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Chili Lime Mexican Bean Soup

Chili Lime Mexican Bean Soup

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / One-Pot Meals / Soup

Step up your Meatless Monday game with this easy, Mexi-spiced soup. This meal can be ready to eat in under 30 minutes yet contains loads of nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium, folate, potassium, vitamin C, fiber and protein.   Ingredients 1 tablespoon avocado oil or extra virgin...


Vegan Pepita Parm

Vegan Pepita "Parm"

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sides

Although I do not eat a vegan diet 100% of the time, as someone who eats a very flexible diet pattern I do enjoy a lot of vegan alternative foods and meals. And as a dietitian who supports individuals with their plant-based eating goals, I find it's important for me to experiment in the kitchen...


Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

Peach Creamsicle Smoothie

Posted in Weekday Meals / Breakfast / Snacks / Dessert / Beverages

Add a little taste of summer to your smoothie! Canned California Clingstone Peaches are an affordable, convenient, and nutrient dense fruit to add to your winter grocery list. Aside from peaches, the key ingredient here is orange zest - a little goes a long way in making this smoothie taste...


Sunshine in a Can!

Sunshine in a Can!

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Food Reviews

We are well into winter here in the prairies and with it, we say goodbye to all the fresh produce of the Summer and Fall seasons, including fresh Canadian peaches. Although Canada doesn’t have a winter peach industry, I have teamed up with California Cling Peaches to shed some light on...


Peachy Coconut Overnight Oats

Peachy Coconut Overnight Oats

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Breakfast / Snacks / Gluten Free

Ingredients 1/3 cup rolled or quick oats 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 cup unsweetened organic soy milk 1 teaspoon unsweetened coconut flakes Dash of cinnamon 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt Canned California Clingstone peaches (in juice or water, rinsed) 1 teaspoon maple...


Creamy Cashew Milk Hot Cocoa

Creamy Cashew Milk Hot Cocoa

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dessert / Beverages

To add to the theme of healthier holiday beverages, along with my Mulled Wine Mocktail and Festive Fruit & Mint Punch, this vegan-friendly hot cocoa is also lower in sugar and calories but doesn't compromise taste. Cashew milk has a mild flavour but creamier than other plant-based beverages, and...


Fresh, Festive Fruit & Mint Punch

Fresh, Festive Fruit & Mint Punch

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Beverages

  With the festive season upon us, many of our clients are eager to maintain their nutrition and wellness goals, while still participating in parties and events with coworkers, family and friends. And not everyone is eager to fill their bellies with booze. For those who prefer to keep the...


 Maple and Mexi Spiced Roasted Nuts

Maple and Mexi Spiced Roasted Nuts

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks / Vegan / Dessert

These roasted nuts make an easy, winter party snack AND being full of mono-unsaturated fats, vitamin E, magnesium, protein, iron, and fibre - they're good for you! Easy to put together on the fly, not too spicy, and not too sweet, this recipe is one to keep on hand for a quick and easy addition...


Mulled Wine Mocktail

Mulled Wine Mocktail

Posted in Beverages

With the holiday season upon us, all the fun holiday cocktails start to pop up too! My favourites being: spiced rum and eggnog, Irish Cream hot cocoa, mulled wine, and gin punch. But THIS year, I'm pregnant! I didn't think avoiding alcohol would phase me at all, but I'm realizing what a...


Baked Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

Baked Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese

As we prepare for another winter, be sure to star this comfort food for that snowy, nose-in-a-book, Sunday afternoon. It is no surprise to anyone that macaroni and cheese is rich (in other words, calorie dense). But with our "all foods fit" philosophy, yes, even calorie-rich dishes make it into...


Easy Naan Caprese Pizza

Easy Naan Caprese Pizza

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks / Entrees

Pizza is a commonly named comfort food. And once in awhile a greasy deep dish is just what a person needs. But sometimes we simply want a healthier version of our comfort favourites, OR a quick and easy meal that's going to taste good! This simple pizza will be hitting your mouth in 25 mintues...


Food Sick?  Food Safe!

Food Sick? Food Safe!

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Controversy

October is Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan, and the theme for week 3 is food safety. While I believe Canada to have one of the best systems worldwide protecting our plants, animals and food, it's also up to each and every household to follow safe food practices in the home. In Canada, 90%...


Beat the 2:00 Slump with These Workplace Snacks

Beat the 2:00 Slump with These Workplace Snacks

Posted in Nutrition Tips

Being armed with an afternoon snack at work can give you the mental energy to power through the final hours of your work day. Another coffee or a Dr. Pepper isn't going to sustain you. What your brain needs is a slow release of energy (ie. whole food carbohydrates), and what your appetite needs...


My Top 5 Saskatchewan Grown Foods

My Top 5 Saskatchewan Grown Foods

Posted in Nutrition Tips

October is Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan. This creates a great opportunity to reflect and appreciate where our food comes from, and to share our stories about food whether we grow it or love to eat it. I grew up in a small town and was surrounded by farmers and ranchers. I have relatives...


Easy Ways to Boost Lean Protein Without a Supplement

Easy Ways to Boost Lean Protein Without a Supplement

Posted in Nutrition Tips

Today on Saskatoon Global News Morning, Brooke spoke with Jackie about Protein - it's role in the body and easy ways to boost protein sources throughout the day, adding to overall nutritional intake. Check out the full clip...


Cannellini Bean & Roasted Beet Hummus

Cannellini Bean & Roasted Beet Hummus

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Snacks / Vegan / Sides / Gluten Free

How fun does this hummus look? Beets are such a cool root vegetable to work with because of their bright, bold, and unique colour. The betanin that gives beets their colour, also add a good dose of antioxidants to your meal. There are more to beets than borscht (although I have a great recipe...


Best of Borscht

Best of Borscht

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / One-Pot Meals / Vegan / Soup

My great grandma Halwas was from Poland, and I remember my grandma making variations of beet and cabbage soup. Although I don't actually have my grandma's original recipe, this is how I like to picture her making it with the fresh ingredients right from the farm. This borscht is packed...


Sesame Ginger Power Stir-Fry

Sesame Ginger Power Stir-Fry

Posted in Weekday Meals / Entrees / Chicken/Turkey

Stir fry is a once-a-week staple in my household because it is so easy, filling, tasty, and I'm a sucker for colourful dishes! I call it a power Stir Fry because it offers just the right balance of protein, zinc, antioxidant-rich vegetables, monounsaturated fats, and fibre. Nutrients that help...


Maple Pecan Toasted Granola (Low FODMAP)

Maple Pecan Toasted Granola (Low FODMAP)

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Breakfast / Snacks / Vegan / Gluten Free

This recipe is a variation of my original Simple Scratch Granola using low FODMAP ingredients for those of you with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If FODMAPs is a new term to you, find out more about these foods here and how they can affect the GI tract of someone with IBS. If you do not have...


Stars Swear by it, But is Apple Cider Vinegar Really Good for your Health?

Stars Swear by it, But is Apple Cider Vinegar Really Good for your Health?

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Food Reviews / Controversy

This past winter, Brooke had the pleasure of working with journalist, Vanessa Milne and Chatelaine magazine, to uncover some of the hype and research around apple cider vinegar. Find the article...


Convenient But Healthy Snacks for your On-The-Go Summer!

Convenient But Healthy Snacks for your On-The-Go Summer!

Posted in Nutrition Tips

This week, Brooke joined Lisa Dutton on Saskatoon Global News Morning to share her top convenient healthy foods for summer snacking. Check out the segment...


Soy Good or Soy Bad?

Soy Good or Soy Bad?

Posted in Controversy

Thank you to our nutrition student (now RD), Shandelle Shroeder, for summarizing a difficult topic! Infertility? Thyroid disorder? Breast cancer? ...man-boobs?!  The media is plagued with mixed messages about soy.  This article will address those concerns and help sort out the myth from the...


Double Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream

Double Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks / Vegan / Gluten Free / Dessert

Nice cream seems to be all the rage these days so I just had to try it out for myself. I think I went through 40 bananas trying various flavours and recipes, and this one if by far my favourite (chocolate peanut butter coming close). Nice cream is essentially a dairy free, gluten free, low...


5 Reasons Why I Won't Pitch You a Detox or Cleanse

5 Reasons Why I Won't Pitch You a Detox or Cleanse

Posted in Controversy

Type the words “detox” or “cleanse” into Google and a riddle of promises, claims, recipes, and programs pop up. Detoxes and cleanses present in all kinds of ways - shakes, smoothies, elixirs, herbs, supplements, enemas, electromagnet devices (don’t ask, I’m not even sure what this is),...


Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Posted in Nutrition Tips

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Dietitian Brooke was in studio with Joelle Tomlinson at Saskatoon Global News Morning to discuss disease symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and nutritional considerations. Watch the full segment HERE....