What Are You Really Drinking this Holiday Season?

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With the holiday season upon us, keeping track of our intake becomes increasingly difficult. As we get busy with the added social commitments, exercise routines become more difficult than ever to maintain.

Though most people can recognize the added calories that come from meatloaf and fruit cake, liquid calories are a bit more difficult to gauge.

How many much fruitcake is in that glass of eggnog?

How much ham is equal to that peppermint mocha?

Did you ever think about what you’re really drinking?

Here are a few comparisons of some popular holiday beverages and foods

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Liquid calories are often less noticeable and easier to consume than solid ones. Our body doesn’t recognize the calories in beverages as well as it does with solid foods. There’s no fibre to fill us up and most often not much nutrition at all.

Though it’s important to enjoy the holiday season and all the yummy treats that it brings, we must remember to get right back to healthy eating the next day. Remember that it’s holiDAY, not holiWEEK or holiMONTH.

Wishing you a happy holiday season and a healthy new year!

Anna Gofeld, RD

 

[Recipe] Potato Omelette

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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[1]:

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Are You Putting Your Unborn Child At Risk for Peanut Allergy?

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Peanut allergy has increased exponentially around the world in recent years, with rates doubling in the USA alone between 1997 and 2002(1). The reaction can range from a mild rash to anaphylactic shock, turning things we take for granted like dining out into nerve wrecking experiences for parents and children alike.

There is research to suggest that certain expecting mothers may have a role to play when it comes to their children developing peanut allergies. Are you helping or hindering your unborn child’s healthy?

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How To BBQ Healthier On Your Nation’s Birthday

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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.

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Cool Vegetarian Chili with a Kick

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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)

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Meal Box Pros and Cons

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At some point towards the end of the 20th century, cooking started to be regarded as just another chore that had to be done to get through the day. The food industry further perpetuated these attitudes with products and services that allowed for convenient and inexpensive shortcuts to meal prep. As our awareness of health and desire for gourmet food begins to rise once more, meal box services have risen up to the challenge of granting our every wish. But have you ever stopped to think about what you’re really buying into?

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Do You Have Healthy Water Practices?

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Water is vital for life. Water issues around the globe –from access to restriction– are always important topics of conversation. Have you considered your impact? What’s the true impact of that disposable water bottle you just bought?

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