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5 Ways to Help Picky Eaters become Adventurous

Do you have a picky eater?  Are mealtimes a struggle?  Do you feel like a short-order cook at the mercy of making WHATEVER your little one will eat?  Are you tired of eating “kid-foods” and wish your child was not so darn picky!?  If you said yes to any of these questions, you are not alone.  In fact, up to 35% of parents describe their children as picky (Dietitians of Canada, 2017). This statistic is not to sound alarm but to inspire us to support our kids to improve their eating confidence so they can develop a healthy (and positive) relationship with food as they grow. Today, I...

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Stop the Food Fight!

Nutrition Month 2017   March is Nutrition Month and this year, let’s stop the food fight!  Dietitians across Canada are coming together to “Take the Fight out of Food” and help the public to improve their relationship with food and find the joy in eating!  find the joy in eating!  Food fights may be either with ourselves, our picky eater or with the management of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or irritable bowel syndrome.  Today, I will be discussing the top five “food fights” and how we can end them so we can feel good about food!   Take the Pledge!  I Andrea D’Ambrosio, will Take the Fight out of Food...

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Pack a Lunch your Picky Eater will Love!

Happy first day of school! What’s in your child’s lunchbox? And are you confident that your child will actually eat it? This year, in order to maximize your child’s health, let’s discuss how to pack a balanced lunch that even picky eaters will love! Here are seven practical tips to tackle this very common lunchbox challenge:   Andrea’s Top 7 Picky Eating Lunchbox Tips:   Make a list of favourites: Sit down with your child and make a list of favourite foods. However, lunches will not be limited to only foods on this list. During the brain storming session, divide your list into quadrants for each of the four food groups. Make...

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Healthy Halloween?

Halloween is a time where ghosts, goblins and children in funny or scary costumes roam the streets in search of candy, lots and lots of candy!  Trick-or-treaters are in luck since candy is looming practically everywhere.  Did you know that Halloween has more than double the chocolate sales than Valentine’s Day?  In total, $1.9 billion is spent on Halloween candy each year!  That’s a lot of chocolate.  Without a doubt, Halloween can be a very tempting time for children (and adults) to over-do it with small “fun size” treats at about 100 calories per serving. On a positive note, Halloween is a great opportunity for parents to role model healthy...

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Healthy School Lunches Made Easy!

The briskness in the air tells us that back-to-school time is fast approaching.  Parents are already finding me in anticipation of making these infamous lunches and expressing understandable concern that they are packing the right foods to meet the nutrition needed for their growing child.  Today, making lunches will get a whole lot simpler with strategies to make this process a breeze. 1. Take the Teaching Opportunity!  I recently watched a YouTube video for making school lunches where the speaker made the bold comparison that parents teach their children to be independent with using the toilet or getting dressed in the morning but do not provide the same “skill-teaching”...

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How to Increase your Child’s Fruit & Vegetable Intake

Children require healthy diets to support optimal growth and development of their minds and bodies.  Healthy eating (including eating a variety of vegetables and fruits) helps prevent widespread health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, iron deficiencies, osteoporosis and dental caries.  However, over half (59%) of Canadian children 2-17 years of age, consume fruits and vegetables less than five times a day (CCHS 2.2).  Research supports that these children are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese compared to those who consume fruits and vegetables more frequently. So how can parents help their child consume more fruits and vegetables?   Parents can start now with a...

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Transform your Picky Eater!

Are meal times with your picky eater a source of tremendous stress?  Will your child start crying or fussing at the sight of a new and unfamiliar food?  Are you concerned about your child’s nutritional intake considering the short list of foods that he or she will actually eat?  These are common concerns that often bring nervous parents in seeking the support of a Registered Dietitian. It is important to note that meal times SHOULD NOT be stressful!  Keeping a calm and relaxed eating atmosphere helps children develop confidence and positive associations with food.  Rest assured that children will naturally test their limits and it is the parent’s...

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Benefit from Breakfast!

Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day; yet a startling 40% of Canadian children do not eat breakfast on a daily basis according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Over half of adults also frequently skip breakfast with reasons varying from: not feeling hungry, to wanting to ‘cut calories’ or simply trying to save time in the morning. Whatever the excuse, breakfast is truly a vital part of healthy living and has numerous health benefits. Today, I will share my top 5 benefits from daily breakfast consumption. My follow-up blog will identify some balanced, nutritious breakfast ideas for morning mealtime inspiration! Five Reasons to Eat B-fast...

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Some Breakfast Inspiration

According to the University of Alberta, only 12% of Canadians eat a balanced breakfast in the morning.  In my last post, I shared my top 5 benefits for having breakfast daily.  Today, as a follow-up, I will provide quick, convenient meal time ideas to get you nourished and on your way in the morning! Anatomy of a Balanced Breakfast: Easy as 1, 2, 3! 1. Think Fibre! Choose foods that are high in fibre to provide long lasting fuel until your next meal. Fibre not only fills you up, it also lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugars and promotes regularity. Examples: Oatmeal, Bran cereal, whole grain breads, chia seeds, flax seeds etc. 2....

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