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Flavour with less salt (Part 1)

July 28, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: flavours, food choices, low sodium

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Flavour with less salt (Part 1)

When people are asked what factors influence their food choices, ‘taste’ is always among the top three responses. People like food that tastes good - this statement seems so obvious that I feel a bit silly mentioning it. What is less apparent is that when people talk about taste, they are really referring to flavour.

Humans are only able to detect five tastes - sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savoury (umami). In contrast, we are able to detect hundreds of different smells. Flavour is the combination of taste, smell and other physical sensations in the mouth. Salt is added to all kinds of prepared foods to improve their flavour. + MORE

Low Sodium Snacking for Kids!

July 26, 2011 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: children, low sodium, snacks

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Low Sodium Snacking for Kids!

If you grew up in the 1970’s, like me, you might recall the chorus of the 1969 hit by the pop-rock group ‘Steam.’  I would like to believe that the “na, na… goodbye” was an early, and subtle, reference to lowering sodium intake (whose chemical name is abbreviated ‘Na+’). But this was obviously not the case.

When I was young, my mother would get stuck on long phone calls with my verbally exuberant grandmother. These phone calls regularly ran over into my snack time. Given that the 1970s phone cord confined my mother to a 4-foot radius from the wall, + MORE

RECIPE! Hummus with Tahini

July 22, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: chickpeas, low sodium, snacks

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RECIPE! Hummus with Tahini

Hummus is a tasty and healthy option to have any day of the week as a nutritious snack, spread, or dressing for a side dish. You might want to try and serve it at your next party.

Ingredients:

1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chick peas, drained and rinsed2 green onions2-4 large cloves of garlic1/4 cup (50 mL) each lemon juice and tahini1/2 tsp (2 mL) each ground cumin and salt.Freshly ground black pepper to taste1/2 cup (125 mL) lower-fat plain yogurtchopped onion, tomato, parsley + MORE

Driving it Home

July 21, 2011 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: children, personal experience

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Driving it Home

The following situation really happened to me.

I was driving out of a parkade with my three year old daughter in the back seat of our car. As I pulled up to the toll booth and rolled down my window to pay for parking, my daughter hollered, “I’ll have a cheeseburger, a fries, and a milk!”  My face went red, I melted into my seat, and I sped off the second after I paid. Why would she think she could order a hamburger at this toll booth?

The answer was obvious and painful: we’d been driving dinner home too often! + MORE

RECIPE! Best-Ever Chocolate Cookies

July 20, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: chocolate, low sodium, snacks

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RECIPE! Best-Ever Chocolate Cookies

Your family and friends will never know that bran cereal is one of the ingredients in these delicious crunchy cookies.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 7 to 9 minutes.
Makes 42 Cookies (1 per serving)

 Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1 tsp baking soda1/4 tsp salt + MORE

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