We all have comfort food that remind us of our childhood. For some it’s mac n’ cheese, for others it’s pancakes, but for me it’s my mom’s potato omelette. As far as comfort food goes, this dish is actually not terrible. I definitely considered making this a lot more often when I learned that a medium baked potato with skin on is only 161 kcal, providing 4g each of fibre and protein. In addition, you will also get the following daily nutrient requirements:
Happy Birthday Canada and Happy Early Birthday USA!
With Canada and the USA sharing so many great traditions, celebrating their birthdays so close together only makes sense. This means shorter weekends and more outdoor time for folks on both sides of the 49th parallel.
As with most birthdays, these tend to revolve around food. Since it’s the middle of summer, most people will probably be throwing a BBQ, so lets talk about how to maximize the fun on the big day and minimize the overindulgence regret the day after.
It’s summer, so a warm bowl of chili is probably the last thing on your mind. But wait a minute…who says you have to have a HOT bowl of chili? I invite you to use the sunshine to inspire you to re-think “food rules” and reimagine dishes in a new light, temperature, or pairing combination.
Today’s recipe is Cool Vegetarian Chilli with a Kick. (inspired by The Curvy Carrot)
In our home we practice what we preach, including the 90/10 rule. 90% of the time we eat healthy home cooked meals, and up to 10% of the time we go out for food and don’t really pay attention to its nutritional content. Since we eat 3 meals and 3 snacks per day, this translates to about 2 meals and 2 snacks per week where we can splurge.
To highlight the importance of balance in life and food, I have decided to share with you some of the gastronomical adventures from our 10%–or as I like to call it, #notathomedietitian. In this feature:
If everybody eats, why should it be up to only one person to prepare meals? Planning and preparing meals as a team can help you feel less stressed about feeding your family during the mealtime rush. Here are some tips for getting your family and friends involved to help lighten the load:
Snacking is on the rise in Canada. We’re typically twice-a-day snackers, with more than 34% of Canadians reaching for afternoon snacks to bridge the hunger gap.
Snacking can be healthy if you’re hungry between meals; however, there’s a difference between a treat and a snack. Treats–such as cookies, chips or chocolate–are low in nutrients and best saved for occasional enjoyment.
Dietitians recommend smart snacking! Choose small portions of nutrient-rich foods to stay energized and satisfied. Nutritious snacks include a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts, whole grain crackers with cheese, yogurt with granola, or veggies with hummus.
Come back tomorrow for more nutrition tips!
Remember to eat health & live happy,
Anna Gofeld, RD
*this month's tips inspirations come from the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign Resources Manual for Dietitians