Nutrition · Pregnancy

Tips to eat well with Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), more commonly known as gestational diabetes, is a type of diabetes that happens during pregnancy and causes high blood sugar levels. If you have gestational diabetes, your doctor or midwife will refer you to a diabetes team consisting of an endocrinologist, registered nurse and registered dietitian who will discuss with you… Continue reading Tips to eat well with Gestational Diabetes

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Tips to help get more protein from plants

Whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s important to eat enough foods with protein; protein will help your baby grow, manage your weight gain and feel good! Protein is found in foods such as beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, meats and poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, and dairy products. Canada's Food Guide recommends that you choose protein foods… Continue reading Tips to help get more protein from plants

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Sugar and Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes (GDM) can happen during pregnancy as hormone levels in your body change. When you are diagnosed with GDM, you may have heard that you cannot have sugar anymore. Some people that are pregnant with GDM may find that it's very hard to manage sugar intake from food and beverages, they may find it… Continue reading Sugar and Gestational Diabetes

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Hearty Lentil, Tomato & Tofu Soup

Winter is here! Nothing beats the winter months like a warm bowl of homemade soup. One of the things I love about soups are the variety of flavours and textures they offer, from spicy to creamy and chunky ones. You can add or substitute meat or poultry with plant-based sources of protein like beans, lentils and… Continue reading Hearty Lentil, Tomato & Tofu Soup

Nutrition · Pregnancy

High fibre recipe to help ease constipation

Constipation is common during pregnancy, it's usually caused by a combination of slow digestion, use of iron supplements and the lack of fibre, fluid and activity in your day. Those who are pregnant are recommended to consume 28 g of fibre each day. To prevent or ease constipation, try eating a high fibre diet, drink… Continue reading High fibre recipe to help ease constipation

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Vitamin A in pregnancy

A diet rich in vitamin A (including fortified foods and beverages) is recommended during pregnancy for the healthy development of your baby's skin, eyes and immune system. Food sources of vitamin A are found in most orange coloured vegetables (e.g., sweet potato, carrot, squash and pumpkin), some orange coloured fruits (e.g., cantaloupe, apricot and mango)… Continue reading Vitamin A in pregnancy

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Make your own salad dressings

As dietitians we are often asked about easy ways to make quick, convenient, and healthy food choices. Making these choices can start from something as simple as your salad dressing. Zaynab Al-Nuaimi, our nutrition student, has a good idea about this. Purchasing store prepared dressing may seem more convenient, however, a homemade version can be… Continue reading Make your own salad dressings

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Top 5 non-perishable foods to stock up on for the winter

Time flies and winter is already here. Natural disasters—blizzards—often come with little to no warning. Grocery shopping will become more difficult or even impossible during a winter storm, especially for pregnant people. Stocking up now on the right non-perishable food items will help you reduce your stress. Non-perishable foods, also known as "shelf-stable" foods, are… Continue reading Top 5 non-perishable foods to stock up on for the winter

Nutrition

Finding local foods in Toronto

Thinking about fall reminds us of the beautiful mix of warm colours, family gatherings, and the rich flavours. When it comes to fall foods, we often think of pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, and ginger as well as the variety of heart-warming dishes such as soups, pot pies, slow-cooker suppers, roasts, and casseroles on a cold crisp… Continue reading Finding local foods in Toronto

Nutrition

Folate-rich recipe: Berry lentil smoothie

Being a dietitian working with expectant parents, I'm often asked for quick and easy folate-rich foods.  So thought I would share one of my favorite recipes. During pregnancy, our body needs 600mcg of folate daily. It's important for cell growth especially in the early weeks of pregnancy. Folate supports the extra blood production and helps… Continue reading Folate-rich recipe: Berry lentil smoothie