All tagged Dietitian

Can Beets Boost Performance? Sport & Health Benefits of Dietary Nitrates

When we see those bitter, dark leafy greens like arugula, swiss chard, and beet greens, we automatically think of them as being good for our health. But did you know these foods can also help boost performance, particularly in endurance and sprint-type activities like running, cycling and swimming? What these foods, in addition to certain vegetables like beets, celery, and fennel, all have in common is they contain high amounts of natural chemicals called nitrates.  

Why Alcohol May Be Hurting your Training & Diet Progress + Tips to Drink Smarter

If you’re like me, the warm weather has likely got you spending more time outside, whether at the cottage, at the beach or on a patio, in the company of friends and family. And with these activities, it is likely you are enjoying a drink, or a few. While having some drinks in moderation is no biggy, being unaware of our drinking choices can get in the way of our health and fitness goals. This can mean not being conscious of how much we are drinking, the types of drink choices we are making, and what happens before and after we drink.

Pre-workout Nutrition: Macros & Meal Timing

Following the basics of how to do it right, and also finding out what works best for you, can help you feel fuelled and energized, rather than bogged down by your food. When we feel good during exercise, we are SO much more likely to go back for more. Eating beforehand also helps prevent the chance of injury by reducing the risk of hunger and low blood sugar during your session (which can negatively impact your focus and concentration).

The Keto Diaries: What this Dietitian Thinks About the Keto Diet after Trying it

I can’t tell you the number of times in the past year I’ve been asked what my thoughts are on the ketogenic diet. My answer has always been along these lines; there’s evidence to show that it is beneficial for quick fat loss, but it is highly restrictive and not sustainable long term. However, there was always a small part of me wondering what it would be like to follow, and if I would feel or perform any different if I entered a state of “ketosis”. Further, having to experience it myself would make me more comfortable in guiding a client or patient in adhering to the diet should they need or want to for certain health circumstances. 

Edamame Hummus

Hummus is a versatile food, making it an ideal plant-based staple in any healthy diet. This non-traditional hummus recipe is made with edamame beans, immature soybeans that are harvested before they start to harden. Edamame beans are very high in protein, complex carbohydrates and minerals such as magnesium and calcium.

Dreamy Hot Chocolate

It’s been a snowy past couple weeks and if you’re like me, you’ve been making ALL the hot drinks to stay warm and keep festive. This hot chocolate recipe is my favourite hot beverage this time of year. Low in sugar and a simple ingredient list, it’s not your average hot chocolate recipe. The natural caffeine from the dark chocolate make it a nice afternoon pick-me up beverage, but without the sugar crash.

Post-workout Nutrition: Why It's Important and How to Do it Right

You train hard, dedicate the time, and you want to see yourself getting stronger and faster as a result. Sure, you probably already know that pushing yourself physically to new limits can help you to achieve this. But did you know that how and when you refuel with nutrition after your training sessions and competitions is another crucial piece of enhancing your performance?