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Healthy holiday tips: It’s more than the foods we eat

The "most wonderful time of the year" often comes with the most wonderful foods to eat. One of my favourite foods to eat during the holidays is my mother's pepperpot. It's a traditional beef stew cooked with spices like cinnamon, thyme and hot pepper. My grandmother taught my mother how to make this dish. This… Continue reading Healthy holiday tips: It’s more than the foods we eat

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Gingered Butternut Squash Soup

As colder weather has arrived, I start to think of what soups to make to stay warm and cozy.  Winter squash is now readily available, locally grown and reasonably priced. I enjoy using butternut squash but acorn squash, buttercup squash, Hubbard squash and spaghetti squash are some other varieties you may also see in store.… Continue reading Gingered Butternut Squash Soup

Nutrition · Pregnancy

High fibre recipe to help ease constipation

Constipation is common during pregnancy, it's usually caused by a combination of slow digestion, use of iron supplements and the lack of fibre, fluid and activity in your day. Those who are pregnant are recommended to consume 28 g of fibre each day. To prevent or ease constipation, try eating a high fibre diet, drink… Continue reading High fibre recipe to help ease constipation

Parenting · Pregnancy

Is there a right time to have a baby?

Has your mom told you she's ready for grandkids? Grandma says you need to start having babies before you're too old?  Is your partner either super interested or unimpressed with the whole idea? Is it too early or late to get pregnant? Irida, a current nursing student walks us through the meaning of "the right… Continue reading Is there a right time to have a baby?

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Taco Salad: A quick and balanced dinner

There are days I come home tired but as a parent, still need to think of a healthy dinner to prepare for myself and my family.  This is my 'go-to' quick, nutritious, no-cook meal that is ready in under 30 minutes. I use this salad as my protein filling, but also have chopped lettuce, tomatoes,… Continue reading Taco Salad: A quick and balanced dinner

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Quick & healthy snack recipe: Baked Plantain Chips

Looking for new snack recipes to prepare for the family? Here is a plantain chip recipe that is very simple to make as a side dish or a snack. Have you eaten plantains before? A plantain looks like a banana but is generally larger and is usually cooked before eaten. When it is ripe, it… Continue reading Quick & healthy snack recipe: Baked Plantain Chips

Baby's First Year · Parenting

What’s so special about being one and a half?

To celebrate turning 1½, all children in Ontario are invited for a special well-baby 18 month checkup with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. This is an exciting stage in your child's growth and learning as they become more independent. Parents need to book this in-depth checkup for two reasons: Now is the ideal time… Continue reading What’s so special about being one and a half?

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Top 5 summer nutrition tips

Are you looking forward to the warm summer days just around the corner? Practice eating well this season with these 5 tips: Stay hydrated With the hot weather, outdoor activity, and loss of water through sweat, pregnant and breastfeeding individuals will need more fluids. Pregnant individuals should aim for 10-12 cups of fluid daily and… Continue reading Top 5 summer nutrition tips

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