Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Energy bites: A no-bake healthy snack recipe

The foods you eat help fuel your body with vitamins and minerals.  During pregnancy your body is working hard to help your baby grow, therefore it needs additional protein and energy. Eating small frequent meals and snacks during the day will help achieve this goal. Protein and energy will help your baby grow, ensure you… Continue reading Energy bites: A no-bake healthy snack recipe

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Introducing baby to a cup

During our nutrition groups, a common question parents ask is “Now that my baby is starting solid food, how can I get them to drink fluids from a cup?” This is an excellent question! Nutrition is dynamic and information changes all the time. Health Canada recommends when introducing solids to your baby around six months… Continue reading Introducing baby to a cup

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

7 Tips to add fibre into your diet

As a Public Health Dietitian working in the field for many years I make sure I keep up with all the new information about nutrition. Working with students is a perfect opportunity to reach this goal. Have a look at what Rim Mouhaffel has summarized after her 12 week nutrition care rotation with counselling pregnant… Continue reading 7 Tips to add fibre into your diet

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Bruschetta: An easy snack using local foods

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

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Food safety in pregnancy

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

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Why do you need more iron during pregnancy?

My job is to counsel pregnant individuals for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. One of the most common concerns that I see in 90% of my clients is the struggle with low iron levels. Many share that they feel tired, weak, have difficulty concentrating, feel lightheaded, have cold hands/feet or suffer headaches. And… Continue reading Why do you need more iron during pregnancy?

Nutrition · Parenting

Cookie recipe: A healthy sweet treat for the family

As a dietitian I am often asked “Are cookies healthy – can I have them as a snack?”  A cookie can be a snack option, especially if they are made with whole grain and flaxseeds. What can flaxseeds do for you? These are seeds that are more nutrient-dense than most nuts. They are a rich… Continue reading Cookie recipe: A healthy sweet treat for the family

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Following a vegan diet has become more popular among pregnant & breastfeeding individuals. Have a look at what Cristina Benea, Master of Public Health student, has summarized for this blog. What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet that only includes vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. A… Continue reading Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding


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