Christy Brissette, MSc, RD
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Christy Brissette is a registered dietitian and nutrition and food communications expert. She is the President of 80 Twenty Nutrition, a nutrition and food media company with the vision of ending food confusion and dieting and loving your body by giving it healthy, delicious food. Christy is a TV personality and spokesperson, nutrition and food writer and blogger, recipe developer and YouTube video producer. She is regularly interviewed by the media about nutrition and health. Christy also sees private clients and supports them in achieving their best health through excellent, creative and fun eating plans.

Christy completed an Honours BASc in nutrition at Ryerson University and a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto.

Entries by Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

5 Healthy Root Vegetables You Need To Try This Winter

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 6:39 AM

Winter is here and we're all trying to eat seasonally when we can. You know what that means when it comes to vegetables... variety often falls by the wayside.

Before you default to white potatoes for every meal, know that there is a wide variety of nutritious root vegetables to...

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Health Benefits Of Turmeric And Tasty Recipes From Breakfast To Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2016 | 3:35 PM

Turmeric milk, turmeric tea, even turmeric in smoothies! This golden spice seems to be adding brilliant colour and potential nutrition benefits to a wide variety of recipes.

This versatile root has been used for thousands of years in South Asian cuisine, so why is turmeric only now being celebrated...

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Try These Holiday Recipes At Your Next Party

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 5:59 AM

The holiday season is officially in full swing, which means plenty of holiday parties to host and potlucks to gather recipes for. Trying to create something that's healthy, simple and crowd-pleasing can be a real challenge!

I chatted with Zannat Reza, fellow RD, Founder and CEO at

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Celebrate Thanksgiving, California Style!

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2016 | 7:48 AM

When I say "Thanksgiving", what immediately comes to mind? Red, orange and yellow leaves? Getting bundled up to pick apples or digging into some pumpkin pie?

As a proud Canadian, I used to think the holidays meant colder weather and holding onto traditions like mountains of mashed potatoes and scattering...

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Molasses: A Healthier, More Natural Sweetener With Versatility

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 6:04 PM

In the fashion world, trends come and go, but classics always seem to circle back and regain popularity decades later. Horn-rimmed glasses, anyone?

Nutrition seems to go through a similar cycle. Our grandmas cooked and baked with sugar, flour, eggs and butter but very few people were overweight. Then...

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Big Box Grocers Are Finally On Board With The Local Food Trend

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2016 | 11:26 AM

(Photo credit: Jan Buchholtz via Flickr).

When you think of eating what's in season, you probably picture heading to your local farmer's market to pick up some fresh produce. Having the opportunity to connect with farmers is priceless, but not...

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A New Parent's Guide To Choosing The Healthiest Baby Food

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2016 | 1:54 PM

(Photo credit: Brian Brodeur via Flickr).

Choosing which foods to feed your baby can be anxiety-provoking for new parents. In the age where we worry about synthetic pesticides, GMOs and more, parents can feel plenty of pressure to make the...

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A Complete Guide To Enjoying Oysters At Home

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 4:07 PM

The most famous of the aphrodisiacs, oysters have the "je ne sais quoi" to take your summer gatherings up a notch.

Unsure about how to open them or even buy them? Here's your complete guide to enjoying oysters at home.

If you're more of a visual learner, check out...

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Farm To Table, Meet Vine To Wine

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 1:03 PM

(Photo credit: Carol Norquist via Flickr).

Chefs and foodies everywhere agree that a delicious dish starts with the highest quality ingredients. So why don't we think about this when choosing a wine?

Farm to Table Defined

The farm-to-table movement is...

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5 Barbecue Flavour Trends You Need To Try

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 12:35 PM

Barbecue season is officially here, which means grilling aficionados across the country are looking for better, bolder flavours to take their backyard gatherings to the next level.

There are 5 grilling flavour trends this summer selected by McCormick Canada's global team of chefs, food technologists and flavour experts....

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7 Foods You Need For Fast And Healthy Summer Meals

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 4:08 PM

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Summer means you're not only busy during the week (ahem, patio season) but you're also racing off on the weekends to cottages, camping trips, BBQs and other fun activities.

How do you eat right...

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Keep Kids Hydrated This Summer Without Resorting To Sugary Drinks

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 10:50 AM

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Summer means kids are off school and finally free to do what they do best -- run around outside, climb trees, build forts, play sports, ride bikes, swim and more.

It's hard enough...

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Aussie-Inspired Décor And Entertaining Tips For Great Barbecues

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 2:34 PM

Nothing is more celebrated in Canada than the arrival of summer... unofficially known as backyard barbecue party season. But how do you make sure your summer gathering extends from afternoon past sunset?

The Aussies have longer summers than we do, and that extra practice means they've mastered the laid back...

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The Reasons To Love Sugar Go Beyond Sweetness

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 11:38 AM

Sugar-free diets are all the rage right now. Sure, many people are eating too much sugar and need to cut down.

(Photo credit: Scott Butner via Flickr).

But cutting down on sugar is different than trying to...

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Gardening Newbie? 5 Expert Tips To Get You Started

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 5:06 PM

Spring is finally here -- and so is time to dig in the garden! 'Tis the season for planting beets, radishes, herbs and baby greens.

Growing your own herbs and vegetables is a great way to save money on produce and to prevent waste. You can pick...

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This Is The World's Healthiest Vegetable (And No, It's Not Kale)

(16) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 10:22 AM

Step aside, kale and cauliflower. There's a new superfood veggie that's at the top of everyone's grocery list!

Watercress is a refreshing leafy green that's a close cousin to kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower -- but its health benefits outshine the rest of the family's.

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4 Mouth-Watering Low Calorie Pasta Substitutions

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 11:25 AM

When I speak to clients about their favourite comfort foods, pasta almost always makes the list. We crave carbs for their serotonin boost, quick energy and nostalgia. You might think about spaghetti and automatically be transported back to the family dinner table. It's no wonder you crave oodles...

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5 Nutrition Keys To Boosting Your Child's Brain Health And Focus

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 10:02 AM

Nutrition is critical to helping kids reach their full potential. The first three years are especially important because your child's brain is growing. During the early years and beyond, ensuring your child consumes brain-boosting nutrients can help with concentration and performance in school, sports, music and more!

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Food Isn't Good Or Bad, It's Just Food

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 3:50 PM

The latest nutrition trend isn't a fad diet. It's finally the opposite! People are moving away from diet foods and embracing health foods and wellness.

Finally, North Americans are starting to care about their health and enjoy food rather than see it as an enemy. I see...

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Craving Healthy Fruit During Canadian Winter? Chile Is In Season

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 1:28 PM

Eating local produce is a great idea to help support your local farmers and the economy. But is it realistic to choose local fruits and vegetables all winter long in Canada?

As a dietitian, I also encourage people to go for as much variety as possible and to choose...

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