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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

What is in a Name? The Case of Salt and Sodium.

July 19, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: did you know?, Sodium

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What is in a Name? The Case of Salt and Sodium.

Have you ever thought about words and what they mean? Many words have several different meanings depending on the context in which they are used. For example take the word “salt”. ‘Salt’ is commonly used to refer to one specific kind of salt, called sodium chloride (NaCl) or table salt. However, because salt has an important place in our history there are also a number of phrases using the word salt with different meanings than ‘sodium chloride’. For example you might have heard “take it with a grain of salt”, “to be worth one’s salt”, or to “salt away for future use”.

Sometimes the words “salt” and “sodium” are used interchangeably. For example, when dietitians and doctors talk about salt they are probably referring to sodium. + MORE

Broths, Stocks and Bouillon Cubes

July 14, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: Salt, Sodium, broths, stocks, flavour

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Broths, Stocks and Bouillon Cubes

Broths, stocks and bouillon cubes are an easy and convenient way that I add flavour to many of my favourite recipes including mushroom risotto, Mexican tortilla soup and poached salmon. This can be an easy way to pack flavour into a dish, but unfortunately, many of the commercially produced broths, stocks and bouillon cubes have huge amounts of sodium. The average Canadian eats twice as much sodium as recommended and about 75% of that sodium comes from processed foods.

To find out just how much sodium these store-bought convenience products contain, I decided to take a trip to the grocery store. Strolling down the aisles, I found a variety of products with one common feature- lots of sodium. + MORE

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