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

The Perfect Road Trip To Quebec

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 1:29 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 | 3:48 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 | 4:02 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 | 6:48 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 | 9:26 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 | 1:36 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 | 1:55 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 | 1:37 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 | 8:57 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 | 6:07 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 | 1:32 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 | 7:07 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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Some Gluten-Free Products That Are Good and Good for You

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 1:15 PM

Hands up if you met someone who has gone "gluten-free" and rolled your eyes. I know I have. The gluten-free craze has swept us off our feet and right onto our heads causing confusion and misinformation. the Celiac Awareness Foundation estimates that 1 per cent is truly Celiac...

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What You Need to Know Before Foraging for Leeks

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 1:50 PM

No one loves finding out that they have made an error, but it is amplified when you have made it in indelible ink. I'm not talking about tattoo regret, I mean in print. I wrote a column in Metro about wild leeks and had feedback from three different...

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Jane Goodall Questions the Safety of GMOs

(31) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 1:37 PM

I am a lucky gal! Who even gets to meet Jane Goodall (of the gorilla fame) to hear about the issues that remain on her mind now in her 80s? What an opportunity to try to understand the big planet picture from the perspective of a legendary octogenarian earth lover....

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How The App 'Pass The Table' Cured My Culinary Boredom

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 12:44 PM

I'm so bored. This winter has kicked the culinary adventure right out of me -- and that's normally the last thing to go. Just in time, I learned about a new app called Pass the Table and jumped in on a dinner.

For some reason, I get lots...

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Is It Safe To Eat Cereal Again?

(4) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 3:04 PM

During the industrial revolution, the rich ate meat and eggs for breakfast and the poor ate gruel. Neither extreme is a fully nourishing way to start a day so physician and eccentric Midwesterner, Dr John Harvey Kellogg had his own ideas about how to fix this. His "healthy diet" ideas...

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Eat Peaches for Vitamin E

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 5:49 PM

You know how you are cleaning out a drawer and you find duplicates of a tool that you use every day without thought? Why I had three can openers in my kitchen tools was a mystery but it set me to thinking. When the wee genius was even invented, I...

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Why Is KFC Trying To Give Us New Ways to Kill Ourselves?

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 11:50 AM

It's shameful, really, that KFC keeps finding new ways for us to kill ourselves. Double down dog. Go on, I double dog dare you to ingest it. It is only available in the Philippines for now and nutrition facts are not available. That is only one thing that flies in...

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What To Look Out For On a Food Label When Grocery Shopping

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Labels are critical to help you keep track of your things. The same is true of the food labels that appear on every package in North American and there are certain standards that must be followed by law.

There are also private systems that have been designed which may...

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