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Kale, Barley, & Apple Salad

Kale, Barley, & Apple Salad

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Sides / Salads / PCOS

Barley is kind of a forgotten grain - it's just not something most of use as a staple. With summer upon us, I wanted to incorporate barley into a hearty salad and one that could be turned into a complete meal for those lazy, hot summer evenings. Barley is a great source of fibre, magnesium,...


8 Steps to Safer Grocery Shopping During COVID-19 Pandemic

8 Steps to Safer Grocery Shopping During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Controversy

I think almost everyone is a little paranoid these days when it comes time to purchasing groceries for your home, and rightfully so. But there is also a fair amount of alarmist misinformation creating unnecessary anxiety. In this article, I’m going to review just what we know about SARS-CoV-2...


Is Non-Stick Cooking Spray Harmful to your Health?

Is Non-Stick Cooking Spray Harmful to your Health?

Posted in Controversy

I know I'm not the only one who’s heard claims that non-stick cooking spray is dangerous to your health and full of “chemicals”.  I too have had my doubts about it, albeit largely due to fear mongering rumors. But is it really as bad as some people claim? I want to start by saying that the...


Kids in the Kitchen - Global News Morning

Kids in the Kitchen - Global News Morning

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Media

Brooke joined Chris on Saskatoon Global News Morning live from the office to discuss the importance of getting kids involved in the kitchen. With everyone home practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, kitchen activities can lead into structured meals and snacks as a family....


Whole Wheat & Chickpea Flour Pineapple Bran Muffins

Whole Wheat & Chickpea Flour Pineapple Bran Muffins

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks / PCOS

I am new to baking with chickpea flour and feeling really behind the times! Truth be told the first recipe I tried with chickpea flour (another muffin recipe) was really disappointing and I did not like the taste of it at all. But I love the idea of using chickpea flour in my baking because...


Diagnosing PCOS - Which Type are You?

Diagnosing PCOS - Which Type are You?

Posted in Nutrition Tips / PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine disorder affecting ~7% of people in reproductive age (USA stats). Development of the disease is often linked to high levels of androgen hormones (e.g. testosterone) from the ovaries, altered luteinizing hormone (LH) action, and...


Kitchen Aromatic Staples - Global News Morning

Kitchen Aromatic Staples - Global News Morning

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Weekday Meals / Sides / Media

This morning Brooke demonstrated how you can use aromatics in cooking to add personality and flavour to your meals. She highlighted Spanish Sweet Onions from Idaho-Eastern Oregon (sponsored) and why they make a nutritious and delicious key kitchen staple. Watch the full...


Lentil, Kale Soup with Italian Sausage

Lentil, Kale Soup with Italian Sausage

Posted in Weekday Meals / One-Pot Meals / Soup / Low FODMAP

I will be solo parenting the next few months (weekdays only thank goodness), so I'm getting some easy meals ready for the busier days when I'm at work. Batch cooking is something I try to do anyway a few times a month. It's great having back-up meals in the freezer - extra soup, chili, lasagne,...


5 Reasons to Reconsider that Next Diet

5 Reasons to Reconsider that Next Diet

Posted in Controversy

Maybe you’ve heard that “diets don’t work”. Maybe you even have personal experience to back it up where despite short-term “success” dieting didn’t actually help to keep weight off long-term. Yet, you can’t help but think “maybe this one will be different”, and “it can’t hurt to try". Or...


2019 Nutrition Trends in Review - Global News Morning

2019 Nutrition Trends in Review - Global News Morning

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Media

Celery juicing, intermittent fasting, and plant based eating were big trends of 2019. Today on Global News Morning Saskatoon, Brooke tested viewers knowledge on these trends in a fun True/False quiz. View full segment...


Whole Grain Apple Carrot Toddler Cookies

Whole Grain Apple Carrot Toddler Cookies

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

As a mom to a toddler I'm always looking for new snack ideas. I'm also looking for ways to incorporate nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids and one of my favourite foods that helps to check off that box is ground flaxseed. Ground flaxseed is an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a...


Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

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

My son who's now 18 months old, will no longer eat cooked oatmeal. This is no surprise to me as I was well prepared for things to change. With toddlerhood also comes changes in growth, taste preferences, and acting picky around food all of which is normal. I knew that although he doesn't seem to...


Pumpkin Seed Butter Energy Bites

Pumpkin Seed Butter Energy Bites

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

If you're looking for peanut and treenut free snack alternatives, I've got you covered with this great recipe using pumpkin seed butter. Pumpkin seed butter is made from roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and has more protein than any other seed or nut butter available at 10g protein/2 tbsp. It's...


Alternatives to Peanut/Tree Nut Butters - CTV Morning Saskatoon

Alternatives to Peanut/Tree Nut Butters - CTV Morning Saskatoon

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Media

Today I went Live with CTV Morning Saskatoon to discuss peanut butter and tree nut butter alternatives! We want to respect allergy policies in our communities but some families struggle to know what their options are when it comes to avoiding nuts and nut butters. Watch the full clip here!...


Miso Tahini Dressing

Miso Tahini Dressing

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dressings

This creamy, flavourful dressing originally went with my Sunshine Bowl recipe. But it's also amazing on salads, steamed vegetables like broccoli or green beans, and rice bowls.   Tahini is a sesame seed paste, commonly used to make chickpea hummus. It's a rich source of iron, calcium, protein...


Snacks To Go - Global News Morning

Snacks To Go - Global News Morning

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Media

We are back into the school season and it's a busy time of year! Nutrition doesn't have to be perfect but we CAN bring convenience and nutrition together to help out. This morning Brooke was live with Global News Saskatoon to share her 2 key components of putting together a power snack along...


IBS - Now What?

IBS - Now What?

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If you've struggled with embarrassment and frustration of excess gas, abdominal bloating and pain, urgency to use the bathroom, and either constipation or diarrhea (or both!), you're not alone. The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation estimates that about 5 million Canadians suffer from...


Introducing Solids Basics

Introducing Solids Basics

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Infant Nutrition

Introducing solids can be such a fun time, but first time parents or caregivers are often nervous and confused. I often hear concerns around choking, allergenic foods, texture and what foods to start with. Below is a brief starting point, based on the most up-to-date evidence from Health...


Summer Mocktails - Global News Morning

Summer Mocktails - Global News Morning

Posted in Beverages / Media

You'll find the full clip here! And my mocktail recipes as follows: Pear Fizz - Chop a Bartlett pear into cubes and add to a microwave safe dish along with 1 tbsp honey and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Microwave on high for ~2 minutes, then mash some of the juice out with a fork. - Add the...


Eating to Support Environmental Sustainability - Global News Morning

Eating to Support Environmental Sustainability - Global News Morning

Posted in Controversy / Media

We have a growing global population and an environmental crisis. While the issue is complex our food and eating habits certainly play a role in environmental sustainability. Me and my kitchen compost bucket (it looks huge on television!), joined Jackie on Saskatoon Global News Morning to share...


Garlic Butter Banza with Lemon and Spinach

Garlic Butter Banza with Lemon and Spinach

Posted in Weekday Meals / Vegetarian / Entrees / Gluten Free

Banza Rotini is made from chickpeas and pea protein, so it's very different from a wheat-based pasta but can fool almost any pasta lover into thinking it's regular 'ol wheat pasta. What I love about Banza is that it offers such a rich source of protein and fibre compared to wheat pasta. I'm...


Mango Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops

Mango Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops

Posted in Weekday Meals / Snacks / Dessert

Frozen yogurt pops make such a great summer snack for your littles. Toddlers and kids rely on nutrient-dense foods to help them grow. These pops (similar to this older recipe) are so tasty, creamy, and rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, calcium, B12, and protein. If adding the...


Why Eggs Are a Perfect First Food for Baby

Why Eggs Are a Perfect First Food for Baby

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Infant Nutrition / Media

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month and Brooke joined Saskatoon Global News Morning to share the most recent evidence around introducing allergenic foods to baby. Can we actually help to reduce their risk of developing food allergens? Why are eggs such a great first food for baby? Do we...


Transitioning Baby to Cow's Milk and Plant-Based Beverages

Transitioning Baby to Cow's Milk and Plant-Based Beverages

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Infant Nutrition

Thank you to nutrition student, Anna Tataryn, for contributing this blog! When is it safe to introduce cow’s milk to my baby? How much cow’s milk is appropriate for baby? If I don’t want to use cow’s milk, what other options are there? These are common questions, and this article will outline...


IBS & the Low FODMAP Diet - Global News Morning

IBS & the Low FODMAP Diet - Global News Morning

Posted in Nutrition Tips / Media / Irritable Bowel Syndrome

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month and because IBS is one of Brooke's top health issues that she supports, she has a lot of passion for the disorder! IBS is a real diagnosis and has real options for management. Watch the full clip here for a brief overview on what IBS is,...