Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

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

Nutrition · Parenting

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?

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

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

Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 Tips to become a mindful eater in pregnancy

The new Canada's food guide is encouraging us to be mindful of our current eating habits. This is something that I stress in my discussions with pregnant individuals because it has its benefits when it comes to adapting to pregnancy changes. What are the benefits of mindful eating in pregnancy? Mindful eating in pregnancy can… Continue reading 5 Tips to become a mindful eater in pregnancy

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