Nutrition · Parenting

Healthy lunches and snacks for kids

With children back at school, parents and caregivers are always looking for healthy lunch and snack ideas. Healthy foods provide children with all the nutrients and energy they need to grow, learn, and play.  Here are a few tips you can use to provide healthy lunches and snacks for your children. For healthy lunches: Use… Continue reading Healthy lunches and snacks for kids

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 · Parenting · Pregnancy

Food and Mood: What’s the connection?

Positive mental health is our ability to feel, think, and act in ways that allow us to enjoy life and deal with life's challenges. Our mental health is affected by many different things including our work-life balance, our relationships with others and our environments. Having a healthy eating pattern is one of many activities that… Continue reading Food and Mood: What’s the connection?

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting for Muslims. Check out registered dietitian Christine DeSouza's tips to eat well during Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan means no food or drink, not even water, between sunrise and sunset. Many Muslims stay up late into the night and may choose to rest during fasting hours. Ramadan… Continue reading Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

Nutrition

Chia seed pudding- A simple no-bake recipe

Feeling adventurous with food during your pregnancy? Interested in trying something new to jazz up those taste buds…  Why not give chia seeds a chance? Chia seeds are small, oval, dark or pale brown seeds that come from a flowering plant of the mint family. They can be sprinkled over hot or cold cereal, stirred… Continue reading Chia seed pudding- A simple no-bake recipe

Nutrition

Get to know Dietitians!

When you find yourself in need of support with healthy eating, or with raising a healthy eater, where do you look for information? Nutrition information is commonly shared through sources like the internet, social media, family, friends, and other parents. Sometimes, what you hear can be a mix of accurate and misleading information. Or, it… Continue reading Get to know Dietitians!

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Canada’s Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

Congratulations on your pregnancy! This can be a joyous yet overwhelming time for you. You are probably thinking about the many physical changes happening to your body and what's going to come next. Prenatal programs can help answer your questions. Prenatal programs can provide information on: labour and birth prenatal care and services how to… Continue reading Canada’s Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Foods to support baby’s brain development

As a dietitian, I’m often asked by pregnant clients what foods they should eat to help their baby’s brain develop. The easy answer is to choose foods high in DHA, a type of omega-3 fat. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to get enough DHA. This healthy fat can be your infant’s best friend even… Continue reading Foods to support baby’s brain development

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Nutrition Month 2020: More than Food

March is national Nutrition Month. Building on Canada Food Guide's new release, this year's focus is "More Than Food". Healthy eating is more than just the foods we eat. Healthy eating habits play a role too. Let's take a look at the following healthy eating habits: Be mindful of your eating habits We eat every… Continue reading Nutrition Month 2020: More than Food