Annette Fenton

Annette Fenton Offering holistic nutritional consulting services to help you achieve optimal health and well-being. Specializing in weight management, digestive issues & menu planning.

As a holistic nutritionist I am passionate about educating you about the impact of proper nutrition on your mind, body and spirit. I also address how stress is impacting your physical and emotional well-being. I promote clean, whole natural foods that do not contain added hormones, antibiotics, chemical additives and preservatives. Nutritional consulting can address many health related issues suc

As a holistic nutritionist I am passionate about educating you about the impact of proper nutrition on your mind, body and spirit. I also address how stress is impacting your physical and emotional well-being. I promote clean, whole natural foods that do not contain added hormones, antibiotics, chemical additives and preservatives. Nutritional consulting can address many health related issues suc

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Super easy plant based panna cotta. I used frozen berries but you can use fresh ones.  Just 1 can of coconut milk, 2 cup...
06/21/2021

Super easy plant based panna cotta. I used frozen berries but you can use fresh ones. Just 1 can of coconut milk, 2 cups of berries, 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tsp of agar powder. Place all ingredients except agar powder in blender, transfer to a pan, toss in agar powder and simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. Pour into decorative bowls or glass of choice. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours to set. Enjoy

Super easy plant based panna cotta. I used frozen berries but you can use fresh ones. Just 1 can of coconut milk, 2 cups of berries, 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tsp of agar powder. Place all ingredients except agar powder in blender, transfer to a pan, toss in agar powder and simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes. Pour into decorative bowls or glass of choice. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours to set. Enjoy

If you're following a whole foods plant based diet(WFPB) like myself you may want to consider adding certain supplements...
06/09/2021

If you're following a whole foods plant based diet(WFPB) like myself you may want to consider adding certain supplements to your daily routine, if you haven't already. Some important ones to consider are B12, vitamin D and an omega 3. Now a days it's so easy to find plant based varieties of these common supplements. Most of the plant based vitamin D and omega 3 are algae based. Just note that the algae based omega 3 oils have a higher concentration of DHA as opposed to EPA. If you're looking for an omega 3 to improve mood the algae based ones may not be as helpful as the fish oil based ones with higher EPA levels. The choice is up to you and it all depends how strictly you want to follow a plant based diet.

I have always been passionate about health and nutrition and that's why I decided to go back to school to study nutritio...
06/07/2021

I have always been passionate about health and nutrition and that's why I decided to go back to school to study nutrition. It's been a few years since I graduated and I have to say it's had some ups and downs. I found the topic of nutrition to be a very sensitive subject for most people and it was often the cause of many arguments. Plus there is so much information and misinformation online, making the whole topic even more confusing for people. Eating healthy shouldn't be so complicated or a cause for arguments. For those reasons I took a long break from posting nutrition info. I'm still very passionate about health & nutrition and I am always willing to help anyone who asks for some nutrition and or natural health supplement guidance. I strongly believe the key to lifelong health is in our own hands. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any specific nutrition question.

I have always been passionate about health and nutrition and that's why I decided to go back to school to study nutrition. It's been a few years since I graduated and I have to say it's had some ups and downs. I found the topic of nutrition to be a very sensitive subject for most people and it was often the cause of many arguments. Plus there is so much information and misinformation online, making the whole topic even more confusing for people. Eating healthy shouldn't be so complicated or a cause for arguments. For those reasons I took a long break from posting nutrition info. I'm still very passionate about health & nutrition and I am always willing to help anyone who asks for some nutrition and or natural health supplement guidance. I strongly believe the key to lifelong health is in our own hands. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any specific nutrition question.

I must confess, I do use whole oats a fair bit. I use them to make homemade granola, muffins, brownies, cookies and panc...
02/02/2021
Oats: Nutrition, Benefits, Downsides, & Uses

I must confess, I do use whole oats a fair bit. I use them to make homemade granola, muffins, brownies, cookies and pancakes. Besides being very versatile oats are loaded with both soluble & insoluble fibre keeping you satisfied longer, helping to regulate your blood sugar & maybe even help lower cholesterol and not to mention helping you stay regular. Check out this article to see how healthy whole grain oats can be. Note, purchase oats that have been minimally processed such as oat groats, steel cut oats & whole oats.

Oats are popular whole grains. But are they good for you? How can they benefit your health? And are there any downsides to oats?

When it comes to picking the right multi-vitamin it can get confusing very quickly. Should you pick a tablet, capsule, g...
01/27/2021

When it comes to picking the right multi-vitamin it can get confusing very quickly. Should you pick a tablet, capsule, gummy or liquid? What vitamins & minerals should you look for? What about the non-medicinal ingredients? I would pick either a capsule or liquid as they offer better absorption. Also, when it comes to the B12 higher quality multivitamins will use methylcobalamin not cyanocobalamin. Higher quality multi's will also use methyltetrahydrofolate(5-MTHF) rather than folic acid. This is especially important when selecting a prenatal multivitamin. Also a good quality multi will use iron bisglycinate rather than ferrous fumarate. When it comes to the non-medicinal ingredients make sure the multi doesn't contain any added food coloring or sweeteners. Most gummies will contain sweeteners and other nasty ingredients. Feel free to contact me if you need more help finding a multi that's right for you.

When it comes to picking the right multi-vitamin it can get confusing very quickly. Should you pick a tablet, capsule, gummy or liquid? What vitamins & minerals should you look for? What about the non-medicinal ingredients? I would pick either a capsule or liquid as they offer better absorption. Also, when it comes to the B12 higher quality multivitamins will use methylcobalamin not cyanocobalamin. Higher quality multi's will also use methyltetrahydrofolate(5-MTHF) rather than folic acid. This is especially important when selecting a prenatal multivitamin. Also a good quality multi will use iron bisglycinate rather than ferrous fumarate. When it comes to the non-medicinal ingredients make sure the multi doesn't contain any added food coloring or sweeteners. Most gummies will contain sweeteners and other nasty ingredients. Feel free to contact me if you need more help finding a multi that's right for you.

There are 2 simple steps you can take to strengthen your immune system. One is to ensure your vitamin D levels are withi...
01/26/2021

There are 2 simple steps you can take to strengthen your immune system. One is to ensure your vitamin D levels are within normal range. A simple blood test can determine that. During winter months most Canadians are not getting adequate vitamin D through sun exposure, unless you're a snowbird. However, with most of us being locked inside this year, supplementing with vitamin D would probably be a good idea. Talk to your doctor for the correct dose. Also adding more probiotic rich foods to your diet such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, whole grain sourdough breads & kombucha will support immune function. Not into these foods, supplementing with a good quality multi-strain probiotic would be a great idea. Look for ones with high amounts of lactobacillus strains as these strains tend to populate your small intestines. Enteric coated probiotics are also a wise choice, as most probiotic strains can't withstand stomach acid. Take both vitamin D and probiotics with food. Also, make sure you're getting enough restful sleep, taking the time to exercise plus eating a healthy diet focused on plenty of veggies and fruit and other natural sources of fibre.

There are 2 simple steps you can take to strengthen your immune system. One is to ensure your vitamin D levels are within normal range. A simple blood test can determine that. During winter months most Canadians are not getting adequate vitamin D through sun exposure, unless you're a snowbird. However, with most of us being locked inside this year, supplementing with vitamin D would probably be a good idea. Talk to your doctor for the correct dose. Also adding more probiotic rich foods to your diet such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, whole grain sourdough breads & kombucha will support immune function. Not into these foods, supplementing with a good quality multi-strain probiotic would be a great idea. Look for ones with high amounts of lactobacillus strains as these strains tend to populate your small intestines. Enteric coated probiotics are also a wise choice, as most probiotic strains can't withstand stomach acid. Take both vitamin D and probiotics with food. Also, make sure you're getting enough restful sleep, taking the time to exercise plus eating a healthy diet focused on plenty of veggies and fruit and other natural sources of fibre.

Wraps are great. You can stuff them with all kinds of healthy ingredients but when you buy ready made tortillas off the ...
01/25/2021

Wraps are great. You can stuff them with all kinds of healthy ingredients but when you buy ready made tortillas off the grocery shelf, they can contain some unwanted ingredients such as carrageenan and maltodextrin and highly processed vegetable oils. It's really hard to find quality tortillas made with limited ingredients for a reasonable price. La Tortilla Factory and Silver Hills Bakery do make some great tortillas but they tend to be pricey. So I started making my own. At least that way I can control the ingredients. I use 2 cups of whole grain organic spelt flour, 2/3 cups of very hot water, 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp of salt, & 1/4 tsp of aluminum free baking powder. This makes about 8 medium sized tortillas depending how thin you roll them. I don't have a tortilla press so I roll them between 2 pieces of parchment paper.

To make the tortillas combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Form the mixture into a ball and let rest for about 20 minutes.
Heat a skillet on medium heat. I rub a bit of avocado oil on the skillet to prevent sticking. I re-oil after each tortilla.
Cut the dough evenly into 8 pieces.
Dust the bottom parchment paper with some flour, place one piece of dough on parchment paper, dust with a bit of flour, cover with another piece of parchment paper and roll into a 6-8 inch tortilla shape.
Remove parchment paper and carefully place tortilla onto skillet. Cook about 2-3 minutes and flip. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Cover tortilla with dish towel and continue with the remaining dough. It's important to cover the tortillas to lock in the moisture and keep the tortillas pliable.
*When rolling the tortillas I find it helpful to roll the dough for a bit and then flip it over, dust with flour, and continue to roll out dough into desired tortilla shape.

Wraps are great. You can stuff them with all kinds of healthy ingredients but when you buy ready made tortillas off the grocery shelf, they can contain some unwanted ingredients such as carrageenan and maltodextrin and highly processed vegetable oils. It's really hard to find quality tortillas made with limited ingredients for a reasonable price. La Tortilla Factory and Silver Hills Bakery do make some great tortillas but they tend to be pricey. So I started making my own. At least that way I can control the ingredients. I use 2 cups of whole grain organic spelt flour, 2/3 cups of very hot water, 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp of salt, & 1/4 tsp of aluminum free baking powder. This makes about 8 medium sized tortillas depending how thin you roll them. I don't have a tortilla press so I roll them between 2 pieces of parchment paper.

To make the tortillas combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Form the mixture into a ball and let rest for about 20 minutes.
Heat a skillet on medium heat. I rub a bit of avocado oil on the skillet to prevent sticking. I re-oil after each tortilla.
Cut the dough evenly into 8 pieces.
Dust the bottom parchment paper with some flour, place one piece of dough on parchment paper, dust with a bit of flour, cover with another piece of parchment paper and roll into a 6-8 inch tortilla shape.
Remove parchment paper and carefully place tortilla onto skillet. Cook about 2-3 minutes and flip. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Cover tortilla with dish towel and continue with the remaining dough. It's important to cover the tortillas to lock in the moisture and keep the tortillas pliable.
*When rolling the tortillas I find it helpful to roll the dough for a bit and then flip it over, dust with flour, and continue to roll out dough into desired tortilla shape.

When it comes to picking vitamin D supplements you have a choice of tablets, soft gels, or liquid.  I personally prefer ...
01/19/2021

When it comes to picking vitamin D supplements you have a choice of tablets, soft gels, or liquid. I personally prefer either the soft gels or liquid vitamin D drops as they have limited non-medicinal ingredients plus they're more absorable than the tablets. The soft gels will usually only contain the Vitamin D along with a healthy fat such as a MCT oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil or sunflower oil to aid absorption. Most soft gels are made from gelatin so if you're a serious vegan you're better off with a vegan vitamin D liquid drop. Most vitamin D drops only contain vitamin D along with a health oil just like the soft gels. If you've been taking vitamin D in the form of tablet or soft gel and you notice you're levels aren't improving you may want to switch over to a liquid D drop. For all those following a plant based diet you can find vegan forms of vitamin D on your favourite health food site.

Changing diets, changing lives. Contact me at annettefenton.ca to see how a nutrition consult can help you.  Virtual nut...
01/18/2021

Changing diets, changing lives. Contact me at annettefenton.ca to see how a nutrition consult can help you. Virtual nutrition consults are always available.

Changing diets, changing lives. Contact me at annettefenton.ca to see how a nutrition consult can help you. Virtual nutrition consults are always available.

Are you struggling with digestive issues such as acid reflux. Some natural supplements that may help are magnesium, DGL(...
01/18/2021

Are you struggling with digestive issues such as acid reflux. Some natural supplements that may help are magnesium, DGL(deglycyrrhizinated licorice root) and slippery elm. When it comes to magnesium you'll find plenty of options such as citrates, oxides, glycinates, malate's and combination of those forms. The cheapest forms are magnesium citrates or oxides but beware they may make you a little more regular than you want to be. Also, pay close attention to your diet and see if there are certain foods that aggravate the issue. For proper digestion it's best not to drink with meals, take the time to chew your food properly, don't eat when you're stressed out and don't rush your meals. Your tummy will thank you for it.

Are you struggling with digestive issues such as acid reflux. Some natural supplements that may help are magnesium, DGL(deglycyrrhizinated licorice root) and slippery elm. When it comes to magnesium you'll find plenty of options such as citrates, oxides, glycinates, malate's and combination of those forms. The cheapest forms are magnesium citrates or oxides but beware they may make you a little more regular than you want to be. Also, pay close attention to your diet and see if there are certain foods that aggravate the issue. For proper digestion it's best not to drink with meals, take the time to chew your food properly, don't eat when you're stressed out and don't rush your meals. Your tummy will thank you for it.

In these crazy times it's very easy to get a little depressed and pessimistic about the future.  Whenever I start going ...
01/14/2021

In these crazy times it's very easy to get a little depressed and pessimistic about the future. Whenever I start going down that dark path, I find practicing gratitude helps. I constantly remind myself of all the positive things I have in my life. I'm extremely grateful for a truly amazing husband, 2 wonderful adult kids, 1 beautiful granddaughter, a loving extended family and two crazy pups. Not to mention I have a roof over my head, delicious food on the table everyday and good health. It's not perfect all the time, especially in the case of relationships, but that's just life. If you find that you're still feeling anxious about life, even after focusing on the positive, some natural supplements may help. One in particular that has been proven to be effective for generalized anxiety disorder is lavender. I'm not recommending ingesting lavender essential oil. Don't do that. I'm talking about lavender that is manufactured specifically for ingesting. You'll find it available in gelcaps. New Roots has a great one called D-Stress. Only to be taken when you feel like your anxiety is getting the best of you. Feel free to contact me for more info.

In these crazy times it's very easy to get a little depressed and pessimistic about the future. Whenever I start going down that dark path, I find practicing gratitude helps. I constantly remind myself of all the positive things I have in my life. I'm extremely grateful for a truly amazing husband, 2 wonderful adult kids, 1 beautiful granddaughter, a loving extended family and two crazy pups. Not to mention I have a roof over my head, delicious food on the table everyday and good health. It's not perfect all the time, especially in the case of relationships, but that's just life. If you find that you're still feeling anxious about life, even after focusing on the positive, some natural supplements may help. One in particular that has been proven to be effective for generalized anxiety disorder is lavender. I'm not recommending ingesting lavender essential oil. Don't do that. I'm talking about lavender that is manufactured specifically for ingesting. You'll find it available in gelcaps. New Roots has a great one called D-Stress. Only to be taken when you feel like your anxiety is getting the best of you. Feel free to contact me for more info.

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