You know that old saying that you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Well, it’s bunk. After all, Julie Van Rosendaal has spent most of her life doing just that. The renowned Calgary chef, who’s a food and nutrition columnist on CBC Radio, the food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a co-host of a TV cooking show called It’s Just Food and the author of five successful cookbooks, Rosendaal has made a career out of taking high-fat indulgences and turning them into healthy alternatives. She blogs regularly at, writing about everything from a great recipe for maple bacon cornmeal waffles to how to make the most of leftovers. She’s also living proof that high-flavour and low-fat can co-exist, as she used her inventive recipes and techniques to lose 165 pounds. Talk about the proof being in the pudding.