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Olive Spread

I have the fondest memories of eating dried black olives at my nonna's house. She actually cures them herself and they are incredibly delicious. If you grew up in an Italian household you might be familiar with these olives too. In honour of my love for olives and happy food memories, I am sharing 5 facts about olives that you may not know. 5 Fun Facts about Olives: 1. Olives are technically classified as a fruit. They belong to a group of fruit known as drupes, which include other fruits like cherries, peaches, apricots, and plums. 2. They are a source of healthy fats Olives are made up of monounsaturated fats (the good stuff). A diet rich in monounsaturated fats has been linked to reduced

Apple Cider (Vinegar) Braised Chicken

This dish is one of my favourites because of the flavour the apple cider vinegar creates. The cooking method reminds me of winter, yet the flavours prepare you for spring, perfect for this time of year. It's also loaded with veggies (making it a great source of fibre and vitamin C). Cozy up and enjoy this nutritious and delicious dutch oven recipe (featured in the March/April issue of Yorklife Magazine). Ingredients: 4 boneless chicken breasts 4 strips bacon, chopped 2-3 cups Brussel sprouts, halved 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 sweet onion, chopped 2 small sweet potatoes, chopped Salt and black pepper to taste 2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 2-3 tbsp. maple syrup 2 tsp. dried thyme

The 5k Spring Challenge

I absolutely hated running but wanted to be able to run a 5k. I truly thought this wasn't possible, but guess what? It was! Last spring I signed up for my first 5 km run with no intention of getting a certain time, but I wanted to run the entire distance. I started training in late March/April and completed my first 5k in the end of May and 10k in September (at the Toronto Zoo - highly recommended). The spring is just around the corner and I am already looking into what 10k runs I can sign up for. Set a goal and surprise yourself, it's an amazingly rewarding feeling. Today's guest blogger Tory Ambrose has a master's degree in applied human nutrition, is currently studying to be a registered

Making your Salad a Meal

Salads are a great way to boost your veggie and nutrient intake each day, but let's face it...they can get boring! They can also leave you feeling hungry soon after finishing, especially when they are lacking protein and healthy fat options. Check out the nutrition tips below on how to make your salad a healthy and satisfying meal. If you are looking for some salad inspiration, give this recipe a try. It has been my latest favourite. It also sits well for 2-3 days, making it a perfect pre prepared lunch option for those busy work weeks. Cranberry Edamame Bean Salad Serves 2-3 Ingredients: ¾ cup edamame beans, cooked 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed ¾ cup red quinoa, cooked 1 + ½ cups mass

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