Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

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

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

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

Breastfeeding · Parenting · Pregnancy

Tips to prepare for breastfeeding before and during pregnancy

Thinking about how you will feed your future baby may be the furthest thing from your mind.  After all, why would you think about feeding a baby if you don’t have a baby or aren’t pregnant yet? Studies show that most parents decide how to feed their baby before they are pregnant.  Deciding early about… Continue reading Tips to prepare for breastfeeding before and during pregnancy

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!

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Gestational Diabetes: Why is my sugar high during pregnancy?

“At my last prenatal appointment I was told that I have high sugars, but why?  I don’t eat a lot of sweets.”  As a registered dietitian working with pregnant clients, this is a common question I am asked.  I’m sure many of you are wondering the same thing. So… why are my sugars high? Let… Continue reading Gestational Diabetes: Why is my sugar high during pregnancy?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Is protein powder safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

As we all know, additional protein is needed in the second half of the pregnancy to support the growth and development of the baby. Clients often ask me if they can have protein powder to meet their extra protein needs. Extra protein from protein powders or supplements is rarely needed. Instead, it is easy to… Continue reading Is protein powder safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Pregnancy

Alcohol and Pregnancy:  What’s the Risk?

September is FASD Awareness month.  As a member of the Toronto FASD Network, we are joining the Red Shoes Rock campaign to raise awareness about this preventable disease. To recognize this important initiative, the Toronto sign lit up in red on September 9th, and we’re asking you to help us spread the word by wearing… Continue reading Alcohol and Pregnancy:  What’s the Risk?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Busy morning? 7 ideas for breakfast-on-the-go

Busy morning and rushing out of the house?  Feel too busy to prepare breakfast and now your stomach reminds you that it’s mid-morning and you haven’t eaten yet? Eating regularly is more important during pregnancy because the food you eat gives your body and baby nutrition and energy.  As a dietitian, I hear many reasons why… Continue reading Busy morning? 7 ideas for breakfast-on-the-go

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Ten tips to make the best mocktails for your party

Make your next party an alcohol-free one.  There’s a variety of ideas for you to make drinks that everyone can enjoy.  Remember, there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink when planning a pregnancy, pregnant, or breastfeeding, but that doesn’t mean the party is over for you. The key is to be creative and… Continue reading Ten tips to make the best mocktails for your party

Pregnancy

Signs of labour: 3 things to watch for

As your due date approaches, you may experience some symptoms that make you wonder whether it’s time to have your baby. If you are in labour, that’s exciting! It means that soon enough you’ll be holding your new baby in your arms. Sometimes though, what you’re experiencing can be a little confusing. Here are three… Continue reading Signs of labour: 3 things to watch for