This post is in paid partnership with Foodland Ontario, however, as always, all opinions are my own.
One of my favourite desserts is baklava, but because of its richness, I only indulge occasionally. This lightened up healthier version of “baklava” allows me to enjoy the flavours more often! These Baklava filled baked apples were a win with my 2 year old and 4 year old girls, which is saying a lot. My 4 year old isn’t very adventurous with her textures but she enjoyed the baked apple as well as the nut mixture! I cut the baked apple in slices for my girls once it was room temperature, and they were able
to easily eat it with their hands.
I found these baked apples quite satisfying on their own but you can also serve this Baked Apples with Whipping Cream or a Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream for a full dessert when you have guests over! I made these Baklava filled Apples TWICE with two different types of apples. The first time I made them with local Ontario grown Ambrosia apples and then I ma...
I have been loving Salad in a Jars for lunch lately - not only are they healthy, they are also budget friendly! This recipe has been inspired by Jamal Campbell, who is the Offensive Lineman for the Toronto Argos. He loves to have Vietnamese food before his games, which include broccoli, vermicelli, and chicken.
I met Jamal Campbell at the Purolator Tackle Hunger event at the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Since its inception in 2003, Purolator Tackle Hunger (PTH) has helped deliver the equivalent of more than 12 million pounds of food to food banks across Canada. According to Food Banks Canada's 2016 HungerCount report, more than 850,000 Canadians, one third of whom are children, rely on food banks each month.
The Purolator Tackle Hunger Campaign is now in its 17th season, which is a partnership between the Canadian Football League and all 9 of its teams.
Last week the Toronto Argos and Purolator collected...
We are halfway through Ramadan, but that doesn't mean we still can't make the most of this month inshallah! Today, I wanted to address a topic that you might not want to talk about, but it is a reality for many people during this month: digestive problems.
It is a bit of an embarrassing topic so at first I drafted this as an email only to my subscribers. However, after putting it together, I realized this would be beneficial to many people so I am putting it together as a I didn't want to talk about it on social media, but if you have experienced digestive issues during Ramadan, you know how uncomfortable it can be and why it is important to alleviate it!
I am going to cover 4 main digestive issues, with a bonus one that isn't necessarily related to your digestive system but is related to your bodily functions.
Constipation is the number one complaint during Ramadan. It almost becomes a norm to not be going to the washroom daily and you might thi...
As a dietitian who is a visible minority with a diverse background, one of my main goals is to help others eat healthy without eliminating their cultural foods. As a Canadian, I love that we celebrate diversity. However, I don’t see the diversity reflected on the new food guide.
A lot of changes occur during pregnancy and a woman’s body puts in an amazing amount of effort to support a developing baby during gestation as well as trying to maintain a balance for mom. There is no doubt that this involves a lot of hormonal changes. One group of hormones that can be affected after pregnancy are the thyroid hormones.
Getting to know the thyroid
Your thyroid is best described as a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. In the body, the thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system. This system uses hormones to communicate to other glands throughout your body. The thyroid plays a large role in maintaining many vital functions by regulating your metabolic rate (aka your metabolism), body temperature, it controls growth, bone metabolism and central nervous system development.
Did you know that by the 10th week of gestation, the thyroid gland has already developed and has begun secreting small amounts of hormones because of its vital role in metabolism a...
When starting to work towards a healthier lifestyle, many people get overwhelmed by the amount of information regarding health. A simple question can lead someone to multiple tabs open on their browser, left with even more unanswered questions. This sense of overwhelm often turns people away from healthy eating because it feels too complicated to even start.
One of those questions is often which vitamins you should be taking. Today, I wanted to go over some simple guidelines to help you determine if you should be taking vitamin supplementation. Here are 5 guidelines to help you decide which vitamin supplements you should be taking:
1. Review Your Current Food Intake
Before adding any supplementation, you should first review your current food intake. If you aren’t eating optimally to begin with, adding vitamins will not provide you with the energy and optimal health that you are looking for. Ideally, you can spe...
As Muslims, one of the best ways to live life is to follow the Quran and Sunnah. If you recall from the guest post Top 5 Healthy Sunnah Foods to Add to Your Diet article, the foods that were included in the Prophet’s (pbuh) Sunnah were discussed, and some of the benefits of including those foods in your own diets were highlighted. In this article, I’m now going to be sharing 5 foods mentioned* in the Holy Quran that may be beneficial to add to your diet!
*The foods mentioned are based on the widely accepted Sahih International translation of the Holy Quran. Note that other translations may offer different meanings and contexts.
In Surah Al Waqiah (chapter 56 verse: 27-33) the Quran tells us:
“And the people of the right-how blessed will they be! They will be amid thornless lote trees, clusters of bananas, extended shade, flowing water, abundant fruit never out of season nor forbidden”
The Quran makes general mention of fruit being eaten by those in paradise, and a specific mentio...
This post is sponsored by Egg Farmers of Canada and I have been monetarily compensated. As always, all opinions are my own.
Eggs are a staple in our kitchen. Whether it is for a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs or used in a recipe for baking, eggs are one of those ingredients I have to stock up on weekly.
Friday, October 12th is World Egg Day, a global celebration dedicated to eggs. My family will be celebrating with these Indian Spiced Egg and Hashbrown Waffles. Celebrate World Egg Day with your friends and family by enjoying your favourite egg dishes.
Indian Spiced Egg and Hashbrown Waffles
Eggs are a quick, easy, and affordable source of protein. Two large eggs provide 13g of protein. They are also packed with nutrients such as:
Omega-3 fats (in eggs that are labeled omega -3 eggs. The hens are fed flaxseed, which is a source of omega -3s)
Recently I wrote an article for SELF Magazine featuring a variety of ethnic veggies that go beyond your mainstream kale. I took it a step further and actually bought most of the veggies shared by other Dietitians to try myself.
Chayote is one of the veggies I picked up. I've seen it at the supermarket before but was never adventurous enough to try it until now. It looks like a green pear with a fist at the bottom.
In terms of nutrition, it is a source of:
- vitamin C
Chayotes can be eaten cooked or raw. When I took a bite of it, it was crunchy and had a flavour profile similar to cucumber and a bit of celery.
I put together this pickled chayote salad while I was putting together a turkey dinner. It was quick, easy, and made with simple ingredients found in my kitchen.
Almost 11 months ago, I gave birth to my 2nd daughter. There are a lot of changes that take place after giving birth, from emotional to hormonal and of course the obvious physical changes. About 2 years ago, I shared How I Lost (ALL) My Baby Weight without Dieting when I was around 1 year postpartum after giving birth to my eldest daughter.
I still remember struggling to write that post because I didn’t want it to come across as another “weight loss” journey. Here I am again, the second time around, still struggling with how to share my post-partum journey in a way that reflects that it isn’t just about the weight.
See, the internet is filled with messaging that focuses on whipping back into shape after giving birth and losing weight FAST. As if that is the main priority after having a baby. As much as moms would love to go back to their old bodies, it just doesn’t happen very easily because life changes a LOT after a baby.
I thought having one baby was tough. Was I wrong!!! The second ti...