Recipe: Leftover Vegetable Latke

I like to use my leftover potatoes and vegetables in the morning. I make a really easy 5 minute dish that resembles a latke. It’s like a potato pancake meets an omelette. This version is gluten free and vegetarian but you can personalize your ‘latke’ with so many different additions like meat and other vegetables. This recipe is easy to follow and requires minimal preparation and kitchen skills.

Recipe: Mac N Cheese and Quinoa Bites

An easy and upgraded veggie loaded version of mac n cheese that you’ll love.

Simply add garlic and cauliflower to your mac n cheese and you’ve got a whole new spin on the orange creamy favorite.

Quinoa and broccoli bites are loaded with vegetables and cheese and are a great on the go snack or meal and work well as a side dish too.

This pasta recipe is a great meal for newbie cooks or kids to try too.

Recipe: Mini Curried Lentil Pies

I created a curried lentil burger and then decided to turn it into a mini glutenfree pie for meatless monday with my friend who has celiac disease. The lentil pie was such a huge hit I had to post an online recipe to share it.

Top this quick and easy homemade veggie burger with labneh and microgreens. A great way to have a meatless BBQ or Braai.
Check out my other gluten free and meatless recipes.

Pea Pie Crust

I love pie crust but I hate making pastry. I love pie crust but store bought crusts give me heartburn. I want a healthy pie crust. The perfect solution for a quick, easy and healthy pie crust is made with peas! Try my dietitian approved pea pie crust.

My two cents on the ‘Obesity Plate’

The good: Can save 56-63 calories per meal by ‘sponging up’ oil. (Letting a maximum of 7ml of oil settle into the holes- if the holes are filled with spices it’ll pull off less) The bad: A plate probably isn’t going to change obesity in Thailand and it’s probably going to add to the pending…

Understanding Processed Food

Originally posted on Don't Eat the Pseudoscience:
By Kathryn Haydon             “Don’t eat processed food!” This is a common piece of advice for people who want to eat healthier to prevent diet-induced obesity and heart disease. But food scientists understand this advice as an over-simplification of a complicated issue, and we want to help…

Interview overview

I wanted to share a brief breakdown from my interviews and a few of my favorite quotes.

They told me:

Healthy people have favorite foods that aren’t vegetables. The people I interviewed enjoy bread, chocolate, alcohol, cookies, sugary breakfast cereals, and ice-cream.
Given the hypothetical opportunity to cook or dine with anyone in the world, most people would choose their family.
Many of the people I interviewed think that local crops should be subsidized instead of the current crops that are subsidized like corn. Others think that levies or taxes on sugar added foods or beverages could potentially be structured to reduce the cost of fruits and vegetables.
Almost everyone I spoke to mentioned that education, improving access to food or modifying the present agricultural system were likely routes to improving public health.

Dr. Freedhoff Reveals The Secret To Healthy Living

On school nutrition- I’m not sure teachers are being taught to teach these things so It’s hard to teach something you don’t know how to teach. It’s similar to cooking. How do we expect families to suddenly start cooking when they were brought up not cooking. If teachers aren’t given the tools they need to teach they’re not necessarily going to develop them on their own.

There is a role for food in comfort and celebration but not as a reward for children.
Celebrating the 100th day of school with a junk food party is not normal. Reading a book for twizzlers is not necessary.

We live on a continent where diet and weight related diseases
are really problematic both to individuals and countries. There are so many barriers to healthy eating related to the environment we live in that there are too many to list. He calls sodium a dietary red herring, an excellent marker for hyper-processed foods.
Health starts at healthy living.

Part of the fabric of humanity is food.

Parenting to us is living the life we want our kids to live.

Is The Pizza Industry Controlling What Consumers Know About Their Food?

When laws are passed and delayed for the benefit of the food industry it sends a strong message to the public. Is the government is inadequately responding to the health problems our population faces because corporate profit is more important?

I don’t think that labelling calories of food items will solve the health crisis we’re facing but … I do think that labelling calories can help consumers make better decisions about their food based on increased knowledge for the times that they do choose to eat out.

Past FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has said “Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume … Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”

Marion Nestle, Big food, food lobby and industry involvement in policy development.

Entrepreneur, Pharmacist and Politician- Norm Talks about Food and Participation

If you could tell the general public one message about food, nutrition or health what would you say?
I think the most significant thing I’d like people to know is that your health is in your hands to control. Each person needs to have an active level of participation in your own healthcare and your quality of life.
That ranges from the choices you make with consumption of food, types of food you eat, the level of exercise you participate in as well as your involvement and knowledge of your own body and health care treatment.
This means you need to be an active participant in collaboration with your healthcare team which could be your doctor, pharmacist, nurse, dietitian etc. You need to participate, for example, a person who has diabetes may have to participate more but everyone needs to participate on a level.

The Theme Is Action…

I’ve spoken to people in different industries working in different countries. The theme is prevalent.

The theme is action.

We need to take action and to help our population lead a healthier lifestyle. Whatever we’re doing right now isn’t enough. One example is that obesity rates are trending upward, in Canada one in ten children have clinical obesity. Obesity is a leading cause of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease arthritis and cancer.

These things don’t impact one person at a time, they impact many lives, families and whole communities.

Megan Basically Answered “Cookies” To All Of My Questions…

Megan the cookie loving dietitian took some time out of her busy day to share her opinions on food security and food wastage with me.

She wants you to know that if you don’t have semi-sweet chocolate chips you should probably buy some before attempting to bake cookies with 85% dark chocolate or you might end up with a very bitter cookie.

Healthy eating for all, nutrition, physical activity this administrative dietitian explains it all.