Amanda Garbutt

Blog Entries by Amanda Garbutt

The Foods That Help You Break Down Vitamins

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 9:37 PM

Keeping track of what you should and shouldn't be eating is hard enough! When we start throwing supplements into the mix, it gets even more confusing!

First, let's talk fundamentals. You've got your micronutritents (vitamins and minerals) and your macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and protein). These two types of nutrients are...

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Understanding Gluten-Free Flours: An Infographic

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 8:14 AM

Nut flours, grains and starches, Oh My! For a lot of people, one look at an aisles-worth of flour and flour alternatives is enough to have them turning their cart around and heading straight for the pre-made bakery goods or a fruit tray. Never fear! We've got them all listed...

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The Sweeter Side of Going Gluten Free

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 3:47 PM

If you're like us, you most look forward to the sweets at the end of a meal. Dessert makes everything better, even if it's just a small treat to pick you up in the middle of a rough day. And what sweet treat are we most crazy for, you ask?...

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Weeknight Meals Made Easy

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 11:15 AM

Weeknight dinners can be stressful to plan, especially if you work late or have kids' schedules to work around. We have all been there and it's tough to make a fresh and delicious meal on those crazy days. A busy schedule has made me realize more and more that having...

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A Christmas Gift Guide for the Foodie in Your Life

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 11:20 AM


That time of year is finally here again, can you believe it? We are probably right when we say that buying gifts for all of your family and friends is at the top of your to-do list. This can be totally...

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How I Became a Walking Latke

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 7:30 AM

Recounting the stories of The Hot Plate's own community manager:

When I think of Hanukkah a few things come to mind. One is the eight days full of partying, exchanging gifts, lighting the menorah and playing dreidel. The other is how Hanukkah has been for...

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The Staple Ingredient You Eat 73 Pounds of a Year

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 11:40 AM

There's one particular ingredient that has stood the test of time. It provides lots of health benefits, comes in hundreds of varieties and commonly takes the form of the most beloved comfort food. Surviving times of economic turmoil and phases of trendy ingredients, it always comes...
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How to Cook Using Nuts

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 3:39 PM

There is no question that when it comes to nuts we are (pun intended) nuts for them. Nuts provide lots of powerful health benefits and are easy to pack as a quick snack on the move. And no, we aren't talking about the salted, roasted, candied, spiced or chocolate covered...

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Recipes to Try Before the A-pork-calypse

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 11:51 AM

Bringing home the bacon is going to be a bit more challenging in the coming months, experts predict. Reports from the United Kingdom sent pork-lovers into a frenzy of nerves last month after hearing that their favorite meat may be more difficult to come by in the near...

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Welcome and Bienvenue to the Cocoa Cabaret

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 10:51 AM

If we had to idealize our idea of heaven, the first impression after entering the Cocoa Cabaretbhv chocolate ball would be a pretty close description. And really, would you expect anything less from the event that consists of nothing but the celebration of chocolate in all of its...

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How to Pick Your Perfect Pumpkin

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 7:18 AM

Remember the age-old tale of Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage? It turns out that the magical gourd that delivered her to the prince wasn't a completely impossible fantasy. While we still can't ride around in glamorous pieces of fruit, the size which the pumpkin was transformed into is an actual...

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Six New Uses for Mason Jars

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 12:56 PM

It's strange to think back to an era where food wasn't always readily available. When civilizations wandered in search of sustenance and settled in areas solely because of their vitamin-rich soil and growing conditions. Life rested in the delicately balanced system of gathering and preserving, where the very survival of...

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Which Potato Chips Are Healthiest?

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 10:05 AM

This popular snack is said to date back more than 150 years! Potato chips were first created by Chef George Crum, who was trying to teach a picky patron a lesson after they sent back their fried potatoes complaining they were too thick and bland. Contrary to Chef Crum's intention...

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Step Aside Strawberries, it's Pear Season

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:15 PM

As the season rapidly changes, we have to say farewell to both warm days and the beloved seasonal fruits that go along with them. Goodbye, juicy watermelon. So long, luscious strawberries. But chin up fruit lovers, there's a new star in town!

One sweet fruit that's taking centre stage this...

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Not One for Turkey? Thanksgiving Alternatives

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Thanksgiving doesn't just mean turkey time. New traditions and main course ideas are always surfacing. For some the turkey remains the celebrity guest, but for new hosts or cooks the daunting task of roasting a whole turkey is less than desirable. The holidays can bring with it a whirlwind of...

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The Top 10 Foods That Make You Bloat

(15) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Slimming down is not a new idea. Articles abound on celebrity crash diets like crazy cayenne water (thanks, Beyoncé!) and low-energy juice cleanses. We all know that salt and sugar are recipes for disaster if you are trying to avoid bloating. What you may not realize is that...

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