Nutritionist-Approved (Delicious) Hangover Remedies

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Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or St. Patrick’s Day, there are certain days where it seems like alcohol is everywhere, which likely also means that a hangover is close on its heels. You may even be taking a sip now as you glance at this post on your smartphone…;) Of course, moderation is always a good way to go, but sometimes it’s easy to get swept up in the momentum of things and lose track of how much we’re consuming. So here is some helpful information and tips from our Registered Dietitian on how to nurse yourself back to 100% after a night of drinking: Continue reading

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10 Healthy New Years Resolutions

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Are you thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier or lose weight? Our Registered Dietitian Lea Basch recommends breaking those broad resolutions down into manageable, actionable smaller goals like the ones below. Choose a few goals that seem realistic and achievable to you, make a plan and stick with it.

Sticking to your New Year’s resolution all year long is about making small, sustainable habit changes for a healthier you. By personalizing your goals to your lifestyle, you’ll be more successful with your resolutions. Remember to adopt only changes you can live with, surround yourself with supportive people, forgive yourself for slip-ups, and you’ll be flying through the year with success, health and confidence. Continue reading

8 Easy Ways to Sneak Exercise into Your Daily Routine

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Whether we have a specific fitness goal or are just trying to stay healthy, exercising regularly is an integral part of any healthy lifestyle. Experts recommend working out 45 minutes to an hour a day (30 minutes for beginners) for weight loss and fitness. The best way to do this is to make exercise a part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth. If you’re like most people and find it hard to motivate yourself to get to the gym, find a class that sounds fun or enlist a family member or friend as a workout buddy. Finding that external support not only makes it more fun, but creates a sense of accountability that really works!

That being said, not everyone has a block of 30 to 60 minutes a day to devote exclusively to working out. But fear not! Breaking your exercise into 10-minute increments can also have a beneficial effect on your health if you do it consistently. Especially during the holiday season, it may be hard to squeeze in your workout, but we’ve got some tips for you to sneak in a bit more exercise during the festive season as well as in your daily routine. Continue reading

Delicious & Healthy Edible Gifts

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Ho! Ho! Ho! The holidays are upon us! And we know this typically means cakes and cookies all around – but you can give your loved ones a healthy spin with your edible gifts! There are plenty of ways to indulge and treat yourself at holiday parties without straying (too far from) your normal eating routine. We’ve already given some tips on how to deal with holiday parties when you have a food intolerance and how to have a healthy holiday season, and now we have a ton of treats for you to give as holiday gifts, as thoughtful hostess gifts, or to offer at your own party!

Making something to bring to a party or to give as as gift can be a fun and personal process, but there’s also nothing wrong with bringing something pre-made to a party! The Tasteful Pantry offers items to fit a variety of dietary restrictions, along with the strongest sweet tooth.  And what’s the best part? These snacks taste so good that you can serve them at your own party or bring them to a friend’s, and no one will ever suspect that they are healthy. You can just giggle to yourself with your own holiday secret. Below are some great pre-made treats and easy recipes for delicious edible gifts that you can wrap up to give to friends and family, or to bring to your next party! Continue reading

Grain-Free Queen Mother’s Cake (GF)

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We love chocolate. And more chocolate. And more chocolate. Especially during the holidays. That’s why we couldn’t resist sharing this gluten-free, grain-free recipe for “Queen Mother’s Cake”. Now you may ask, why is it called Queen Mother’s Cake? There seems to be some debate about whether an actual British monarch was involved in the history of the cake (it is rumored to have been the favorite cake of Queen Elizabeth), but modern adaptations focus more on its modern origins as the most popular recipe of Maida Heatter, aka the Queen of Desserts…..ahhh the lightbulbs flash on!

We love it because it’s gluten-free (obviously) and relatively low carb – it definitely contains less sugar than the typical chocolate cake recipe, and the almond base adds that extra bit of protein and healthy fat. Super indulgent with health benefits? Sounds almost too good to be true! Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Quinoa Bake

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This year I decided to get creative with my contribution to our family Thanksgiving feast. To get the brainstorm going, I thought of the typical holiday comfort foods that I would be missing out on due to my food intolerances – things like mac & cheese, casseroles and stuffing – and it occurred to me that the common thread in all of them is that all these dishes were basically comfort foods baked in the oven. Then I thought about my ideal grain to base my bake around, and of course, quinoa came to mind! After some experimentation, and taking into consideration my love for mixing savory, spicy and sweet flavors, I came up with this festive and healthy Holiday Quinoa Bake! Continue reading

Mindful Eating – Food for Thought

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Mindful eating encourages you to be kind to yourself and to your body by tuning in to your genuine experience and feelings when eating. This then helps you to make choices about food and your eating experience that are helpful and healthful. It also means slowing down, which can lead to health benefits like increased nutrient absorption and decreased calorie intake.

To eat mindfully—grounded in the present moment—is to live fully with food and the act of eating. We drop our busy thoughts, our fears, our judgments and our self-talk and simply become aware of the food, bite by bite. We eat just to enjoy the experience and to get in touch with our senses. Continue reading

Holiday Parties with Food Intolerances

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As the holiday season approaches, many of our social calendars are being filled with holiday parties and family get-togethers. Good food, drinks and company always make for a festive atmosphere, but what happens if we have food allergies or intolerances? So many of the typical party foods are laden with gluten, dairy, you name it…which has the potential to stop us from enjoying the same refreshments that are on offer, especially if you are at a work function and don’t want to come off as the picky eater or play 20 questions with the party organizer about ingredients. And what if the party is after work and before dinner, and you’re HUNGRY? Here are a few tips that require a bit of proactive-ness and pre-planning on your part, but really could pay off at the end of the day and help you enjoy the festivities. Continue reading