Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Quick and easy holiday treats

The holiday season brings me back to some fond childhood memories. The smell of delicious goodies baking in the kitchen and the feeling of joy while eating them.   For me the kitchen is the heart of a home. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend all your time there. During the holidays you want… Continue reading Quick and easy holiday treats

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Hearty beef chili recipe for the whole family

This nutrient-rich beef chili recipe is wholesome, easy to make, colourful, and can warm you up on a chilly day! Make a pot on the weekend and pack some lunches during the week, or have for dinner after a long day at work. Enjoy this nutritious, healthy, easy to make chili recipe! Get your kids… Continue reading Hearty beef chili recipe for the whole family

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

How to stay hydrated during the cooler months

The heat has long left us behind and now the thought of a warm drink is comforting during the cooler months. Cold temperatures make it hard to remember to drink and keep up with fluid needs in pregnancy. Although we sweat more in the summer we still have the same needs in the winter. Consider these… Continue reading How to stay hydrated during the cooler months

Nutrition · Pregnancy

6 ways to eat well with Gestational Diabetes

You are 24-28 weeks pregnant and you just got your sugar checked.  Your doctor tells you that you have Gestational Diabetes (GDM).  This means high sugars in your blood, during your pregnancy.  It is normal for this to happen in pregnancy.  It happens to some pregnant parents but not everyone. It’s possible to have healthy… Continue reading 6 ways to eat well with Gestational Diabetes

Nutrition · Parenting

Savoury pumpkin recipes to try this Fall

When we think of fall, we think of cooler temperatures, leaves changing colour and of course pumpkins! Some of my favourite Fall colours are the deep reds, oranges and mustard yellows. These are also the colours of many fruits and vegetables in season at this time. Though pumpkins make wonderful decorations, we need to remember… Continue reading Savoury pumpkin recipes to try this Fall

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Worried about BPA in your food? 5 Tips to reduce exposure.

As a registered dietitian, I facilitate workshops for pregnant women at two of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Programs (CPNPs) in Toronto. A common question I am asked is if plastic can be placed in the microwave to warm up food or drinks. We, at Toronto Public Health (TPH), recommend that plastic not be used in… Continue reading Worried about BPA in your food? 5 Tips to reduce exposure.

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby

During prenatal class, one of my moms shared her story of being diabetic and how this affected her ability to get pregnant.  She expressed that if only she had known about the effects of her diabetes, maybe she would’ve had an easier time getting pregnant.  Although it’s true that diabetes can affect your fertility, knowing… Continue reading What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby

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Creamy broccoli soup: A spoonful of Vitamin C

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

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Quick & easy salad in a jar recipe

I am always looking for great ideas to help me eat healthy on the go.  This ‘salad in a jar’ is nutritious, portable, fresh, easy to make, uses simple colourful ingredients, inexpensive compared to eating out in a restaurant, AND is fun to assemble! Layer your favourite foods in a jar, take it to work… Continue reading Quick & easy salad in a jar recipe

Baby's First Year · Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Breastfeeding – Together let’s make it work!

Did you know October 1-7th is breastfeeding week in Canada? Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually to promote the importance of breastfeeding, to encourage breastfeeding and to improve the health of babies. The theme this year is Sustaining Breastfeeding Together. Many families want to breastfeed. Parents want to give their babies the benefits of breastfeeding. For… Continue reading Breastfeeding – Together let’s make it work!