4 Things You Need to Know About Probiotics

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Taking a probiotic is only useful if it actually provides a health benefit! Learn how to choose and take probiotics effectively to get the most out of them! It wasn’t so long ago that the thought of ‘bacteria’ made us all cringe and think of gross microscopic creepy crawlies that make a person sick. Nowadays, we ask the question “is it good bacteria or bad bacteria?” Probiotics are the good bacteria that survive the digestive process and provide a health benefit to humans upon arrival to and colonization of the colon. Did you read that and go “huh?”  Yeah, the … Read More

How to Eat Healthy – 5 things you need to know

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Healthy eating simplified! A Registered Dietitian tells you everything you need to know about the five parts of healthy eating and how they all fit together. As a Registered Dietitian I get a lot of questions about how to eat healthier. In this article I’m going to share all of my healthy eating philosophies based on scientific research from the fields of human nutrition, psychology, physiology, and sociology. In this article you’ll learn: why you overeat (it’s actually because you’ve lost touch with your eating instincts) why most people fail at dieting (it’s typically because of faulty mindsets) the four … Read More

How to Save Money on Groceries (12 tips from a Dietitian)

Jessica Penner, RDMeal Planning2 Comments

12 ways to save money on groceries

12 ways I save money on groceries without coupons, and still feed my family plenty of nourishing healthy food! This post contains affiliate links. The Nutritious Food Basket, which monitors the cost and affordability of healthy eating, estimates that I would need to spend at least $900* a month in order to feed my family of four a healthy diet. I do it for under $550. We’re not just eating beans and rice either. We do eat a lot of those (since they’re tasty & healthy) but we eat so much more! We regularly consume what I would consider “luxury” … Read More

6 Ways to Make Meal Prepping More Fun

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6 ways to make meal prep fun

Do you dread meal prepping? Whether you’re just getting ready for dinner tonight, or batch cooking the whole week’s meals at once, it can definitely be a chore. Good news though: I can help make that dread disappear! Being a parent of small children has taught me that life is much easier if you can make a game out of anything. We took our son to Disney World when he was 2. Up until that point he had been happy to sit and observe life from within his stroller. The minute we stepped foot onto Main Street USA he decided that the … Read More

Mediterranean Diet: 12 Easy Ways to Start Today!

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The Mediterrean Diet: 12 easy ways to get started today

The Mediterranean Diet is one of the healthiest in the world. Here are 12 easy ways you can get started on adopting the Mediterranean Diet today! Working as a Dietitian, it’s no surprise that people often ask me about the healthiest way to eat. In the science of nutrition, there are very rarely any black and white answers. It surprises some, disappoints others, and yet delights others when they hear my answer: “The absolute BEST diet is one that you enjoy, one that meets your nutritional needs,  and one that you can envision yourself eating the rest of your life.” … Read More

Sprouted Lentils – how and why to do it

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I haven’t always known how to sprout lentils, so I was glad to find out it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Sprouted lentils are a delicious, healthy addition to your favourite sandwich, stirfry, or my favourite: this herbed sourdough bread recipe! When I say sprouted lentils are as easy as 1-2-3, I mean it literally. Spend one minute Do it two times a day For three days I think the process of sprouting lentils is so incredible! Dried lentils look absolutely lifeless, but if you simply add water to them, they come alive and grow again! They’re like a little … Read More

Changing How You Shop Can Make Your Fruit Last for Weeks

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Virtual Grocery Store Tour7 Comments

We go through a LOT of fruit in our house! I don’t want to be running to the grocery store every couple of days just to keep up with our fruit habit! So I started to strategically buy a variety of fruit that I could space out over a couple of weeks. That way we could enjoy fresh fruit for a couple of weeks without anything going bad on us! This works well for the North American way of grocery shopping. Unless you live in a very urban area, your closest grocery store is probably not within walking distance… or … Read More