10 must have kitchen tools

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10 Must Have Kitchen Tools

I got new kitchen tools for Christmas. I’m not always swayed by new fandangled kitchen gadgets. They’re often pointless and end up collecting dust until getting “garage sale-d” with the other junk. Like mandolin slicers… an emergency room visit just waiting to happen! But sometimes you find a gadget that totally changes everything and you can’t believe you ever lived without it!  My new gadgets got me thinking about what’s really essential to everyday cooking. Here are the 10 kitchen tools I truly couldn’t live without.  Garlic press I’m a garlic maniac. You’d be hard-pressed (get it?) to find a dinner recipe on my … Read More

this year I resolve to rediscover the joy of eating!

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This year I resolve to rediscover the joy of eating!

This time of year I’m used to hearing people say things like: “This is the year I’ll get out of these bad eating habits” “I wonder how long these poor diet choices will last. I thought it would end at Christmas, but maybe it’ll be New Years…” “There’s this wedding in the middle of January. I’ll start eating healthy after that.” Are you expecting me to lay down a guilt trip about procrastination? Should I tell you there’s no better time than the present to change your life? The truth is that we will always come up with excuses to put off … Read More

How a Vitamix blender will pay for itself and improve your health

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How a Vitamix Blender (or Blendtec) can pay for itself and improve your health

If you’re looking to buy a blender, you might be wondering if the expensive brands are worth it. Some people think splurging on a Vitamix is a luxurious overspend. Before I bought one, my husband certainly thought so. “Why pay 10 times more than you have to for a kitchen appliance?” It didn’t seem like a frugal choice. I’d like to tell you why that thinking is wrong, and why my husband has completely changed his mind about expensive blenders! Don’t be cheap, be frugal! Is it frugal to buy the cheapest product you can find? There’s a difference between cheap and … Read More

toddler lunch ideas

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12 Toddler Lunch Ideas

It can be easy to lose inspiration when these little ankle biters are hungry day in and day out several times a day! Here are some ideas to rejuvenate your toddler lunches!  I recommend that at least 3 or 4 food groups are offered at mealtimes. One should always be a fruit or veggie. Since I want to expose my little guy to both cooked and raw veggies, I’ve fallen into the habit of serving raw veggies at lunch and cooked veggies at supper. It’s just a little shortcut I’ve given my brain so that it doesn’t have to think … Read More

a grateful heart for all things food

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Thankful for food

Since today is Thanksgiving here in Canada, I’ve made a list of things I’m grateful for about food. 1.   I’m thankful for the farmers who work hard to provide a safe, healthy, and secure food supply for Canadians! 2.   I’m thankful that my mom taught me how to cook and bake starting at a young age.   3.   I’m thankful for an easygoing husband who never complains about all the different and sometimes crazy meals I make. 4.   I’m thankful for all the different cuisines of the world. 5.   I’m thankful that my mom supported and encouraged my … Read More

my food and nutrition manifesto

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This is mostly for me. I showed the title of this post to my husband and he told me nobody would be interested in reading a manifesto. And that’s ok. Because I wrote this as a guiding post for me. I need to articulate my fundamental beliefs about food and nutrition so I can make sure everything at Smart Nutrition aligns with that! The reason I’m publishing them is to be transparent and let my readers know what I’m all about. If these resonate with you, then you’ll probably enjoy sticking around here a little longer 🙂 My Food and Nutrition Manifesto I believe that eating … Read More

10 habits that keep you overeating

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Top 10 Habits that keep you overeating

This article originally appeared on Kath Eats Real Food.  Kath is a RD and bakery shop owner who posts delicious recipes and informative nutrition articles. Check out her blog for inspiration from what a Dietitian really eats!  Ten Habits That Keep You Overeating I was an active kid, but for some reason I had no endurance. After 10 seconds of running I was out of breath, with a burning stitch in my side. There’s a name for this: Exercise-Related Trans Abdominal Pain. It was extremely painful, but people just thought I was lazy. All my life I was jealous of people who could run. … Read More