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Kristin Brown

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Bacon and Potato Salad

Isn't it true that bacon makes everything better? I bet I know what you're thinking, "isn't this girl a dietitian. Why is she suggesting bacon and potatoes - won't this make us fat?". If you didn't get a chance to see my latest post on resistant starch, you can read it here. With regards to bacon - it's a great fat to include in our diet - it's just all about the quality…
Kristin Brown
December 10, 2015
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Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

These have got to be the best grain free chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. They are quick to prepare and even quicker to bake. These cookies contain no processed sugar, no gluten-containing grains, and are dairy-free. I love to use this recipe when getting together with friends or colleagues because these cookies meet the majority of dietary restrictions... and they're delicious!. 
Kristin Brown
December 6, 2015
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Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole

Pizza is typically one of those more indulgent comfort foods that we all crave. I love this recipe because it is gluten free, dairy free and is SO easy to make. Whip this casserole up next weekend as a nutrient-dense replacement for traditional pizza!
Kristin Brown
December 5, 2015
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Food as Medicine: Beat Stress with Nutrients

Stress affects our physical and mental health in many different ways. It impacts our ability to sleep, properly digest our food, reduces immune function and affects our mood. You may think to yourself, “I’m not stressed” – however, we are now exposed to low-grade stressors all of the time – think: working a full-time job, taking care of children and trying our best to be a great friend, wife, girlfriend,…
Kristin Brown
December 3, 2015
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Peanut Butter Coconut Bites

These energy bites are by far one of the quickest, tastiest snack recipes I use. You don't need any additional equipment - simply a bowl, a spoon and a few measuring cups! These are a great snack to prepare and have in the fridge or freezer for a healthier alternative to any traditional granola bar for yourself and your family. Do you think this recipe looks delicious? Check out my FREE…
Kristin Brown
December 1, 2015
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Makeover Monday: Taco Seasoning

Tacos were my absolute favourite food growing up. However, it wasn't until I had finished 5 years of nutrition schooling/interning that I had taken the time to read the back of that little package. After seeing such a huge list of unnecessary ingredients, such as "corn maltodextrin", "sugar", "caramel colour", "hydrolyzed soya and corn protein" (in taco seasoning, really?) the quest for finding a delicious taco seasoning recipe was on.…
Kristin Brown
November 23, 2015
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Slow Cooker Chicken Masala

A busy schedule has made my slow cooker my most used kitchen tool. I love this dish because I can chop up all of the ingredients, throw them into one pot and in 8 hours have a delicious meal ready to eat when I get home from work. What else I love about this recipe is that although it calls for a lot of spices, almost all of them are in…
Kristin Brown
November 21, 2015
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Balsamic Maple Pulled Pork

This delicious pork dish can be thrown into the slow cooker in the evening and ready to be packed in your lunch the next morning. The sweetness from the peppers and maple syrup create the perfect mixture of flavours. Throw these ingredients in the crock pot and don't worry about dirtying too many dishes or waiting hours for it to be ready. Put everything together Sunday evening and have lunches prepared…
Kristin Brown
November 20, 2015
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Chocolate Avocado Bites

These delicious chocolate bites are a great holiday treat! They are very simple to make, require no baking and are sure to be a hit amongst your friends and family this holiday season. I recommend making a large batch of 24 to have in the fridge or freezer for unexpected visitors. 
Kristin Brown
November 19, 2015
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Choosing a Prenatal Supplement – Part 2

Welcome back for part 2 of Choosing a Prenatal Supplement (you can read part one here)! In this post we will finish our discussion on prenatal supplement components and what to look for when selecting this important multivitamin from store shelves! Omega 3 When looking for an omega 3 supplement, you want to make sure it contains two different omega 3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosopentaenoic acid). DHA…
Kristin Brown
November 11, 2015
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Paleo Holiday Stuffing

Okay so it's only November, but getting into the spirit of the holiday season I decided to try out a new stuffing recipe modified slightly from the amazing Juli Bauer's recipe (you can read the original recipe here). This stuffing is a meal all in itself, so you don't have to wait until the holidays to whip up this delicious blend of warm flavours!  This recipe is egg-, nightshade-, gluten-, dairy-free but it…
Kristin Brown
November 8, 2015
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How to Choose a Prenatal Supplement – Part 1

This past May I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the Nutrition and Health Conference put on by the Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine where I was first introduced to the work of medical doctor Victoria Maizes. Dr. Maizes focuses much of her work on fertility, environmental toxins and their impact on the body and women’s ability to conceive. After returning home and diving into research…
Kristin Brown
November 5, 2015
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Should You Take Vitamin D?

There has been a lot of hype about the "sunshine vitamin" in the past decade due to its many important roles within the body. At my first meet and greet with a family physician in Calgary, he gave me a requisition to get my blood work done. After scrolling through the checked boxes on the sheet I asked if I could also get my vitamin D levels checked. To this…
Kristin Brown
November 1, 2015
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Minerals for Health – Magnesium

Magnesium is needed within the body for many different reasons – strong teeth and bones as well as a healthy cardiovascular and nervous system. Concern regarding magnesium status in the body is not often brought up to me by clients – with the exception of clients dealing with renal insufficiency. This is likely because when we get our annual blood work done, magnesium doesn’t seem to ever come up as…
Kristin Brown
October 25, 2015
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Sleep Hygiene – Sleep.. What?

When I ask my clients "have you heard of sleep hygiene?", to this day not one person has answered "yes". I often get a range of responses from "does that mean you have a shower before you go to bed?" to "I wash my sheets every week". Sleep hygiene is defined as "habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis". I care about the sleep…
Kristin Brown
October 17, 2015