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.
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...
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)
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...
This post is sponsored by Bothwell Cheese. As always, all opinions are my own.
I always prided myself in my spice tolerance. I mean, I used to eat a whole green chili with my food sometimes! When I got pregnant with my 2nd daughter earlier last year, I was unable to handle the heat anymore. Even a little cayenne would make my throat burn. Fortunately, I'm 9 months postpartum and have been able to enjoy spice again since then. Spice brings a whole different flavor profile to food and it's what makes South Asian food so delicious!
A lot of my recipes are inspired by my South Asian taste buds so when I tried Bothwell's Habanero with Cracked Black Pepper Monterey, I was pleasantly surprised by the spice level. The spice profile got me excited and thinking up of ways I can use the cheese in my recipes (while trying not to finish the cheese on its own - it was THAT good). It's no surprise that Bothwell's won Silver Medal for their Habanero with Cracked Black Pepper at the bi-annual World Cham...
How many of you have tried Brussels sprouts? It was definitely not a food I grew up eating and the first time I tried them was when I was an adult. The first time I tried them, they were..well, just-meh. Nothing special, but I wasn't going to give up on Brussels sprouts so quickly. After all, what kind of dietitian would I be if didn't at least try them again. While I was brainstorming ways I could prepare Brussels sprouts in a way that would satisfy my taste buds, I turned back to my Desi roots and decided to season them with garam masala! Oh boy! This was a game changer! Paring the somewhat new food (ie the Brussels sprouts) with flavours that my family and me are familiar with turned us into Brussels sprout fans! These Brussels sprouts are spicy, crispy, and filled with flavour.
Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous family. Other members of this family include kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, collard greens, mustard greens..and the list goes on). They are als...
The reason I love meal prepping so much is because it allows me to make healthier choices when I'm short on time or not in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen- essentially it lets the healthy choice be the easy choice for me and my family. One of my go-to recipes during Ramadan was my Spicy Salmon Burger that I shared for www.self.com. The great thing about these burgers is that they freeze extremely well! This means you can make a big batch and keep them in the freezer-perfect for grilling season or quick weeknight meals.
If you grew up in a Desi household, you’ve probably heard health and nutrition tips from elders, whether it was your parents, grandparents, or concerned neighbourhood aunty. You’ve heard these tips so many times that it almost feels like its right but you’re not quite sure if it even makes sense anymore. I’m here to help with that!
After giving birth, it’s as if mothers have a sign on them that invites all aunties to give their unsolicited advice. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about combining traditional health practices with modern techniques, but there are some pieces of advice that just don’t work. The problem with some of these nutrition myths are that it can actually just cause more overwhelm to an already tired mom, especially if it isn’t true.