Picky Eating: how to take the mayhem out of mealtime

Picky Eating: how to take the mayhem out of mealtime

If you are a parent with a picky eater at home, no doubt the first thought that popped into your mind when you saw that the theme for nutrition month was "Take the Fight out of Food" was “yes, I wish I could stop fighting with my preschooler/toddler over eating his or her food!”

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Back to Basics - Part IV: A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Meal Planning

Back to Basics - Part IV: A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Meal Planning

At last! We have arrived! This is the last post of my four-part blog series on Getting Back to the Basics. Since they always say to "save the best for last" I thought I would follow through on that wisdom and save, what I would consider to be the most important aspect of healthy eating, for last, which is meal planning. 

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Celebrate Canada's 150th: Manitoba Hemp Pumpkin Pancakes

Celebrate Canada's 150th: Manitoba Hemp Pumpkin Pancakes

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, I invite you to join me as I embark on an exciting journey from sea to sea as I traverse this great nation and explore the foods that are grown and raised right here in Canada by our hard-working farmers. This is the first of 12 feature recipe blogs that I will be posting each month over the next 12 months, as I highlight foods from each province and territory of our beloved nation.

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Back to the Basics - Part III: 4 staple healthy foods to learn to cook

Back to the Basics - Part III: 4 staple healthy foods to learn to cook

Grab your apron, it’s time to cook!

Now that you have a good assortment of the kitchen gadgets and healthy food on hand, you need to know what to DO with them to make them work FOR you, not just become a space-occupying lesion in your home! Don’t worry if you aren't the greatest cook or burnt the piece of toast you had for supper last night. Cooking is like anything else in life, it's best learned by diving in! Who knows? You may even discover a new-found passion or talent!

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Back to Basics - Part II: It's time to go grocery shopping!

Back to Basics - Part II: It's time to go grocery shopping!

Last week we talked about getting the right tools on hand in your kitchen so that you can cook healthy, easy, stress-free meals. This week’s blog is going to talk about getting the right FOOD on hand, because if our cupboards are stocked with things that are generally healthy, then we are set ourselves up for success. I know that I personally would be hard pressed to eat a healthy diet if the foods weren’t in my house. And I’ll admit, I am too lazy to get in the car and drive anywhere to satisfy a craving once the kids are in bed!

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Back to Basics - Part I: Kitchen tools for healthy, easy, and stress-free cooking

Back to Basics - Part I: Kitchen tools for healthy, easy, and stress-free cooking

In this first of a four-part blog series I am going to give you some recommendations for kitchen appliances and tools that will enable to you to cook healthy and flavourful dishes. Setting up a kitchen can be a daunting and expensive task but luckily there are lots of stores now that carry kitchen appliances so that you shouldn’t have to buy anything that’s not on sale or a reasonable price.

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New Menu Labelling in Ontario: a dietitian's perspective

New Menu Labelling in Ontario: a dietitian's perspective

As I was eating out with my family the other night and saw calorie counts on the menu, I remembered about the big changes that are coming to menus in my lovely hometown of Ontario, Canada as of January 2017 and thought that this major change was worth mentioning! And why not go on another rant about labelling changes in Canada since it has only been a week since my last one!

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Food labelling FAILURE: why the new Canadian food labels miss the mark!

Food labelling FAILURE: why the new Canadian food labels miss the mark!

Yes, changes are being made… and I will admit that there are a few good changes that have been made. However, there is one noteworthy change (or lack thereof) that is a major setback to Canadians hoping to achieve better health and battle our national obesity epidemic. And this decision was not based on feedback from Canadians, dietitians or stakeholders… it was undoubtedly championed by food industry lobbyists.

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