A Dietitian's International Ironman Experience

A Dietitian's International Ironman Experience

Ok so first things first... I am not the Ironman here. Dance is and always will be my physical activity of choice. However, this was my fiancé's third ironman, and first in a foreign country, so the experience was a little different than what we are used to. Fueling for endurance activities can be tricky to nail to begin with, so adding on travel itineraries, border restrictions, foreign products, and limited ability to meal prep can really get in the way of proper nutrition. Here is our experience of road tripping from Alberta to California, and attending the inaugural Santa Rosa Ironman event. 

Chicken and Avocado Burgers

Chicken and Avocado Burgers

There is something about cooking on the bbq that gives me the warm fuzzies. I think it is because it brings back memories of summer vacation, warm weather and spending time with family. It may also be because food always tastes better when barbecued.

This burger is so magical that I have also made variations without bread crumbs or feta for friends who have various food allergies and these still taste fantastic!

These burgers will steal the show at any Canada Day barbecue you attend this weekend! I hope you enjoy!

GUEST POST - The Pros of Probiotics

GUEST POST - The Pros of Probiotics

Hi! I'm Taylor. I am a Nutrition student at the University of Alberta, as well as an aspiring Registered Dietitian! 

I love cooking up new healthy recipes, or trying new sporting activities such as yoga, kickboxing, or spin classes. I believe that healthy living should be exciting and fun, not something that makes people feel deprived of the good things in life. When you realize that food has the power to improve mental health, enhance your energy, change your mood, and increase your overall happiness, the way you think about the contents of your diet changes and this is something that I aspire to instill in others!

The Pros of Probiotics

Probiotics are the latest rage in the nutrition world right now, popping up in magazines, books, and the news, but many people do not actually know what they are or how they impact health. When I started to learn about probiotics and their benefits in some of my classes, I decided that I wanted to share the information that I learned with the rest of you as probiotics can have many positive benefits for our health! I also wanted to share some of the yummy probiotic products that I have found. 

Resigning From the Food Police

Resigning From the Food Police

More and more often I see stories in the news and the media that are loaded with judgement. “Mom shamed by teachers over ‘bad food’ in lunchbox…” “Ten foods you didn’t know were bad for your body…” “Healthy foods turned unhealthy…” and the list goes on and on. The clean eating movement has made judgement over food choices a regular occurrence.

There is judgement everywhere you look, especially in the health industry. 

So in an effort to limit the judgement, I wanted to clear up some misconceptions. Here are what I believe to be the main general steps to healthy eating.

Nutrition for Dance Competition

Nutrition for Dance Competition

Well it’s that my favourite time of year again... Dance competition season!! Many of you may or may not know that when I am not spending my time counseling clients, educating groups or developing recipes, I can usually be found in a dance studio. Dance was my first love, my first career and the reason why I got into nutrition in the first place. I am passionate about helping dancers strive for their personal best, whether it means fine-tuning their ballet technique or fueling their body adequately for a long and jam-packed day at competition. Nutrition can play a very important role in a dancer’s journey to success and here are a few tips and tricks to help you achieve your very best!

Lemon and Dill Marinated Tofu with Acorn Squash and Couscous

Lemon and Dill Marinated Tofu with Acorn Squash and Couscous

I adore dill. It is light, refreshing and delicious! And when it is combined with lemon? Divine!! My taste buds go crazy for some lemon and dill. The best part, is that because of the tangy lemon and dill, I find that this recipe needs no salt added.  Perfect for anyone limiting their sodium intake!!

In case you haven’t noticed, this recipe has tofu in it. For many of those non-vegan/vegetarian people out there, tofu seems like such a boring thing to cook with. I assure you that this recipe is packed with flavour, and will make you rethink tofu. By marinating the tofu in lemon juice and dill, each and every bite has a tangy taste. It is such a refreshing change for the taste buds, and is an awesome alternative for meat eaters. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Vegan Egg Salad

Vegan Egg Salad

Are you looking to incorporate more vegetarian meals into your diet? Check out this delicious vegan salad sandwich filling. It is super easy (takes only 5 minutes to whip up if you are using canned chickpeas and lentils) and is drool worthy! Not only is it delicious in a sandwich, but I also throw it on salads or use as a vegetable dip. I hope you enjoy!

Tips To Making New Year's Resolutions Last More Than One Week

Tips To Making New Year's Resolutions Last More Than One Week

Well 2017 is almost upon us, meaning that you only have 1 more day to set your 2017 goals.

 

I have mixed feelings about New Year's resolutions… On one hand, it makes perfect sense to plan to EAT HEALTHIER and BE MORE ACTIVE after having spent the last month drowning in holiday parties and excessively indulgent meals. However, too many people set oversimplified, unrealistic goals for themselves, providing absolutely no specific plan for success, relying only on sheer will to do something that they fail at EVERY SINGLE YEAR!

 

I am going to be honest… I am pretty darn good at setting resolutions that I ACTUALLY succeed at. You want to know why? Because I set realistic goals that I know I can achieve and I make a plan that involves baby steps that extend past the month of January. Do you want 2017 to be the year that you actually achieve your New Year's resolutions? 

Carrot & Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Carrot & Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Well, winter seems to have finally arrived and along with it the need for warm, satisfying comfort foods. These muffins are exactly what you need to warm up on a chilly morning or as an afternoon snack to tide you over until dinner. Packing 5g of protein, 4g of fiber, plus half a serving of vegetables/fruits per muffin, you are sure to feel satisfied after eating one of these.

Pumpkin Seed Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Seed Breakfast Cookies

As I have mentioned previously in my Overnight Oats recipe, breakfast is definitely my favourite meal of the day. I love all of the foods associated with breakfast and could eat them anytime, anywhere. That being said, I get bored of having the same old breakfast day in and day out and I am always on the lookout for new recipes to bring into the mix. When I heard the words breakfast and cookies, I immediately had to start experimenting!