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Breakfast

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!   According to the University of Alberta, only 12% of Canadians eat a balanced breakfast. Click To Tweet 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...

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fish low in mercury

Which Types of Fish are Low in Mercury?

It seems widespread that omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial for heart health; however, clients are often concerned about the amount of mercury in fish leading to birth defects or learning disabilities.  Mercury is a toxic, global contaminate that does not break down in the environment and can build up in living things.  Today’s blog will explore this concern in greater detail and highlight the types of fish that are low mercury. How does Mercury get into Fish?   Mercury can be released naturally into the environment from rocks, soil, forest fires and volcanoes.  Human activity is also responsible for increasing mercury in our atmosphere through industry practices like metal mining and coal-fired power generation.   When mercury is released into...

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Increase Magnesium in your Diet

Increase Magnesium in your Diet!

In my last post I explored the ‘Forgotten Mineral Magnesium’ and the numerous health benefits.  Now that you understand the importance of magnesium for your health, let’s explore some of the best dietary sources to increase magnesium! Note:  Percent Daily Value = (% DV) is the percentage of the recommended amount of a vitamin or mineral in your diet. How to increase magnesium in your diet! Click To Tweet 1.    Nuts and Seeds! Filled with heart healthy fats, nuts and seeds are a healthy addition to your diet and a super source of magnesium: Pumpkin seeds (1/4 cup) = 187mg (58%) Brazil nuts (1/4 cup) = 133mg (38% DV) Almonds, roasted (1/4 cup) = 110mg (31% DV)      2.    Eat your Greens!   Looking for a reason to add...

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Cow's Milk Alternatives

The Skinny on Cow’s Milk & Alternatives

What is better: cow milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk?  Are they nutritionally equivalent - meaning they have the same amounts of calcium, fat and protein?   If you have asked yourself these questions you have come to the right spot! Which is nutritionally better: cow, soy, almond, rice or coconut milk? Click To Tweet First, before doing a nutritional comparison, it is important to mention that people choose dairy alternatives for diverse reasons.   If you are a vegetarian or a vegan you might choose a milk alternative, like soy or almond milk, because they are plant-based.   Additionally, if you are lactose intolerant you might choose an...

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Are you at Risk for Iron Deficiency

Are you at risk for iron deficiency?

According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, iron plays an essential role in human body functioning. Iron is involved in delivering oxygen to cells andregulating growth.   Therefore, when there is a shortage of iron, oxygen supply to the cells becomes limited leading to fatigue, poor work performance, pallor and decreased immune function. These symptoms are also known as anemia.   However, too much iron is dangerous and can result in toxicity or death. Who is at risk for iron deficiency? Click To Tweet Population Groups at high risk for iron deficiency: -Pregnant women (expanding blood volume) -Infants and toddlers (rapid growth and development) -Teenage girls/childbearing age (blood loss in menstruation) -Vegetarians and vegans (inadequate dietary iron intake) -Gastrointestinal disorders- Celiac and Crohn’s disease (lack of iron...

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Let’s Talk Nutrition for Growing Children!

The importance of a healthful, vitamin-packed diet for growing children cannot be understated.  But is following Canada’s Food Guide enough to ensure that your little one is receiving all of the nutrition their growing bodies require? Let’s break down the top Nutrition Concerns (in my opinion) for children to ensure they are meeting their needs for growth and development: 1. Iron Iron is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. Iron functions as the‘oxygen carrying’ component of the blood and also helps our muscles store and utilize oxygen. Iron impacts motor function (normal activity and movement) and mental function (normal thinking and processing skills). Children have increased iron needs during periods of rapid growth due to their expanding blood...

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Food Skill Development!

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce a brand NEW web resource for teaching food skills in our kitchens!  The tool is called Family Kitchen and designed to inspire families to cook, learn and laugh together. The dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada, who designed the tool, know that kids who are welcomed into the kitchen to help in preparing meals are more likely to try new foods, eat better and have more confidence to prepare meals/snacks for themselves now and as they get older.  What a timely resource in a culture inundated with processed convenience meals and fast food! If you are unsure where to get started, don't worry because there is a simple step-by-step guide.  It explains to first roll out the welcome mat; inviting kids...

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Family dinner

What ever happened to family dinners?

Remember when we used to sit down as a family for meals? We would candidly talk about our day and enjoy each others’ company? Whatever happened to those days?  It seems that today with our “jam-packed” schedules many of us are now unable to find the time to enjoy a meal together.  It has been reported by the National Family Mealtime Survey that 20% of families eat together one or fewer times per week AND of those who did eat together, 75% ate while watching TV!  Are you part of this startling statistic?  It’s sad to think that family dinners, which were once common, are becoming scarce.  Have you taken the steps necessary to...

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