Amazing Benefits of Zinc!
Vancouver Dietitians Blog
by Erica Clancy
1M ago
Zinc is a trace element our body needs in small amounts. Zinc is important for many biological processes in the body, and has many amazing benefits! It is an important factor for a healthy immune system, it aids in DNA production, cellular growth, protein synthesis, and repairing damaged cells and tissue! Because zinc plays such an important role in cellular growth, children, adolescents, and pregnant women must have adequate zinc intake for healthy growth! Benefits of Zinc Immune Health Over the years many studies have shown how important zinc is for the immune system. Zinc is needed for the ..read more
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Iron 101: An Essential Mineral
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by Erica Clancy
1M ago
Iron is a micronutrient the body needs for proper functioning and development. It is an essential mineral that makes hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells. This protein helps blood carry oxygen to our lungs and to the rest of our body! Iron also helps the body make myoglobin, a protein that provides our muscles with oxygen. Iron in the body Iron can be found throughout the body, approximately 70% of our body's iron is found in hemoglobin (protein) in red blood cells. Another 25% of it is stored in ferritin, a protein in our cells and blood, and through different mechanisms in the bod ..read more
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The Sunshine Vitamin - Vitamin D!
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by Erica Clancy
1M ago
Vitamins are micronutrients that the body cannot produce therefore they must be derived from our diet or supplements. There are many different types of vitamins all with their specific roles in the body, but this article will focus on the role of vitamin D! Fat-Soluble Vitamin Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it is best absorbed with dietary fat, and then stored in the body's fatty tissues and the liver. As fat-soluble vitamins can be stored unlike water-soluble vitamins, they last longer in the body. Key roles of Vitamin D in the body Vitamin D has many roles in the body, it is ess ..read more
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The Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
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by Erica Clancy
4M ago
As plant-based diets continue to increase in popularity, many clients ask us about moving towards more plant-basted eating patterns. There are a wide variety of reasons why people choose to eat more plant-based, examples include; health benefits, environmental reasons, animal rights, religious beliefs, etc. A plant-based diet can consist of a wide range of healthy nutritious foods, but what an individual eats depends on the type of diet they are following. The following are diets that fall under a “plant-based diet”: • Lacto-vegetarian: excludes meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products such as mi ..read more
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Should You Limit Your Daily Salt Intake?
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by Erica Clancy
4M ago
Sodium chloride, also known as salt, occurs naturally in food and is often added to enhance flavour, but too much can harm the body. The body needs sodium in small amounts to conduct nerve impulses, maintain the right balance between minerals and water, and contract and relax muscles. The recommended average daily nutrient intake level for sodium is 1,500 mg/day, although most Canadians are eating way more than that! Consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure which contributes to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Therefore, it is important to limit your ..read more
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Why Protein Is Important
Vancouver Dietitians Blog
by Erica Clancy
6M ago
You may have heard the saying “Proteins are the building blocks of life”, but what does this mean? Well, when you think about what the human body comprises: tissues, organs, muscles, skin... this is all made from protein! What is Protein? Protein is one of the three macronutrients that give the body energy, the other being fat and carbohydrates. Proteins are made up of amino acids and the amino acid sequence determines the protein's function. It is estimated that the body contains 10,000 different proteins and they are present in every body part! More on Amino Acids To better understand what a ..read more
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Gluten-Free Coconut Waffles
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by Sherin Sayrany
7M ago
Good morning, breakfast lovers! If you're like us, there's nothing quite like waking up to the inviting aroma of freshly made waffles. Slow mornings, cozy pajamas, and a stack of warm, homemade waffles – a picture-perfect way to start the day! Today, we're sharing a recipe for easy and nutrient-packed gluten-free coconut waffles. Get ready to indulge in a breakfast treat that will transport your taste buds & make you feel great! Why TheseWaffles are a Nutritional Powerhouse We believe in starting the day on the right foot, and these gluten-free coconut waffles are designed to do just that ..read more
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High-Protein Power Breakfast
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by Sherin Sayrany
8M ago
Are you tired of starting your day with a lackluster breakfast? Look no further! We have a fantastic recipe that will not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide you with a power-packed, high-protein start to your day. Our Avocado-Cottage Cheese Toast is a delightful combination of wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized. Let's dive in and explore why this recipe is a nutritional powerhouse, followed by the step-by-step instructions to create this delicious breakfast treat. Nutritional Benefits: High Protein Content: Protein is an essential macronutr ..read more
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Crispy Eggplant Fries
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by Sherin Sayrany
9M ago
Get ready to elevate your snacking game with a recipe that combines crispy perfection and wholesome goodness—Crispy Eggplant Fries! These delightful fries are not only a delicious treat but also a healthier alternative to the classic potato version. Packed with essential nutrients and the natural goodness of veggies, they are a guilt-free way to satisfy your cravings. Follow along as we guide you through the simple steps to create these irresistible, flavorful, and nutrient-rich fries that will leave you craving more. Ingredients: 1 medium-sized eggplant 1 cup breadcrumbs (or panko for extra ..read more
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Homemade Yogurt Parfait Bowl
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by Sherin Sayrany
9M ago
Indulge in the irresistible flavors of our homemade yogurt parfait bowl! This delightful creation is not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make. You can tailor it to your taste preferences by choosing your favorite fruits and toppings. Why Make This Bowl? With a base of creamy Greek yogurt, this bowl is a treasure trove of micronutrients that your body will love. Greek yogurt is not only a fantastic source of protein but also provides a generous dose of calcium, vitamin B12, and probiotics that support digestive health. By adding a colorful assortment of fresh fruits, such as succulen ..read more
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