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I love food. I love cooking, baking and eating but most of the time, I have a difficult time digesting. I’ve struggled with this problem most of my adult life and I also struggle with having little to no energy throughout my day. A few weeks ago, I met with the in-store registered dietitian at my local Loblaws as a challenge for the Food Lovers Unite program. My goal of this meeting was to try and take small steps to improving my health!
I shared my current goals and dietary concerns with Gigi Loong, the in-store dietitian, and she shared how I could meet and improve them.
1. Manage my digestive issues
2. Improve my energy levels.
Gigi did a nutritional assessment, which included what I ate and my eating habits. She suggested keeping a food diary since its a helpful way to keep track of everything I consume in a day and it helps monitor any foods that triggered any of my digestive symptoms. On an average day, I’ll eat three meals and two snacks. It’s important for me to eat in-between my meals to give me the energy I need to get through my day, but I wasn’t choosing the right snacks. I usually gravitate towards cookies, cakes or chocolate -aka low-quality food choices.
Gigi offered tips for healthy snacking like opting for protein and fibre-rich options to keep me satiated. Some examples include Greek yogurt with berries topped with a low-sugar, high-fibre granola or a banana with almond butter on whole grain bread.
During my appointment, Gigi also took the time to grocery shop with me. She shared shopping tips (buying prepared cauliflower rice for quick, healthy meals), recommended food substitutes like roasted chickpeas instead of croutons for salads and showed me how to correctly read nutritional labels and what to look for.
After my appointment, I couldn’t help but feel empowered to make healthier food choices and to try to eat better. I found my session with Gigi was extremely helpful and informative. I had no idea this service was available at my local grocery store and that meeting with a registered dietitian could be so incredibly insightful. If you’re looking for expert advice on how you can improve your health, check out Loblaw’s Nutrition Services.
Here are TWO super easy and delicious snack ideas that you can keep stocked in your fridge or pantry. I promise you’ll be making these recipes over and over again.
First, a super easy, super creamy hummus that is perfect as a dip for fresh, local, in-season vegetables like carrots, cauliflower and radishes. The second healthy snack that I’ve been making again and again is this low-sugar, high-fibre granola that is delicious and adds the perfect crunch to my plain Greek yogurt.
Are you looking to take steps to improving your health? Have you ever spoken to a dietician about what could work for you? Head over to https://www.loblaws.ca/dietitians to book a consultation with a Loblaws in-store Registered dietitian today!
Creamiest Hummus You’ll Ever Make
Super creamy garlic hummus.
- 1 can chickpeas drained
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
In a medium pot, bring water to a boil, add the chickpeas and baking soda. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the chickpeas are soft and the skins fall off. Discard chickpea skin and drain.
Combine chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, cayenne, and salt in a food processor. Turn on high until creamy and blended. On low, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
Once the mixture is combined, transfer to a bowl and serve with fresh, local and in-season vegetables for dipping.
A delicious mix of oats, nuts, coconut and dried fruit lightly sweetened with maple syrup. It’s the perfect topper for yogurt or on-the-go snack.
- 3 cups large flake oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 1/2 cup chopped nuts pecans, hazelnuts, almonds
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit strawberries, pineapple
- 1/4 cup chopped dates
Preheat oven to 325F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, chopped nuts, ground cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the granola mixture and toss to coat.
Spread evenly on the lined cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until gold brown and dried.
Remove the granola from the oven and toss in the chopped fruit. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.