Weight stigma - it still exists!

I recently went to a conference in Ottawa that focused on the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity. The conference had a specific focus on the interplay between physical and mental health. A couple of the presentations (one in particular by Dr. Angela Alberga) reminded me of how weight stigma still exists in our society and it has actually been found to be the number one reason for bullying amongst children (unbelievable right?) In addition, I recently came across this article which provides some additional points on how weight stigma and ‘fat talk’ are still extremely prevalent (especially among women). It actually reminded me of past conversations I have had with si

Comfort food: do you have one?

I truly believe that food is so much more than the nutrients it provides our bodies. Food is symbolic, it represents our culture, it helps create traditions (think about this holiday season, what are you waiting to eat, what food makes it feel like the holidays?) We enjoy the company of family and friends around food and drinks, and we eat comfort foods for nostalgic reasons (these comfort foods usually hold some type of meaning to us or remind of us of childhood memories or potentially people we love). Most importantly, comfort foods just make us feel really good. My comfort food is soup, usually with some type of homemade chicken broth base. My nonna (grandma) and mom make the best chicke

Chocolate Coconut Granola

In my last blog post I talked about holiday food traditions and how I started my very own holiday food tradition. Last christmas I started making granola gifts for people I work with, family, and friends. It's my foodie way of saying happy holidays! I am sharing my magically delicious granola recipe with you all (because it's the giving season and it's too good not to share). I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! This recipe makes ~ 5 cups of granola Ingredients: 2 and 1/2 cups quick oats 1 cup roasted slivered almonds 1 cup shredded coconut 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted) 1/2 cup cocoa powder 2 tbsp. ground flax seed (optional) pinch of salt 1/2 cup da

Holiday Food Traditions

I think almost every family has their own holiday food traditions. For me, it is impossible to think about the holidays and not think about the food that goes along with it. Take a minute and think about your holiday meals, is there something you just have to have? For me, on thanksgiving it's my Zia's delicious stuffing (made with all sorts of cheeses and prosciutto) and on christmas I am always expecting some type of pasta (usually lasagna or ravioli) or an assortment of fried fish (calamari, shrimp) on christmas eve. (Yes, my background is Italian - in case you were wondering). My other holiday food tradition is roasting chestnuts. I absolutely LOVE roasted chestnuts and you really only g

Chocolate peppermint brownies (with black beans)

Happy international brownie day folks!! :) I love to bake, it is one of my favourite things to do, but I also love to make baking healthier when possible. I mean who doesn't love a sweet treat that is actually good for you? I sure do! A few months ago I came across a black bean brownie recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie and they are fantastic!! See her recipe link below. I made a few tweaks that you can try too! 1) I reduced the maple syrup to 1/4 cup 2) I baked them in a muffin pan instead. If you decide to this as well only fill the muffin tin about half way (not fully). Then you get perfectly round and delicious bro

Salad in a jar please!

I am a huge salad fan when they are filled with a variety of things. I really enjoy when salads are full of different textures and flavours and create bursts of flavour in my mouth (or else the truth is they can be pretty boring otherwise). So, I have created a salad that I truly love and think is filled with bursts of flavour! This salad is super delicious (and nutritious) and incorporates pomegranates, which is a winter fruit favourite of mine. Oh ya...and it's in a mason jar too, so it's super cute! Ingredients: 3/4 cup canned black beans (or kidney beans), drained and rinsed 3/4 cup cooked quinoa (tip: I like to cook mine using broth for more flavour) 1/2 cooked sweet potato (tip: to sa

Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

It's the holiday season so whoop de-do and and hickory dock and don't forget to hang up your sock, cause just exactly at twelve o'clock he'll be coming down the chimney now (okay, enough of that). It's December 1st folks and I have a recipe that will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and put you in a festive mood. You might start singing too! Ingredients: 1 banana 1 bunch frozen spinach 1 cup milk of choice 2 tbsp. cocoa powder 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract 1 tsp. honey (optional) Blend and sprinkle with some crushed candy cane pieces! For the coffee lovers - add a shot of espresso for a chocolate peppermint mocha! 😋☕️ Until next time. Eat Right Feel Right, Angela XO

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