Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

5 Quick & easy sandwich ideas

Other than having leftovers from last night's dinner, sandwiches are my quick way of throwing together a lunch in under 10 minutes. Here are my top 5 go-to sandwiches. I usually try to add some vegetables into my sandwiches. Give them a try! Between 2 slices of whole grain bread, add: A slice of marble… Continue reading 5 Quick & easy sandwich ideas

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Vegetable Barley Simmer Recipe

Warm hearty soup for a cold snowy day – need I say more? This recipe meets Canada Food Guide's recommendation to make healthy food choices as it includes vegetables, protein and grain.   It is a great source of: Vitamin A Vitamin C Fibre Iron, and Protein Vegetable Barley Simmer Recipe Ingredients: 2 ½ cups… Continue reading Vegetable Barley Simmer Recipe

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

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?

Nutrition

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

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Creating a healthy eating environment for your children

Your children's mealtime environment depends on where they are having their meals and snacks. It is very important to create a healthy and positive eating environment when having meals at home. So how do you create a positive and healthy eating environment for your child at home? Tips to provide a healthy eating environment for… Continue reading Creating a healthy eating environment for your children

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Ways to increase your fluid intake during pregnancy

It is so important to stay hydrated when you’re pregnant.  Canada's Food Guide recommends we make water our drink of choice and Toronto's tap water is safe to drink and free! Drinking enough fluids will help: decrease constipation control swelling in pregnancy control your body temperature support the transport of nutrients to and waste from… Continue reading Ways to increase your fluid intake during pregnancy

Nutrition · Parenting

Keeping kids healthy

Is nutrition for children different from nutrition for adults? This is a good question that seems to come up often. The fact is, nutrition for children and adults is similar. We all need the same nutrients for optimal health but in different amounts depending on our age. Generally children require smaller amounts of food than… Continue reading Keeping kids healthy