® calorie-free sweetener

Truvia® calorie-free sweetener

I am super excited to be offering up Truvia® – a calorie free sweetener to members of the product review club this month. Truvia® is one of the brand names of stevia that is currently on the market right now. Other brands include PureVia, Krisda and Sweet Leaf. Stevia comes from a stevia rebaudiana plant(…)

Butter versus margarine – which one is better?

Butter versus margarine – which one is better?

For as long as I’ve been a dietitian, this debate is still going on. There always seems to be a different spin each time. Butter is saturated but margarine isn’t. Butter is ‘natural’ but margarine is manufactured. And don’t get me started on the whole hydrogenated vs. non-hydrogenated issue. Serious bakers and chefs swear by(…)

Omega Crunch flax topping

Omega Crunch flax topping

I’ve sent out chia seeds and hemp seeds through my product review club previously so I’m very excited to be able to complete the trilogy and send out flax seeds – probably the most common one out of all of them. Flax seeds gained popularity by being a plant based source of omega-3 fatty acids.(…)

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(…)

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(…)