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    I have exciting news – I will be starting a new series on my blog!

    I used to be a freelance writer for the Toronto Star (see my past work here) and had a regular segment called ‘Pump My Meal’.  I would get readers to submit their everyday eats and then I would modify these meals/snacks to add more nutrition, all while maintaining the taste. My goal would be to enhance the meals in creative ways, but in ways that were attainable and easy.

    I LOVED doing these. With the help of my wonderful friend, Chelsea Cross, I will continue to do these for you! Feel free to shoot me an email at if you want me to pump your favourite meal/snack!

    Check out my first pump below for Green Protein Pancakes! 


    Green Protein Pancakes

    • Servings: 2
    • Difficulty: Easy
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    Everyone loves pancakes for breakfast; but not everyone loves eating vegetables at this time. Heres how you can enjoy both!


    • 1/2 cup quick-cook oats
    • 2 large free-range eggs
    • 1/2 cup cottage cheese/Greek yogurt
    • 1 Banana
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 splash milk
    • 1 cup baby spinach
    • 1 tbsp avocado oil


    1. Combine all the pancake ingredients (except the oil) in a blender until smooth, adding an extra splash of milk if it’s too thick.
    2. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, brush with oil, then pour out any excess.
    3. Add 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan and cook for 3 minutes, or until little bubbles start to form on the surface.
    4. Carefully flip with a palette knife and cook for a few more minutes, or until the pancakes are lightly golden and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and add your favourite toppings.


      Calories: 277 Protein: 16 g Fat: 8 g Carbs: 35 g Fibre: 5 g

    Written by Nicole Osinga, RD, MAN, BASc

    I'm a Registered Dietitian who works with clients in the Durham Region! I use evidence-based recommendations to help you achieve your nutrition goals. I have many hearty and delicious recipes to share! My office is in Courtice, ON. I regularly work with clients from Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Newcastle, Bowmanville and Courtice.


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