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

 

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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How To Get Dietitian Services Covered

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One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is not “how do I eat more vegetables”, but “how can I get dietitian services covered”. Many people put off seeing a dietitian because of financial costs, but often individuals don’t know that they can get part or all of this investment into their health reimbursed. Here are a few ways how:

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Now That Nutrition Month Is Over, We Can All Get Back To Terrible Eating Habits

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March was nutrition month, which is the third month after everyone sets new years resolutions to get healthy. Since you’ve probably done a great job this far, you’re probably good to go for the rest of the year until next year’s resolutions, right?

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What Do You Eat BEFORE Dinner?

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The evening commute is a tough time for many reasons. It’s been a long day, there’s way too many people going in your direction, your stomach is reminding you that it’s almost dinner time, and those food places you just walked by smell AMAZING!

Need a snack to enjoy on the commute home so you don’t eat your way through dinner preparation? Here are 5 portable, flavourful snacks that will last in your lunch bag until the end of your workday and keep the pre-dinner munchies at bay:

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Long commute? Before you head home, grab a drink to wet your whistle.

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Staying hydrated helps us feel refreshed and fight fatigue.

Here are a few super sips to pack ahead or pick up while waiting for transit:

 

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