Is a gluten-free diet better for you and your baby's health? Here's Munira Shabber, a student with Ryerson University's Internationally Educated Professionals in Nutrition program to answer this question. Gluten free diets have been trending recently in the news for being healthier. I sometimes get asked by new moms on whether they should switch to… Continue reading Gluten: What’s the Scoop?
Preparing larger portions of food ahead of time, or having family or friends bring you home cooked food, is a great way to minimize how often you have to cook. I often encourage my clients to prepare a larger portion of food and freeze the extra amount for another meal. That last month of pregnancy… Continue reading Safe storage of leftover food
Right now, there is a lot of locally grown fruits and vegetables available at our supermarkets such as broccoli, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes and peaches. Here's Munira Shabber, a student with Ryerson University's Internationally Educated Professionals in Nutrition program, to share what "eating local" means and a quick and easy recipe. For everyone, including pregnant… Continue reading Bruschetta: An easy snack using local foods
During pregnancy, we often take extra steps to protect our growing baby. Preparing food safely should be one of these steps. In pregnancy, our body's ability to fight off bacteria changes and this increases our risk of getting food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness. Foodborne illnesses might not make us sick right away; sometimes… Continue reading Food safety in pregnancy
Although we try to improve our eating habits during pregnancy, pregnancy itself can bring on changes that can affect our appetite. So I often get asked, "Do I have to take any supplements during pregnancy?" The short answer is yes. Health Canada recommends that all pregnant individuals take a multivitamin daily that contains 0.4mg of… Continue reading Should I take a vitamin/mineral supplement during pregnancy?
Got Eggs? Ever wonder about the difference between brown and white eggs? Their nutrition is actually the same! The difference is that brown eggs come from hens with brown feathers and white eggs come from hens with white feathers! Eggs can be part of a balanced diet. They're an excellent source of protein, vitamins and… Continue reading Eggs: Simple tortilla cup recipe
Is it time to eat for two? 'Congratulations! You get to eat for two now!' is a phrase you may hear when you announce you're pregnant. Some may think this is the chance for us to eat more of the foods we love, or not worry as much about the foods we're choosing. However, eating… Continue reading 7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy
Holidays are a time where we may go out for a special meal or celebration. How do we ensure we don't overindulge during this time? Tips to prevent unwanted discomforts from happening Eat at regular mealtimes and snack times. Before heading out to your gathering, eat at your regular meal and snack times. Don't skip… Continue reading Pregnant? Tips to eating your best during the holiday season.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, plays many roles in maintaining your health during pregnancy. Did you know that it helps prevent cell damage which can lead to lifelong conditions such as heart disease AND it also protects you against infections by maintaining a healthy immune system? Read on. Vitamin C helps absorb the… Continue reading Creamy broccoli soup: A spoonful of Vitamin C