Why Nutrition?

One of the main reasons I became a registered dietitian, and ultimately began teaching nutrition and culture to future chefs, was my love of trying, cooking and eating diverse foods!

Areas of Expertise

  • Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Counsellor, specializing in diabetes in multicultural communities

  • Scientific research and resource development for multicultural communities with chronic diseases

  • Cookbook Author: “150 Best Indian, Asian, Caribbean and More Diabetes Recipes”

  • Writer & Blogger

  • Foodie, Traveler & Speaker

Experience

Registered Dietitian – 10 years
Professor – 9 years
Working Within Multicultural Communities – 7 years
Scientific Research and Resource Development – 7 years

Sobia Khan

Registered Dietitian

Registered dietitian and professor of food and nutrition at the Centre of Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada, researcher and cookbook author.

BIOGRAPHY

Sobia Khan is a registered dietitian and professor of food and nutrition at the Centre of Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. She received her BSc Honours from Biology and Pharmacology at McMaster University, MSc from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at University of Toronto, and dietetic internship at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids).

She has worked in various areas relating to nutrition prevention and management of diabetes and heart disease especially within multicultural communities. Some of which include the Risk Modification Centre and Diabetes Comprehensive Care Program at St. Michael’s Hospital, “Eating for Two” and “Eating for Love” Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Programs, and South Asian Diabetes Prevention Program (SADPP) at Flemingdon Health Centre.

She has created “Nutrition Made Easy” to simplify all the nutrition information that we are exposed to daily and to make sense of it all. She specializes in nutrition counselling, engaging in scientific research and developing resources for multicultural communities with chronic disease such as diabetes. She is also a published diabetes cookbook author, writer, foodie, traveler, blogger and speaker. She enjoys experiencing foods from around the world, writing about them and sharing nutritious multicultural recipes. As a dietitian and professor working at a chef school, Sobia is passionate to learn and explore food and nutrition with chefs and her culinary students.

In her spare time Sobia loves being active whether that is hiking, running, biking or scuba diving. She also enjoys travelling especially to explore and research food and culture from around the world.

Selected Academic Achievements
  • Dietitians of Canada International Travel Award for Novice Researchers
  • Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) College & Community Innovation Program grant to work on a diabetes project focusing on the high risk multicultural populations entitled “Developing Recipes for the Community Nutrition Teaching Model for Ethno-specific Diabetes Education and Prevention”
  • Developing Diabetic Friendly Recipes for Multicultural Populations – research project through George Brown College
  • Canadian Diabetes Association Regional Camp Award
  • Top 30 under 30 Award by the Ontario Hostelry Institute for achievement in hospitality and foodservice industry.
  • University of Toronto Gordon Cressy Award 2006 for Achievement in Community Leadership
  • Dietitians of Canada Graduate Student Award

Testimonials

  • Healthy eating should never compromise taste and familiarity with the food. People of different cultures with diabetes should be able to continue to eat the same foods they have always enjoyed eating. Sometimes traditional recipes need a little tweaking to make them more diabetes-friendly and healthier. 150 Best Indian, Asian, Caribbean and More Diabetes Recipes will help people with diabetes and their families to continue to enjoy delicious traditional recipes as part of healthy eating.
    Joanne Lewis, RD CDE
    Manager, Diabetes Education Canadian Diabetes Association
  • This diabetes cookbook is an important resource for anyone trying to adopt a healthier diet whilst still be able to enjoy classic ethnic dishes. This book explains simple ways we can modify traditional recipes in order to make them more diabetes-friendly and still enjoy them. Not only does she provide recipes, but nutritional information about each recipe. As a novice cook, I found her recipes clear, easy to follow, and absolutely delicious!
    Dr. Saunia Ahmad
    Clinical Psychologist
  • I've known Sobia Khan for some time now and she is great mentor, dietitian and researcher. I recently got a copy of the “150 Best Indian, Asian, Caribbean and more diabetes recipes…” cookbook. It has not only helped my patients to make healthier versions of their traditional favourites but also everyone, including myself, learn about multicultural cuisine with the in-depth explanation of ingredients and cooking techniques. With its practical suggestions about diabetes prevention and management, it is the perfect resource to help my patients and myself enjoy a healthy and balanced eating approach!
    Jana Vinayagamoorthy
    MAN, RD
  • I am so happy that I came across this book. I have many patients of a South Asian and Asian background in my clinic that I see for diabetes and discussing their diet habits has always been challenging. This is partly because patients have told me that it is hard to adhere to a diabetic diet with cultural food that is tasty. Having a book with a comprehensive and easy to follow recipe guide has been a real asset for my patients. I bought some copies to keep at my clinic and I am always referencing Sobia’s book for examples of great tasting dishes. I also have a copy for my home and made Pakistani lamb stew the other night and it was quite easy to follow and tasted great! It is great to see an author that is not only of a strong academic background but passion for helping others. Keep up the great work!
    Dr. Osama Khan
    MD Toronto, Canada
  • This is a wonderful book with lots of helpful hints, tips, nutritional information and description of each recipe. This is definitely a book I would suggest to my clients to review or get meal ideas from as each and every cuisine has so much to offer with their differing taste and variety!. Thanks, Sobia for putting this together!
    Anisha Mahajan
    RD Toronto, Canada

Collaborations

Some organizations I have collaborated with to produce selected health and diabetes resources, or have been worked with to perform speaking engagements and cooking demonstrations, focusing on healthy eating and diabetes.

Flemingdon Health Centre
Royal Winter Fair
Eat Right Ontario
Canadian Diabetes Association
George Brown

years as a Registered Dietitian

years as a Professor

years of Multicultural Community Work

years doing Scientific Research and Resource Development

Nutrition

She has created “Nutrition Made Easy” to simplify all the nutrition information that we are exposed to daily and makes sense of it all. She specializes in nutrition counselling.

Details

Research

Sobia is highly engaged in scientific research projects in the area of nutrition and developing resources for multicultural communities with chronic disease such as diabetes.

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Speaking

Sobia Khan is a highly effective speaker, with the ability to give presentations on any number of nutrition and food related topics, especially those with a multicultural focus.

Details

  • Diabetes Project Proposal Development
  • The Perfect Bite
  • Reaching Culturally Diverse Communities
  • Easy Ethnic Eats for Healthy Living
  • Multicultural Diabetes Cookbook
  • Market Opportunities for Ethnocultural Vegetables
  • Diverse Food and Flavours
  • Easy Ethnic Eats for Healthy Living
  • South Asian Just the Basics Meal Plan Recipes
  • South Asian Diabetes Prevention Handbook