Nutrition · Pregnancy

Vitamin A in pregnancy

A diet rich in vitamin A (including fortified foods and beverages) is recommended during pregnancy for the healthy development of your baby’s skin, eyes and immune system. Food sources of vitamin A are found in most orange coloured vegetables (e.g., sweet potato, carrot, squash and pumpkin), some orange coloured fruits (e.g., cantaloupe, apricot and mango)… Continue reading Vitamin A in pregnancy

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Easy & healthy recipe: Spinach cottage cheese lasagna

Health Canada has recently released a newer version of Canada’s Food Guide to help us make healthier choices. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you already know the importance of healthy eating for you and your baby. One new key message is one that encourages Canadians to cook more often. 5 benefits of cooking often:… Continue reading Easy & healthy recipe: Spinach cottage cheese lasagna

Nutrition · Parenting

Build healthy eating habits for your little one

Imagine the last meal you had with a friend – there was good conversation, eye contact and maybe even a few laughs.  No one was stressed about how much the other person ate.  Everyone was relaxed and enjoying sharing the time together.  Isn’t this what we want for our families too? Build healthy eating habits… Continue reading Build healthy eating habits for your little one

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Make your own salad dressings

As dietitians we are often asked about easy ways to make quick, convenient, and healthy food choices. Making these choices can start from something as simple as your salad dressing. Zaynab Al-Nuaimi, our nutrition student, has a good idea about this. Purchasing store prepared dressing may seem more convenient, however, a homemade version can be… Continue reading Make your own salad dressings

Breastfeeding · Nutrition

Top 5 foods to grab while breastfeeding

Eating small meals or snacks every 2 to 3 hours is important for not only pregnancy, but also when you are breastfeeding. Additional energy is needed to support breast milk production and help you feel your best and recover from labour and birth. However, this is easier said than done! Especially for busy parents that… Continue reading Top 5 foods to grab while breastfeeding

Nutrition · Parenting

Snack recipe for kids: Carrot and cheese sandwich

Parents and caregivers are always looking for new and interesting recipes as snack ideas for their children. One of the recipes that we use at many of our programs is a “carrot and cheese” sandwich. This is a “nutrient rich” snack meaning that it provides a lot of nutrients. By making this snack you are… Continue reading Snack recipe for kids: Carrot and cheese sandwich

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Warm-up with Curried Sweet Potato & Lentil soup

At this time of the year we can rely on hearty warm soups that will keep us healthy and satisfied until the spring time. This is what Bradie Hutton, our nutrition student would like to share on this topic. Recipe included! With fall quickly disappearing before our eyes, this flavourful soup will help warm your… Continue reading Warm-up with Curried Sweet Potato & Lentil soup

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

Nutrition

Cold drinks on a hot day: Recipes

As dietitians we are often asked, “How can we drink enough fluids”.  See what tips Sally Hur, our nutrition student, has to share. During the summer, I find myself craving cold, refreshing drinks to quench my thirst. You all may have heard once that staying hydrated is important and beneficial for our health. Well yes,… Continue reading Cold drinks on a hot day: Recipes