Nutritional Pet Peeves: Commercial Baby Food

Nutritional Pet Peeves: Commercial Baby Food

While I was at the grocery store the other day, I took a short-cut down the baby food aisle on my way to the check-out. As I was walking, I couldn’t help but to scan the products that lined the shelves from top to bottom. Suddenly, I had an “ah-ha” moment and I knew that the inspiration for my next blog was about to be birthed (pardon the pun!)

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National Dietitian Day: what do dietitians REALLY do?

National Dietitian Day: what do dietitians REALLY do?

Did you know that March 14th is National Dietitian Day?! Well you know now! (P.S. can someone please remind my husband – I think he is 0 for 9 and counting…) Every year a day in March is dedicated to dietitians across Canada, to celebrate RDs as the trusted choice for reliable, evidence-based, food and nutrition advice. For some, the word “dietitian” might evoke images of tall skinny lady wearing a white lab coat with a tight bun in her hair, carrying a clip board with Canada’s Food Guide and a calculator to calculate a calorie-restricted diet. Ugh! Unfortunately, this is NOT what I (or any of my colleagues) do. So, to help dispel this and other myths you might hold, I have decided to highlight a few different dietitians within my community (Waterloo, Ontario) to help show you the different “hats” that dietitians wear.

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Learning to cook should trump hockey practice ... even in Canada!

Learning to cook should trump hockey practice ... even in Canada!

March brings the beginning of Nutrition Month in Canada – a campaign that began in the 1970s to increase public awareness about the importance of healthy eating and identifying dietitians as the most credible source of food and nutrition information. This year the theme is helping Canadians unlock the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together. This week, we unlock the potential to discover by fostering healthy eating habits in children through teaching them to shop and cook.

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Berry-licious Overnight Oats

Berry-licious Overnight Oats

When you’re busy, as I know we all are, the key to eating well is planning. Doing things in advance like making breakfast and packing lunches the night before, helps me stay on track, especially when mornings in our house run like an episode of Paw Patrol, where there is always someone that needs immediate attention and help! Overnight oats are whipped up the night before in a matter of minutes. The magic happens as they sit overnight and create a perfect medley of scrumptiousness to keep you satiated all morning.

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Let’s talk … postpartum depression and anxiety because sadly, no one does

Let’s talk … postpartum depression and anxiety because sadly, no one does

It's hard to believe that the end of January is just around the corner and with that comes Bell Let's Talk day on January 31. In case you're unfamiliar with Let's Talk day, it really is an opportunity (born in the social media age) to encourage people to openly and honestly discuss struggles and challenges with mental health. In light of this upcoming opportunity to discuss mental health, I’m reaching out of my comfort zone and sharing my own mental health story. Why do that on a nutrition blog? Glad you asked. 

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Why this dietitian writes New Year’s Resolutions in December

Why this dietitian writes New Year’s Resolutions in December

In our culture, January is often seen as the ideal month to resolve to do better, make changes in our lives and generally a time to set personal goals for the new year ahead. And while I am all for setting goals and making positive improvements in our lives, the timing - coming right out of a holiday period where we have consumed lots of delicious food, drinks and treats, doesn’t help. In fact, I would venture to say that it typically does more harm than good.

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Canada 150: Yukon and Rustic Winter Sourdough

Canada 150: Yukon and Rustic Winter Sourdough

For our final Canada 150 post this year, we visit one of Canada’s three northern territories, the Yukon. We have a special guest blogger this month, Rosanne and her husband’s good friend, Geoff Martin, who has recently taken up the art of sourdough bread making and will knead a bit of history into this bready post.

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Nutritional Pet Peeves: Children's Breakfast Cereal

Nutritional Pet Peeves: Children's Breakfast Cereal

I have a fairly lengthy list of what I will call "nutritional pet peeves" pertaining to misconceptions, false marketing, and/or nutritional food products or supplements that irk me to no end and make my eyes roll backwards at least a few times a day! So, I figured on this chilly fall day, why not bring some sunlight to your day and enlighten you about one of my biggest pet peeves in the world of nutrition that has been irritating me now for a good 5+ years. 

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Canada 150: British Columbia & Honey Dijon Salmon

Canada 150: British Columbia & Honey Dijon Salmon

BC wild salmon are well known across Canada and enjoyed thoroughly by all members in my household. In fact, the other day when we were enjoying this exact recipe at the supper table, my oldest pipped up and stated that "salmon tastes better than ice cream!" (No joke. I almost fell off my chair but the kid had seriously eaten more salmon then me)!

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Cooking Authentic Italian: Our Cooking Lesson from San Gimignano

Cooking Authentic Italian: Our Cooking Lesson from San Gimignano

Rosanne and I often joke and kid with each other that we share very little in common. I know this sounds crazy for a couple that’s been together for 15 years and married for 10 of those years. However, one thing we do share in common is our love for cooking and spending time in the kitchen – preferably together, although admittedly, with our young family, it seems difficult to find the moments to enjoy this mutual interest without the help of a 5 and 2 year old!

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High protein cottage cheese pancakes

High protein cottage cheese pancakes

If you would have asked me as a child what my favourite breakfast was, I would have told you pancakes.The thought of going to a restaurant for breakfast and ordering a big heap of white fluffy pancakes with blueberry sauce and perhaps even whipping cream on top brought a huge smile to my face! (I think that would bring a smile to any child’s face)!

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