How to Eat Healthy During A Pandemic

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, OvereatingLeave a Comment

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Pandemic eating: how to get your core nutrients, support your immune system, strengthen your family bond over food, and overcome your fear of comfort eating. This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure. You may have a LOT of thoughts about food during this coronavirus pandemic! From not having enough to eat, to being worried about eating too much, to wanting to strengthen your immune system to ward off an infection, there’s a lot you could be worrying about. Take a deep breath in, then exhale. I don’t have a magic wand to make everything better. But I can help … Read More

Vegetable Smoothies: make ahead freezer packs!

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, Recipes3 Comments

Make mornings easier & healthier with these grab ‘n blend vegetable smoothie packs in 4 delicious flavours: Chocolate Beet, Vanilla Green, PB Banana, and Blueberry! Just add your choice of milk! Mornings are hectic! People always tell me they want to eat healthier breakfasts, but don’t have the time to prep food in the morning. Breakfast ends up being a quick slice of toast before running out the door. This is a lost opportunity for fruits and veggies! Nearly 90% of Americans are NOT meeting the recommendations for fruit and veggie intake!  What are vegetable smoothie freezer packs and how … Read More

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Quinoa (or stovetop directions)

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Recipes6 Comments

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Quinoa

For this recipe, I pulled together all the classic flavours of red hot wings into a healthy, balanced meal: chicken, Frank’s, carrots & celery, and bleu or mozza cheese. LEARN HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT BUFFALO CHICKEN QUINOA (47 sec): why this instant pot buffalo chicken quinoa is a smart choice Please meet my new favourite condiment: Frank’s Red Hot Sauce! Since Frank’s is entirely associated with wings in my mind I didn’t even think about it as a sauce I could use in my everyday cooking. One day, out of curiosity, I picked up a bottle and read the label. … Read More

Healthy Egg Mcmuffin Copycat (freezer meal) [+ VIDEO]

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Entree, Recipes6 Comments

healthy egg mcmuffin copycat

Keep these healthy egg mcmuffin copycats in your freezer for a quick go-to meal that’s much faster and cheaper than pulling through the drive-thru! I’m pretty good at handling in-store samples. I happily take one, enjoy it, and keep moseying on down the aisle. But not this time. It was only a toasted and buttered English muffin, but I saw it as more… I saw…. Breakfast muffins! Luckily turkey breast and sliced cheese were on sale. I grabbed some eggs and off I went, nearly skipping home in excitement! It’s hard to skip when you’re carrying a baby and pushing … Read More

Eggless Double Chocolate Muffins

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Breakfast, Dessert, Recipes, Snack2 Comments

double chocolate muffins (egg-free)

Much healthier than those giant double chocolate muffins found in the grocery store bakery! Eggless, high fibre, & great for school lunches! One of the most controversial things I’ve posted on Facebook was about school policies for food allergies. It had recently been in the news that a school division in Montreal decided to lift a ban on peanuts and other anaphylactic food allergens. I applauded the decision, which was based on research that shows schools with peanut bans actually don’t have lowered rates of accidental exposure than schools who allow peanuts.  Instead, I suggested schools should switch their focus … Read More

Mediterranean Lentils and Quinoa [+ VIDEO]

Jessica Penner, RDEntree, Meatless, Recipes10 Comments

Mediterranean Lentils and Quinoa

A simple skillet meal, this gluten free Mediterranean Lentils and Quinoa dish is humble but deliciously satisfying!  When I told my husband what I planned on naming this dish his response was “I didn’t think quinoa was Mediterranean!” He’s correct, quinoa originally hail from Bolivia. So, perhaps I should explain… I called this a Mediterranean dish because: a) it has flavours reminiscent of Mediterranean cuisine like Italian or Greek b) it falls in line with a Mediterranean Diet style of eating What? You haven’t heard of the Mediterranean Diet? It’s only the healthiest way of living ever discovered! Check out this Food Pyramid … Read More