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Kristin Brown

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On-The-Go Gluten Free Breakfast Cookie

This breakfast "cookie" is not a typical sweet cookie (although it does contain a touch of dark chocolate because it's cool to have chocolate at breakfast ;) ). I recommend making these cookies ahead of time for quick grab-and-go breakfast for yourself and your children. I recommend adding a protein source to this breakfast (hardboiled egg, plain Greek yogurt, etc.) to complete the meal and to help keep you fuller,…
Kristin Brown
March 31, 2016
Sugar cravingsBlog

8 Tips For Decreasing Sugar Cravings

This post comes at a good time – right after our homes have been plagued with glorious Easter chocolate… if only we didn’t consume SO much of it and if only it didn’t CALL to us as it sits leftover and forgotten in our children’s baskets. This is probably one of the top questions I hear from my clients - they want to know WHY their sugar cravings are so…
Kristin Brown
March 29, 2016
RecipesSnacks

Best EVER Brownies

I hate to toot my own horn... but I must say, these are very likely the BEST whole food treat I've ever made! It took 3 batches to get it perfect (and the taste testing process was tough) but I think it is finally ready to be shared (oh the things I do for you guys)! These brownies have a peanut butter cup twist and will make your tastebuds dance…
Kristin Brown
March 24, 2016
Ask the RDBlog

Ask the RD: Will Drinking More Water Help Me Lose Weight?

Q: Will drinking 2 litres of water per day help me lose weight?   We hear all of the time “you need to drink lots of water in order to lose weight”… but why? And what's "lots"? Why should you be carrying your water bottle (glass or stainless steel please) around with you during the day? Today we are going to dive into the topic of water and weight loss…
Kristin Brown
March 22, 2016
EntreeRecipes

Dairy-Free No Potato Bacon Soup

I have many clients who are sensitive to nightshade vegetables. Nightshades, for those of you who don't know, include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers and all of the spices that are derived from these foods. This recipe has been adapted from the Merit and Fork website (I am a lazy cook, so I've shortened a few steps and omitted some ingredients).  Bacon gives a wonderful flavour to everything (just make…
Kristin Brown
March 17, 2016
Nutrition Myth BustersBlog

Nutrition Myth Busters: Episode 1

Part of the reason why people feel so confused when it comes to nutrition and what they should eat for optimal wellness is because there are SO many myths out there that just won't die. Today I want to go through 5 of the top myths I hear in my practice and discuss WHY they must be busted!  Eating Too Much Protein Is Bad For Your Kidneys This belief has…
Kristin Brown
March 15, 2016
muffinsDessertsRecipes

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Who doesn't love the combination of peanut butter, banana and chocolate? These muffins are extremely simple and delicious. They are a great mix of healthy ingredients with a touch of sweet making them the perfect treat for people of all ages!  So many of my clients are sensitive to gluten and/or dairy meaning they typically avoid muffins at all costs. However, this recipe is 100% gluten and dairy free making…
Kristin Brown
March 10, 2016
BlogDigestion

Sick, Constipated and Overweight – Could It Be Your Gut Bugs?

Probiotics have been named the future of preventive medicine and disease treatment. Over 100 trillion microbes live in your intestines right now and they are responsible for so many beneficial processes within our bodies, from proper digestion to boosting our immune system. What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are non-disease causing bacteria that live in our intestines. They produce vitamins (B6, B12 and K2), short chain fatty acids, aid in digestion and…
Kristin Brown
March 8, 2016
Nutrition and InflammationBlogHealth Conditions

Inflammation and Disease Fighting Foods 101

So many of us pop anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil and Tylenol on a daily basis but what if the true solution was sitting in our fridge? If you suffer from achy joints, arthritis or frequent headaches this post is especially important for you! We often think of inflammation as only occurring when we have an injury or arthritis but most of us are walking around with low-grade inflammation all the…
Kristin Brown
March 1, 2016
BlogHealth Conditions

Food as Medicine: Combatting Anxiety and Depression Part 2

Earlier this week we talked about using food as medicine to help decrease feelings of anxiety and depression (see that post here). Today we will continue the discussion by touching on foods that can increase anxiety/depression and lifestyle changes we can make to help decrease these feelings. Remember, food affects SO much more than we often give it credit for. We can become overly reliant on medications to "cure" us of these…
Kristin Brown
February 25, 2016
EntreeRecipes

Best Slow Cooker Ribs from PaleoLeap

These ribs have got to be the BEST ribs I've ever made - they fall off the bone and are absolutely delicious! One of the greatest things about this recipe is that it contains NO store bought BBQ sauce or ketchup (which we all know - many brands contain a lot of added sugar or even worse - high fructose corn syrup). Throw these in your slow cooker this weekend -…
Kristin Brown
February 24, 2016
BlogHealth Conditions

Food as Medicine: Combatting Anxiety and Depression Part 1

Did you know that in 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians (that is a whopping 11.6%) aged 18 years and older reported having an anxiety or mood disorder? Did you also know that you can help combat anxiety and depression using changes to your diet and lifestyle? In order to make this topic a little more manageable, I have broken it up into "part 1" and "part 2". Today in…
Kristin Brown
February 23, 2016
Dairy FatAsk the RDBlog

Fat-Free or Full-Fat Dairy?

Q: Is it better to have skim/low-fat milk or whole milk? A: This is such a great question and one that is getting more and more media attention. Dairy does not agree with everyone (lactose, whey or casein sensitivities are common) but for those of you who enjoy a serving or two of dairy every day, what should you be choosing? We’ve heard for so long that cutting fat from…
Kristin Brown
February 16, 2016
Thai Quinoa SaladEntreeRecipes

Thai Quinoa Salad

This recipe is a potluck go to. The recipe is easy and it makes a large batch so it's great for feeding a crowd. I used peanut butter in this recipe but you can use almond butter or sunflower seed butter for a slightly different taste. The only recommendation I make: please don't substitute the red pepper with green pepper - the red pepper gives the salad a sweetness that…
Kristin Brown
February 16, 2016
Chocolate Avocado PuddingDessertsRecipes

Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

When you're looking for a decadent dessert to prepare for your next dinner party I suggest giving this pudding a try! Feel free to spice this pudding up however you'd like - adding nuts, coconut or dark chocolate chips for a simple twist. This pudding is fantastic because it contains NO refined sugar and contains lots of healthy fats from the avocado and nut butter. This treat will keep you…
Kristin Brown
February 11, 2016