Author: Melanie Steele

5 Times You Might Need a Snack

This year Nutrition Month is all about unlocking the potential of food – to fuel, discover, prevent, heal, and bring us together.  While I hope to share more about how dietitians in various roles can help you unlock the potential of food, this week I’m starting off with some snack inspiration to keep you well

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Welcome (Back)!

Hi There, and Welcome to Vancity Nutrition  I’m Mel, a registered dietitian, avid home cook, and new mom.  This site used to be called Mel’s Food Blog – you can probably guess it was about food (original name, I know).  I started blogging 5 years ago during a career transition as a way for me

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Spiced Chocolate Smoothie

Update: This was one of the most popular recipes from my previous site, Mel’s Food Blog.  I’ve re-tested and re-shot it and it stands as is.  Try a bit less milk and frozen banana to make this into a smoothie bowl. I love smoothies for breakfast – they’re quick, easy, and can be packed full

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Fresh Pick – Chard

The sun may be shining here in Vancouver, but the air sure is cold!  Comfort foods have become a mainstay as of late, so I thought I would highlight a hearty green that will make a nutritious addition to your soups and stews.  This week’s Fresh Pick is chard.

Spicy Miso Soup

Update: This was one of the most popular recipes from my previous site, Mel’s Food Blog.  I’ve re-tested it and re-shot it with some very minor tweaks.  The miso is made into a slurry and added at the very end to ensure the probiotics aren’t destroyed when the soup is heated.  I can honestly say

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Wendy’s Peanut Butter Cookies

One of my favorite treats growing up was my mother’s homemade peanut butter cookies. They were perfect for dunking into a glass of cold milk. I remember watching my mother sitting in the living room, wooden spoon and mixing bowl on her lap, watching the news while she creamed together the butter and sugar. My

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Fresh Pick – Fennel

We are coming to the end of the fennel season here in BC, but I thought it would be fun to throw in something a little different to get us thinking outside the box. Fennel Fennel is a unique looking vegetable.  It is white and bulbous at the base with long green fronds that look a

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Fresh Pick – Cranberries

This week’s fresh pick is the tasty cranberry.  Fresh cranberries are crisp and tart, while dried cranberries are softer and sweeter.  Whichever one you prefer, cranberries are a versatile food that can add great flavour and nutrition to both sweet and savoury dishes.

Fresh Pick – Potatoes

Potatoes have developed a bad reputation over the years.  Some varieties have a high glycemic index, and they are usually shunned by those following a low carb diet.  Personally, I think that potatoes are delicious and can be part of a healthy diet, so long as you steer clear of French fries everyday (so hard,

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Carrot, Ginger and Cardamom Soup

Update: Hands down, this was the most popular recipe from my previous site, Mel’s Food Blog.  I’ve re-tested and re-shot it and made a few changes to the recipe, mostly improving the instructions for clarity. I’ve also upped the carrot a bit and reduced the overall liquid for a thicker soup.  Feel free to play

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