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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Canada 150: PEI Roasted Mini Pesto Potatoes

Canada 150: PEI Roasted Mini Pesto Potatoes

Food industry is big in PEI and is the most important contributor to the province’s economy. Apart from the delicious seafood and fish that swim in the waters surrounding the island, potatoes are the star attraction growing in the rich red soil.Prince Edward Island’s largest cash crop are potatoes and the island is the largest potato-producing province in Canada.

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Canada 150: Nova Scotia Kale Blueberry Harvest Salad

Canada 150: Nova Scotia Kale Blueberry Harvest Salad

It was difficult to choose a food to highlight from the many culinary treasures that one can find in this province, including seafood, dulse (or seaweed), and donairs (the recently dubbed food of the province’s capital city Halifax), but I chose to highlight the small but mighty wild blueberry.

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Is it possible to be a "Happy Medium"?

Is it possible to be a "Happy Medium"?

I was recently encouraged by a friend of mine to read a book. Like a real book. Not an academic journal, blog post or children’s activity guide, just a good book on a topic that she thought might apply to my life right now. My adoration and respect for this friend and her family is off the charts and so when she thought that I might like this book, I jumped on it.

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Canada 150: Ontario Strawberry Mango Salsa

Canada 150: Ontario Strawberry Mango Salsa

You may have been surprised to see that I chose to highlight Ontario strawberries as the feature food grown in Ontario. Truth be told, there were many other nutritious foods that I could have selected that would have been much more representative of this province's main income generating crops and livestock.

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Canada 150: New Brunswick Fiddleheads & Fiddlehead Greek Salad

Canada 150: New Brunswick Fiddleheads & Fiddlehead Greek Salad

If you happen to arrive in New Brunswick in the early spring, sometime between April and May, you may want to pack your hiking gear and find some locals who can take you through the forests n search of a Canadian spring delicacy, fiddleheads, or baby ferns. 

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Nutrition for Runners: Carbs, Coffee and More!

Nutrition for Runners: Carbs, Coffee and More!

There are few things that make me happier than heading out for a long trail run with friends, or heading to the track for a speed workout. I love the challenge of pushing my body and mind to the extremes that distance running provides. Even more so at this time of year, as the days are slowly getting longer, the air is warmer, and the sunshine is a little bit brighter. 

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Is my child getting enough protein?

Is my child getting enough protein?

In my years as a dietitian working in pediatrics, I have met many parents who are worried about their child’s nutrition. When it comes time to the “learning eater” (aka "picky eater"), parents are typically concerned about limited vegetable or protein intake. Today I thought I would start by addressing protein, because we all know that protein is a lot more “sexy” and “buzz-wordy” than vegetables!

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