copycat orange julius

Jessica Penner, RDDrink, Recipes, Snack4 Comments

copycat orange julius

While this copycat Orange Julius tastes just like the original it’s much healthier! …and easier on the wallet 🙂 I have two requirements when I set out to duplicate a favourite popular food: a) It must taste nearly identical to the original b) It must be healthier than the original Sometimes I nail a replication right away and I wish I had a button to press that said “that was easy.” I pat myself on the back and move on to the next challenge. This one for a copycat Orange Julius didn’t turn out that way. This one took many … Read More

dill pickle chips

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, SIde Dish, Snack27 Comments

Dill Pickle Chips recipe

Quick, refrigerator dill pickle chips are the perfect thing to satisfy your snack craving! I could snack on these things all day long. These cucumber “chips” taste EXACTLY like dill pickle potato chips. My husband says it’s a crazy dietitian thing to say but I don’t believe him.  So, I need your help. Make this recipe and leave a comment saying you agree with me. They’re…. crunchy flavourful dilly garlicky a little bit salty and have just the right amount of bite to them! If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap … Read More

3 anti-inflammatory nut & seed butters in savoury flavours!

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes, Snack7 Comments

3 Savoury Nut & Seed Butters to boost your health

I started out making nut and seed butters to mix in with my baby’s cereal, fruit, purees and yogurt. Since whole nuts are a choking hazard I couldn’t give them to him until he turned 4! But I wanted him to benefit from the nutrition they have to offer. I like to call nuts and seeds nature’s multi-vitamin!  Even though I was making them for my son, I soon became addicted to them myself! I’ve mostly done neutral or sweet flavours such as: Vanilla & Toasted Pecan  Coconut Cashew Dark Chocolate Hazelnut (a healthier version of Nutella!) Sweet n Spicy Pumpkin Seed Lemon … Read More

peaches ‘n cream protein smoothie

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, Recipes, Snack6 Comments

peach smoothie recipe

Are you of the mindset that the only way to bump up the protein in your life is by adding protein powder to your food? For professional athletes and people looking to build muscle mass (either recreationally or due to a medical condition), specific protein powders have been scientifically shown to be beneficial. But for the rest of us, we can get the protein we need from whole foods. There’s nothing wrong with protein powers and if you want to spend your whole paycheque on a tub of vanilla flavoured powder then please, be my guest. But you can easily get … Read More

lentil garlic cheese toast

Jessica Penner, RDMeatless, Recipes, Snack6 Comments

lentil garlic cheese toast

I love “health-boosting” foods… that’s what I call it when I add healthful ingredients to my favourite foods. It’s important to note though, than when I “health-boost” our family meals, I am completely upfront about it with my family. I never try to sneak the healthiness in.   Getting “caught” sneaking healthy food into your child’s food is a sure-fire way to lose their trust. Trust is the foundation of a healthy feeding relationship that will set your child up for long-term success in eating. For example, you might be tempted to add spinach into a smoothie, without telling your child. It can sound like a … Read More

the everything bar

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Recipes, Snack8 Comments

the everything bar

Jobs for dietitians are hard to come by in Winnipeg, and I recently gave up my full time, highly coveted position to spend more time with my son.  Of course it’s worth it to me; it’s a joy to be able to witness most of his “firsts,” continue to breastfeed him during the day, prepare lunches and snacks for him, and watch him develop by the minute. I think he’s enjoyed it too. But then there are the times in the day when I’m trying to prepare for a meeting with a client or something, and I need him to play … Read More