Theresa Albert
Theresa Albert, Food Communications Specialist, Toronto Nutritionist

Theresa’s French Canadian influences are a part of her “no bologna” style as everything is on the table...not just the dinner. She has the unique ability to distill complex health concepts into simple, savvy steps to improve any lifestyle choice. Because she wants to have it all too, she gets to the point with humor and truth.

Theresa is a sought after media commentator and lifestyle pundit on many topics with a particular fascination with human relationships with food and culture. Her words can be read in such esteemed publications as The Toronto Star, Metro News, Today’s Parent, Canadian Living and Canadian Family, Best Health and Shape Magazine. Her opinions voiced on CTV Newschannel, CBC and Global are always informative, thoughtful and entertaining. She has two books published in Canada and the US: Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day and Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck.

She can be found on twitter as @theresaalbert and at

Entries by Theresa Albert

Boozy Beverages For Guilt-Free Summer Sipping

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 12:08 PM

It's summer drink season! I spend a lot of time wearing my nutritionist hat warning people about the perils of socializing over boozy beverages, but the truth is our summer season is short. If you play your cards right, you can have your bevvy and drink it, too. None of...

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This Year's New York City Food Trends

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 12:49 PM


A yearly trip to New York City provides clues as to what is going on in food trends. Stuff that starts here tends to spread across the continent over the year. Here are the big ideas I saw in 2016:

Multipurpose Spaces...

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How Is The Food In Northern Ireland?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 3:42 PM

When Tourism Ireland invited me on a Foodie Tour of Northern Ireland, my first thought was "I can boil my own potatoes and I don't eat deep fried foods." They were only too happy to show me that my concept of Irish food is outdated and how far...

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How To Travel With Kids In Belfast

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 4:14 PM


Visitors can leave messages of encouragement for peace on the Peace Wall in Belfast.

The trick to travelling with kids when you want to absorb the history and culture could be making sure they think they are just having fun. Finding educational ways to explore in...

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You Can Give In To Your Carb Cravings And Lose Weight, Too

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 11:10 AM

The second it gets cold my body screams for carbs. From warm cereals to gooey desserts, I just want to wrap myself in warmth from the inside out, light a fire, get a wool blanket and hibernate. But January is the healthy month when we are all supposed to be...

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Fitness At 50: Minding The Middle

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 2:47 PM

I was at an event created by Reebok to inspire fitness and encourage women to "express your strong." The spokespeople represented a wide range of carefully curated stories and storytellers: ethnic backgrounds, size and shapes, as well as variety of inspiring real life tales were in place. Brands...

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5 Tried And True Health Hacks For 2016

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 10:46 AM

Buckle up! 2016 is shaping up to be a year even more intensely focused on health. January's news is perennially populated with diet, fit tips, and life hacks that will set you on your way. Of course, there will be a few (ahem, a lot) of misinformation and hard to...

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The Ultimate Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 4:19 PM

Each year at this time, I am inundated with requests for interviews on how to make the holidays a little healthier. The good news is that people do actually want to do so! They don't want to give up the socializing, drinkies and treats but they also don't want to...

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The Perfect Road Trip To Quebec

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:29 PM

My motto is and always has been "don't die before you are dead." This tenet factors into every decision I make from whether or not to go to the gym on a rainy day (when consuming cookies and cocoa looks better) to whether or not I have the time to...

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Why You Should Swap Potatoes For Brown Rice

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 2:48 PM

"Rice is a staple for nearly half of the world's seven billion people," according to the International Rice Research Institute and the Canadian table may just be joining them. As a starchy side dish potato consumption as a side dish has dropped over the last decade...

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5 Ways To Reduce Meat's Cancer Risk Besides Moderation

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 3:02 PM

You knew it was coming, the news that bacon is carcinogenic along with its processed meat brethren of deli meats, smoked meats and hot dogs.

This week, the World Health Organization rocked your lunch world by placing processed meats in the highest carcinogen category (where cigarettes and...

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5 Reasons Halloween Sucks and How to Make it Better

(12) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 5:48 PM

I don't suppose we could convince kids to give up Halloween altogether, hey?

Even when I had a little one, I was not good at turning a blind eye to the all the reasons Halloween is just wrong:

  • It flies in the face of every healthy message we have sent...
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This is How Italians Do Brunch

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 8:26 AM

The staff at Buca Yorkville is the first to admit that breakfast in Italy is a simple pastry and coffee, but bridging Canadian cravings with their commitment to Italian dining means creating brunch. Luckily, brunch is my favourite meal, as it allows plenty of time to exercise up...

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What to Pack in Your Lunch Box

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Lunch box confusion is upon us yet again. It is a boomerang issue of what to pack that is healthy, that will get eaten, that avoids nuts and other allergens and that can be packed fast as well as consumed quickly. I am scanning the packages and aisles constantly not...

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Are These Three New Sweeteners Safe or Scary?

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 12:55 PM

If I were sugar, I would be taking cover and either looking for a new job or finding a safe way to retire. Maybe partnering with newer, better versions of sweetness would be worth investigation because, everywhere I would look, the future will look grim. I would be reading the...

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Here's What You Can Do With Your Coffee Waste

(6) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Home pod brewers have taken over the universe and the landfills. Green Mountain company, the K-cup makers, are bringing back the "My K-cup" option which allows brewing of any ground coffee in their machines. This may or may not have anything to do with customers having "passion for" brewing their...

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Discover the Hidden Gems to Be Found in Canada's Capital

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 7:57 AM

There are hidden gems in this political town that are all about art and food, music and exploration. Oh, sure, there's the parliament buildings and the museums but do you know where the best view of them is? Or the most spectacular sunset? Or from where you can see the...

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Critters That Might Be Lurking in Your Food

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 5:07 PM

I inadvertently ate a worm that was living in my cereal, I think. It was squirming, really. Which grossed me out beyond words but it got me to thinking...what are the dangers lurking in our cupboards? Are mealworms like the ones that ruined my snack dangerous parasites? What about those...

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Three Ways to Reduce Your Sugar Consumption

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Sugar is the new sodium, reviled for its evilness. It is contributing to the rise of everything from diabetes to Fatty Liver Disease, according to The Canadian Liver Foundation. The World Health Organization suggests that you reduce not only "added sugar" but also "naturally...

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6 Tips to Keep You Fit This Summer

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 6:07 PM

It's almost summer!

Victoria Day weekend signals the start of outdoor play time, vodka coolers and lemony beers plus snacks on the deck. Before we start, I want you to try on your shorts from last year (the ones with a waistband!) I can wait.

Whether they fit...

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