Plum-Almond Galette

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Plum Almond Galette

This post was written in paid partnership with the Dietitians at the Canadian Sugar Institute. As always, all opinions are my own. Have you ever heard the phrase “all foods fit?” In the Dietitian world, we often talk about balanced eating where you can enjoy some “treats” while still focusing most of your food intake on nourishing, whole foods with plenty of fruits, veggies, fibre, and protein! When it comes to free sugar, we know that consuming too much can take the place of food that contains essential nutrients our bodies need to thrive. So yes, we don’t want to overdo it, … Read More

Instant Pot Review from a Dietitian (spoiler alert: I love it!)

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Dietitian Reviews Instant Pot

People often ask me: “Is the Instant Pot worth it?” or “Do you think the Instant Pot is something I need?”  “Will the Instant Pot make me healthier?” Eventually I realized it was high time for an Instant Pot review. I’m sure you can live a fully functional life without an Instant Pot, but I legitimately feel a teeny bit happier each time I use mine. So having an Instant Pot will quantifiably make your life better. Can you really put a price on that? The only appliance I love more than the Instant Pot is my Vitamix. Now that’s … Read More

MealEnders review – do they work?

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MealEnders Review - do they work?

Will popping a MealEnder make all your willpower dreams come true? Get a MealEnders review direct from a Dietitian. Years ago I heard about this candy-like treat that was supposed to help you avoid dessert. I wasn’t sure what to think of this concept at first, but I’ve now actually used them in my practice as a dietitian. So it’s high time I do a MealEnders review. It’s a bit more complex than you might think. In 2015 I got an email from a MealEnders representative offering to send me some samples and discuss the benefits of the product. She … Read More

Is Halo Top a Healthy Switch From Real Ice Cream?

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Smarten Up, Virtual Grocery Store Tour2 Comments

Halo Top Healthy

I haven’t been too impressed with “frozen desserts” in the past. I’m looking at you Breyers blue box! They’re mainly just super-sweet and icky. They don’t have that creamy, rich, melt-in-your-mouth enjoyment that ice cream does. So I didn’t have high expectations when I heard about Halo Top. It’s advertised as a low-calorie, healthy alternative to ice cream, and I just didn’t think it could possibly compare to ice cream. As a Dietitian I’m all for making healthier choices in the foods that form the core of my diet. The foods I eat the most NEED to be healthy! But … Read More

Food Evolution Review – the great GMO vs organic debate

Jessica Penner, RDMiscellaneous, Nutrition, Smarten Up7 Comments

When somebody suggested I do a Food Evolution review, I thought “oh no, not another shockumentary.” The modern documentary is problematic. It’s too powerful. Given the chance to invade people’s brain with emotionally driven images, one-sided arguments, and compelling music for 1-2 hours straight, filmmakers can convince rational people of irrational things. Combine that with some fear, and the emotional power it can have over us, and you get the very dangerous genre I call a shockumentary. These are far too common in the health world. Films like What the Health and Cowspiracy use misinformation to scare people into eating a certain … Read More

12 Healthy Convenience Foods

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In an ideal world, we’d all have time to prepare and cook three meals a day, seven days a week, eating happily and healthfully ever after. But in reality, sometimes life is busy. We need healthy convenience foods! Convenience often means that sacrificing something else. You pay extra for convenience. But the good news is that just because you want convenient food, doesn’t mean you necessarily have to sacrifice nutrition! There are several healthy gems that can be easily picked up at your local grocery store! I asked my Dietitian friends what they personally keep on hand for quick and … Read More

Which Oats Are Healthy?

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Virtual Grocery Store Tour13 Comments

which oats are the healthiest? #healthyeating #oatmeal #oats #vegan #steelcutoats #overnightoats

Which oats are healthy? The answer is, almost all of them. But you’re probably wondering which oats are healthiest. The short answer is that the least processed oats are the most healthy. But when I did the calculations for exactly how much difference the processing makes, I admit that I was surprised by the results! Oats are a whole grain that are mostly eaten by horses, at least in their unprocessed state. They get processed for us picky humans. Some oats are more processed than others, which results in the different types! The processing continuum that will help us see … Read More